Welcome to Sheffner’s 2013 Studies in English I class blog. Thank you for visiting. I look forward to teaching you and learning with you this year.
This blog will be updated weekly. Each week there will be a summary of the lesson and the homework details.
Textbook: There is no textbook for this course. However, students will need a looseleaf notebook. From time to time I will give you handouts. Additional information (links, videos, etc.) will be available on this blog.
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Weeping cherry in Himuro Jinja, Nara city.
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- Homework deadline: Tuesday (April 15th) midnight (23:59).
In this course, students will
- have group discussions,
- do lots of writing in English
- learn about academic writing formats
- make 2 formal presentations to the whole class,
- and write a final paper in English.
Some of the topics we might find out about:
- the sounds of English (phonemes and phonetics) and their corresponding written forms (graphemes)
- some rules of English spelling
- do men and women talk differently?
- how do children learn language?
- what is the difference between human and animal languages? Between human and computer languages?
- the origins of words, including common prefixes and suffixes, and word roots (morphemes, Greek and Latin influences)
- the history of the English language (Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Middle and modern English)
- English pronunciation and how it has changed over the centuries, and different dialects and accents
- learn about syllables, how to count them in English (poetry, haiku)
- compare aspects of English with other languages, especially other European languages and Japanese