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TASK 3 - THEMATIC CONTENT 1

ENGLISH TWO:
MY UNIVERSITY,
ALL ABOUT DIVERSITY
THEMATIC UNIT: A PLACE FOR LEARNING AND HAVING FUN
THEMATIC CONTENT: VIBE, CELEBRATION AND FUN ON CAMPUS
Your team will do the following:
ct a place or event; b) take or collect pictures of it;
e a description about what people do and why you chose it; and d) post the product of your work on the w

Context: The university wants to develop the English language website, and your group
will be in charge of writing about different places or events on campus.

GOALS:
Identify the structure of an ad
Write an ad for a university event
Arrange orally an attendance to a university event

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LANGUAGE FOCUS
Personality Traits: My math professor is a very kind person. My sister was very
naive.
Recreative and Sport Activities: On weekends. I play cards with my classmates.
We rarely practice soccer in the campus.
Idiomatic Expressions (Idioms): Early bird, night owl, blind date, to get along with, to hang out,
to be a good pal, etc.
Simple Present Vs. Present Continuous: I am reading about quantum physics at the momento. I
prefer to read scientific articles.
Adverbs: (very, really, quite, so, a bit) This semester. My English class is a bit more difficult. I
really love science.
Relative Pronouns: Who / That Students who did not pass the test can have another chance next
week. The only subject that I do not like is mandatory.
Professions and Occupations: Lawyer, doctor, engineer, administrator, actor, sportman,
University Expressions: graduate, undergraduate, college, university, faculty, dean, campus,
register, etc. Many undergraduate students take summer courses in June.
Present Continuous to Express Future: In December. I am doing my practicum or internship at
the hospital.
WH Questions: where did you go to school? What subject did you like the most when you were
at school?

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Simple Past: Last year, we had a wonderful holiday. we did not have any trouble.
Modal Verbs: Must - Mustn’t - Have (Not) to: If you want to have a successful academic life
you must study hard. You mustn’t eat in class.
University Buildings and Places: library, museum, sport facilities, biology lab, main square,
cafeteria, computer´s room.
Food Vocabulary: Soup, bread, rice potatoes, beverages, main dishes, dessert, lunch, dinner.
Cultural Activities: exhibition, conference, workshop, presentation etc.
Conjunctions: (and, but, because) My classmate would like to postpone the test but we cannot.
Word Order: (Adjectives and Nouns) I love that really old big green antique car.
Place, Time and Manner Adverbs: My mother always speaks loudly to attract my attention.
Future Tense: Will This term will finish in December.

Final -ed : /t/ cooked-worked; /Id/


wanted-needed; /d/ loved-called; Sonidos
Pronunciation
Plosives: /p/ pal, party; /t/ tomato,
tall; /k/ kind, kiss; Nasal: / / singing,
bringing.

ACTION ONE: Read about different events, select one and create an advertisement
to promote it. 3

PRE
BRAINSTORMING
a. Think about different places and events the university has, list them in
the chart below. Look up the words in your dictionary you do not know.

PLACES EVENTS
b. Now compare your list with a classmate’s and help each other complete each other’s chart.

WHILE
READING
Read this ad from the Oxford University.

Sense

nt date Event time Venue Russell Foster 9 Jun 2016


19:00 – 21:00
Sheldonian Theatre Broad Street Oxford Oxfordshire
OX1 3AZ
vent Cost Disabled access? Booking required Online Booking
Concerts Free Yes Required
rmation
Book online here https://goo.gl/tBF4PH

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WITH SUBLIME MUSIC

stitute, musicians and pupils around Oxford, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has been composing new musi

ist Christopher Bucknall; includes extracts from Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” & “Goldberg Variations; Involves world-lea

c. Answer the following questions about this ad:

What information can you get from the ad? Check? or in case you check (x),
complete the information.
CHECK INFORMATION
Speaker Russell Foster
Place
Allotted time
Guests
Transportation
Other services (food,
translation, etc.)
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Which information do you think is missing?

d. Visit the link https://goo.gl/Jli3CU to explore it and

answer: Would you be interested in attending this event?

Why?

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e. Read the following ad from UMASS University and identify the type of information it
presents. Draw lines and/or arrows.

Seminar: ‘Socioeconomic Development and


Food Security’
Event Details
May 24, 2016
3:00 pm
Stockbridge Hall
Room: 303
UMass Amherst Campus
Handicap access available

Arturo Osorio-Fernandez, assistant professor at Rutgers Business School, will discuss an urban
food security model to help diagnose urban food systems and their shortcomings.
Food security has been identified by the FAO as one of the pillars of socioeconomic
development. Food security needs to address not only the lack of physical availability of food,
as currently suggested by the literature, but also affordability, quality, and safety to be truly
comprehensive.

In his talk, Osorio-Fernandez will touch on current understandings of food deserts and food
swamps. The concept of food brownfields, places where conditions lead to above-average
safety risks associated with food consumption, is introduced. Conditions in food-insecure
communities are explored and contrasted to those in food-secure areas. These disparities
inform suggestions on how to provide innovative mechanisms to leverage entrepreneurial
initiatives to achieve true food security in poverty stricken areas. Policy-driven
recommendations and future venues of research are subsequently advanced.
Taken from used for educational purposes only: http://www.umass.edu/events/seminar-socioeconomic
POST
WRITING

a. Gather the information you may need to create an ad to promote a


University event. Use the chart below to organize the information.

Type of information Content


Date: September 2016

b. Write your ad, and have a classmate read it, check it and give your feedback
about it. Some of the aspects you can check in each other’s text are:
6 Completion (Does it have all the necessary information?)
Form (Does it follow a logic order?)
Accuracy (Is the text correctly written in terms of grammar and vocabulary?)

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c. Now, taking into account your classmate’s comments on your text and using some visual
support; create the ad you will present to the group. Do it on your computer.

Include: Use:

Name of the event


• Speaker or presenter Place A digital app (power point, prezi, etc.)
Date Time Cost • Pictures
Requirements / •Instructions Brief description (AdditionalAinformation)
nice layout
• Nice and different fonts




ACTION TWO: Look for events going on campus, select one, and share your
decision with the class saying why.
PRE
LANGUAGE FOCUS

a.Watch the video and answer the following questions. https://goo.gl/s79Ewb

What is Rob doing at the moment Steve calls?


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Is their conversation on Saturday?

What are Rob’s plans for Saturday?

Does Rob have plans for Sunday?

What is Steve’s plan for Sunday?

Does Rob accept Steve’s invitation?

b. Make a list of your plans for next week tense


Next week, I am visiting my cousins to celebrate their graduation.
PRONUNCIATION

Let’s explore how to pronounce plosive sounds in English.

a. Watch the video and complete the following chart with the missing sounds.
Then provide examples of words with those sounds. https://goo.gl/TvJ2vi

Type Bilabial Lingua-alveolar Lingua-velar

Sound
/p/
Examples

Sound

Examples plop – pool – carpet

b. Read your words aloud. Pay special attention to the correct pronunciation of the plosive
sounds.
WHILE
Intonation Patterns
a. Join a classmate and prepare a conversation in
which you discuss your plans for next week and • Wh-word questions: falling
arrange to attend a University event. Use your notes intonation
8 • Yes/No questions:
and information from previous exercises to complete
your conversation. rising intonation
• Statements: falling intonation
• Question-Tags: 'chat' -
b. Practice your conversation with your partner. Make falling; 'check' - rising
sure you use the correct intonation pattern according • Lists: rising, rising, rising,
to the type of sentence, and be careful with the falling
pronunciation of plosive sounds too.

c. Share your decision with the class saying why.

Notes: In this space, you can write notes from the conversation you had with your classmate.

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POST
SPEAKING

a. Perform a role play in front of the class (in pairs or in groups of three). Remember some
of the tips from the first unit on how to deliver oral presentation. These tips are useful for
any kind of public speaking:

• Smile at your audience.


• Feel confident about your presentation.
• Make eye contact.
• Be sure to have inflection in your voice.
• Use hand motions.