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WS2, wk12, December 19th 2014

Homework

  • Start writing your essay.
  • (Email me your essay topic  if you were absent today.)
  • Your essay should
    • be between 800-1,500 words
    • be in academic format (double-spaced),
    • have at least 5 paragraphs (introduction, body and conclusion)
    • have a bibliography – a list of all the books, articles, websites, movies, videos, etc. you read or watched in your research.
  • here’s a link to my CS Lewis resource page on this website.
  • Here’s another list of books by or about CS Lewis, both in English and in Japanese  CSLewis_booklist2

Today’s class

  1. Presentation on Polly and Digory by Ms. Fukushima and Yamada.
  2. Presentation on the Narnia countries by Isoda and Kimura.
  3. We watched the end of the movie “Shadowlands”, the story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman.
  4. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzSb-PHEMOc

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As2, wk12, December 19th, 2014

Homework

  • Start writing your essay.
  • (Email me your essay topic  if you were absent today.)
  • Your essay should
    • be between 800-1,500 words
    • be in academic format (double-spaced),
    • have at least 5 paragraphs (introduction, body and conclusion)
    • have a bibliography – a list of all the books, articles, websites, movies, videos, etc. you read or watched in your research.

Today’s class

  1. Presentation on chapter 29 “Black Americans”  (pp 112-5).by Ms. Kishi, Mimura and Nakagawa Yumi.
  2. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs
  3. Presentation on chapter 22 “The Roaring Twenties” (pp 92-5) by Ms Nakagawa Mai, Ohashi and Shibata
  4. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc7c8ZNy4f4

Key ideas:

  • non-violent resistance (also called non-violent protest or non-violent non-cooperation). From the English wikipedia page: “The modern form of non-violent resistance was popularised and proven to be effective by the Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi in his efforts to gain independence from the British.” (Read about it in Japanese here).
  • Life, liberty and property (later changed in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. constitution to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”).
  • the free market ((in Japanese here) also known as “laissez-faire” (in Japanese here).
  • small government

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SinEa, wk12, July 4th 2014

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The latest presentation schedule can be viewed and downloaded here: SinEa_Schedule

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Homework:

  1. Read chapter 6 (second half) “Morphemes and Words”.
  2. Choose your final essay topic and start writing your essay (800-1,000 words).

Presenters, prepare your presentations.

In today’s class:

  • There was a presentation about the first half of chapter 6 “Morphemes and Words”.
  • Morpheme: from French, from Greek morphē  form
  • Phoneme: via French from Greek phōnēma  sound, speech
  • “The sleepwalking albatross chanted a sleepy lullaby”.
    • 1 sentence. How many words? A: 7
    • How many morphemes? A: 11
    • How many phonemes? A: 37
  • かきくえばかねがなるなりほうりゅうじ
    • 1 sentence. How many words?
    • How many morphemes?
    • How many phonemes?

Masaoka_Shiki

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WS1, wk12, July 4th 2014

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The course outline is here: 2014 WS1_Handout

Homework:

  1. Answer the multiple-choice questions for chapter 12
  2. Write a (short) summary of chapter 11 – key points of the action only – plus your questions, thoughts, feelings, memories, associations, etc. I.e. your response.
  3. Read Genesis chapter 2 and 3 (see today’s video), and compare with chapters 10 and 11 of TMN. Write the similarities and differences.

Today’s class:

  1. Checked the answers to chapter 11.
  2. Watched the beginning of “The Bible: In the Beginning…” about the Eve and the snake (Genesis, ch 3)
  3. Read the key points of chapter 10 and 11.

Temptation-of-Eve

 

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As1, wk12, July 4th 2014

cs-records-victorians-tricyHomework:

Choose the topic for your final essay and start writing.

  • Final essay should be 800-1000 words (excluding the bibliography).
  • The topic can be any topic connected with British history in the 19th century.
  • Choose something you are interested.
  • Choose something you want to find out about.
  • Your essay title should be a question, e.g. “Why did Britain become so rich in the 19th century?”, “Why did prices fall and wages double in the 19th century?” , “Why was compulsory education introduced in Britain?” etc.

Today’s class:

  1. What is
    1. capitalism? A: An economic system with private ownership of the means of production. “Capitalism is an economic system in which trade, industry, and the means of production are controlled by private owners with the goal of making profits.”  (Wikipedia)
    2. socialism? A: “Socialism is a social and economic system characterised by social ownership of the means of production and co-operative management of the economy.”  (Wikipedia)
  2. Why  and how did the bicycle give women more freedom?
  3. Why did prices fall and wages double?
  4. Why did women (and children) stop working in the mines?
  5. What kind of jobs did women do in the 19th century?
  6. What did women do before the bicyle was invented?
  7. Why is football called football in Britain but soccer everywhere else?

 

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Writing Strategies II, week 12: December 20th, 2013

Homework

  • Start researching, planning and researching your final essay (if you were absent today and have not yet told me your essay topic, please email it to me as soon as possible).
    • essay: 2 pages of A4 (excluding your bibliography)
    • your bibliography should have at least 3 different references
  • Read chapter 11 and write a response (not a summary)
  • Presentations next time (Jan. 10th) by
  • Next class is Jan. 10th. Final essay is due Jan 17th (first version) and Jan. 24th (final version)

Today’s class

  1. Presentation by Miyata-san on “areas” in British architecture
  2. Key points of chapters 9 and 10.
    1. Lewis did not write the Narnia stories to be “easy-to-read” Bible stories, or copies of the original Bible
    2. honesty is best (Digory knows it is best to tell the truth to Aslan)
    3. the talking animals in Narnia are given the non-talking animals but they must “treat them gently”
    4. Aslan reminds the talking animals (= humans?) that he gave the ability to speak and he can take it away if they do not behave well
    5. reading literature is a way to “broaden the mind”  like travel (「旅は目を開いてくれる」). In chapter 11, Lewis invites the reader to imagine how Uncle Andrew, Polly, Digory and the Cabby appear to the animals: “try and put yourself in the position of the animals”.

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Studies in English I, week 12: July 5th, 2013

Homework:

  1. Start researching and your topic for your final paper
  2. answer question1 of the “Comprehensive Survey of Language Knowledge” worksheet

Today’s class:

We had one presentation on “Universal Grammar” (and in Japanese here), and Sheffner commented on it. Key points:

  1. Summarize the content of the presentation at the beginning AND at the end.
  2. Always make it clear whether something you say is your own idea or that of someone else, and give the reference.
  3. Stick to the key points only; don’t confuse your listeners with unnecessary information. E.g. the key points about Noam Chomsky are
    1. He is a linguist (and still living)
    2. He developed the theory of Universal Grammar
    3. He was a professor at MIT (what is MIT? The presenters must find out and tell the audience).
  4. Do your listeners understand you? Look at their faces. Help them understand by
    1. speaking slowly and clearly and loudly;
    2. pointing to the key parts on the slides;
    3. glossing the key and difficult words (give Japanese meanings, either orally or on the slides).

We discussed the answers to questions 11-14 of the “Comprehensive Survey of Language Knowledge” worksheet.

We started to look at the IPA reference sheet. Click here to see and hear video recordings of all the symbols.

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Writing Strategies I, week 12: July 5th, 2013

Homework

  1. read chapter 12
  2. find the Bible verses assigned to you; copy (print) out the original English, find a Japanese translation and prepare to explain the meaning of these verses to your classmates and the connection with the LWW
  3. answer the multiple choice questions for chapter 12
  4. write your response (50-100 words) to chapter 12, including any questions about the story or the English, or anything you do not understand
  5. choose a topic for your final paper AND START RESEARCHING for it.

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Studies in English, week 12: December 21st, 2012

Homework:

  1. Send me an email by Monday midnight: what advice or suggestions would you give to
    1. next year’s “Studies in English (Linguistics)” students?
    2. me (to make next year’s class better)?
  2. Write the first draft of your research essay (the essay is due Jan. 18th)
  3. Your research essay must
    1. be all in English
    2. be typed
    3. be 2~4 pages of A4
    4. be double-spaced
    5. include your name, class name (SinE) and the date at the top right or left corner
    6. include a bibliography (all the books, websites etc that you used for your essay AND for your presentations). Click here to download a PDF with details of how to write a bibliography)
      1. the bibliography must be in English. Japanese books must be written in “roma-ji” and include the translator’s name (in roma-ji), as well as publishing company and publishing year.
    7. be on the same topic as your 2nd presentation
    8. include quotes in English from the books or websites you have used.
  4. DON’T copy and paste (click-click!) from the Internet.
  5. DON’T use translation software. Your English is waaay better than any translation software. Believe me.

Today’s class:

Presentations from the remaining students.

A very happy holiday to you all

Students’ advice for next year: Continue reading Studies in English, week 12: December 21st, 2012

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Writing Strategies II, week 12: December 21st, 2012

Homework:

  1. Finish reading “The Magician’s Nephew” (chapters 14-15).
  2. Write the first draft of your research essay, print it out and bring to class Jan. 11th.
  3. Your research essay must
    1. be all in English
    2. be typed
    3. be 2~4 pages of A4
    4. be double-spaced
    5. include your name, class name (WS2) and the date at the top right or left corner
    6. include a bibliography (all the books, websites etc that you used for your essay AND for your presentations)
      1. the bibliography must be in English. Japanese books must be written in “roma-ji” and include the translator’s name (in roma-ji), as well as publishing company and publishing year.
    7. be on the same topic as your 2nd presentation.
    8. include quotes and examples in English from “The Magician’s Nephew”
    9. DON’T copy and paste (click-click!) from the Internet.
    10. DON’T use translation software. Your English is waaay better than any translation software. Believe me.

Today’s class:

  1. Why did C.S. Lewis write the Narnia stories?
  2. What was your experience of reading chapter 13?
  3. What questions do you have about chapter 13?
    1. Why does C.S. Lewis use an apple in this story? Sheffner’s answer: maybe to make the reader think of the Bible story of Adam and Eve and the tempting serpent in the Garden of Eden. However, there are important differences between the two stories.
    2. Why doesn’t Aslan tell Digory that the apple can give immortality? Sheffner’s answer: he tells Digory and Polly on page 208, that the apple does indeed confer immortality (so the Witch was telling the truth), and the Witch will live long, however, she will not be happy.  If Aslan told Digory this, if would weaken the Witch’s argument, make it less tempting. Also, perhaps Aslan thinks it is too dangerous: he wants Digory to learn that immortality is not the best thing that can happen to a human being; joy is.
  4. Questions to think about while you are writing your essay (except for #2, do NOT answer these questions IN your essay):
    1. Who are you writing for? Who will read your essay? Answer: me and your fellow students. We already KNOW the story, so don’t summarise the story in your essay.
    2. What is the main purpose of your essay?
    3. (questions 3-5 you can answer AFTER you have written your first draft). What is the strong point of your essay?
    4. What is the weak point of your essay?
    5. What feedback do you want from your classmates?
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A very happy holiday to you all

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