Friday, May 30, 2014

Lebow’s ENG317 Final 2014

Optional Vocabulary Assignment

For those interested in booting their midterm vocabulary scores, here is an optional assignment.

Go to your classes Group Notes page ENG317-04  ENG317-05Choose at least 10 challenging words or phrases that you did not know at the beginning of the semester. Use those words appropriately in a piece of creative writing.  The stories can be silly or funny as long as the vocabulary is used correctly.

This needs to be posted on your blog by June 20 and can result in up to 3 additional points being added to your midterm vocabulary score.

You are going to be a guest on The HELLO Show. (HELLO = Hangout English Language Learning Online), an informative, entertaining, show for advanced learners of English like yourselves.   Bonus points to anyone who can think of a cooler name than the ‘Hello Show’.

Think of yourself as a reporter, commentator, expert, educator, or anyone else who has something to say on this kind of show.  You are responsible for an interesting 5~10 minute segment.
Possibilities include...
  • Covering a recent local, national, or world news story. Summarize and prepare to share comments,opinions, and/or language learning points.
  • Guide Segment (e.g. best place to pizza in Busan, the skateboard scene in Korea)
  • Society Segment - trends, fashion, social issues
  • Entertainment - Intro and discussion of a popular TV Show, movie, musician
  • Reading Review - discussion of an article or book you’ve read
  • Language Learning segment - use materials to provide instruction on some kind of language skill (e.g. pronunciation, idioms, grammar, etc.)
  • Anything else you think would be interesting, informative, and/or educational. Generally speaking, topics which include opinions (not just facts) tend to make for more interesting conversations.
    DON’T READ on air - you can prepare notes and an outline, but DO NOT READ.

Segments can be done alone or with a partner. You can do this ‘on air’ streamed live with (hopefully) an interactive audience or ‘off air’ in a closed Hangout.   Either way, the segment will be recorded. Doing this ‘on air’ will earn you extra points for bravery.  Everyone is encouraged to tune in during ‘on air’ segments to make comments and ask questions in the text chat room.  To tune in go to
You can see a couple of of last year’s webcasts at:

During Week#15 (June 9~13), you will meet with Jeff (face to face or via Hangout) to discuss plans for your segment and have a final one-on-one (or one-on-two) chat with Jeff. Tentative times to meet face-to-face include Monday, June 9, 4~6pm and Thursday, June 12, 11am~1pm.  Hangout meetings will likely take place in the evening.  We will schedule these in class next week.

We will also discuss scheduling preferences for ON AIR times next week, but tentative possibilities include Sunday and Tuesday evening, as well as Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. (Jun 15, 17, & 18)

All students must go to the course website and complete the ‘Final Show Segment Plan’ form
by Sunday, June 7.   I will publish a schedule after that.

Final Segments Schedule
Sunday, June 15, 7~9pm ON AIR
박은정, 김경선 Trouble Counseling 신다경, 박성은  Gender Issues
나혜정 Stress
성동현 Drinking (8pm-ish) 심진영 Smart Food Choices 김아현 Desserts
최동윤 , 이성은: Kpop
황지은, 황효민 Ghosts

Wednesday, June 18, 6:30~7pm (Off-air)
왕의녕, 우흠혜, 장이정 정수아 China/Korea Differences

Wednesday, June 18, 7~9pm (ON-air) 김성환, 천동민 Indian/Thai Food 황규성, 김청호  Cross-fit
양효선 Cosmetics
(8pm-ish) 박찬미  Korean Attitudes toward Appearance 최용훈 Drunk Driving
최성원 - Teaching
Hangout Tips: 

  • You can join your Hangout early, but please mute your microphone when it's not your segment.  If you want to make a comment or ask question, unmute yourself to do so. 
  • If you've been watching a Hangout in session and then join it when it's your turn
    A) turn  offf the live stream first or close the Hangout Center page.
    B) do not interrupt by saying something 'Hi, can you hear me'?
    C) Mute yourself, wait for Jeff to say hello, and then unmute yourself 
  • Use a headset or earbuds. 
  • Be prepared with an outline of what you plan to discuss, but do not read. Do NOT READ. DO NOT READ. DO NOT READ! This will be a real conversation, not a prepared monologue or dialogue. . 

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