Interactive Writing II Session #10: December 4th, 2009

  1. Assigned 1 paragraph of chapter 4 per student to translate into Japanese.
  2. Conferenced with each student to confirm outstanding assignments.
  3. When to do the make-up classes? I cancelled Nov. 6th class due to entrance exams at my home university. I will also cancel January 15th class in order to attend a conference. Official make-up days are Saturday Jan. 9th and 16th, however, many students said they were unavailable on those days. I asked all students to mark on their paper when and what days they would be available for a makeup class. Unfortunately, not all students can make any one day or time. However, most students are free on Tuesday 5th period. Therefore the first make-up class will be December 8th, Tuesday, 2009, 5th period (16:45-18:15).

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Research in English II Session #10: December 4th, 2009

  1. Checked with each student all outstanding assignments.
  2. Returned old papers
  3. Unit VII Part 1 worksheet
  4. Free time for writing report #2 (this report is due next wekk, Dec. 11th)

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Interactive Writing II Session #9: November 27th, 2009

  1. Mini-lecture on “Changing attitudes to children and the police in the U.K.”
    1. Write your notes in Japanese on your blog in 200 characters
  2. We read more of chapter 3 with individual students translating paragraphs. We read up to page the bottom of page 37.
  3. Homework: Write a summary of chapter 3 in Japanese in 200 characters, and post it to your blog by Wednesday December 2nd.

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Research in English II Session #9: November 27th, 2009

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  1. Comments about the report #1:
    1. Don’t use “I” or “me” or “my” in an academic paper (write your personal opinions in a last paragraph)
    2. Don’t put anything in the footer except the page number
    3. Use “according to…”
    4. Distinguish between fact and opinion (especially your opinion and other writers’ opinions).
  2. Listening – textbook page 36: listening (fill in the blanks + worksheet questions)
  3. Listening – textbook page 37: answer the questions on the worksheet
  4. Homework: report #2
    1. due December 11th
    2. 500-800 words (you can count the words using MSWord’s “wordcount” tool)
    3. on any topic from the list: you can choose a new topic or use the same topic as for report #1 (but then you must have new content, of course)
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Interactive Writing II Session #8: November 13th, 2009

  1. Students translated paragraphs from chapter 3, from p. 24-32.
  2. Some questions to think about:
    1. Many young girls in England and Europe want to have a horse or pony. Did you want to have a pony when you were a little girl?
    2. Why does Mother feel sorry for Gem? Do you (feel sorry for Gem)?
  3. Homework:
    1. translate the next section of chapter 3
    2. write 1 paragraph in English (50-70 words) introducing a famous Japanese writer of children’s stories. The writer can be living or dead.
    3. Next class will be November 27th, in 2 weeks’ time.

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Research in English II Session #8: November 13th, 2009

  1. We heard summaries of students’ Australia reports, in English and in Japanese.
  2. Some comments about the reports:
    1. Next time  –
      1. write (in your first paragraph) why you chose the topic,
      2. make some connection with Japan (e.g.: Japan has tried to introduce a Flying Doctor service like Australia’s, but the cost is too high).
      3. please write about the advantages (plus points) and disadvantages (minus points) of the different arguments. E.g., the plus side and the minus side of a White Australia policy; the plus side and the minus side of  immigration or of multiculturalism.
  3. Short quiz on Australian vocabulary.
  4. Homework:
    1. Textbook Unit 6 Part 1 worksheet.
    2. Next report will be due December 11th. For this report, you can choose the same topic as for Report #1, or choose a new topic.
    3. N.B.: next class will be on November 27th.

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Interactive Writing II Session #6: October 30th, 2009

  1. Listen to my summary of chapter 1. Answer my questions.
  2. Write down/note these 7 questions, and answer them in English for homework. Post the answers to your blog AND give them to me next class (November 6th):
    1. What happened in your life when you were 7-10 years old? (E.g., when I was 7, my family moved to Algeria in North Africa. We lived in Algiers for 9 months. I did not play with the neighbours, unfortunately.)
    2. When you were a child, what kind of home did you live in?
    3. Did you have neighbours? Did the neighbours have children?  Did you play with them?
    4. Nona moved from India to England when she was 8. Did you move somewhere far away when you were growing up?
    5. Did you ever live next door to an empty house or flat? How did you feel?
    6. The house next door in the story “Little Plum” is made new, it is renovated. Has your home or a room in your home ever been renovated? Have you lived in a renovated house? How does it feel?
    7. In “Little Plum”, the girl next door has many toys and much furniture. How about you? Did you have many toys when you were growing up? Did you have a favourite toy? What was it?
  3. Read along with me as I read the rest of chapter 2. Be ready to answer my questions about the meaning of words and phrases.
  4. Homework exchange: show the picture and meaning that you looked up for homework.
  5. Collected:
    1. what kind of girl is Nona? What kind of girl is Belinda? (What are their characters like?)
    2. Diagram showing the relationships between the people in the story.
  6. Homework:
    1. translate into Japanese the section of chapter 3 I assigned to you.
    2. post on your blog the picture and the meaning of the word you looked up for last week’s homework. Do this by Wednesday Nov. 4th, 23:59. (Bring your paper to class next week Nov. 6th)
    3. post on your blog your answers to the 7 questions above.  Do this by Wednesday Nov. 4th, 23:59. (Bring your paper to class next week Nov. 6th)

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Research in English II Session #6: October 30th, 2009

  1. Remaining movie reports
  2. If you have not done a movie report, email me your movie report or give it to me in class next week (November 6th). Those who hand in work late will receive a maximum grade of 80%.
  3. Presentation etiquette: if someone gives a presentation before you on the same topic as you, don’t repeat all their information (e.g. director, main actors, story, etc).
  4. Plagiarism. See handout. (Also see the website Academic Writing by Andy Gillett.) 

    Plagiarism is taking another person’s words or ideas and using them as if they were your own. 

  5. How to avoid plagiarism:
    1. “You need to acknowledge the source of an idea unless it is common knowledge” <http://www.uefap.com/writing/writfram.htm>
    2. Paraphrasing
    3. Summarising
    4. Reporting
  6. Practice: write a short summary of the reading on page 30 in your textbook. Summarise and report, using one or two of the expressions in today’s handout (see especially pages 6 + 7)
  7. Collected:
    1. movie reports and handouts (if you did not give me your movie report today, email it to me by Wednesday November 4th, 23:59)
    2. summary of page 30.
  8. Homework: for November 13th.
    1. Choose a topic from the list below.
    2. Write 300-500 words in English about the topic.
    3. Make it clear which are your own words and ideas, and which are the words and ideas of other people.
    4. Paraphrase
    5. Summarise
    6. Report
    7. You must include a list of references using the MLA style  (<– link to Japanese Wikipedia page) (see handout  from October 9th).
    8. Choose one from this list:
      1. Immigrants in Australia – where did they come from? When? Why?
      2. Australia and WWI (1914-1918) and the Boer War
      3. Australia and WWII (1939-1945)
      4. Sheep and cattle farming in Australia (history and today)
      5. Rabbits and other animals introduced into Australia – reasons, problems
      6. Aborigines (“Lost Generation”, half-castes, problems, etc)
      7. Gold, opal and other mining industries in Australia
      8. White Australia policy
      9. Multiculturalism – what is it? When did it start? Problems?
      10. Early British settlers – convicts, transportation

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