Category Archives: 2018 AS

AS1: week 10, June 22nd 2018

Homework

  1. (Finish the timeline for chapter 2 if you did not finish in class).
  2. Read chapter 3.
    1. Pick a topic that interests you for your next presentation.

Today’s class

  1. Student presentation
  2. General comments on presentations
    1. The language for presentations should be
      1.  simple (simple vocabulary, simple grammar, short sentences).
        1. Important difficult vocabulary which your audience may not know should be put on the screen so that your audience can hear and read.
        2. Important difficult vocabulary can be “glossed” (given a Japanese explanation or translation).
    2. Why do you think so many Japanese TV programs have Japanese subtitles?  –>
    3. Here is a collection of images found by searching on Google for “presentations” (images)
      1. What do you notice about many of the pictures?
      2. That is a hint: copy them.
image from https://www.strathmore.edu/news/adding-life-to-presentations-using-zui/

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AS1: Week 9, June 15th2018

Homework

None.

Today’s class

  • presentations
  • what do you want presenters to do? Make a list.
  • 1-2-1  conferencing about presentations
  • Textbook pp 24-26.

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AS1: Week 8, June 8th, 2018

Homework

  1. What did you learn about giving a good presentation from giving your presentation today?
  2. What did you learn about giving a good presentation from listening to your classmates’ presentations?

Today’s class

  • Presentations. If you were absent today, you can do your presentation next week.

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AS1: Week 7, June 1st, 2018

Homework

Re-write and prepare your presentation.

  • Presentations should be 2-3 minutes long.
  • Use plenty of pictures, maps and illustrations.
  • Use easy English.
  • Make sure your classmates can understand the words you use.
  • Make your presentation interesting!

Today’s class

  1. Checked answers to textbook questions on pages 13-15.
  2. 1-to-1 conferencing (if I did not talk to you, I will email you my comments by Sunday evening).

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AS1: week 6, May 25th, 2018

Homework

Prepare a presentation on some topic of British history, using easy English and lots of pictures, maps, illustrations etc.

Show me your draft (text and pictures) next week.

Presentations will start from June 8th.

Today’s class

  1. Textbook p. 13, 14 and 15  exercises.
  2. One-to-one conferencing with students.

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AS1: Week 5, May 18th, 2018

Homework

  1. Read chapter 2
  2. Pick a topic.
  3. Do some research about it.
  4. Write a short report.

Today’s class

  1. What are you going to do today?
  2. How do you want me to help you?
  3. What did you read in English recently? Did you take notes?
  4. What English movie did you watch recently? Did you take notes?

 

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AS1: week 4, May 11th, 2018

Homework

  1. Write a report about the Biblical story of either
    1. Noah and the flood, or
    2. the Tower of Babel.
  2. Are these Bible stories history? Why (or why not)?
  3. Leave a comment about today’s class on this blog.

Next week: textbook chapter 2.

Today’s class

  1. Group discussion and reports about the Bible stories of Noah and the flood, and the Tower of Babel.
  2. Key points of the Flood story are
    1. it was a punishment by God for disobedience and sin (not recognizing God)
    2. only one good man and his family (Noah) was saved.
    3. God told Noah to build an ark, how to build it, what size, and what to put in it (two of every kind of creature), so that they could continue life on Earth after the flood.
    4. How did Noah know that the flood was over? He sent a dove out flying. Each time the dove came back because it found no place to land, only water everywhere. But one day, it came back with an olive branch in its beak. That is how Noah knew the flood was over.
    5. After this flood, God promised never to punish human beings with a flood again, and he set a rainbow as a sign of his promise.
  3. Key points of Babel story
    1. People became proud and no longer worshiped God
    2. King Nimrod decided to build a tower that would reach to heaven. He was proud and vain and did not worship or recognize God.
    3. God was angry, and decided to punish them, but he had promised never to send another flood.
    4. He confused the people’s  languages, so that they could not communicate and so they had to stop building the tower.
    5. Maybe the most famous Babel painting is the Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel, 1563.

 

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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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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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