ESL Conversation Freshmen 2017 Week 12

It’s week 12 of the English conversation class. Time to get ready for a quiz.

Weekly Plan

  • conversation questions
  • pair work summary activity
  • quiz review
  • textbook

Hour 1

  • intro (5)
  • attendance
  • last week
  • schedule
  • conversation questions
  • signs worksheet
  • memory test

What did we did last week? 

  • pair work discussion with questions that require a criterion to make a decision and answer
  • summarized a story and tried to connect the big events (mostly poorly done, some didn’t even try)
  • word game with 40 word and phrases

Our Schedule

Week 12 Nov 20 to Nov 24

  • review book

Week 13 Nov 27 to Nov Dec 1

  • Quiz #2

Week 14 Dec 4 to Dec 8

  • book report #2 due on paper in class (Thurs/Fri no extensions, no emails)

Week 15 Dec 11 to Dec 15

  • Make up classes
  • Review for final exam

Week 16 Dec 18 to Dec 22

  • Final exam

Conversation Questions (20)

High Order Thinking

Here is another speaking and thinking activity that requires a criterion.

This activity requires some creativity and logic. It also needs you to define a criterion to make an answer.

Criterion means the standard or rule which you use to judge other things.

In this case, you will use that criterion to rank a group of words.

What to do

Read a list of words to your partner. Your partner moves the words into a ranked order based on a standard or rule that he or she thinks of.

The answer includes 2 parts:

  • the criterion (or rule)
  • the list of words in rank order

After your partner makes an answer, you make a different answer with a different criterion.

For example

cat – dog – elephant – hippo – snake

These words might be organized into this list:

  • They are animals that can be ranked by size, from the smallest to the largest.
  • snake, cat, dog, hippo, elephant

Here is a another answer with a different criterion. 

  • Ranked from least dangerous to most dangerous to humans.
  • cat, dog, snake, elephant, hippo

Here are the questions (word lists).

Here are some possible answers.

Signs (10)

Work with a partner. Look at the signs and answer 2 questions.

  1. Where can you find each sign?
  2. What does it mean?


Hours 2-3

Intro (5)

  • attendance
  • quiz review
  • textbook listening and reading

One Minute Memory Test (10)

Look at this picture for 1 minute.

Then make one present continuous sentence for each of the 7 actions.


Quiz #2 Review (40)

Here are study questions for quiz#2. These will help you prepare for the quiz. This quiz will probably be longer than the first one because there will be more questions and some of the answers will require writing a couple of paragraphs. I am planning on 50 minutes. That should be enough time for any student who is prepared.

Here are some of the practice questions. You can download and print the entire study paper here.

Part 1. Vocabulary

Write a brief definition for each word. Short sentences are okay. Your definition must be clear and specific. For example: yolk

  • It is the yellow part of an egg. (good)
  • It’s part of an egg. (no good, too general)

The vocabulary list is on the study paper.

Part 2. Adjectives with ED and ING (page 111 in textbook) 

I will give you a short list of words. You will write 2 sentences that use each word as an adjective: one with ED and one with ING. Here is an example: excite

  • The action scenes in Dunkirk were exciting.
  • I was excited by the action scenes in Dunkirk.

You should know how to make proper adjectives (and sentences) with these words:

interest, fascinate, scare, shock, surprise, disgust, disappoint, confuse, embarrass, excite, bore, annoy

Use the word in context. Your sentence can’t be generic with no meaning, like this:

  • It was amazing.
  • I was amazed.

This is better:

  • The CGI effects in Thor were amazing.
  • I was amazed by the CGI effects in Thor.

Part 3. Story Analysis – Making Connections

This answer comes from the story you read about an invention (i.e. erasers, elevators, shipping container or gunpowder). Summarize your story is this way.

  • In a paragraph, describe 3 or 4 cause and effect connections that lead to the invention.
  • Write 2 or 3 sentences to describe changes caused by that invention. Be specific.

Part 4. Write a Sentence (page 99)

You will read some questions. Write a full sentence answer with the present perfect continuous or present perfect. Here are some sample questions for practice.

  1. Have you ever slept in a strange place?
  2. Have you ever ridden an animal?
  3. How many countries have you visited?
  4. How long have you been living in Busan?
  5. Have you been doing anything fun or interesting since the summer?
  6. How long has it been raining? (2 hours)
  7. What books have you been reading lately?
  8. Have you been to U-do?

Part 5. Word Puzzle

Make words from letters. Make five words from each question. Each word you make must have at least 3 letters. Use each letter once per word. You must also write the full word.

For example: NEGASTR

  • strange (full word)
  • east, seat, rent, rents

Try these:  1) LNAAMI    2) PXEMELA    3) RUESPSRI    4) CEUONSF


Textbook sound files

Page 112 #1A (10)

  • read the dialogue
  • listen
  • read and listen

Page 112 #1D (10)

  • read the sentences
  • make sentence with That must be … with an adjective.

Page 113 #3 (10)

  • Listen and match
  • make a sentence with MUST

Page 115 #2 (10)

  • Listen and write things things about each person


Vocabulary Worksheet (10)

A quick pair work activity to help students learn by requiring quick recall of essential words.

Get the vocabulary worksheet here.


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