Lesson #2 – Part One – How to Use your Textbooks

So by now, everyone should have their textbooks, audio CDs, a three-ring notebook, and a USB flash drive. I know those textbooks cost you a lot of money, and they don’t do any good if you don’t use them….

So, how can you use them BEST?

1) Now Hear This – Read and listen at the same time –

This book will help your listening and conversational skills. It will also help build your vocabulary.

You must complete chapters 1, 2, 6, 8, and 10 by the end of the course. Check the syllabus for details about when to do each chapter.

I will give you the answer sheets so you can check and correct your answers as you work through the book. I will check to see if your homework is complete at the beginning of class. This counts for your homework grade.

HOW should I study with the book and CDs? Each chapter has a topic and a grammar focus.

Before you Listen – Look at the title of the Unit – Unit 1 is “Do you Like your Job?” – Think about this topic before you begin. Do the exercises for this section.

Listening Exercises – Notice the picture of the headphones – that means there is an audio file to listen to. Under the picture, tells you  CD number and the track. Listen to the CD and complete the activities in these sections.

Listening notes – Did you see the gray colored box? These are tips for helping you be a better listener.

Check your answers using the answer guide I gave you. You should always have this with you in your 3-ring notebook.

Vocabulary – this section gives you important words connected to the topic. Vocabulary is so important to your success in college. It opens the door to learning. The good news is that you can learn vocabulary on your own, independently. You don’t need a teacher!! I use these strategies to help me learn vocabulary:

a) I keep a vocabulary worksheet that looks like this

Word Definition Pronunciation Sentence
recognize to see something or someone you know re-kog-niz I recognized a woman I used to work with.

I add to it every time I see a new word. Then I use it to study from.

b) I make flash cards to practice and review

Flash Card

c) I write down the words and definitions many times. This helps me remember.

If you do those three things, you’ll learn the words and build your vocabulary!

What words should you learn first??? THESE – http://www.k12reader.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/dolch_alphabetized_by_grade_with_nouns.pdf

Then these – http://www.uefap.com/vocab/select/gsl.htm

Finally these – http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/read180/community/pdfs/Vocabulary/Academic_Word_List_by_Frequency.pdf

Structure – This section usually reviews some grammar. Unit one reviews simple present tense. I always try to match what we do in class to these topics.  Check your answers as you work. Bring your questions to class.

Pronunciation – This section talks about the kind of things you hear native speakers saying – so it is informal – REMEMBER, this isn’t the kind of formal English pronunciation that you want to use for presentations or job interviews. But it can be good advice for improving your listening skills!

Speaking – These sections usually require a partner – so if you have someone at home to practice with, great! If not, we will try to do some of these (and other!) listening/speaking activities in class together. So this section is NOT for homework. But you CAN do it for more practice.

2) Well Said IntroListen and read below

This is your pronunciation workbook. You need to do in Part One –  Chapters 1-8 and in Part Two – Supplements 12 – 18. I will give you the answer key for Part One. Keep it in your notebook!!!!  The Answer Key for Part Two is in the book (pages 223 – 226).

Well Said IntroIn 026, you work on the vowel sounds – a, e, i, o , u and vowel combinations. You also learn common trouble areas – final “s” sounds and final “ed” sounds. You learn how we combine sounds in English between words and how we put stress on certain parts of words.

When we do the poem assignment, we’ll be USING all of this to improve your overall pronunciation!

HOW to use the book? Look in your syllabus for the assigned chapter or supplement. Again, you’ll see a picture of headphones telling you to listen and which CD and track. Listen, do the exercises, and check your answers! Supplements are extra practice. Chapters give you a lot more. They give you practice and pronunciation RULES that you should memorize.

You should repeat the exercises as many times as you need to understand! By doing this, you improve your listening skills so you can understand more!!!

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