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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Lang10. Examples of language exploitation


Lang10. Examples of language exploitation                                                   level 3-4-5        

GOAL. To offer real examples of learners’ work in order to motivate them to do something alike.

Here you have a list of the seven materials you will find in the webpage.

TEXT 1. “A day in the life af a European” (see annex 1)
1. Different ways of relating data to countries.
1.1. Dealing with figures:                                           
        (Neat figures)                (Vague figures)
1.2. Extreme ranking sequencies:                     
           (trough)           >           >           >           >(peak)
1.3. Comparison between two countries
1.4. Correlative ranking sequencies:
1.5. Evaluative comments
2. Expressions related to daily life.
3. Words with the expressions related to Mood Swings:

Texts 2 to 4 show a wide range of possibilities to create wordnets using articles or vocabulary units  (see also Lang1.2 and Lang7)

TEXT 2. Throwing away (one-trip living)  (see pdf file)
How to create a language study page to help me in my expression
A word net with products and foods (packaging, pots, pans, waste, household equipment
A list of verbs: throw out/(sth) away, to ship/collect/gather, last a life-time,
                         pay a deposit/ reimburse sb for the cost of sth)
A list of adverbs: valuable,vanishing, fragile, disposable, one-trip, 30-trip, (non-)returnable
Expressions:  promote the throw-away spirit, rising tide /amount of waste,
                         one-trip living, disposable society, dump broken bottles all over


TEXT 3. Working with the text Use, abuse and misuse of drugs (by Cristina)
A clear classification of the topic. Instead of the ordinary lists of verbs, nouns and adjectives the text articulates the topic around seven axis:
Names of drugs (9), collocation adjectives (5), properties (10. ex. a pain-reliever), to treat patients with several diseases (5) sources (6) & individuals mentioned (5) 






TEXT4. The unit 71. The six sensesVocabulary in use -upperintermediate
A lovely visual display of the vocabulary in the unit
Besides the ordinary lists of verbs and adjectives, you can also find:
Contrastive tastes, scale of hearing, sight words, textures for touch, how things smell.









TEXT 5. Apply the following chart to fish English items in one article:

Some elements are "more English" than others. Two ways to find them:
Observe them in the text you read today (The politics of housework by Pat Mainardi).
A. Vocabulary choice:
A.1. Synonyms as with  3 stems: Go=leave=depart
A.2. Word formation: preffixes & suffixes with Germanic origin words.
A.3. Collocations: high points; (basic, bare, sheer)  necessities
Also: register (in)formal, , positive/neutral/negative connotations.
B. Grammar:
            B.1. Use of indefinite particles: -ever (wherever), -some (troublesome), etc.
B.2. Use of quantifiers: (quite, rather, etc)
Also: Preposition family, reflexive pronouns, modal verbs,  change word class (n>v, v>adj)
C. Syntax:
C.1. From BIG chunks: long nominal items (2 adj, noun + noun)
C.2. To tiny bits: How to place little particles (even, yet, soon, etc.)
D. Expressions: colourful, playful, colloquial, fixed, catchy words, binomials etc.
            D.1. proverbs, headlines.)
E. Lists: enumeration, processes, markers

The learner produced a clear page with interesting pieces of language:
a  nice adapted title!: The hardships of household duties
we both, bad enough, he felt himself, it’s only fair, all of us, if at all
more than even we imagine,we should each do them, Its the worst crap I’ve ever done
a sweet considerate man –a crafty person –the dirt and crap
Chores and burden: buying groceries, carting them home, putting them away, dirty dishes, brooms, mops, reeking garbage. Doing dishes, set the table, make the beds
turn you down flat, , high points, a messy house, a handy book,
word family: pig, piglet, pigsty,
word association: to stink-a stench, to break-a breach
compounds: manpower, housework, garbage work
the things we are best at, take the rap (=criticism)

TEXT 6. Soraya’s writing mistakes.
A fist term recollection with the description and some explanation/examples




TEXT7. Pronunciations remedial tasks: revision /ou/  - /au/

A double page with different common spellings, exceptions and words for practice.










Annex 1. TEXT 1. “A day in the life af a European”


1. Different ways of relating data to countries.
1.1. Dealing with figures:                                               
(Neat figures)                                                (Vague figures)
well over a half                                                            seem to have the poorest rate
four in five                                                            nearly 30 per cent
only about one in 15                                                by a substantial margin
(just) over a third                                                less than half
almost every single respondent                                    they also scored highly
                                                                         around one in twenty
1.2. Extreme ranking sequencies:                       
(trough)            >            >            >            >(peak)
the less likely to have one …                                    the most enthusiastics
the lowest score is awarded to                                    the keenest are …
the … barely register                                                the most frequent  users
they have one of the lowest scores                         to win the golden award
by far the most assidous                                    they were the most likely to have done it
the least prone to doing sth.
second to bottom are

1.3. Comparison between two countries
less than a third of …, while fewer than one in ten …
over 40 per cent … but only 6.5 per cent of …
just under two-thirds of … used it, while only 6.6 per cent of …. did so.
They are the world most avid doers, with …also well above average

1.4. Correlative ranking sequencies:
they still rank second to …
they rank just/only  behind …they come close/just behind
they were closely followed by …
they are the most avid well ahead of ..

1.5. Evaluative comments
astonishingly,  / one can only hope …
although this statistic would depend on the day the survey was done
the survey shatters one myth at least
another myth is shattered as they are unveiled as …

2. Expressions related to daily life.
Raisers, showerers, washers, hairwashers, shoppers,
card users, phone callers, nappers, mag readers
EARLY BIRDS: citizens who get up before sunrise/dawn
NEWSHOUNDS: those who are avid/thirsty of news
MOOD SWINGS: sudden change related to feelings, temper, relationships

3. Wordnet with the expressions related to Mood Swings:
  the hottest tempers are found in xxx, softly-spoken nations,
  to shout at someone, to raise their/someone's voices, so-called gloomy,
  to feel lucky (happy-actively sad-guilty), (allegedlely) phlegmatic Brittish,
  the most conscience-stricken race were the Brittish (don't they shout too much?),
  the most insouciant are the Greek

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