Thursday, August 11, 2005

1. Go to last week's forum, My son is 26 and still at home!, and write two columns in your notebook: one with all the supporting arguments, the other one with all the opposing arguments. Then write a summary of what the class thought.
2.Write an opinion text in your blog about the same topic. Remember the structure:
Introduction: state your opinion and give some detail
Argument 1 and supporting evidence or reasons.
Argument 2 and supporting evidence or reasons.
Argument 3 and supporting evidence or reasons.
Conclusion: repeat your opinion and summarise your arguments (with different words).

Remember to use the language of opinion texts:

I think that...I don't believe that.... I agree that...

You can learn more expresions of opinion giving if you do these exercises before writing anything: Linguarama: The Language of meetings

Use attitude words to indirectly show what you think: excellent, lazy, inmature, independent, caring, responsible, etc.

Use noun groups: adult children, concerned parents, uncaring mother, independent young adult, etc.
Use signals to introduce the different parts of the text: I strongly believe/Firstly/Next/Also/To sum up/.....

3. We have been searching the lives of famous people (biographies) and we have also written about someone famous from our country of origin. To help you understand the language used in most biographies, go to Lenore Dembski and print the page. Highlight, underline or circle circle the verbs. Different paragraphs use different verbs, why? What are they talking about? Write your answers and then talk to the class about it.

4. Go to this fantastic website Headway and add it to favourites. Do the same at home. You can do lots of practice: grammar, listening, vocabulary, games, etc. I think you should try the intermediate level, grammar unit 8 (conditionals!)

5. You can practise more conditionals in Time4English-Grammar book, would with if

6. Listen to the story in Upper-Intermediate 4N What would you do if you were taken hostage?

6. Now go to our Certificate II Module, Approaches to Learning and start working on it. Print the Assessment guide if you didn't do it last week.

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