Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Frankenstein: Plutarch's Lives - Extra Sci Fi - #4



So, I finished up Frankenstein last week.  But the Extra Sci-Fi series is still going strong.  Yet another great episode about the themes of Frankenstein.

Going To Slideshow

(Movie slideshow Grammar Sections--Going To)

Taken from The Emperor's New Groove -- Part 21

Presentation only version: slidespub



Version with example sentences from The Emperor's New Grooveslidespub

Started: Practical English Usage by Michael Swan (Third Edition)

Follow-up to the post on  Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics.  I've also been doing Practical English Usage by Michael Swan.

Practical English Usage is also on the DELTA Reading List, although it's a reference book, and most sane people don't try to read through the whole thing.
However, when I read The English Verb by Michael Lewis, I was impressed by how familiar he seemed with this book.  (Michael Lewis mainly brought this book up to refute it... but still).  I wanted to gain that familiarity.
Also, when I started doing my "Grammar Questions I Couldn't Answer" series, I found myself coming back to Swan more and more.  
I decided I wanted to internalize the information in Swan, instead of always having to use it as a reference.  So I decided to add it to my quizlet study.  
I should perhaps have started a separate series of quizlet quizzes, but instead I just added this into my my quizlets on Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics.  I figured I'm the only one who's using these quizzes anyway, so I'd go ahead and  mix it all up.

So I'd alternate between the two books. I'd add in 5 words from Practical English Usage, and then when I finished that quiz, I'd add in 5 words from Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, and then 5 from Practical English Usage again, etc.
I continued doing this until about a year ago, when I started to get sore hand from what I attributed to too much quizlet and duolingo, and decided to back off a bit. 
Part of the problem was that I had also started using quizlet to study Vietnamese, so I was really spending way too much time quizletting.   

...Not able to study applied linguistics, because I was spending too much time learning Vietnamese.  Therein lies the rub...

As someone who was originally a history major in college, and has since been trying to move sideways into language teaching and applied linguistics, I'm finding it hard to balance my time.  In order to earn the right to study applied linguistics, you really should be studying languages.  But once you start studying languages, that consumes really all your free time.  Then how do you find time to study applied linguistics?
Anyway, I'll detail I'll my struggles learning Vietnamese in an upcoming post.
For now, I'll just list the below the quizlets I've done which combine Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics and Practical English Usage.
Although my progress on these quizlets has dramatically slowed down the past year, I'm still trying  to keep it going somewhat.  I've been trying to do work 5 words a day now instead of 100 words words a day.  So this study project is still ongoing somewhat... even if it has slowed to a crawl at the moment.

Monday, November 20, 2017

English World 2 Unit 12 Listening p.124

 (Supplementary Material for Specific Textbooks--English World 2)




Google drive folder HERE
Transcript: drive, docs, pub
Food Cards for running around the room: drive, docs, pub
Make a Pizza: drive, docs, pub





Started: Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics by Jack C. Richards and Richard Schmidt (Third Edition)


I actually started studying this book two years ago.  But I'm doing a bit of housekeeping on my reading list, so I'm posting about it now.

Why am I reading this book?
This book is part of the recommending reading list for the DELTA Module 1.
I actually did the DELTA Module 1 back in June 2014 (Distance DELTA).
I decided I didn't want to do the rest of the DELTA by distance, so changed schools and moved from Phnom Penh to Saigon, where a school in Saigon was offering the full DELTA.
I applied for the full DELTA in 2015, and decided that, even though I had already done Module 1, it wouldn't hurt me to start reviewing some of the vocabulary again.  I probably had forgotten some things over the course of a year.
That, plus... I had kind of been looking for an excuse to try out quizlet.
A co-worker had recommended quizlet to me, and I had been using it a lot for my students.
But it seemed like such an effective study tool--such a good way to memorize vocabulary--that I didn't want my students to have all the fun.  I was looking for a way to try it out for myself, and re-visiting the DELTA Module 1 vocabulary seemed like a good way to start.

Anyway, long story short, the school in Saigon cancelled their DELTA program.  So at this point, I still haven't gotten around to applying for the DELTA elsewhere.  But in the meantime, I've been trying my best to keep reviewing all the vocabulary, and keep it fresh in my memory.  Below are all my quizlet quizzes.

I decided to keep with the same technique I had been using for my students on the Academic Word List--start with 5 words, and then every time, go up by 5 words after that.
Initially I was hoping to create a resource on quizlet that would be useful for other people--probably other language teachers studying for the DELTA.
But over the course of these quizzes, I got so inconsistent that I'm afraid in the end this would just be confusing for anyone else.
Initially, I started matching the term and the definition.
However, after doing this for a while, I discovered that even though I was completing all the quizlet quizzes, I wasn't really learning the words thoroughly.
Instead of "learning" the definition, I was just recognizing the first few key words of the definition, and then typing in the answer.  It was enough to let me get all the scores on quizlet, but not enough to thoroughly learn the word.
So then I experimented with making myself type out the definition.  But that proved to be too hard.
Because quizlet is only a computer program, it can't recognize when you've got the right idea.  It can only recognize when you've got exactly the right words.  So you need to type the definition out perfectly to get the points.  Change one word, and you get it wrong.
So then I decided to try to memorize the definition by 3 words at a time.
Eventually I just gave up on this, and went back to the old system of just matching the word to the definition.  (I figure just the act of typing out the definition should be some form of study, even if it doesn't perfectly go into my long term memory).
Anyway, below are my first 64 sets (From AAE to articulatory phonetics), up to 320 words.
I've actually kept going with several more sets, but after 320 I started combing Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics with another book: Practical English Usage by Michael Swan.  So every study set after that is the two books combined.
I'll deal with Practical English Usage by Michael Swan in my next post. (UpdateLongman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics and Practical English Usage here.)

* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 5 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 10 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 15 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 20 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 25 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 30 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 35 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 40 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 45 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 50 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 55 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 60 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 65 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 70 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 75 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 80 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 85 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 90 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 95 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 100 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 105 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 110 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 115 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 120 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 125 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 130 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 135 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 140 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 145 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 150 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 155 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 160 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 165 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 170 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 175 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 180 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 185 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 190 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 195 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 200 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 205 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 210 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 215 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 220 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 225 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 230 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 235 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 240 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 245 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 250 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 255 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 260 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 265 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 270 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 275 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 280 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 285 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 290 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 295 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 300 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 305 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 310 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 310 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 315 words
* Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics-first 320 words

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Around the Room Memory Game

(TESOL Ideas--Any Grammar Point, 3rd Conditional)
Google: docs, pub

[Notes: I'm in the process of revising my workshop on "Activities that Can be Used for Any Grammar Point".  Before posting the whole thing, I'm going to post some of the activities separately.  This is an activity that I believe can be used with any grammar point, but the example here is 3rd conditional.]

Around the Room Memory Game (Materials: none) (Preparation: 0)
Start at the beginning of the room.  One student says a sentence containing the target language.  The next student has to remember the previous sentence, and then add their own sentence.  Each successive student has to remember all the sentences that came previously, plus add their own sentence.
Variation: Circle Writing
A similar idea, but done with writing.  The first sentence writes one sentence on a piece of paper, and then passes it along to the student next to him, who continues the story (using the same target grammar).  Example: All the things I’m going to do when I grow up (going to future), all the things I would have done if I gone to America last year (3rd conditional)

1st Student: “If I had overslept, I would have been late to school.”
2nd student: “If I had overslept, I would have been late to school and my dad would have gotten angry.”
3rd student: “If I had overslept, I would have been late to school, my dad would have gotten angry, and I would have missed breakfast.”

4th student: “If I had overslept, I would have been late to school, my dad would have gotten angry, I would have missed breakfast, and I would have felt hungry.”