Research in English 1D Session #6: May 29th, 2009

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  1. We checked over the answers to the homework from session #5 (May 15th) – Unit 2 Part 1
  2. Movie reports
    1. 14 students gave a short, oral report about an Australian movie they watched.
    2. Each report was 1-2 minutes long.
    3. At the end of each report, the student said whether this movie was useful for learning about Australia or not.
    4. After all the reports, each student wrote 2 comments on looseleaf paper, and gave the paper to the instructor:
      1. a comment about all the movie reports in general
      2. a comment (反省)about her own movie report
    5. Those who did not give a movie report today can do it next week (June 5th)
    6. Attention: there are many Australian movies, but not all of them are useful for learning about Australian culture, history or society. E.g. parts of “The Matrix” were filmed in Australia, but we cannot learn anything about Australia from watching “The Matrix”. Please choose your movies carefully.
    7. I recommend these movies (other movies may be ok, e.g. “Australia”, but I have not seen them):
      1. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
      2. Walkabout (1971)
      3. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
      4. The Castle (1997)
      5. The Man from Snowy River (1982)
    8. Bonus: Watch this YouTube video of Hugh Jackman (star in the movie Australia) on Japanese television.
  3. Homework for session #8 June 5th:
    1. Answer the questions on page 16 of the textbook.
    2. Visit the class blog (here) and leave a comment about this website and the Research in English class. When you leave a comment, use either your given name or your family name ONLY (not both), in order to protect your privacy. (You can comment in either Japanese or English, or both).
    3. “Show and Tell”. Bring something Australian (or a picture of it) to show the class, and tell us about it.  (1 minute)
    4. Think about what topic you would like to do for your poster project (session #10, June 19th):
      1. A3 paper
      2. poster must include both written text (30-40%) and image/graphic/illustration/maps/tables, etc.
      3. Explaining your poster should take about 2-3 minutes.
      4. You can do the poster project ALONE or with a PARTNER.
      5. I will ask you for your project topic next class (session #8, June 5th).
      6. You can also email me your project title: marc.sheffnerアットマークgmail.com. INCLUDE YOUR NAME in your email.
    5. To think about: at the end of the passage “Tasmanian Aborigines” (page 15), it is written, “We can learn much from the Aborigines. Imagine a life where everything is shared, everybody belongs to a family, has a job, and respects the environment.”
      1. Aborigines have lived in Australia for thousands of years, yet their society never progressed beyond a nomadic lifestyle. Is it possible in today’s modern society to have such values as these and still keep our modern way of life (our economy, our material goods, our standard of living)?
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Australia, founded July 9, 1900.
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Australia, climate over 30 years (1961–1990).
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The Perth skyline viewed from the Swan River
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The new parliament house in Canberra.
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Thousands flee Australia floods

From the BBC news website:

Torrential rains and strong winds have left at
least two people dead and forced thousands from their homes on
Australia’s east coast, officials say.

Large areas of New
South Wales and Queensland have been declared disaster zones. As many
as 20,000 people have been cut off by the floodwaters. The flooding is the most extensive in the two states for 30 years.

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Friday May 15th, 2009

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Today the Interactive Writing class created their blogs. You can see them listed in the sidebar.

If you were absent last Friday, please

  1. create a blog (I suggest using blogger, goo, Ameba, FC2,)
  2. make a note of your username and password (you will need this to write on your blog)
  3. make a note of your blog’s address (URL – “http://____”), and email it to me. DON’T FORGET TO WRITE YOUR NAME IN THE EMAIL.
  4. Login to your blog, and write/copy your movie + book report (the first one you wrote for homework April 24).
  5. Visit your classmates’ blogs. Leave a comment on at least one of them. (Remember to respect your own and your classmates’ privacy).
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