Lesson #4: "Brownie Hawkeye Camera"

Brownie Hawkeye Camera  - This is the first part of an episode of American Mosaic.  The audio and transcript include two other stories as well, but you only need to listen to and read the first part for this lesson.

  1. Listening/Reading

    1. Prelistening:

      1. What do you know about old cameras?  Have you ever used or seen a camera that uses film?  In the 50’s they called the new cameras point and shoot.  How do you think that was different from even older cameras?

    2. First time listening to the audio.  

      1. Write down any words you think you many need, then listen to the audio here:  

        1. http://learningenglish.voanews.com/audio/Audio/175377.html

      2. Second time - Listen to the audio again.  This time feel free to use the transcript as well.  Note you can double click on any word to see a definition. Take notes and write down any words you had to look up.

        1. http://learningenglish.voanews.com/content/brownie-hawkeye-camera-photography-kodak/1447541.html

    3. Comprehension - If you understood the text, you should be able to answer the questions below.  If not, refer to the text again.

      1. Describe the Brownie Hawkeye.  Why was it so popular?

      2. How did you use it?

      3. After you took the picture, how long until you could get the film developed and actually see it?  How did people share pictures?

  2. Speaking

    1. Prepare for a conversation with your language partner.  Write down questions about old technologies that they have used.  Have they seen a VCR?  Old TV?  Calculator? Phone?  Computer? Etc.  What were they like?  Compare new versions with what you’re familiar with. 

    2. Meet with your language partner.  Try your best to only speak in English for 30 minutes.  Of course, be sure to then provide your partner with an equal amount of time to practice our native language as well.

  3. Writing

    1. Write a summary of your exchange with your partner on the Mixxer blog.  Write a post comparing new and old technology available to you with that of your parter.