2/10/2015

Dr.William.7

Dear Students, Your 9th writing assignment for this week is to write about the Advantages and Disadvantages of something. I will leave the "something" of the essay up to you. The example I handed out to you in class yesterday was an essay on the advantages and disadvantages of traveling by train. DO NOT COPY ANYTHING IN HIS EXAMPLE. The example is useful because it shows how to list the advantages and disadvantages of a subject and then how to compose the essay in three paragraphs. I would like you to do the same, although with a different subject. Here are some suggestions for a subject: write about the advantages and disadvantages of -- traveling by bus, single-sex education (studying in schools only for boys/men), computers, living in Bangkok, etc. If you do not understand this assignment, please discuss it with fellow students or send email to me telling me what you do not understand. In addition to the essay (this is an essay, not a letter, so do not address it to anyone, even me), you are to write five sentences using words or phrases from the Unit 9 vocabulary list or your vocabulary notebook. YOU MUST UNDERLINE THE WORD OR PHRASE YOUR ARE USING IN EACH SENTENCE. If you use your vocabulary notebook, write "VB" at the end of the sentence. I will not accept sentences that do not follow these instructions. My goal is to help you build your English vocabulary and you cannot do that if you continue to use simple words you already know in your weekly sentences. Please bring your vocabulary notebooks to class next week. The bad news is, I would like you to send your homework to me by email no later than next Monday evening. On Tuesday I will be attended the humanities faculty meeting all day at Wang Noi and I can't read all of your homework on Wednesday morning. If you cannot send it before Monday evening, print it out and bring it to class on Monday. I will only attend one day of the meeting because I do not want to cancel another class. Have a nice weekend. With Metta, Dr. will
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2/10/2015

Dr.William.6

Dear Students, I have sent a separate email to those students who are meeting with me on Tuesday, Aug. 11, to discuss their progress in this class. Your 8th writing assignment is to write a letter to someone you know who is younger than yourself -- such as a relative, a brother or sister, nephew or niece, or cousin -- and give them advice on How to Be a Good Person. Make suggestions on how they might live their life, now and in the future. Tell them what they have to do to be a happy and moral person. Also tell them what they should avoid, what they shouldn't do. Use "must" to make your advice stronger. Address your letter to a real person (but you do not have to send it to them); if you do not have a younger relative, then address it to any young person you know who might benefit from your advice. You are a monk, older, more experienced, and wiser, so you should have good advice for them. As always, write five sentences, using either the vocabulary from Unit 8 or words/phrases from your vocabulary notebook. Underline the word or phrase you are using in the sentence. This week I will not accept sentences unless they have words from the list or notebook. If you are using a notebook, write "vb" after the sentence; otherwise I will look at the list for your word. If you want to write more sentences, I will be happy to correct them for you. Many of you had good advice this week for your fellow students who are having problems learning English. You must practice every day! Read something in English, listen to English spoken on the radio or TV, write a sentence or two in English, and talk with somebody, even another student, using your English vocabulary. I wish I could help each one of you individually, and I wish I could spend more than three hours each week with you. Since I cannot, you must do much work on your own if you want to become a fluent reader and speaker. And remember, you can always send me email with specific questions you have about words, expressions and grammar. I am pleased to help you. Yours in the Dhamma, Dr. Will
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2/10/2015

Dr.William.5

Dear Students, I am reading and grading your midterm exams today. They look pretty good. I can see that most of you studied for the exam. Your writing assignment this week is to write an essay on your Favorite Celebrity. A "celebrity" is somebody famous, usually in the entertainment field. You may chose someone you like and admire, such as a musician, an actor or actress in movies or television, or a sports figure. You could also choose a group, such as a band or a sports team. In your essay you should give several reasons for why they are your favorite. You may use verbs in the present perfect, such as "I have been listening to their music...," or "I have been following them for..." You can use the internet for research about your celebrity but the essay must be in your own words. Do not copy anything from the internet. In addition to you writing essay, please write five sentences using either the unit 7 vocabulary list or words/phrases from your vocabulary notebook. If I did not see your notebook this week during the exam, please bring it to class next Wednesday. I will begin my interviews with students on Tuesday, August 4, from 1 to 6 pm. Interviews times will be sent in an email to all students who signed my list. Yours in the Dhamma, Dr. Will
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2/10/2015

Dr.William.4

Dear Students, First, I'd like you ALL to get a vocabulary notebook. If you want to know want I mean, ask Phra Surya. Put in it any words you come hear or read this week, in the newspapers I gave you, on TV, or in signs around Bangkok you do not understand. Look up the meaning in your dictionary. And use these words, or ones from the vocabulary list for unit 3 in five sentences. Be sure to underline or bold face the words so I can know which ones you are using. Your writing assignment this week is to write a story about a time in your life when everything went wrong. This is a story, not a letter, so you do not need to address anyone or sign your name (but remember to put your name and class at the top of the page). A story is a little less formal than an essay. Write it as if you were telling about the experience to a friend. Remember a time when you made a mistake or error and explain it and the consequences. It's alright if you invent some of the facts. Good storytellers have good imaginations. Things going wrong could involve forgetting something important or hurting someone, even yourself. Tell about an event when you woke up late, made a mistake about something important, had a terrible day, got in an argument with a good friend, or had an unfortunate birthday. Try to avoid writing about making a mistake in English class or with a homework assignment. Please send the story and five sentences to me by email as soon as possible, and no later than 9 am on Wednesday, June 24. Try to leave space between the lines of your homework for my corrections. Have a nice weekend. With metta, Dr. Will
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