Monday, December 31, 2018

Welcome to EGL202 (Fall 2018)

EGL 202

Conversation IV
Fall 2018
Busan University of Foreign Studies
Instructor: Jeff Lebow Office: D571  Email: 
Office HoursWednesdays 5-6pm, Fridays 2-4pm and by appointment

Course Website >>>
Group NotesEGL202-01           EGL202-02
Class Bands:   EGL202-01          EGL202-02
Class Quizlet: EGL202 Vocabulary  (password: topsecret)

This course is designed to help students become better English speakers. The various topics covered allow the student to gain accuracy and fluency in English. During these 16 weeks, this course aims to build the student’s oral proficiency, as well as to enhance reading and listening skills.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

THE EGL202 Final Experience

The Final Experience of EGL202

December 10: No Class, Prep for upcoming tasks, Post TS2 Topic in the Band
December 12: Talk Show, Take#2
By December 14: Self-analysis of Talk Show should be emailed to Jeff
December 17:  Short Vocab Quiz, Speaker’s Corner Video (sign-up)
December 19: No Class, Optional Conferences (Sign-up Online)
By December 20:  Finish ‘Documenting your Learning
     Required: Self-analysis Speaker’s Corner should be emailed to Jeff
    Optional:  Update your personal Google Doc Notes and/or show
and tell Jeff about what you learned during this course.

Talk Show, Take#2   (December 12)

You will work in the same groups you did during our first talk shows (week#12). You will have some time in class to discuss how you want to prepare. Topics should be posted to the band by December 10 and include an overview, vocabulary words, questions, and links. Talk shows should last 5~7 minutes/person and participants should try to evenly divide ‘talk time’. Two participants should audio record the discussion, just in case there’s a technical issue.

Once your recording is posted, please (actually) listen to your own group and write self-feedback about your language usage, speaking style and group dynamics. Be as specific as possible. Was there anything different from the previous talk show? These comments can be posted on the Band post or emailed to Jeff at
Due: December 14, 11:58 pm
Vocabulary Quiz (December 17)
A short Quizizz Quiz based on vocabulary from the EGL202 Quizlet.

Speakers Corner  (December 17)

In groups of 2-3, you will record video of yourselves answering two Speakers Corner questions. (2~4 minutes/person) You can choose and prepare for the first one. The second will be another ‘Spontaneous Topic’ given to you shortly before ‘showtime’. If you’d like to choose your partners, post that request using the Speakers Corner Request Form by Dec. 10. Others will be randomly assigned to groups.

Optional Conferences (December 19)
If you would like to meet with Jeff to discuss anything about this course, your studies, and/or life, feel free to sign up. This will not affect your grade one way or another. Sign-up here by Dec 10.

Document your Learning (Talk Show self-analysis by Dec. 12, everything else by Dec. 20)

You are required to listen to your Talk Show and Speakers Corner recording and do a self-analysis based on language usage. What was good about your group’s conversation and your participation? How could you improve your language usage (grammar, pronunciation, usage, etc).? Do you notice any changes since the beginning of the semester and/or university studies?

(Optional) I would also like to see (and give you credit for) any learning that has taken place during this course that I might not have seen. Please share any notes, study methods, or other documentation of what you’ve learned
. You can add this to your personal Google notes or send Jeff an email or video with the subject ‘My Name - EGL202 Learning Documentation’.

Speaker’s Corner Topics

  1. What do you think of ...
    ... tattoos, high heels, cohabitation, same-sex marriage, mandatory military service, plastic surgery, intercultural marriage,grade quotas ________________.?) 
  2. Pro/Con: capital punishment, corporal punishment, sns contact with parents, coed classes, country life or city life, online dating, legalized prostitution, abortion, Korean reunification, human cloning, legalized gambling, minimum wage, Jungkook vs Sehun, ________________ 
  3. Differences between: Men & Women, Asians and Westerners, Your generation and your parents generation, iPhone vs. Galaxy, Whoppers and Big Macs, _______ and _______ 
  4. Would you send your children overseas alone in order to develop their language skills? 
  5. Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength? 
  6. Do you believe in an afterlife? What do you you think happens when we die? 
  7. What are your favorite and least favorite smells? Why? 
  8. How do you define success? What is failure? 
  9. Whom do you secretly envy? Why? 
  10. In what ways are you unusual? 
  11. What are your favorite or least favorite sounds? 
  12. What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you? 
  13. What three words would you use to describe the last four months of your life? 
  14. What’s a belief that you hold with which many people disagree? 
  15. What is a belief you used to have, but changed? 
  16. What’s something most people don’t know about you? 
  17. What was the most formal event you ever attended? How was it? 
  18. Are you bored by time alone or do you need time alone? Why? 
  19. Do you keep your room clean or just put stuff wherever? Are you happy with your level of tidiness? 
  20. Are you easily hurt or thick-skinned? In what ways? Why? 
  21. Do you work best in groups or alone? Why? 
  22. Do you prefer to plan ahead or plan things at the last minute? 
  23. Would you rather have people’s respect or their love? 
  24. Do social interactions make you tired or energized? 
  25. Do you prefer to fit in or stand out? 
  26. Do you talk more or listen more? 
  27. Do you more often follow your heart or your head? 
  28. Do you think morality should be based on justice or compassion? 
  29. Are you more optimistic or pessimistic about artificial intelligence technology? Why? 
  30. What would you want to put into a relationship contract?
Talk Show & Speakers Corner Guidelines
  • Show your best conversation skills 
  • Authentic, interactive discussion 
  • Preparing a few notes and/or talking points is OK, but….
  • NO Monologues NO Reading NOT Memorized. NO Repeat topics 
  • Speak as clearly and naturally as possible 
  • Be interested and interesting . Have fun… or at least sound like you are :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Job Interview Discussion & Vocabulary

Assignment: Due November 12
    We are going to have practice job interviews next week.   
    Please bring a piece of paper with some basic information about yourself and a job you want to apply for.


    Company & Position:     (e.g. Jeffco, Marketing manager)

    Academic, Work, Volunteer Experiences
    (e.g.  Salesperson and server,  Baskin Robbins, 2017~2018 ,  Pyeongchang volunteer - 2016~2017)
    (e.g.  Fluent English speaker, basic Python coding skills, talented juggler)
    Job Discussion Questions
    1. What ‘dream jobs’ did you have as a child?
    2. What have been your best and worst work experiences?
      If you haven’t had a job yet, why not?
    3. What kind of job advice, suggestions, and nagging have you received?
    4. Which jobs are desirable (or not) for a lifelong partner?
    5. Would you rather have a job that is
      …. social or solitary?
      …. hectic or slow-paced?
      … varied or repetitive?
    6. What have you learned from your parents’ work experiences?
    7. What jobs would you never want?
    8. What qualities are most related to high job satisfaction for you?
               (money, leisure time, travel opportunity, status, gratifying work, etc.)
    9. Among your family and friends, who has the highest job satisfaction? lowest job satisfaction?
    10. Would you rather have..
        ...a job you enjoy that just ‘makes ends meet’ or
        ... a stressful job that has a high salary? 
    11.  Would you rather have a man or a woman as a boss? a coworker?
    12. Do you think there are certain jobs that men or women are better at doing?
    13.  If you had to work 40 hours/week, what would be your ideal schedule? 
    14. Would you be OK not having a job if your partner had a high-paying job?
    15. Can you think of any likely future jobs that don’t exist yet?

    Video Playlist Job Hunting

    Video Channels

    Job Interview Questions (printable handout)
    1. Tell me about yourself.
    2. What five adjectives best describe you?
    3. How would friends and professors who know you well describe you?
    4. What makes you stand out among your peers?
    5. What are your strengths? Best skills? What is your major weakness?
    6. Who is your personal and/or professional role model? Why?
    7. What are your career goals? Future plans?
    8. How long are you willing to fail at this job before you succeed?
    9. What do you know about this company? Why are you seeking a position with our company?
    10. Why should we hire you for this job? What can you offer us that others cannot?
    11. What kinds of decisions are most difficult for you?
    12. In general, how do you handle conflict? Do you directly confront an issue or avoid it?
    13. I see from your resume that you (studied, worked, went to...). Can you tell me more about your experience there?
    14. Give me an example from past experiences or a previous job where you have shown initiative.
    15. Tell me about the last time you made a mistake and how you corrected it.
    16. When is the last time you took a risk. What was it and in retrospect, was it the right decision?
    17. What is an important goal that you set in the past. Did you succeed? Why or Why not?
    18. What has been the most challenging experience of your life? How did you confront that challenge?
    19. Your supervisor tells you to do something that is ethically wrong. What do you do?
    20. If you had a choice, would you prefer to work alone or as part of a team? Why?
    21. Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and employees?
    22. What are your most satisfying accomplishments?
    23. How have your educational experiences prepared you for for this position?
    24. Which university classes did you enjoy the most? The least? Why?
    25. What extracurricular activities were you involved in?
    26. Which software programs do you have experience with? How would you describe your skill level?
    27. What salary are you expecting? What do you expect to earn in this position?
    28. How would you define a good working atmosphere?
    29. Would you be willing to work late hours and/or on the weekend?
    30. Would you prefer to work of a Korean company or an international company? Why?
    31. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about why you’d be a good fit for our company?
    32. If you could change something about your past, would you? Why or why not?
    33. If you could be any superhero, who would you choose? Why?
    34. What is your favorite company? Why?
    35. Describe the color yellow to someone who is blind.
    The major types of questions

    • Personal qualities / values
      Make list of words that describe you, think of examples
    • Key experiences STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result)
      Think of a situation where you learned something/demonstrated some skills
    • Related skills and preparation
      Why are you a good fit for this job?
      Read the job ad carefully and prepare answers related to what they are looking for.

    Job Interview Vocabulary
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    5 Tips to Ace an Interview Behavior Based Questions

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    Job Interview Advice

    How to answer the question 'Tell me about yourself'.

    More Job Interview Advice

    Post-Interview Assignment: 
    Watch your job interview video. Write down your general thoughts about that experience. Also, describe at least 2 things you LIKE about what you did and 2 things you would like to IMPROVE. These can include language-related issues and non-verbal factors. Be honest, but BE NICE to yourself!   Email the video and self-feedback to Jeff ( or send it via the Band by November 17.  

    Monday, October 29, 2018

    Social Media & The Social Credit System

    Social Media Discussion Questions

    1. Which  social networking sites do you use? Why those?  or why don’t you use any?
    2. On which sites and apps do you rate things or give feedback?
    3. How do you decide whether to ❤ or 👍 something?
    4. Do you think ‘personal ratings’ are a good idea? Why or why not? What about as part of service sites like Uber?
    5. What information are you comfortable posting publicly? with sns contacts?
    6. What motivates you to post things online? What do you post?
    7. Does using SNS result in any stress, self-doubt, or insecurities?
    8. Do you have friends that are primarily ‘online friends’?
    9. What have been the most meaningful experiences you’ve had online?
    10. What have been some of the worst experiences you’ve had online?
    11. How much do you notice or care about who and how much people respond to your posts?
    12. How do you feel about interacting with your parents and other family members online?
    13. Is there any difference between the ‘real you’ and ‘social media’ you?
    14. Do you know people whose real lives are very different from the life they show online?
    Dark Mirror: Nosedive  Episode Information

    NPR The IndicatorChina's Social Credit System  (Transcript)

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