Thursday, 17 May 2012
Essay topics


Essay length
~550 words

Essay requirements

Overall impression
Argument structure
Tense unity
S+V agreement

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Homework 26 April

The Power of Habit
The Economist business book review

Listen/ summarise and presesnt in speaking to the class by applying "the Golden Rule".

24 April


Work in a group and prepare requirements for the presentation on home reading!
Review our presentation lesson and,in particular,  this link
Review the following lesson materials
Prepare a concise list of requirements

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Thursday, 5 April 2012


Task. Paraphrase the text below.

To a psychologist, lots of human rituals look a lot like the automatic behaviours developed by Skinner's pigeons or Dickinson's rats. Chunks of behaviour that do not truly have an effect on the world, but which get stuck in our repertoire of actions.
We cling to these habits because we – or ancient animal parts of our brains – do not want to risk finding out what happens if we change. The rituals survive despite seeming irrational because they are coded in parts of our brains, which are designed by evolution not to think about reasons. They just repeat what seemed to work last time. This explains why having personal rituals is a normal part of being human. It is part of our inheritance as intelligent animals, a strategy that works in the long-term, even though it clearly does not make sense for every individual act.

Stafford T. Sporting superstitions: Why do we have them? 27 March 2012 [interactive] [accessed 05 April 2012]

05 April Lesson

More on paraphrasing

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Speak on two sources ( using your notes)
Start with the answer to the quetsion:
1.       What common features and what different  characteristics are mentioned on Peter Drucker in two sources: the text and the recording?
2.       Expand on:
                     common features – discuss each feature in detali- you can quote part s of the text here;
                             different  characteristics- in detail - you can quote parts of the text here;
3.       Evaluate the information of the two texts – your opinion.


22 March class/homework

Read and take notes

Listen and take notes

Task 1. Compare your notes and think on how the key ideas and supporting details in one source compliment or contradict the ideas and supporting details in another - prepare -3 slides and comment.
Task 2.
It is a problem that can only get worse. Think of the growing number of “big science” projects, from the Human Genome to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). All involve thousands of people working in myriad disciplines. Naming an individual who is single-handedly responsible for the project – and its findings - is an impossible task.
That is because genuine scientific progress is usually collaborative and collective even if the nature of fame, and fiction, is to single out individuals and hand them all the credit. We like to make heroes, and a century ago stories about dashing, dynamic inventors saving the day, and the world, through their indefatigable ingenuity were so popular they even had their own name – Edisonades, inspired by the famously sweaty Thomas Edison. Such tales peaked in popularity long before EAM Windsor became QE2. Now even in fantasies in which a scientist makes some amazing advance, they are usually portrayed as nutty, absent-minded, eccentric or plain weird.
So it will be interesting to see which scientists, if any, end up being allotted a place among the New Elizabethans.  For all their incalculable influence on life as we now live it, few have changed anything single-handedly, while many who have made a significant difference have achieved little or no public recognition. Unlike their fictional counterparts, the scientists who have transformed our world seldom get starring roles, just an uncredited cameo as part of the crowd.

Cooper,Q. 16 March 2012. The myth of the lone genius.[accessed 22 March 2012] <>

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Homework 22 March

Paraphrasing skill development

Read and take notes:

Listen and take notes
TASK Compare the two sources on Peter Drucker: the recorded interview  and the print text by Charles Handy.