Monthly Archives: October 2016

How to say “Thank You”…

Advanced Conversation – October 25th 2016 – Update

Today’s lesson and “Dating” activity PPT (compund adjectives/phrasal verbs etc)






Presentation – October 25th 2016 – Update

Here are some files, Youtube clips, and other useful information you’ll need for this “Infomercial Speech”

The Presentations will be on November 5th and November 10th

The Snuggie Commercial (For Thursday 29th – handouts/script)


Grading Rubric

Infomercial Handout #3 Outline

Justin B Infomercial

You Should Follow These Guidelines Below

Presentation #3 Infomercial

Handout #3 More Assignment Details

  1. PRODUCT: Think of a useful product you want to persuade people to buy. It can be silly or serious!
  2. WRITE your script! Use extremely persuasive language and techniques. The more exaggerated the better…you can even do a “spoof” of an infomercial (not serious).
  4. FILM!: Create a 2 minute infomercial including most if not all the elements we talked about in class : problem, your solution (product), how to use it/explain why it’s useful, testimonials (why do other people like it? You can use as many actors as you want, but you MUST be in it!), how to order, free gift?, finish strong with the main reason to buy it.
  5. CHECK: lighting (is your video bright enough? Can we clearly see you and the product?) sound (is it loud and clear enough? If you want to sell your product we need to hear you! Make sure there is no loud background noise!) key words (EX: Order now!). Music? Color? Background?
  6. On speech day, give a short introduction (30 seconds or so)…introduce yourself, and hook the audience?
  7. Show the video
  8. Signal question time (Unit #6 p. 51)
  9. Audience plan to ask at least 3 questions (Unit #6..p. 53 yellow box)




#9 – How to ask questions – follow this link –



Video Editing (free) –

Windows Movie Maker- (Free)

Best Video Apps –

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Persuasive Language Handout – persuasive-language-word-bank-1e3i059-1





Presentation October 11th 2016 -Pre-midterm Notes

Business Presentation Midterm Prep October 2015




The Intro


The Informative Speech





R and C October 11th – Update – for fsw

randcoctober10th2016-2 – Compare/Contrast Lesson

Advanced Conversation – October 10th- Pre-midterm notes

You should review Unit 1-6. There is also a CD at the back of your book where you can hear dialogue examples…

Review for Written Quiz 1

Childhood Memories

Talking About Food

Write a Negative Response to each question…

Choose The Correct Adjective

(Memories about summer vacation) – My sister and I _ _ _ _ running every day on the track. (would…change to went)


_____________________________________       ______________________________  __________________________

For the speaking part of our midterm, you should review the units 1-6

You will be evaluated on

Communication- Grammar- Vocabulary- Conversation Strategy- Fluency- (proactive)

Midterm Exam Rubric:

Poor Fair Good Very Good Excellent
Comprehension 0 1 2 3 4 5
Fluency 0 1 2 3 4 5
Grammar 0 1 2 3 4 5
Vocabulary 0 1 2 3 4 5
Pronunciation 0 1 2 3 4 5


= the ability to understand questions and respond appropriately


= the ability to speak quickly, naturally, and without many pauses


= ability to use correct grammar and sentence structures


= ability to understand and use vocabulary words and phrases


= ability to use correct stress, rhythm, and intonation patterns

When you do your oral exams I will ask you four or five questions. For each question I will use these criteria to grade your answer. This means that each answer must include ALL of these things to be an ‘A’ (10%).

Evaluation Criteria: Question 1
Answer (full sentence)


Details (and/so/but/because)


Relevant Feeling/Opinion


Return Question (on topic)


Voice (clarity & confidence)


Eye Contact



Here is an example question from the midterm exam and an answer that would receive an A grade.

Student A: Do you prefer to go out to the movies or watch movies at home?

Student B: I prefer to go the movies rather than watch movies at home because I love to eat popcorn when I watch a movie. I also think it is much more exciting to watch a movie on the big screen. Which do you prefer Student A?

This answer contains:

  1. An answer (I prefer to go to the movies rather than watch movies at home) 2%

  2. Details (because I love to eat popcorn when I watch a movie) 2%

  3. An opinion (I also think it is much more exciting to watch a movie on the big screen) 2%

  4. A return question (Which do you prefer Student A?)2%

An additional 2% will be added to the answer if you look at me when you are speaking, and you answer in a loud, clear voice.

Conversation strategies
Share your ideas.
Describe typical behavior:My best friend is always helping his friends.

Give your opinions:It seems like teenagers todaydon’t spend enough time with their families.
Be a supportive listener.
Respond and ask a followup question:No, I’ve never traveled to another country. Have you traveled a lot?
Use short answers with really or sure to agree. Try to keep the conversation flowing naturally.




Presentations October 6th – Speech #2 Final Guidelines/ideas…

presentations-april-2016-intonation-word-stress – today’s intonation activity

speech-2-october-2016 – today’s PPT. Follow the guidelines on what you need.

my-kind-of-reality – A ppt I made. Your own PPT should look nice, bright, professional etc

Questions (for Speech #2)

speech2finalquestions – here is a list of questions (and possible answers for you to use) for the end of the presentation. You should know both Questions and Answers. I’ll tell you what ones on Tuesday.

Advanced Conversation Ocotber 5th Update. Unit 6 + Midterm info




Reading and Composition Unit 3- Comparison Essay




Presentation -Speech #2 October 4th






businesspresentationoctober4th-1 – today’s lesson (midterm choices here)