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Course Plan

Schedule, Winter 2013

  • 16h00 - 19h00
  • Tuesdays
  • 22 January - 30 April
  • Pav. 3200 Jean-Brillant
  • Room B-4280
  • Final Exam: April 30, Room B-3290


News and Notes / Work and Evaluation / Weekly Course Notes / Forum

Anglais 3, niveau B1.1, Winter 2013

News and Notes

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Jan. 30th ~ Basic skills check coming

After listening to you all speak in class, I think that a basic skills check is needed. You will have to repeat some elementary tasks, such as saying the alphabet, spelling your name, stating a phone number, and counting. That might seem a bit simple, but several of you have already shown yourself unable to do so. I will post the checklist here. I will work those tasks into the midterm or final exams such that if you cannot do them, you cannot get higher than a "B+".

Listening evaluation on Feb. 19th

Part of this evaluation will check your ability to hear and understand The Talking Millipede, which we went over in class on Jan. 29th. You will need to practice this several times over a period of at least a week, so don't wait until the last minute.


Word of the week

(all "words of the week" will later appear on an exam or evaluation)


At some time in (but not the entire time)

  • She was born during a blizzard.
  • He fell asleep during the movie.
  • During the 60's, many English rock bands gained fame and fortune in the United States.

Note that "during" does not equal the French "pendant". For example, "during" cannot be followed by a length of time; we cannot say *You go to college during four years (that should be "for four years" or, in many cases "for many years").

Important dates?

  • Last day to change or drop a course without fees: February 5th
  • Last day to drop a course (with fees): April 12th

Thematic content

  • Describe persons, objects, and places precisely
  • Discuss activities and conditions related to work or school
  • Express frequency and duration ~ how often and how long
  • Express the beginning, ending, repetition, and interruption of an action
  • Tell a simple story, a sequence of events, using discourse connectors
  • Tell a more complicated story, expressing temporal relations
  • Situate actions in the past, along with their duration and frequency
  • Relate someones life story (biography)

Grammatical content

  • What are 5 ways to pose questions?
  • Verbs Strong verbs (a.k.a. "irregular)
  • Modals and other auxiliares: can, could, will, would, may, might, shall, should, have to, ought to, must
  • The Passive Voice
  • There is no future in English! Even so, we are going to, hoping to, and would like to talk about it.
  • Conditionals ~ Using "if", "unless" and "whether"
  • How much and how many?
  • Relative clauses: who, whom, whose, that, which
  • The genuine article: the or a (an) or neither
  • More or less or the same: forming comparatives


I need to update the page, but here you have links to many of the materials you see used in class.