Category Archives: Academic Skills

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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AS1: Week 2, April 20th, 2018

Homework

  1. Read the textbook pp. 5-12.
  2. What are the key points? Write them in a comment on this blog.  (For your privacy, I suggest you only use EITHER your FAMILY name or your GIVEN name, not both.)
  3. Watch this video. (You may find it easier to watch with no sound!)

Today’s class

  1. What? (e.g. what is academic writing?)
  2. When? (e.g. today’s date – keep a record of when you wrote your notes).
  3. Where? (e.g. where was Plato’s Akademia?
  4. Who? (e.g. who was Copernicus?)
  5. How? (e.g. how has British history influenced modern Japanese culture and society?)
  6. Why? (E.g. why study academic writing?)
  • Presentation on academic writing (download the handout here: what is academic writing_short_v3
  • fill in the blanks in the worksheet
  • Discuss in small groups and write your answer based on the mini-presentation.
  • What are the key points of the Adam and Eve story according to the Bible?
    • Discuess in smaal groups and write your answer.

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AS1: Week 1, April 13th, 2018

Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Skills I class, Friday 1st period.

The textbook is Sellen, D. “The British Isles”. Black Cat, 2011. British Isles+cd New (Reading & Training)

Homework

  1. Read the Bible Book 1 (Genesis) chapters 1, 2 and 3 (in Japanese is ok).
  2. Leave a comment on this blog about today’s class.
    1. Your name is public, but your email is private. Any email address that you regularly use is ok.

Today’s class

  1. Small-group discussion and report and individual written answers: What are “academic skills”?
  2. Small-group discussion and report and individual written answers: What do you know about British history, and what do you think is important to know about British history?
  3. Small-group discussion and report and individual written answers: What British historical people, events or things (inventions, technology, books, etc) have affected modern Japanese society and culture?
    1. Some examples: the telephone, trains, television, the World Wide Web, trained nurses.
  4. You can download today’s handout here: AS1, 2018 – course intro

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AS2: WEEK 15, JANUARY 19TH, 2018

Today’s class

  • last-minute check of final essay.
  • Please email me your final essay if you have not already done so. I must have your essay by Jan. 31st.

Best wishes to you all. Sayonara.

 

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AS2: WEEK 14, January 12th, 2018

Homework

Finish writing your final probject. Print it out and bring it to class next week. Also, please email it to me.

See here for tutorial videos: http://sheffnersweb.net/blogs/classblogs/dwc/?p=3485

Click here to download a sample essay: Sample_Essay_template

Today’s class

  • Class questionnaire
  • Please give me your comments about the following
    • ITHOTR (In the Heart of the Rockies” story
    • Mini-lectures (note-taking and dictation)
    • Presentations
    • 1-to-1 conferencing
    • Movie list
    • Reading list
  • 1-to-1 conferencing about final projects

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AS2: WEEK 13, January 5th, 2018

Homework

Email me your writing if you want me to check it. Continue with your final project.

Today’s class

  1. Free writing – your winter vacation
  2. Sentence combining.
    1. Read through your free writing  and find sentences that can be combined.
  3. Claims and evidence. Every claim needs evidence. What evidence could you provide to support your claims in your free writing?
  4. How to use MSWord’s Reference function for citations and making a bibliography
  5. Document formatting for academic writing:
    1. Use an English font – either Century or Times New Roman, size 12.
    2. Choose double-spacing (see videos below)
    3. Watch the video below to review how to create references and a bibliography using MSWord

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year . Best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous year.

“There is never a stop to the sunrise. Sunrise happens all day long. Somewhere on this earth the sun is rising. Somewhere on this earth the sun is setting. That was just where YOU were. It never stops. It keeps happening all day long. And what is your night, somewhere is daylight.”

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AS2: WEEK 12, DECEMBER 22nd, 2017

Homework

Work on your final project. Bring your work to the next class on Friday January  5th.

Today’s class

  1. How did the Pilgrims in the Plymouth Colony communicate with the Native Americans?
    1. Listen to the mini-lecture and take notes, then write a paragraph summarising your notes.
  2. How do we know what happened in the Plymouth Colony?
    1. Listen to the mini-lecture and take notes, then write a paragraph summarising your notes.

 

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AS2: WEEK 11, DECEMBER 15TH, 2017

Homework

  • Continue with your independent study.
  • Bring what you have done to class next week (Dec. 22nd).

Today’s class

  1. Dictation
    1. About the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts
  2. List what you think the Pilgrims brought with them to America.
  3. Some of the things they actually brought:
    1. a sundial, candle snuffers, a drum, a trumpet, a complete history of Turkey, a Bible in Turkish.
    2. One man (William Mullins) brought 126 pairs of shoes and 13 pairs of boots.
    3. They brought no cow, horse or fishing line.
    4. Among the professions were two tailors, a printer, several merchants, a silk worker, a shopkeeper and a hatter. No farmers.
    5. Six died in the first two weeks, eight in December, 17 more in February, 13 in March.
    6. By April, when the Mayflower went back to England, there were just 54 people left, half of them children.
  4. Two questions:
    1. How do we know what happened to the colonists?
    2. How did the colonists communicate with the native Americans?

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AS2: WEEK 10, DECEMBER 8TH, 2017

Homework

Keep working on your independent study. Be ready to report on your progress next class – Dec. 15th.

Today’s class

Class canceled – moved to Saturday Dec. 9th.

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