Thursday, 17 May 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY2-bq5Eoug&feature=player_embedded
Essay topics

Identity
Values
Openness
Progress

Essay length
~550 words


Essay requirements

Overall impression
Argument structure
Cohesion
Tense unity
S+V agreement
Referencing




Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Homework 26 April

The Power of Habit
The Economist business book review

http://www.economist.com/multimedia?bclid=1213687636001&bctid=1566812835001

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

24 April

PROJECT WORK

Work in a group and prepare requirements for the presentation on home reading!
1.
Review our presentation lesson and,in particular,  this link
http://www4.stat.ncsu.edu/~reich/st810A/oral.pdf
2.
Review the following lesson materials
http://aeatmru.blogspot.com/search/label/Paraphrasing%20skill%20development

http://aeatmru.blogspot.com/search/label/acessay%20writing
3.
Prepare a concise list of requirements











Thursday, 19 April 2012

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Homework

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.
From:

Stafford T. Sporting superstitions: Why do we have them? 27 March 2012 [interactive] [accessed 05 April 2012] http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120327-why-do-we-have-superstitions/2

05 April Lesson

More on paraphrasing
https://www.indiana.edu/~istd/cases.html

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.


Reporting
http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/asu/download/Connecting-and-reporting-flyer.pdf

22 March class/homework

Read and take notes
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/03/20/eight-principles-of-successful-optimists/

Listen and take notes
http://www.ted.com/talks/nic_marks_the_happy_planet_index.html












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.
Paraphrase:
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] <http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120316-the-myth-of-the-lone-genius/2>


Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Homework 22 March

Paraphrasing skill development

Read and take notes:
http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/handy/drucker.pdf

Listen and take notes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE41vmz9zvo
TASK Compare the two sources on Peter Drucker: the recorded interview  and the print text by Charles Handy.