Monday, September 21, 2020

WELCOME TO MY CLASS

 

Hello!

I hope you are excited to get started and are ready to do some learning. We have experienced some difficult changes, but I am confident that we will all get through this with each other's help and patience.

As you may already be aware, we are no longer using Edulinc as our learning platform. Instead, we are going to use Avenue https://avenue.ca/ . If you are a new student, please make sure to contact me so that I can send you account and website instructions. Avenue looks very similar to Edulinc, but some of the main differences are that it will be able to work better on any device as well as be able to store more information, and function faster than before. Please read the information below carefully!

Here are the main differences for our classes:
 
I will be using the Big Blue Button to teach to you live every day. It is similar to Zoom but exists inside Avenue and also has a white board that I can write on to teach you. 
 
The morning class is called: 
 
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    After you login, click on the link for your class and join the session. The morning class will start at 9AM as normal and the afternoon class will start at 12:30 as normal. We will follow the same classroom rules as if we are at the MCC. On Monday, we will practice how this works and I will review procedures for the class and portfolio requirements. If you cannot attend class at the regular time because you are managing your family or a job, make sure to view the recordings of the class which are right below where you would join a session.
    I have made separate areas for your task instructions and your task postings. Each class has its own areas. Make sure to click on the correct area for your class.
      
    The morning classes' areas are called:

  • The afternoon classes' areas are called:
    I will teach you first, then you will do the tasks after on your own and post them. Please post your work in a timely manner so that I can review your work and give you feedback.

    Assessments:

    I will conduct assessments as I normally would in class. All assessments will be scheduled on specific dates and you will have a time limit to complete and submit them. If you wish to complete your level, you must complete your portfolio as you normally would if you were at the MCC. If you have any questions at all, please make sure to ask. You can email me at: dcarpino@themcc.com.

    Good luck!

    Teacher Dan


    Monday, June 22, 2020

    June 22nd to June 25th

    Morning Class - Edulinc Task

    Task: Today marks our final online session for the school year. For your final task, please write a goodbye message to your instructor and classmates wishing them a healthy and happy summer vacation. Your message can be one to two paragraphs long. You can use my message below as an example. Please post your goodbye message in the General Discussion forum named, CLB 6/7/8 Morning Reading and Writing Goodbye Message to Classmates Answer.

    *Please note that our tentative return date is September the 21st. Please check your email or Edulinc early September to find out the exact date. I would also advise calling the school within the first few weeks of September to find out more information. You can always contact me at dcarpino@themcc.com.

    Dear Students,

    Our last semester of the school year has been one of the most challenging times in all of my teaching career. I want to thank all of the students who made an effort to login to Edulinc and complete the tasks that I posted for you. I hope to see all of you back in class in September, happy and healthy of course. I also wish you a very safe and happy summer vacation. Please check your local news stations and explore websites online to see what will be reopening in the city as far as recreational activities that are being offered to children and families. You can check https://windsorite.ca/ to see what is happening in the Essex County area. Again, I wish you all a happy and safe summer!

    Sincerely,

    Dan Carpino
      

    June 22nd to June 25th

    Afternoon Class - Edulinc Task


    Task: Today marks our final online session for the school year. For your final task, please record a goodbye message to your instructor and classmates wishing them a healthy and happy summer vacation. Your message should be about one minute long. You can use my attached message below as an example. After clicking on it, please click on the word "Download" to open and listen to the file. Please post your goodbye message in the General Discussion forum named, CLB 6/7/8 Afternoon Listening and Speaking Goodbye Audio Message to Classmates Answer.
     

    *Please note that our tentative return date is September the 21st. Please check your email or Edulinc early September to find out the exact date. I would also advise calling the school within the first few weeks of September to find out more information. You can always contact me at dcarpino@themcc.com.

    Goodbye Audio Message



    Monday, June 15, 2020

    June 15th to June 19th

    Morning Class - Edulinc Task

    Task: In secondary and post secondary education, you will often be asked to read and comprehend longer texts from your instructor found in a variety of course materials. To be successful, it is very important to use reading strategies to help you. For example, you should skim the text and highlight difficult or key vocabulary words and try to guess their meanings. You should also focus on the topic sentences of each paragraph. Search the text for details. If you have time, you should always read a text twice to further your understanding.

    Click on the attached PDF below and follow the instructions carefully. You can type your answers as a reply in the General Discussion Forum named, CLB 6/7/8 Morning Reading and Writing Reading Academic Texts Answers. You may also type your answers as a Word document. You do not have to retype the questions. Please remember to number each answer correctly so that I can follow AND give an explanation or reasons to support your answer for the discussion question. 

    Reading Academic Texts PDF 


     June 15th to June 19th

    Afternoon Class - Edulinc Task

    Task: Giving your opinion can be challenging because it can sometimes divide us, but expressing your opinion in a productive way is valued in Canadian society. Here are some tips to help you to express your opinion:

    Think before you speak. Before you open your mouth to say something, take a step back and think through exactly what you’re going to say. Consider your tone and make sure your word choices leave as little room as possible for misunderstanding or trouble. Maintain a professional demeanor and be mindful of your body language.

    Make sure you have all the facts. Everyone has the right to express their opinion, but make sure to do your research and know the facts first. The more you know, the more you can put into words what you mean to say.

    Say what you think in a detailed, straightforward manner. Provide as many relevant specifics as possible when you give an opinion to ensure that people fully understand your point of view. Focus on the who, what, when, and where of the situation to make a detailed statement of your opinion.

    Use “I” statements. “I” statements are powerful because they promote connection and don’t make the others feel alienated or excluded. People often state opinions in a way that makes them sound like facts—a habit that puts off the people they’re trying to persuade. A simple preface like “I think…” or “In my experience…” can be all you need.

    Provide the reasons for your point of view. Provide reasons and build a case to support your point of view. Your opinion gains credibility when it’s backed up with solid data.
    Some phrases to consider using:

    In my opinion…
    From my point of view…
    I would say…
    My impression is…
    I think…
    Speaking personally…
    I am of the opinion that ….

    Please click on the link below and read the article to get some background information on how Canada responded to COVID. You can skim and scan the article to find particular details about Canada's response. Also, it is not necessary to comment on the U.S.'s handling of the situation. When you are ready, record your opinion about Canada's response. Make sure that you give reasons for choice. Please post your recording in the General Discussion Forum named, CLB 6/7/8 Afternoon Speaking and Listening Canada's Response to COVID Opinion Recording.

     Canada's Response to COVID-19 Article

    Sunday, June 7, 2020

    June 8th to June 12th

    Morning Class - Edulinc Task

    Task: Please make sure to correct the errors of the first draft of your thank you letter. If you have any questions about what I have asked you to correct, please use the Messages system of Edulinc to do so. Once you have corrected all of your errors, post your 2nd draft in the General Discussion Forum named, CLB 6/7/8 Morning Reading and Writing Thank You Email to Friend 2nd Draft.


    Afternoon Class - Edulinc Task

    Task: For your next task you will create an apology to a colleague or manager at your place of work. Your apology should have a formal tone if apologizing to your manager, but can have a casual or formal tone if apologizing to a co-worker. You may choose one of the following situations to help create your apology:

    1. You have misplaced an important file that you borrowed from your co-worker and now he or she needs it.

    2. You did not contact your manager to tell him or her that you would be absent because of an emergency you dealt with.

    3. You threw out your colleagues lunch or snack by accident because you thought it was trash in the lunch room.

    Your apology should have the following structure:

    1. opens the conversation with an appropriate introduction

    2. demonstrate connected discourse (speaking continuously with complete phrases/sentences)

    3. your speech reflects degrees of formality appropriate to the situation

    4. demonstrate a variety of grammatical structures, with developing control of more complex structures

    5. a conclusion restating your apology and what you can do to avoid a similar problem in the future

    Length Requirements:

    CLB 6: 1 minute recording

    CLB 7 and 8: 2 to 2.5 minute recording

    Please post your audio recording in the General Discussion Forum named, CLB 6/7/8 Afternoon Listening and Speaking Apologize to Colleague Recording Audio Answer.

    Monday, June 1, 2020

    June 1st to June 5th

    Morning Class - Edulinc Task

    Task: Write a thank you email message to a friend or neighbour who has shown you an act, or acts of kindness during the COVID pandemic. An act of kindness could be one of the following:

    - cut your lawn
    - baked you something
    - went grocery shopping for you
    - watched your house while you were away
    - fixed something for you
    - washed your car

    You can also choose something else that is not on the list. Your letter should have the following criteria:

    Write an appropriate thank you email to a friend or neighbour. 

    Use language and content that is appropriate to the situation. (EX. expressions of thanks and appreciation)

    Able to use a variety of complex sentence structures.

    Use a good range of vocabulary for the situation.

    Good control of spelling, punctuation, and format.

    Use some idiomatic language, cultural references, and figures of speech appropriate to the context.

    Length Requirements:

    CLB 6 - 2 paragraphs
    CLB 7 - 2 to 3 paragraphs
    CLB 8 - 3 paragraphs

    Please post your email messages in the General Discussion Forum named, CLB 6/7/8 Morning Reading and Writing Thank You Email to Friend Draft.

    June 1st to June 5th

    Afternoon Class - Edulinc Task

    Task: Apologizing in a second language can be a difficult thing to do. Sometimes just saying the word sorry is not good enough. There are also different ways to apologize. We can say sorry in a formal or informal way depending on the situation we are in. Apologizing to colleagues, especially if you do not know them that well can be very challenging. Please take a look at some of the grammar tips below.

    Use the gerund after expressions with “for”, e.g. sorry for misplacing/not telling/doing.
    EX. I'm really sorry for not telling you I would be late for work today.

    Short apologies from stems: “excuse me” “sorry”, “I want to apologize for”, etc.
    Excuse me! I didn't realize you were standing there. I'm sorry.

    You will listen to three dialogues by clicking on the blue links below. As you listen, you should take notes about who the speakers are, what the situation is or what happened, and what the mood, attitude, or emotions are. You should only listen to each dialogue twice. When you are finished, answer the following questions and post your answers in the General Discussion Forum named, CLB 6/7/8 Afternoon Listening and Speaking Apologizing to Colleagues Answers. 

    Dialogue 1


    1. Why does the woman need to apologize?



    2. Is this dialogue formal or casual? 


    Write a sentence or phrase that proves your answer.








    3. Which expression shows the man’s compassion?




    Dialogue 2


    4. Why does the man need to apologize?



    5. Which expression shows the woman’s compassion?



    6. What is the relationship between the speakers?




    Dialogue 3


    7. How does the man open the conversation? Write the phrase he says.



    8. The woman gives an excuse for making the mistake. What was it?





    9. How does the woman feel? Write a word that describes her emotion. (Note: “sorry” is not an emotion.)


    Write a sentence from the dialogue that proves your answer.



    10. Which expression shows the man’s compassion?




    Dialogue 1

    Dialogue 2 

    Dialogue 3 

    Monday, May 25, 2020

    May 25th to May 22nd

    Morning Class - Edulinc Task

    Task: Applying to a post secondary program is an important step to continuing your education and ensuring that you have the necessary skills to find suitable employment when you graduate. For your next task you will fill out an application to apply for an undergraduate program at York University. Before you start the application, which is attached below, please review the following steps:

    1. Click on the York University website link and explore their undergraduate program section to help you decide which program you will choose. 

    York University Programs

    Please click on the program you have chosen and explore it. Pay attention to any codes or other information you may need for the application.

    2. Please make sure to complete every section with the necessary information. For the Previous Education section, you may use your academic information from your home country. For the Activity While Not in School section you could list your involvement with the Multicultural Council's programs or anything else that you have done that you feel would be valid for that section.

    Please note that the PDF file attached has fillable fields. You can type your answers on to it, save it, and then post it in the General Discussion Forum named, CLB 6/7/8 Morning Reading and Writing Applying for Undergraduate Study Completed Application.

     Undergraduate Program Application

    Afternoon Class - Edulinc Task

    Task: After you have recorded your interview you should listen to my response. Listen carefully to the comments and suggestions I have made about your child. You can choose one of the following options:

    1. Respond to my comments in a second audio making sure to ask more questions about your child's situation.

    OR

    2. Take point form notes of my response that includes the answers to questions and the key points I make to help solve your particular problem.

    You can post your response to this task in the General Discussion Forum named, CLB 6/7/8 Afternoon Listening and Speaking Parent Teacher Interview Role Play Part 2 Response.

    Monday, May 18, 2020

    May 19th to May 22nd

    Morning Class - Edulinc Task

    Task: For your next topic, you will be analyzing course outlines.Course outlines are often given at the university or college level when a student begins a course. The purpose of a course outline is to document the curriculum at the course level and to support the learning process by identifying course learning requirements, evaluation methods, learning activities and learning resources. 

    Before you read the text attached, please find the definitions for the vocabulary words below. Your definitions must relate to the topic of course outlines, so make sure you choose the correct ones. After you have done that, you may complete the reading. Please post your definitions and your answers to the questions based on the reading in the General Discussion Forum named, CLB 6/7/8 Morning Reading and Writing Understanding Course Outlines Answers.

    Vocabulary (find definitions that relate to this topic):
    1. credits
    2. WebCT
    3. IT skills
    4. ethics
    5. learning outcomes
    6. course materials
    7. evaluation
    8. components and weights
    9. (student) transcript
    10. What is an APO at a university or college?

    Questions:

    Instructions: Read the outline: V703 - Financial Accounting 1 - Winter 2017 Course Outline from the link below and answer the following questions.

    1.        What course is this outline describing?    

    2.        Why do you have to attend this course on a regular basis?       

    3.        What do you need to buy for this course?       

    4.        What are three things that can happen if you plagiarize on a paper?    
      
    5.        If a student is thought to have copied from an unsourced website and used
    it in an assignment, who will be the first person(s) to assess the situation?   


    6.        What happens if a student’s parent passes away and the student
    cannot write an exam? 


    7.        What could a student do if he/she slept in and missed an exam?      

    8.        If a student has a disability and needs special adjustments to write
    an exam, who is he/she required to notify?      


    9.        Do you think this course has a heavy workload?  Support your answer. 
         
    10.      Looking over the outline, would you consider this course to be strict
    or more relaxed?  Support your answer.     



    Course Outline


    Afternoon Class - Edulinc Task 

    Task: For your next topic, you will be practicing how to explain a problem and ask questions during a parent teacher interview. You will be role playing this task with your instructor. Please watch and read the important information below to help you prepare. After you have reviewed the material below, please choose only one of the following situations. When you are prepared, please record your part of the interview either as an audio or video recording. We may have to respond back and forth to each other more than once if you require an immediate answer to one of your questions. You can post your recording in the General Discussion Forum named, CLB 6/7/8 Afternoon Listening and Speaking Parent Teacher Interview Role Play Recording

    Here is an outline you can follow to help you structure the interview:

    Structure:
    - Introduction (introduce yourself to the teacher and tell him who your child is).
    - Ask some questions about your child. You should have at least 5 questions prepared for this interview.
    - EX. Is my child organized for class?
    What can I do at home to help my child develop skills?
    How does my child interact with others during group work class and in the playground?
    - Explain the problem you have noticed with your child based on the situation you have chosen. Remember, choose only one situation.
    - Ask for the teacher's advice about the problem.
    - Conclude the conversation by thanking the teacher and discussing how you will remain in touch with them.

    Situations
    1. You are afraid your child is being bullied. Ask the teacher if he/she has noticed some behavioural changes in class.
    2. Your child only wants to study or play video games. He/She is not interested in joining any after-school activities. Ask for some advice from the teacher.

    Review Question Formation by watching the video.



    Helpful Vocabulary (make sure to use the correct form of the word in your sentences):
    1. bully
    2. behaviour
    3. interest
    4. concentrate
    5. attention or focus
    6. struggle
    7. mood/attitude
    8. communication
    9. organization or time management

    Other Example Questions:
    What activities does my child enjoy most? 
    What do you appreciate about my child?
    What skills does my child need to develop further? What are the
    main challenges?

    What can I do at home to help my child develop skills?
    How can I best support my child in each subject?
    How can I follow up on these suggestions?
    How does my child get along with other students?
    What is the best way to contact you? How can we best work together?
    Is there anything about my child’s behavior or performance you would
    like to share?