We’ve just completed week three of the fall semester. Everyone has stepped back to full speed after the summer break, and it’s clear to see that some students used their time wisely working on assignments and TOEFL exam preparation. Our new students have settled into their classes, and while they have some areas to catch up, they seem to handling the fall semester pace well.
The past week has certainly been a busy one for the G class. They have been improving their note-taking skills in a unit on culture shock, and perhaps also gaining an insight into some of the emotions they will experience next year.Lectures and readings in the American Culture class covered the American dream, what it has meant to different people, and how some people but not all have prospered.
There have also been quite a few G class projects and presentations to complete – a “pitch” of advertising ideas for a new product; an essay and speech about what happiness means to them; a newspaper-styled report; and a speech about overcoming obstacles in life.This weekend will see them watching and analyzing the movie “Last of the Mohicans”- Older than most of our students, it’s definitely worth a look!
The F class have been reading fiction this week and doing character analysis for a book report. The main challenge has been finding support and evidence for their descriptions. This is certainly a skill they’ll need in the future.They have also been reviewing essay structure and read and analyzed five poems. It’s certainly been a week of deep thinking for them, but, like the G class, they’ve also been looking into advertising and had some fun producing a television commercial for presentation in class.
The positive spirits of the E class are helping them move forward, though this semester sees their work load increasing and increasing, as we move forward into longer reading passages, more complex grammar, and more advanced vocabulary.In other lectures this week, the E class studied about communities and urban planning and also about different careers. They’ve been looking at the impact our cities and neighborhoods have on our lives and also at unusual or “off-beat” jobs. One of their bigger assignments this week has been to interview a person and report on their work.
As week three ends, some might be looking forward to the weekend, but as always there’s lots of homework and preparation to do for next week!