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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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WS1: Week 2, April 20th, 2018

Homework

  1. What are the key points and the meaning of the story ‘The Pot with the Hole’? Bring your answers to class next week.
  2. Write a short personal comment about the story here on the class blog.

Today’s class

  • What is ‘academic writing’? It is part of a long tradition in Western civilization.
  • Download a PDF of today’s worksheet here: what is academic writing_short_v3

 

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WS2: week 2, October 6th, 2017

Homework

Read chapter 11 and write something about it, either

  1. a summary
  2. your response
  3. both 1 and 2.

Today’s class

Checked student summaries of chapter 10.

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AS2: week 2, October 6th, 2017

Homework

  1. Choose a topic of US history for your independent study
  2. If you wish, find classmates to study with.
  3. Begin your research.
  4. Read chapter 1 of “In the Heart of the Rockies” (ITHOTR). You can download it here: ITHOTR_MS_Simplified_ch2_v2

Today’s class

  1. Explanation of textbook: instead of a textbook, we will read and discuss together a simplified version of the story “In the Heart of the Rockies” by G.A. Henty
  2. Changes to the class:
    1. More time for one-to-one conferencing  (for giving feedback to written work and presentations)
    2. Independent study (alone or in groups)
    3. Choice as to what you produce as a result of your research.
  3. Student announcements

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WS1, week 2, April 21st, 2017

Homework

  1. Send me another email, using the correct format as shown here. If you cannot send  (if your email comes back), please try sending from your university email address <*@dwc.doshisha.ac.jp>  as this is white-listed. If even that does not work, please leave a message on this blog. Thanks.)
  2. Read chapter 1 of “The Magician’s Nephew”.
    1. Look up things you do not know, e.g.
      1. when Sherlock Holmes “lived”
      2. who the Bastables were (what book they appear in) and when these books appeared
      3. what an Eton collar is
      4. Jane Eyre and Treasure Island
      5. any other British cultural reference you find in chapter 1
  3. Choose a book from the reading list (you can download it here:    ws_easy_reading_library_list   )   read it, and write a short report about it.

 

Today’s class

  1. The Hometown game
  2. Mini-lecture on fairy stories and why C.S. Lewis called the Narnia stories “faairy tales” not fantasy stories.
  3. We started reading chapter 1 together.

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AS1, week 2, April 21st, 2017

Homework

  1. Send me another email, using the correct format as shown here. If you cannot send  (if your email comes back), please try sending from your university email address <*@dwc.doshisha.ac.jp>  as this is white-listed. If even that does not work, please leave a message on this blog. Thanks.)s.)
  2. Textbook
    1. p. 4, answer the questions
    2. read (again) pp. 5-12
    3. p. 13 ① and ② answer the questions
    4. p. 14 ④ answer the questions.
  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

  1. Hometown game
  2. Mini-lecture on the reasons why Japanese students can benefit from studying British history.
  3. Write a paragraph summarising the mini-lecture.
  4. Compare notes about the movie or book you chose last week from the list.

 

 

 

 

 

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WS1, week 2, April 22nd, 2016

Welcome to Sheffner’s AW class blog. This is a record of each week’s lesson, plus the homework. I may sometimes add related information or videos for you to watch or read. I will update this blog each Friday evening usually, and by Sunday evening at the latest.

NB:  Next class (week 4) will be in 2 weeks’ time, on May 6th.

Homework:

  1. List of British fantasy movies (download the list here: Brit movie List
    1. Find the Japanese title and write it on the form
    2. Are these movies in the DWC library? Mark those movies with a check mark in the “library” column.
    3. Is there a book of this story? Mark those movies with a check mark in the “book?” column.
  2. Read chapter 1 and answer the MCQs. (Download the MCQs document here: MN_MCQ_ch1
  3. Leave a comment here about
    1. today’s class
    2. your questions and notes about paragraphs 1 and 2 of chapter 1.
    3. To leave a comment you must
      1. Click the words “Leave a comment” at the bottom of this post,
      2. type in your name (use your family name only for your privacy)
      3. type in your university email address (this is not public; only I can see this)

Today’s class

  1. Introduction
    1. Hi, I’m Marc Sheffner, born in Britain, have French and English parents.
  2. In this class, we will do lots of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  3. Interest survey (download it here and complete if you were absent): Interest survey
  4. How to annotate a text:
    1. circle any vocabulary words you are unfamiliar with
    2. underline key phrases
    3. note anything that seems to you important or confusing
    4. write any questions you have about the text
  5. Read paragraphs 1 and 2 of chapter 1 and annotate

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AS1, week 2, April 22nd, 2016

Welcome, to Sheffner’s AS1 class blog. This is a record of each week’s lesson, plus the homework. I may sometimes add related information or videos for you to watch or read. I will update this blog each Friday evening usually, and by Sunday evening at the latest.

NB:  Next class (week 4) will be in 2 weeks’ time, on May 6th.

Homework:

  1. Using the list of British movies (download the list here: Brit movie List
    1. Find and write in the Japanese title for each movie.
    2. Is the movie in the DWC library? If so, put a check mark in the right-hand column.
    3. Bring this list to class next week
  2. Read pp 5-12 in the textbook. There will be a test next week. about today’s class and your notes and questions about the video clip.
  3. Visit this class blog and leave a comment.
    1. To leave a comment you must
      1. Click the words “Leave a comment” at the bottom of this post,
      2. type in your name (use your family name only for your privacy)
      3. type in your university email address (this is not public; only I can see this)

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WS2, week 2, October 2nd, 2015

Homework

  • Answer the MCQs (Multiple-choice questions) for chapter 2
  • Answer the “Short Essay” questions for chapter 11

Today’s class

  1. Checked the answers to the MCQs on chapter 11
  2. Short answer questions on chapter 11.

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AS2, week 2, October 2, 2015

Homework

  • Txtbk p 8-9
  • Go to library and find an easy reading  book about US history . Borrow and read the book.
  • Find one of the movies on the movie list. Watch the movie.

Today’s class

  1. Listen and answer the worksheet questions about early explorers of the American continent – Cabot, Cartier, Champlain, Hudson.
  2. Listen and fill out the worksheet about the early English colonies of Jamestown and Plymouth.

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