Amber’s Class

26-28th October: Making Notes

In this class, you will become familiar with four common ways of making notes when studying. You will practise reading short texts about football in the U.K. and making notes on them.

Compulsory:
Do activities 1-4. As you do the tasks, think about the benefits of making notes for students and how students can make notes.

  1. Do task 1 on page 32 of Headway Academic Skills: Reading, Writing, and Study Skills, Level 1 Student’s Book. Then, read the part called “The Importance of Good Notes” in the article “Taking Notes While Reading” on The Learning Center website.
  2. Read the “Study Skill” box and do activity 2 on page 32 of Headway Academic Skills: Reading, Writing, and Study Skills, Level 1 Student’s Book.
  3. Do “Before Quiz: Making Notes” on Edmodo.
  4. Download and print the document “QIBA F2020 AES Making Notes UK Football”. Bring it to class.

https://learningcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/taking-notes-while-reading/

Optional:
Read the rest of the article “Taking Notes While Reading” on The Learning Center website to get some advice about making notes. Additionally, read the article “How to Take Notes: 5 Effective Note Taking Methods” on the Oxford Learning website to find out about some other methods of making notes.

Practise making notes by reading a text and using one method to make notes about it. Repeat the activity using different texts. Use a different way of making notes each time you practise until you find the best way for you.

23rd-24th October: Topic Sentences and Paragraphs

In this class, you will learn about the features of a topic sentence and the structure of a paragraph. You’ll practise planning and writing a paragraph on the topic of how the outbreak of COVID-19 has changed education.

Compulsory:
Do activities 1-3. As you do the activities, think about where a topic sentence is in a paragraph and what parts a topic sentence and a paragraph have.
1) Watch the video “Topic Sentence and Paragraph Part 1 – Easy Writing Steps – EFL ESL Color Code”.
2) Do “Before Class Quiz 1: Topic Sentences and Paragraphs” on Edmodo.
3) Do “Before Class Quiz 2: Reading” on Edmodo.

Source: Justin Time EnglishClip. “Topic Sentence and Paragraph Part 1 – Easy Writing Steps – EFL ESL Color Code”. YouTube, 27th December, 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqxuNrhKhMc (retrieved 21st October, 2020).

Optional:
Practise writing paragraphs using the questions on the website “40 ESL Essay Writing Topics + Prompts” below. If you want any feedback, you can send them to me (Amber) on WeChat or by e-mail (Amberw2303@gmail.com) and I will give you some advice.

21st-22nd October: Simple Sentences

In this class, you will become familiar with the structure of simple sentences in English. All work in class will be on the topic of university societies.

Compulsory:
Do activities 1-3. As you do the activities, think about: what a clause is, what are the two type of clause, what are the features of each type of clause, what type of clause is in a simple sentence, what kind of subject can a simple sentence have, and what kind of verb can a simple sentence have.

  1. Watch the video “PHRASE Vs. CLAUSE – What’s the difference? – English Grammar – Independent and Dependent Clauses”.
  2. Read the article “Simple Sentences” on the Grammar Revolution website, or watch the video “SIMPLE SENTENCES”.
  3. Do the Edmodo quiz “Before Class Quiz: Simple Sentences”.

Source: Learn English Lab. “PHRASE Vs. CLAUSE – What’s the difference? – English Grammar – Independent and Dependent Clauses”. YouTube, 29th January, 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z45UdL0WTro (retrieved 19th October, 2020).

https://www.english-grammar-revolution.com/simple-sentence.html

Source: Get Grammarous with Kerry Sensei. “SIMPLE SENTENCES”. YouTube, 1st June, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsaHeRYqSuo (retrieved 19th October, 2020).

Optional:
Read “Subject” on the Teaching Banyan website and watch the video “COMPOUND SUBJECT AND COMPOUND PREDICATE Parts of a Sentence” to find out more about different types of subjects, including compound subject and verbs. A predicate is also known as a verb.

Source: Get Grammarous with Kerry Sensei. “COMPOUND SUBJECT AND COMPOUND PREDICATE Parts of a Sentence”. YouTube, 10th July, 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeSOghMWUe8 (retrieved 19th October, 2020).

Simple sentences are just one type of sentence in English. Learn about the other three sentence types (compound, complex, compound-complex) using this video. You will also learn about these sentence types in class over the next few weeks.

Source: English Lessons with Adam – Learn English [engVid]. “The 4 English Sentence Types – simple, compound, complex, compound-complex”. YouTube, 28th January, 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urr55rAreWc (retrieved 19th October, 2020).

17th-19th October: Punctuating a Sentence

In this class, you will review when to use capital letters, how to punctuate a sentence with a capital letter and full stop, and the difference between proper and common nouns. You will practise using this punctuation and grammar in class on the topic of meeting friends for the first time.

Do activities 1-4 before class. As you do 1, think about the different meaning and punctuation of proper and common nouns. As you do 2 and 3, think about when you use capital letters and full stops.
Compulsory:

  1. Watch the video “2 Kinds of Nouns: Common and Proper – English Byte”.
  2. Read “Capital Letters” on the Plain English Campaign website.
  3. Watch and Listen to the music video “The Capital Letters and Full Stops Song”.
  4. Do “Before Class Quiz: Common and Proper Nouns, Capital Letters, and Full Stops”.

Source: ESL English Byte. “2 Kinds of Nouns: Common and Proper – English Byte”. YouTube, 24th August, 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zb7R_qHWHI0 (retrieved 15th October, 2020).

http://www.plainenglish.co.uk/capital-letters.html

Source: Anchor Creative Education. “The Capital Letters and Full Stops Song (A MUST for any KS1 class)”. YouTube, 19th November, 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjvfcS3K7zM (retrieved 15th October, 2020).

Optional:
You can practise identifying common and proper nouns using the Khan Academy website. The quiz on the website gives you different question every time you do it.

https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/grammar/parts-of-speech-the-noun/types-of-nouns/e/common-and-proper-nouns

You can also read stories, song lyrics (words), or newspaper articles to practise identifying common and proper nouns. Read the text. You could underline the common nouns and circle the proper nouns or use one colour to highlight common nouns and another for proper nouns. You can find many English language classic short stories, fiction and non-fiction books in many different styles, song lyrics, and newspaper articles about lots of different topics on the websites below.

https://esl-voices.com/library/13736-2/classic-short-stories/

http://onlinereadfreenovel.com/allbooks/

https://www.azlyrics.com/

https://www.newsinlevels.com/

15th-16th October, 2020: Skim and Scan Reading/ Adverbs

In this class, you will learn some techniques to help you skim and scan read. You will practise using these techniques to read texts about illnesses that many university students suffer from. You will also learn review what adverbs are.
Compulsory:
Do activities 1-5. As you do the activities, think about what parts of a text can help you skim and scan read and what an adverb is and what information it can tell you.

  1. Do the quiz ‘Reading Techniques’ on the Pro Profs website. Send a photo of your results to Amber on WeChat.
  2. Read ‘Skimming Text’ and ‘Scanning Text’ or watch the video ‘Skimming and Scanning’.
  3. Do the Edmodo Quiz ‘Before Class Quiz 1: Skimming and Scanning 2’.
  4. Watch ‘Parts of Speech for Kids: What is an Adverb?’
  5. Do the Edmodo Quiz ‘Before Class Quiz 2: Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, and Adverbs’

https://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=reading-techniques

Source: BBC. “Skimming Text”. Skillswise, 2011, http://teach.files.bbci.co.uk/skillswise/en05skim-l1-f-what-is-skimming.pdf (retrieved 8th October, 2020).

Source: BBC. “Scanning Text”. Skillswise, 2011, http://teach.files.bbci.co.uk/skillswise/en05skim-l1-f-what-is-scanning.pdf (retrieved 8th October, 2020).

Source: Hermelin, Lori. “Skimming and Scanning”. YouTube, 13th May, 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ09fPVy3T4 (retrieved 12th October, 2020).

Source: Teaching Without Frills. “Parts of Speech for Kids: What is an Adverb?” YouTube, 9th April, 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94aFcx6oliY (retrieved 12th October, 2020).

Optional:
Practise skim and scan reading and types of words on different topics using Headway Academic Skills: Reading, Writing, and Study Skills, Level 1 Student’s Book :
• pages 10-11, exercise 3
• pages 16-17, exercises 4 and 6
• pages 22-23, exercise 2 and 4
• pages 28-29, exercises 2, 4, and 5
• pages 34-35, exercises 4, 5, 6, and 7.

12th-14th October, 2020: Skim and Scan Reading/ Nouns, Verbs, and Adjectives

In this class, you will learn about what skim and scan reading are, think about when to use skim and scan reading, and practise using both reading skills. You will also review what nouns, verbs, and adjectives are and practise identifying them. All work will be on the topic of education.
Compulsory:
Do activities 1-4 before class. As you do the activities, think about how to do skim and scan reading, what to look for when you skim or scan read, and what nouns, verbs, and adjectives are. All compulsory work is part of your participation grade.

  1. Do questions 1-4 on pages 4-5 of Headway Academic Skills: Reading, Writing, and Study Skills, Level 1 Student’s Book. Check your answers using the document “QIBA F2020 AES How Do You Read Answers”.
  2. Do the quiz “Before Class Quiz 1: Skim and Scan Reading” on Edmodo.
  3. Watch the music video “The Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives Song ACTIONS (with George and Ed)”.
  4. Do the assignment “Before Class Quiz 2: Nouns, Verbs, and Adjectives” on Edmodo.

Source: Anchor Creative Education. “The Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives Song ACTIONS (with George and Ed)”. YouTube, 31st August, 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkMpwHAy74Q (retrieved 8th October, 2020).

Optional:
You can learn more about how to skim and scan read using the documents below. You will look at how to do these skills in more detail in the next class.

Source: BBC. “Skimming Text”. Skillswise, 2011, http://teach.files.bbci.co.uk/skillswise/en05skim-l1-f-what-is-skimming.pdf (retrieved 8th October, 2020).

Source: BBC. “Scanning Text”. Skillswise, 2011, http://teach.files.bbci.co.uk/skillswise/en05skim-l1-f-what-is-scanning.pdf (retrieved 8th October, 2020).

You can learn about other reading types using this video.

Source: English Lessons Compilation. “TYPES OF READING | Scanning Skimming Intensive Extensive | Reading Comprehension | ELC”. YouTube, 14th June, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5yJRAOlA1U (retrieved 8th October, 2020).

8th-9th October: Modals of Obligation, Prohibition, and Suggestion

This week’s lesson is about the modals for obligation, prohibition, and suggestion: ‘should’, ‘must’, and ‘have to’. You will use these modal verbs to discuss and write classroom rules and their consequences. Before class, please do the compulsory work. From this lesson, the compulsory work is part of your speaking grade for the semester.

Compulsory (you have to do it):
Do activities 1-3. As you do the activities, think about the meaning of each modal verb, how to make positive and negative sentences and questions with each modal verb, and how to say each modal verb and sentences and questions using it.
1) Read the Let’s Learn English website OR watch the video “How to use have to, must and should in English – British English with Natalie”.
2) Listen to video, “How to use have to, must and should in English – British English with Natalie”. Choose one sentence using ‘should’, one using ‘must’, and one using ‘have to’. Practise saying those sentences. When feel confident, send a voice message to your classes WeChat group and say the three sentences. Please send this message before your class on Thursday (Canberra and Sydney) or Friday (Melbourne and Brisbane).
3) Join the Edmodo group for your class. The class codes are below and have been sent to your classes WeChat group. Do the quiz “Before Class Quiz: Modals of Obligation, Prohibition, and Suggestion”.

https://letslearnenglish.com/modals-of-obligation-and-prohibition/

Source: British English With Natalie. “How to use have to, must and should in English – British English with Natalie”. YouTube, 9th March, 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHJkCnlarw0 (retrieved 5th October, 2020).

https://new.edmodo.com/

Optional Homework (you don’t have to do it/ you can choose to do it):
You can do some extra practice of the modal verbs ‘should’, ‘must’, and ‘have to’ by:

  • reviewing the work that you did about questions in the last class: think about how to make questions using ‘should’, ‘must’, ‘have to’.
  • using the worksheet and video below (check your answers on the answer sheet or in the video).

Source: British Council. “Grammar Videos: Have to, must and should for obligation and advice – exercises”. Learn English Teens, 2012, https://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/sites/teens/files/gs_must_have_to_should_-_exercises_2.pdf (retrieved 25th September, 2020).

Source: British Council. “Grammar Videos: Have to, must and should for obligation and advice – answers”. Learn English Teens, 2012, https://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/sites/teens/files/gs_must_have_to_should_-_answers_0.pdf (retrieved 25th September, 2020).

Source: British English with Natalie. “Quiz time!!! Must, Have to or Should – British English with Natalie”.YouTube, 16th August, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dzk2H1cAsLQ (retrieved 5th October, 2020).

As you learned in the compulsory work, ‘must’ and ‘have to’ are similar, but not the same. If you want to learn more about the differences between the two modal verbs and practise using them, use the websites below.

https://www.gymglish.com/en/gymglish/english-grammar/must-vs-have-to

https://www.grammarbank.com/mustnt-vs-dont-have-to.html

https://www.grammarbank.com/must-have-to-exercise.html

If you aren’t sure what the infinitive and base/basic forms of a verb are or how to put the verb ‘to have’ into different tenses (e.g. present, past, and future), you can review them using the websites below.

https://www.kaplaninternational.com/blog/how-to-use-the-infinitive-verb-in-english

https://www.the-conjugation.com/english/verb/have.php

‘Should’, ‘must’, and ‘have to’ are just three of the modal verbs of obligation, prohibition, and suggestion. You can learn about other modal verbs that are used in the same way using the websites below. As you do this work, think about the meaning of each modal verb, how to make positive and negative sentences and questions with each modal verb, and how to say each modal verb and sentences and questions using it.

Watch the video “Modal Verbs of Obligation in Films”. Repeat the sentences with modal verbs of obligation, prohibition, or suggestion. Try to copy the way that the speakers say the sentences. You can also record yourself using your phone. Listen to your recording – do you sound the same as the speakers? If not, try again!

Source: Novis, Rob David. “Modal Verbs of Obligation in Films”. YouTube, 5th October, 2012, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOsFTuAysnk (retrieved 5th October, 2020).

5th-7th October: Making Questions with WH Question Words

After Class Homework

Download the document “QIBA F2020 WH Question Words Homework”. Do the task. Send your homework to Amber by e-mail (amberw2303@gmail.com)* before your next Academic English Skills Class and bring it to your next class.

Deadlines (you should e-mail your homework to Amber before this time):

  • Canberra: Thursday, 8th October, 13:59
  • Sydney: Thursday, 8th October, 15: 54
  • Melbourne: Friday, 9th October, 8:19 a.m.
  • Brisbane: Friday, 9th October, 10:19 a.m.

*Please write your class name and English name on your e-mail.

Before Class Homework

This week’s lesson is about subject and object questions using the WH question words: who, what, when, where, why, and how. You will use these types of questions to ask and answer questions about yourself with your classmates in class. Before class, please do the compulsory work.

Compulsory Homework (you have to do it):
Do activities 1, 2, and 3. As you do the activities, think about the meaning of the six WH question words (who, what, when, where, why, and how), how to make questions using those words, how to answer questions using those words, and how to say the words and questions that use them. You may want to make notes as you do the activities.
1) Read the PowerPoint presentation (PPT), “6 WH Question Words”, below.
2) Watch the video, “Questions With and Without Auxiliary Verbs” OR read “Subject and Object Questions in English” (click on the phrase below to visit the web page that you should read).
3) Download and print the document “QIBA F2020 AES WH Question Words Icebreaker Tasks”. Bring it to class.

Source: Seguia, Ebb Christian. “6 WH Questions”. Slideshare, 17th January, 2017, https://www.slideshare.net/ebbchristianseguia/6-wh-questions.

Source: MrSkypelessons. “Questions with and without Auxiliary Verbs”. YouTube, 24th October, 2012, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvJM4577iTY.

Optional Homework (you can choose to do this work/ you don’t have to do it):
Below is some advice about how to practise the WH Question words (and other types of grammar and vocabulary):

  • Use flashcards to help you learn the question words and the types of answers. Write the question word on one side of a small piece of card and write the type of answer on the other side. Look at the question word on a flashcard and say the type of answer. Then, turn the card over to check if you got the answer right or not. Do this with each flashcard. Repeat this activity by looking at the type of answer and saying the question word. Do it every day until you feel like you know the information well.
  • Listen to the video from 2 (above). Say the questions after the man says them. Try to copy the way that he says them.
  • Do online grammar exercises (there are two examples below). Check your answers online.
  • Practise writing own questions and answers.

https://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/subject-questions-exercise-1.html

https://www.quiz.biz/quizz-372101.html

Another type of question in English is a yes/no question. If you aren’t confident asking and answering yes/no questions, you can review them using the links below. As you do this work, think about how to make yes/no questions using the verb ‘to be’ and other verbs, how to answer questions yes/no questions, and how to say yes/no questions.

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/questions-yes-no-questions-are-you-feeling-cold

https://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/present-simple-exercise-12.html

https://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/present-simple-exercise-5.html

If you want to practise making and answering questions using other question words, use the links below. Think about the meaning of the additional question words, how to make questions using those words, how to answer questions using those words, and how to say the words and questions that use them. The Perfect English Website also has exercises about forming question in different tenses.

https://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/wh-question-words.htm

https://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/wh-question-words-quiz.php

https://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/present-simple-exercise-13.html

https://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/present-simple-exercise-6.html

Introduction to Academic English Skills

Watch the video to find out more about Academic English Skills and how the class will work. Read the document “QIBA F2020 AES Syllabus” to find out what you will study in the first semester and where your grade comes from.

Introduction to Online Learning

Watch the video to find out what you need to do your online classes. Read the PDF document “QIBA F2020 AES Using Zoom” to learn how to join a Zoom class.

What Do I Need for Online Classes?