Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Contact Brian

I will be finished grading today and sometime soon you can see your grades online.

If you think I made a mistake and need to change your grade, call or email me.

Brian Dean:  brianhdean(at)yahoo(dot)ca

DO NOT CALL if you only want to beg for higher marks.  I will change grades if I made a mistake.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Written Exam times

Class 140 (Mon, Wed, 16:00-16:50), your exam is in room 7311 at 10:00 on Thursday Dec 15

Class 235 (Tues, Thurs, 9:00-9:50), your exam is in room 8403 at 11:00am on Thursday Dec 15

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Thursday, 8 December 2011

close the door!

If you feel cold in the university buildings, this is why.  I don't understand how people can go through a doorway on campus and not close the door behind them.

Korean Idioms:
 꼬리가 길다.
꼬리 아직 안 들어왔나?

"You have a long tail."
"Is your tail in yet?"

More from Surprisesaplenty at Gangwon Notes.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Practice Written Exam

This is not homework.  You can practice it and we will answer some questions from it during the Make up week.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Final Exam, Fall 2011

This exam is for my Monday/Wednesday 4:00pm students only.
Brian will ask five (5) of these questions.

Unit 10
1) Take a message from Brian for ----.  Ask appropriate questions and repeat the message at the end.

Unit 11
2) When have  you felt ______________(annoyed/ frustrated/ ...)?

3) "IDIOM" - How do I feel?
Idiom - I got steamed up.  I blew up.  You're driving me up the wall.

4) Describe a class to me.  How do you feel about it and why?

Unit 12
5) Tell me about your character.

6)What kind of person would you like to date (for your teacher, for your roommate)?

7) What kind of place would you like to live in (work in, visit...)?

8) What would you do if __________(Brian gave you an A+)?

9) How did ______(your blind date, you job interview, your project, your presentation)___ go?

10) Give advice.  I'm __(really nervous)__.  What would you do if  you were in my shoes?

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Choose a favorite animal and other personality tests


Then go here to see if the animal matches your personality.

another personality questionaire here.

Are you masculine or feminine?

  • 1 I am a blunt person
  • 2 I criticise people
  • 3 I am a little sarcastic
  • 4 I ask a lot of questions in a conversation, to find out about people, their thoughts, etc
  • 5 I rarely admit I am wrong about something when I am in a conversation
  • 6 I make eye-contact and use body language in conversations
  • 7 I generalise
  • 8 I get personal with people in conversations; I may even gossip about a mutual friend
  • 9 I compliment people spontaneously
  • 10 I use four-letter words, coarse language
  • 11 I like to talk about myself
  • 12 I am a good listener
  • 13 I prefer to talk about non-personal topics, such as unemployment, the economy, current affairs ...
  • 14 I usually talk about personal problems, people, their way of being, hopes, desires, my family ...
  • 15 I get personal when I write a letter to someone, but not face to face in a conversation
  • 16 I help to keep a conversation flowing, I am not provocative, controversial, confrontational ...
  • 17 I like to get my say, get in a few comments, no matter what the topic
  • 18 I don't assert something, but I might preface a comment with "I think, I suppose, perhaps"
  •  19 I talk a lot
  • 20 If I ask a question, it is generally a yes-no answer I am looking for
  • 21 I don't mind talking about a situation where I was embarrassed,humiliated and so on

  • Tuesday, 8 November 2011

    Idioms of Emotion

    From: My Place For English.

    Match the sentences containing English idioms of mood/emotion (in bold) with the adjectives above:
    1.- When I received the concert tickets for Muse I was on cloud nine!
    2.- When my sister opened her birthday card and a cheque fell out she was tickled pink.
    3.- When my brother returned home from the pub late last night I could see that he was pie-eyed.
    4.- When I was waiting to go on stage to perform in front of the whole school I had butterflies in my stomach.
    5.- When I finished my twelve hour shift at the supermarket I was completely zonked out.
    6.- When Alan Forrester looked me in the eye at registration this morning I went weak at the knees.
    7.- When my brother kept playing the same Rihanna song over and over again at full volume I told him, "You're driving me up the wall!"
    8.- When I went on the Big One rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach my heart was in my mouth.
    9.- When my brother wouldn't stop going on about problems with his love life I told him not to be such a moaning Minnie.
    10.- When my dad came home from work and just slumped in his armchair without saying a word, I asked him, "Why the long face?"

    Sunday, 6 November 2011

    Wednesday, 2 November 2011

    Free Rice!

    This seems an interesting site for English study, and also for literature and chemsitry.  I don't know if anyone really gets 'free rice' but I hope so.

    Tuesday, 1 November 2011

    two sleepers

    my acting students pulled an all-nighter rehearsal and stumbled into class.  Most of the class time was active enough but some students flagged at the end.

    Thursday, 20 October 2011

    a better path to job experience

    USA Today suggests "Skip the internship, go to camp".

    I have discovered the perfect summer job. In this job, I am part of an organization that gives me duties that are critical to its long- and short-term success. Supervisors give me responsibilities such as interacting directly with customers on a daily basis, and they fully integrate me into the professional hierarchy. To top it all off, I am learning legitimate skills that will help me develop professionally when I move into the workforce. This mystery job I speak of: camp counselor. These are only a few of the many potential benefits of being a camp counselor, and I offer them not only to praise the occupation, but also to offer a propositional alternative to the profession’s biggest competitor: internships.
    For the most part, interns do work that is wholly unrelated to any sort of day-to-day task that full-time employees fulfill. Indeed, not only do most offices give interns mundane tasks that the aforementioned employees would never do, but they are also given tasks that will only be taken over by another intern. In short, interning in any office, regardless of the field, will likely mean you will be performing more secretarial duties than industry-specific ones. 
    Internship has always seemed a way for companies to gain free labourers.  When my wife was a business student, she interned at a bank.  The bank had her bowing at the customers as they arrived.  What does that teach about banking?

    As a camp counselor, I was directly responsible for the health, well-being and education of 10-16 children.  It would be great training for people in education, social work and even medical majors.

    On the phone (Unit 10)

    Wednesday, 19 October 2011

    What's in the box?

    This box is in my office and no one knows what could be in it.  If it were full of exams, we might be told to 'throw it away after 2012', but why would we have to open it?  Is this Pandora's box?  Is there a bomb inside?  What do you, my students, think?

    fall 2011 make up classes

    Tuesday, 4 October 2011

    tentative fall midterm for class 140

    Class 140, Monday, Wednesday, 4pm in room 6501.

     Confirmed version.

    Brian will ask you three questions from this list:

    Unit 7
    What did you do _____(past time)__.

    lat night, last Saturday, in the summer, this morning.
    Remember, don't answer 'Sleep'!
    Give a full sentence and include details.
    Unit 8
    Tell me about your hobby.
    Use full sentences.  Tell me what you do, where you do it and other details.
    Which sport is this?
    Brian will describe a sport; you name that sport.
    Are we the same or different?
    Use, "So am I", "So do I."... or "Neither do I"... or "I am"...
    Can you ____?
    Tell me if you can do the activity and if you are good at it or not.
    Unit 9
    Have you ever _____?
    Tell me if you have done this and give details.
    Ask Brian, "Have you ever ____?"
    Ask Brian and ask follow up questions.

    Job interview questions:
    What are your strengths?
    I am hard-working. For example, I am a university student, work part-time 
    and do volunteer work at my church.

    Then, with a partner that Brian selects, you will have a conversation based on this model:

    1) A asks B a question supplied by Brian
      B answers the question with a complete but short sentence.
      A asks further questions on the subject.
    A then tells Brian about B's activities.

    The starting question will be one of:
    a) A asks B about the past.
    b) A asks B about his/her hobby.
    c) A asks B about a seasonal activity
    d) A asks B about a job or career that B is interested in.

    Thursday, 29 September 2011

    finally, an acceptable picture of me

    I normally look terrible in photos.  My smile is lopsided or I am squinting.  Except for the silly hat, I am happy with this photo.  I will take a picture of myself again as this is as perfect as I will ever manage!
    If you are curious, I took this at the farm.  I had left my hat home and needed the hankerchief to protect my neck from getting burned.

    Monday, 26 September 2011

    Sunday, 25 September 2011

    Unit 8

    Other collocations:

    Make Pay Hold
    a compliment a conversation talks an attempt discussions
    attention changes a visit a call
    Give Take Do
    a performance a rest a break the cooking a concert the housework the ironing a trip a seat the shopping 
    Give Make Take
    help a bath birth dinner a decision a chance action a risk a drink lunch   protection    support

    Thursday, 22 September 2011

    Study in Canada

    Perhaps some of you are interested in studying in Canada.  Here is the website (with some Hangeul).

    I should say that I don't know anything about the fair or the organization.

    Tuesday, 13 September 2011

    English Cafe'

    Brian has a sore neck.

    Hello students.

    On Tuesday, I fell off a small tractor (경운기) and hurt my neck.  I'm okay, don't worry!  But, I don't want to carry many books around for a few days.  Here are images from the textbook.

    Friday, 9 September 2011

    Tuesday, 30 August 2011

    Fall 2011 Homework!

    Students will make a blog and create 6 posts on the blog and comment on four other blogs.

    Some students will already have a blog but be shy about sharing English content with their friends outside of class.  They can use their current blog or make a new one specifically for English class.
    A small selection of free blog sites:  Blogger, wordpress.com, drupal, cyworld, naver blog...

    Students must make at least six posts of 25 or more words.  A post can be text, audio, video or something else.  The student in each class who a) makes the most posts or b) has the largest number of comments on a post, will get a bonus.  Three posts will be based on school work - wait for me to tell you what to write about.  Three (or more) posts are your choice.
    Students need to comment on the blogs of four other students.  Comments do not have to be long, but must include details from the post.  "I agree!" or "Good post" is not enough.  Neither is "I think this problem is important".
    "I think the problem of high tuition is important" is a good comment.

    I will talk about linking and quoting in class.  If most or all of a post is copied from another source, points will be deducted.

    In week two and three (Sept 8-21), I will collect the names of the blogs and post links here on this blog.
    Three blog posts should be on class material.  Here are  your options:
    Unit 8 (Hobbies),
    In 25 or more words, tell us about one of your hobbies

    Unit 9 (goals and the future)
    In 25 or more words, tell us plans you have for after university.  You could write about plans for a world trip, what kind of work you want or almost anything about your future.

    Unit 11 (emotion)
    In 25 or more words, tell us about a time  you were very happy (or sad or angry...)

    Unit 12 (personality)
    In 25 or more words, tell us about your personality  I would prefer this to be a positive report so tell us what  you like about yourself.

    These blog posts should be written in the last week of that unit, except for personality, which should be written in the first week we work on that unit)

    The other three (or more!) blog posts could be about anything.  Introduce yourself, tell us about  your weekend or your major.  Tell me about good places to visit or good movies to see.  If you think you can cook something well, teach us.  You need to write (at least) one per month.

    Thursday, 2 June 2011

    107 reviews directions

    Subject: 금융선물보험학, 문우현

    Heera: John, please help me find my way around town. How do I get to City Hall from here?
           Can I take a bus?
    John : No, you should take the blue subway line and get off at University Station
           There, transfer to the orange line, and it'll take you to City Hall Station
    Heera: Thanks. Also, which bus goes to Santa Monica from here?
    John : Take bus 33.
    Heera: What's the bus fare?
    John : It's $3.15
    Heera: Great! Thanks a lot.
    John : Sure. No problem.

    For Example
    Heera: John, please help me find my way around town. How do I get to Dongnae from here?
           Can I take a bus?
    John : No, you should take the green subway line and get off at Seomyeon
           there, transfer to the orange line, and it'll take you to Dongnae station
    Heera: Thanks. Also, which bus goes to gaya station from here?
    John : Take bus 77
    Heera: What;s the bus fare?
    John : It's $1
    Heera: Great! Thanks a lot.
    John : Sure. No problem.

    Tuesday, 24 May 2011

    Spring 2011 Final Exam

    CLASS#229 -  you are EST.  Please go to http://cbt.dongseo.ac.kr/ and click on "EST".
    Class# 107, 113, 158, 209
    Exam is based on Units 3-6, finishing with page 42.
    Below are 11 questions and I will ask 5 in the exam.

    1) When is your birthday?
    2) What is today's day and date?
    3) What time is it now?
    4) When does English class start?

    5) Look at this map. Where is the bakery?
    6) How can I get to the bathroom?
    7) How can I get to _(Peomeosa)_?
    8) Are there any good festivals in Busan?

    9) What are you going to do _(future time)_? + follow up questions.
    10) Ask Brian, "What are you going to do_(future time)_?" + 2 follow up questions.
    11) Tell Brian something that you might/ probably/ will do _(future time)_.

    Monday, 23 May 2011

    107 reviews directions

    1. The convenience store is across the street.
    2. The bakery is on the right of the shoe shop.
    3. The bus stop is across from the post office.
    4. The coffee shop is on the left of the hair salon.
    5. The nightclub is between the movie theater and the bookstore.
    6. The park is behind the library.
    7. The pharmacy is on the corner.
    8. The school is on the right of Natural History Museum.
    ex) 정준 is on the left of 승주.
        준철 is between 동수 and 덕용.
    1. A: Excuse me, where is the bus stop?
       B: Cross the street.
    2.A: Excuse me, where is the hair salon?
      B: Go past the hotel.
    3.A: How do I get to the pizza shop?
      B: Go straight for two blocks.
    4.A: How do I get to the video shop?
      B: Go one block.
    5.A: Where can I find the travel agency?
      B: Turn left on First Street.
    6.A: Where can I find the gym?
      B: Turn right on First street. It`s the first building.
    7.A: Can you tell me how to get to the ice cream parlor?
      B: Walk along this street to the first traffic light.
    ex) A: Where is the rest room?
        B: Go out the door, turn right then go two rooms and turn left.

    209 reviews directions

    229 reviews directions

    158 reviews directions

    158 reviews units 5 & 6

    158 reviews time and day

    113 reviews the time


    158 asks When's the movie showing?

    2010 English Cafe Concert Video