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.

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12 May / Lesson 9
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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

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13 May / Lesson 10
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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

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14 May / Lesson 11
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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.

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15 May / Lesson 12
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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

What We Did in Our Spring Trimester 2014 Block 1 TOEFL Lessons 1 – 4

Monday, the 10th to Thursday, the 13th of March
Lessons 1 – 4 

  • Students completed all 4 parts of the (Cambridge, 2006) TOEFL iBT Simulation Practice Test 5.
  • We read and discussed the beginning of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
  • We covered Factual and Non-Factual TOEFL Reading sections in our textbook (Heinle, 2007) textbook.
  • We finished the second Advanced Integrative lesson on Maker culture and 3-D priting.
  • Quiz on textbook Vocabulary Exercise 5

BIBLIOGRAPHY


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What We Did in Our Winter Trimester 2013 – 2014 TOEFL Lessons 11 – 14

The class recaps below are from the TOEFL course at The College of Chicago.

TOEFL WINTER TRIMESTER 2013 – 2014 BLOCK 4
WHAT WE DID IN LESSON 11 ON 27 FEB. 2014

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a | 08:30 – 09:45 | Quiz on Vocabulary Exercise #2, TOEFL Advanced Integrative “Lesson: 01 | Introduction to StoryCorps”
b | 09:55 – 11:20 | Cambridge Practice Test 3 Writing simulation
c | 11:30 – 12:15 | Continued working on “Lesson: 01 | Introduction to StoryCorps”
d | 12:50 – 13:50 | Elective

EXTRA STORYCORPS RESOURCES

StoryCorps Lesson PDF http://cdn.storycorps.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Introduction-to-StoryCorps-1.pdf
StoryCorps Website http://storycorps.org/
StoryCorps in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps
Wikipedia Article About StoryCorps https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=StoryCorps&oldid=587702363

Podcast #1 from Class
Animation of the Interview http://storycorps.org/animation/q-and-a/
Podcast of the Interview http://storycorps.org/listen/stories/sarah-and-joshua-littman/
Wikipedia Article About Asperger’s https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Asperger_syndrome&oldid=593891805

Podcast #2 from Class
Podcast of the Interview http://storycorps.org/listen/stories/blanca-and-connie-alvarez/

Podcast #3 from Class
Podcast of the Interview http://storycorps.org/listen/stories/lourdes-and-roger-villanueva/

Podcast #4 from Class
Podcast of the Interview http://storycorps.org/listen/stories/julio-diaz/

HOMEWORK

1 | Finish the final draft of your cuisine essay
2 | Write an independent essay[1] on students in a new school
3 | Read the TOEFL writing and speaking rubrics, then write a 1 paragraph summary of each (4 total) and upload it to your Drive folder
4 | Study for the Exercise 3 Quiz next Thursday
5 | Review the Exercise 2 Quiz you took today

NOTE

1 | The prompt was taken from ETS https://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pdf/989563wt.pdf

TOEFL WINTER TRIMESTER 2013 – 2014 BLOCK 4
WHAT WE DID IN LESSON 12 ON 3 MAR. 2014

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a | 08:30 – 09:45 | Peer editing of students’ writing they did over the weekend
b | 09:55 – 11:20 | Advanced Integrative Lesson: Maker Culture & 3-D Printers
c | 11:30 – 12:15 | Maker Culture & 3-D Printers continued
d | 12:50 – 13:50 | Elective

HOMEWORK (all due on Wednesday)

1 | Finish the Integrated Essay for the Maker Culture & 3-D Printer Lesson http://dalab.cc/post/78390732900/
2 | Revise your cuisine essay and upload it to your Google Drive folder
3 | Finish your TOEFL Reading and Writing rubrics summary paragraphs and upload it to your Google Drive folder
4 | Revise the “Reading Tips” section of the “The College of Chicago Student Tips for the TOEFL Test” document we are going to finish it on Thursday to be published on the school website
5 | Study Vocab Exercise 3 in your textbook for the quiz on Thursday

TOEFL WINTER TRIMESTER 2013 – 2014 BLOCK 4
WHAT WE DID IN LESSON 13 ON 4 MAR. 2014

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a | 08:30 – 13:50 | Whole School Test (done bi-monthly to assess student progress)

TOEFL WINTER TRIMESTER 2013 – 2014 BLOCK 4
WHAT WE DID IN LESSON 14 ON 5 MAR. 2014

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a | 08:30 – 12:15 | Full TOEFL Simulation: Cambridge Practice Test 4
b | 12:50 – 13:50 | Elective

HOMEWORK

1 | Finish the Integrated Essay for the Maker Culture & 3-D Printer Lesson http://dalab.cc/post/78390732900/
2 | Revise your cuisine essay and upload it to your Google Drive folder
3 | Finish your TOEFL Reading and Writing rubrics summary paragraphs and upload it to your Google Drive folder
4 | Revise the “Reading Tips” section of the “The College of Chicago Student Tips for the TOEFL Test” document we are going to finish it on Thursday to be published on the school website
5 | Study Vocab Exercise 3 in your textbook for the quiz on Thursday

PREVIOUS LESSONS IN THIS BLOCK

a | Winter Trimester 2013 – 2014 Block 4 Lesson 1 Recap & Homework http://dalab.cc/post/76249048633/
b | Lessons 2 – 5 http://dalab.cc/post/77102158510/
c | Lesson 6 http://dalab.cc/post/77217751839/
d | Lessons 7 & 8 http://dalab.cc/post/77726426824/
e | Lesson 9 http://dalab.cc/post/77847904036/
f | Lesson 10 http://dalab.cc/post/77928734726/

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Wonderful song from “Shall We Dance” for ESL/EFL…



Wonderful song from “Shall We Dance” for ESL/EFL students to learn some of the odd pronunciation options for: either, neither, potato, tomato and more! You can read more about the movie on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shall_We_Dance_%281937_film%29

What We Did in Our TOEFL Lessons Today | 25 Feb. 2014 | Winter Trimester 2013 – 2014 Block 4 Lesson 9

This blog post is about a course at The College of Chicago.

TOEFL WINTER TRIMESTER 2013 – 2014 BLOCK 4
WHAT WE DID IN LESSON 9 ON 25 FEB. 2014

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a | 08:30 – 09:45 | Greeting; Revising Essays/Peer Editing of Essays; Students who with low scores re-took CGT Quiz 1
b | 09:55 – 11:20 | Cambridge Practice Test 3 Listening simulation; Begin working on practicing “Statements of Opposition” to use in speaking and writing TOEFL responses
c | 11:30 – 12:15 | Finish practicing “Statements of Opposition”
d | 12:50 – 13:50 | Elective

HOMEWORK

1 | Study the words from “Vocabulary Exercise 2” in your textbook (pp. 190 – 192) for Thursday’s quiz
2 | Catch up on all late homework: TOEFL YouTube video, Tips for the TOEFL Reading Section Google Doc, Cuisine Descriptive Essay and/or any missing Independent Writing assignments. See the links below to past blog posts for more specifics about any assignments.

LINKS

1 | Winter Trimester 2013 – 2014 Block 4 Lesson 1 Recap & Homework http://dalab.cc/post/76249048633/
2 | Lessons 2 – 5 http://dalab.cc/post/77102158510/
3 | Lesson 6 http://dalab.cc/post/77217751839/
4 | Lessons 7 & 8 http://dalab.cc/post/77726426824/

What We Did in Our TOEFL Lessons Today & Last Thursday | Winter Trimester 2013 – 2014 Block 4 Lessons 7 and 8

The College of Chicago | http://thecollegeofchicago.com

TOEFL WINTER TRIMESTER 2013 – 2014 BLOCK 4
WHAT WE DID IN LESSON 7 ON 20 FEB. 2014

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a | 08:30 – 09:45 | Greeting; CGT Vocab Quiz 1; Revising Essays/Peer Editing of Essays
b | 09:55 – 11:20 | Cambridge Practice Test 2 Speaking simulation; Finish Peer Essay Editing
c | 11:30 – 12:15 | Students develop a Tips for the TOEFL Reading Section document
d | 12:50 – 13:50 | Conversation Practice

HOMEWORK

1 | Study the words from “Vocabulary Exercise 2” in your textbook (pp. 190 – 192) for next Thursday’s quiz
2 | Write an independent essay about borrowing money from a friend[1]
3 | Read the 2013-2014 TOEFL Bulletin [2]
4 | Finish the rough draft of your “Cuisine Descriptive Essay”

LINKS

1 | The prompt was taken from ETS https://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pdf/989563wt.pdf
2 | http://www.ets.org/s/toefl/pdf/toefl_ibt_bulletin_2013-14.pdf Became aware of this thanks to advice from The Complete Guide to the TOEFL Test iBT Ed. (pp. xvii – xxi)

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TOEFL WINTER TRIMESTER 2013 – 2014 BLOCK 4
WHAT WE DID IN LESSON 8 ON 24 FEB. 2014

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a | 08:30 – 09:45 | Greeting; Revising Essays/Peer Editing of Essays; Students who were absent Friday took CGT Quiz 1
b | 09:55 – 11:20 | Cambridge Practice Test 1 Reading simulation; Revise the student tips for the TOEFL reading section document
c | 11:30 – 12:15 | Cambridge Practice Test 1 Writing simulation
d | 12:50 – 13:50 | Elective

HOMEWORK

1 | Study the words from “Vocabulary Exercise 2” in your textbook (pp. 190 – 192) for Thursday’s quiz
2 | Write an independent essay about groups and organizations[1]
3 | Watch 1 YouTube video from the TOEFLtv channel by ETS https://www.youtube.com/user/TOEFLtv and then do a report on it to present tomorrow in class
4 | Finish the rough draft of the Student Tips for the TOEFL Reading Section Google Doc

LINKS

1 | The prompt was taken from ETS https://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pdf/989563wt.pdf

2 | Also see:

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What we Did in Our COC IEP 200 Class on Monday, November 18th, 2013

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Winter Trimester 2013-14 Block 1 Lesson 8

a | 09:30 – 09:45 | Welcome Back Discussion About Everyone’s Weekends

b | 09:45 – 10:46 | NorthStar 2 Listening and Speaking (Third Ed.)[1] | Unit 4 | Pages 60 – 62

c | 11:22 – 12:00 & 123:45 – 13:10 | News Hour | Breaking News English.com | Aid too slow in reaching Philippine needy (16th November, 2013)[2]

d | 13:10 – 14:15| Fast Listening | Listen A Minute.com | Business[3]

e | 14:15 – 15:00 | Elective

NOTES

1 | ISBN 978-0-13-240988-9 | Copyright (C) 2009, 2004, 1998 by Pearson Education, Inc. | All rights reserved.
2 | http://breakingnewsenglish.com/1311/131116-typhoon-haiyan.html | Copyright (C) 2013 by Sean Banville | All rights reserved.
3 | http://listenaminute.com/b/business.html | Copyright (C) 2009-2013 by Sean Banville | All rights reserved.

HOMEWORK

1 | Make 11 vocabulary sentences with the vocab words on page 62 of NorthStar
2 | Finish your “introduction” paragraph and e-mail it back to me as 1 file with the “results” paragraph

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What we Did in Our COC IEP 200 Class on Thursday, November 14th, 2013

COC IEP 200 | http://mr.danoff.org/cociep200

Winter Trimester 2013-14 Block 1 Lesson 7

a | 09:30 – 10:04 | Review Quiz 1 and Prepare for Quiz 2

b | 10:04 – 11:22 | Quiz 2

c | 11:22 – 12:00 & 13:45 – 14:40 | News Hour | Breaking News English.com | Only 10% of UK engineers are women (6th November, 2013)[1]

c1 | We got into a long discussion about the many different definitions of the present participle verb “tapping” and its base verb “tap”.

d | 12:00 – 13:45 | School Lunch for a Student’s Last Day | James R. Thompson Center Food Court

e | 14:40 – 15:00 | Fiction | Read the fifth and sixth pages of the the second “Fantom of the Fair” comic[2]

NOTES

1 | http://breakingnewsenglish.com/1311/131106-women-engineers.html | Copyright (C) 2013 by Sean Banville | All Rights Reserved
2 | http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?dlid=19351 | Public Domain

HOMEWORK

1 | Give your questionnaire to 20 people; write your results paragraph and make 3 (or more) graphs
2 | Read Mobile Unit 2 “The Subject” http://eslau.ca/lesson/unit2.php and do Exercises 2.1 http://eslau.ca/exercise/ex2.1.php and 2.2 http://eslau.ca/exercise/ex2.2.php Athabasca University | Copyright (C) 2007 by Athabasca University | CCA 3.0 Licensed (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

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What we Did in Our COC IEP 200 Class on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

COC IEP 200 | http://mr.danoff.org/cociep200

Winter Trimester 2013-14 Block 1 Lesson 6

a | 09:30 – 12:00 | News Hour | Breaking News English.com | Toronto mayor smoked crack cocaine (8th November, 2013) [1]

b | 12:45 – 13:15 | Project | Students edited their questionnaires on their laptops

c | 13:45 – 14:10 | Grammar

c1 | Reviewed the basic sentence lesson from Athabasca’s Mobile ESL textbook with the PDF[2]

c2 | Read “1.6 | Be With Descriptions” and completed exercises 7 and 8 from Grammar in Context 1[3]

d |14:10 – 14:15 | Reviewed the quiz 2 study guide

e | 14:15 – 15:00 | Wonder Years Elective

NOTES

1 | http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1311/131108-toronto-mayor.html
2 | Lesson http://eslau.ca/ and PDF http://www.eslau.ca/lesson/unit1.pdf

3 | ISBN 978-1-4130-0736-7

HOMEWORK

1 | Study for Quiz 2
2 | Give your questionnaire to 20 people; write your results paragraph and make 3 (or more) graphs (due Monday)

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What we Did in Our COC IEP 200 Class on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

COC IEP 200 | http://mr.danoff.org/cociep200

Winter Trimester 2013-14 Block 1 Lesson 5

a | 09:30 – 09:50 | Greetings and Weekend Activities Discussion

b | 09:50 – 12 & 12:45 – 13:10 | News Hour | Breaking News English.com | Better tables for beautiful people in Paris restaurants (10th November, 2013)[1]

c | 13:10 – 14:15 | NorthStar 2 Listening and Speaking (Third Ed.)[2] | Unit 4

d | 13:45 – 14:15 | Project | Review Everyone’s Survey Questionnaires

e | 14:15 – 15:00 | Wonder Years Elective

NOTES

1 | http://breakingnewsenglish.com/1311/131110-frenchrestaurants.html
2 | ISBN 978-0-13-240988-9

HOMEWORK

1 | Bring laptop tomorrow
2 | Make 3 vocabulary sentences with trendy, good-looking and furthermore
3 | Finish the 2nd draft of your questionnaire
4 | Read Mobile Unit 1 “The Basic Sentence” http://www.eslau.ca/lesson/unit1.php and do Exercise 1.1 http://www.eslau.ca/exercise/ex1.1.php from Athabasca University

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