Category Archives: 2014 AS

As1, wk5, May 16th 2014

What did you think of today’s class? Did you enjoy the discussion? Did you enjoy taking part? Would you like to have more discussions in future? Let me know in the comments (or send me a private email).

The latest presentation schedule for this semester is here:AS1_Schedule

Homework:

Read pages 138-9 in the textbook.

Today’s class:

  • Presentation about pages 137-8 (family life”.
  • Discussion about why the man was considered “master of the household”.
  • To answer this question, we followed these steps:
    1. What does “master” mean?
      1. We decided it meant – leader, owner
    2. What does “household” mean?
      1. The dictionary told us it means 世帯、家庭
    3. Where might this idea that “the man is master of the household” come from?
      1. One possibility is the Bible.
        1. Please read Genesis 1, 26-29 (and you can read a Japanese version here)
        2. Please read 1 Cor. 11:3 (this is a letter from the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians; see the Japanese translation here)
      2. Another possibility is that it comes from the simple fact that men are in general stronger and taller than women.
        1. From this, it is logical to think that the man would be the natural choice to lead the family because in early times, physical strength was necessary to find food, to build shelter and to protect the family.

As1, wk4, May 9th 2014

Kamogawa River, Kyoto, May 9th, 2014
Kamogawa River, Kyoto, May 9th, 2014

Updated:May 11th. Added links for the key points.

Homework:

Read pages 136-7 in the textbook.

Today’s class:

 

 

Academic Skills, week 3, April 25th, 2014

What did you think of today’s class? Let me know in the comments (or send me a private email).

The presentation schedule for this semester is here:AS1_2014_Schedule

Homework:

Read the textbook pp 134-5. Prepare your presentation.

In today’s class:

  • presentation on pp 132-3 of the textbook. Didn’t they do a good job?
  • were the Corn Laws a good idea? (Don’t forget the consequences!)
  • who wants sanctions against Russia? Who does not? Why?
  • there are two kinds of questions used in education:
    • questions to which the answers are in the textbook (or in the dictionary or in some other book or website)
    • questions to which there are no correct answers, but which require you to think.

Academic Skills I, week 2: April 18th, 2014

What did you think of today’s class? Let me know in the comments (or send me a private email).

The presentation schedule for this semester is here:AS1_2014_Schedule

Homework:

  1. If you have not yet done so, send me an email and leave a comment on this blog (see last week’s post for details).
  2. Leave a comment on this blog: write a short comment about today’s class.
  3. Prepare your presentation.

In today’s class we read the textbook pp 130-131. We discussed why at first only landowners were allowed to vote: because they own the land, they have the future of the land at heart. So they were considered the most suitable people to decide matters that affect the future of the country.

 

Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Skills I, week 1: April 11th, 2014

Welcome to Sheffner’s 2013 Academic Skills (AS) I class blog. Thank you for visiting.

This blog will be updated weekly. Each week there will be a summary of the lesson and the homework details.

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Weeping cherry in Himuro Jinja, Nara city.

Homework

  1. Send me an email: a short comment about today’s class.
    1. Use the proper email format

      English Email format
      English email format
  2. Leave a comment here on this blog by clicking the words “Leave a comment” at the bottom of this post (投稿).
    1. The comment topic is: “Tell us something you know about British history”
    2. For your privacy, when leaving a comment, use your family name only or use a nickname.
    3. If you use a nickname, please tell me your nickname when you send me your email.
    4. To leave a comment, you must first type in your email address. Please use your school email address.
  3. Homework deadline for #1 and #2 above: Tuesday (April 15th) midnight (23:59).

In today’s class, we

  1. Received Sheffner’s contact information and blog address and the outline of this course.
  2. Did some freewriting
  3. Decided student groups/partners and the schedule of presentations.

Textbooks:

  1. “Illustrated History of Britain” (IHB) (Click the link to buy it on Amazon Japan. There is also a Japanese translation to help you. Click here to see it on Amazon Japan.)
  2. A Guide to MLA Documentation

In this class this semester, we will

  • read chapters 19-21
  • learn something about British history
  • learn about academic writing formats
  • make 1 or 2 presentations
  • write a final paper in English.