Assignments for Chapter 1:
Assignment 1.10-Translating Idioms and Assignment 1.2—Biography Writing—Due: Aug. 22
All assignments will be turned in weekly.
Assignments are usually posted each Sunday or Monday and are due one week after that before Monday at 5 p.m. Assignments submitted after that date are decreased by one letter grade for each week they are late. Assignments for Chapters 1-4 are given a credit grade only if they are satisfactory and on time. Letter grading starts with Chapter 5. Establish a reading and writing schedule so you will not be late with your work. You must build in the same amount of study and writing time that you would for a lecture class—maybe more for some people.
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1. Activity 1.10, page 27—Translating Idioms
Explain in simple English what the listed idiomatic expressions mean, then make a sentence with each idiom. Assume that you are explaining the idiom to people for whom English is a second language. Number each idiom and sentence combination.
Send your revision to me by E-mail. Here’s how: Prepare this assignment in Microsoft WORD and send it as an attachment with your E-mail message. Be sure and use your spell checker to check for any spelling, grammar, or formatting errors. Try using this link to check for idioms:
If the link is not working, type the Internet address into the address box of your browser. Some of the links at this site may have to be entered manually.
At the Cambridge site you will connect with the “Cambridge Idiom Dictionary.” In the blank box, key in “grey area,” for example. For “class act” you may use another valuable dictionary at www.m-w.com For “soldier on,” www.thefreedictionary.com
Bookmark these sites; they are invaluable!
Please identify the exercise in your E-mail subject line like this:
Activity 1.10, or Case 5.6. Please send only one exercise in one E-mail message at a time for all of your assignments.
Your Word document should be labeled like this for all assignments:
Start keyboarding in the upper right-hand corner. Unlabeled assignments are returned to you.
2. Biography Writing—Connecting with E-mail: Introducing Yourself
Send a short E-mail message to me introducing yourself. See Chapter 5, p. 103, for tips on formatting an E-mail message. In two or three paragraphs, tell me about yourself (name, reason for taking this class, major interests, hobbies, goals, etc.) (Note: For this assignment only, you may keyboard this as an E-mail message instead of using a WORD attachment.) Keep it short and simple.
3. Complete the Grammar Mechanics Checkup, page 28. Do not send the exercise to me, but check your answers with the key on page K-1 in the Guffey text for the correct answers. Also, explore the Grammar Mechanics Handbook on page GM-1 of Guffey. This is your chance to brush up on your grammar skills by working through each exercise as you have time.
Note: Please see me in LC35 computer lab on Mondays—5:30-6:30 p.m.— if you need help in setting up an E-mail account, learning to attach a Word document, or anything about the class. Get off to a good start! Note: This is a Personal Computer class. If you are taking this class on a Mac, make sure you have correct conversion software so I can open your assignments in Word 2007. Send me an email with an attachment to test it out. I will use Word 2010 throughout the semester. Investigate the Microsoft free Compatibility Pack so you can open Word 2010 documents.
Use this link to buy Microsoft Professional Plus 2010 at a discount under $80 (downloaded copy) with academic proof required. Make sure you understand the advantages and disadvantages of downloading software. Confirm that you can make a backup of your software on a CD in case you need to reinstall the software.