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(原创) The 18th Week in Notts, UK  

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 Sunday, 09 February 2003

    At one o’clock, my son went on the net and we talked for about an hour. I asked him to spend more time on study since there would be a maths competition in April and he was not the best in English in his class now. He told me that he was not very confident in the maths competition, but he promised to do well in it.

    When it was three thirty, I began to type the last three days’ messages that I read this morning. When it was finished, I went home at about four fifteen.

    When I came home, two Englishmen who were brothers and both were Yanmei’s classmates were talking with Mr Wang and Yanmei. I joined them in talking about many interesting things. At six thirty they said goodbye. I then cooked my dinner and had it.

    In the evening I was just about to go up to my room when suddenly the doorbell rang. The other two visiting scholars came to Wang’s family to chat. We talked about  many interesting things. The talk lasted till 11:30.

 Monday, 10 February 2003

    Today we had no lessons. Half of us were organised to visit Nottingham High School. I have been to that school with Chen. So I stayed at the school library this morning doing some reading.

    As usual, I had two big apples as my lunch. It’s the date that I should pay for the accommodation. So I went to the school ATM to draw £150, ready to give Yanmei after I went back home. Then I went to the computer room to read the news. I got to know that a terrible disease of lung was spread quickly in Guangzhou and had already killed hundreds of people. It was said that it might be caused by mice. Environment pollution is terrible in China.

Tuesday, 11 February 2003

    Chris gave us a lecture on writing this morning. He asked us to list some words showing why students don’t like to write. We listed a lot of words:

1.      nervous, stressful, fear of mistakes, lack of vocabulary and grammar

2.      boring, limited topic, no room for creativity, not enough stimulation

3.      no response, solitary

4.      limited time

5.      blank, nothing to say

6.      difficult in expressing ideas

    He then wanted to solve the problem and let us feel some experience of activities in the classroom. He first dictated some sentences and asked us to go on writing according to the dictated sentences. The following is what he dictated and the sentences in the brackets were what I went on with the story.

    John was feeling nervous. He didn’t like walking through the woods---especially when the night was approaching. He looked up at the sky. ( It was overcast with no moon and stars.)

   With a shiver, he continued along the path through the woods. (The path was covered with lots of bushes and shrubs and cast terrible shadows.)

    Suddenly he heard a sound behind him. ( The sound was something unknown, mysterious and odd, not from a human being nor from an animal.)

    He whirled round and stared amazed. ( It was a UFO coming to his sight. Some creature from the UFO was ready to catch him.)

    With a cry he turned and ran.

    (He ran as fast as his legs could carry him. The sound was kept echoing in his ears. He could finally escaped. Ever since then, he had never walked through the woods.)

   

    Many of us wrote different stories according to their imaginations. We exchanged our works and enjoyed a lot of fun. My story was a unique one among all. I think this is a good activity for students to practice. They will have less stress and have enough room for them to create. It’s not boring and much easier for them to continue the story with the given context. The most important and valuable thing is that it can set up students’ confidence in writing.

    The second activity he introduced to us was Acrostic. Here is the example:

He

Comes from England

Has a wife and family

Reads in bed

Is going grey

Speaks a little Chinese

     Who is he?

    We all knew it was Chris, the first letter of each line showed us. So it’s also an easy job for students to write like this. Next he wrote ENGLISH on the board, asking us to give adjectives to describe it.

 

Easy, essential, exciting, exhausting, extensive

Nice, necessary, noble, noticeable, nasty

Global, glorious, graceful, gorgeous, great, gruesome

Lovely, living, lively, logical, liberal, limited

International, important, informative, influential, instructive, irritating

Humorous, honourable, holistic, historic, humane

 

    The third activity was to write a letter. We first discussed in groups about the original letter that Chris provided then each was required to write the same kind of letter telling his or her problem. After that, we exchanged the letter each other and wrote comment on it. The following was what I wrote:

Dear Marge,   

    My problem is that my husband never allows me to smoke while he himself smokes a lot. What’s more, when I am drinking a little cup, he will always say some sarcastic words that it’s remarkable for a woman to drink, but he will always be drunken after he goes to the pub with his friends. One day when he was driving home he was caught by the police and I was called to give the fine for £1000 pounds. What should I do?

Yours truly,

Lisa

    The following is the other one’s comment:

Dear Lisa,

    Since he can’t give up smoking and drinking, you can ask him to smoke and drink less. It will certainly do good to both of you.

    Don’t forget to give your fine to the police. Ask your husband never to break the rule again.

Yours truly,

Marge

    The three activities were very practical and useful. This afternoon I attended Mike’s tutorial since Sarah hadn’t been back from her holidays in Spain. The theme we talked about was health.

    English people usually go to GP surgeries first before they really get ill, which is quite different from China. There are four important persons in the surgery. When you go to GP surgery, first a receptionist will give you some help. They often have a great deal of knowledge about health services in the area. The main role of the reception staff is to help patients find their way quickly and simply to the help that they need.  If it’s an appointment that’s needed, then this is usually straightforward. If it’s medical advice that’s needed then they may have to ask you some questions if they are to guide you in the right direction. The second one is Practice manager who is responsible for making the practice run smoothly. This means arranging for enough staff and doctors to be available each day, paying bills, buying supplies, and ensuring that the practice receives payment for the work it does. If one or other of the reception staff is unable to answer one’s query then, as with other organisations, it’s the practice manager who will be asked to help out. The third person is Data input clerk who will fill in at reception needed but in general has little contact with patients. The fourth person is Practice nurse. If it’s a query about having a blood test or cervical smear, a dressing that needs attention, a blood pressure measurement or immunisation that’s required, a blocked ear that needs syringing, or some healthy living or family planning advice, then the first port of call would usually be the practice nurse. Over the recent years the role of the practice nurse has gradually expanded. Many now run their own clinics looking after people with asthma, high blood pressure, or diabetes, for example, only calling on the doctor for advice when they need it. Some practice nurses have done extra training to allow them to deal with minor ailments such as sore throats, skin rashes, and blocked ears, and so that they can prescribe medications when appropriate. These nurses are known as nurse practitioners.

    I got some idea of the topic after the tutorial.

    After supper I watched TV for a little while. The war would soon break out according to the news through TV. I began to do my homework that was assigned by Mike. At about 12 o’clock, I fell asleep.

Wednesday, 12 February 2003

    Mike gave us a lecture on The Lexical Approach this morning. The Lexical Approach was put forward by Michael Lewis. The idea of this approach mainly contains the following:

Reject PPP paradigm in favour of more task-based OHE.

Do not discourage use of the L1 in the classroom.

Lexis, not grammar and vocabulary should be seen as the basic language.

Mistakes are not to be discouraged.

Low level courses should highlight register and intonation, must be highly communicative and will require large amounts of lexical input, even if the learners are unable immediately to use it.

The teaching of collocations and semi-fixed should be prevalent.

Teaching activities should be invariably meaning-centred.

Students should be encouraged to notice “chunks” of language in texts.

    It’s difficult to understand completely his lecture because he didn’t make it clear to us. However, I got some idea of the approach. I can consult some books if I want to know further about this approach.

    There was a guest lecture on A Talk on Motivation in the afternoon. I didn’t go since I had attended the same topic of the lecture for some times. I went to the library computer room reading novels at bibliomania.com. When it was three o’clock, I had a rest, stretching for a while. Then I began to type my journals and read BBC news.

Thursday, 13 February 2003

    Chris explained some terminology in the Lexical Approach at the first lesson. He gave some examples about “chunks” and “collocations”. So this time we could understand better. After a break, Mike continued his lesson on the Lexical Approach. We did some exercises according to the approach.

    Tutorial began at one o’clock this afternoon. Sarah was back from Spain. So we had a good time with her. The main theme today was the Press. We talked about different kinds of English newspapers. Through the tutorial, I knew much information about the English Press. There was a very interesting picture with the sentence “We are taken a ride by Toady Blair.” in one of the newspapers. Tony Blair was written as Toady Blare. People regarded Blair as a toad and wondered where he would take them to. It can’t be imagined what it would be like if such a thing appear in Chinese newspapers. Of course it will never happen if the Communist takes the power.

                    

Friday, 14 February 2003

     There are only 55 days left for me to come back.  On March 8 I will go to London. In the middle of March I will go to Edinburgh, and at the end of March I'll go to Highland Scotland. When I am back from Scotland it is time for me to go back.   

Saturday, 15 February 2003

  When I was back from school, it was nearly 5 o’clock. I began to cook the dishes. We had another family party. This time Zhu provided most of the food. Next Saturday another family party will be held to see Zhu off.

    I began to sleep very early today at about 8:30.

 

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