Again, sorry for my delay in
sending this summary email. I took it easy the first 4-5 days after my
surgery and am finally getting back to regular work now. This email will
be brief because I am playing catch up today.
week, we covered Lesson 2 Dialogue 1's vocabulary and dialogue, and
then I believe (though I don't have my recording of the class in front
of me to verify) that we broke into small groups at the end of class and
you had a chance to run the dialogue with your partner. We will review
the vocab and dialogue on Monday and then launch right into the grammar
points for the lesson, hopefully followed by "Language Practice"
exercises, possibly putting us in the positing to begin lesson 2
Dialogue 2 during our following class. I say "hopefully" and "possibly"
because after rereading last year's blog entries on this same material,
which I have provided links for below, I see that there are several
important concepts that I need to begin to discuss...AND NOW is the time
to introduce those topics to the class, starting this coming Monday...
Here are the blog entries from last year pertaining to this material:
We can see several things from these blog entries:
should probably review the entire contents of the first blog entry with
you all during our next class, because I seem to have covered this
material more comprehensively last year than I did last week. I will do
my best to make up for that by reviewing this blog entry with you on
- I need to explain "
PRINCIPLE OF EQUIVALENCY AND PARALLEL STRUCTURE AND WORD ORDER/USAGE
BETWEEN ANY "QUESTION WORD QUESTION" (WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, HOW,
HOW MUCH/HOW MANY) AND ITS MOST LOGICAL ANSWER IN THE FORM OF A COMPLETE
STATEMENT CONTAINING ALL OF THE SAME INFORMATION AS THE QUESTION. " I will, beginning next class.
- I also need to diagram and teach you guys the basic pan-Chinese [but
specifically Mandarin, of course] general sentence structure map of
[WHEN] WHO [WHEN] WHERE WHAT [ACTION] HOW/HOW MANY TIMES. I will try my
best to speak about this on Monday.
- I also realize from the
Cantonese email I just sent to that class that I need to discuss the
concept of the TOPIC COMMENT SENTENCE in Mandarin [and Chinese
languages in general] -- will try to introduce this topic on Monday as
well. I think it happens more in Cantonese than Mandarin, but we will
still see it at times in our book and it is worthwhile bringing it up
and briefly discussing it on Monday.
YOUR HOMEWORK is to:
- Review Lesson 2 Dialogue 1's vocabulary and dialogue, AND WATCH THE SCENE FROM THE DVD VIDEO THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE ALL DOWNLOADED BY NOW!!!
read through the two 2017 blog entries from the links above,
which expand upon various important concepts from this lesson that we
will be talking about on Monday -- including several brand new concepts that we have never seen before in class!
See everyone next Monday,
On Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 1:17 PM Brendan Davies wrote:
I am recovering from minor
surgery that I had at the end of last week and will be getting back to
work (and things like emailing my ALESN classes) tomorrow. I will send
your class summary and notes from last week's class sometime in the next
couple of days, as well as post the same information on the blog at
Best wishes to all in the meantime, and enjoy your COLD night off.
DO NOT ACCIDENTALLY COME TO THE SCHOOL. THE BUILDING WILL BE LOCKED AND
NO ONE WILL BE THERE, BECAUSE TODAY IS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY AND NYC
SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED.
See you all next week,
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