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WS1, week 10, June 24th, 2016

Makeup announcement

Makeup class will be held on Saturday July 2nd, same room as usual, same time as usual.

Homework

  • Read chapter 8 of “The Magician’s Nephew”.
  • Write the title and main idea of chapter 8 in one or two sentences.
  • Prepare your movie presentation
  • Here is the presentation schedule as of Friday June 3rd: WS1_Presentation_Schedule
  • Using your notes from today’s presentations on ““Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers”, write a short paragraph (4~6 sentences)  . You may need to do a little research before you write.
  • Choose another book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list
    • Challenge – 15 books this semester!

Today’s class

  1. Presentation on “Lord of the Rings part 2”.
    1. Write some notes about the presentation content
    2. Give some written feedback to the presenters.
  2. Checked answers to MCQ chapter 7.
  3. Topics, main ideas, supporting details.
    1. Discussed the key words and wrote the main idea sentences for the first few paragraphs of chapter 7.
    2. Example movie: “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”.
      1. Key words –
        • Harry Potter, magic powers
        • starts studying at the school of wizards
        • makes friends
        • fights enemies
      2. Main idea – “Harry Potter, a boy with magical powers, starts studying at a wizards’ school, where he makes 2 good friends who help him fight against evil enemies.”

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AS1, week 10, June 24th, 2016

Makeup announcement

Makeup class will be held on Saturday July 2nd, same room as usual, same time as usual.

Homework

  • Using your notes write a short paragraph about today’s  3 presentations. You may need to do a little research before you write.
  • Write the main idea (in 1 sentence) of paragraph 2 of “The Normans” on page. 21.
  • Choose another book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list
  • Read the textbook chapter 2, all of it, again.
  • Prepare your presentation. Download the latest presentation schedule here: AS1_Presentation_Schedule_june24

Today’s class

  1. Presentations about “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Great Expectations” and “Jane Eyre”.
  2. Find the topic and main idea for the first paragraph of p. 21 of the textbook:
    1. topic – Harold and William (or King of English and Duke of Normandy)
    2. Key words – 1066, Saxon King Harold (died in battle), Duke William of Normandy, great battle of Hastings.
    3. Main idea – In 1066, Duke William of Normandy killed Saxon king Harold at the Battle of Hastings and became the first Norman King of England.

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The Pot with the Hole 穴のあいた桶

For more information about the book-launch event in Kyoto on Oct. 11th featuring the man who inspired British-born Kyoto-resident Venetia Stanley-Smith, please visit the publisher’s website: http://premrawat-japan.com

The book is titled 穴のあいた桶 and has sold more than 10,000 copies in just 1 month in Japan.

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Instructions for AS1 and WS1 on the online class library

These instructions are for students in both my Academic Skills and Writing Strategies classes. The online class library for each class is on a website called Zotero. To add your books to Zotero’s class clibrary, you will need to register. This is a simple 3-step process.

  1. Send me an email ((I suggest you use your university email address).
  2. I will then send you an email invitation to join the class library (either DWC_AS or DWC_WS). It will look like this (this is for the DWC_AS group)Zotero_email_invite
  3. When you receive the email, click on the (blue) link in the email. It will take you to the Zotero page which will look like this (click the image below to see a bigger version):Zotero_DWC_AS_joinclick “Join”
  4. You will see a page like this below. Click on “register” in the top right-hand corner (click the image below to see a bigger version).Zotero_DWC_register
  5. Fill in the registration information. Choose your own password (and remember it  or make a note).(click the image below to see a bigger version). When you’ve finished, click “Register”.Zotero_register
  6. You will see a page like this (click the image below to see a bigger version). Do NOT type anything into this page. Instead, check your email.Zotero_Email_validation
  7. Check your email. You should soon receive an email like this (click the image below to see a bigger version): Zotero_Email_validation2Click on the (blue) link in the email. It will take you to the Zotero page which will look like this (click the image below to see a bigger version):Zotero_login
  8. The login page (click the image below to see a bigger version). You can login with either your username or your email address.Zotero_login2
  9. Go to your library and input the English easy-reading books you have read so far this semester. First, click “groups” in the Zotero menu bar. You will see the group you have just joined (click the image below to see a bigger version).Zotero_groups
  10. Click on “Group Library” (click the image below to see a bigger version).
  11. Click on the green circle to create a new item (click the image below to see a bigger version).Zotero_group_library_input
  12. Choose “Book” from the drop-down menu (click the image below to see a bigger version).Zotero_library_item_input
  13. Fill in as much information as you can. Remember, this is to help other people (e.g. your classmates) to find this book if they are interested (click the image below to see a bigger version).Zotero_group_library_input2
  14. Click “Save” when you’ve finished (click the image below to see a bigger version).Zotero_group_library_input3
  15. Voila!

 

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Best wishes for 2015

IMG_0242Best wishes to you all for 2015 and I hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday. I look forward to seeing you on January 9th.

Here are some statistics for this website, if you are interested: http://jetpack.me/annual-report/7785948/2014/

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Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Skills I, week 1: April 11th, 2014

Welcome to Sheffner’s 2013 Academic Skills (AS) I class blog. Thank you for visiting.

This blog will be updated weekly. Each week there will be a summary of the lesson and the homework details.

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Weeping cherry in Himuro Jinja, Nara city.

Homework

  1. Send me an email: a short comment about today’s class.
    1. Use the proper email format

      English Email format
      English email format
  2. Leave a comment here on this blog by clicking the words “Leave a comment” at the bottom of this post (投稿).
    1. The comment topic is: “Tell us something you know about British history”
    2. For your privacy, when leaving a comment, use your family name only or use a nickname.
    3. If you use a nickname, please tell me your nickname when you send me your email.
    4. To leave a comment, you must first type in your email address. Please use your school email address.
  3. Homework deadline for #1 and #2 above: Tuesday (April 15th) midnight (23:59).

In today’s class, we

  1. Received Sheffner’s contact information and blog address and the outline of this course.
  2. Did some freewriting
  3. Decided student groups/partners and the schedule of presentations.

Textbooks:

  1. “Illustrated History of Britain” (IHB) (Click the link to buy it on Amazon Japan. There is also a Japanese translation to help you. Click here to see it on Amazon Japan.)
  2. A Guide to MLA Documentation

In this class this semester, we will

  • read chapters 19-21
  • learn something about British history
  • learn about academic writing formats
  • make 1 or 2 presentations
  • write a final paper in English.

 

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Schedule for Writing Strategies II and Studies in English II

  1. September 20th
  2. September 27th
  3. October 4th
  4. October 11th
  5. October 18th
  6. October 25th
  7. November 1st (cancelled 休講)
  8. November 8th
  9. November 15th
  10. December 6th
  11. December 13th
  12. December 14th (makeup 補講)
  13. December 20th
  14. January 10th
  15. January 17th
  16. January 24th

Students will do at least one presentation, and write at least one academic paper. The paper will be written during the winter vacation, and a printed draft will be due in week 13 (January 10th).

The class format will be the same as last semester. In this semester, more guidance will be given on how to give presentations and how to write an academic report/essay.

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Email format

Please use this format for ANY email you send to me. If it is not connected with any homework, at least write your class name (WS or SinE) in the subject line. And always use the proper greeting and closing. Click the image to see a bigger version.

English Email format
English email format. Click image to see a bigger version.

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Welcome to Sheffner’s 2013 Studies in English I

The scope of linguistics

Welcome to Sheffner’s 2013 Studies in English I class blog. Thank you for visiting.

This blog will be updated weekly. Each week there will be a summary of the lesson and the homework details.

Textbook: There is no textbook for this course. However, students will use a custom notebook. Details in week 1. From time to time I will give you handouts. Additional information (links, videos, etc.) will be available on this blog.

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Weeping cherry in Himuro Jinja, Nara city.

Homework

  1. Send me an email with a short self introduction. Use the correct format as shown in today’s class. Click here to read last year’s students’ self-introductions.)
  2. Leave a comment here on this blog by clicking the words “Leave a comment” . The comment is: “A short summary of what we did in this class today and your response or comment about it.”
    1. For your privacy, when leaving a comment, use your family name only or use a nickname.
    2. If you use a nickname, please tell me your nickname when you send me your email.
    1. To leave a comment, you must first type in your email address. Please use your school email address.
  3. Homework deadline: Tuesday (April 16th) midnight (23:59).

In this course, we will

  • review the sounds of English (phonemes and phonetics) and their corresponding written forms (graphemes)
  • learn the rules of English spelling
  • learn the origins of words, including common prefixes and suffixes, and word roots (morphemes, Greek and Latin influences)
  • learn about the history of the English language (Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Middle and modern English)
  • learn about English pronunciation and how it has changed over the centuries
  • learn about syllables, how to count them in English (poetry, haiku)
  • naturally learn about the characteristics of the English language (syntax and grammar)
  • compare aspects of English with other languages, especially other European languages and Japanese.

In this semester, students will

  • have group discussions,
  • do lots of writing in English
  • learn about academic writing formats
  • make 2 formal presentations to the whole class,
  • and write a final paper in English.

 

 

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