Archive | December, 2011

Speaking I Announcements

31 Dec

· CANCELLED CLASS: There will be no class on Monday, January 2nd. Please use this time to film your movies for the final examination.

· FINAL EXAMINATION: Wednesday, January 11th

o Class B: 7:00-8:40

o Class C: 8:40-10:20

o Class A: 10:20-12:00

o Class D 12:30-2:10

o Class E 2:10-3:50


· LOCATION: LAB 2 (I will inform you if this changes.)

· REMINDER: Copies of your film and final scripts are due on that day. After we watch the films as a class, I will have each person individually give their 1-2 minute movie review.


Speaking III Final Exam

31 Dec

Due to scheduling conflicts, we will be having a separate debate competition from Bu Susi and Bu Fitri’s classes.

· DATE: Preliminary Rounds- Monday, January 9th

o Class A: 7:00-9:00

o Class C: 9:30-11:30

o Class B: 12:00-2:00

o Class D: 2:30-4:30

DATE: Final Round- Tuesday, January 10th 8:00-10:00 am

o TBA (To Be Announced): The 4 winning teams (1 per class) will compete in this round.


· FORMAT: Asian Parliamentary


· LENGTH OF SPEECHES: 4 minute speeches with a 2 minute reply

o Warning: Those who speak for fewer than 2 minutes will receive a failing grade.


· TEAMS: You may choose your own 3 person teams. You must email the names of your team members by Wednesday, January 4th. If you cannot find a team, please SMS (081228105955) or email ( me ASAP.


· MOTION: Each class will have a different motion that will be posted 30 minutes before the debate begins.


· POI: Every person will be expected to give at least 1 point of information. POI’s should be no longer than 15 seconds.


· REQUIREMENTS: While notes are allowed, no person shall be allowed to read his/her notes.

o Warning: Those who read from their notes will receive a failing grade.



o Manner: Such things as volume, clarity, presentation, and body contact (40%)

o Matter: Such things as arguments, rebuttals, definitions, and evidence (40%)

o Method: Organization of one’s team and fulfilling one’s role in the debate (20%)


· PREPARATION: Please refer to these websites for guidelines to Asian Parliamentary Debate




*Reminder: The UMS English Blogspot should have the handbooks for debate posted.

Speaking I Final Exam

23 Dec


Speaking I Final Examination

Lecturer: Rachel Wisthuff

Part I: Film

Directions: In groups of 5-6 people, you will make a 10-12 minute film. The film should be at least 80% dialogue and should be filmed all around campus and all over Solo. Every person should have about the same number of lines to memorize. You should write your own script and turn in a final copy of the typed script to me on the day of the final examination. Also on the day of the final exam, we will watch the films together as a class.

Concept: Some of you are new tourists in Solo. You are traveling around the city, visiting lots of new places and meeting lots of new people. Because this is your first time in Solo, you also need lots of help and advice. You need to ask for directions, about train/bus/plane schedules, for reviews of restaurants, tourist destinations, etc. You also want to introduce yourself to many new people to learn about Solo from the “locals.”


    • 2-3 tourists
    • 3-4 Solo residents [Example: tour guides, sellers, becek drivers, etc.]


Your film must include phrases/dialogue that we practiced in class. The film must include:

· Characters introducing themselves

· Characters asking “WH-?” questions

· Characters asking for help

· Characters giving advice

· Characters expressing opinions

· Characters giving reviews

· Characters talking about past and future plans

· Characters describing their environment

· Characters expressing emotions

· Adverbs of frequency, modal verbs, and prepositions of place


You can find notes about all of these topics on

You may also email me a rough draft copy of the script by next Friday, December 30th which I will correct and return.

Grading Criteria:

Requirements (60%):

A- All requirements fulfilled

B- Most requirements fulfilled

C- Some requirements fulfilled

D- A few requirements fulfilled

E- No requirements fulfilled

Creativity (20%):

  • Dialogue should be interesting, natural-sounding, and fluid
  • Film should have a story with a beginning, middle, and end
  • Props, costumes, various locations, sound effects are encouraged

Grammar (15%):

A- Perfect

B- Good

C- Average

D- Poor

E- Unintelligible

Pronunciation (5%)

Part II: Movie Review

Directions: After watching all the films, I will ask each student to individually give me a 1-2 minute review of one of the movies. These reviews will also take place during the day of the final examination. This is not a dialogue so you (not I) must speak for the full 1-2 minutes. In your review, you can:

  • Describe the movie, characters, scenery, etc.
  • Talk about what you loved, liked, disliked, or hated
  • Express your opinions
  • Compare the film to other films

Grading Criteria:

  • Grammar- 30%
  • Fluency- 30%
  • Time Length- 10%
  • Vocabulary- 10%
  • Creativity- 20%

Speaking III Homework

22 Dec


Fill in the Blank

  1. Everyone has the right to get ______ (married/marriage).
  2. One of the main reasons marriage is important is for ______ (regeneration/reproduction).
  3. People who choose to stay single do not have to share their salaries ______ (to/with) their spouse.
  4. Marriage is a ______ (private/privacy) choice.
  5. Although for some people, marriage is a natural part of life, there are people who ______ (choice/choose) never to get married.
  6. Couples who cannot have children may ______ (adopt/adoption) kids.
  7. Marriage requires ______ (high/much) responsibility. With marriage, we ______ (get/have) more responsibility.
  8. Some people believe those who do not get married will not be ______ (happy/happily).
  9. Marriage is a social ______ (custom/culture).
  10. People who ______ (are/do) not married cannot continue their family legacy.
  11. Getting married too young can ______ (make/cause) divorce.


Circle the Right Answer

A. There are person who didn’t have desire to marry.

B. There are people who don’t have a desire to marry.


A. Marriage can be expensive because parents must spend many costs to protect for their children.

B. Marriage can be expensive because parents must spend a lot of money to provide for their children.


A. The divorce rate is lower than the marriage rate.

B. The number of divorce more decrease than marriage.


A. As a society, we must to understand those who choose single.

B. As a society, we must understand those who choose to be single.


A. Not everyone must get married.

B. It is not must everyone should get married.


A. We not wrong your choice, but the government must think to the future of country.

B. We do not oppose your choice, but the government must think about the future of the country.

Speaking I Notes 19.12.2011

22 Dec

Asking for Help and Giving Advice

Common Phrases to Ask for Help
  • Can you help me?
  • What do you think I should do?
  • Do you think I ought to…?
  • If you were me, what would you do?
  • Do you have any ideas for me?
  • Can you give me some advice/suggestions?


Common Phrases to Give Advice
  • I think you had better…
  • If I were you, I would…
  • It would probably be a good idea to…
  • Why don’t you…?
  • How about if you…?
  • My advice is…
  • I recommend that you…

Modal Verbs

When you give advice, you often use modal verbs. Modal verbs are never the main verb in the sentence. Instead, they precede the main verb.

  • Can/Could- Modals of Ability
    • This verb gives an idea or suggestion. [Memberikan kemungkinan]
    • Example: If you want to make new friends, you can join a club.
    • Example: If you dislike where you live, you could move.
  • Should/Ought to- Modals of Advice
    • This verb gives a stronger suggestion.
    • Example: If you get robbed, you should go to the police.
    • Example: If you want to lose weight, you ought to exercise more.
  • Must/Have to- Modals of Necessity
    • This verb gives the strongest suggestion. [Nggak ada pilihan lain]
    • Example: If you feel sick, you must go to the doctor.
    • Example: If you don’t want to get wet, you must buy an umbrella and raincoat.

Notice how the basic form of the other verb always follows these modal verbs:

  • If you want fresh vegetables, you can plant a garden.
  • If get in a fight with your friend, you should apologize.
  • If you enjoy making art, you could take a drawing class.
  • Incorrect: If you are scared of the dark, you must buying a nightlight.
  • Correct: If you are scared of the dark, you must buy a nightlight.

Example Dialogue:

Rachel: “I give up. It’s hopeless.”

David: “Are you okay/Is something bothering you/What’s the matter?”

Rachel: “I have a big problem. My boss just fired me! Can you help me?”

David: “I’m sorry to hear that. Of course I can help you. Let me give you some advice. You should find a new job. For instance, go work in a restaurant.”

Rachel: “Okay. Thanks for your suggestion. I’ll give it a try.”

David: “No problem/Don’t mention it/You’re welcome/Good luck!”

  1. Remember you can use many different phrases for “Can you help me?” and “Let me give you some advice.”
  2. Here, should is the modal verb. If David used “could,” it would be a less strong suggestion. If he used “must,” it would be a stronger suggestion.

New Vocabulary
  • To suggest/recommend/advise- Menyarankan
  • Debt- Utang
  • Addicted- Kecanduan
  • Having trouble- Mengalami kesulitan
  • Leak/Leaking- Bocor
  • Get along- He does not get along with his boss. They fight all the time.

More Online Resources

20 Dec

I know that last thing any of you want is more homework but these websites offer really helpful worksheets and quizzes. I would be more than happy to grade, read, or answer any questions that you have. Just remember I am always here to help!


Textbook Websites: Even though you don’t own the textbook, these websites have a lot of great online study materials. I love this website. Any grammar pattern you want to practice is available. Worksheets can be turned into quizzes too.


Personality Quizzes: This is just for fun! I love learning about what color I am or what my fashion sense says about me. Quiz Rocket has some great selections.

Speaking III News Articles

17 Dec

Happy Saturday! I hope your weekend is going well.

Although only Class C chose the motion “THW repeal Indonesia’s ban on sending migrant workers to Malaysia,” I still thought I would post some interesting (English) news articles about it. Whether your class is or is not debating this point, I think it’s important to pay attention to the news.