ESL Conversation Intermediate, Spring, Week 9

It’s week 9 for the second year English conversation class.

Weekly Plan

  • review class schedule
  • textbook reading and listening
  • check schedule and future poster presentation project


  • think of topic for poster presentation project

What did we do last week?

  • had a midterm exam

Hour 1 – 2

Attendance and review (5)

Schedule (10)

  • Week 9: Apr 27 and 28
  • Week 10: May 4 (BUFS said no classes on Thurs) and May 5 (holiday, no class)
  • Week 11: May 11 (poster presentation on Thursday) and May 12
  • Week 12: May 18 and 19
  • Week 13: May 25 and 26 – quiz #2
  • Week 14: June 1 and June 2 – last week of classes, review week, practice answers to exam questions
  • Week 15: June 8 (yes make up class) and June 9 (no Friday class) – reading week
  • Week 16: June 15 and 16 final exam speaking tests

Look at the syllabus grading system:

  • Attendance 10%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Final exam 20%
  • Book report and discussion 10%
  • Poster presentation 10%
  • Two quizzes 20% (10% each)
  • Participation 10%

Students need to complete another quiz and a poster presentation.

Poster Presentation (10)

This link has some detail about the poster presentation.

It is important to choose a topic that is interesting and informative. We want you to teach us something.

You can choose descriptive or persuasive topics. Here are some possible topic ideas (just suggestions)

  • the electric car
  • how electricity is made in Korea
  • the history of …..
  • how to be successful
  • how to travel across Europe on a budget
  • ten things you need to know before getting a dog
  • there is no such thing as different races
  • UFOs are real
  • is wind power really good?
  • five reasons to study English in New Zealand

Moral Dilemma (45)

Introduction (5)

Here’s a way to make good arguments, think clearly and sound really intelligent.

How to make an intelligent argument.

  • Understand the choices.
  • Understand the hidden assumptions.
  • Describe why one set of assumptions is better than another.

Step 1 Learn 5 key terms. (5)

What is right? What is moral?

Five different ways of thinking.

1 Consequences

Decide what is right by looking at the end or the result.

  • the greatest good for the greatest number
  • the end justifies the means

2 Action

Right is based on following the rules, not the consequences

  • rules create duties or obligations
  • For example, meritocracy: a rule or social norm that says awards, power and wealth are given to people based on achievement, especially test scores, and not her reasons
  • For example, “the law is the law”by Inspector Javert – 19 years in jail for stealing bread in the movie Les Miserables



3 Character or intention

The person’s intention is more important than ethical action or the consequences.

  • compassion, kindness, sincerity, et ctera

4 Divine law

  • Follow god’s wish
  • killing a doctor is okay because it saves babies and the bible told us to take care of children

5 Ethical Relativism

Everything is relative – there is no absolute truth

  • a woman in Saudi Arabia can’t leave her house without a man; that’s okay because it’s a different culture

Step 2 Read your problem (10)

You and your partner read your problem.

  • Discuss what you think is the ‘RIGHT ANSWER’
  • Discuss what might be the opposite answer (counter argument)
  • Which one is better – why?

Step 3 Make a small group (20)

Make a group with 3-4 people.

  • Each person has a different problem.
  • One person summarizes his/her problem.
  • Describe the answer.
  • The other people must disagree with a different idea.
  • Defend your answer.

Hour 3

Attendance (5)

Collect topics for poster presentation (5)

Touchstone online listening files

Page 21 – 22, World Culture (10)

  • reading and listening
  • listen again
  • check answers with partner

Page 23 #2 Passive sentences (10)

  • read and learn the rule
  • answer questions

Page 23 #23 Silent Syllables (10)

  • B – listen for unstressed and silent syllables
  • B – listen and cross out silent syllable in sentences
  • talk about a city, give hints, partner guesses

Page 24 Manners (10)

  • listen an check the answers
  • listen again


  • read and answer page 25 #2 A and C
  • read and answer page 26
  • start working on your poster presentation


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