Passenger Trains and self-assessment; add description and family support for ESL students, and you have Episode 7 of Ramping Up your English. Welcome! Thanks to my crew and to RVTV, episode 7 is now available on RVTV Voices and on this page. You can see Episode 7 right now by clicking on the link in this sentence. Click here to download Episode 7 from Archive.org.
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You can click to see Segment 2.
Click to see Segment 3
In this episode, we do a self-assessment in listening comprehension and compare today’s results with previous assessments. Additionally, we learned how to graph our progress over time with a made-up example.
Our assessment for today was based on our understanding of the first video clip on passenger trains. In addition, we saw how – with just a little English – you can help a child (even if you are a child) get a successful start in school. We interviewed an ELL student in public school in Medford.
The Function of Describing
We saw part 2 of the video on Passenger Trains, followed by a lesson on describing a thing (a passenger train) by listing it’s parts.
Language Objectives: Self-assess listening comprehension and compare the result with earlier assessment. Use graphing to chart progress.
Describe an object by listing its parts.
Academic Content Objective: Transportation: Explain the role of passenger trains to modern transportation in the United States and Europe. Compare and contrast passenger rail travel in the U.S. and Europe.
Let’s see some of our visuals on Listening Comprehension: Click on the slide to make it bigger. Use the back arrow to return to this page.
List of Passenger Train cars on the Coast Starlight: (For assignment)
locomotive, baggage Car, sleeping Car, parlour car, dining car, observation/lounge car, coach.
The assignment is to use the phrases consists of and is made up of to describe a passenger train. Also use the beginning level conjunction such as and as well as commas to set off each item in your list. Use at least 2 sentences. Look at the above blackboard slide to check your work.
Video Clips used in Episode 7:
Our first video clip is Passenger Trains 1
The second video clip is named Jorge.
Our third video clip is Passenger Trains 2.
Feel free to repeat any or all of these clips to increase your comprehension or to support doing your assignment (or to learn more about passenger trains).
We also produced Episode 8 during our studio production time. This segment went very smoothly. Click to go to the Episode 8 page.