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WS2, week 12, December 16th, 2016

Homework

Short essay questions for chapters 3, 4 and 5 (download the file here: Bookrags_MN_Short-essay_Qs_chaps3-5

Happy Holidays! Next class, January 6th.

Today’s class

Short essay questions for chapters 3, 4 and 5.

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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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WS2, week 11, December 9th, 2016

Homework

Write 2 paragraphs about the author of “The Magician’s Nephew”.

  • List the sources you used in a simple bibliography.
  • Type it in MSWord.
  • Double-spaced.
  • Your name, WS2 and the date in the top left-hand corner.

Today’s class

Short answer questions for chapters 3 and 4.

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AS2, week 11, December 9th, 2016

Homework

Write up your most recent presentation as an essay.

  • Type it in Word.
  • Double-spaced
  • Your name, AS2 and the date in the top left-hand corner.
  • Title (centred)
  • Bibliography –
    • List all the resources you used, using the MLA style.

Today’s class

Presentations by students.

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WS2, week 10, December 2nd, 2016

Homework

Short essay questions for chapter 2, questions 1 and 2 ONLY.

Today’s class

  • Short essay questions for chapter 1

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AS2, week 10, December 2nd, 2016

Homework

Prepare your presentation (those students who did not present today).

Today’s class

Presentations by

  1. Tanigawa – California Gold Rush
  2. Kono – Times Square
  3. Yamagami – Mark Twain
  4. Noma – Greenwich Village
  5. Sakai – Prohibition
  6. Tani – Meryl Streep
  7. Furukawa – Statue of Liberty
  8. Yamaoka – Harlem
  9. Seto – Edith Wharton
  10. Otake – Golden Gate Bridge
  11. Adachi – Brooklyn Bridge
  12. Kano – Garment District (NY)
  13. Higashiguchi – Golden Gate Bridge

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WS2, week 9, November 25th, 2016

Homework

  1. Read the following passages from the Bible (if the original English is too difficult, by all means read it in Japanese):
    1. Exodus 7:1-8:19
    2. Deuteronomy 18:9-15
    3. Daniel 2
    4. Acts 8:9-13
    5. Acts 13:1-12
    6. Galatians 5:19-21
  2. What does the Bible say about magic?

Today’s class

  1. Checked the answers to the short-answer questions for chapter 2
  2. Watched the English episode of a TV drama
    1. What did you learn from this video about writing successfully in English?

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AS2, week 9, November 25th, 2016

Homework

Prepare a 3-4 minute presentation on any topic of US history.  You can use any topic from the textbook or from the handouts. You can use the same topic as for your New York presentation if you want (but it must be 3-4 minutes long).

  • Use PowerPoint rather than the overhead camera, for clarity
  • repeat the key points several times during your presentation.
  • Speak slowly.
  • Remember the lessons you learned from watching the video today.
    • use simple English.
    • use words that you know (if you don’t know them, your listeners probably won’t know them either).
    • use short sentences.
    • speak key words
      • loudly,
      • slowly,
      • clearly,
      • with gestures
      • point to the picture, map, illustration, etc.
      • speak with life and passion.

Today’s class

Presentations by 3 students.

We watched an episode from a famous TV drama and made notes about how to communicate key points, how to be convincing and persuasive, and how to write (and speak) in English with few mistakes.

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WS2, week 8, November 11th, 2016

Homework

Short answer questions for chapter 2 of TMN. Download the document here: bookrags_mn_short-answer-qs_ch1-2

Today’s class

  1. Discussed the easy-reading books that students had read for last week’s homework.
  2. Short-answer questions for chapter 1 of TMN. (Download the document here: bookrags_mn_short-answer-qs_ch1-2
  3. Watched the beginning of “Groundhog Day“.

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