First classwork and homework assignments, A.A. 2012-2013

A warm welcome to all new students who will be attending the CIDI 2nd year English course during the 2012-2013 academic year.   I look forward to meeting you all, and hope that you will enjoy our classes, learn a lot, and leave the course feeling better prepared to use English with success, and to face intercultural adventures in the world of work !

My name is Elizabeth Ferguson, and I will be your teacher this year.   The coursework you will be doing has been chosen with the goals of helping you to practice and improve your English language skills,  learn more about intercultural issues, and become more proficient at writing  and speaking.

Each week you will find various materials posted on this blog…. homework assignments, PowerPoint presentations, suggested links to investigate, and more.  Whether or not you plan to attend lessons, please try to keep up to date, and, week by week, print out the materials provided, do the exercises and activities and  bring them to class.

Hello also to any students who have enrolled in the programme but will be unable to attend lessons due to work obligations, health problems, etc.   You will need to keep up with classwork in order to be ready for the exams at year’s end.    I urge anyone who will be unable to attend lessons to contact me ASAP, and to keep in contact throughout the year through this blog and, if necessary, via e-mail or personal appointments.   My e-mail address is:  I receive lots of e-mail,  so it’s very easy for student e-mails to get lost or buried in my inbox:  my suggestion is to please include a clear subject line —  “2nd year student – CIDI – question” or something similar.   😉

During 1st semester, my office hours (ricevimento) will be:

Thursdays, 1 to 2 pm, Istituto di Lingue  —    or by appointment for other days and times

During the 1st semester, our classes will be held as follows :

Tuesdays       9 am – 11 am      Aula 1 CLA

Thursdays    11 am – 1 pm       Aula F – Istituto di Lingue

Office hours (ricevimento)   Thursdays, 1 to 2 pm, Istituto di Lingue (ufficio lettori)

N.B.: Si raccomanda, in caso di neve, di telefonare prima di mettersi in viaggio. Chi arriva da fuori Urbino dovrebbe in ogni caso prendere  sempre un appuntamento via e-mail — può sempre capitare una riunione urgente in Facoltà, o una malattia improvvisa, e il conseguente annullamento del ricevimento.

Your first classwork and homework !

Week 1:

You will need to get a copy of 3 different books for this academic year (see the Books menu).   The first book we will be reading and discussing together is “Do Not Sleep, There Are Snakes” by Daniel Everett, so you will need to get a copy of the book, either through a local bookstore or online (from or   Please note that you can download an e-book from .

In the meanwhile, you will find the first pages of the book available here for you to download.

After reading this book, we’ll be moving on to read 2 books from Peter Hessler’s trilogy of books about life in China.  Peter first visited China as a Peace Corps worker, and taught English at Fuling University.  His adventures were the inspiration for his first book, ‘River Town’.  Today Peter is a hugely successful and award-winning author and reporter who has worked for the world’s most important publications.

During the academic year, students will be divided into 2 or 3 teams that will each work on creating an intercultural training website.  This will be your main project, and the reading and discussion work we do during the first semester will be in preparation for developing English-language training materials.    More news about this will be given in the coming weeks.

In the meanwhile…. let’s get started with ‘Do Not Sleep, There Are Snakes !”

Below, you’ll also find a Power Point presentation about idioms.   This year, you will learn at least 1000 new idiomatic expressions… some for fun, some for business !

idioms week 1

Here are the first few pages of the book, to get you started !


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