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WS1: Week 3, April 27th, 2018

(No class next week. Next class, May 11th)

Homework (for May 11th)

  1. read chapter one of “Havelock the Warrior”
  2. underline or mark with a highlighter pen all the words and sentences that you need to use a dictionary for.
  3. Bring your paper to class next time.

Today’s class

  1. Summary of key points of academic writing
    • Academic writing.
    • Start with a research question
      • e,g, what are academic skills?
      • why did the author write/tell this story?
      • What is the purpose of stories?
      • why are stories so important to human beings?
    • Define your terms
      • e.g  original meaning of “academic”
      • history of academic writing – where does it come from
      • E.g. meaning / origin of the word “story”
    • Collect your evidence
      • Observations (what you saw/read with your own eyes)
      • objective facts (dates and names of people, places, etc)
      • make careful notes of what you find
    • Decide your answer to your research question
    • present / publish your answer (conclusion, findings, research results) including your facts which support your conclusion.
      • get feedback from audience (listeners & readers) so that you can
        • correct your language (grammar)
        • correct your thinking (logic)
        • improve your communication to make it more effective
  2. Response to lPot with the Hole” story
    1. summary
    2. what doea the author want to say? What is the meaning of the story?
    3. your personal response /reaction
    4. In future, we will discuss the author’s workdview
    5. intro to Havelock homework

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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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AS2: week 3, October 13th

Homework

  • Start work on your independent study project and show me next week.
  • Read chapter 2 of ITHOTR. Write a shor comment about it.

Today’s class

  1. The desire to learn, to grow, to improve our situation, to understand ourselves and the world we live in, is a beautiful one. Where does this come from?
  2. Individual conferencing about independent study topics.

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WS1, week 3, April 28th, 2017

Homework

  1. Finish ch. 1 MCQs
  2. Read chapter 2  of “The Magician’s Nephew”.
  3. write a short summary of chapters 1 & 2
  4. Choose another easy reading book from the list. Read it. Write a short report :
    1. Title (English)
    2. Title (Japanese  – if it is a famous novel, you will find this easily with a bit of research)
    3. Author . Some books are original stories. But many books are famous novels re-written for English students (like you).  In that case, write the name of the author of the original story, not the easy-reading version.
    4. 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 from reading this book? (You may need to do a little bit of research).
      6. Your comments (short, please)

Today’s class

Today I will use some extracts from this book to introduce the importance of thinking logically when writing in English.


  1. What  book did you read for homework?
  2. Chapter 1 multiple-choice quiz.

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AS1, week 3, April 28th, 2017

Homework

  1. Read chapter 2 in the textbook.
  2. Write a summary of chapter 2, like you did in class for chapter 1 – use your own words and do not look at the textbook.
  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

Today I will use some extracts from this book to introduce the importance of thinking logically when writing in English.


  1. What movie or book did you read or watch for homework?
  2. Textbook
    1. p. 4, answer the question
    2. read (again) pp. 5-12
    3. p. 13 ① and ② answer the questions
    4. p. 14 ④ answer the questions.
  3. With books closed, write a paragraph about what you learned about Britain from reading chapter 1.
  4. We watched the beginning of “Bend It Like Beckham” and recorded the main details.

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WS2, week 3, October 7th, 2016

Homework

Read TMN chapter 13.

Today’s class

  1. TMN chapter 12 MCQs.
  2. Checked answers.
  3. Watched key scenes from “The Wizard of Oz”.
    1. “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
    2. “Follow the yellow brick road.”
    3. “I am Oz!”

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AS2, week 3, October 7th, 2016

Homework

  1. Who is Joseph in the movie “Far and Away”? Write a definition of him in 1 or 2 sentences.
  2. Read pp 3-4 of the story “In the Heart of the Rockies”
    1. How much did it cost to travel the cheapest way from UK to America in those days?
  3. Find a movie from the movie list, watch it, and write a 1 or 2-sentence definition of it. Download the movie list here: as2_usa_movie_list_v2
  4. Find a book from the reading list and start reading. Download the easy reading list here:   as2_easy_reading_list
    1. The book should be “easy” for you, that means you can understand 90% without a dictionary.

Today’s class

  1. Textbook pp 4-5 quiz.
  2. Homework review
    1. Where are the following places in the UK?  (Draw a simple map.)
      1. Portsmouth
      2. Liverpool
    2. Where are the following places in the USA? (Draw a simple map.)
      1. Denver
      2. Colorado
      3. Montana
      4. California
      5. The Rockies
  3. Where and what is Portsmouth in the UK?
    1. “Portsmouth is an important port on the south coast of England.”
  4. Where and what is Liverpool?
  5. Where and what is Denver?
  6. Where and what are the Rockies?
  7. Watch the Sir Walter Raleigh scene in “Elizabeth – the Golden Age” (chapter 3).
    1. Who and what was Sir Walter Raleigh?
    2. What did he give to Queen Elizabeth and where did they come from?
  8. Watch the beginning of “Far and Away”.

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WS1, week 3, May 5th, 2016

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation about the movie assigned to you. Next week, Ms. Aoki and Chatani on “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” movie.
  • Read and understand chapter 2. Quiz next week.

Today’s class

  1. Movie list: checked the Japanese titles and whether the movie is available in the DWC library. (All are except 5 “The Sword in the Stone”, 8 “Animal Farm”  and 9 “V for Vendetta”)
  2. Purposes of this class.
    1. To develop your thinking skills
    2. Blooms%20Taxonomy
      1. First comes infomration, then
      2. understanding
      3. and later come applying and analysis
    3. Analysis means
      1. dividing something into parts, e.g. we can divide a story into beginning, middle and end. Where does the beginning end and the middle part begin? Chapter 2? 3?
      2. Then we can sort these parts, putting like with like.
        1. E.g., when you organize your clothes, you put like with like: all the socks together, all the dresses and skirts together, all the shirts together.
        2. We can divide a story into characters, places, themes. We can subdivide characters into good and bad.
    4. To develop your English skills
      1. listening – I will speak to you in English as much as possible
      2. reading – you will read both in class (intensively) and outside of class (extensively).
      3. speaking – discussion and presentations
      4. writing – summaries and long answers to essay-type questions. We will do this later this semester and more in the fall semester.
    5. Discussion
      1. In 2 groups of 11 students each.
      2. Group 1 discussed the homework MCQs 1~6.
      3. Group 2 listened and gave group 1 a score on the quality of their discussion.
      4. Group 2 discussed the homework MCQs 7~8 (we ran out of time).

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AS1, week 3, May 5th, 2016

Homework

  • Prepare your presentation on the movie “Excalibur” (Ms. Kitamura and Ms. Ariyoshi).
  • Choose a book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list
  • My challenge for you is to read 15 books from this list by the end of this semester.

Today’s class

  1. Quiz on textbook pp 5-12. See page 13 Section 1 (Comprehension) and 2 (Vocabulary).
  2. Purposes for studying British history in English
    1. To develop your thinking skills
    2. Blooms%20Taxonomy
    3. To develop your English skills of
      1. listening
      2. reading (vocabulary, grammar, idioms, etc)
      3. speaking
      4. writing
      5. presenting
        1. Be interesting
        2. easy to understand
        3. memorable
    4. Discussion about the 7 questions about Japan at the bottom of page. 13 of the textbook.
      1. Two groups:
      2. Group 1 discussed questions 1~3
      3. Group 2 listening and gave a score out of 10 for group 1’s discussion.
      4. Change: group 2 discussed questions 4~7, while group 1 listening and gave a score out of 10.

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WS2, week 3, October 9, 2015

Homework

  • Easy reading: choose an easy reading book from the “Easy Reading” section of the library.
  • Read it.
  • Start your own “My Reading List” record. Include the following items:
    • Title, author, level, genre, comment

Today’s class

  1. Checked answers to the “Short Essay” questions for chapter 10.
  2. Checked the answers to the MCQs of chapter 12

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