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LRK - Task 8: Understanding the U.S Classroom Learning Environment 
In order to better understand U.S. classroom culture:

1) Watch the 4 minute video Living in the U.S.- Formal Classroom Culture
2) Read the webpages, U.S. Academic Culture and US Classroom Culture in Higher Education (insert the webpage addresses into Lingro  first for vocabulary development)
3) Answer the questions below by leaving a comment in the box by Monday, November 13th at  11:59 pm
4) Respond to three other student's comments by Thursday, November 16th at 11:59 pm

1. Do you agree with the webpage author's and the video's characterization of U.S. classroom culture and values? What experiences have you had that confirm or contradict the writers' claims?

2. What values do you think are most important in your country's classroom learning environment? Explain.

Your answers and responses should be thoughtful, informative and have few grammatical errors. Use  academic words from the Word Combinati…
Extra credit opportunity

Earn 3 points by attending the Winter 101 presentation today at 4:00 in the Trimbelle Room in the UC and by completing the tasks.
Post your answers to the following questions by clicking on "Leave a Comment:" List at least two pieces of information learned about winter in Wisconsin?What will you do now that you have attended this presentation? Will you buy certain items? Will you do specific activities?What questions do you still have about winter in Wisconsin?
After you post your answers, read through the other students' responses. Respond to at least one other student's response.
Deadline: Monday, October 23rd at 11:59 pm
Have fun!! Learn a lot!!!

Extra Credit Opportunity

Earn three points of extra credit by attending the Language Matters / Year of Korea Discussion and completing the following tasks

Language, Culture, and Identity Panel Discussion
October 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the North Hall Auditorium.

Junghyo Ahn, SooJin Pate, Byong Moon Kim with moderator UWRF Geography professor John Heppen.

Traditional Korean drummers will perform before and after the panel discussion.


1. Read about Language Matters and the Year of South Korea from the websites.
2. Attend the Panel Discussion at 6:00 in North Hall. Take notes.
3. Answer the following questions by posting to the blog (click "Enter a Comment" below).

What are some new words you learned from the event? You should list two - three.What did you learn from the event or what was your impression of the event? 
4. Read the other blog postings and reply to at least one other person's post.

DUE DATE: All tasks must be completed by Monday, October 16th at 11:59 pm to…
ESL 301 Beyond the Reading Unit 4

Analyzing Information - Critical thinking involves thinking carefully about important topics that the writer has not completely explained. 

Critical Thinking

In Reading 4 you read that two respected publications, The World Malaria Report (WMR) and The Lancet, the British medical journal, have given very different estimates of the number of deaths worldwide from malaria in 2010. The Lancet estimate is almost twice as high as the WMR estimate.

With a partner, group, or alone, make a list of factors that might explain why the two publications came to different conclusions. Use the questions below to guide you.

Where do most of the deaths occur?How easy t is it to get accurate information about malaria deaths?Who are the people who most frequently die from malaria?How are deaths from malaria reported? Who reports them?From whom are these figures important?Online reading/ research
Choose another infectious disease to read about such as polio, influenza, or tu…
Football / Homecoming 101 What did you learn about American Football and Homecoming?

In order to earn three extra credit points, please complete the following tasks by Monday, October 9th at 11:59 pm:
1) Post your answer to this question: What is one detail you learned about American Football or the tradition of Homecoming?
2) Post your answer to this question: Does your culture have anything similar to Homecoming?
3) Read other students' posts. Respond to at least one other student's post.
You must write in complete sentences, use specific vocabulary, and be respectful. You can post your answers by going to "Enter your comment."

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ENGL 140 Understanding University Structure and Academic Jargon Student InterviewsPost your paragraph (by adding a comment) from your student interview by Wednesday, September 27th at 11:59 pm and then comment on at least two other students' paragraphs by Thursday, September 28th at 11:59 pm. Remember that you need to use words from the Word Combination Cards in your paragraph and that you should only have minor grammar errors. The responses need to be thoughtful and articulate. 
ESL 301

Beyond the Reading - Unit 3

In Reading 3, you learned about research in and therapy for genetic diseases. You also learned that genetic testing introduces complex ethical questions.

Applying Information
You use critical thinking skills  when you apply information  you have just learned to new situations.
Critical Thinking

Imagine a new test has become available for a genetic disease that causes muscles to weaken. People with the disease lose many physical abilities. A positive result on the test predicts that a person is likely, but not certain to develop the disease. There is also evidence that people with the disease usually pass it on to their children. The disease is not fatal but there is no cure for it. 

Work in a small group and discuss why or why not it would be a good idea for the following people to be tested to see if they carry the gene.

1. A 25-year-old unmarried man: No one in his family has ever had the disease.
2. A 40-year-old mother of two: Her uncle has the disease.
3. …
ESL 301

Beyond the Reading - Unit 2
Reading 2 emphasizes the importance of lifestyle choices and how these choices affect our health. One important lifestyle choice for good health is our diet - what we eat each day. Read about and reflect on dietary recommendations  and analyze your own habits.

Reading Strategy: Personalizing Thinking about how new information applies to your own life can help you better understand the reading.

1. Read about the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and think about your own diet.

2.  Answer the following questions in the blog post by Tuesday, September 19th at 11:59 pm. Click "Enter your commentt" and then type your answers. Use at least two vocabulary words from this unit in your responses.

a) How often do you eat fruit, vegetables, and dairy products?
b) Do you drink the recommended amount of water? What else do you drink when you are thirsty?
c) What changes could you make in order to improve your diet?

3. After you have responded to the…