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 Next Week…

Hi All,

This will be a short post. We will continue with our mini-presentations this week, discussing the intersection of race and religion in American politics. For our vocabulary, I would like you to copy and complete the packet in Mott Year 2 folder downstairs on Religion. This is not the same as the McCarthy or Vince chapters. This is separate vocabulary which will be included on your examination at the end of the year.

Please copy this and complete the exercises, and bring them to class this coming week for us to go over and discuss in class. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me.

Monday groups, if you have an issue printing and completing these before class on Monday, please just bring the copies in and we will work on them at the beginning and end of class. Thank you and see you all this week!!

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The intersection of religion and politics…

Okay so several groups are on different schedules, some are starting presentations, other have already done discussions and are continuing those into next week. For next week we will be discussing terrorism and religion coexisting in the modern world, are they symbiotic or mutually exclusive? We will begin discussion on Islamaphobia in Europe and abroad, and begin talking about 9/11 and the impact of this event on American culture and the fabric of American society. For next week, our discussion will continue, and your homework is to print and complete the below vocabulary exercises, also print and read the following article and the discussion we have will be held in class.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/06/anti-semitism-islamophobia-europ-20146414191330623.html

  • Is religion a cause or an effect of human suffering?
  • How did 9/11 and Charlie Hedbo change the world? Why?
  • What constitutes terrorism? How should the global community approach terrorism?

Below is your required vocabulary for the second semester. For now, we will put phrasal verbs and idioms on hold for later in the year, as many of these are incorporated into the below listed vocabulary.

Here are the vocabulary readings in full, for the rest of our semester. I may modify this but for now, this will be your required exercise for the remainder of the semester. For Wednesday, I would like you to print and complete Vince chapter 8 which we will go over and class, but copy ONLY McCarthy and O’Dell chapter 45-48, we will go over these in class and begin to work on them together, to answer any questions, you will then complete them on your own throughout the week. Here are the full names of the texts, copies of these should be available under Mott Year 2, but if you run into any issues, you may always find them under the other instructor’s name Cullen Year 2, as this section is doing the same vocabulary as we are.

  • Advanced Language Practice (M. Vince) 2010 edition : vocab chapters:  8, 10, 12, 14, 16
  • English Vocabulary in Use (advanced) (M. McCarthy and F. O’Dell): chapters 45-54, 60-61

Please e-mail me with questions. In other news, I will be having an American Film Club every other week, located in room 105, the first meeting will be Monday March 23rd at 5:15 p.m. and we will be watching the classic American film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and discussing it afterwards. I will provide snacks for the first meeting, but feel free to bring anything you want to eat or snack on. Hope to see you guys there!

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Religion, is it a cause or an effect of human suffering?

So…Religion. Some people think it’s this…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge45R9qoW_Y

Other people think it’s this…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVB7g12UEJs

And still others believe this is a stirring display of religiosity…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI5GwdFjnJA

Let’s face it, we could do this all day. Beyond the major world religions, there are so many schisms, sects and beliefs- it seems sometimes like they outnumber people themselves! But regardless, religion is a sensitive topic. Let’s just go ahead and admit that right now.

It is also one that is tempering the social and political climate of Europe, and most of the world. Talking about religion is one of the most difficult things to do, and we cannot pretend to know all of the answers. However, we can have an informed discussion on religion based on our own knowledge, and share opinions in a constructive way. As a segue from our discussions for the last few weeks on the value of education and creativity, we will begin our conversation on religion with discussing the value of teaching it in schools, and the responsibility of education systems to address questions of religion. Then we will gradually wade into the discussion on religion as a cause or effect of human suffering, which will serve as our essential question for this unit.

You will print and read this article, and be prepared to defend your position regarding Christianity, religion and the intersection of school systems.

http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2012/nov/29/christianity-teach-more-rigorously

Then you will print and read this short article as well. Recently, New York City has become the first major school district to allow school days off for Muslim holidays. Do you think all major world religions should have their holidays incorporated into a public school schedule? Why or why not?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jimdalrympleii/new-york-city-schools-will-now-observe-two-muslim-holidays#.mgKpzBLBn

All other questions for this week will be raised, and discussed during class.

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For This Week

Hi gang, nothing more is required of you for tomorrow besides printing out the attached document. If you have any issues with it, let me know. As well as the value of STEM vs. Liberal Arts in modern education, this is what we will be going over in class and how I will be explaining our introduction to pedagogy in preparation for your mini-lessons this half of semester, and your whole lessons the next half.

It might be beneficial for you to print out the lesson plans and grading rubric for the presentations as well, so you have some idea of what we are discussing. Digital access is fine too.

Introduction to Pedagogy

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Syllabus and Next Assignment

Hello all, hope the break was refreshing for you guys, and you’re ready to start our Spring term. I have posted the syllabus as well as material for our first (or second) class. Attached is our term list of vocabulary, idioms, and worksheets for our class. You may print these as you see necessary. However, please read the attached articles, watch the video clips, and print the syllabus for next class session.

To begin, we will have a conversation about the value and role of education in society today. In preparation for this you will read the following article and watch the clips. We will be discussing:

  • Does formal education kill creativity and if so, how?
  • How can education be adequate for the 21st global century?
  • In your opinion, what skills should students know and understand for today’s global marketplace?

Print and Read the following article:

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2014/03/14/stem-to-steam-creative-innovation/

Watch this famous clip from the film, tHe Dead Poets Society:

And this highly impassioned music video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8xe6nLVXEC0

Are central question you must come prepared to discuss is:

What is the value of education?

Links:

Mott University Warsaw Syllabus Y2 SpringVocabulary List Year 2

Vocabulary List Year 2

50 Phrasal Verbs

Presentation Rubric Mott

Self Evaluation Worksheet Mott

Mott Prospective Lesson Plan

Peer Review Worksheet Mott

List of English Idioms

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