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Search and use online resources

Working with online resources (e.g. blogs, forums or newspapers) can be very helpful for your language learning journey.

Preparation

  • Start by searching online resources that will help you.
  • Make a list of all the links that you find interesting.

Writing

  • Write a short introduction about yourself that you might share in an online forum.
  • Remember to use appropriate greeting and farewell expressions.

Review

  • Check the spelling of your paragraph.
  • Have you included all that you can currently say about yourself?
  • Then send the paragraph to your teacher before your next lesson so that he or she can review it.


Write an email

You have planned a visit to a foreign country. For your first night in the country you have found someone on couchsurfing (www.couchsurfing.org) that offers a great room. Write him or her to introduce yourself.

Preparation

  • Review how to introduce yourself, say your age and ask for directions.

Writing

  • Write a short email to your host.
  • Introduce yourself, give your age and some background on yourself.
  • Ask for a description on how to get to his/her place.
  • Remember to use appropriate greeting and farewell expressions.

Review

  • Check the spelling of your paragraph.
  • Have you included all that you can currently say about yourself?
  • Then send the paragraph to your teacher before your next lesson so that he or she can review it.


Write a blog post

One of the major blogs about the language that you are learning heard about you and is excited to publish an article about you. They ask you to write them a draft in which you talk about your family.

Preparation

  • Collect a list of adjectives that you identify with yourself.
  • Decide which of your family members to present (at least 3) and think about a few adjectives for each of them.

Writing

  • Introduce yourself (age, origin, etc.).
  • Describe yourself using the adjectives that you have gathered.
  • Introduce at least 3 of your family members and describe some of their characteristics using the adjectives that you have gathered.

Review

  • Check the spelling of your blog post.
  • Have you included as many of the adjectives you already learnt as possible?
  • Once you are happy with your blog post, send it to your teacher before your next lesson so that he or she can review it.


Write an email

Somebody from the very isolated island of Palulauloa read about you on an internet forum for language learning and got in touch with you as he is very interested in studying in your country for a few months. To get a better idea of when to come he asks you whether you could send him a description of what one could do each month of the year in your country.
Strangely enough he also asks you to write him about the predominant colors in nature each month. Seems like Palulauloa is very isolated indeed.

Preparation

  • Review the names of the months and think about which colors in nature you associate with each month.

Writing

  • Introduce yourself (age, origin, etc.).
  • Write an email to the person from Palulauloa.
  • For each month write a sentence or two about the activities you could do or the sites/cities you should visit.
  • Don't forget to mention the colors in nature.

Review

  • Check the spelling of your email.
  • Did you use a range of activities and colors for the different months?
  • Have you included a greeting and farewell?
  • If you are happy with your email, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Write an internet page

You were elected as the head of social activities in a community of expats in a foreign country. Being unsatisfied with the job of the previous head you decide to write a fresh page about the various activities that are available in your new city of residence.

Preparation

  • Think about the different groups your site should address: different age groups, genders and families/couples as well as singles.
  • Pick at least 4 different groups you want to address.
  • Think about a few activities that would be interesting for each group.

Writing

  • Introduce yourself to the community.
  • For each group that you want to address with your site write a paragraph introducing the top activities that are available for them.

Review

  • Check your spelling.
  • Review whether you used the whole range of activities that you already know.
  • Once you are happy with your website, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Write a letter to your aunt

Closely following the increase in your blogging and setting up websites an aunt of yours is mad that she hasn't received a letter from you in a several months and doesn't know how you are doing in your new home. You decide to send her an update.

Preparation

  • Collect a list of adjectives of your current state (both emotionally as well as physically).
  • Set up a list of items that are very important to you.

Writing

  • Write a short letter to a fictional aunt assuming that you had moved to a new country a few months ago.
  • Include a few sentences to describe the owner of the Bed & Breakfast that you stayed in for the first few weeks.

Review

  • Check the spelling of your paragraph.
  • Have you included a rich variety of adjectives?
  • Then send the paragraph to your teacher before your next lesson so that he or she can review it.


Write a hotel review

Write a review of a hotel that you visited at some point in the past. Imagine you write the review for a website that caters to people who don`t know a lot about the area in which the hotel is located. So make sure to describe the hotel as well as the area in your review.

Preparation

  • Think about adjectives that describe your experience at the hotel.
  • Make a list of activities and nearby places that you would recommend to visitors.

Writing

  • Introduce the hotel (location, price, typical visitors, etc) and review your experience.
  • Explain what activities, interesting places and restaurants are close to the hotel and recommend your favorites.
  • Describe to the reader how you get to the hotel and which modes of transportation you have to use.
  • Make an overall recommendation for or against the hotel. Would you stay there again in the future?

Review

  • Check your spelling.
  • Check whether you have used the new vocabulary and structures you learnt in this lesson.
  • Once you are happy with your hotel review, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Write a blog post

A famous gossip website asks you to write a blog post about the latest party that you attended.

Preparation

  • Think about words to describe the venue, the guest and the catering of the party that you will write about.
  • Think about some gossip that you can include to catch the attention of the readers.

Writing

  • Start off by introducing the readers to the party (What is being celebrated? Where is the venue? Who are the guests?).
  • Give some highlights of the party (regarding activities of guests, music/band or some gossip).

Review

  • Check your spelling.
  • Check whether you have used the new vocabulary and structures you learnt in this lesson.
  • Once you are happy with your blog articles, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Write a blog post about a typical day in your life

Due to your frequent online reviews and blog posts you have become quite popular in the blogosphere. Even on the untouched island of Palulauloa you have a number of readers that are highly interested in your life and ask you to write a blog post about a regular day of yours. You are so intimidated by this popularity that you cannot decline. As Palulauloaians lead a lifestyle very different from anywhere else in the world make sure to include all the details of your day that might in other contexts be neglected. Also make sure to include comparisons to a typical resident of your country to allow the Palulauloaians to judge how representative your lifestyle is for your country.

Preparation

  • Review the vocabulary for daily activities and select a range of activities (at least 10) to include in your blog post.
  • Think about how your day compares to the typical day of someone living in your country.

Writing

  • Start off by explaining your typical morning routine (e.g., When do you get up? What do you do first?) and continue through the afternoon and evening.
  • Compare your day to the typical day of someone living in your country whenever it might be interesting (e.g., I get up much earlier than most people.).

Review

  • Check your spelling.
  • Check whether you have used some of the structures you learnt in this lesson.
  • Once you are happy with your blog article, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Write a letter to your landlord

You have been elected as representative of the tenants of the apartment building that you are living in. Yet, at a particular wild time as there are currently a lot of disagreements between the tenants and the landlord. You are to write a letter to the landlord explaining your discontent and offering solutions.

Preparation

  • Review the vocabulary for household activities and renting an aparment
  • Make a list of 3 - 5 issues that are causing the tensions between the tenants and the landlord in your apartment (e.g., the lobby is never cleaned, the common expenses are increasing too rapidly).

Writing

  • Start your letter by addressing your landlord in the correct way and introduce yourself (since you were just elected he doesn`t know you well yet).
  • Raise the issues that are concerning the tenants.
  • Suggest a way to proceed, for example by offering your recommendations for solving the issues.
  • Conclude your letter in the correct manner.

Review

  • Check your spelling and whether your letter fulfills the formal requirements of a letter.
  • Check whether you have used some of the structures you learnt in this lesson.
  • Once you are happy with your letter, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Write a restaurant review

Because your hotel review from lesson 7 was highly regarded you decide to also do a restaurant review about your favorite restaurant. Include information on their signature dish, whether the cooking caters to particular diets (like vegetarian, organic, halal or kosher), as well as your opinion of the interior and the service. Also elaborate on the pricing of the place as well as its cleanliness. Finally give the readers an idea of whether it is necessary to reserve upfront and whether there is parking available.

Preparation

  • Review the vocabulary for food items.
  • Consider again on how to write about the past.

Writing

  • Start off by describing the food that you had.
  • Give a general opinion on the restaurant (price, service, type of food, etc.).

Review

  • Check your spelling.
  • Check whether you have used the past correctly and whether you included a broad variety of food items.
  • Once you are happy with your review, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Translate your favorite recipe

The Palulauloaians have left their isolation and become amazingly fond of good food from around the world. Therefore they are now collecting recipes from around the globe and ask you to translate your favorite one.

Preparation

  • Consider your favorite dish and find its recipe.
  • Find out about measurements in the language that you are translating to (is it cups or ml, cm or inch, etc.).

Writing

  • Translate your recipe.
  • Give some hints for how one can the recipe even further.

Review

  • Check your spelling.
  • Check whether you applied a broad variety of the grammatical structures you learnt so far and included usage of as many kitchen items as possible.
  • Once you are happy with your recipe, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it and forward it to the Palulauloaians.


Organizing your weekend trip

After having discussed the main points regarding your weekend trip with your friends you decide to write them an email with a summary of the logistics so that everybody knows when to be where and what is planned for the weekend.

Preparation

  • Consider the grammatical structures of how to plan something.
  • Write in a motivational style to get your friends even more excited for the trip.

Writing

  • Write an email with the main things to know about the weekend trip.
  • Add some fun stuff to amuse your friends and make the email less "stiff".

Review

  • Check your spelling and the grammar.
  • Check whether the email is fun to read.
  • Once you are happy with your email, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Blogging about your weekend trip

After having had a thrilling weekend with your friends you decide to blog about it.

Preparation

  • Consider the grammatical structures of how to report something in the past.
  • Write in a funny style to entertain your readers.

Writing

  • Write a blog article about the weekend trip and report the main events.
  • Add some funny details to entertain your readers.

Review

  • Check your spelling and the grammar.
  • Check whether the blog article is entertaining.
  • Once you are happy with your blog article, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


An email to customer service

You recently bought some clothing online in a store in which you have been already shopping several times. With your previous orders everything went fine and your stuff always arrived the next day or two days later. Yet, this time, it took a week and the shirt that you bought is too big, the pants are in the wrong color and the shoes did not arrive at all.

Preparation

  • Consider the grammatical structures of how to talk about the past again.
  • Think about appropriate ways to express your anger to make sure you get compensated.

Writing

  • Describe what you ordered and what arrived. Also describe how you always were happy with the orders before to show them that you are a regular customer.
  • Express your anger and claim compensation.

Review

  • Check your spelling and the grammar.
  • Check whether the email is angry and clear in its asking for compensation.
  • Once you are happy with your email, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Write an email

The couchsurfer you visited in lesson 2 wants to visit you back. Yet, you are very busy at the moment with your language studies which means that you will accomodate her but won't be able to spend all the time with her. In order to get her prepared you write her an email explaining how to get from the train station to your place as well as a description of the city center so that he or she will able to get around there and has an impression of the various attractions and activties up front.

Preparation

  • Review how to give advice.

Writing

  • Give her a detail description on how to get to you from the train station.
  • Recommend her a number of things to do around the city.

Review

  • Check your spelling.
  • Once you are happy with your email, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Write an email to your health insurance

You are travelling and recently began to feel very sick. You already went to the doctor and he recommended a rather uncovential therapy that will approximately last two weeks but is rather expensive. In order to be on the safe side, you decide to write your health insurance an email to see whether they will cover the therapy or if they have alternative recommendations.

Preparation

  • Review how to write a professional email.
  • Consider all the body aparts again that you know so far as well as sicknesses. Then decide for a few body parts that hurt and a sickness.

Writing

  • Give a description of your sickness and describe the proposed therapy.
  • Ask for coverage and alternate recommendations.

Review

  • Check your spelling and whether the email is convincing.
  • Once you are happy with your email, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Describe your perfect day

The Palulauloaians have gotten in touch with you again. Their country is in a deep spiritual crisis and they are asking famous personalities around the web for creative input to overcome it. As they were very impressed by your daily routines they ask you to write about your vision of a perfect day. Look at your routines again and think about everything that you would change to live an even happier life. Think about the balance of work and life, your diet, sports, cultural activities as well as relationships and family. Then rewrite your description to what it would look like if it was the perfect usual day.

Preparation

  • Review your writing exercise from lesson 9 and think about all the routines that you would like to change.

Writing

  • Describe your perfect day.
  • Add some recommendations for the Palulauloaians to overcome their spiritual crisis.

Review

  • Check your spelling.
  • Once you are happy, send the text to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Write an application

You want to change jobs and decide to write an application.

Preparation

  • Consider how to write applications in the language that you are learning.
  • Think about the cover letter, the CV as well as documents that are typically attached.

Writing

  • Write your application and reason why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  • Make sure to hit the right professional tone.

Review

  • Check your spelling and review your style.
  • Once you are happy with your application, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Write a business letter

Your efforts have paid off and you got the job that you were hunting for. Your first task is to write a letter to several business partners of your new company to introduce yourself and ask for a meeting to renegotiate the terms on which your company and these others work at the moment.

Preparation

  • Consider the write form and style to write business letters.
  • Think about how to introduce nicely that you want to renegotiate terms.

Writing

  • Write your letter.
  • Make sure to hit the right professional tone to underline the urgency of the meeting without scaring your business partners.

Review

  • Check your spelling and review your style.
  • Once you are happy with the letter, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Write a blog post about your latest tech gadget

You feel that you have not blogged for too long and decide to write a blog post again. This time you review your latest tech gadget.

Preparation

  • Think about your latest tech gadget and how happy you are with it.
  • Think about its main functionality and usability.

Writing

  • Describe the gadget, how it works and what it does.
  • Give your general opinion on the item and compare it to other similar items.

Review

  • Check your spelling and review your style.
  • Once you are happy with the blog article, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Write a blog post "If I ruled the world"

If you ruled the world what would the world look like? What would you change in terms of politics, global inequalities as well as the environment?

Preparation

  • Think about all the things that you would change.
  • Consider how to describe hypothetical events.

Writing

  • Describe the world as it would look like if you ruled it.
  • Write your text in conditional.

Review

  • Check your spelling and review your grammar.
  • Once you are happy with the blog article, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Write a blog post "Culture 2.0"

Write about the current cultural life of the country whose language you are studying. Consider painting, music, theater as well as literature. What are current topics? And who are the upcoming artists that one should keep an eye on?

Preparation

  • Do some research on upcoming artists in the country whose language you are studying.
  • Think about the success they might have in the future and their impact on cultural life.

Writing

  • Describe the current cultural scene.
  • Hypothesize how it might be shaped 10 years from now by these young artists.

Review

  • Check your spelling and review your grammar.
  • Once you are happy with the blog article, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Write a petition to the municipality

Environmental degradation has recently become a big concern for you. You now decide to take action and write a letter to the municipality about that one thing in terms of environmental degradation that troubles you most. Include what you consider to be going wrong, the troubles that this cause, the action that be taken as well as the positive outcomes that this should have.

Preparation

  • Think about an ecological issue that troubles you.
  • Consider how to describe what will have happened in the future.

Writing

  • Describe your ecological concerns as well as potential solutions.
  • Write about what your kids 5o years from now will want the current municipality to have done.

Review

  • Check your spelling and review your grammar.
  • Once you are happy with the letter, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.


Write yet another blog post

Write about the current global politics. Consider economy, ecology, human rights as well as inequalities. What do you consider the most important issue? And what could be done about it?

Preparation

  • Think about a global issue.
  • Consider all the grammatical structures that you have learnt so far.

Writing

  • Describe the global issue, its roots, potential solutions and the public view of that issue.
  • Use every grammatical structure that you have learnt in this course at least once.

Review

  • Check your spelling and review your grammar.
  • Once you are happy with the letter, send it to your teacher so he or she can review it.

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