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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AS2, week 8, November 11th, 2016

Homework

Prepare your presentation (if you did not present this week).

Today’s class

Today is Armistice Day in Europe, marking the end of WWI and honouring those who died in that war and all the wars since then.

Presentations from most students on New York topics.

My comments about the presentations:

  1. Difficult to understand because your voices were too quiet or unclear.
  2. Use more pictures and maps.
  3. Talk less – let the pictures and maps “talk” for you.
  4. Show key points (names, dates, places, etc) in writing on a card or slide. Understanding ONLY through listening is very difficult, especially when you are listening in a foreign language.

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WS2, week 7, November 4th, 2016

Homework

  • Choose a book from the Easy Reading List (click here to download: ws_easy_reading_library_list ),
  • read it
  • write a short report
    • Title
    • Author
    • Main characters
    • Key points of story
  • Bring your report to class to report to your classmates next week

Today’s class

  1. In groups of 4, discuss
    1. Your impressions of “The Magician’s Nephew”
    2. The highlights?
    3. What other stories (English or Japanese) does it remind you of? Why (give examples.)
    4. Is the book’s message positive, negative or neutral? Why? (Gives examples.)
    5. The message of the story “The Pot with the Hole”
    6. The main teachings of TMN
    7. The characteristics of the 4 main characters of TMN, with examples.
      1. Aslan
      2. Digory
      3. Jadis
      4. Uncle Andrew

 

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AS2, week 7, November 4th, 2016

Homework

  1. Prepare a short (1-2 mins) presentation about the topic assigned to you from chapter 3 of the textbook. Use maps, photos, illustrations, etc. Use the textbook information but also find something new that is not in the textbook.
  2. Answer the questions about the movie “Far and Away”
    1. Why does Joseph want to kill the landlord Mr Christie?
    2. Is he justified?
  3. Presentation topics
    1. Robert de Niro and Woody Allen
    2. Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island – how are they connected? (1 bridge, 1 tunnel, 1 ferry)
    3. Manhattan – Wall Street, Twin Towers, Ground Zero
    4. Chinatown
    5. Lower East Side
    6. Little Italy
    7. Garment District
    8. Greenwich Village
    9. Edith Wharton
    10. Henry James
    11. Mark Twain
    12. Edgar Allen Poe
    13. Harlem
    14. Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx

If you were absent today, please choose from these topics in the textbook:

  1. Central Park
  2. Rockefeller Center
  3. Times Square
  4. Broadway
  5. Lincoln Center
  6. Madison Square Garden
  7. Fifth Avenue & Upper Midtown
  8. Empire State Building
  9. Famous New York food

Today’s class

  1. Cause and effect.
    1. Why did Joseph’s father die?
    2. Why did large stones and timbers fall?
    3. Why did the horses hit the timbers?

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WS2, week 6, October 28th, 2016

Homework

None

Today’s class

  1. Checked answers to MCQs for chapter 15.
  2. Review your homework.
  3. Story vs message.
  4. “The Pot with the Hole”. What’s the message?
  5. TMN
    1. What is the book trying to teach?
    2. What are the characteristics for
      1. Aslan?
      2. Digory?
      3. Jadis?
      4. Uncle Andrew?
    3. What is the meaning or purpose in the story of each of these characters?
    4. What is the message of TMN? Write in 1 or 2 sentences.

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