Fifty-Fifty: English Grammar and Conversation

Fifty-Fifty: Englische Grammatik und Konversation  (H40666)

Tuesday, from 08.00 to 09.30 p. m.
Beginning: February 19th, End: July 02nd, 2013 (until further notice)
Grafschafter Gymnasium, Bankstr. 20

There are no lessons on
March 26th (Easter Holidays)
April 02nd (Easter Holidays)

May 21st (Pentecost)


Preliminary Schedule

The conversational part is totally up to you, you may come up with any topic you wish to talk about

This semester's grammatical topics are planned to be:

1. verb vs. predicate
2. questions
3. present perfect tense
4. adjectives vs. adverbs

Feel free to ask about and suggest any topic.

All grammar topics are discussed in German unless required differently.

 

Latest Topics and Homework

Unfortunately, tonight's lesson has to be cancelled.
(14/05/13)

Please mind that there is no lesson on May 21st, either. We are back on May 28th.

 

Earlier Topics and Homework

May 14th, 2013 Unfortunately, tonight's lesson has to be cancelled.
May 07th, 2013

We had a fine list of German verbs that come with a genitive object.

Next lesson we are going to discuss the exercise on questions. Click here for the information sheets and the homework.

April 30th, 2013 Unfortunately, tonight's lesson has to be cancelled.
April 23rd, 2013

We discussed the syntactical functions and started talking about the formation of English questions:
interrogative pronoun+auxiliary verb+subject+full verb+...?

There are exceptions, of course. What are they?

April 16th, 2013

We talked about Margaret Thatcher's life, and we also had a close look at an article about the BBC refusing to play 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead' as a response to her death.

http://www.spiegel.de/schulspiegel/ausland/maedchen-schreibt-blog-ueber-schulessen-in-grossbritannien-schottland-a-834637.html

http://neverseconds.blogspot.de/

update:
http://www.spiegel.de/schulspiegel/ausland/blog-ueber-schulessen-schuelerin-aus-schottland-hoert-auf-a-840484.html

 

Then we talked about the parts of speech. Next lesson we are going to talk about the syntactical functions.

April 09th, 2013

We had very interesting discussions about St. Patrick's Day and the Great Famine.

Homework: find information about the late Margaret Thatcher

In our grammar section we talked about the construction to be worth (doing) something and the difference between some and any. Next lesson we are talking about the syntactical functions.

March 19th, 2013

We talked about the new pope, of course. We also talked about the difference between Great Britain, the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, and Ireland. Next lesson we want to talk a little bit more about Ireland.

Homework:
find information about St. Patrick's Day. Why is it celebrated? How is it celebrated? Who was St. Patrick?
We are also going to hear something about the Great Famine.

We had another discussion about the gerund, the present participle, the infinitive, and verbs and verbal constructions that come with at least one of these three forms. We also talked about the parts of speech. Next lesson we are going on with the syntactical functions. Click here for the information sheet.

March 12th, 2013 As we talked about the modal auxiliary verbs, we have now finished to talk about the verb. So, next lesson it is the difference between the parts of speech and the syntactical functions.
March 05th, 2013

Apart from other things we talked about the history of the Anglican church, and I will provide you with a text about its foundation.

We had a close look at the simple auxiliary verbs to do, to have, and to be.

Feb 26th, 2013

We talked about the parliamentary stalemate in Italy and the difference between politics and policy.

We also discussed the verb, the declined present tense forms, the past tense as a tense form, and the past participle as a verb form that cannot be used without an auxiliary verb. We also talked about the difference between the gerund and the present participle.

Feb 19th, 2013

We learnt to know each other and we discussed some typical mistakes with regard to the present perfect and the future tense.

Next week we are talking about the verb. Click here for the information sheet.