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.

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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 Lesson 15

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 15 ON 6 MAR. 2014

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a | 08:30 – 12:30 | Vocabulary Exercise #3 Quiz, Peer editing of student’s essays, Student-teacher conferences on the prior day’s full TOEFL simulation, Cuisine presentations
b | 13:00 – 14:00 | Tour of the Chicago Public Library Innovation Lab seeing a maker lab and 3-D printers we read about the prior week in action; you can see pictures of the visit on our school blog here http://blog.thecollegeofchicago.com/2014/03/10/field-trip-to-harold-washington-library-about-3d-printing/

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/
g | Lessons 11 – 14 http://dalab.cc/post/78697316114/

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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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02 | Mr. D TOEFL Advanced/Integrative Lesson | Maker Culture and 3-D Printing in Schools and Libraries (Part 2 of 2)

02 | Mr. D TOEFL Advanced/Integrative Lesson | Maker Culture and 3-D Printing in Schools and Libraries (Part 2 of 2)

See Part 1 http://dalab.cc/post/78390732900/

This lesson was prepared for the TOEFL course at The College of Chicago http://thecollegeofchicago.com/

LESSON OBJECTIVES

* Use contextual clues, dictionaries and the American English corpus to learn new vocabulary words
* Read and take notes on an authentic American English article
* Practice speaking skills, focusing on fluency and sustained speech for independent TOEFL Speaking questions
* Practice note taking skills watching an authentic media video
* Develop integrative writing skills connecting ideas from the reading passage and the video

SPEAKING WARM-UP

Directions | For all questions, prepare your response for 15 seconds and then speak for 45 seconds. Use reason and details in your response.

1 | 3-D printers will change the world. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
2 | Some people prefer to make things themselves, other people prefer to buy things. What do you prefer and why?
3 | What is more important skill for kids to learn today: how to memorize dates and facts from history textbooks or how to use computers to find the information they need. Why?

READING 2
Hunt, Ryan A. “An Introduction to Maker Culture for Historians.” Web log post. IVRYTWR. N.p., 27 Nov. 2013. Web. 02 Mar. 2014. http://ivrytwr.com/2013/11/27/an-introduction-to-maker-culture-for-historians/
Text released under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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LECTURE 2
Public Libraries, 3D Printing, FabLabs and Hackerspaces | 25 Apr 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCXlJ36x-q0
Copyright (C) 2012 by the mybluheaven YouTube Channel
Video released the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

INTEGRATED ESSAY 2
Summarize the main points from the lecture, explaining how they illustrate the points made in the reading.

MORE READING

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What We Did in Our TOEFL Lessons Today | 26 Feb. 2014 | Winter Trimester 2013 – 2014 Block 4 Lesson 10

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

TOEFL WINTER TRIMESTER 2013 – 2014 BLOCK 4
WHAT WE DID IN LESSON 10 ON 26 FEB. 2014

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a | 08:30 – 09:45 | Discussion of the TOEFLtv YouTube Videos[1] and then students paraphrased the ideas from video they watched for homework into The College of Chicago Student TOEFL Tips Document
b | 09:55 – 11:20 | Cambridge Practice Test 3 Speaking simulation
c | 11:30 – 12:15 | Student-teacher conferences to discuss progress this block
d | 12:50 – 13:50 | Elective

HOMEWORK

1 | Finish the first draft of your cuisine essay
2 | Do your section of the reading tips
3 | Study for the Exercise 2 Quiz
4 | Read the writing rubric (due Monday)


LINKS

1 | https://www.youtube.com/user/TOEFLtv

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/

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

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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 Lesson Today | 2/19/14 | Winter Block 4 Lesson 6

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

TOEFL WINTER TRIMESTER 2013 – 2014 BLOCK 4
WHAT WE DID IN LESSON 6 ON 19 FEB. 2014

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a | 08:30 – 09:45 | Greeting, Revising Essays/Peer Editing of Essays

b | 09:55 – 11:20 | Cambridge practice test 2 Listening simulation & finished reviewing the “Goldilocks” listening assignment

c | 11:30 – 12:15 | “Goldilocks” speaking assignment
—> Required them write out an outline for their independent response practice

d | 12:50 – 13:50 | Elective

HOMEWORK

1 | Bring your laptop to school
2 | Study the words from “Vocabulary Exercise 1” in your textbook (pp. 188 – 190) for tomorrow’s quiz
3 | Write an independent essay about
4 | Find 2 research articles and summarize them for your “Cuisine Descriptive Essay”
5 | Read the “About Reading” section of the textbook (pp. 2 – 16)

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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COC TOEFL Winter Trimester 2013 – 2014 Block 4 Lessons 2 – 5 Summaries

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

TOEFL Class

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TOEFL WINTER TRIMESTER 2013 – 2014 BLOCK 4
WHAT WE DID IN LESSON 2 ON 11 FEB. 2014

a | 08:30 – 12:15 | Heinle CGT Practice Test 3 Full Simulation
b | 12:50 – 13:50 | Elective

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

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a | 08:30 – 09:45 | Greeting & Review “Goldilocks” reading assignment
b | 09:55 – 11:20 | Cambridge practice test 1 listening simulation
c | 11:30 – 12:15 | Finished reviewing the “Goldilocks” reading assignment and began the “Goldilocks” listening assignment
d | 12:50 – 13:50 | Elective

HOMEWORK

1 | Bring your laptop to school
2 | Study vocab exercise 17 in your textbook for the quiz
3 | Write an independent essay about what makes a good parent[1]. Use examples and details in your essay and then upload it to Google Drive.

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

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a | 08:30 – 09:45 | Greeting, CGT Vocab Quiz 17 and Revising Essays/Peer Editing of Essays
b | 09:55 – 11:20 | Cambridge practice test 1 speaking simulation & speaking prompts and students teach eachother the vocabulary words from the “Goldilocks” listening assignment
c | 11:30 – 12:15 | Individual student-teacher conferences & students work together on the “Goldilocks” listening assignment
d | 12:50 – 13:50 | Elective

HOMEWORK

1 | Bring your laptop to school
2 | Study vocab exercise 17 in your textbook for the quiz
3 | Write an integrated essay summarizing the points made in the podcast, explaining how they relate to the ideas in the reading. Use examples and details in your essay and then upload it to Google Drive.

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TOEFL WINTER TRIMESTER 2013 – 2014 BLOCK 4
WHAT WE DID IN LESSON 5 ON 18 FEB. 2014

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a | 08:30 – 09:45 | Greeting, Revising Essays/Peer Editing of Essays
b | 09:55 – 11:20 | Cambridge practice test 2 Reading simulation
c | 11:30 – 12:15 | Individual student-teacher conferences and students work together on the “Goldilocks” listening assignment
d | 12:50 – 13:50 | Elective

HOMEWORK

1 | Bring your laptop to school
2 | Study the words from “Vocabulary Exercise 1” in your textbook (pp. 188 – 190) for Thursday’s quiz
3 | Write an independent essay answering “IF you could go on a ‘long-boat’ journey with others to start a colony on 581-g, but not come back, would you? Why or why not? Use examples and details in your essay and then upload it to Google Drive. If you want, you can read more about Gilese 581 on Wikipedia here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gliese_581
4 | Find 2 research articles and summarize them for your “Cuisine Descriptive Essay” (due Thursday)

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LINKS

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

2 | Also see the Lesson 1 summary for context http://dalab.cc/post/76249048633/

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