December 9, 2009
Time has really flown!You have already finished Prime 5 and Christmas is just around the corner. I would like to say that it was a real pleasure to have such a smart group of students like you. Each of you participated actively in class and you all contributed to the success of the course. It was a joy to watch you present your speeches, all of which were carefully planned. And I was also very happy to see all of you using new vocabulary in the oral test. I felt proud of you!!!
I certainly learned a lot from you guys, too. Please forgive me for the technical problems I had with the CD and the computer and for the moments I was unable to give a "perfect" answer to your questions. Challenging students like you make us teachers grow because you motivate us. Yes! Students motivate teachers too and you are great at it!!! Keep up the awesome work in Prime 6 and let's keep in touch through our blog. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
December 2, 2009
By our journalist Fernanda
December 1, 2009
Then we started working on the reading about Helen Keller, an extraordinary woman who overcame severe disabilities and learned to communicate despite being blind and deaf.
If you want to learn about someone who really fought against adversity, you must learn more about Helen Keller. The internet is packed with information about her life, which was transformed by a teacher, Anne Sullivan - the miracle worker!
November 25, 2009
When Jerry was a boy, he liked to scare other kids when there was a blackout. What scares Fernanda, Cynthia and Chris the most? EATING IN A DIRTY RESTAURANT!!!!
We covered page 27 and started the reading on page 28 - Stranded climbers rescued by text message.
Don't forget our class tomorrow!
November 20, 2009
DEALING WITH ADVERSITY.
HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND ENJOY YOUR ENGLISH READERS!
November 18, 2009
November 11, 2009
November 4, 2009
Chris decided to share a personal experience she had when she was doing her internship at HBDF. Chris was at the hospital visiting the patients and checking how well they had accepted their diets when something very unusual (At least to her!!) happened. Unfortunately, an old patient died in her own arms. It was definitely a very difficult situation for a young nutritionist to deal with.
Have you completed unit 1 in the workbook?
We are already in Unit 2! Before Jerry's presentation, we discussed the social uses of lying. We agreed that we live in a society in which we are often rewarded for lying and punished for telling the truth. If you arrived late at work, would you tell your boss you simply woke up late? Would you make up a nice excuse?
Do you think it's OK to lie to avoid hurting someone's feeling?
October 25, 2009
October 23, 2009
Last class we wrapped up the lesson on the "Assistant Cruise Director" ad. After analyzing the profile of three candidates, the group decided that Marcos Ferrante was definitely the best candidate for the position. We also did an extra exercise to reinforce vocabulary related to job qualifications.
Fun for the brain: Extra exercise 1A (present perfect review)
I'll collect the exercise to save class time.
October 20, 2009
The last fifteen minutes of the class were dedicated to Liliane's speech. It was interesting to learn about pavement preservation from an expert! Liliane pointed out that driving on rough roads accelerates vehicle depreciation, reduces fuel efficiency, and damages tires and suspension. Age, weather, moisture, traffic, heavy trucks, and delayed maintenance cause roads to deteriorate. A road is constructed for the users, for the society, with the money that comes from the taxes we pay. Liliane also mentioned that although we only pay attention to new constructions, the top priority should be the preservation of the conditions and performance of the transportation system we have already built. As tax payers, we should be better informed of the quality and maintenance of our roads. If maintenance is done properly, major problems can be avoided and lots of money can be saved by everyone and the government itself.
October 16, 2009
Don't forget to feed your brain with nutritious English this weekend: Workbook pages 7, 8 and 9
October 9, 2009
We also did the listening on page 4. The new CD worked!!!
There will be no class on Tuesday, but you can practice your English by doing workbook pages 4, 5 and 6.
Enjoy the holiday!
October 6, 2009
Take up something you're interested in. Cynthia took up scrapbooking 4 years ago.
Decide on a course of study or a career. Fernanda decided on a career on journalism when she was working for her high school newspaper.
Apply for a position or an opportunity to study. Have you ever applied for a position at an embassy?
Be accepted to/into a school or program. He wasn't accepted into the program because he had been a poor student in high school.
Be rejected by a program or a school. Some kids were rejected by the school because there weren't enough vacancies.
Sign up for a course or an activity. You have to sign up for the workshop we are offering tonight.
Enroll in a school, organization, or program. In order to be a student at CTJ, you must enroll in one of our programs. The secretaries help students with enrollment procedures.
Switch to a new course of study or career. Jerry is very pleased with his job, so he is not interested in switching to a different field.
Well, we also worked on a brief review of the present perfect tense and prepared some questions with the target vocabulary of the lesson. Unfortunately, the listening exercise needed to be interrupted due to technical problems. We'll get back to it next class!
October 5, 2009
Prime 5 – Summit 2 - Unit 1
Fun for the weekend: Workbook pages 1,2 and 3
September 29, 2009
September 17, 2009
Today the class was dedicated to a review exercise in which passive modals, reported speech and the order of modifiers were worked on.
YOU ARE READY FOR THE TEST! GOOD LUCK!
September 4, 2009
September 3, 2009
Key expressions of the lesson:
Staggering use - overwhelming, very shocking or surpising use
Harry Potter was a staggering success when it first came out.
To go awry - to go out of the right course / to go wrong
Anything that goes awry in the classroom is blamed on John.
Barely - almost not / By the smallest amount
He barely passed the course. His final average was 70 and the passing grade is 70.
We also covered exercises C and D on page 115.
Intellectually stimulating activities for the weekend: Grammar exchange, page 115 and workbook pages 93 and 94.
September 1, 2009
Prime 4 – Summit 1B – Unit 10 Modifying adverbs
August 28, 2009
August 27, 2009
It roamed the English channel more than 200 million years ago. And now the prehistoric monster has surfaced once more - in the limestone of Lyme Regis's famous 'Jurassic Coast'.
Excited archaeologists discovered the Loch Ness-style creature on the beach and have spent months piecing together a giant jigsaw composed of dozens of old bones to reveal the 12ft-long plesiosaur.
August 25, 2009
Come to think of it, it's a good idea to display those expressions right here.
Get to - annoy
That guy really gets to me.
This kind of music gets to me. It really disturbs me.
Catch up on work/chores - Do things that need to be done that you haven't had time to do yet. I have to catch up on my English homework.
Up to one's ears - Deeply involved or occupied to full capacity: We are up to our ears in work.
R and R - rest and relaxation: I need some R and R. I am stressed out!
Suggested free time activity: Workbook 91 and 92
August 24, 2009
August 18, 2009
From Least certain To Most certain
Unsolvable _ questionable - debatable - believable - provable
Amazing Homework: Write about an interesting experience (workbook page 90)
The teacher is looking forward to reading it!!!! Enjoy the pleasure of writing!
August 13, 2009
The class was dedicated to writing a news article. We talked about today's news and worked on the basic principles of a news article. Our articles:
By Chris, Fernanda and Fátima
Two days ago, the mayor of Cascavel decreed the closing of all the city public spaces to prevent the swine flu from spreading among the population.
By Jerry and Liliane
Due to time constraints, the articles were really brief. However, they provide relevant information to the readers. What should you have in mind when writing a news article? Question words! Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? A news article usually answers information questions about an event.
Expressions of the day:
I'm sick and tired of what is going on in the senate.
I can't stand this talk about the swine flu. I'm fed up!
Entertainment for the weekend:Exercise C, page 107
August 11, 2009
Today we talked about how skeptical we all are in relation to the news we gather from papers, magazines, the internet, etc. We watched some on-the-street interviews and agreed that one cannot fully trust any form of news reporting.
Here are some of the expressions we used today:
Proverb: Take it with a grain of salt.
To consider something to be not completely true or right .
I've read the article, which I take with a grain of salt.
Bias: A tendency to support or oppose a particular person or thing in an unfair way by allowing personal opinions to influence your judgement. Reporters must be impartial and not show political bias. (Cambridge Dictionary)
Rob puts too much faith in what he reads. (He believes it too readily.)
harmful # harmless - Do you think hoaxes should be considered a crime or are they harmless?
Credible source = reputable (able to be trusted)