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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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Writing Strategies 1, week 12: July 6th, 2012

Tilda Swinton as Jadis, the White Witch. Her c...
Tilda Swinton as Jadis, the White Witch. Her collar is made from Aslan’s mane, taken during his sacrifice. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Peter kills the wolf
Peter kills the wolf. From Pacific Okinawa Players’ production of LWW http://www.pops-okinawa.org/Past_LWW.htm

Today, we studied the last chapters of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe“, chapters 15-17.

We answered multiple choice questions, short answer questions and short essay questions.

Homework:

  • Finish answering the short answer questions and the short essay questions
  • Prepare your presentation about another book by C.S. Lewis.
  • Presentations should be in English and about 3 minutes’ long per speaker.
  • Make sure you list the book(s) you read, in English, using the MLA style (see the handout here MLA.pdf )

Announcement:

There will be a short test on the textbook in the last class, July 27th. You can bring your textbook and your notes and use your dictionary.

Here are the answers to the short answer questions for chapters 13-17. Continue reading Writing Strategies 1, week 12: July 6th, 2012

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Studies in English, week 12: July 6th, 2012

Today, we

  • listened to the remaining presentations
  • wrote our own explanations for the bold words in the last section of chapter 4:
    • phonology
    • morphology
    • grammar
    • hierarchical structure

Homework:

  • Those students who were absent last week: write a comment in English on your blog about today’s presentations. Deadline: Wednesday midnight.
  • Write a paper in English on the same topic as your presentation
    • deadline: July 27th
    • length: 500-800 words
    • Use at least 3 sources of information
    • Bibliography: list your sources of information using the MLA style (see the handout here MLA.pdf )

 

 

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