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ANS1406 ~ Integrated English Communication Skills, Spring 2018

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Schedule, Spring 2018: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9h00 - 12h00, B-3290, 3200 Jean-Brillant  

Final Exam: Instructions for the Oral Exam . . . Preview of the Written Exam



rules vs rulers

gerunds and infinitives

Feedback on the first assignment is on Studium

The TED talks you all chose:

  1. Jimmy Carter- Why I believe the mistreatment of women is the number one human rights abuse
  2. Steven Pinker -- Is the world getting better or worse?
  3. Why you should quit social media
  4. Jamie Oliver - What's wrong with what we eat
  5. Nadia Lopez - Why open a school? To close a prison
  6. Rita Person - Every kid needs a champion
  7. Victor Rios - Help for kids the education system ignores
  8. Erica Stone - Academic research is publically funded -- why is it not publically available?
  9. Ziauddin Yousafzai - My daughter Malala
  10. Rita Pierson - Every Kid Needs a Champion
  11. Chimamanda_Ngozi_Adichie_- We_should_all_be_feminists
  12. Jimmy Carter Why I believe the mistreatment of women is the number one human rights abuse
  13. Steven Pinker - Is the world getting better or worse -- A look at the numbers
  14. Maryn McKenna - What do we do when antibiotics don't work any more?


Links to the listening for the final exam: A case from the People's Court and Hunting Stories by Garrison Keillor. No texts are available for these.

LSI . . . cds (large files -- 289MB and 455MB -- so the download may take some time)

Phrasal verbs (a book in pdf)

Causitive Verbs

Vocabulary (a new page with a lot of links to my files)

Listening -- Texts and Audio


Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed. (and several other excellent reference works)


93 Commonly Mispronounced Words (audio) z

Tongue Twisters (also available in a Word document)

Vowels: Minimal Pairs try

Vowels and Dipthongs

American Slurvian activity

The Chaos by Gerard Nolst Trenité (also available in a Word document)

Words to Stress

Rules of Word Stress

46 English Phonemes


Articles: Rules of Use

Articles exercise: Monkeys


Verbs: An overview of the verb system
Two Charts
Verbs: In Search of the Perfect


  1. Outline, with a quiz on definitions
  2. Entries from the Oxford Companion
  3. An Opinionated Guide to Epistemic Modality (good for examples)

Conjunctions: A List

Using Numbers in Your Writing

Gerunds and Adverbs of Purpose list keyed exercise

16 Uses of the "~ing" Suffix

Adverbs and Adverbials


Articles (the & a or an)

Nouns, a list of non-count nouns


That and Which

The Past Participle

Prepositions - A list plus definitions of 8 common prepositions

Use of the singular for non-gender specific reference

Questions, five forms

Eight Uses of "Since"





Your TED talks!

  1. Devita Davidson -- How urban argriculture is transforming Detroit
  2. Sandrine Thuret -- You can grow new brain cells. Here's how.
  3. Robert Waldinger -- What Makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness
  4. Paul Nicklen -- Animal Tales from Icy Wonderlands
  5. Tracy Chevlaier -- Finding the story inside the painting
  6. Sara Kay -- If I should have a daughter
  7. Glenn Greenwald -- Why privacy matters
  8. Adam Alter -- Why our screens make us less happy
  9. Tim Ferriss -- Why you should define your fears instead of your goals
  10. Brian Little -- Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality
  11. Ron Gutman -- The hidden power of smiling
  12. Deborah Scranton -- An Iraq war movie crowd-sourced from solidiers
  13. Colin Stokes -- How movies teach manhood