2 The Good Life

You made it to EA2, way to go! This time, our themes revolve around travel and hobbies. In other words, LEISURE TIME! Together we get to explore the world and the crazy people in it with a special focus on oral presentations. Learning is a never-ending story!

Useful Links

Evaluation (mandatory requirements)

  1. 2 vocabulary tests
  2. 1 blog entry (post + picture & caption + other media)
  3. 1 comment for a fellow student
  4. oral presentation (phenomena in the English-speaking world)
  5. final exam on course vocabulary and grammar
  6. listening comprehension

Grammar

ENGLISH GROUP 1 & 3

Blog Theme 1: A Travel Blog

  • Visited countries map or Google Maps
  • Pick any place (anywhere in the world or in Finland) that has made a lasting impression on you.
  • Describe it in detail (150 – 250 words or more):
    • descriptive adjectives
    • phrases like situated in, surrounded by, steeped in
    • senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch)
    • use there was/were when describing a place, it was when describing the weather
    • what did you notice about the people or the food, for example
    • any strange incidents?
    • THIS IS NOT A JOURNAL ENTRY, FOCUS ON DESCRIBING!
  • Provide a picture or pictures of the place that you have either taken yourself or have copyrights to. Make sure it is something you don’t mind publishing on the Internet, something appropriate and relevant. The picture should include a caption: who, what, where, when, by who?

Blog theme 2: HOBBIES

    • Hobbies make us who we are. Introduce a hobby that you are interested in or that you find weird, interesting or exotic. Remember that many might be into football, so try to choose something special.
    • Provide a picture or pictures that you have either taken yourself or have copyrights to. Make sure it is something you don’t mind publishing on the Internet, something appropriate and relevant. The picture should include a caption: who, what, where, when, by who.

ORAL PRESENTATIONS: Try to explain a phenomenon

    • In pairs or individually.
    • Choose a research question and start exploring it by doing extensive research on the internet: Research Questions
    • Feel free to express your own opinions in your presentation and use the information that you have gathered wisely. Be critical!
    • Design a Prezi.com zooming presentation for visual aid. You don’t need any notes because you have practiced so many times that you remember everything by heart and can therefore make eye contact!
    • Don’t forget to mention your sources at the end, marked properly in the MLA style:

Bernstein, Mark. “10 Tips on Writing the Living Web.”A List Apart: For People Who Make Websites. A List Apart Magazine, 16 Aug. 2002. Web. Accessed 4 May 2009.


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