Name: Catherine 20/20 Great job, Catherine!
Instructor:Evelyn Ono Vineberg
Date: 2/21/2011
URL: http://thisibelieve.org/themes/
Title: Doing Things My Own Way,There is no blame, there is only love

1. How long did you search for the listening?
2 minutes.

2. Why did you decide on this listening?
I wan to try some other lectures like stories to check up my understanding. Yes, that's a good idea so that you get
exposed to a range of language and styles of speaking.
3. How long did you listen?
First lecture is about 4 minutes and second one is 5 minutes.

4. What other resources on the site did you access?
No.

5. How difficult was the listening?
Just right.
The main ideas of two stories are easy and interesting to understand.They speak slowly and clearly.

6. How much of the listening did you understand?
80% at the first time and next time I tried to look at the transcripts and figured out some words before I listened again.
Building vocabulary will help you a lot on the exam.
7. How did you listen?
First time just listen without taking notes,and figure out the meaning of the lecture.Then I take notes and compare to the transcript.
Words:septic system,manual,pass code(?),delegate,plumbing,heroin addict

8. What was the listening about?
1st : the lecturer's own way to play his banjo
2nd : a mom loves her daughter instead of blaming her

9. Write a short summary.
The lecturer says that he was influenced by his grandpa and tend to do things on his own way.
He took some banjo courses but he did his own work to find a individual way to imitate other tunes like jazz or conventional music.
Although it is a hard way and he was not supported by others,he achieved his goals and wrote his own song to perform to his grandpa.

A mom first wants to heal her daughter who is addicted to heroin,but it doesn't work for her daughter's drug addict.
During a series of process,the mom finally changes her mind and wants to just love her daughter and accepts all those behaviours.

10. What is your opinion of the content?
Unlike courses in class,each story tells us different experience and real life to encourage me to improve myself and know different life from other people.

11. Does the author express personal opinion?
Yes,of course.Initially,I don't understand this question's function.
Now,I know and the author expresses his opinion usually with some phases such as "I'd like to think that...","I'm not convinced.",and "now I believe that". Good, but even in lectures, sometimes the professor will say something that is opinion to get the students to question the 'facts' or 'theories.' Try to listen for those in academic passages.




Name: Catherine
Instructor:Evelyn Ono Vineberg
Date: 2/7/2011 20/20 Great job!
URL: webcast.berkeley.edu
Title:( Fall 2010 Courses) American history lecture 4

1. How long did you search for the listening?
5 minutes.

2. Why did you decide on this listening?
I want to know more about American history and culture and politic.

3. How long did you listen?
About 15 minutes.
I have listened whole lecture twice,and the third time I tried to watch view to check my words and look up in dictionary.
Next time, write down a few of those words and define or use in a sentence.
4. What other resources on the site did you access?
Yes, the first lecture is literature in English and I cannot tolerate the professor‘s voice, and he speaks so strange that I cannot understand anything.

5. How difficult was the listening?
A bit too difficult.
The professor always lectures,and never stops.It makes me bored and tired to listen.
Also,in my TOEFL test,I don't know how to pay attention on all three parts.Just practice?

That's a good question, Catherine. Yes, practice will help, but a lot is making yourself interested in listening to all three parts. One way to do that is to ask yourself questions while you're listening and taking notes. Pretend that the speaker or speakers are going to ask you questions afterward, so you should feel a little nervous. Also, because you could get the extra listening on the 'real' test, you should have some strategies for both relaxing and refreshing yourself (e.g., deep breathing, closing your eyes, moving your arms and shoulders, lifting your legs and stretching...). Hope this helps.

6. How much of the listening did you understand?
70% for the first time.And I improve my listening and understand more at second and last time. Great! Congratulations!

7. How did you listen?
Listen and take notes and set down each main point for describing accounting words,supporting details and make a classification. Be careful about cutting and pasting from the previous exercise. This comment doesn't make any sense and is identifical to the second week's comments.
Next time,I check my notes during listening the lecture.

8. What was the listening about?
Introduction of liberalism,freedom and happiness

9. Write a short summary.
First,the professor explains how united states develop liberty society at 19th century.He gives a outline of history in England to state how family connectors get people together and believe liberalism.Then,he gives a definition of liberalism and its function in various fileds.Finally,the professor provides two effective guarantees for increasing happiness and gives supporting details.One is the individual freedom of conscience,other is the individual freedom of action.

10. What is your opinion of the content?
Through the lecture,the professor tries to use his way and ideas to teach students about liberalism.I have no religon,so I think liberalism doesn't make sense to me.But,I agree with something such as the idividual freedom of action.It should be an effective guarantee for happiness.

11. Does the author express personal opinion?
I think during the whole lecture,the professor apply his thought combined with theories in books into lecture to teach what is liberalism exactly about and what is it used for. How do you know when it is his personal opinions and when it is based on someone else's theory?