4 Jun 2012

Building Academic Speaking Skills

Author: yasmeenshakoor | Filed under: Speaking Skills

Presenting a Role Play

In academic classes you may be asked to create and perform a role play to demonstrate your understanding of concepts you learn.

Use these techniques to help make your performance more effective.

  • Memorize the content of your role play-do not read it.
  • Make note of nonverbal signals to use throughout your performance.
  • Practice several times.
  • Face your audience.
  • Use a loud voice so that everyone can hear you clearly.

Task 1

- Complete the dialogue based on the COPS video scene you read about on pages 145-146.

- Practice the dialogue with your partner, using the techniques in the skill box.

- Perform the role play.

- Make a note of one thing your classmates did well and one thing they could have done better.

 Task 2

- Read the article about proxemics, a form of nonverbal communication that studies the personal space. (page 150-151).

-Listen to four conversations. Mark the letter (A, B, C, or D) of the conversation next to the correct photograph. Then identify the zone shown in each paragraph.

-Click @ myacademicconnectionslab and take the Speaking strategy and comprehension activities 8.4.2 & 8.4.3.

3 Jun 2012

Inferring Word Meaning from Context

Author: yasmeenshakoor | Filed under: Focused Reading

 In academic settings, you will be expected to learn a lot of vocabulary. You can infer a new words meaning by looking at clues in the context (the words and sentences before and after the word). Look for these kinds of clues:

  •   Synonyms (words very close in meaning)
Example:   She was quiet and tranquil.  (synonyms)
  • Antonyms and contrasts (words and ideas with opposite meanings)

Example: The woman was very upset earlier, but now she is sedate. (antonyms)

  • Examples or explanations (used with the word)
Example: Eye contact, gestures, and smiling are examples of kinesics.
 
  • Grammar (noun, verb, adjective, etc)  

Example: His nonverbal signals seemed aggressive. (new word, word form=adjective)

Practice: SB page 148-149

1. Infer the meaningof the words from the reading. Follow the steps in the book to complete the chart.

2.  Click @ myacademicconnectionslab and take the checkpoint 2 practice.

 
 
 
29 May 2012

Building Adcdemic Reading Skills

Author: yasmeenshakoor | Filed under: Reading Skills

 

In this section, you will learn how to infer the meaning of new vocabulary, and you will practice making inferences based on information you read.

 

Pre-reading:

Pair activity 1: Take turns talking for 60 seconds about what you are going to do after class today. Then answer the questions in your book on page 144.

Read the textbook paragraph on p. 144. Then discuss the questions on page 145 with your partner.

Activity 2:

Learn the key words and their definitions using the flip book you have created.:

Click @ myacademicconnectionslab and take the key words practice.

While-reading:

1. Reading for main ideas.

2. Completing the main idea statements: Ex. 2 p.147.

3. Completing statements with details from the website on pages 145-146. 

Post-reading:

Click @ myacademicconnectionslab and take the Reading activity 1 & 2.

24 May 2012

Building Academic Listening Skills

Author: yasmeenshakoor | Filed under: NHP Unit 6 Grammar-Synonyms & Antonyms

 

In this section, you will learn more about using information you hear to make inferences.

Group discussion:

What is kinesics?

Kinesics is a type of nonverbal communication that studies gestures-movements of the body.

Pre-listening:

Activity 1:

1. Learn the key words and their definitions using the flip book you have created.:

2. Click @ myacademicconnectionslab and take the key words practice.

3. Answer questipons: (P.141 Questions 1 - 4).

While-listening:

Activity 2:

1. Listening for main ideas.

2. True/False statements: Ex. 2 p.141.

3. Listen to the excerpts from the lecture and the discussion, and circle the correct answer to complete each statement.

4. Answering questions.

Making inferences about a Speaker’s Attitude

- An attitude is how someone generally feels or thinks about something.

- Speakers often do not directly state their attitudes.

- The listener must listen carefully for specific clues that suggest what the speaker is feeling. 

To make inferences about a speaker’s attitude, listen for:

  • The speaker’s word choice
  • Stress
  • Intonation

Activity 3: Page 143 Ex. 2

Activity 4: Page 143-144  Ex.3 & 4

Post-listening:

 Oral Presentation

Download this  word document Unit 8-Oral Presentation and follow the instructions.

22 May 2012

Previewing the Academic Skills Focus

Author: yasmeenshakoor | Filed under: Inference

                                                            This unit will …..

* help you understand ideas and attitudes that are not stated directly.
 

* show you how to express your own ideas, meanings, and attitudes using stress, intonation, and pauses.
 

  What is Inference?

 Writers and speakers do not always state their meaning, purpose, or feelings directly.

They often imply,or suggest, these things by giving certain types of clues.

The reader or listener must look for these clues and put together all the information given to infer, or guess, the meaning, purpose, and feelings.
 
 To make inferences, look for these types of clues:

1. Content: What facts or information are included or not included?
2. Word choice: What attitudes or opinions does the choice of words show?

3. Intonation or stress: How does the speaker say something?

                                                        What does this show?
To check your inference, ask, “How do I know the writer/speaker meant this?”
 
Activity 1:  Make inferences to understand the cartoon. Answer the questions.
Activity 2: Listen to and make inferences about a comment made by a student from a class on nonverbal communication.  Take notes to answer questions.
Activity 3: 8.1.4: Comprehension http://myacademicconnectionslab.com
20 May 2012

Unit 8 Verbal and Nonverbal Communication

Author: yasmeenshakoor | Filed under: Nonverbal Communication

Previewing the Academic Content

What is nonverbal communication?

The process of sending and receiving messages without words is called nonverbal communication.

 

Nonverbal communication includes the use of the body and face to express meaning.

Each day people send and receive thousands of nonverbal messages. Nonverbal communication is also complex, as people interpret nonverbal messages based on their own culture and background.

In this unit, you will …

  • study elements of nonverbal communication,
  • study how important nonverbal clues are in everyday communication, 
  • learn some universal ways in which people use nonverbal communication, 
  • look at issues or misunderstandings that can happen when people interpret nonverbal messages.

Activity 1: Webquest

Download this  word document Web Quest and follow the instructions.

Activity 2:

1. Learn the key words and their definitions using the PPT presentation provided by your teacher.

2. Click @ myacademicconnectionslab and take the key words practice.

3. Use the online Flip Book to make a flip book on Vocabulary.

15 May 2012

Unit 7 Reading Practice

Author: yasmeenshakoor | Filed under: SWQ Reading Practice

Practice 1: ATHS-RAK_U7 T3 Reading Practice_ebay case study

Answer Key: ATHS-RAK_U7 Reading Practice_eBay AK

Practice 2: The Body Shop.  Answer Key: The Body Shop. Answers

Practice 3: Reading Comprehension_Starbucks Answer Key: Starbucks AK

Practice 4: Reading Comprehension_McDonald’s Answer Key: McDonald’s AK

Practice 5: ATHS-RAK_U7 T3 Reading Practice_Piggly Wiggly

Answer Key: ATHS-RAK_U7 Reading Practice_Piggly Wiggly AK

Practice 6: ATHS-RAK_U7 T3 Reading Practice_Farmers Market

Answer Key: ATHS-RAK_U7 Reading Practice_Farmer’s markety AK

Practice 7: ATHS-RAK_U7 Reading Practice_Niche marketing 1

Answer Key: ATHS-RAK_U7 Reading practice Niche marketing 1 AK

Practice 8: ATHS-RAK_U7 Reading Practice_Niche marketing 2

Answer Key: U7_Reading Practice_Niche marketing 2 AK

Practice 8:

Good Luck!

7 May 2012

Building Academic Writing Skills

Author: yasmeenshakoor | Filed under: Writing a persuasive letter

 

Writing a Persuasive Letter

A persuasive letter is a letter that you write to persuade someone to do something or to agree with your side of an argument.

Persuasive Letter Writing Guidelines:

1. Introduce yourself (who you are and how you are connected to the issue or to your intended audience).

2. Briefly explain your issue of concern (why you are writing).

3. Say what you would like them to do (thesis statement).

4. Write your body paragraph, focusing on arguments for the action(s) you would like them to take. Start with your strongest argument.

5. In your conclusion, briefly remind your intended audience what action(s) you want them to take and thank them ahead of time for considering your ideas.

 

Task 1: Writing a Persuasive Letter

Download the word doc: Persuasive letter Outline-Unit 7. Follow the steps to write your letter.

Practice: Persuasive letter Gap fill-Unit 7

Submit your letters for grading by 9 May, 2012.

 

Task 2: Writing a Persuasive email

 

Download the word doc: Writing an Email and follow the instructions.

2 May 2012

Building Academic Writing Skills

Author: yasmeenshakoor | Filed under: NHP Unit 6 Grammar-Synonyms & Antonyms

Writing a Persuasive Paragraph

 

Persuasive writing is a type of writing where your main goal is to persuade or convince someone to do something that you want them to do.

 

In a Persuasive Paragraph:

a) The topic sentence (main idea) usually gives the writer’s opinion. It may give his or her purpose directly.

b) The body of the paragraph includes facts, quotations, and examples that support the writer’s opinion. All of these details relate to the main idea.

c) The concluding sentence calls the reader to take a specific action OR repeats the topic sentence in different words.

Steps for Writing a Persuasive Paragraph:

1) Open with a statement of the issue being addressed.

2) State your position on the issue.

3) Main body of the paragraph contains the arguments that are elaborated with reasons and evidence (facts).

4) End with a summary.

Activity 1: Ex. 1 page 131: Complete the tasks.

Activity 2: Read the letter. Then choose a persuasive paragraph to complete the letter.

Activity 3: Ex. 7.4.3 @ http://www.myacademicconnectionslab.com

29 Apr 2012

Building Academic Speaking Skills

Author: yasmeenshakoor | Filed under: NHP Unit 6 Grammar-Synonyms & Antonyms

Presenting a Role Play

 

In academic classes you may be asked to create and perform a role play to demonstrate your understanding of concepts you learn.

The following techniques will help you make your performance more effective.

  • Memorize the content of your role play
  • Make note of  non verbal sisnals to use throughout your performance
  • Practise several times
  • Face your audience
  • Use a loud voice so that everyone can hear you
  • Pay attention to stress and intonation in your voice

Practise:

Download the word doc: Unit 7-Role play. Think about the lecture and role play,” The Power of Niche Markets.”

 In it, students perform a role play where a business owner and a team of marketing consultants discuss a new ice cream business and how the consultants could develop a marketing plan focusing on a niche market.

Think of a product that could target a niche market.

Use the chart to take notes and organize your ideas. Practice the content with your team.


Perform your role play.

 

 Homework: Unit 7-HW3 Presentation or Unit 7-HW3 Presentation