ihr wisst, bis 15. Dezember müsst ihr “Heart of Darkness” gelesen haben. Wer sich schwer tut oder gerne eine Unterstützung, einen “Vorleser” haben möchte, dem kann ich zwei Tipps geben:
1) Das Buch wurde vertont. Es ist in Youtube auch leicht zu finden…
Das ist ein kostenloses Programm, das euch viele Dateiformate vorliest. Man kann auch Text reinkopieren und es liest vor. Es sind mehrere Stimmen vorstinalliert, nicht nur Englisch und Deutsch.
Vielleicht hilft euch das.
please click on the attachment, there’s everything you need.
If you have a minute or two, please click here and do the exercise:
It is really good and it checks your vocabulary on idioms. It’s fun! You should give it a try!
See you in class!
Please find enclosed the vocab list from Martina. Thanks for handing it in.
If you have troubles importing it into your app, you might have to change the xlsx to xls, thanks!
See you tomorrow!
I wanted to remind you that you have to read an article each week before class. Please, don’t forget to read something.
In case you’ve forgotten all about it, here’s what I presented to you:
I want you to check english newspapers on regular basis. Not only to improve your English, but also to get the needed insight on today’s politics, what’s happening around the world and how other contries perceive the situation.
You can chose your own, but here are some tips:
These are all available for free online, there’s no need to buy anything.
And here’s the deal:
Pick an article you find interesting each week before class, read it carefully, so you can sum up what you’ve read in class!
We are going to practice it before we start.
PLUS: The article I chose and prepared for you:
14 September 2014 Last updated at 21:51 GMT
Brazil builds giant Amazon observation tower
The Amazon rainforest is responsible for absorbing tonnes of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere
Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin to monitor climate change.
The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is expected to rise 325m from the ground.
Its instruments will gather data on greenhouse gases, aerosol particles and the weather in one of the largest continuous rain forests on the planet.
Brazilian and German scientists hope to use the data to better understand sources of greenhouse gases and answer questions on climate change.
The tower is being constructed out of steel that was brought thousands of kilometres from the south of Brazil to the site, about 160km (100 miles) from the Amazonian city of Manaus.
Because of its height, the tower will make it possible to investigate the alteration and movement of air masses through the forest over a distance of several hundred kilometres.
“The measurement point is widely without direct human influence, and therefore ideal to investigate the meaning of the forest region for the chemistry and physics of the atmosphere,” said Jurgen Kesselmeier, the project coordinator for the German side, quoted on the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz website.
The Amazon jungle is one of the world’s most sensitive ecosystems, with a powerful influence on the intake and release of carbon into the atmosphere.
“The tower will help us answer innumerable questions related to global climate change,” said Paulo Artaxo, from the University of Sao Paulo.
The tower will be integrated into an existing structure of smaller measuring towers in the region.
When finished, it will complement a similar observatory built in 2006 that already stands in Central Siberia.
Eingefügt aus <http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-29199728>
First, you should read this article in order to get an overview.
Second, you should go through it again, checking for vocabulary you find interesting or you don’t know yet – highlight it and put it into your list.
It could look like this:
|to integrate||integrieren, einbinden|
Third, you should sum up the essence of the article in your own words. Give it a try!
What’s the topic? What’s the main statement? What’s special? What’s it for?
If possible, apply the “5 W”-rule:
Who – What – When – Where – Why ?
Who is it about?
When did it take place?
Where did it happen?
Why did it happen?
It is useful if you know how to use the passive voice.
Here’s an example on how the summary could look like:
An observation tower is being built in the Amazon rainforest in order to observe greenhouse gases and the climate change. It’s being installed right now, in Brasil. Scientists want to gather information.
That’s it! It isn’t that hard, is it?
Since I noticed that at least some of you suffer from always postponing work, I wanted to suggest you taking part in this MOOC:
This is an online course (it’s free! – and it’s in German!) that explains why you put off work and how to better your situation. I am also taking part in this course and have learnt a lot by now. Maybe it can help you as well.
There’s no pressure – if you think this is boring or simply too much, I won’t judge. It was just an idea on how I could help you. Some of the techniques are pretty good and maybe you didn’t know they existed.
Have a nice day!