Archive | May, 2012

Speaking IV: Mock Trial

28 May

Mock Trial can be quite complicated, so to best prepare for next week’s role play, here are some materials to help you.

  • This handout leads you through the basic process, step by step, of a mock trial.
  • This PDF lists the basic roles of a mock trial.  [The Bailiff calls witnesses to the stand, he/she also accepts evidence, and is responsible for safety and security.]

Finally, this is the case we will be enacting next week.

The judge should practice reading aloud the directions. The witnesses should be familiar with their statements. The lawyers should meet with the witnesses to prepare questions they will ask. They should also read about the different objections. Everybody should be familiar with the facts of the case and the rules of law.

Click here for a list of your roles: Speaking IV Mock Trial Roles. Remember if you have questions you can always email or sms me. Good luck! I’ll see you in court 😉


Speaking II Vocab: “Going to the Bank and Post Office”

25 May

Schedule Correction: This vocabulary is for Wednesday June 6th. I am changing the schedule. The boys who were absent this week will be doing the “Going to the Doctor” lesson this coming Wednesday May 30th. Everybody (boys and girls) will meet again in class on June 6th for this lesson, “Going to the Bank and Post Office.”

Koreksi Jadwal: Kosakata ini untuk hari Rabu 6 Juni. Saya mengubah jadwal.Anak-anak yang absen minggu ini akan melakukan pelajaran “Pergi ke Dokter” pada Rabu 30 Mei. Semua orang (putra dan putri) akan bertemu lagi di kelas pada tanggal 6 Juni untuk pelajaran ini, “Pergi ke Bank dan Kantor Pos.”

Speaking II Bank and Post Office Vocab

If you have questions, please email me. Any boy who missed his mini-presentation must present this Wednesday June 6th.

Speaking IV Notes: Master of Ceremonies (MC/Emcee)

25 May

Definition: Host of a staged, important event

Examples: Academic conferences, business/corporate events, concerts, fairs, weddings and birthdays [although not typical in the US]


  • Open the event. Welcome the audience. Get everybody’s attention. Explain what the event is and why people are here
  • Problem solve. If something goes wrong, step in to fix it.
  • Keep event organized. Make sure the event is in order and on time.
  • Be entertaining. Set the tone of the event. Is it a funny/light hearted event? Serious  and somber event?
  • Say thank you. Make sure you thank the participants, organizers, attendees, sponsors, dll.
  • Introductions. You should introduce and highlight the accomplishments of every speaker. Give enough background information for the audience.
    • Pronounce names correctly [“Please welcome Mr. Siaogibniusdgkjb?”]
    • Fact check [“She has written 2….I mean 20….books.]

Tips and Tricks:

  • Keep it short. You are not the star so don’t steal the spotlight.
  • Never read. Always speak out to the audience.
  • Don’t leave the speaker hanging. Always wait until s/he reaches the microphone.
  • Lead the applause. Nobody likes an awkward clap.

Speaking II Vocab: “Going to the Doctor”

15 May

Speaking II Doctor Vocab

Next week, we will talk about health and sickness. Please remember to review the parts of the body for this assignment. Look at the diagram above for extra help. (This kid is crazy looking! Ha!)

Speaking IV Notes: Job Interviews

15 May

Useful Vocabulary:

Experience-pengalaman (working experience or on-the-job experience)
Training– pelatihan (job training)
Educational Background– latar belakang pendidikan
Handle– mengurus; menangani; mengatasi
Responsibilities– tanggung jawab (work/professional responsibilities)
Manage– mengelola
Challenging– menantang
Hire– mempekerjakan Laid off/Fire– diperhentikan (I got laid off/fired from my job)
Salary and Benefits– gaji dan tunjangan
Skills, Talents and Abilities– keterampilan, bakat dan kemampuan

Verb Tenses:

· Present perfect (continuous) to speak about work experience up to the present moment [Up until now, I have been studying at UMS. I have been managing the English club.]

· Present simple to discuss current job responsibilities [At the English club, I organize meetings and plan events.]

· Past simple to discuss past responsibilities [Before, I worked at the campus radio station. I gave a radio show about English.]

· Use of conditional forms to imagine situations at work [If I had a big task for work, I would manage my time by working on the task everyday.]

Courtesy of:

Tips for Success:

  • Always arrive to an interview 10 or 15 minutes early.
  • Dress neatly and conservatively. Look professional.
  • When greeting the interviewer, always smile, shake his/her hand, introduce yourself and make direct eye contact.
  • Always speak positively and politely. Never swear or fidget. Make sure your body language shows confidence.
  • Be honest. It’s okay to reveal your weaknesses as long as you show willingness to learn from them.
  • Organize your thoughts before speaking. It is okay to ask for a moment to think.
  • Always thank the interviewer for their time and usually you should shake hands to end the interview

Extra Credit:

On’s “Practicing Job Interviews,” they have 10 sentence starters for job interview questions and 10 sentence starters for job interview answers. Choose one set (only 1) to write full sentences using those words. For extra credit, grammar, spelling, and punctuation must be 100% correct. Sentences must be different for every person. (No copying your friends’ sentences.)

Use the following cues to write out full questions for a job interview.

  1. How long / work / present?
  2. How many / languages / speak?
  3. Strengths?
  4. Weaknesses?
  5. Past job?
  6. Current responsibilities?
  7. Education?
  8. Specific examples of responsibility at past job?
  9. Which position / want – like to have / new job?
  10. Future goals?



Use the following cues to write out full responses for a job interview.

  1. Current job / school
  2. Last job / school
  3. Languages / skills
  4. How long / work / current job
  5. Three specific examples from past job
  6. Current responsibilities
  7. Strengths / weaknesses (two for each)
  8. Why are you interested in this job?
  9. What are your future goals?
  10. Education


Speaking II Vocab: “Travel”

9 May

Hi Speaking II Students! I hope you enjoyed your break. Below I have 3 items for you:

Get ready to become jet-setters!

Speaking IV: Interviews

8 May

Next Week’s Assignment: Speaking IV Job Interview Directions

Interviewing is a great skill to have to practice communication. Open, clear communication is important for both qualitative research and teaching.

Role of Interviewer:

  • Ask questions. Challenge them, but don’t scare them
  • React. Ask follow up questions and go with the flow
  • Limit closed ended questions, use open ended questions
    • “Do you agree?” “Yes” = Closed ended question
    • “How do you feel about…?” = Open ended question
  • Great interviewers are great listeners

Role of Interviewee:

  • Prepare an idea, but don’t memorize. Speak naturally
  • Use gestures and body language to interest your interviewer and audience
  • Be conversational and relaxed, but keep your answers focused

4 Principles:

1. Prepare carefully, familiarize yourself with the interviewee

2. Establish a good relationship with the interviewee

3. Ask questions that are relevant and will make the interviewee want to talk

4. Listen and respond. Pay attention to what your interviewee has to say


Remember: Body language can be just as important as verbal language. Look at your interviewee. Does s/he look uncomfortable? Sad? Nervous? Angry? Confident? Adapt the interview accordingly.