Unit 6 – Literature and Film (“The New Language Leader”)

Interesting / Relevant Articles:

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/history-loving-read?mbid=social_facebook

Book to Screen Adaptions:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/10-biggest-hit-book-big-248169/1-schindlers-list

http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/films/40-best-film-adaptations

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/books-to-movies-2015#.lsZywlRG2

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’:

1974 Film trailer (Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  Starring Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern and Sam Waterston): 

2013 Film trailer (Directed by Baz Luhrmann.  Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton and Isla Fischer).

Is Reading the New Therapy?

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/is-reading-the-new-therapy?mbid=social_facebook

Breaking into the film industry – Scriptwriters

http://www.theguardian.com/careers/careers-blog/film-industry-careers

‘Pulp Fiction’:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/08/how-pulp-fiction-saved-literature.html?source=TDB&via=FB_Page

Reading via Smartphones:

http://www.salon.com/2014/05/14/war_and_peace_on_the_subway_how_your_iphone_is_saving_literature/

Reasons why actual books are better than e-books:

http://mic.com/articles/99408/science-has-great-news-for-people-who-read-actual-books

Food for Thought:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2014/04/19/from-moby-dick-to-the-great-gatsby-classic-lit-dishes-brought-to-life-photos.html#10ea7071-532f-4cfd-9cce-5c89713a2db7

Lit Recommendations for Football Fans:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/25/the-literature-of-futbol-11-great-books-about-soccer.html

Patrick Modiano, Winner of 2014 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/09/who-the-hell-is-patrick-modiano.html

Günter Grass, Winner of 1999 Nobel Prize for Literature:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/14/world/europe/gunter-grass-german-novelist-dies-at-87.html?mwrsm=Facebook&fb_ref=Default&_r=0

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/apr/13/gunter-grass-german-nobel-laureate-dies-aged-87

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-greatness-of-gunter-grass

Youtube film trailer of “The Tin Drum” (1979):

Book Tank (to mark World Book Day 2015):

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/03/weapons-of-mass-instruction-book-tank/

Fictional Languages from Literature and Film:

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/7-fictional-languages-from-literature-and-film-that-you-can-learn

Vocabulary

Adjectives (synonyms) you can use for writing a review (to describe a book/film):

  • Exciting: thrilling, exhilarating, dramatic, fast-paced, sensational, gripping, intriguing, lively, electrifying, nail-biting, edge of the seat
  • Interesting: fascinating, compelling, absorbing, riveting, engaging, striking, stimulating, engrossing, enthralling
  • Good: brilliant, superb, outstanding, great, exceptional, excellent, favourable, awesome, marvellous, spectacular
  • Bad: atrocious, appalling, dreadful, terrible, awful, lousy, poor, inferior, inadequate, dissatisfactory, rotten
  • Boring: dull, tedious, monotonous, ponderous, mundane, slow-paced
  • Funny: hilarious, humorous, comical, uproarious, entertaining
  • Stupid: crazy, absurd, ridiculous, laughable, dumb, idiotic
  • Nice: pleasant, pleasing, beautiful, lovely, appealing, delightful

Literary devices (terms):

http://literary-devices.com

Surprising facts:

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/15-words-you-never-knew-came-from-literature

Grammar

Narrative Tenses:

http://www.vivquarry.com/wkshts/narrative.html

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/pastperfectcontinuous.html

Writing a Book / Film Review

http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/writing-film-book-review.php

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Unit 4 – Medicine (‘New Language Leader’)

Interesting / Relevant Articles:

Medical Innovations:

Medical innovations in the digital age

Aspirin:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161255.php

Anaesthesia:

http://www.anzca.edu.au/patients/anaesthestist

X-Rays:

http://www.livescience.com/32344-what-are-x-rays.html

Penicillin:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/216798.php

https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemistry/landmarks/flemingpenicillin.html

Antibiotics

http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/07/09/330143669/last-resort-antibiotics-in-jeopardy-as-use-rises-globally

‘Superbugs’ (resistant to antibiotics):

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/revolting-recipe-from-the-dark-ages-may-be-key-to-defeat-mrsa-10144616.html

The Bionic Eye:

http://bionicvision.org.au/eye

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/41052/title/The-Bionic-Eye/

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140923-im-blind-but-i-have-bionic-eyes

Microsoft’s HoloLens and the future of medicine:

http://www.upworthy.com/a-medical-school-in-cleveland-got-one-of-the-coolest-gifts-of-all-time-from-microsoft-holograms?c=ufb1

‘Telemedicine’:

The $30 billion telemedicine industry: What’s missing?

WonderWork (a charitable organization that provides free surgeries for children in the poorest countries of the world).

The Science of Wasabi (Japanese Horseradish /’Meerrettich’) and the development of new pain meds:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/12/wasabi-receptor-video_n_7041038.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000010

Ingredients in Medicines:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05qpzc5

Revolutionising Cancer Treatment: 

http://www.upworthy.com/a-scientist-is-working-on-a-revolutionary-way-to-treat-cancer-and-it-involves-bubbles?c=ufb1

da Vinci surgical system:

http://twistedsifter.com/videos/doctor-uses-robot-to-stitch-grape-back-together/

Quiz: Can You Diagnose These Common Illness?”:

http://quizpug.com/can-you-diagnose-these-common-illnesses/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=cpc

Quiz: Do you know what do these doctors specialise in?: 

http://quizpug.com/can-you-guess-what-kind-of-doctors-these-are/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=cpc

Vocabulary

Websites for medical-related vocabulary / terminology:

https://www.englishclub.com/english-for-work/medical.htm

http://www.businessenglishsite.com/medical-english-tests.html

Lesson 8 – Projects: Review

Language

Present Perfect Passive and Past Simple Passive

Use of passive in order to focus action itself, not on who does the action (the agent).

The Present Perfect passive used to talk about events that happened in a period of time that continued from the past up to the present.  Time expression not used with present perfect tense because time is unspecified.

have/has + been + past participle

E.g. The topside has been fitted to the spar

The Past Simple passive used with completed actions or actions that took place at a specific time.

was/were + past participle

E.g. The topside was fitted to the spar in 2009.

For more information, see Course Book Language Summary, page 101

Cohesion; by (means of); (in order) to

Method: to explain how we did something

use ‘by’ …-ing  /  using  / by means of

E.g. The spar was secured by fastening it to the seabed with nine cables.

Purpose:  to explain why we did something

in order + infinitive  / in order to 

E.g. The spar was secured (in order) to prevent it from moving around in heavy seas.

Phrases for Agreeing / Disagreeing

Phrases for making Polite Requests

  • I would be grateful if….
  • I would appreciate it if…
  • I would be most appreciative if…
  • Could you please…
  • Would you please…

Phrases for Agreeing and Disagreeing

Agreeing

  • Yes, I agree
  • I agree with you
  • I’m happy with that
  • agreed
  • right
  • certainly
  • you’re right
  • by all means
  • that’s right
  • that’s fine by me
  • that’s a good point

Disagreeing

  • I don’t agree
  • I disagree
  • I can’t go along with that
  • I’m not convinced
  • I’m not sure
  • certainly not
  • I have a different opinion
  • I don’t share that view/opinion
  • I beg to differ

Useful Websites for Learning English / Business English

Useful Websites for English/Business English

www.bbc.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/ (Brit. English)

www.thetimes.co.uk

www.guardian.co.uk/weekly

www.businessweek.com

http://edition.cnn.com/ or: http://edition.cnn.com/video (American Englisch)

www.ft.com/home/uk

http://europe.wsj.com/home-page

www.observer.guardian.co.uk

www.lingua-franca.de

www.sprachzeitungen.de

www.business-spotlight.de

www.spotlight-online.de

www.englisch-lehrbuch.de/

www.presentationmagazine.com/

http://businesscasestudies.co.uk/business-theory/marketing/marketing-mix-price-place-promotion-product.html#axzz2XtgusKb3

www.englisch-lernen-online.de/

*Resources provided/complied by Frau Marion Zink (MZ Bildungs- und Sprachenservice)

Online / E-Dictionaries

Online E-Dictionaries

1. Bilingual Dictionaries:

http://dict.leo.org

http://en.FlexiDict.de

http://dict.cc/

http://odge.de

http://dict.tu-chemnitz.de

www.linguadict.de

www.pons.de

www.langenscheidt.de

www.tulox.de (download for free)

2. Monolingual Dictionaries:

www.babelfish.altavista.com

www.bartleby.com/61 (Dictionary)

www.bartleby.com/65 (Encyclopedia)

www.bartleby.com/100 (Quotations)

http://yourdictionary.com

http://thesaurus.reference.com

www.m-w.com/dictionary.htm

www.macmillandictionary.com

www.oup.com/oald (“Dictionary look-up”)

*Resources provided/compiled by Frau Marion Zink (MZ Bildungs- und Sprachenservice)

Lesson 1 – Systems: Review / Study Tips

Grammar 

Forming questions using the past simple.  

E.g. When did you carry out the rescue?  We carried out the rescue on 18 July.

Reference: https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/verbs/talking-about-past

Relative Pronouns 

We use relative pronouns:

  • to join two sentences together
  • after a noun, to make clear which person or thing we are talking about
  • tell us more about a person or thing

We use:

  •  who and whom for people
  • which for things
  • Or we can use that for people or things
  • where for location
  • from where for movement from a specific location

In non-defining relative clauses we separate the two clauses using a comma

References:

Writing – Producing an Operating Manual 

Useful words/phrases you can use in an operating manual for an appliance:

Verbs:

  • Connect / Disconnect
  • Switch on / off
  • Plug in (no hyphen!) / Unplug
  • Adjust
  • Immerse
  • Assemble
  • Dismantle
  • Insert
  • Place
  • Press
  • Slide
  • Push
  • Pull
  • Release
  • Detach
  • Remove
  • Illuminate (e.g. control lamp of appliance)

Nouns

  • Heat settings (to regulate temperature)
  • Speed regulator (to adjust speed)
  • On-off switch
  • Motor Unit
  • Power socket
  • Plug
  • Power cord
  • Vent (the grille part of the hairdryer)
  • Control lamp
  • Timer
  • Safety closure
  • Knob
  • Lever

Labelled parts of appliances, see here for some examples:

Toaster : http://visual.merriam-webster.com/food-kitchen/kitchen/domestic-appliances/for-cooking_4.php

Waffle iron : http://visual.merriam-webster.com/food-kitchen/kitchen/domestic-appliances/for-cooking_2.php

Hairdryer:  http://visual.merriam-webster.com/clothing-articles/personal-accessories/hairdressing/hair-dryer.php

*Please note a ‘Wasserkocher’ is also called an electric kettle in English! 🙂