Freshwomen Lesson Eight: interviewing each other; working on your group podcasts

Group discussion one

You are going to interview group partner (please write it down). First you need to ask them some questions about

  • Work aspirations (what do they want to do when they grow up?)
  • Family
  • How they spend their free time
  • What they like to do for their holidays, did for their last holiday
  • How they would describe themselves (use adjectives for characteristics)

Class quiz

I will gather you profiles of each other and we can use them for a quiz

Field Trip planning (waiting for possible permission)

Trip to 789 Arts Zone

Purpose: to visit the arts area and learn about contemporary Chinese and international arts, as well as the 789 Arts District itself (an important modern site for Beijing’s cultural heritage).

798-art-zone

Aims:

  • to view the Art Space, Red Gate 798 and the UCCU multi-artist exhibitions, listening to the audio guides
  • to explore the built area (post-industrial architecture, public artworks);
  • English language discussion with the tutor and tour guide

Contribution to course studies and assessment

  • Fits with the upper intermediate level (IELTS-measure) of student’s spoken word skills
  • Enrich student’s descriptive and conceptual vocabulary and self-expression, developing the spoken word reviewing and reporting and exchange of point of view skills
  • builds upon class using online contemporary Chinese art resources to stimulate and develop students spoken word reviewing skills (tying in with the literature courses developing students’ written English reviewing skills)
  • further develops team work skills (exchanging a point of view, developing agreements, cooperating on an agreed aim) required for this semester’s spoken word assessment. Students will attend in the groups they use for their assessed team work.

Logistics

  • Each class will attend the Arts District in groups of 12 students or less (size limited by gallery requirements).
  • The tour time is 2.5 hours, 2 hours of which is supported by the guide.
  • The two tables overleaf give the options for the schedule. Schedule option 1 gives the schedule on the weekend, where the time replaces that week’s class.
  • Schedule option 2 gives the schedule at the student’s normal class times.

Option 1 is the preferred option because it has less potential for disrupting any other student/class schedules, and also gives them the greatest flexibility.

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Schedule Option 1: tour at weekend dates/times
Tour group Date (05/19) Depart Sha He Arrive 798 Begin

tour

Meal

time

End tour Depart 798 Arrive

Sha He

Class One

Group A

Sat

11 or 18

 

08.55 09.45 10.00 Lunch

12.30

 

13.00 13.15 14.05
 Class One

Group B

Sat

11 or 18

08.55 09.45 10.00 Lunch

12.30

 

13.00 13.15 14.05
 Class Three

Group A

Sat

11 or 18

12.25 13.15 13.30 Lunch on bus 16.00 16.15 17.05
 Class Three

Group B

Sat

11 or 18

12.25 13.15 13.30 Lunch on bus 16.00 16.15 17.05
 Class Two

Group A

Sun

12 or 19

 

08.55 09.45 10.00 Lunch

12.30

13.00 13.15 14.05
Class Two

Group B

Sun

12 or 19

12.25

 

13.15 13.30 Lunch

On

bus

16.00 16.15 17.05

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Schedule Option 2: tour at normal class dates/times
Tour group Date (05/19) Depart Sha He Arrive 798 Begin

tour

Meal

time

End tour Depart 798 Arrive

Sha He

Class One

Group A

Thurs

16

 

12.25 13.15 13.30 Lunch

On

bus

16.00 16.15 17.05
Class One

Group B

Thurs

23

12.25 13.15 13.30 Lunch

On bus

16.00 16.15 17.05
Class Three

Group A

Thurs

16

15.30 16.20 16.35 19.00-

19.30

19.00 19.45 20.35
Class Three

Group B

Thurs

23

15.30 16.20 16.35 19.00-19.30 19.00 19.45 20.35
Class Two

Group A

Friday

17

 

15.30 16.20 16.35 19.00-

19.30

19.00 19.45 20.35
Class Two

Group B

Friday

24

15.30

 

16.20 16.35 19.00-

19.30

19.00 19.45 20.35

route798

  • The transport will be provided by the university’s bus service from Sha He campus to the North Gate[1] of the 798 Arts District and back.

[1] North Gate is on  Jiuxiaoqiao North road, which intersects with Caihong rd., where the tour buses park while waiting.

Staff/supervision

  • Matt Merefield is the course leader, and he will take responsibility for the field trip, including student’s tours, liaison with the tour guide/gallery managers, student safety and welfare, and transport.
  • Sabrina from Art Space studio will accompany the tour giving information on the art exhibitions and their works. Sabrina brings her contemporary arts expertise as well as great spoken English communication skills and a youth perspective which will greatly enhance student engagement.
  • Additionally, the class monitors will be asked to assist with arrangements as required.

Costs

Accruing to the university

  • Bus transport. Six return journeys between BUPT Sha He campus and 798 Arts Zone (approx. 50 mins duration)
  • Tour guidance for six groups. 6 x 2 hours @ 250 per hour = 3,000

Accruing to the students

  • UCCU exhibition tickets (at student discounted prices). Note, other exhibitions to be visited are free.
  • Students can bring lunch to eat on the bus or at the Arts district. For the weekend schedule tour, students may purchase lunch at their own cost. There are many cafés, several of which are adjacent to the UCCU building.

Exhibitions to be viewed

Art Space

Dong Hao, traditional Chinese ink paintings

UCCA

Civilization, the way we live Now; Society Guidance

http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/civilization-way-live-now/

http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/society-guidance-part-1/

Red Gate 798

New contemporary oil paintings

Listening and comprehension: a disagreement

Let’s listen to a recording (I’ll play it twice).

Note, sometimes in spoken words tests (for example, IELTS), you will be asked to talk about things that are unfamiliar (for example, they might be common in America or England but not here). And sometimes the questions will just seem strange (they might be something you wouldn’t normally think about or seem to show an unusual way of thinking). But you will still need to talk about them (for assessment.) The following exercise might seem a bit like that (it is from an advanced level IELTS style book).

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Look at the 6 statements

and discuss

Extra group Exercise: Heroes

Tell us about your hero (if you have one).

Who is s/he (or, who are they)? What did/do they do that is heroic?

Why did you choose that person/those people?

How does their heroism influence you (if it does)?

If you don’t have a hero, maybe tell us what you think the qualities of a hero are.

Work on your podcasts

OK, please work on your planning for your podcasts.

You should have your topics and now plan how you are going to do the podcast.

  • Work on a draft script, or notes for a script
  • Plan how and when you will do you the field work (if you have any)
  • plan how you will gather, or begin gathering your resources if they are online resources.
  • practice your dialogues together (today you might like to work on a particular section, like an introduction).

 

 

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