Edutainment – Bouteiller’s English Teaching in Hong Kong

English Week Performance Proposal
January 20, 2009, 11:26 am
Filed under: 2008-09 S1D, 2008-09 S2AC, Group Work - Discussion Report

What is your class good at?

What do you do to show us about your class?

Is there anything special of your class to show us?

Tell us your ideas here (as a group).

Just a ride by JEM

1. How does the ride move?

2. How do people react on the ride? (4 ways)

3. What is the metaphor here? What does it refer to?

4. What is the message of this song to us?

Tainted Milk Powder Sickens Chinese Babies

September 14, 2008 3:11


Tainted Milk Powder Sickens Chinese Babies

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From my colleague Lin Yang, a look at the latest tainted food scandal to hit China:


The disclosure in a Chinese newspaper last week that kidney stones among babies may have been caused by tainted milk powder has touched off a wave of finger pointing and an eerie since of deja vu. Hundreds of sick babies and at least one death have been linked to milk powder produced by the Sanlu Group. The slow official response—a recall was announced more than a month after the problem was discovered—is making people lose faith. There is no official explanation of why the powder was allowed in the market even after questions were raised or why the authorities did not reply to the initial inquiries of the worried parents.

Chinese officials suspect the milk powder is tainted with melamine, a chemical used in fertilizers and plastics. It is sometimes added to animal feed to boost its apparent protein content, a practice the government banned last year amid an international furor about the safety of Chinese-made products. Animal feed from China that contained melamine is suspected of poisoning thousands of pets in the U.S. last year. Chinese-made milk powder has also proven dangerous in the past. In 2004, at least 13 babies died in eastern China after being fed milk that was made from powder containing little or no nutritional value.


As news of the latest incident emerged last week, indignant posts have flooded Internet bulletin boards, ridiculing the official statements and calling for self-organized actions to investigate the incident. There are also devastated parents across the country leaving contact information on the Internet, trying to find help and support from each other. “I have been crying so hard that I can hardly catch my breath,” wrote one mother. “I’ve seen bloody spots on my baby’s diaper but the doctor only told me to feed him more water. I feel so helpless. I will not demand a refund; I do not want any compensation. Just please, I’m praying to heaven, let my baby be ok!” Medicine might be enough to restore the sick babies to health, but it will take more than that to restore the public’s trust.


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Your reflection:

1. What did you think when you first heard of this piece of news?

2. Who are the groups of people affected by this scandal?

(just infants and mothers? government officials? Chinese businessmen? Chinese producers? just Chinese?general public? tourists? foreigners? Who else can you think of?)

3. How much and what else should be compensated to the victums?

4. How should we respond to this scandal?

**Each of you need to look up at least 3 new vocabulary from the passage and post them on the ‘vocabulary sharing’ post. Repeated words will NOT be counted.**


Proofread before you submit. Everyone can see how well you write! Use microsoft word to proofread, at least.

What would you take if you need to evacuate?

Under the umbrella of global warming, hurricane, earthquake, typhoon, tsunami and all sorts of natural disaster may just ‘visit’ us unexpectedly.

If you need to evacuate from your sweet home, what will you bring along with you?

(More news about Hurricane Gustav here:,8599,1837983,00.html)

Apple iPod Advertisement

How is Apple different from other brands? Have you ever thought of the reason why they produce their products and advertisements in this way? Who is their target audience (target customers)? Is it you?

1. Saving our world is a collective responsibility


This is not for you to talk about how to save our world and live green!!!!

Focus –> collective responsibility –> everyone’s duty, why?


2. The advantages and disadvantages of mobile phone

Use all the wh-word + how to help you generate ideas!