Text 1: Video

 

 

Activate your ideas

In his commence speechat a university,  Jobs tells of 3 stories from his life.

  1. If you were to give a speech about 3 moments of significance in your life, which ones would you choose?
  2. Below are the titles of his 3 stories, what do you think he will say about them?
  • “connecting the dots”
  • “love and loss”
  • “death”

Watch and listen to his ideas …

Learn language from the ideas

 Phrasal verbs and grammar

Fill in the gaps!

  1. I dropped __ __ Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed _____ as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit.
  2. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it __.
  3. I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work __OK.
  4. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking ____it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
  5. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me ____.
  6. For the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling ___.
  7. When we did, our Board of Directors sided ____him.
  8. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing ___so badly.
  9. But something slowly began to dawn ___me — I still loved what I did.
  10. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start ___.
  11. I didn’t see it then, but it turned ____that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have _____happened to me.
  12. Death clears out the old to make way ___the new.
  13. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown ___your own inner voice.

Check the answers in the text here,

Organize your expressions in your mind / memory

  1. Which of the phrasal verbs above are connected with the idea of:  education / problems or issues / realization and reflection / relationships
  2. Can you think of any other categories?
  3. Do any of the phrasal verbs have the same preposition?
  4. What other phrasal verbs do you know with the same verb?
  5. What about the same preposition?
  6. Which of the phrasal verbs are logical, and which are idiomatic?
  7. Which two do you like the most?
  8. Which two do you feel are the least useful or interesting ?

 

Your turn to find ideas and language to activate

Go through the text here again and

  • highlight 3-5 statements, or opinions, or pieces of advice, or reflections that you think are interesting, or boring, or strange,  or new, or stupid
  • find 3-5 expressions you like and want to activate and highlight them

Note, the expressions can be from the ideas or separate from them.

 

Discuss, react to and extend the ideas

  • Discuss the 3-5 statements, or opinions, or pieces of advice, or reflections that you highlighted
  • Discuss to what extent you agree with the following advice / opinions:
  1. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.
  2. the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
  3. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.

 

Idea development and language check: 

Did you do the following when discussing?

  • extend your ideas with reasons and examples?
  • connect your ideas to that of the speaker / writer?
  • compare your linguistic choice to their linguistic choice at all?
  • activate expressions from the phrasal verbs exercise?
  • activate the 3-5 expressions you highlighted?
  • activate expressions from the ideas you highlighted?
  • use any of these activated expressions to talk about your own life / opinion / advice, or only when re-telling?

 

 

Text 2: Writing

Activate your ideas

Below is a text, apparantly the last one Jobs wrote before he died. Before reading

  1. What do you think he will say about the pursuit of wealth?
  2. He gives some examples of matters apart from wealth which we should pursue. What examples do you think he gave?
  3. He says we should cherish certain things, what do you think they are?

 

Read and find out about his ideas ..

In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success.
However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to. At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of god of death drawing closer…
Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth… Should be something that is more important:Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days … Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me.God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth.
The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me.What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love.That’s the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. Love can travel a thousand miles. Life has no limit. Go where you want to go. Reach the height you want to reach. It is all in your heart and in your hands. What is the most expensive bed in the world? – “Sick bed” …
You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you.Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – “Life”.
When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading – “Book of Healthy Life”. Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.
Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends…Treat yourself well.
Cherish others. – Steve Jobs

Find ideas and language to activate

Go through the text again and

  • highlight 3-5 statements, or opinions, or pieces of advice, or reflections that you think are interesting, or boring, or strange,  or new, or stupid
  • find 3-5 expressions you like and want to activate and highlight them

Note, the expressions can be from the ideas or separate from them.

Discuss, react to and extend the ideas

  • Discuss the 3-5 statements, or opinions, or pieces of advice, or reflections that you highlighted

Idea development and language check: 

Did you do the following when discussing?

  • extend your ideas with reasons and examples?
  • connect your ideas to that of the speaker / writer?
  • compare your linguistic choice to their linguistic choice at all?
  • activate the 3-5 expressions you highlighted?
  • activate expressions from the ideas you highlighted?
  • use any of these activated expressions to talk about your own life / opinion / advice, or only when re-telling?

 

Text 3: Video

Activate your ideas

 

You are about to watch a “Steve Jobs top 10 rules for success”.  Note, the 10 rules are taken from different times of his life.

  • What do you think his top 10 rules are? Try and guess at least 4.

As you watch the video, stop after 5 of the rules, and guess possible remaining ones.

Watch and listen to his ideas …

Fly solo 🙂 No text, no exercises, from the video …

  • Find ideas and language to activate
  • Discuss, react to and extend the ideas
  • Reflect on your  idea development and language use