2007-03-24

Young boy trapped in chimney!

Last week a young boy was trapped in a doctors chimney! This evil man installed a grid at the bottom of his chimney, because his house had been broken in for several times. But why on the bottom? Nobody knows the exact reason! Mr Chapman, the doctor, said in court that he didn´t want the birds to sit on it and that´s why. What was this person thinking? Couldn´t he know that if somebody gets into the chimney he wouldn´t be able to get back out? Court tried to answer all of these questions for the worried mom. The judge decided after hearing the whitnesses that Mr Chapman was guilty. The young boy was trapped in the chimney for 2 weeks and after he was found he was in a very critical state.
I would like to invite you to talk to me about this case here.
This was a report from Judith!Thanks for reading this newspaper!

2007-03-22

50 reasons to love the European Union

If anything, the British are famous (or notorious) for their Euroscepticism. What a pleasant surprise this is then: "50 reasons to love the European Union", presented by the editors of The Independent (a serious and sensible newspaper all along). This link takes you to the bare list, but there is also one where these fifty reasons are explained in a short paragraph of text each.

Additionally, I'd strongly recommend the leading article of today's edition: "A potent symbol of peace and unity."
To top off these hymns of praise, the Independent publishes an article by Denis MacShane, the Labour MP for Rotherham and Minister for Europe until 2005: "Why I am an unashamed enthusiast for Europe".

While you're at it, you might as well find out (maybe it will come to you as soon as you look at it) what the headline of this text is an allusion to. To help you a little, I'll give away this much: It's an allusion to a famous passage in a funny film. The first member of this course who sends me an e-mail with the correct solution wins a prize (a voucher for one of Amberg's bookshops).

2007-03-19

Visit the Amish! (2007-03-19)

Unfortunatly, I came about 20 minutes after lesson started into the class, because we wrote a religion test.
First, we talked about the text "An Entirely Different Way of Life: The Amish" which is in the Viewfinder Special on page 256. The lifestyle of the Amish is really different to our modern life. I couldn't live the way they do, because there are so many things I would miss like television, cars, ... These people must have a strong will to adhere strictly to the bible. We answered the questions on the text and came across the question if we could live without a television set. Julia said that her familiy often travels to Sweden, where they havn't got television- she thinks it's relaxing. What do you think, can you live for about two weeks without television? Would you like to be an Amish?
At the end of the lesson, we finished the role play which we had started on Thursday. Unfortunatly the Queen's Cancel was ill (Steffi), but luckily Mr. Ringeisen took this part of the play. We heard various witnesses who were for and against Mr. Chapman. The whole play was really funny, particularly Mr. Chapman's (Biggi) justification, why he installed the grip at the bottom of the chimney: "the birds could verstopfen his chimney". :-)
At the end, the adjudgement for Mr. Chapman were two weeks of charities work.
Mr. Ringeisen told us that we would repeat this play after our "Schulaufgabe" and that we then would get marks on it.
Before the lesson endet, we got a quiz about the US history.
On Thursday we need our Viewfinder Special. Homework until next monday is the text "The Joys and Oys of Judaism" on page 262. We also have to answer questions on this text.
So, have a nice evening!
Bye, yours Kerstin

2007-03-14

myths: too much waste of time?

Hello everbody.
Because the 13.03.2007 was a Tuesday, it was time for our myth presentation. Well not for ours but for Anna`s instead. She told about the expressions "at first", "firstly", "at last" and "lastly".
"Lastly" and "firstly" are used when you want to list something for example ideas, arguments,etc. .
You have to use "at first" for demonstrating your first idea or impression which is canged or found to be wrong later.
"At last" indicates that something finally happens after waiting.

Then our course discussed about the weather what wasn`t so efficient, because the sun was shining.
So Mr Ringeisen advert to the blog and that we should make comments or entries more often.
The course didn`t seem to be enthusiastic, but we can write our complaints in the feedback, which we are able to download.
And so the Tuesday lesson ends with an advice of Mr Ringeisen to look into the blog!

Feedback form ... waiting for you ...

Good afternoon,

The document for your feedback has now been prepared for you (.doc and .rtf format).

Please take a couple of minutes and go to this page:
Feedback on your ELK.

Thanks a lot.

2007-03-13

"Blogging is good for ..."

"... your career" - this is what Penelope Trunk says in her article

Blogging essential for a good career

Penelope Trunk is a columnist at the Boston Globe and Yahoo! Finance.
She presents eight reasons why blogging is useful:
1. Blogging creates a network.
2. Blogging can get you a job.
3. Blogging is great training.
4. Blogging helps you move up quickly.
5. Blogging makes self-employment easier.
6. Blogging provides more opportunities.
7. Blogging could be your big break.
8. Blogging makes the world a better place.

If you click to Trunk's blog, you can see a whole paragraph of explanation to go with each of these eight points.
Certainly, taking part in this course blog is not the same thing as having a blog of your own - but at least it gives you an idea how it works and it provides you with some practice.
So get going. Please.

2007-03-09

"Take a Pew" by Alan Benett

My sensible headline: "Take a Pew" by Alan Benett - we still need to get used to British humour....it needs getting used to

At the beginning we had the great pleasure to be entertained by the acting of some students, they presented humorous parodies of advertisement. By the way, Mr. Ringeisen also pointed out, that there will be a theatre play "(D)oloroso" on 22th and 24th of march at half past seven in the evening.
I hope you also remember that we took a look at the "sermon" "Take a Pew" by Alan Benett, who`s a quite famouse and popular british actor and director.
The text starts with a quotation of the bible, which, as we noticed, made absolutly no sense, the same quote is also used at the ending of this " sermon".
But also the use of slang expressions next to rather standard expressions is mentionable, such as "hurly burly of modern life" next to " stuff this for a lark" . Additionally, it`s striking, that the author often uses quotations and gives them in his sermon an absolutly new sense, like e.g. " Where do you think you`re going?" the sermoniser was asked that question by an employee of the railway company. In his sermon he uses the same question in a more philosophic way, he asks his audience the same, but he wants to allude to what they want to reach in their lifes.
Not only that he`s giving his quotations and absolutly new sense, he`s also quoting wrong, he states to adduce W.E. Hinley an English poet, but in truth he`s citing "Alumnus Football".
That`s what we did last thursday. We also got some homework for next thursday, in fact to prepare an advertisement or weather forecast play. By the way, the lesson ended already at 13:30 o`clock.

P.S.: If you are interested in Alan Benett you can look at http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/B/htmlB/bennettalan/bennettalan.htm

here you can find some information about his life and career

2007-03-06

Headline Hysteria ...?

Hello everybody,
I actually meant to mention this in class today, but I forgot again. So ... maybe my headline has already given you an idea what this post is about?

What I wanted to hint at is that quite a lot of recent lesson summary titles were a bit - hmmm, shall we say: uninspired? Of course it's a good principle to have the date of the lesson in question somewhere in your post, but as a headline it's neither very informative nor does it really arouse anybody's curiosity, I'm afraid.

Let me give you a few examples. It doesn't always have to be an alliteration, but just try to make it witty and in some way connected with what we did:

  • Janina, you could have called your contribution "No more overcoat weather, please".

  • Steffi, how about "Christians in Colorado" - or even just the title of Winthrop's sermon, which is memorable enough ("A City Upon a Hill").

  • Alex: "The Old Man and His Pupils" ;-)) or maybe "Soft refreshing humour" or ...?

  • Miriam, maybe: "Not an expression for lawyers"

  • Anna: "Blessed by the Bell" (this is not terribly logical, of course, but it does make sense, in a way)


And so on and on and on.

So could the next summary (and those after it) have a clever, funny, intelligent, philosophically challenging headline, please? Thanks :-)

And another thing: After a tentative start, the good practice of writing comments about your colleagues' posts has dropped to ... zero. Could we have some comments, please? And don't leave it all to Melissa and Angelika ;-)

English lesson 2007-03-06

Summary of the English lesson 2007/03/06


Hallo everybody,

after our daily prayer, I myself presented a new myth to the class. It is only a half-truth that “no more”/”not....any more” and “no longer”/”not.....any longer” are interchangeable. I stressed the most important points one has to remember: "no more" is mostly used with expressions of quantity, "no longer" with expressions of time; "not......any longer" both with quantity and time.

Afterwards, Mr. Ringeisen distributed a worksheet on which we could read several weather forecasts of different registers.

We learned that, i.e. very popular daily newspapers only write little about the weather as the readers haven't got time to read long passages on their way to work or they aren't interested in detailed descriptions of the weather but in news of stars or terrible accidents.

Furthermore, we read the written version of a radio forecast.

In addition, we worked out what is remarkable of the weather forecast presented as a dialogue between an announcer and a weatherman: the announcer uses a a familiar language (i. e. “umbrella” or “overcoat weather” instead of “precipitations”) so that the viewers can remember the forecast better; by reason that the announcer knows all the weatherman's answers before asking the questions, the viewer feels clever as he is on the announcer's side.

In the end , we read some other expressions about the weather that are used in an informal conversation or in private letters. “ We had a scorcher today” is supposed to say that it was a very hot day.

Mr. Ringeisen told us to learn the terms for the next English lesson so that we can use them in our own conversation.


See you tomorrow, Janina

2007-03-05

English lesson 2007-03-05 or "A city upon a hill"

Hello everybody.
At first, we talked about a few expressions that some of use have used in their test. Mr Ringeisen has looked up the various possibilities to translate the word "poorness". Its main use is "poor quality", but in some cases it can also mean "poverty". We also know now that "to profit" can be followed either by the preposition "from" or by "by". Then, the students who haven't had discussed their test in one of the last lessons, talked about them with Mr Ringeisen. Like Alex, I think that it's really a good thing to have the possibility to talk about the mistakes in greater detail. After the break, we tried to answer the questions of the text "A City upon a Hill". I won't write down the answers in this entry because we got a sheet with possible solutions.

We also had a look at the diagrams and statistics on page 255 of our Viewfinder Speacial. We thought that it's surprising that Nevada and Colorado have less than 40% religious Adherents. On the other hand, Utah, North Dakota, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama have more than 70%. So, you can see that there are great varieties concerning religious aspects in America. We also didn't expect the Jewish to be only 1.8%. The analysis of the number of radio and TV stations carrying Christian broadcasting full or part-time has increased enormously. Compared to 1983, it was twice the number in 1993.

As homework for monday, we have to read the text "An Entirely Different Way of Life: The Amish" on page 256 and 257. After having read the text, we have to choose three questions of the comprehension or analysis part and we have to write about them.

CYA tomorrow.

Thursday's lesson ( 2007- 03 - 01 )

Hello everybody!

I want to give you the chance to have a look back at our English lesson on March 1st.

First Mr. Ringeisen helped us to correct our "Schulaufgabe" correctly =). He talked to each
one of us and point our mistakes out to us. I think this was a good idea and it helped us to understand better what we do wrong, and so it'll stay longer in our mind.
In the second part of our English lesson we read an excerpt from a novel called 'The Old Man an Mr. Smith' by Peter Ustinov, which is in our 'British Humour' book.
The story's about an old man representing God and Mr. Smith representing the devil. It starts with the description of the church, where they are sitting in a church service, and its visitors. The description, for example when Ustinov give us infos about a woman with a keyboard of large teeth, is very funny. Also the speech of the reverend and the comments in brackets make me smile. The story ends, when the old man is recognized as God.
I liked the story very much, because it's not such a serious one.
At the end of the lesson we looked at a cartoon in which you can see a reverend, who preach infront of a lot of visitors. The sentence under this cartoon says: "On account of the widespread floods we wil omit the verse about soft refreshing rain."
I liked this cartoon, too. There you can see that you don't have to live on the severe rules of the church, like over one hundred years ago, and that you sometimes can take life easy!


And now I wish you a great remaining day

Alex