First Grammar Class at LSI

I have enrolled in English classes at LSI Berkley and I have met new friends there: Joy from Italy, Zara from Saudi Arabia and Michi and Michiru from Japan. So far, I highly recommend the institution. I have been treated well by Ava, who is in charge of student services, Greg, the School Director, Mackenzie, who is in charge of academic matters and my teacher, who is an angel: Megan.

I think I’d like to share what I learned from Megan’s classes today. We started with an unusual presentation, saying the first thing that came to our minds when the teacher said key words like You, your country, Berkeley, English and science. The last word was related to the first activity: Speaking by interviewing all the classroom with some questions. My question was “Do you think it is acceptable for animals to be used in experiments? Does it make a difference if the experiments are for medical research or for cosmetics testing?. From 9 students I only got one negative answer. It was from Maria, a teacher of English at schools in Italy.

The next activity was about Facts and Myths. I enjoyed this activity because it involved curiosity-piquing topics. Here is the list of the items with their answers:

  1. A coin dropped from a very high building can kill someone on the ground (MYTH)
  2. We only use ten percent of our brains. (MYTH)
  3. There us no part of the moon that is permanently dark. (FACT)
  4. Rubber tires protect a car from lighting. (MYTH)
  5. Albert Einstein was very bad at math in school. (MYTH)
  6. Antibiotics don’t kill viruses. (FACT)… they only kill bacterias.
  7. A full moon makes people and animals go crazy. (MYTH) … only in movies
  8. Bats are blind. (MYTH) … they also have a good sense of smelling and hearing

The following chart was so helpful, I hope you can learn some intonations like I did!

Person              Adjective                Subject

scientist           scientific               science

chemist            chemical              chemistre

biologist           biological              biology

physicist          physical                physics

geneticist         genetic                 genetics

geographer      geographic         geography

economist        economic            economics

politician         political                politics

After that, we completed some sentences with correct grammar:

  1. Scientists carry out experiments in a laboratory.
  2. Archimedes made an important in his bathtub.
  3. Isaac Newton experiments proved his theory that gravity existed.
  4. Before a pharmaceutical company can sell new drugs they have to do tests to make tests to make sure they are safe.
  5. Scientists have to do a lot of research into the possible side effects of new drugs.
  6. People can volunteer to be guinea pigs in clinical trials.
  7. Both Sir Humphry Davy and Thomas Midgley damaged their health as a result of inhaling chemicals.
  8. Neither Thomas Midgley nor General Motors were prepared to admit how dangerous lead was.
  9. Until 1973, all cars used leaded gas.
  10. All the blood Bogdanov used in his experiments might have been contaminated because he never tested any of it.
  11. Sir Humphry Davy was fascinated by everything to do with gases.
  12. Most of my closest friends live near me.
  13. You can come over any time on Saturday. We will be home all day.
  14. Everything is ready for the party. We are just waiting for the guests to arrive.
  15. Most of people enjoy the summer here, but for some it is too hot.
  16. Gina goes dancing every Friday night.
  17. We do not have any onions for the soup.
  18. Any of us wants to go out tonight. We are all broke.
  19. Anybody can go to the festival. It is free.
  20. I have two very close friends, but unfortunately neither of them lives near me.
  21. I would like to have a bigger table, but there is no room in my kitchen.
  22. Both the kitchen and the bathroom needs cleaning.
  23. The food was not cheap neither tasty.
  24. We can go on vacation either on July or August.
  25. Both of the trips were long and boring.
  26. It is Jane or Karen birthday today? I cant remember it.
  27. My brother has neither the energy nor the stamina to run a marathon.
  28. Both her aunt and cousin came to visit me.
  29. We can either walk or take the bus.
  30. I have two children but neither of them look like me.
  31. My parent loves horses and both of them ride every day.
  • You can use this help for Either an Neither as Meagen said: Either or + , Neither nor –

From this first day, I learned a couple of idiomatic phrases, such as “as blind as a bat” and “take a toll on”, where is used in sentences like “Your words took a toll on my feelings”.

About Julita Inca

Ingeniero de Sistemas UNAC, Magíster en Ciencias de la Computación PUCP, OPW GNOME 2011, Miembro de la GNOME Foundation desde el 2012, Embajadora Fedora Perú desde el 2012, ganadora del scholarship of the Linux Foundation 2012, experiencia como Admin Linux en GMD y Especialista IT en IBM, con certificaciones RHCE, RHCSA, AIX 6.1, AIX 7 Administrator e ITILv3. Experiencia académica en universidades como PUCP, USIL y UNI. HPC researcher, a simple mortal, like you!
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