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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 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.

AS2, week 3, October 7th, 2016

Homework

  1. Who is Joseph in the movie “Far and Away”? Write a definition of him in 1 or 2 sentences.
  2. Read pp 3-4 of the story “In the Heart of the Rockies”
    1. How much did it cost to travel the cheapest way from UK to America in those days?
  3. Find a movie from the movie list, watch it, and write a 1 or 2-sentence definition of it. Download the movie list here: as2_usa_movie_list_v2
  4. Find a book from the reading list and start reading. Download the easy reading list here:   as2_easy_reading_list
    1. The book should be “easy” for you, that means you can understand 90% without a dictionary.

Today’s class

  1. Textbook pp 4-5 quiz.
  2. Homework review
    1. Where are the following places in the UK?  (Draw a simple map.)
      1. Portsmouth
      2. Liverpool
    2. Where are the following places in the USA? (Draw a simple map.)
      1. Denver
      2. Colorado
      3. Montana
      4. California
      5. The Rockies
  3. Where and what is Portsmouth in the UK?
    1. “Portsmouth is an important port on the south coast of England.”
  4. Where and what is Liverpool?
  5. Where and what is Denver?
  6. Where and what are the Rockies?
  7. Watch the Sir Walter Raleigh scene in “Elizabeth – the Golden Age” (chapter 3).
    1. Who and what was Sir Walter Raleigh?
    2. What did he give to Queen Elizabeth and where did they come from?
  8. Watch the beginning of “Far and Away”.

WS1, week 3, May 5th, 2016

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation about the movie assigned to you. Next week, Ms. Aoki and Chatani on “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” movie.
  • Read and understand chapter 2. Quiz next week.

Today’s class

  1. Movie list: checked the Japanese titles and whether the movie is available in the DWC library. (All are except 5 “The Sword in the Stone”, 8 “Animal Farm”  and 9 “V for Vendetta”)
  2. Purposes of this class.
    1. To develop your thinking skills
    2. Blooms%20Taxonomy
      1. First comes infomration, then
      2. understanding
      3. and later come applying and analysis
    3. Analysis means
      1. dividing something into parts, e.g. we can divide a story into beginning, middle and end. Where does the beginning end and the middle part begin? Chapter 2? 3?
      2. Then we can sort these parts, putting like with like.
        1. E.g., when you organize your clothes, you put like with like: all the socks together, all the dresses and skirts together, all the shirts together.
        2. We can divide a story into characters, places, themes. We can subdivide characters into good and bad.
    4. To develop your English skills
      1. listening – I will speak to you in English as much as possible
      2. reading – you will read both in class (intensively) and outside of class (extensively).
      3. speaking – discussion and presentations
      4. writing – summaries and long answers to essay-type questions. We will do this later this semester and more in the fall semester.
    5. Discussion
      1. In 2 groups of 11 students each.
      2. Group 1 discussed the homework MCQs 1~6.
      3. Group 2 listened and gave group 1 a score on the quality of their discussion.
      4. Group 2 discussed the homework MCQs 7~8 (we ran out of time).

AS1, week 3, May 5th, 2016

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation on the movie “Excalibur” (Ms. Kitamura and Ms. Ariyoshi).
  • Choose a book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list
  • My challenge for you is to read 15 books from this list by the end of this semester.

Today’s class

  1. Quiz on textbook pp 5-12. See page 13 Section 1 (Comprehension) and 2 (Vocabulary).
  2. Purposes for studying British history in English
    1. To develop your thinking skills
    2. Blooms%20Taxonomy
    3. To develop your English skills of
      1. listening
      2. reading (vocabulary, grammar, idioms, etc)
      3. speaking
      4. writing
      5. presenting
        1. Be interesting
        2. easy to understand
        3. memorable
    4. Discussion about the 7 questions about Japan at the bottom of page. 13 of the textbook.
      1. Two groups:
      2. Group 1 discussed questions 1~3
      3. Group 2 listening and gave a score out of 10 for group 1’s discussion.
      4. Change: group 2 discussed questions 4~7, while group 1 listening and gave a score out of 10.

AS2, week 3, October 9, 2015

Homework

  • Txtbk p 15-17: read and answer the “check your comprehension” questions on p. 17.
  • p. 18: read and write what you think about each paragraph (1-3).
  • Go to library and find an easy reading  book about US history . Borrow and read the book. Note the title, author, level, period of history
  • Find one of the movies on the movie list. Watch the movie. Write the details on the movie list worksheet.

Today’s class

  1. Checked the answers to textbook p.9
  2. Textbook p. 10-11: answered the questions.
  3. Textbook p. 12 map: Write out the complete names of the following state abbreviations:
    1. N.H.
    2. Mass.
    3. R.I.
    4. Conn.
    5. N.J.
    6. M.D.
    7. Del.
  4. Handout 1 – the Thirteen English Colonies
    1. Colour the New England colonies
    2. Colour the Mid-Atlantic colonies
    3. Colour the Southern colonies
    4. Write the names of the town in numbers 2-8 from the following list: Jamestown, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Boston, New York City, Charleston, Savannah
  5. Handout 2 Mayflower Compace: Listenand fill in the blanks.
  6. Handout 2 Mayflower COmpact2. Listen and read and make notes on the key points.

Ws1, wk3, April 24th, 2015

Homework
Blog update:
1.Register with Zotero and input all the English easy reading books you have read this semester. See this post for instructions.
Easy reading. Continue.
2. Send me an email.
3. Read the class blog and follow the instructions.
Today’s class.
1. Easy reading 10 mins.
2. Report.
3. Homework explanation
  1. How does he learn Japanese? First steps?
  2. How did you learn your first language?
5. Reading the text. Chapter 2, look at the illustrations. What can we infer from them?
  • black cat = magic
  • broom= witch = magic
6. Read a few key passages from chapter 1.

As1, wk3, April 24th, 2015

Homework

Blog update:

  1. Register with Zotero and input all the English easy reading books you have read this semester. See this post for instructions.
  2. Continue your easy reading (Challenge: 15 books this semester).
  3. Send me an email (I suggest you use your DWC email address).
  4. If you didn’t take last week’s quiz on Chapter 1 yet, please do so now: http://sheffnersweb.net/blogs/classblogs/dwc/?p=2563
  5. Watch one (or all) of these movies:
    1. Beowulfbeowulfmovie1
    2. The sword in the stoneSword_in_the_Stone
    3. Excaliburexcalibur1981

Today’s class

  1. Free reading 10 mins
  2. Reading report
  3. Benny Lewis video
    1. How long has he been learning Japanese?
    2. How did he start learning Japanese?
  4. Book share in groups.
  5. The Story of People, listening cloze (listen and fill in the blanks). Up to the end of “The Middle Ages”.
  6. Showed the beginning of Sword in the Stone (up to “it was a Dark Age”).

Here’s the video I showed in class today (click the options button to see the Japanese subtitles)

Bonus video

See the videos of Benny’s “Japanese in 3 months” project

What do you think about what Benny says about learning languages?