Roster and Room

Hi everyone, Thursday June 11th we will be in Room 105 at 10 a.m. See you then- please bring the oral discussion questions, and any questions you may have about specific words, usage, sections, etc. We will expect to go about an hour maybe an hour and a half. I have also attached an older roster of our courses, please look over it and let me know if your name is missing, via e-mail. See you Thursday-Y2 Pre-Exam Roster

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Hi guys, so due to poor to zero attendance in most of my classes, and in the interest of the best use of both your time, and my time, I am going to cancel class next week, June 3rd. If you would like to meet with me over the course of the week to ask questions about any materials, I will be around the building for most of the week so send me an e-mail and we will arrange office hours.

You have over a week to prepare for our review session, so take it seriously and come prepped both vocabulary-wise, and for discussions. All students of both first and second language, should come to our review class prepared to discuss the following questions based on our discussions this year. If you feel as though you do not know enough to discuss any or some of these questions, review the blog posts and you will find material to support them, or do your own research independently.

  1. In your opinion, has technology changed the way we live in the 21st century? 
  2. Does the media influence how we see ourselves as individuals? How?
  3. In your opinion, what crime is the greatest threat to Polish society?
  4. Is Polish society tolerant towards the LGBTQ population? Will gay marriage be supported in Poland? 
  5. How the holidays becoming increasingly commercialized? Will Poland experience the same materialism associated with the holidays which occurs in the UK and US? 
  6. Is the death penalty ever justified? If so, which methods are the most humane? 
  7. How has Poland changed since the introduction of democracy? 
  8. Do you believe the church in Poland plays an important role in politics? Do you agree or disagree with the role of the church?
  9. In your opinion, are your rights respected in Poland? How free are you here? 
  10. In what ways can someone’s human rights be infringed on? 
  11. Do you believe assisted suicide or the right to die should be legal? In what cases is it acceptable to end your own life?
  12. Do you agree or disagree with the stance of the church against IVF- In Vetro Fertilization Treatment? Do you believe reproductive rights like IVF and abortion should be legislated by the state?
  13. Are the systems of education in the United States and Poland different? Which do you think is better, or more effective?
  14. Is immigration a positive or a negative for society? Do you think immigration into and out of Poland will become an issue in the 21st century?

Second Year, Second Language: 

We still have a class left, Monday June 8th. This will serve as our review session so come at your own risk. For your review session, I would like you to complete several tasks. First, the oral review questions. Then, I would like you to familiarize yourself with the vocabulary on the media, crime, religion, and human rights as much as possible. I will be especially reviewing crime and human rights. Come prepared with questions on specifically words and phrases.

Second Year, First Language: 

Our review session will be as planned, on June 11th at 10 a.m. I am still waiting on room confirmation, so expect another post closer to the date with the room. It is in your best interest to attend this session, as we will be very specifically reviewing for both our written and our oral examination. Please prepare talking points for the oral review questions posted above. Similarly, if you don’t know or remember, review our blog posts and do your own research.

I’ve attached the mock examination, complete it in your own time and bring it to the session- we will review any questions you have in addition to our regularly scheduled programming.

VOCAB mock exam – 2 yr-2015

Okay, I know this is a lot of information. Check back here within the week and please e-mail me with any questions. Godspeed.

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For next week-

Ahoy sailors,

As part of our brief foray into some human rights issues, I have posted several links and articles below for you to review and for us to discuss in class. For ALL classes both first and second language. Please read and print the articles, watch the clips, and draft a brief response to each discussion question. Your responses to the questions should be in bullet point format.

IVF Treatment and Reproductive Rights: 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/03/us-health-babies-idUSKBN0L710B20150203

Watch this and read the article. Which side do you agree with? Can IVF result in an upsurge of “designer babies”?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2828840/Right-die-newlywed-Brittany-Maynard-poster-girl-assisted-dying-wake-death-reveals-activist-group-dignity-dying.html

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/11/03/the-future-of-the-assisted-suicide-movement-after-brittany-maynard

Did Brittney Maynard have the right to decide when she was going to die? Do you agree or disagree with her decision?: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQmyo6EvUY8

Do people have a right to decide when and how they are going to die? How do religious communities feel about this?


Second Year, Second Language

For Next Week:

The Human Rights Packet is downstairs, ripe for the copying. This will be the last thing we do this year, aside from our final review. Please copy the packet and bring it to class with the exercises completed. There are fewer exercises as in previous packets, so I expect you to complete this without an issue.

Attendance: 

Attendance has been…well, atrocious. This is all well and good, however, I should stress that if you do not complete the vocabulary, and are not in class to learn the difference between certain words and phrases, and what is going to be on the exam, you will not pass. Period. This is your choice, as you are adults and can decide whether or not this is a priority.

First Language:

You guys need only to continue working on the vocabulary, and to please come to class equipped to discuss IVF and Assisted Suicide, amongst other human rights issues. Similarly, attendance has been a bit lower this week, although not apocalyptic. I understand your study schedule, and your review, but again these last few classes are essential to passing your exam and in gaining the confidence to master your oral exams as well. So attendance is…preferable…to not being..preferable.

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs to Focus On:

*Please look at my example sentences, and write one example sentence of your own for each word. Bring them into class next week for us to workshop.

  • On the dole/ After the factory closed and laid off most of their employees, Joe was on the dole for a year before getting a job. 
  • To be a hitch/ Our car broke down on the way to the concert, putting a bit of a hitch in our evening plans. 
  • To lose your nerve/ At first the presentation was going very well, but I lost my nerve after seeing someone in the back laughing and pointing at me. 
  • Muck-raking/ Once the election started the muck-raking started getting out of control with each paper publishing more dirt on the candidates than the next. 
  • To fend for yourself/ After her father died at a young age, Katniss Everdeen had to learn to fend for herself in the wilderness, hunting, fishing and gathering food. 
  • To hold a grudge/ I’m not saying I don’t like her, I just hold a bit of a grudge against her for not coming to my birthday party last year because she had a “prior commitment.”
  • Blatant/ Her blatant disregard for the instructor’s attendance policy resulted in her missing too many classes to sit the exam at the end of the year. 
  • Onus/ Trying to put the onus on someone else for your own bad decisions is really cowardly and dishonest. 
  • To weight possible outcomes/ We weighed all possible outcomes and it just doesn’t seem like it would be right for us to move out of the flat at this time. 

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For This Week

Second Year, Second Language: 

Okay first of all, attendance has been utterly abysmal this last week. If there was ever a time to be absent, it has passed, and your exam review is upon us- therefore being here for the month of May is of the utmost importance if you hope to pass your exam. Because of extreme absences, class cancellations in lieu of absences, etc. we are more behind- so that means this week, all of your lovely, lovely selves will be there bright and early Monday morning with your media packets completed and ready to go over. If you are not I will come to your house and find you. Or maybe just embarrass you a bit. If you do not have your media packet yet, your far behind the gun, so copy it and get ‘er done! So our rough schedule for the month of May, is to spend the next few sessions going over media packets and human rights vocabulary. I will give you some extra time within our class session to actually work on the packets, as we are all trying to catch up. Then, towards the end of May we will begin doing mock oral examinations. This is nothing to be alarmed about, we’ve been doing partner and group discussions all year. But it will be good for you to practice the format of it in a low-pressure situation, so you get comfortable. Then in June we will have one last examination review session, as a makeup class which we will schedule on our own time.

If you haven’t seen this, it is funny:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jordanshalhoub/americans-try-to-pronounce-polish-cities

Second Year, First Language: 

Ok guys. We have a bit more formidable task at hand, as we have a decent amount of content to get through in the coming weeks. In light of this, I’ve decided we will spend the next two sessions both going over and doing in-class work. You will be responsible for completing the rest of Vince (3 and 5) and McCarthy (whatever we have not gone over) in addition to:

  • Tests in English – Thematic Vocabulary (M. Misztal): chapter 5, 12

So this week we will go over this material for half the class, and the other half we will just have work time, and you can ask me questions while I circulate the room. This will be a more productive use of our class session, and give you some more time to dig into this vocabulary. This is how we will spend the next few weeks, then at the end of May we will begin doing mock oral examinations at the beginning and end of class to get us prepared for the oral portion. I’m quite confident in your ability here, as we have been having fruitful group and partner discussions all year, but again, it won’t hurt us to get more comfortable with the format. Then, at the beginning of June we will schedule our exam review session for a makeup class, after I have worked on composing the exam, at a time which is suitable for everyone. If you have any questions, please e-mail me! I know that the English for Writers and Translators text is not in the copy room, and I’m working on getting it for you next week. But regardless, you should still be working on our good buddies Vince, McCarthy and now Misztal. I’ll let you know when it is available. Hope everyone enjoys the holidays and see you this week.

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For this week…

Hi gang, hope Easter was a nice break for everyone!

As previously discussed, our Wednesday session this coming week April 8th, will be canceled. We will discuss together a makeup date which suits everyone, and go from there. You know which chapters in Vince and McCarthy (English First Language students only) you have due for when we return. Please, PLEASE, e-mail me with any questions, concerns, general comments about the world, etc.

Students who are working on the Religion packet (English Second Language students) please come to class next week as regularly scheduled, prepared to discuss the major world religions, and additionally, I would like you to copy and begin the previously lost packet on “Media.”

This gives you one full week for this packet, as our next meeting will not be until next week April 13th. Come into class with specific passages, exercises and vocabulary on which you hope to gain clarification. Similarly, your primary responsibility from here on out is vocabulary, and our student presentations will resume in May when we are caught up and feel prepared and confident for the exam.

Hope Easter break was nice for everyone! Did anyone get water thrown at them? I just learned this is a tradition! You guys don’t tell me anything!

http://culture.pl/en/article/smigus-dyngus

In Other News:

In other news, the film club will be meeting on April 15th in Room 105 downstairs, at 5 p.m. The movie I want you to watch before the meeting will be “Jaws“, Steven Spielberg’s first directorial hit and classic American film. If you watch the movie, come to the club to discuss your opinion on the film, and watch some clips and highlights.

The questions you should be thinking of when you watch the movie are listed below. But please, don’t feel you need to take notes or write anything, this is for your enjoyment and enrichment! Not another assignment.

Discussion points for the film, Jaws:

  • What does the shark symbolize? 
  • How does Steven Spielberg build suspense, and what ways do you find most effective? 
  • Which characters change the most and how? 
  • In your opinion, where is “group logic” being used in this film? If you’re not familiar with the term do some digging.
  • This is a quintessential American film, in your opinion, why? 

Footnote: If I am forgetting anything specific which we discussed last week please send me an e-mail and let me know.

Hope the break was great for everyone!

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For this week…

Hi gang, hope Easter was a nice break for everyone!

As previously discussed, our Wednesday session this coming week April 8th, will be canceled. We will discuss together a makeup date which suits everyone, and go from there. You know which chapters in Vince and McCarthy (English First Language students only) you have due for when we return. Please, PLEASE, e-mail me with any questions, concerns, general comments about the world, etc.

Students who are working on the Religion packet (English Second Language students) please come to class next week as regularly scheduled, prepared to discuss the major world religions, and additionally, I would like you to copy and begin the previously lost packet on “Media.”

This gives you one full week for this packet, as our next meeting will not be until next week April 13th. Come into class with specific passages, exercises and vocabulary on which you hope to gain clarification. Similarly, your primary responsibility from here on out is vocabulary, and our student presentations will resume in May when we are caught up and feel prepared and confident for the exam.

Hope Easter break was nice for everyone! Did anyone get water thrown at them? I just learned this is a tradition! You guys don’t tell me anything!

http://culture.pl/en/article/smigus-dyngus

In Other News:

In other news, the film club will be meeting on April 15th in Room 105 downstairs, at 5 p.m. The movie I want you to watch before the meeting will be “Jaws“, Steven Spielberg’s first directorial hit and classic American film. If you watch the movie, come to the club to discuss your opinion on the film, and watch some clips and highlights.

The questions you should be thinking of when you watch the movie are listed below. But please, don’t feel you need to take notes or write anything, this is for your enjoyment and enrichment! Not another assignment.

Discussion points for the film, Jaws:

  • What does the shark symbolize? 
  • How does Steven Spielberg build suspense, and what ways do you find most effective? 
  • Which characters change the most and how? 
  • In your opinion, where is “group logic” being used in this film? If you’re not familiar with the term do some digging.
  • This is a quintessential American film, in your opinion, why? 

Footnote: If I am forgetting anything specific which we discussed last week please send me an e-mail and let me know.

Hope the break was great for everyone!

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For this week…

Hi gang, hope Easter was a nice break for everyone!

As previously discussed, our Wednesday session this coming week April 8th, will be canceled. We will discuss together a makeup date which suits everyone, and go from there. You know which chapters in Vince and McCarthy (English First Language students only) you have due for when we return. Please, PLEASE, e-mail me with any questions, concerns, general comments about the world, etc.

Students who are working on the Religion packet (English Second Language students) please come to class next week as regularly scheduled, prepared to discuss the major world religions, and additionally, I would like you to copy and begin the previously lost packet on “Media.”

This gives you one full week for this packet, as our next meeting will not be until next week April 13th. Come into class with specific passages, exercises and vocabulary on which you hope to gain clarification. Similarly, your primary responsibility from here on out is vocabulary, and our student presentations will resume in May when we are caught up and feel prepared and confident for the exam.

Hope Easter break was nice for everyone! Did anyone get water thrown at them? I just learned this is a tradition! You guys don’t tell me anything!

http://culture.pl/en/article/smigus-dyngus

In Other News:

In other news, the film club will be meeting on April 15th in Room 105 downstairs, at 5 p.m. The movie I want you to watch before the meeting will be “Jaws“, Steven Spielberg’s first directorial hit and classic American film. If you watch the movie, come to the club to discuss your opinion on the film, and watch some clips and highlights.

The questions you should be thinking of when you watch the movie are listed below. But please, don’t feel you need to take notes or write anything, this is for your enjoyment and enrichment! Not another assignment.

Discussion points for the film, Jaws:

  • What does the shark symbolize? 
  • How does Steven Spielberg build suspense, and what ways do you find most effective? 
  • Which characters change the most and how? 
  • In your opinion, where is “group logic” being used in this film? If you’re not familiar with the term do some digging.
  • This is a quintessential American film, in your opinion, why? 

Footnote: If I am forgetting anything specific which we discussed last week please send me an e-mail and let me know.

Hope the break was great for everyone!

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