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

What we did in our CoC IEP 200 Class on Monday February 4th

Details from today’s (Mon. 4 Feb. 2013COC IEP 200 Class at the College of Chicago. You can compare what happened below with the lesson plan, heading into class. For context, please see this page with more past lesson plans for this class and all the class recaps.

NEWS & CURRENT EVENTS

Read “France shuns use of Twitter ‘hashtag’” article from Breaking News English. Interesting article and subsequent discussion about loan words and universal languages.

GRAMMAR IN CONTEXT

Started a new lesson today and learned about the simple present tense.

SURVEY PROJECT

Checked in students draft of their 9 survey questions and edited them. Gave them back to students so they could do their final drafts tonight.

NORTHSTAR

Reviewed and discussed Unit 4 pages 86 to 87.

COMIC BOOK

Finished our fourth “Fantom of the Fair” story from Amazing Mystery Funnies Vol. 3 #1 and got closer to learning the true identity of the Fantom!

FICTION

Discussed pages 15 and 16 of ‘Two Worlds’ from Antoinette Moses’ Frozen Pizza and Other Slices of Life. The two main characters were spending time in Tate Modern and Rosie offered her opinions of the Dali’s Lobster Telephone and Henry Moore’s ‘Recumbent Figure.’

HOMEWORK

  • NorthStar 4: “B GRAMMAR” exercises on pages 84 to 85
  • News: Read “AFTER TRAGEDY, NEWTOWN DEBATES A SCHOOL’S FUTURE” News for You article and write a 3 sentence summary of the main idea and some details from the article
  • Grammar: Do page 45
  • Survey Project: Finish the final draft of your survey
  • Study for Quiz 3 on Thursday: News for You Newtown vocab words, Vocab Words from NorthStar Unit 4 page 74 and Grammar pages 31 to 33, 41-45
  • Fiction: read/review pages 15 and 16 of “Frozen Pizza …”

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