Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Rest in Peace Gene Wilder

Looking over my movie review list, I see that I haven't reviewed any films by Gene Wilder on this blog.
But I've always considered myself a big fan.  And in my youth, long before I started regularly blogging, I saw and enjoyed many of his movies:

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was a big part of everyone's childhood back in the 1980s.  (It's probably out of date now, but in my childhood teachers would routinely show this movie at elementary school whenever we got a movie day.)

Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein are of course both classics.

Start the Revolution Without Me is one of those movies I only saw because it was on TV one afternoon and I was bored.  The movie itself wasn't that great, but I remember getting some laughs out of Gene Wilder's over the top delivery.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) is a movie that it is mixed (some of it works, some of it doesn't).  I'm not sure Gene Wilder's part in the movie is the best part.

When I finally got around to renting Bonnie and Clyde sometime in the early 2000s, and I remember being surprised by Gene Wilder's brief part in the movie.  "Oh right!  He's in this also!"

And...huh, is that it?  Strange, I thought I had seen him in tons of stuff.  But going through his IMDB page, I've only seen him in a handful of movies.

But I was always impressed with him in the movies I did see.


Extensive Reading Worksheet

(TESOL Worksheets--Extensive Reading)
Google: docs, pub
This is a worksheet I designed for students to do a self-study in the library.  (It was during a class when I had to meet with students one-on-one for a tutorial, and the rest of the class needed a self-study activity to keep them busy).

Extensive Reading Worksheet


Step 1: Choosing an Easy Book
The graded reader books are ranked by level.  (Level 1, level 2, level 3, et cetera).  You should choose a level that is easy for you.  DON’T choose a difficult book.  You will benefit most from a book that is easy for you to read.


You should be able to understand 95%-98% of the vocabulary.
Follow the “5 Finger Rule”.  Read the first page.  Every time you find a word you don’t know, count it on your fingers.  If you get to 5 fingers, stop--this book is too difficult for you.  Go down to a lower level.


Step 2: Choosing an Interesting Book


You will get the maximum benefit if the book is interesting for you.  
Read the title of the book.  Look at the pictures.  Read the description of the book on the back page.  Does it look interesting?  If yes, keep reading.  If no, put it back and choose another book.


Once you find a book that looks interesting, go ahead and read the first 10 pages.  Then stop, and ask yourself, “Is this story interesting for me?  Do I want to continue?”  If you like the book, keep reading it.  If not, put the book back on the shelves, and find another book.


Step 3: Once you have chosen a book, and once you have finished reading the book, complete the following form


Name of the book: _____________________________________________________________________________


Author: _________________________________________________________________________________


What level is the book?_________________________________________________________________________


Why did you choose this book?___________________________________________________________________


What kind of book is it?  (e.g. action?, adventure?, horror? comedy? romance? drama? et cetera) ___________________________________________________________________


What happened in the story?


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Would you recommend this book to a friend? __________________________________________


Write a letter to your friend.  Tell them why they should read this book.


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Monday, August 29, 2016

Life Pre-Intermediate Textbook: Unit 4 Review p.56

(Supplemental Materials for Specific Textbooks--Life Pre-Intermediate)


Quizlet (drivedocspub)


Life Pre-Intermediate Unit 4 All Vocabulary
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Life Pre-Intermediate Unit 4 All Vocabulary
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Life Pre-Intermediate Unit 4 All Vocabulary
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Life Elementary Textbook: Unit 11 p.129

(Supplemental Materials for Specific Textbooks--Life Elementary)


Lead-in Questions (taken from this website here, and adjusted slightly)

Have you ever been abroad?

Where have you been in Vietnam?

Are you planning on going anywhere for your next vacation? If so, where? Who with? How long will you stay?

Are you afraid of travelling alone?

Could you live in another country for the rest of your life?

Describe the most interesting person you met on one of your travels.

What was your best trip?

What was your worst trip?

Do you like to travel with your family? Why or why not?

Have you ever been in a difficult situation while traveling?

Have you ever gotten lost while traveling? If so, tell about it.

Have you ever hitchhiked? If so, how many times?

Have you ever taken a package tour?

How do you spend your time when you are on holiday and the weather is bad?

What are some countries that you would never visit? Why would you not visit them?

What are some things that you always take with you on a trip?

What countries would you like to visit? Why?


Saturday, August 27, 2016

IELTS Express Intermediate Second Edition Board Race Unit 2 Writing p.22-25

(Supplementary Materials for Specific Textbooks--IELTS Express Intermediate)



Theory Questions: drive, docs, pub
Board Race (Same Questions as the Theory Questions, but re-written as a Board Race): docs, pub
Board Race Answers (Feedback for the Board Race: slides, pub
p.23 Exercise 3  (Same exercise as the book, but put on pieces of paper so the students can physically move the sections around) drive, docs, pub
Sample Answer to Homework Essay: drive, docs, pub
PowerPoint for Graph of Top Internet Purchases by Country: drive, slides, pub

Quickly scan pages 22-25 to find the answers to these questions.  The first team to finish gets a prize.
1. How many words must you write for Writing Task 1?

2. How many minutes should you spend on Writing Task 1?

3. Which is worth more points:  Writing Task 1 or Writing Task 2?

4. True or False: You should try to explain the reasons behind the data in Task 1.

5. What style should you use for all IELTS essays?

6. What should you write in your first sentences?

7.  What are two examples of some useful expressions to link your ideas?

8. True or False: You should write about everything you see.

9. What are the four criteria that the examiners use to grade Writing Task 1?

10. What types of visual information might you be asked to write about?
Answers:
1. How many words must you write for Writing Task 1?  150

2. How many minutes should you spend on Writing Task 1?  20 minutes

3. Which is worth more points:  Writing Task 1 or Writing Task 2?  Task 2

4. True or False: You should try to explain the reasons behind the data in Task 1.  False

5. What style should you use for all IELTS essays?  Formal academic style


6. What should you write in your first sentences?  An overall description

7.  What are two examples of some useful expressions to link your ideas?  “in addition” and “however”

8. True or False: You should write about everything you see.  false

9. What are the four criteria that the examiners use to grade Writing Task 1?  Task achievement, coherence and cohesion, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy

10. What types of visual information might you be asked to write about?  diagrams, bar charts, pie charts, tables, describe a process, how an object works, or a map

Board Race.  There are 10 questions.  All of the questions are from pages 22, 23, 24 and 25.  Work as a team to find the answers in your book.  Then write the answer on the board.  Only one team member may go up to the board at a time.  You may not bring this piece of paper or your textbook with you to the board.  The first team to get the correct answers to all 10 questions up on the board will get a prize.
1. How many words must you write for Writing Task 1?
2. How many minutes should you spend on Writing Task 1?
3. Which is worth more points:  Writing Task 1 or Writing Task 2?
4. True or False: You should try to explain the reasons behind the data in Task 1.
5. What style should you use for all IELTS essays?
6. What should you write in your first sentences?
7.  What are two examples of some useful expressions to link your ideas?
8. True or False: You should write about everything you see.
9. What are the four criteria that the examiners use to grade Writing Task 1?
10. What types of visual information might you be asked to write about?
Answers:
1. How many words must you write for Writing Task 1?  150
2. How many minutes should you spend on Writing Task 1?  20 minutes
3. Which is worth more points:  Writing Task 1 or Writing Task 2?  Task 2
4. True or False: You should try to explain the reasons behind the data in Task 1.  False
5. What style should you use for all IELTS essays?  Formal academic style
6. What should you write in your first sentences?  An overall description
7.  What are two examples of some useful expressions to link your ideas?  “in addition” and “however”
8. True or False: You should write about everything you see.  false
9. What are the four criteria that the examiners use to grade Writing Task 1?  Task achievement, coherence and cohesion, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy
10. What types of visual information might you be asked to write about?  diagrams, bar charts, pie charts, tables, describe a process, how an object works, or a map

For instance, in the 45-54 age group 58% of people make purchases online, but 82% are Internet users, so almost 30% use the Internet for other activities as well.
The chart shows how the Internet is used by different age groups.  It looks at both general use and online shopping.
More specifically, this is between 75% and 100% in the four younger age groups.  However, it should be noted that there is a more dramatic difference with the 65-year-olds and over, where only 38% use the Internet.  That is a 60% difference compared with the youngest age group.
A final point to mention is that most people use the Internet for other things as well as shopping.
One of the first things to note is that fewer older people use the Internet than young people.
Another thing to point out is that the number of people using the Internet does not vary very much between the age groups.
For example, 99% of 16-24-year-olds use the Internet compared with only 38% of 65-year-olds and over.


Talk with a partner.  What information could you select to write about for this IELTS Task 1 Writing?

The chart below shows the different types of goods and services purchased online in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom in one year.  
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Your teacher will give you six strips.  Match the strips to the descriptions.

Restate the question using different words.
Summarize the main trend of the graph.
State the first main point.  (Topic Sentence)
Supporting details for first main point.
State the second main point.  (Topic Sentence)
Supporting details for second main point.

Cut up strips and shuffle.  Have students match strips to grid.

The chart shows a range of goods and services bought in one year by Internet shoppers in three different countries, namely Australia, Canada, and the UK.
We can see that the percentage of consumers making such purchases varied widely according to product/service and country.
One of the first things to note is that, generally speaking, a higher percentage of consumers in the UK made online purchases than in the other countries, with the exception of toys and financial services.
More specifically, Internet book sales in the UK exceeded those in Australia and Canada by almost a third.  A similar comparison of music sales showed UK purchases to be almost double those of the other countries.
Another thing which stands out is that in all countries, purchases of certain products were much higher than others.
For example, in the UK 64% of consumers bought music online, compared with only 2% for financial services.  On the whole, sales of entertainment goods and computer equipment were much higher than other goods and services.  These sales were roughly two to three times higher than goods such as food/drink and toys.

The chart below shows the different types of goods and services purchased online in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom in one year.  
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Paragraph 1:
Restate the question using different words// Summarize the main trend of the graph



Paragraph 2:
Compare the three countries against each other





Paragraph 3:
Compare the purchase of goods and services against each other
The chart shows a range of goods and services bought in one year by Internet shoppers in three different countries, namely Australia, Canada, and the UK.  We can see that the percentage of consumers making such purchases varied widely according to product/service and country.





One of the first things to note is that, generally speaking, a higher percentage of consumers in the UK made online purchases than in the other countries, with the exception of toys and financial services.   More specifically, Internet book sales in the UK exceeded those in Australia and Canada by almost a third.  A similar comparison of music sales showed UK purchases to be almost double those of the other countries.


Another thing which stands out is that in all countries, purchases of certain products were much higher than others.  For example, in the UK 64% of consumers bought music online, compared with only 2% for financial services.  On the whole, sales of entertainment goods and computer equipment were much higher than other goods and services.  These sales were roughly two to three times higher than goods such as food/drink and toys.

(186 words)
Scrambled order
One of the first things to note is that, generally speaking, a higher percentage of consumers in the UK made online purchases than in the other countries, with the exception of toys and financial services.
We can see that the percentage of consumers making such purchases varied widely according to product/service and country.
For example, in the UK 64% of consumers bought music online, compared with only 2% for financial services.  On the whole, sales of entertainment goods and computer equipment were much higher than other goods and services.  These sales were roughly two to three times higher than goods such as food/drink and toys.
The chart shows a range of goods and services bought in one year by Internet shoppers in three different countries, namely Australia, Canada, and the UK.
Another thing which stands out is that in all countries, purchases of certain products were much higher than others.
More specifically, Internet book sales in the UK exceeded those in Australia and Canada by almost a third.  A similar comparison of music sales showed UK purchases to be almost double those of the other countries.