AS1: Week 3, April 27th, 2018

(No class next week. Next class, May 11th)
Homework
Read either
  1. the story of Noah and the flood (Genesis 6-9), OR
  2. the story of the tower of Babel (Genesis 11)

and

  1. What are the key points of this story?
  2. What can you learn about Western civilization from this story?
Today’s class
  1. How can you improve your (academic) English ability?
  2. What is the difference between England, Britain, Great Britain and the United Kingdom?
  3. Adam & Eve story in Genesis
    1. What are the key points of this story?
    2. What can you learn about Western civilization from this story?
  • Review of key points of academic writing
    • Start with a research question
      • e,g, what are academic skills?
      • e.g. what is the difference between England, Britain, United Kingdom?
      • e.g. how has British history affected Japanese people today?
      • This research question could question existing accepted knowledge
        • e.g. is the earth really at the centre?
        • Is a classroom really the best place to learn English?
    • Define your terms, e.g.
      • original meaning of “academic”
      • history of academic writing – where does it come from
      • original meaning of “Britain”, “England”, “Great Britain”
      • History of Britain – who were the first Britons? Where did they come from? When did they come to Britain? Why? How did they live? What language(s) did they speak?
    • Collect your evidence
      • Observations (what you see, hear, touch, smell, taste with your own senses)
      • objective facts (what other people can confirm with their senses)
      • make careful notes of what you find – dates and names of people, places, etc.
    • Decide your answer (conclusion) to your research question
    • present / publish your answer (conclusion, findings, research results) including your facts which support your conclusion.

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