October i$$ue of The U.P. Published and Website Updated

I am proud to announce that the October i$$ue of The Uncertainty Principle was printed and published in Chicago on Monday!

Volume ? i$$ue three “_ _ _ _” was distributed to select stores and mailed to select individuals this week. If you want a copy, please e-mail editor@theuncertaintyprinciple.biz.

Also this week The U.P. website was updated and (as you can see) the WordPress plugin issue that had been bugging out this blog was corrected!

Stay tuned for more new publications, posts, educational resources and more in the coming months!!

In the short term, look out for the web version of this i$$ue to be published on November 13th, 2014.

COC ESL 400 Spring Trimester 2014 Block 2 Week 3 Recap

Below is a recap of what happened this week in our COC ESL 400 Evening classes at The College of Chicago.

CORE

We began the listening exercises from NorthStar Listening and Speaking 4, Unit 1 and went through pages 382 – 386 of Grammar in Context 2 on Superlatives and Comparatives. Our grammar studies were supplemented with a handout from the Summit 1 Workbook on repeated comparatives and double comparatives as well as comparison resources from the Mobile ESL website. During their time in the Lab students completed listening activities from elllo.org, including this one about “Chicago”.


NEWS HOUR

This week we spent a lot of time on the first news article below and used the second mainly for vocabulary words for our News Hour quiz:

Number of children in Japan at record low   (7th May, 2014)
http://breakingnewsenglish.com/1405/140507-children.htm

World helps Nigeria look for kidnapped girls   (11th May, 2014)
http://breakingnewsenglish.com/1405/140511-nigeria-schoolgirls.html

EXTENSIVE READING PROGRAM ELECTIVE

Students continued working through their self-selected graded English readers this week, putting entries in their reading logs and discussing what they’d read.

PAST LESSONS THIS BLOCK

COC TOEFL Spring Trimester 2014 Block 2 Week 3 Recap

Below are reviews of the past week of our COC TOEFL classes at The College of Chicago.

===
12 May / Lesson 9
===

A | Students worked individually to complete the Barron’s Speaking and Writing #3 Simulations

B | We reviewed the vocabulary words that will be on the next quiz and identified what quizzes certain students are missing and need to make-up

C | Students practiced their TOEFL Speaking Skills as we drilled independent speaking prompts

D | We reviewed Lesson 4 of the Complete Guide to the TOEFL Test, iBT Edition and did some more exercises from that lesson

E | Students were given time to develop the handouts they will use later this week when they lead their own TOEFL Reading Skills Review Lessons

===
13 May / Lesson 10
===

A | Students individually worked on Cambridge TOEFL Reading Simulation #7 

B | COC TOEFL Vocab Quiz 9.2 

C | Reviewed Complete Guide to the TOEFL Test Lesson 4 and went through Lesson 5 

D | Developed TOEFL Speaking section skills through prompt, drill and discussion

E | Students worked individually on their survey project and TOEFL Reading Skills lesson handout

===
14 May / Lesson 11
===

A | Students took COC TOEFL Vocabulary Quiz 9.4 and then composed example vocab sentences for the words on Quiz 10.1 

B | Students worked individually to finish Cambrige TOEFL Listening Simulation #7.

C | Instructor led students as we went through Lesson 6 “Refernce Questions” of The Complete Guide to the TOEFL Test, iBT Edition (CGT).

D | Student led a reviews of CGT Lesson 2 “Vocabulary Questions”.

E | Developed students TOEFL Speaking Section skills with independent speaking question prompts where students individually answered them to the class and then afterwards they discussed eachother’s answers.

===
15 May / Lesson 12
===

A | Students took COC TOEFL Vocabulary Quiz 10.1; composed example vocab sentences for the words on Quiz 10.2 and we then reviewed some of the recent quizzes.

B | Students worked in two teams competing for the better score on a TOEFL Reading Simulation.

C | Instructor led students as we quickly reviewed Lesson 6 “Reference Questions” and then went through Lesson 7 of The Complete Guide to the TOEFL Test, iBT Edition (CGT).

D | Students led reviews of CGT Lesson 3 “Inference Questions” and Lesson 4 “Purpose, Method and Opinion Questions”.

Earlier Lessons in this Block

I have amazing students at The College of Chicago where I teach. See what they h…

I have amazing students at The College of Chicago where I teach. See what they have been up to in our April school newsletter!


The College of Chicago News and Activities
us3.campaign-archive1.com
May 17th : Cubs Game                  Chicago Cubs VS Milwaukee Brewers                  1:20 PM Saturday @Wrigley Field                   *talk to your teacher if you are interested                   to come!Enjoy the special Chicago baseball game experience with your classmates and teachers!      …

Reshared post from Charles Danoff:

Anyone interested in the 2014 Open Education Conference?

Original Post from Charles Danoff:

+Joe Corneli +Charlotte Pierce +Doug Breitbart +Paola Ricaurte Quijano +Fabrizio Terzi +Kyle Larson +Régis Barondeau +Elaine Bucheger  +Suz B If you are able/interested in going to the 2014 Open Education Conference Nov 19 – 21 in D.C. and/or want to join via #HoA (thank you +Dorotea Mar) please add your name to our application http://goo.gl/fHlRkI also feel free to edit it! I'll turn it in tonight