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WS1, week 5, May 19th, 2017

Homework

  1. Find the following words and expressions in chapter 3 and use a dictionary to find their meanings.
    1. beastly (“Digory explained how beastly Uncle Andrew had been.”)
    2. bother (“Oh bother Uncle Andrew.”)
    3. pluck (“He never had the pluck to come here himself.”)
    4. do listen (“No, do listen.”)
    5. No thanks. (“And get caught by Uncle Andrew and have our rings taken away before we’ve had any fun. No thanks.”)
    6. gassing (“Well don’t keep on gassing about it.”)
    7. blast (“Blast and botheration!”)
    8. game (“I’m game if you are.”)
  2. Read chapter 4. (Don’t write your summary yet. You will write a summary in class next week. )

Today’s class

  1. Chapter 3 MCQs and checking of answers. You can download the worksheet here: MN_MCQ_ch3

“The Wood between the Worlds,” said Polly dreamily. “It sounds rather nice.” (TMN, chapter 3).

The Wood between the Worlds has touched many people’s imaginations, not only Polly’s. The picture below is one artist’s impression of that place described in chapter 3 of “The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S. Lewis.

The picture below was painted by American artist Jef Murray, who painted many other Narnia pictures.Click here to visit his website and see more.

Click the picture below to see more. pictures by other artists on the theme of “The Wood between the Worlds”.

Have any events or objects or people in the story so far inspired your imagination? Which ones?

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).

WS1, week 3, April 28th, 2017

Homework

  1. Finish ch. 1 MCQs
  2. Read chapter 2  of “The Magician’s Nephew”.
  3. write a short summary of chapters 1 & 2
  4. Choose another easy reading book from the list. Read it. Write a short report :
    1. Title (English)
    2. Title (Japanese  – if it is a famous novel, you will find this easily with a bit of research)
    3. Author . Some books are original stories. But many books are famous novels re-written for English students (like you).  In that case, write the name of the author of the original story, not the easy-reading version.
    4. 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 from 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  book did you read for homework?
  2. Chapter 1 multiple-choice quiz.

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

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.

WS1, 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.)
  2. Read chapter 1 of “The Magician’s Nephew”.
    1. Look up things you do not know, e.g.
      1. when Sherlock Holmes “lived”
      2. who the Bastables were (what book they appear in) and when these books appeared
      3. what an Eton collar is
      4. Jane Eyre and Treasure Island
      5. any other British cultural reference you find in chapter 1
  3. Choose a book from the reading list (you can download it here:    ws_easy_reading_library_list   )   read it, and write a short report about it.

 

Today’s class

  1. The Hometown game
  2. Mini-lecture on fairy stories and why C.S. Lewis called the Narnia stories “faairy tales” not fantasy stories.
  3. We started reading chapter 1 together.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

WS1, week 1, April 14th, 2017

Welcome, to Sheffner’s WS1 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.
    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 and write a short summary of the key events.