English class, Maria am Wasser



Done in class:
– discussion on Brexit
– text (on the next Brexit steps) from the BBC website: see www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics
– textbook „Great“, page 33 and CD track number 36
– page 34: sections 3a-c, 4a-d
– page 149: grammar notes §6
– page 149: (end of page) fill in the gaps using the passive

Done in class:
– discussion on Brexit
– brain storming: what do you associate with India?
– page 33: exercises nos. 1a, 1b, 2
– Vocabulary – to postpone, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, lent, to starve, credo, credit, (in)credible = (un)believable, Ceylon tea, partition, rug, carpet, longevity (look up: Valter Longo), relief, spice, herb, tea plantation,

Done in class:
– CD 1/28, 1/29 transcript on page 175.
– page 25: exercises nos. 4a, 4b, 5
– page 26: exercises nos. 6a, 6b
– homework: Homestudy pages 27-29
– Vocabulary – verbs: cook, bake, boil, fry, roast, deep-fry, grill, barbecue, smoke, steam, dry, poach, parboil, scramble, microwave, mix, weigh, peel, pour, stir, shape, cut, knead, add, crack open, measure, slice, sprinkle,
– vocabulary – nouns: pot, pan, scales, bowl, spoon, knife, fork, mixer, oven, cooker, smoker, jug, rolling pin, tin, apron, oven gloves, spatula, caraway, parsley, rapeseed, quince

Done in class:
– CD 1/27, transcript on page 175.
– page 24: Bush Tucker, exercises nos. 2a, 2b, 2c
– page 25: exercises nos. 3a, 3b, 4a
– page 25: exercises
– Vocabulary:
sauce, stew, damper, raw, to dip, skinny-dipping, naked bathing, vinegar, poached eggs, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, dough, to knead

Done in class:
– Brexit discussion
– page 24
– CD 1/27, text on pages 174-175
– Vocabulary:
to parboil, corkscrew, screwtop, car boot, embarrassing, sour, wishful thinking, general election, by-election, outcome, „the writing is on the wall“, to count, heat wave, parsnips, rhubarb, flesh, pale, ripe, pod, pea, beans, auburn, spherical, conical, square, rectangular, triangular, pointed, round, oval,

Done in class:
– vocabulary from last week
– game „Who am I?“
– pages 22-23, exercises 2a till 4b
– dialogue transcripts on page 174, 2A G’day, mate!
– new vocabulary: give a clue, Oceania, currency, purse, wallet, marsupial, pouch, coaster, a set of 7, dear (expensive), spectacles, to work out in the gym, sweater, available, jug, jar, tin (can), Marmite/Vegemite, yeast, gift (present), brim, midge, amber, necklace, sap

Done in class:
– vocabulary from last week
– discussion and explanation of Australian jokes (see last week’s entry)
– text on Brexit Brexit situation 05.12.18
– discussion on Brexit in light of the coming vote next Monday in the British parliament
– continued discussion based on the game of „Heads and Tails“ – see worksheet from last week
– new vocabulary: screw top, corkscrew, bottle opener, tin/can opener, to be thin on the ground, mammal, May God bless you, the plague, a constituent, a constituency, abortion, to backfire a lightbulb, a flatmate, to have a lead (1. Leine 2. Führung)

Done in class:
– in pairs, discussions on what they did on 21.11.18
– „Great B1“ page 16 – listening practice 5 (transcript on page 174)
– page 16, exercises 6-7 (key on page 166)
– unit 2 „Down under“, page 21 (for answers, see File 2 page 135)
– game „Heads and Tails“ – worksheet Heads or Tails
– vocabulary from today: to hide, hide and seek, conscience, currency, deer, freelance, cookies, biscuits, eat-ate-eaten, musical (adj.), sporty (adj.), advantage, to bless, pig/sow – pork, cow/bull – beef, calf – veal, sheep/lamb – mutton/lamb, hen/cock – chicken, marsupila, pouch,

Jokes about Australia
1. What do you call a lazy baby kangaroo?
(A pouch potato!)
2. What kind of music do kangaroos listen to?
(Hip Hop)
3. Why did the wombat cross the road?
(To see its flat mate)
4. Why isn’t the Australian national football team allowed to own a dog?
(Because they can’t hold on to a lead.)
5. Why wasn’t Jesus born in Australia?
(He couldn’t find 3 wise men or a virgin.)
6. How many Australian men does it take to change a light bulb?
(None. It’s a woman’s job.)
7. A devout Australian cowboy lost his favorite Bible while he was mending fences out on the range. Three weeks later, a kangaroo walked up to him carrying the Bible in its mouth. The cowboy couldn’t believe his eyes. He took the precious book out of the kangaroos mouth, raised his eyes heavenward and exclaimed, „It’s a miracle!“ „Not really,“ said the kangaroo. „Your name is written inside the cover.“
8. A Kiwi and an Aussie went fishing one afternoon and decided to have a couple of cold beers. After a while the Aussie says to the Kiwi, „If I was to sneak over to your house and made wild passionate love to your wife while you were at work, and she got pregnant and had a baby, would that make us related?“ The Kiwi after a great deal of thought, says, „Well, I don’t know about related, but it sure would make us even.“

Done in class:
– vocabulary from last week
– page 14, exercise 5a – listening text 1/2 (transcript on page 174)
– page 14, exercises 6a & 6c, comparing yourself to the person closest to you
– page 14, exercise 7 – listening text 1/3 (transcript on page 174)
– page 14, Global English – listening text 1/3
– page 18, Survival English – dialogues 1-8 listening texts 1/6 – 1/13

– Finish all the exercises in Homestudy (pages 15-16) and the Quiz (page 17)
– Print out and complete this crossword which includes words from unit one and from our lessons so far:

crossword unit 1

Done in class:
– discussion of winemaking (with Klaus‘ help!)
– song by The Albion Band. If you google „youtube The Albion Band Along The Pilgrim’s Way), you will find the song.

The Albion Band
The Albion Band was a British folk rock band and generally considered one of the most important bands in the genre and it has contained or been associated with a large number of major English folk performers in its long history. The one constant in the band’s history was the band leader Ashley Hutchings, founding member of arguably the two other pre-eminent English folk rock groupings Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span.

The Pilgrims‘ Way
The Pilgrims‘ Way is the historical route (192 kilomtres) taken by pilgrims from Winchester to thr shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury in Kent, who was was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He engaged in conflict with Henry II, King of England, over the rights and privileges of the Church and was murdered by followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral. His shrine at Canterbury became the most important in the country and it drew pilgrims from far and wide. Winchester, had an important cathedral and many travellers arrived through the nearby seaports on the south coast. This was the route taken by Henry II on his pilgrimage of atonement for the death of Bishop Thomas from France To Canterbury in July 1174.

Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England and forms part of a World Heritage Site. It is the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England and symbolic leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Founded in 597, the cathedral was completely rebuilt between 1070 and 1077.

Along the Pilgrims’ Way
The pilgrim’s heart is lifted up, as he spurs his horse along,
He will contemplate his destiny, And pass the time in song.

And its many the long and winding path, He’s travelled on this day
On his pilgrimage to Canterbury, Along the Pilgrims’ way.
On his pilgrimage to Canterbury, Along the Pilgrims’ way.

He has quenched his thirst at the Tabard Inn, And blessed his journey’s start,
And showers sweet have bathed his feet, Likewise refreshed his heart.
And there’s many a friend at journey’s end, He’ll be glad to greet this day,
On his pilgrimage to Canterbury, Along the Pilgrims’ way.
On his pilgrimage to Canterbury, Along the Pilgrims’ way.

The motorcycle comes to rest, And the rider mops his brow
He will photograph the land around, For the fields are golden now.
Still lovely is this part of Kent, On a hot midsummer’s day
And he’ll think about the ones who went, Along the Pilgrims’ way.
And he’ll think about the ones who went, Along the Pilgrims’ way.

Done in class:
– we practised the vocabulary from 17.10.2018
– we discussed pages 145 (use of ‚-ing‘ forms) and 146 (making comparisons)
– we read pages 12-13

New Vocabulary:
spoilsport; to lead-led-led; triplets/quadruplets; bust-up; curly-curlier; tantrum; sibling; nightmare; introverted; to add; gender neutral; narrow; joy; to socialise; brother-in-law; good-better-best; bad-worse-worst; more outgoing than,

Possessive Adjective/Pronoun
It’s my book. It’s mine.
It’s your book. It’s yours.
It’s his book. It’s his.
It’s her book. It’s hers.
It’s our book. It’s ours.
It’s their book. It’s theirs.

Pronouns: Subject/Object
I know you.
You know me.
He knows her.
She knows him.
We know them.
They know us.

Exercise: Add the missing word in each gap:
1. This bread is terrible – it must the ___________ bread I’ve ever eaten!
2. Please give me my pen back – it’s ___________, not ____________ !
3. Lizzy’s hair is curly, but Mary’s is even ____________ .
4. I’ve lost my car keys – have you seen ___________ ?
5. Look! That’s Suzie, I think. Yes, I’m sure it’s __________ .
6. That book can’t be ours. I think it belongs to the Jones. Yes, it’s definitely _________ .
7. My sister is more outgoing __________ me.
8. Elizabeth’s younger brother is ______ tall as _________.
9. My twin sister isn’t _________ good at running as me.
10. The man wearing the blue cardigan is younger ______________ us.

Homework – prepare for the next lesson:
– page 147, read and complete
– describe your brother (or your sister or your cousin), and compare this person with you.

Done in class:
– vocabulary from last week
– new vocabulary on physical appearances (clothes, body etc)
– Book „Great! B1“ page 10: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d
page 11: 5a, 5b, 5c

New Vocabulary:
General clothes: waistcoat, checked/striped/dotted shirt, cardigan, blouse, ,
Winter clothes: woolly hat, fur hat, overcaot, boots, scarf, gloves, long johns
Summer clothes: shorts, hot pants, sandals, flip-flops, T-shirt, bathing costume, bikini, trunks
Underwear: socks, stockings, tights/panty-hose, leggings, vest, pants
Hair: straight, curly, permed, bald, thinning/thin on top, pony-tail, fringe, wig, dark-brown, auburn, blonde
weight/shape: tall, short, curvaceous, slim, slender, overweight, petite, of average height
Other words: zip, button, velcro, nude bathing, skinny-dipping, time-consuming, height, width, length

1. What do the following abbreviations stand for?
– PC
– R & D

2. Better safe than sorry!
– Nowadays we say
________________, not „old age pensioner“
________________, not „handicapped“
________________, not „thin“
________________, not „(Red) Indian“
________________, not „Paddy“

3. Listen to the CD dialogue 1/1 (page 11) and fill in the gaps of 4b.
4. Read the text 1b on page 12. Underline any new words.

See you next week!

Done in class:
– sheet entitled „English Course 2018-2019, Maria am Wasser, Hosterwitz“
– introductions
– Great! B1, page 9, sections 1a, 1b, 1c

doctor’s surgery, sneakers, cul de sac, to make a contribution, components, common, sculptor/sculptress, advanced Course, to exploit, heir, challenge, parish, century, pensioner, handicapped


– what vocabulary do you know to describe physical appearance?
i.e. winter clothes, summer clothes, underwear, hair, shape, age etc


Next week:
– Grammar, page 145
– Great! B1: pages 9, 10, 11, 233
– characteristics of people
– comparing people

English Course 2018-2019, Maria am Wasser, Hosterwitz
1. Please give me €10 per person in cash for my personal costs (materials, books, wine, etc)
2. This year we are collecting money to buy an organ for our partner church in Brenna, Poland. You can find the details about this action on our church website (https://maria-am-wasser.de/info/orgel-fuer-brenna). The cost of a restored organ is 50-55,000 euros, and the current total we have so far is ca 39,000 euros. Transfer your donation to the church (price guide: last year € 70,00; VHS = € 3,60/45 minutes = € 151,20), “Englischkurs”, Ev.-Luth. Kirchgemeinde Hosterwitz, LKG Sachsen – Bank für Kirche und Diakonie eG, IBAN: DE24 3506 0190 1623 500019, BIC: GENODED1DKD. Of course, you will receive a donation receipt.
3. Wine list: A small study published last week in the Journal of Psychopharmacology shows that a small amount of alcohol can help people speak a foreign language better! (http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0269881117735687)

Provisional dates
October 2018: 10.10.18 17.10.18 24.10.18 31.10.18
November 2018: 07.11.18 14.11.18 28.11.18
December 2018: 05.12.18 12.12.18 19.12.18
January 2019: 09.01.19 16.01.19 23.01.19 30.01.19
February 2019: No classes, but if interested “English – Sounds good! Ways to better Pronunciation“, VHS Dresden, 25.02.-01.03.19, course number: 18H338109
March 2019: (06.03.19?) 13.03.19 20.03.19 27.03.19
April 2019: 03.04.19 10.04.19 17.04.19

Keith’s Website – Teaching and Travel Blog (keithhollingsworth.de)
My plan is to upload
(1) any hand-outs I give you in class
(2) extra vocabulary from our classes
(3) extra materials
(4) important messages

„Great! B1“ (Klett Verlag: 978-3-12-501484-8) € 23,99 (Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch mit 2   Audio-CDs)
– Klett Augmented Media (dialogues and dictionary)
– 9 units: Part A Classroom Input; Part B Classroom Input; Part C Home Study; Part D Survival English
– “Xtra 1” (after unit 3); “Xtra 2” (after unit 6); “Xtra 3” (after unit 9): Recap/Progress Test/Magazine
– appendices: Files; Grammar; Keys; Transcripts; Unit Vocabulary ; A-Z Vocabulary ; Word Fields; Instructions



General English

Learning Strategies
1. Language has 3 main components: (1) (2) (3)
2. We use language in 4 main skills: (1) (2) (3) (4)
3. Learning process: input → output/passive → active, → ; →
4. Concentrate on: 1. learning new vocabulary 2. listening as much as possible                                         3. writing your own texts