• CB 7.2 p.72 tasks 3 (give at least three reasons),4
  • WB 7.2 p.47 tasks 1-3. Don't forget to practive saying the nouns and do the listening tasks
  • Study and learn Active vocabulary 7.2 (see the link above), and do exercise
  • Prepare a short profile ("Master and his masterpieces") of one of the designers mentioned in CB 7.2 (about 250 words=15-20 sentences) to present in class. Good links (marked in red) and illustrations are given on the page I used in Feb.12 class http://miptnjupfirstyearstudents.wikispaces.com/Design. Note.Your presentation should be easy enough for your classmates to follow and comprehend: don't use long sentences and words they may not know or whose meanings can't be guessed from the context. Check the pronunciation of the words you are not sure of (e.g. materials).
Feb. 19
  • CB p.73: ex. 6, do the exercise (again) and write which modals discussed in the exercise are used to express
1. ability/unability -
2. possibility/likelihood -
3. advisability/unadvisability -
4. necessity/absence of necessity (general rule) -
5. necessity (personal opinion) to do smth/not to do smth -
do ex.7
  • WB p. 48: ex.4-5
  • CB p.73 Speaking: task 8. The students who hasn't made a designer presentaion will be graded for presenting their products.
  • Study the theory and do the exercises from the file
  • Grammar:
1. Дополнительные материалы для студентов 1 курса (Intermediate) - the booklet is also available at the foreign languages department library
Modal verbs p. 38-41 - theory (table+notes)
p.41-43 ex.1-3, 5; p. 44-45 ex. 9-10; p.46 ex.12, p.47-48, ex.15-16
2. prepare to retell one story from Modal verbs in context (see hometask for Feb.19): Controlling population growth, Children's labour in Victorian Britain, Earthquakes, How to determiine if a substance is an acid and or an alkali, Importance of sleep.
  • Speaking:
CB 7.3: prepare a 3-4 minute profile of Raymon Loewy using Active vocabulary 7.3 (to be graded).

Ray Loewy video
  • Revise Active vocabulary 7.1-7.3

CB p.75 ex.4-5, WB p.49 ex.1-3
WB 7.3 p.50 ex.4
Language: describing qualitiies
WB 7.4 p.51 ex.1-4. Learn the points to be covered in a product presentation and their order.
CB 7.4 p.76-77
(1) Read the ad in the green box and answer the questions in task 1.
(2) Listen to the recording and do ex.3
(3) tasks 4 a-b
(4) Look at the requirements in the table (5c) and choose one design that appeals to you most and meets the requirements discussed in ex.3,4 and 5c :
a) from four designs at the bottom of pp.76-77 (they are described in detail on pp.159,163, 166,167)
b) bamboo bike image, bamboo bike design description
c) Jompy water boiler
or any other designs of your own choice which you believe could win Francisco Martelli design competition (green ad from task 1)

Guide to Science (the book is available at the Foreign Languages Department's library):
1. Listen to the audio about Charles Darwin (CD1, track 17), do task F on p.22 and prepare to speak about Darwin's life, his main ideas and works (1 minute) on the basis of this audio.
2. pp.25-28: A Vocabulary, Reading 1, B Comprehension. D Vocabulary, Reading 2, E Comprehension. Don't forget to look up the pronunciaton of the words/terms you are not sure of. Pronunciation guides on pp.20,26,28 (CD1- tracks 14, 18, 20) will help you.
3. Learn active vocabulary_cloning and do cloning vocabulary exercise
4. Language Leader: Active vocabulary 7.4
Those who are interested may listen to a lecture on genomics by Barry Schuler
Barry Schuler: Genomics 101

March 5
1. Guide to Science Cloning:
a) Learn active vocabulary_cloning and do cloning vocabulary exercise (left from the previous homework)
b) Prepare a short talk: Genomics, science for the benefit of people based on Barry Shculer's talk (see the homework for the previous class)
2. CB 7.5 Study skills 1-5. Ex.2a audio track: 04-AudioTrack 04.mp3
3. Active vocabulary 7.5
4. Get ready for unit 7 test:
a) revise modal verbs (1) expressing necessity, ability, possibility and (2) present deduction (degree of certainty)
b) revise all the vocabulary (7.1-7.5) and do translation exercise

March 12
1) WB: 7.5 р.52
2) CB: task 7 р.79 (Written Report) Active vocabulary list 7.5
Watch the debate. Which side would you give your vote to? Why?
for: Sheldon Krimsky and lord Robert Winston
against: Nita Farahany and Lee Silver

March 15 1) CB: p.80 task 2a - correct the mistakes and check with the key
2b - write 10 questions with the expressions from ex.2a to discuss with a partner
p.81, tasks 3-4 (add and learn some more words and expressions from the messages that appear useful to you).
2) WB: р.53, tasks1-3.
3) Read texts 2 and 3 р. 30-36 from дополнительные материалы and fill in all blank spaces in the table on р.30, answer the questions on p.36.
The same texts and exercises can be found in the yellow hard cover book READ AND LEARN you were given at the library (p.192-200)
4) Unit 8 Active vocabulary list study and learn active vocabulary for unit 8.1
5) Prepare to debate the proposition
Schools with academic selection cater for children's needs much better than comprehensive schools
Write 5 arguments for and five arguments against the proposition.
(These articles may help you with ideas
*What are academies and free schools?

March 19
1) CB 8.2: Read the article about Montessori and answer the questions (ex.4c)
Watch the video "Nurturing the Love of Learning" http://miptnjupfirstyearstudents.wikispaces.com/Education to learn more about MS.
2) WB: 8.2 стр.54
3) CB 8.2. Read Script 2.5 (p.176). Compare the approach the teacher of chemistry used with MS and Pott Row First School. What is typical of formal and informal type of teaching? Draw a table with two columns (formal|informal) and write 5 -6 more sentences\phrases characterising each style.
involves quite a lot of criticism and punishment (having to stay extra hours after school)
children learn without being restricted or criticised
the pace of the lesson is controlled by the teacher
it is the child that controls the pace, topic and lessons
Then do task 5 on p.82.
4) Grammar: read file G1 on p.148. Do tasks 6a-8b. WB: 8.2 стр.55 ex.4-6.
5) Словарь: Unit 8 Active vocabulary list 8.2
6) Prepare a 3 minute talk: "Three things in the Russian system of school (including prechool) education that should be reformed"

March 22 1) Watch the video "Rugby School" and do the tasks from Дополнительные материалы (pp.55-59)
Part 1 (00-2.26), Part 2 (2.27-4.07), Part 3 (4.08-6.28), Part 4 (6.29-9.26), Part 5(9.27-11.14)

2) Дополнительные материалы рp.12-19 (Read and Learn pp.207-211): Institutions of Higher Learninginthe United States. Read the text and answer the questions on pp.18-19 (pp.210-211)
3) Active vocabulary list Unit 8: Institutions of Higher Learning in the US - learn and do the Higher Education crossword puzzle http://miptnjupfirstyearstudents.wikispaces.com/Education (two files)
4) Read the grammar file on p. 148 about Non-defining relative clauses (G2).
Finish the sentences:
1. Non-defining clauses are always separated from the main clause with a ------- .
2. Never use "-------" pronoun in non-defining clauses, use "------" for people and "-----" for things or ideas.
3. The -----clause could be left out without causing damage to the sentence structure.
Do relative pronouns exercises
See your latest rating published on March 19 students' rating, spring semester

March 25
Reading, listening/watching, writing:
1. CB 8.3 p.84: tasks 1-2
p.85 task 8
2. Prepare a 3 minute talk "Is it worth going to university?" (put forward at least three arguments for and against getting a university degree supported by facts and/or examples, don't forget about an introduction and conclusion to begin and finish your talk)
*You can find more arguments in the debate Too many kids go to university (you can listen to the radio broadcast, watch the full version or read the transcript of the debate; if short of time, confine yourself to listening/watching/reading the four 7-minute talks in favour and againts the motion).
Grammar Non-defining relative clauses:
CB p.85: ex. 5,6. WB p.57: ex.4, 6.
Vocabulary 8.3 +Higher Learning in the US. Do exercise.Revise vocabulary 8.1, 8.2, Institutions of for a quiz.

March 29
1. Prepare a 3 minute talk "Is it worth going to university?" (put forward at least three arguments for and against getting a university degree supported by facts and/or examples, don't forget about an introduction and conclusion to begin and finish your talk) on the basis of
a) Reading 8.3 (The true cost of going to university),
b) Listening 8.3 task 8
c) the debate Too many kids go to university (the summary of the debate is in the document )
2. Revise vocabulary 8.1, 8.2, Institutions of higer learning in the US and 8.3 for a quiz.
3. Guide to Science. Unit 6. Reading 2 (pp.32-33) ex. D-E. Learn the vocabulary from ex. D+ Active vocabulary list.
Then do the active vocabulary excercises .

1. Pros and cons of going to uiniversity (faculties 9 and 3+R.Giliazutdinov and A.Levin (7)+ M.Kruchkov and A.Kaminski (2))
2. Mid-unit test mistakes corrected
3. Prepare the case 8.4
a) CB: p.86 Situation, tasks 1-2.
b)CB p.87 task 4a: read the complaints on p.168, think of some solutions.
c)study active vocabulary 8.4 (1-13) + extra vocabulary in WB p.58 task 1. Do task 1.
d)language of discussing possibilities and options: study expression from CB p.87 ex.3b. Do ex.3c (CB, p.87) and ex.3 -4 (WB, p.58)

CB 8.4: 1.Learn the key language from p. 87 and do the exercise Language for problem solving ex.
2. Active vocabulary 8.4 - to learn
3. CB 8.5 p.88: task 1, 2 a (look through the text for 30 seconds), 2b (another 30 seconds).
Then read the text thoroughly, make the plan of the text by asking a question for each paragraph and retell the text using your plan.
E.g.1.What concept of learning do many organisations now believe in?
2. ....
4. Active vocabulary 8.5 - to learn
5. Do
6. Revise the rest of the material for unit test 8 (Guide to Science included)

April 9
1. CB 8.5 Writing skills: tasks 4a-4b (check your answers with answer key )
2. CB tasks 5 tapescript is on p.177, 6
3. WB 8.5 p.59: tasks 3-4
4. CB 8.5 Writing skills: task 7a: make a paragraph plan (no more than 3 paragraphs besides the introductory and concluding paragraphs)
5. Write a reply to Jane Goodman (from Manfred Lipmann). Use the proper layout of a formal letter (addresses of the sender and the addressee, date, name and signature, paragraphing) and all the conventions required (appropriate beginning and end, formal style (CB p.67, Вопросы, осведомления), full word forms, indirect questions instead of direct ones: direct word order, i.e. subject+predicate, e.g.
instead of Are they young or old, teachers or students? you may use Would you please let me know if people attending the course are students or teachers and what age they are (at/in).
6. Watch the video Hot, Flat and Crowded http://miptnjupfirstyearstudents.wikispaces.com/Trend and do the tasks (answer the questions) after it.
Your latest rating

April 12
1. Reading. CB p.106: Read the text Living to 100 again, do ex.2b, 3a-4
2. Grammar -ing or infinitive
CB p.107: task 5a, read the grammar file on p.152 (G2) and do task 5b (add to your table the verbs prefer, recommend, practice and understand, consult a good dictionary about their usage), WB p.71 tasks 4, 5
3. Active vocabulary 10.3
4. Writing and speaking.Use the information from the text Living to 100, T.Friedman's talk and other sources of information to write a short -250 words -report Global population trends (population growth, reasons for it, consquences, will the trend continue). Use as many active vocabulary items as possible. Prepare to deliver the report in class. For other recommendations consult report assessment sheet (please, copy it and bring to class to be able to assess your classmates' performance)
5. check your formal letters for direct questions. Bear in mind that you should avoid asking direct questions in formal style, except for polite requests, the letter below looks quite good but for "I would (also) like to know" used three times
for further options study this worksheet (expression "be granted/awarded a (completion) certificate" may also come in handy)

April 16
1. Check your completing the table on p. 107 (CB 10.3)
Learn more about inf. vs -ing and practice http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/gerund2a.html#gerundverbs (add more verbs to the table)
2. CB 10.5 (p.110-111):task 4c (chart types) , (6a-6b)7a,b + Active vocabulary 10.5
3. WB (1)10.3 p.70 tasks 1-3
(2) Sudy skills and Writing skills (pp.72-73): tasks 1-4 (task 3: what are the names of chart types in task 3? What prepositions are used in the combinations: на графике/диаграмме; исследование, выполненное на основе изучения школьников; расходы на, быть обусловленным чем-то, вырастут по сравнению с прогнозами на этот год, изменение в цифрах (task 4), исследование по проблеме (p.92 track 2.22), догнать/сравняться с - catch up (p.92 track 2.22). Do translation How to solve the nation's unemployment problem
4. CB 10.4: study all the materials related to Belleview and the problems it's facing (tasks 1-4b, audio tracks 2.19 and 2.20 are here Trend).
WB: p.72, tasks 1-2 (key language: language of meetings)
Faculties 3, 7, 2 - report Global population trends (see hometask for April 12, point 4 )

April 19
1. CB 10.4: study all the materials related to Belleview and the problems it's facing (tasks 1-4b, audio tracks 2.19 and 2.20 are here Trend).
WB: p.72, tasks 1-2 (key language: language of meetings)
Prepare (CB: task 6a,b) to discuss the controversial town issues at a meeting to be held in Friday's class (to be graded).
2. Active vocabulary 10.4
3. Prepare for unit test 10 (grammar+vocabulary). This exercise can help you to get ready
1.Describe the graph in the exercise.This page can help you with very simple but useful advice http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-writing/task-1-graph-vocabulary-1/
2. Study the information on how to make your descriptions/reports well organised (the description suggested on the page requires a conclusion)
Other intersting ideas for improving your graph description skills could be found here http://firstyearadvancedteachers.wikispaces.com/Graph+describing

April 23
1.Describing a graph CB: p.111, task 8 (3-4 paragraphs: introduction, body, conclusion; 200±20 words). Write a draft.
Make corrections in your draft checking it against the list at http://www.dcielts.com/task-1-2/checklist-graphs-charts-table/
Write your final variant/save changes.
2.Guide to Science Mathematics p.104-106
a) task C: Listening, b) task D, Reading 2, E
b) active vocabulary list to be studied and learned
c) do the vocabulary exercise
Find out about Unit 10 test most common mistakes andwork on them.
Extra: Watch the lecture Cybernetics, History & Origins 1994 given by Stafford Beer in 1994 where he explains to a group of students, in a simple and entertaining way, his relationship with Cybernetics and its founders: Norbert Wiener, Warren McCulloch, Arturo Rosenblueth and some others.
Stafford Beer is best known for his work in the fields of operational research and management cybernetics.

April 26
1. CB 11.1 p.113: tasks 3a-5b. 2. WB 11.1 p.74: tasks 1-4 (You can find Track 2.22 here Arts and Media)
2. WB p.74, tasks 1-4
3. Active vocabulary 11.1
4. Active vocabulary 11.1 excercises
5. CB p.113. Tasks 7,8. Write a review (8-10 sentences) of a work of art (film, recorded music, computer game, book) that deserves to be part of a museum collection from task 8. Use the active vocabularyt 11.1, for sample reviews consult this page http://academichelp.net/samples/reviews/ (make your review much shorter, like blurbs on books or films)

April 301. CB 11.2: 2a (read all the articles), 2c, 3
2. WB 11. 2, р. 75
3.Vocabulary: Unit 11 Active vocabulary list 11. 2,

Translation 11.2.doc4. CB 11. 2 prepare to speak on one of the recluses you read about in class (3 minute talk with a few additional facts you can find in other sources) or about a person of the same nature, e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grigori_Perelman, Greta Garbo, etc. You can use task 2a as a plan for your talk. Use the active vocabulary of the unit. For more info about Syd Barret watch the video Syd Barret, J.D. Salinger Remembering J.D.Salinger, Stanly Cubrick Remembering Stanley Kubrick: Steven Spielberg (Paul Joyce 1999)

May 31. Read the grammar file on p. 154 (G1), do ex. 1-2 on p.1552. WB 11.2 Grammar (p.76) NN 4-7
3. CB 11.3 Listening NN 1-5 . Prepare to speak on Rich's interview: what questions he was asked and what answers he gave, paying careful attention to the tenses, word order and other changes necessary in reporting. P.154 G2 (reported questions), p.55 ex.3-4
4. CB 11.3 Reading NN 6-8
5. Active vocabulary 11.3
6. Translate into English, using acitive vocabulary 11.1-11.3

translation 11.1-11.3 Roberts.doc.

May 7

1. WB 11.3: tasks 1-6. Name five qualities which, in your view, are indespensable to a foreign correspondent.*
2. Do translation
.V. Units 11.2 & 11.3 - translation for students.doc
3. CB: Unit 11.4 tasks 1-5a
track 2.24
track 2.25
Read the pitch for the film you are to present (those who were not present in the last lesson on May 3 are to do Hands up for Happiness or Allian Attack) more closely and
write a list ot the advantages it has over the other three projects, using useful phrases from task 3 and the box on p.119 (make use of the information form files 1-4 on pp.118-119, directors' pitches from audiotrack 2.25, task 4) .
E.g.: The best thing about "Exit strategy" is that its heroine is a lot more charming and charismatic than other films lead characteres and therefore would appeal to more viewers/ is likely to gain more fans among the public.
Mention some disadvantages as well, and say how they could be made up for.
E.g.: The "Exit strategy"'s biggest drawback is a huge budget, however, the return on the money could be fantastic.

5. Active vocabulary 11.4. WB p. 79: tasks 2,3
*A film to watch: "Foreign Correspondent" by A.Hitchcock http://megogo.net/view/5685

May 10
1.Revision: do the test
2. 1.CB11.5: tasks 1-3

track 2.26

track 2.27

3. WB 11.5 task 1
4. CB 11.5 task 5: prepare a short (no more than 4 minute) talk on an event/festival you have been to/regularly go to (outdoor music/poetry/dance festival, carnival, matriculation ceremony, City Day/May Day/VDay celebrations). Pay special attention to the introduction (task 3, track 2.27) - make it very short (40 seconds) but mention all the key points you're going to cover. Use notes from task 4 (p.120 or 165) as a plan for the body of your presentaiton. Finish on a positive note (with 1 or 2 recommendations given). Be sure you don't sound like presenters from task 2 (track 2.26). It could be a group presentation.*
* The internet pages below may provide you with extra ideas and vocabulary for the talk :

city day http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/09/04/55639164.html

matriculation http://www.leprovoc.com/feature/matriculation-ceremony-welcomes-first-years-celebrates-tradition-1.2526527#.T6pLJuvUN-c

outdoor festival http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/history/2010/
May 7 Rating
May 14

1.CB11.5 Writing skills: tasks 6- 7.
2.WB p.80 tasks 2-3.
3.CB 11.5 task 8: write a report (200-250 words) on a festival or an event you have been to (outdoor music/poetry/dance festival, carnival, matriculation ceremony, City Day/May Day/VDay celebrations), using
active vocabulary 11.5 including generalisaton words, follow thereport layout from task 6.
Prepare for unit test 11.
Presentations on festivals (those who haven't delivered them), remember the time limit - 4 minutes.

May 17
Prepare for the final test: Units 7,8,10,11