Category Archives: Academic Skills

AS1, week 6, May 26th, 2017

Homework

  • Write a brief summary of the key points in each section of chapter 3.
  • (Movie or book report if you did not do #2 yet).

Today’s class

  1. Checked answers to pp 25-7.
  2. Read chapter 3, first 2 sections and answer the following questions
    1. Why did Guy Fawkes plot to kill King James?
    2. Why did the English Civil War happen?
  3. In the 17th-18th centuries, the Barbary pirates captured many white men, women and children and sold them as slaves in Barbary (see map below).

 

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AS1, week 5, May 19th, 2017

Homework

  1. Choose another book or movie from the list
    1. This is report #2.  report #3. My mistake, sorry.
    2. Read it/watch it.
    3. Write a short report.
    4. Use the format shown in the April 28th blog post
      1. Double-spaced, please.
  2. Textbook pp 25-27
    1. p. 25 ①+② (write your answers in the textbook)
    2. p. 26 ③ + ④ (on looseleaf)
    3. p. 27 ①+② (in the textbook
  3. Read chapter 3 to prepare for next week’s class.

Today’s class

  1. What British movie did you watch or what British  book did you read or are you reading?
  2. Textbook p. 19-24. Check the meaning, especially the key words I wrote on the board.
  3. Mini-lecture on each section.
  4. Write a few sentences about each section.
  5. Make a timeline showing the main events from Stonehenge (BCE 2,500) to the Spanish Armada (1588).

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AS1, week 4, May 12th, 2017

Homework

  1. Choose another book or movie from the list.
  2. Read it/watchi it.
  3. Write a short report.
    1. Use the format shown in the April 28th blog post

Today’s class

  1. Mini-lecture: why I don’t mark your papers with a red pen.
  2. Free writing: why I’m in this class (5 mins)
  3. Textbook p. 15 ①+②
  4. Chapter 2:
    1. Discuss in groups of 4/5 the meaning of each section
    2. Mini-lecture from Sheffner on additional background information on each section
    3. Sections covered:
      1. Stonehenge
      2. The Celts
      3. The Romans

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AS1, week 3, April 28th, 2017

Homework

  1. Read chapter 2 in the textbook.
  2. Write a summary of chapter 2, like you did in class for chapter 1 – use your own words and do not look at the textbook.
  3. (for May 12th) Choose a movie OR a book from the lists, watch/read it, and write a short report
    1. Title (English)
    2. Title (Japanese)
    3. Author / Director
    4. When released (or when book published)
    5. Story:
      1. When does the story take place?
      2. Where does the story take place?
      3. Who are the main characters?
      4. What happens (give a short summary of the story)
      5. What did you learn about British history from watching this movie/reading this book? (You may need to do a little bit of research).
      6. Your comments (short, please)

Today’s class

Today I will use some extracts from this book to introduce the importance of thinking logically when writing in English.


  1. What movie or book did you read or watch for homework?
  2. Textbook
    1. p. 4, answer the question
    2. read (again) pp. 5-12
    3. p. 13 ① and ② answer the questions
    4. p. 14 ④ answer the questions.
  3. With books closed, write a paragraph about what you learned about Britain from reading chapter 1.
  4. We watched the beginning of “Bend It Like Beckham” and recorded the main details.

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AS1, week 2, April 21st, 2017

Homework

  1. Send me another email, using the correct format as shown here. If you cannot send  (if your email comes back), please try sending from your university email address <*@dwc.doshisha.ac.jp>  as this is white-listed. If even that does not work, please leave a message on this blog. Thanks.)s.)
  2. Textbook
    1. p. 4, answer the questions
    2. read (again) pp. 5-12
    3. p. 13 ① and ② answer the questions
    4. p. 14 ④ answer the questions.
  3. (for May 12th) Choose a movie OR a book from the lists, watch/read it, and write a short report
    1. Title (English)
    2. Title (Japanese)
    3. Author / Director
    4. When released (or when book published)
    5. Story:
      1. When does the story take place?
      2. Where does the story take place?
      3. Who are the main characters?
      4. What happens (give a short summary of the story)
      5. What did you learn about British history from watching this movie/reading this book? (You may need to do a little bit of research).
      6. Your comments (short, please)

Today’s class

  1. Hometown game
  2. Mini-lecture on the reasons why Japanese students can benefit from studying British history.
  3. Write a paragraph summarising the mini-lecture.
  4. Compare notes about the movie or book you chose last week from the list.

 

 

 

 

 

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AS1, week 1, April 14th, 2017

Welcome, to Sheffner’s AS1 class blog.

On this blog I will post classwork and homework assignments each week. I will update the blog at the weekend after each Friday’s class.

If you miss a class, or forget the homework, check out the blog.

Homework:

  1. Visit this class blog and leave a comment.
    1. To leave a comment, click on the words “Leave a reply” below this blog post.
    2. You need to type in your name (family name only) and an email address. Your email address will NOT be public. Your  name WILL be public.
    3. All comments are moderated. That means I must approve them. So your comment will not appear  immediately.  Please be patient.
  2. Send me an email briefly  introducing yourself and saying what you hope to learn in this class. What do you want to be able to do by the end of this course?
  3. Read chapter 1 in the textbook.
  4. Choose EITHER a movie  OR an easy-reading book from the list and start watching it or reading it.

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Academic Skills 2: Send me your best writing

Thank you for your essays. However, the department needs the data in order to publish your essay.

Please send me by email the data for your best writing (about New York, about Chicago, or your final essay which you handed in today).  You decide which writing you want to be published, and send me that data.

If I do not receive your data, your writing will not be published in the Academic Skills book next April.

Thank you in advance. Good luck and best wishes to you all.

Enjoy this life.

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AS2, week 14, January 13th, 2017

Homework

Choose a topic from the textbook that you have not chosen yet. E.g.

  • Music (jazz, rock’n’roll, country, etc)
  • Cities in films (you can choose one city or one movie or write about several)
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • New Orleans

Write at least 2 pages of A4, in academic format, using photos, maps, illustrations, etc. Make sure you define your subject, and explain why or how your topic is important.

Today’s class

  • Student presentations on Chicago.
  • Quiz on pages 48 & 49.

Announcement

Makeup class will be Wednesday, Jan. 18th, 5th period (16:45 – 18:15)

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AS2, week 13, January 6th, 2017

Announcement

Makeup class will be on Wednesday Jan. 18th, 5th period, room S405.

Homework

Read the chapter about Chicago and answer the 2 questions below. Remember, this class is Academic Skills, so your answer should be an academic answer. That means, complete, not just one or two details. As complete and accurate as you can.

  1. What is Chicago?
  2. Why is it important?

Today’s class

  1. Presentations by students about various paragraphs from the textbook chapter about Chicago.
  2. Some important background information which you should know. If you don’t know the answers to these questions, look them up. This is common knowledge.
    1. Where did the Mafia originate?
    2. Why were many of the early trading posts also forts?
    3. Why were the French in North America?

There are several films about Al Capone and the Prohibition era. Here is a list  of 10: http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/drama/10-best-prohibition-movies/

And here is a list of 25 Prohibition-era movies. The gang violence was one of the main reasons why Prohibition was considered a failure and eventually abandoned.

A very popular and well known movie about Chicago (but not about gangsters) is “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, directed by John “Home Alone” Hughes.

Here’s (in my opinion) the best scene in the movie. “Danke Schoen” is of course German – many people of German origin settled in Chicago, as well as Italians – and “Twist and Shout” is a Beatles song.

Here’s a scene from “The Untouchables”.

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AS2, week 12, December 16th, 2016

Homework

Read and prepare a short presentation on the Chapter 4 paragraph or paragraphs assigned to you in today’s class.

If you were absent today, please read and understand chapter 4 in the textbook. Quiz next class (Jan. 6th, 2017).

Today’s class

  1. Watch the clip from Charlie Chaplin’s “The Immigrant”: what do the immigrants fell when they see the Statue of Liberty and why? Write an academic (complete) answer.
  2. Watch the clips from “Far and Away”.
    1. Why do a) Joseph and b) Shannon want to go to the U.S.?
    2. What do a) Joseph and b) Shannon feel when they arrive in Boston?

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