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WS2: week 1, September 29th, 2017

Homework

Read chapter 10, write a summary and bring any questions you have to class next week.

Today’s class

  • Review of chapters 1-9.
  • Explanation of Cockney
  • Mythological characters in chapter 10:
    • Characters from Greek and Roman myth
    • Characters from Norse and Germanic myths
  • Start reading chapter 10

 

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AS2: week 1, September 29th, 2017

Update: There is no textbook for this semester. I will provide handouts in class. My apologies for the mistake.

Homework

  • Send me an email introducing yourself.
  • Leave a comment on this blog, so that I know you have visited.
    Thank you.

Today’s class

  1. What do you know about US history?
  2. What do you want to know about US history?
  3. What do you think is important to know about US history?
  4. What are “Academic Skills”?
  5. How do you want to study in this class?
  6. How do you want me to help you?
  7. Draw a map of the USA.
  8. How many states are there? List as many as you can.  Place as many as you can on your map
  9. What mountains, rivers and other natural features of the USA do you know? List as many as you can. Place them on the map.
  10. List as many cities of the USA as you can.
  11. Take a movie list (download it here: AS2_USA_movie_list_v3 )
  12. Take a book list (easy reading list). Download it here: AS2_Easy_Reading_List

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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.

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AS1, week 1, April 14th, 2017

Welcome, to Sheffner’s AS1 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 post.
    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 in the textbook.
  4. Choose EITHER a movie  OR an easy-reading book from the list and start watching it or reading it.

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WS2, week 1, September 25th, 2015

Homework

  • Answer the MCQs (Multiple-choice questions) for chapter 11
  • Answer the “Short Essay” questions for chapter 10

Today’s class

  1. MCQs on chapter 10
  2. Short answer questions on chapter 10.

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AS2, week 1, September 25, 2015

Homework

  • Txtbk
    • p2 Timeline,
    • p5 Reading 1,
    • p6 Colonial America + comprehension questions.
  • Go to library and find easy reading  book about US history and US movies.
  • Borrow one book and one movie. Read the book, watch the movie.

Today’s class

  1. What do you know about early (pre-1776) American history?
    1. Make a list of
      1. people, and
      2. places, things, events
  2. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
    1. Translate into Japanese.
  3. Listen to my mini-lecture, take notes, and list the two reasons why I think studying history is important and interesting.
  4. Listen to my mini-lecture, take notes, and list the two reasons why I think it is a good idea to use movies to study about US history.
  5. Movies are a vital part of American culture. Certain scenes from movies have permeated the national consciousness.
  6. E.g., from “The Wizard of Oz”, we have the image of the yellow brick road (which was the title of a pop-song by British singer-songwriter Elton John), and the lines “We’re not in Kansas any more” and the image of the “man behind the curtain”.
  7. List some American movies you have seen. Check if they are related to US history.

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Welcome! Ws1, wk1, April 10th, 2015

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Today was an introductory class.

  • I asked some questions about how students feel about their English and their learning.
  • Then I explained a theory of language learning which distinguishes between learning and acquisition
  • Students introduced themselves briefly.
  • Then students answered a survey about their reading habits.
  • Finally, students identified descriptions of British towns and located them on a map of the UK.

Homework

  • Get a B5 looseleaf binder for this class
  • Find something to read in Enlgish which is easy and interesting for you. (“Easy” means you can understand 90% of it without needing a dictionary.)
  • Read it and bring it to class next Friday.

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Welcome! As1, wk1, April 10th, 2015

IMG_7796Today was an introductory class.

  • I asked some questions about how you feel about your English and your learning.
  • Then I explained a theory of language learning which distinguishes between learning and acquisition
  • Then students answered a survey about their reading habits.

Homework

  • Get a B5 looseleaf binder for this class
  • Find something to read in Enlgish which is easy and interesting for you. (“Easy” means you can understand 90% of it without needing a dictionary.)
  • Read it and bring it to class next Friday.

 

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SinEb, wk1, September 26th 2014

Hello, everyone. Welcome to Studies in English B (SinEb).

It is almost exactly 2 months since the last class in the first semester. I hope you enjoyed your 2 months’ holiday.

This semester will be more or less the same as last semester, except that

  • we will spend more time practicing writing about linguistics topics, both for classwork and for homework.
  • I will give more precise instruction in how to write.
  • presentations will begin later in the semester.

Homework:

  1. Are all possible combinations of Japanese sounds used in the Japanese language?
  2. Write 5 possible combinations which are not actually used.

Today’s class

  1. Imagine you are teaching someone Japanese.
    1. Choose one Japanese sound and describe/explain how to make this sound.
    2. Look at handout #1 which has a table showing the main consonant sounds in English together with their scientific names and a description.
    3. Look at handout #2 which has a diagram of the human head showing the different positions for making the main English vowel sounds.
  2. Using handout #1, what English sounds are difficult for you to make?
  3. What kinds of sounds are difficult for ventriloquists to make? Why?
  4. What English sounds are also used in Japanese?
    1. What English sounds are NOT used in Japanese?
  5. What Japanese sounds are NOT used in English?
  6. What parts of the mouth are important when making vowel sounds?
  7. Invent a name for a new brand of Japanese car or drink or cartoon character.

american english pronunciation

Vowel Sounds

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WS2, wk1, September 26th 2014

Hello, everyone. Welcome to Writing Strategies 2.

It is almost exactly 2 months since the last class in the first semester. I hope you enjoyed your 2 months’ holiday.

This semester will be more or less the same as last semester, except that

  • you will spend more time practicing writing , both for classwork and for homework.
  • you will discuss and write about different aspects of the story.

Homework

  1. Answer the short (1 or 2 word-answers) questions about chapter 2.
  2. Read again the answers for the “short essay questions” for chapter 1
  3. Write answers to the “short essay questions” for chapter 2.

Today’s class

  1. Essays from semester 1
  2. quizzes from semester 1 last class
  3. read and answer the short-answer questions for chapter 1
  4. Check the answers.
  5. 4 kinds of writing we will do in this semester
    1. Recount – tell what happened. This is what you wrote when you wrote the chapter summaries last semester.
    2. Describe – what kind of boy is Digory? What is Charn like? What is Jadis like?
    3. Explain – why things happened, why people acted in certain ways. E.g. “Why did Digory hit the bell in Charn?”
    4. Argue – give reasons for your opinion and persuade the reader, e.g. “Why did CS Lewis write this story? Why should young people today read this story?”

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