Tuesday`s lesson (2007-02-27)

Hello everybody, this is Miriam, not Birgit. I didn`t manage making an account for myself and now don`t think "Women and technique"
In the first part of the lesson Steffi presented a new myth to us. She explained that the terms "Not a techer" and "no teacher" express different things. When you say "Mr. Smith is not a teacher" everyone concludes Mr. Smith has got another job. He`s for example a doctor. When you say "Mr. Smith is no teacher" you express either that Mr. Smith has the wrong job or that usually does another job.
I have never recognized if I wrote "not a" or just "no", but I think I´ll try to remember what Steffi told us about these two terms when I use them the next time.
In the second part of the lesson Mr. Ringeisen hand us a paper sheet and we talked about it. It was quite funny to see how different one action can be expressed by 13 people in different situations.
When a friend tells you something he or she uses short sentences and ellipsis which you also use for diary entrys. In a popular newspaper report you get a additional information. A layer and a psychiatrist would use special terms. If you read about the action in a statistic or novel you can see varible stilistics.
It depends on who you`re talking to or if the author writes for a newspaper or writes a novel.
This is my report about the lesson on Tuesday and I just want you to remember to bring your British Humour Book and your paper sheet with your corrected version of your Schulaufgabe, and, of course, your Schulaufgabe to our next English lesson.


Monday's lesson (2007-02-26) or "Blessed by the Bell"

Hello everybody!
In our first of today's two english lessons some of us discussed with Mr.Ringeisen the test we had to correct during the holidays. While one student was talking to him the others could talk about their weekend. In the second lesson Mr.Ringeisen wanted to start with the topic "Religion in the U.S.A" but of course, although it was Monday, our "Viewfinder special lesson" almost everybody has forgotten the book. So we were shown a picture which is a poster with a big bell on it.After that we talked about the lines which stand over the bell and under it. "God Blest America" on the top of the poster and the other statement was "How blessed are the people whose God is Lord". Especially the second one is supposed to show the relation between God and the American people and that there's a connection.
At the end we read the beginning of the text "A City upon a Hill" in our Viewfinder. The title of this sermon refers to the Bible in which God had chosen Israel. After a short discussion how one would feel if one would life in a city upon a hill(one would feel very special and proud but also a little bit isolated) the lesson was over. So, don't forget your homework to read the whole text on page 252!
Have a nice afternoon, Anna:)


W. H. Auden - another famous poem

Maybe you'll remember the poem about the "Fall of Icarus". If you want to read another famous poem by the same author and read a (German) article about it, check out Jochen Lüders' blog.


Fahrenheit 451- movie

Wow, I've finally managed to get an account!
So, here's my summary of Thursday's English lesson , which was a special one: We watched the movie version of Fahrenheit 451. I don't really know what to write about know, so I'll just tell you about my impressions of the film.
All in all I'd say the film is quite good and I liked most of the actors.
Clarisse and Linda are played by the same actress (or was I just imagining that?), which is a really interesting idea, although, in my opinion, Clarisse is too old and I didn't have the impression that she behaves strangely or much different to the other people.
(By the way, what I wanted to ask: isn't Linda called “Mildred“ in the novel? Or is that another one of my imaginations?).
Who I didn't like that much was Montag, because I think the actor doesn't express Montag's feelings that well. But we had to skip a passage and perhaps his desperation would have been shown there more clearly.
There are many clever details to be seen in the movie, like the newspaper Montag reads (with only pictures in it), the silly TV-programm Linda takes part in or when one hears the pupils reciting maths together. In my opinion this draws a very good picture of what the world in the movie must be like.
However, I was disappointed that many parts of the book don't occure at all, the mechanical hound for example, and one doesn't see much of Faber either.That's a pity, because I was curious to see what these would look like on TV and I also think that they play an important role in the book. What I think is really funny (although it isn't meant to be, of course) is that so many devices, like the telephones or the TV-walls look rather old-fashioned, but are meant to be futuristic. The strings on the policemen (or whatever they were) that are supposed to make them fly are not bad, either.
Ok, I can't think of anything else to say know, so enjoy your holidays!


Tuesday`s lesson (2007-02-13)

Hello everybody
Well, it`s my turn to write something about Tuesdays lesson. We started by presenting a myth, Anna told us that the `d in I´d stands for had, and not for should or would, like many people think. You also should know that not comes after better, for example You`d better not behave like that again!
We continued with presenting two more books, Carolin and Katrin told us something about "Garden of beasts" (I think it was called like this), which is about a explorer who comes to Nazi Germany.... The other book, presented by Anna and Alex, was called negotiator. After overcoming the obstacle of pronounceing "negotiator" they also presented it very good. (I´m sorry I can`t remember what it was about, but on it`s cover was a spider)
Then Mr. Ringeisen told us something about inversion, we use an inversion for example in questions (Where was it made) or exclamations (Aren`t we clever girls!)... It`s all on your handout.
We finished by learning something about an except from british homour from Peter Ustinov "The old man and Mr. Smith" (p.86), which is about Satan and God meeting on earth. They want to find out if they`re still relevant in this world. On their journey they also land in the middle of an television evangelist`s (which are also called televanglist) show... And that`s where we`ll continue next week. So don`t forget your British Humour Book.

Monday's lesson

Hi everybody,
now I've already matched it to write into the 'blogger'. But I have to say it was very difficult to install the google account. Well and I have to say it's not always easy to be a woman =)) either (a little joke).
In Monday's lesson we got our essays back, what was very pleasant for me =)). After that we made a little exercise for our novel presentation. For that we had to choose a book, which cover looked good for us. Then we had some time to think about the author, the title, the plot and the cover. Then we presented our results and at the end Mr. Ringeisen asked the groups, if we would read the book. I think this was a good training for us =))).

How to fascinate your listeners

Since there are going to be novel presentations this term, I thought you might want one or two hints as to what you could do to improve your performance. I've found something for you: Mark McGuinness has a very useful article on his blog (called "Wishful Thinking") - go and have a look, please. His main claim is: Show enthusiasm about your topic, and you'll make your presentation so much more memorable (and enjoyable).

5 Reasons Why Enthusiasm is Better than Confidence


Fahrenheit 451

I´m sorry I couldn´t write any earlier, but I was sick. I´m supposed to write about the english theatre we watched on thursday. I think it was good that we read the book before we watched the play. This way I think we understood a lot more and also were familiar with the characters. The people from the other courses sometimes had problems with some things. They didn´t know what the dog was for, what exactly happened when the handy-man helped Mildred or what the parlour walls and the music were for. Some things just were hard to understand for them. Don´t you also think the actors were great? My favorite character was Millie. You couldn´t tell if they were American or German, because their english was very good.

Well, I think all of you should tell me about your oppinion, so maybe we can have a discussion about the play. Thanks for commenting in advance!


fishy stories, "ozymandias" and "the fall of Icarus"

Hi guys!

I’m so sorry I haven't managed to write into the blog earlier. But, hey, better late than never, right ;-)?

So let's see...what can I say about the English lessons on Monday (2007/02/05)?
Well, first we had some very fishy stories beginning with a very heart touching hitchhiker adventure which ended in a friendship for life (July)...very nice...erm...then a story about taking a bath with your sister after getting "down and dirty" in the mud ;-)...("hello?! It's my sister!!!" – Claudia ). Not to forget Birgit’s sportive bet, which she fortunately won and Elke's very exciting and impressing braveness in catching a thief in the middle of the night and of course Melissa's very fast car, her lack of technical knowledge and Judith letting her wait for hours in the cold in order to talk with a very handsome boy in front of the supermarket (What kind of friend are you?!? Shame on you Judith ;-) !!!).

But I think we did a pretty good job on these fishy stories considering we haven’t done that too often yet, in fact never. It sounds pretty easy but if you're not used to describing pictures and inventing “silly” stories in a short period of time it IS hard. Additionally, one is under pressure, which makes it double difficult to make a story up and keep talking about it for two and a half minutes.

After that we continued talking about "Ozymandias" by P.B. Shelley, which is a nice poem but hard to understand if you don't take your time to analyse it. Especially the syntax made it quite hard to understand. So it really would better to translate the poem…which we actually did ;-).

Last but not least we looked at the painting “landscape with the fall of Icarus” by Brueghel, which …erm…well…shows the fall of Icarus after flying too close to the sun. To be more precise, it shows Icarus drowning in the sea and nobody on the painting seems to care or even to notice, which is kind of weird in my opinion, don’t you think so? Why the hell does no one realize or do something against it? And isn’t it also quite strange of the artist to draw that kind of situation? Well, as usually I didn’t get the meaning. What is it supposed to say? Never fly to close to the sun if you’re wearing wax-wings??? What do you think?

I’m very curious about your thoughts. So don’t you dare leave this blog-entry “comment-less” ;-) !




About February 6th or the little man with the compass

Hello everybody!
Today I have to write my blog entry about our english lesson. So what did we do today?
I'm of the opinion that the funniest thing of this lesson was the drawing of Anna (she drew a little man or woman? on a mountain with a little compass in his or her hand)on the transparency of Angelika's myth presentation. Of course all of us now know that East/West/North/South and Eastern/Western/Northern/Southern are normally NOT interchangeable. This has to be the most remarkable thing of this lesson, I think.
What did we also do today? We had again 4 fishy stories, for example one was about a marriage and a bunch of flowers, or another was about parachuting as a birthday present.
Another thing we did at school, was discussing about the poem "Landscape with the fall of Icarus" which we had to read for homework. The poem describes the painting of Pieter Brueghel the Elder which we also looked at. It was also said that you can imagine commas and fullstops in this poem when we analysed the structur of it.
I hope this was an adequacy summary of our today's English lesson and I hope I didn't forgot something important.

Have a nice day and see you on Thursday,