ABI – class of April 28, 2014

Class of April 28, 2014

Solutions for:






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“Should parents have the right to educate their children at home?“




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General procedure:



Introduce the topic:

Possible points:

–          Right of parents to educate children at home

–          Important issue

–          Balance of power between citizen and state

–          Introductory statements by the pro & con parties

Solutions 2a)

  1. A participant is saying something irrelevant.
  2. Someone wants to speak when it is not his/her turn.
  3. Enough has been said on one particular aspect.
  4. The same people have been talking most of the time.
  5. Mark is being interrupted time and again by different people.
  6. Everyone seems to agree on a certain point.
  7. Someone is trying to introduce a new aspect.

Solutions 2b)

  1. I think we’re losing the focus here.
  2. I’m afraid you’ll have to wait your turn.
  3. Let’s consider a further aspect now.
  4. Perhaps someone new would like to make a contribution.
  5. Please allow Mark to continue to the end of this point. / to finish his point.
  6. Is it really the case that everyone agrees?
  7. I think we should explore this aspect a bit further.

Solutions 3)

–          final statement – this discussion – brief summary – views expressed – become clear – the majority – is up now – to thank you – and attention – say goodbye



–          give the discussion a clear structure

–          keep order firmly but politely

–          make sure participants keep on the point

–          try to get everybody involved

–          if necessary, give promts to help the discussion


(to follow)


To support = unterstützen // the support = die Unterstützung



Guided writing:


Please prepare a short essay (between 80 to 120 words); topic: home education





ABI April 9, 2014

Class of April 9, 2014


1)      Pankakes = Pfannkuchen

Der Pfannkuchentag ermöglicht es, ein oder zwei Teller voll zu schlemmen und einige andere britsche Favoriten zu erkunden. Englische Pfannkuchen sind eine Art Crêpe, die für gewöhnlich ziemlich einfach serviert werden, mit einem Spritzer Zitrone und einem Hauch Zucker.

To sprinkle = (be)streuen

London’s ältestes Pfannkuchenhous „MOD“, serviert diese schon seit 1958 an Einheimische / Hiesige und Besucher. Die Bezeichnung „mein alter Däne“ ist eigentlich / tatsächlich Ost-Londons Cockney Dialekt. Es ist eine liebevolle Bezeichnung für eine Ehefrau oder Herzogin (eine extravagant gekleidete Frau), verewigt im 1892 geschriebenen Lied von der lokalen Varietéetheaterlegende Albert Chevalier.


Duchess = Herzogin / duke = Herzog

To indulge = frönen, nachgeben, sich (etw.) genehmigen (Essen/Trinken)


Basic7: Expressing yourself politely


1: disagreeing with someone

2: Interrupting someone

3: Stopping someone interrupting (you)

4: Dealing with a misunderstanding


1. With respect, I completely / totally / fully disagree.

2. I’d appreciate it if you’d wait until I’ve finished.

3. I’m sorry but that’s not what I said.

4. Unfortunately it isn’t as simple as that.

5. Excuse me, let me intterupt you if I may.


1: 1

2: 3/2

3: 4

4: ½


1. I’m not sure you’ve quite understood what I’m trying to say.

2. I hope I’ve succeeded in making my point / in convincing you.

3. It might possibly be a little more complicated than that.




BASIC 8: Chairing a discussion

Write a short essay (80-120 words) about your plans for the rest of this year.

Write a letter to a friend (or an imaginary friend) telling him about your last holiday trip or something interesting that happened to you last year. Use the PAST!

p. 52 / 2a)

1)      There’s a man who’s sitting on a chair and he’s fishing in the lake. He has caught two fish.

2)      There’s a woman. She is cutting the flowers. The sun is shining, the sky is blue. It’s a wonderful day. There are some clouds in the sky. I think she’s doing the housework, because near the door, there’s a bucket.

3)      In the picture, I can see a man. He’s a painter. He’s painting the landscape, the mountains and the lake and a ship and he’s painting the sun. It’s a beautiful day. It’s very hot.

4)      There’s a person who’s watching the birds and in front of her, there’s a river, in the background there are some mountains. One bird is watching the birdwatcher.


fairway class of April 7, 2014

p. 49 / 5b

1) What’s the city which had the Olympic Games in 2000? – I think it’s Athens.

2) Who was the man who wrote „Auld Lang Syne“? – It’s Robert Burns!

3) Who’s the woman who started “The Body Shop”? –

4) Which country won the football World Cup in 2002? – It’s Brazil!

5) Who are the people that found DNA? – They are called Crick and Watson.

6) Who was the first man who walked on the moon? – I think it was Neil Armstrong.


GAME: “Famous dead people” – 20 questions

1)      You think of a famous dead person, but you don’t tell the name. Your partner then has got 20 questions to ask you, you answer him, without telling the name.

2)      If your partner guesses the name within 20 questions, he or she wins, if not – you win! Alternative: instead of granting 20 questions, you can pick one person to think of someone famous and the others are the opponents. One begins to ask questions and is allowed to continue until he gets a “no” as an answer – then the next one is allowed to ask questions until he gets a “no” and so on. The one who’s got the correct answer wins and can choose the next person.



When I go to my dining room, there’s a big table. On there, there is a lot of food. I am so hungry, but I cannot sit down… why? I don’t have a…… CHAIR!


I have many pairs of it. …….. SHOES! // EARRINGS // SOCKS


You can buy it every morning, or somebody brings it to your flat. It’s possible to find the latest and up-to-date news in this object – a NEWSPAPER!


People always use it. You can carry it with you or you can put it onto the table or hang it on the wall. It has two names in English, but they mean the same. A clock or a watch.


It lives in the garden. It’s a small red beetle with small black spots. It’s a ladybug!


Children use it before they learn to ride a bike, so they can’t fall over. Tricycle!


You can relax while travelling with it. You can eat, drink or sleep during travel. It doesn’t go on the street. A TRAIN!


Everybody needs it every day. It’s the elixir of life. Our body is about 60 % of it. – WATER!


Don’t let the bedbug bite you!



We definitely won’t need it today, but a good English gentlemen never leave the house without it –





class of March 3, 2014 – translation and role play


Fish and Chips

WC nannte das frittierte britische Gericht, bestehend aus weißem Fisch in einem knusprigen, goldenen Teigmantel und knusprigen Kartoffelscheiben „die guten Begleiter. In der Tat sind „Fisch und Chips [Pommes]“ nicht gänzlich eine … (FRAGMENT) – fragt ggf. Martina, sie hat eine super Übersetzung abgeliefert! 🙂


3) Eton Mess

This traditional English …


popular = beliebt // famous = berühmt

Diese traditionelle englische Nachspeise, bestehend aus einer Mischung von Erdbeeren, Baiserstückchen und Sahne erhielt ihren Namen vom berühmten Eton College in Berkshire, wo es bei dem seit dem 19. Jahrhundert alljährlich stattfindenden Cricketspiel gegen Harrow School serviert wurde. Ein beliebter Mythos besagt, dass Eton Mess entstand, als sich ein Hund aus Versehen / unbeabsichtigt auf eine Erdbeer-Pavlova setzte und der einzige Weg, es zu retten bestand darin, es als ein zerkrümeltes Baiserdessert zu servieren. Versuchen Sie es …





p. 105 – Basic 4: Improving fluency // No. 3


Journalist: J

Member of the government: MG


1 – The economy

2- Education

3- Crime figures

4- Aid for developing countries

5 – Health care

Others: refugees (Flüchtlinge), war (Krieg), wages (Löhne), unemployment (Arbeitslosigkeit)



(1)    – J: How can you explain the recent stagnation / decrease in our countries’ buying power (Kaufkraft)? What incentives are planned to stimulate domestic (heimisch, binnenländisch) economy? With rising GDP (=gross domestic product = BIP = Bruttoinlandsprodukt), wouldn’t it be adequate to raise minimum wages?

(2)    What are your plans to improve the existing syllabus (Lehrplan)? // the existing educational system? How can you not limit the number of students for professional teaching with this high number of unemployment in this sector? Why don’t you liberate the teaching market and let the schools choose their employees using the same application procedure as in private enterprises? Wouldn’t it be better to allow students to repeat classes when they feel insecure without fearing negative consequences later in life?

(3) – J: What is your reaction to the latest crime figures, which reveal a sharp increase in violent crime?


(4)    – J: Should it become mandatory to donate a certain amount of money each month to developing countries? Why don’t we cut out on the aid for developing countries since they should learn to  build and rise their economy on their own?

(5)    What do you think of the existing health care program? Shouldn’t it be improved urgently? Can you guarantee that the fees for our health care system won’t be raised in the next four years as promised before the elections? How are you going to do that?


Topic: environment: J: What new measures is the government going to take to reduce industrial carbon emissions?


Topic: discrimination against the elderly: J: How do you plan to stop discrimination against older people in the job market?


Topic: decreasing votes for the party: J: Why do you think the government has become so unpopular with the electorate?


Topic: climbing the success ladder / promotion within the party: J: Do you have any ambitions to become party leader yourself one day?