2004-12-24

A special occasion

I thought it would be fine
to write my text in a rhyme;-)
Last lesson started well,
Mr R. corrected mistakes – oh hell;-)
The entries of Jo., Ca., Marieee(na ...
sorry, you know the rhyme... you know who I mean),-
everyone on a transparency.
We worked out what was wrong,
oh dear, it took quite long.
But there is no-one to blame,
the boat we’re sitting in’s the same;-)
further on it churned,
attention to Claudia we turned,
it was a detailed presentation
called: a special occasion.
A story Joyce Cary once wrote,
many thoughts are hidden and float,
Narrator and style, devices a lot -
And don’t forget the plot.
Little Jenny visits Tom
A boy who comes from
An extremely rich family,
but he’s really unfriendly.
What is even worse,
Tom's got a silly nurse.
But what came next:
The moral of the text:
Humans never amend
And in the end
Oneself is one’s best friend.;-)
(and of course, kids always do what they want;-))
Then again it went:
We decided on our further work -
let’s do something about New York.
The text was nice,
But showed the price
The whites must pay
For their skyscrapers so grey-
what the Indians feared
nature disappeared.
But now a christmas, so bright and merry,
I wish and don’t worry
I’m sure with a little ding-a-ling-a-ling
Santa or CK (Christkind) will bring
Some presents or just some mice;-)
To those who have been nice.
And before that I forget
Don’t blame the poet
For mistakes
She makes ...
Wrong grammar and false context-
you know when the text
doesn’t sound right and nice -
Then it's just my own stylistic device.
(and the rhymes, the rhymes, the rhymes...
after all to find a nice rhyme
takes a lot of time.)
Merry christmas and a happy New Year to everyone.

I wish you a merry christmas

Hey everybody!
I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!
And of course, nice holidays!!! :-)

See you in 2005!!
bye, Janina

Season's Greetings

Here's wishing a



to everyone,
and a Happy New Year!

2004-12-23

THE END OF THE ENGLISH YEAR 2004

Tuesday's lesson was a very special one, as it was the last English lesson of the year 2004.
As all of us had written a "Deutsch - Schulaufgabe" for 4 hours before, we were very exhausted. So Mr. Ringeisen did us a great favour and corrected Claudia's handout instead of wanting us to do more demanding work, e.g. some creative writing. This way, we could relax from our test and were at the same time informed about some tricky words like the verb "to duplicate". We looked it up in the dictionary, where we found its definition: "to succeed in repeating sth."
Later on, Mr. Ringeisen gave us a very good incentive to return to school next year. Because of the fact that the English lessons on Thursday will be cancelled as we'll have to prepare the service, Mr. Ringeisen promised to show us a film - perhaps "Alice in Wonderland" - after the holidays.
As time had already advanced, we could only listen to two Christmas carols:
"Once in Royal David's City" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful", both of them common carols in Britain.
These songs prepared us well for the approaching Christmas Eve and finished our English year 2004.

2004-12-18

problem: perseverance

The lesson on Thursday 12/16/2004 started with the last one of our short story presentations. Johanna and Marina presented Jean Rhys’ story “I used to life here once” on page 127 in our collection and gave information about the author’s life, the plot, the narrator, the protagonists, the style and the interpretation of the story.
Afterwards, Mr. Ringeisen again informed us about “Facharbeit” problems and asked us to contribute to the blog a bit more often.
In the second half of our English lesson, we listened to a “British humour” comedy sketch. It was about a pupil who wrote about the same item in all his exams, no matter what the question was: about his aunt’s parrot called “Perseverance”, or “Fifties”, or ... The teacher was telling the pupil off and the listeners of course thought he was angry about hearing the same story all the time. But indeed, he criticized a grammar mistake!
Later, we listened to excerpts from a radio game show called “Just a Minute”. There are about four members of a team who have to talk for one minute about a topic, for example “rules”, “forebears”, or “cheek”. But the difficulty is that it isn’t allowed to hesitate, to repeat a word or to deviate from the topic. If a member defies these rules, the others have to interrupt him by pressing a buzzer and go on talking themselves. The last ten minutes of our lesson we played this game in class. The first group talked about “apple”, the second about “snow”. I think is is not really easy to talk about one topic for one minute without hesitation, repetition and deviation – especially because the players get to know their topic only a few seconds before – but it is fun.

2004-12-15

Mysterious Presentation

Hallo!

Yesterday our English course heard a well-prepared short story presentation held by Carolin and Cornelia. They presented the short story "Pygmalion" written by John Updike. Firstly, they gave an overview about Updike's life and his works. After that, there was a very detailed description of the story and its meaning. The name "Pygmalion" sounds a little bit strange for a man, I think. But the speakers also had an answer for that. Pygmalion is the main character in a Greek myth (which particularly Miriam must have liked), which is related to the story. In both texts, there is initially a man who is disappointed about his wife and both are then married to their ideal of a woman, after the men have formed them as they want them to be.
Not only literature deals with this kind of topic and myth, respectively, but it also occurs in popular movies, like "Pretty Woman".

I think that's all we did in lesson yesterday.

See you tomorrow,
Carina

Facharbeit and Lehrer

On Monday, we talked about our "Facharbeit". Mr Ringeisen told us how to compile a bibliography in the right way. It will be very important to know that because that can save a lot of time and avoid many problems. In the second lesson, Mr Ringeisen brought along some "Facharbeiten". Although they were quite old, it was interesting to look at them and to see how long they are and how much work the former pupils must have spent on them.
Then we listened to a song of Tom Lehrer's, which was very funny because of the Russian accent he put on (“Lobachevsky”). Finally, Mr Ringeisen showed us that Lehrer also made a "love song", without an accent, but you can't really call it a proper love song, because it's full of irony.
So see you tomorrow!

2004-12-08

The Baby and the Alarm System

At the beginning of the lesson, Miri and Marina presented the short story "The Baby". They did it very well.
In my opinion, it's much too brutal to punish a baby so hard. I think, babies at such an age aren't able to differentiate between what's right and what's wrong. For this reason, the baby's father must change his mind, which he finally does.
While they were presenting their short story, the alarm system downstairs was set off, because somebody hadn't closed the door properly. Ann-Kathrin managed to stop the noise after a while.
After the presentation we talked about the text some of us had prepared for homework. We tried to translate some sentences which weren't really easy. In my opinion, the most difficult thing to translate was "I struck oil", which doesn't mean what some of thought: "Ich fand Öl" :-)
At the end of the lesson Mr. Ringeisen told us something about the artist William Turner and the Turner Prize.

2004-12-06

"Tell me why I don't like Mondays" (John Bon Jovi, American musician)

In our lesson on Monday morning we first heard Carina's and Ann-Kathrin's presentation about Alice Childress's short story "The Health Card". They told us a lot about the story and also the background. In her stories, Alice Childress often wrote about topics like social justice, racial segregation and the rights of black people in general.
Concerning this story, we heard that in America lots of people - especially the middle and lower class and/or black people - don't have important things like a health insurance or a health card.

After this, we talked about English artists and musicians. Surprisingly, four people had decided to find out something about Andy Warhol, so we know quite a lot about him now. While artists often appeared more than one time (e.g. Michael Strang), we had a bigger choice of musicians. Famous persons like Irving Berlin, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Benjamin Britten were listed.
Marina told us about the composer of the music of the well-known film "The Lord of the Rings" and brought along a CD with the soundtrack, so we listened to the song "The Black Rider" at the end of this part.

Then Mr. Ringeisen had a very funny hitlist of English words that were looked up on a dictionary on the internet. He read some out e.g. "hurricane" (which is a bit surprising because I thought everybody knows what that is) or (my favourite word) "defenestration", which means "Fenstersturz" in German. That is also strange because we all knew this word only in the context of the defenestration of Prague, but have so many people heard about this historical thing recently and looked up the word?

At last we started to read something about sitcoms. It's in our book on page 13 and we're supposed to read the whole text at home.

so long
Babsi

2004-12-05

Art or not Art, that is the question! ;-)

Today’s lesson or our lesson today :-) started with Susi’s and Susie’s short story presentation. It was about “A Haunted House”, written by Virginia Woolf. A ghostly couple is looking for their treasure, their love. I agree with you, it is very romantic. Their biggest treasure is their love, how incredibly marvellous this must be! Where is my short story book? I think I have to read it!
I don’t know if the others also think so, but isn’t it shocking that many writers kill themselves? Richard Brautigan, for instance, Melanie and Barbara told us about him, died under strange circumstances, probably suicide, and also Virginia Woolf committed suicide by drowning in a river. How can this woman, on the one hand, write such a romantic story full of love, but, on the other hand, can’t get along with her own personality? This is very sad. But maybe that’s the reason why normal people aren’t famous writers; they are less crazy and too normal ... What do you think?

Afterwards we corrected the exercises about the usage of and differences between present perfect continuous and simple, and present perfect and past. Such exercises aren’t really difficult (You’ve got a hit ratio of 50 %! More than in a lottery!) but you have to apply the rules later, pay attention to your tense while writing something. English isn’t an amusement park, unfortunately.

But English lessons sometimes can become a real “art gallery”. Encouraged by an article in our Viewfinder book we had an exceptional discussion about art, its functions, its definition, kinds of art we like or dislike and so on. I liked it very much.
Art or not art, that is the question. Could it be art when a woman is sleeping in a bed in a museum? Some pupils have wished to have a bed for sleeping while they were visiting a historical museum of fossils :-) with their class, but have never thought of being a work of art then.
Our opinions differed. While some said that you don’t have to go to a museum in order to see somebody sleeping, above all because sleeping is a private matter, the others pointed out that putting something ordinary and private into the public provokes reactions and offers the visitors something to discuss. This relates to what Eva said:” It's art if it makes people stop and watch/look.” I think it is a good definition. People think about the idea behind it. What does the artist mean by it? Should the woman sleeping in the glass cube be a modern "Snow-White", waiting for her prince, like the young boy assumes in this article?
This article was published about nine years ago. Would you really think of provocation when you see someone sleeping in a museum today? You can watch "Big Brother" and see the people there not only while they are sleeping. Moreover, you see stars eating insects or having a bath in a basin full of cockroaches. Isn’t a sleeping woman in a museum normal compared to that?
These TV shows also make people stop (stop zapping) and watch. Consequently, can we say it is art?! What do you think?


Yours, Conny

2004-12-02

Last Night of the Gerunds (25 Nov)

There was no short story presentation in our last lesson, so we started with a translation exercise. We had to do this as homework and at school we only corrected our suggestions. With this practise we brush up our less than vast knowledge of participle and gerund constructions. It was quite necessary for me. And I think or even hope there are a few of you who also have problems with that, because I have.
Then we listened to a song which was difficult to understand, because thousands of people were singing. It was a British national song that people like to sing at the last night of the Promenade Concerts ("Land of Hope and Glory").

Then we looked at the article "The Last Night of the Proms". It's about this great and huge music festival. Some people think this is too jingoistic and nationalistic. Someone, I think a British man or woman, tells us that it isn't so. He or she doesn't believe that anybody takes the songs "Rule Britannia" or "Land of Hope and Glory" seriously. And in fact it's a pretty serious concert.

The bad thing of this part of the lesson was that we had to translate the direct speech. That was quite complicated, because the constructions of the sentences was a little bit confusing. But I also don't think about the construction when I'm talking and I think you do neither. So I hope we won't have to translate direct speech in a test.

That was all I wanted to say. See you!

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by Elisabeth

2004-12-01

Dead Men's Grammar (Nov 18th)

The first part of our English lessons was taken by Maria for her short story presentation. It was about Chinua Achebe's "Dead Men's Path". Maria told us something about the plot of the story, which is very interesting. Besides she explained to us the function of the protagonist and the narrator. The two next points were the style and the stylistic devices. And finally, Maria gave us a very informative interpretation of the story.

After Maria's presentation, Mr. Ringeisen handed out a worksheet with grammar exercises for the tenses. The first few sentences were done in class, the rest was homework.

And in the last part of the double lesson, we talked about the text "American Visions" and the picture "American Gothic" on page 21 in our English book. We discussed the statements given in the text and tried to interpret the picture. We were interrupted by the end of the lesson and so we had something to do for next time.

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by Corinna

2004-11-30

A relaxed lesson

At first, we were only 6 pupils who wanted to learn something about the English language. The others wrote their History or Religious Education 'Schulaufgabe'. So they weren't in time and the English lesson couldn't start before 12 o'clock. That was quite good ;-) .
Afterwards we corrected our translation homework about the text “Is Classical Music Dying?”.
Furthermore we listened to excerpts from a CD of “New Music” (Ligeti, Stockhausen and Charles Ives). It was quite interesting, but not the kind of music I prefer. There was no “real” melody and the instruments didn't sound good. I think, it might be very difficult to compose this kind of music. But I wouldn't go to such a concert ...
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by Janina

2004-11-29

Rat and Head, Surreptitiously Renovated ;-)

In our lesson today, Janina told us something about the short short story “The Head”, written by Michael Hale Bullock. It was a very interesting presentation, I liked it very much. Well done, Janina! :) Her story was about a head which attacked a woman. The idea that there is a head on your coffee table is kinda weird, I think. But funny anyway! *lol*
After this one we got informed by Elisabeth about the short short story “A Rat and Some Renovations” by Bernard MacLaverty. Americans are visiting with a family. The mother wants to impress them and decides to buy a new kitchen before the visitors come. BUT the problem comes soon... A rat... Very nice. I would have died if there were a rat in my kitchen! Ahhhh... *lol* ANYWAYS... It was funny!! Well done, Elisabeth! :)
After these two enjoyable presentations, we corrected our grammar homework.
Hmmm, what else did we do?!?! Ahhhhh.... We spent the rest of the lesson with reading and translating the text “Is Classical Music Dying?”. It' s a text with some very strange words like "surreptitiously". Try to pronounce it! It's really funny! :)
To put it in a nutshell, we had two very nice lessons....

Have a relaxing evening! See ya tomorrow!

Bye bye

2004-11-28

Holiday in Germany and Still I Rise

Our lesson on Monday (I know, I'm late for my blog entry) started with Melanie's and Barbara's presentation of the short story "Holiday in Germany" by Richard Brautigan.

First we were given some information about the author.
Richard Gary Brautigan was born in the year 1935 in Tacoma.
He became famous in the sixties.
He died in 1984 by a shot. Probably it was suicide.

After that, Barbara explained the plot to us.
The story tells about a bus and a VW driving next to each other on a motorway.
The people in the vehicles wave to each other.
But when the VW finally leaves the motorway nothing important has happened.

The narrator - an American - is part of the story because he sits inside the bus.
He is a first-person narrator and he is omniscient.
The protagonists of the story are the two young German boys in the VW.

The style of the story is direct and sluggish.
(For those of you who don't remember: sluggish = träge)

After this very nice presentation, we corrected our homework, a translation exercise, which was rather easy.

Then we talked about the poem "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou, a very famous black American author. After Mr R had explained some unknown words to us, we (or he) decided to translate the whole poem.
"Still I Rise" is a critcal poem in which Maya Angelou is fighting against prejudices and the discrimination of black people. The poem is written with a lot of passion and in a very melodious style. Because of that it was quite difficult to translate.

Suddenly the school bell rang and finished our lesson, so we decided to continue the translation next time.

2004-11-24

And Still We'll Rise

A presentation of a short story had not been prepared for today's lesson, so we dealt with our poem "Still I Rise" once more. After having translated the poem the previous lesson, we had a second look at its content. We wanted to find out what could possiply rise that often. Apparently it had to be something extraordinarily persistent, to rise so many times. Furthermore we tried to find out what the verb "rise" could mean. We all came to the conclusion that "rising" must be a standing up after a falling. The author of the poem, Maya Angelou, is a black woman, consequently the thing that rises could also be the call for freedom and equality and the fight for having rights.
But we didn't only have a second look at our poem, we also started to do an exercise about a main topic in our next "Schulaufgabe"- the translation from English into German. In my opinion this was a very useful exercise, because I have some difficulties (and I know I'm not the only one) in expressing an english text in a normal, especially correct German. But I'm sure, with Mr. Ringeisen's exercises we will get better and better... because still we'll rise.
See ya all Thursday!

2004-11-18

lessons: Nov 11th & 15th

At the very beginning of our lesson, we had an informative short-story presentation by Eva and Corinna. Both girls presented "The linesman", written by Janet Frame. We listened attentively to the information on the author, the contents of the story, the position of the narrator, before we analysed the style and heard something about the meaning, interpretation and their own opinion of the story.
After the short story presentation Mr. Ringeisen wanted to talk with everybody alone about her first test. He wanted us to pay attention to our mistakes, and gave us suggestions what we could do to improve in the next test. During the individual talks between the teacher and each pupil, the rest of the LK had to work on four texts.
The first text was "Here endeth the lesson"; it's about the influence of the candidates' religion on the voters. The next article, "New standards for elections", is about some methods the author thinks should be improved, because there are some flaws in the American voting system. "Rove's revenge" is about the relation of Bush and Karl Rove in their childhood. The author is a Kerry-fan and is sad about losing. The last text, "Voting without the facts", tells about different people who are well or less well informed about the politicians and politics.
After that (on Monday) we read a very confusing story: "Water", by Fred Leebron. At the end, we thought that the woman who has to give the plants water is the previous girlfriend or wife of the man who is now on holiday with a new girl, enjoys his life - in contrast to his former girl who is jealous, because she still loves him.

by Claudia

2004-11-16

everybody has a different opinion

Today Mr Ringeisen started the lesson with the search for somebody to write the blog entry, so here I am! Then he gave Janina and Susi their poetry books back and he suggested we'd talk about our favourite poems once the poetry books are beginning to fill.
Afterwards we talked about the newspaper articles we had read during the lessons before. I think they were very interesting, especially to see how different the opinions about the elections were. Some authors were very critical and some had some suggestions for the next elections. After that we talked about our own opinion about Bush and those who voted for him. And I saw that in our "little class" we have different opinions, too, and this was very fascinating!
I wish you all a nice free day tomorrow. See you all on Thursday.
Melanie

2004-11-10

Oh, America ...

First, it would be better to say, "oh, Eva " because I'm even not able to write a blog entry... I think I did something wrong on this side and now ... I hope nothing is destroyed?!
But now, my real blog entry:-)
On every Tuesday, we've only got a very short lesson, so my entry won't be long and I will add some comments.
Today, we talked about cartoons we had chosen yesterday. These cartoons told us many details about George W. Bush and the current situation in the U.S.A.. The authors drew many sarcastical and ironic cartoons and they made us smile and laugh about it. Various problems and situations are brought up, e.g. homosexuals, taxes, election campaign, rivalry between President Bush and his opponent Kerry, terrorism, moral values, the two parties ...
It's really fascinating that someone can draw such cartoons because one has to include many hidden details, often ironic and satirical ones, reflecting current problems and situations. At the end of our lesson, after everybody had presented his chosen cartoon, Mr. Ringeisen gave us some papers, too. The first article tells us something about moral values. Many Americans seem to have only voted for Bush because of his deep faith and his attitude towards morals (against abortion, homosexuals ...). That's the reason why America's minorities (homosexuals, but also blacks ...) support Kerry (The Democrats). Oh, America - once even Goethe said - you are lucky, and our old Europe... (didn't he?)
But why do your brave soldiers vote for morals and faith although they pray with weapons in their praying hands ... Oh, America ... And after all, who is their god?
Enough for today, have a nice day, till Thursday...;-)

2004-11-09

Halloween, a spooky short story and grammar mistakes

In our first English lesson after the All Hallows holidays Marina and Miriam started by giving their news item presentation. As All Saints Day is an important holiday in the United States they reported detailed information about the European origin and today’s customs. Halloween is a combination of several European feasts: It goes back to Roman Pomona Day, Christian All Saints and All Souls Day and Celtic Samhain, which are all celebrated on October 31st or November 1st.
They pointed out that Samhain, also called Last Harvest, was the beginning of the Celtic winter season and a very magical and spiritual time, especially the night of October 31st, which was said to allow dead ancestors to return to earth for this single night. Furthermore, they touched on the origin of the custom which is popular today: Children go from house to house asking “Trick or Treat” in order to get sweets.
Afterwards, the class was told the legend of Jack who played a trick on the Devil and hence was – after his death – neither allowed to enter heaven nor hell but had to look for a place to stay, carrying an ember within a turnip. Obviously, the Irish copied this idea, the Americans replaced the turnip later by a pumpkin, and invented the custom of Jack-O-Lanterns. Today families usually carve spooky faces into their pumpkins which are supposed to keep evil spirits away.
Then Victoria gave her talk about the short story “The night the ghost got in” by James Thurber. Fluently speaking, she first introduced the author of her story, additionally the content and plot. She described the characters of “The night the ghost got in” plastically, went into style and interpretation. As she was the first to talk about a chosen short story, I think she gave a very good, well-prepared lecture.
Afterwards, Mr Ringeisen drew attention to the mistakes that most frequently appeared in our English tests. We have to be careful not to forget (or add) letters when building past or progressive forms, to be and being, happen and happened for example. Moreover, our teacher pointed to wrong usage of prepositions and tenses. At the end of our lesson, we got our tests back.

2004-11-04

New Old President of the USA

Hello everybody!
I hope you're all enjoying your holidays.
Yesterday, John Kerry gave up and Bush is again president of the United States. It is a pity that Kerry lost because Bush's way to do politics is not the right way. There will be no improvement of the protection of the environment and minorities like the homosexual people have no chance to get the rights that "normal" people have.
So we have to wait another four years and then there will be a real new president.
See you on moday!:(
Johanna

2004-10-29

Bush or Kerry - who will win the battle???

The last lesson before our well-deserved holidays really provided a lot of variety!
At the beginning, we had the possibility to get the translation of some unknown words that appear in the funny poem “Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs”. Besides other vocabulary items, the word “spake” was revealed as an old form of the simple past from “to speak”.
After that, we received some interesting facts about the influenza vaccine in the USA. Eva and Corinna informed us e. g. that approximately 36,000 people die from the flu every year. An amazing fact I didn't know before, did you?
What the pupils of the other course didn’t like very much was the fact that we needed their classroom in the second part of our English lesson in order to watch a film. I think this film called “Gentleman gegen Cowboy” was a great alternative for the event on Tuesday we aren´t allowed to take part in (at the University of Regensburg) (which from my point of view is a real pity L) - Thanks to the organizers who invited us first and made us look forward to this “election party” just to tell us later we can´t come! Well, but that’s not the point under discussion now – I should give a statement about the film! Personally, I liked it very much as it didn’t only compare the politics of the two nominees, but also their private and public lives.
Now, let´s see who will win the exciting “battle” on Tuesday – Bush or Kerry - and let’s all have our own little “election parties” at home!
Nice holidays
VICI

2004-10-28

Oh Mirror Mirror on the wall...

...what did we do in Tuesday's lesson? I can't remember!
Mirror: First, Mr Ringeisen passed the list with the dates of the short story presentation around and you had to choose a date for yours! In the meantime, he also told you some very important things about the novel presentation (that some of you haven't heard because they were too busy with the dates of the short story presentation :-) ): how long it should be, that you should make a handout and what exactly you should mention (author, characters, place...)!
[look here!]

But, oh Mirror Mirror on the wall, what then? What did we do afterwards?
Mirror: Then you listened to Susi's & Susi's news item presentation about "The golden couple" Jennifer Aniston & Brad Pitt. They told you that Jen and Brad separated because Brad is said to have an affair with Lara Croft-Angelina Jolie. Then Susi & Susi gave you an overview about the lives of Jen and Brad and their career. Many of you found it very interesting (especially the fact that Brad could be single again ;-) ) or also sad that this nice couple wants to get divorced.
And then, oh Mirror Mirror on the wall, what about the rest of the lesson?
Mirror: Again, you listened to "Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs" by Roald Dahl and you got the text of it from Mr Ringeisen. Most of you found it very funny, but again, you didn't get to the end! What a pity because there, I would have occurred once more! *g* And you got some homework: you should read this story at home till the end and then be able to talk about it in the next lesson!
Oh Mirror Mirror on the wall, thank you very much! I couldn't remember anything! You are my hero!

Greetings from Ina

2004-10-25

Don't kick it out

Hallo to everybody!
This was the first lesson after our test we wrote last week, and because of that it was a little bit relaxing.
Firstly, we read an article about Sarah Ferguson's affairs published in the "Daily Star" (Viewfinder Special, ch. 1). This article showed very well how brutal and discriminating the press, especially tabloids, can be.
We answered some questions on the text which were set to us by Mr Ringeisen.
After a short break we had a discussion about the differences of quality and yellow press and which informs people better than the other. To get the discussion more lively, we are going to do it in only small groups the next time.
Finally, we heard a little bit of the fairytale "Snowhite and the 7 dwarves" - in Roald Dahl's version. Tomorrow we are going to finish listening to the story. It was quite funny, particularly the bad stepmother and the mirror.
Goodnight and bye,
Carina

2004-10-24

First "Schulaufgabe" of E11

Good evening everybody!
Today I'll write something about our last lesson ( I know that it's a bit late) which was very special, because we wrote our first "Schulaufgabe".
In my opinion, it wasn't too difficult, I only had problems with the stylistic devices, but I know that I'm not the best in analysing metaphors etc. In general, I think there was no difference between this "Schulaufgabe" and the ones we wrote last year. And what I had never expected, I didn't feel nervous.
Finally, I wish you a nice sunday evening, see you tomorrow!

2004-10-19

Not the story of an hour but the story of an English lesson

Because nobody wanted to write a contribution about our lesson, I have decided spontaneously to write one! :)
At the beginning of our English lesson today we listened to the nems item presentation by Janina and Babsi, which was about Michael Moore. I think they chose a very interesting topic, or person!
I have also read "Stupid white men" and I really liked this book. It is really a pity that we can't read books by Michael Moore in our English lessons because they are very hard to understand. There are so many special expressions in his books you can't understand without looking into your dictionary very often, which also Janina and Babsi explained to us. But I think we could watch a film like Fahrenheit 9/11!
In a few weeks we have the election in America and maybe the film can be very interesting for us. What do you think?
Furthermore we looked at "The Story of an Hour", which you can find in our Viewfinder book! We also tried to solve the Analysis questions on this text. In my opinion it was a very nice text and not too hard to understand! So, I think that´s what we did in our last English lesson before we will write our first English LK Schulaufgabe.
I'm not really looking forward to Thursday's lessons but we will see!
Have nice days
Yours Miri

2004-10-18

Once upon a time… on October, the 18th 2004

I hope and wish that everybody of you, everybody means the whole course including the sleeping ones (which I don’t hope there weren't any today!!!), remembers today’s lesson, even if we are all old, grey and wrinkly (what a horrific idea) and sitting next to the tiled stove while peeling potatoes. We will talk about the “good old days”, we'll mention that the youth at that time was not as bad as now, :) and we'll remember this English lesson, of course.
Some of you may then revel in memories like “What nice sheets we always got from Mr. Ringeisen! Do you remember the one which should help us getting to know our friend, the computer? At that time I only could find the button where you can start the computer; dashes and quotation marks were unheard of. I was very thankful about this kind of help!”
Okay, but the sheet we got today is very helpful, especially for the pupils who are also members of the French course because there are also tricks to make accents. Now nobody will write wrong quotation marks again (By God, I hope my punctuation is all right. Well,…).
Besides, Mr. Ringeisen taught us to pay attention to our style of describing stylistic devices. I think it’s understandable we should not say “You can find an *** in line ***”. Who wants to feel like Ulysses while reading: “Oh, I can see, there’s the metaphor, sail direct to line northeast, we are safe, there’s land!”. But there’s still so much I have to tell you about today’s lesson…
Carina and Claudia held their news item presentation about Christopher Reeve, a famous actor who died last week. Honestly, I really was shocked when I read about his death in the newspaper. This person had so much power, didn’t give up, attempted to live his life with his handicap in the best possible way. I have to note that I saw “Das Fenster zum Hof”, a really fascinating movie. This man couldn’t move his legs, his arms, nothing but his eyes, his mouth, could hardly breathe. I found this presentation very interesting, not only because I like the actor, but also because I got to know more about him. I didn’t know that he performed in many theatres and was a professional actor. How unpleasant it must have been for him only to be “Superman” in the public eye and have never been acknowledged as a real artist, a real actor?!
But now I will come to an end, because at the end of the lesson we talked about the short story, which wasn’t a real short story, “Cat’s Eye”. The clever ones would have discovered this “801 words · excerpt from Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye […]“ at the end of the story. All of them now can have 100 € safe or “Do you rather want gate 3?”. :)
Well, we talked about the questions on the text and got a solution. Now everybody has got the chance to ask herself again “Why can this be possible? Why is my work so different from the solution? Is this magic? What’s the reason for this? Is there any life outside of our earth?!”

You’ll see, all of you “have to remember” today’s lesson even in many, many years…


If someone doesn’t like my blog entry, try to write a better one :)

Yours Conny


2004-10-14

lesson of 14th October

After the morning prayer chosen by Carina, Mr. Ringeisen told us something about his criteria for the assessment of our news item presentations today. Apart from the pronunciation, he also pays attention to grammar and how to make the item interesting for the class.
Then it was Melanie’s and Elisabeth’s turn to do their news item presentation about music which can be downloaded legally - or illegally. They explained the effects of illegal downloading and gave a list of some legal download sites to the class at the end.
The following minutes, we got a handout with questions on the short story "The Invisible Japanese Gentlemen", which we had to prepare for today’s lesson. We answered those questions about the content and read out some stylistic devices, like similes and metaphors, and discussed their effect in the context. On the worksheet, there were also the expected results for us to read at home.
After a short break, the teacher gave us the explanations for some unknown vocabulary of the song "There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner" by Noel Coward. We listened to that song and, personally, I thought that the text with lots of sad and negative expressions doesn’t fit at all to the happy melody and the funny voices of the singers. But perhaps, this is exactly what makes the song so fascinating...
All in all, it was again a well-prepared lesson which gave us additional information for our freetime ;-)

2004-10-13

Invisible English Questions

Hi,
For those of you who look at the blog from time to time, here are the questions that went with the Graham Greene short story "The Invisible Japanese Gentlemen". I used the story (and these questions) for a first Schulaufgabe four years ago.
If you click here, you should get to the questions:
Questions

See you tomorrow.

2004-10-12

12.10.

Good afternoon to all!

In our English lesson today we first listened to a very interesting news item presentation from Marina and Johanna. They told us a lot about the volcano Mount St. Helens, which got active again in the last few days. I found it good of them to show us where this volcano actually is, and I hadn’t known about the "ring of fire" before. It was easy to understand how a volcano "works" because Johanna drew a nice picture on the board.


After this, we talked about our homework and got a sheet with solutions, so everyone could compare the right solutions to the answers she had written.


Then we had a short look in our book, where there are lots of things explained (like "what is a metaphor" etc). This will be important for our Schulaufgabe.

As it was only a "normal" (single) lesson, time was up very soon. :-)

Enjoy your evening!

Bye,

Babsi


2004-10-11

just for fun

good evening everybody!
as i was not able to join the blogger, i was finally signed in by mr ringeisen. merci bien! *g*
in my opinion the internet is a nice thing but should not spent too much time for it. sitting in front of a computer may be quite interesting but it can also drive you crazy. :-( i'm the best example for it.....
well, that's enough
bye,
babsi

Ladies and Gentlemen...

Ladies and Gentlemen

I'm so glad to be here today because this dream finally became true: I can proudly say that I managed to log in to the blogsystem. You can believe me, it's a great honour for me to work with you.
First of all, I want to thank my Mum and my Dad for buying me a computer. Special thanks go also to Johanna and Melanie for giving me advice with the system. Thank you, Mr. Ringeisen for sending me lots of invitation mails. And, last but not least: I want to say hello to my sister who always blocks the computer when I want to work with it.

Thank you so much!

Surfing on the Internet

Today, it was a really interesting and relaxing lesson because we were in the computer room. In my opinion, such an English lesson is really cool. It’s very informative and it’s different to our “normal” lessons.
Well, now I want to tell you something about today:

<>First, we listened to Victoria’s presentation about American football. It was well-prepared and very informative. Victoria explained the rules and the scoring system etc. Now it’s much easier to understand the whole game... :-) I think, it was a very good presentation because there were a lot of transparencies; in the pictures you could see players or the field etc. So it was easy to imagine the game. Furthermore, Victoria had a good pronunciation.

Afterwards, we went to www.langenscheidt.de/linkfinder and everybody read a text she was interested in. (Some read about Internet voting, some about the history of the American flag..) That task was really cool because we could choose a homepage we fancied.

At the end of the lesson, we watched the debate of John F. Kerry and George W. Bush. It was interesting to see how the politicans tried to convince the Americans to vote for them.
I think, it was very hard to understand Bush. He had such a bad slang… :-)

Well, in my opinion it was a cool lesson today! We should regularly use the computer… :-)

<>Have a nice afternoon!

See you tomorrow!

2004-10-07

Trouble with pronunciation

At the beginning of our English lesson today, Mr. Ringeisen explained to us how to sign in and now, I think, we´re all able to write a contribution, even me. Then I suggested that volunteers should write contributions. I think this is best, because thus you can write it if you´ve got enough time.
After that, Carolin and Cornelia presented their news item. I think it was very clever of the two girls to choose such a totally different subject. Ann-Kathrin and I told you something about the electoral system of the United States of America and so the class doesn´t have to listen to similar things every lesson. Besides, I think, Richard Avedon must have been a fascinating photographer. Although he had access to very important persons, he didn´t forget people who need help and he also spent money for charities.
Then Mr. Ringeisen corrected some pronunciation points and told us to pay attention to this aspect, particularly how to stress words in the right way. I think, we all have more or less problems with pronunciation. Especially the word "interesting", which is stressed on the "in", causes trouble, Mr. Ringeisen had to explain it, I think, for the fifth time.
We talked about our homework and about the short story. While we were correcting the homework, there was again a problem with pronunciation. This time it was the difference between British English and American English.
After solving the problem, we received papers about how to analyse a text.
At the end of the lesson, we got our new English books. I think, they´re a bit heavy to carry, but we will do it.
Now I will finish my contribution by wishing you a nice evening.

2004-10-04

Murder in the Dark and Translation in the Light (4 Oct)

Today we first got a news item presentation by Ann-Kathrin and Maria. They gave us a rather detailed introduction to the American presidential elections. What I liked is that they explained a lot: the political parties, their symbols and ideological trends; the fact that the president is elected by the electoral college; and the biographical backgrounds of the two major candidates, Bush and Kerry.
Although Mr. Ringeisen afterwards mentioned a few words which were mispronounced, I was impressed by Maria's and Ann-Kathrin's fluency and good pronunciation. And I liked their transparencies as well.

In the second part of the lesson, we finished translating the poem "Not My Best Side" into German. There were a couple of funny passages, where some people had thought that "tail" means 'Taille' in German ... But in general, it was a good exercise and was enjoyed by people who like translating.

Finally, we talked about the short short story we had read at home, "Murder in the Dark" by Margaret Atwood. It seems that most of us found this story easy to read because we had played that game (or a similar version of it) when we were younger, so it was not difficult to follow. - There is a rather tricky passage, however, when the narrator starts a new paragraph saying, "If you like, you can play games with this game" (p. 13, l. 18). And then she transfers the roles of the game to the roles of author/reader/book, or author/critic/reader. In both these cases, the author would be the murderer, and the reader could be either the detective or the victim. After this meta-fictional passage, the final paragraph follows, in which the narrator leaves it open somehow whether she is talking about playing a real game of "Murder in the Dark", as it were, or whether she is talking about her tricky text with which she is trying to carry out her "designs" (p. 13, l. 25) on the reader. This ambivalence becomes even a paradox at the end, when she finishes her text by saying: "by the rules of the game, I must always lie. Now: do you believe me?" (p. 14, ll. 6-7).
I'm not quite sure what to make of this text, quite honestly, because it doesn't seem to have a definite meaning and feels vague, somehow (if you know what I mean).

Oh, and there were a few other things in the lesson as well: We heard about some technical details when signing in at the blog, we saw our teacher's wonderful poetry book (as an example, because we are supposed to get one, too, so we can start writing poems into each other's books), and we heard about some more ALT key sequences for producing long dashes. Fascinating, as usual. ;-)

news item presentation

Hi!
i think the news item presentation today was very interesting. i've got a lot of informations about the elections!
and i'm very sad that mr. Ringeisen won't be there tomorrow! :)
bye

2004-10-03

A lot of problems ;-)

Good evening everybody!

Here I am at last! The hardest thing was to find were to log in after having already joined. Did you have the same difficulies?

I tried to watch the debate video.
The part I was able to see was quite dark in the background.
But John Kerry speaks very slowly, I was surprised.
There's one really annoying thing with my computer:
It needs about 5 minutes to load 1 minute of the video.
But it is interrupted all 6 seconds!
Do you have the same problems???

Well,
Good night
Untill tomorrow
Caro

Hi everybody!

Hi everybody!

I'm glad to have found the thing to click at my blog so I can write a contribution. Here is it.
I think the short short stories are very good. I found especially the "Murder in the Dark" story interesting and funny because I played it when I was a child.

Good evening and see you tomorrow in school!

2004-10-01

Campaign 2004 - The Presidential Debates

As you all know, there are going to be elections for the American presidency on Nov. 2nd.
This week, we had the first televised debate between President George W. Bush and his main opponent, John Kerry. There is a wealth of useful information on the site of the New York Times, e.g. video clips from the debate and articles about how well it went for these two candidates:
The Presidential Debate on Sept 30
Even if you just look at one of the video clips - have a go and try to understand what they are saying. It's exciting to listen to their version of the truth, and to watch how they react (body language, hesitation, choice of vocabulary).

2004-09-30

Introduce yourself!

As I am the only one who created a profile on this site I thought it would be nice if you write something about yourselves, too.
You know, your hobbies, what you like very much or what you don't like, etc.
Then we can get to know each other better.

So, to the people of the geography LK: Have a nice time!
To the others: See you in school!

Good night!

PS.: Here are some pics that I like very much:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v327/lady_earwen/GG13.gif
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v327/lady_earwen/hp5.png
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v327/lady_earwen/lotr5.gif

hi everybody!!

hi!
well, now I´m also a blog user and so I want to say " hello" to all of you!
I think that all the internet stuff for our english-lk is really cool...

have a great weekend! :-)
cu


hi!

good evening!

please don't be surprised about my username, but i tried ten times untill finding that one. i wish you all a wonderfull friday(we'll go hiking :) ) and weekend! i hope the short short stories will be interesting!
see you all next week!

yours Melanie

2004-09-29

(c:

Ahhhhaaa here we are... I wrote a comment to someone else. *lol* I don't know. Whomever I annoyed, I'm sorry for that! :) I hope it will work this time and you can read what I wrote!? Weeeeell, I just wanted to say hello ... HELLO! ... :)

Have a nice evening! See you tomorrow in class

Bye bye

2004-09-25

Straight from the horse's mouth ...

Since there actually seem to be a few people around here, I'll give you something to comment on ... and maybe it can serve as a source for inspiration.
It's not what I wrote, but someone (I'll tell you who) sent me this as her idea of what the horse's stanza could be, if UA Fanthorpe had chosen to include its voice in her poem. - What do you think of it?




So what can I say?
I'm supposed to be an instrument
Of this boy’s on my back
Although I'm the real hero
(Or can you see anybody
Except me
Who's strong enough?)
And that little monster in front of me
Is no real adversary
You might say that my neck looks strange,
But that's only all this technical stuff,
There wasn't any room for it in my stomach.
All in all I'm really beautiful -
I'm the most beautiful
In the whole picture anyway.
So let me just do my job quickly
And then go home, because I still have to do
Some cosmetics,
My boyfriend's waiting.

2004-09-24

also registered

Well - now I´m also registered!

I´m really looking forward to the interview we´ll listen to next week, as my computer wasn´t able to open this file.

See you all next week

Finally

I just created my blog and I'm really happy that it works now.Thank you again Mr Ringeisen, have a nice weekend!See you on monday!Johanna

2004-09-23

Interview with UA Fanthorpe (poet)

Hi all,

The interview I told you about this morning can be accessed at the following address (it only works if RealAudio player is installed on your computer - if you're not sure, just click the link anyway; your computer will tell you if it doesn't know what to do with this sound file):
Interview/Ursula A. Fanthorpe

In case you don't know what I'm talking about: I'm sure you remember the lesson about the George & Dragon myth; the poet who wrote the poem about the Uccello painting is UA Fanthorpe.

If you should not manage to listen to the interview, don't worry - I'll bring it along to next week's lesson.

CU
rip

2004-09-20

Welcome!

Dear ELKs,
Welcome to our own little place on the web.

I hope that many of you will make use of this opportunity to comment on the topics and progress of our course, and that there will be loads of useful, serious, funny, strange and beautiful contributions.

Let's get at it :-)

Yours,
PR