Category Archives: 2014 WS

WS1, wk10, June 20th 2014

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The course outline is here: 2014 WS1_Handout

Homework:

  1. Answer the multiple-choice questions for chapter 10
  2. Write a (short) summary of chapter 9 – key points of the action only – plus your questions, thoughts, feelings, memories, associations, etc. I.e. your response.
  3. Presenters, prepare your presentation for next week (chapter 11)

Today’s class:

  1. Presentations on the vocabulary and meaning of chapter 9.
  2. List the events in the creation of Narnia (from p. 117)
  3. List the events in the creation of the world according to the first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis, chapters 1 and 2.

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WS1, wk9, June 13th 2014

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The course outline is here: 2014 WS1_Handout

Homework:

  1. Answer the multiple-choice questions for chapter 9
  2. Write a (short) summary of chapter 8 – key points of the action only – plus your questions, thoughts, feelings, memories, associations, etc. I.e. your response.
  3. Read Genesis chapter 1 (in either English or Japanese).
  4. Presenters, prepare your presentation for next week (chapter 10)

Today’s class:

Presentations on the vocabulary and meaning of chapter 8.

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WS1, wk8, June 6th 2014

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The course outline is here: 2014 WS1_Handout

Homework:

  1. Answer the multiple-choice questions for chapter 8
  2. Write a (short) summary of chapter 7 – key points of the action only – plus your questions, thoughts, feelings, memories, associations, etc. I.e. your response.
  3. Presenters, prepare your presentation for next week (chapter 9)

Today’s class:

Presentations on the vocabulary and meaning of chapter 7.

  1. Cockney accent.
  2. Buckingham Palace
  3. Houses of Parliament
  4. area (with railings)

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WS1, wk7, May 30th 2014

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I plan to have more discussions in the 2nd semester. This semester, we are focusing on understanding the story.

The course outline is here: 2014 WS1_Handout

Homework:

  1. Answer the multiple-choice questions for chapter 7
  2. Write a (short) summary of chapter 6 – about half a page of B5 will be enough. Key points of the action only.
  3. Presenters, prepare your presentation for next week (chapter 7)

Today’s class:

  1. Presentations on the vocabulary and meaning of chapter 6.
    1. a “cab” is short for cabriolet and is the name of a horse-drawn carriage used as a taxi in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Later, when horses were replaced by cars, the name “cab” was kept and is still used today to refer to a taxi. A taxi-driver is called a “cabby”, as was the driver of the horse-drawn carriages.
    2. Here’s a picture of a cabriolet from Wikipediacabriolet
    3. Here’s a photo (1877!) of a hansom cab, also used as a “taxi”:London_Cabmen

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WS1, wk6, May 23rd 2014

What did you think of today’s class? Is it useful for you to hear me read the text? What do you think of the multiple choice worksheets? Are they useful? Interesting? Too easy? Too difficult? What about the chapter summaries? Next week, I will give some guidance on writing summaries.

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I plan to have more discussions in the 2nd semester. This semester, we are focusing on understanding the story.

The course outline is here: 2014 WS1_Handout

Homework:

  1. Answer the multiple-choice questions for chapter 6 (and 5 if you have not already done it)
  2. Write a (short) summary of chapter 5 – about half a page of B5 will be enough.
  3. Presenters, prepare your presentation for next week (chapter 6)

Today’s class:

  1. Presentations on the vocabulary and meaning of chapter 5.

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WS1, wk5, May 16th 2014

What did you think of today’s class? Is it useful for you to hear me read the text? What do you think of the multiple choice worksheets? Are they useful? Interesting? Too easy? Too difficult? What about the chapter summaries? Next week, I will give some guidance on writing summaries.

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I plan to have more discussions in the 2nd semester. This semester, we are focusing on understanding the story.

The course outline is here: 2014 WS1_Handout

Homework:

  1. Answer the multiple-choice questions for chapter 5
  2. Write a (short) summary of chapter 4 – about half a page of B5 will be enough.
  3. Presenters, prepare your presentation for next week (chapter 5)

Today’s class:

  1. Presentations on the vocabulary and meaning of chapter 4.
  2. Key points:
    1. Digory is full of curiosity, whereas Polly is less so. She is more concerned with safety.
    2. The world they visit is old and dead.
    3. Polly is a brave girl, just as brave as Digory, but perhaps a more careful person.
    4. Digory and Polly quarrel (fight) about whether to hit the bell or not. In the end, Digory uses his strength to prevent Polly from going home while he hits the bell. Polly is very, very angry.

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WS1, wk4, May 9th 2014

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

Homework:

  1. Answer the multiple-choice questions for chapter 4
  2. Write a (short) summary of chapter 3 – about half a page of B5 will be enough.
  3. Presenters, prepare your presentation for next week (chapter 4)

Today’s class:

  1. Presentations on the vocabulary and meaning of chapter 3.
  2. Key points:
    1. “why” (not a question word)
    2. “Bother (botheration)”
    3. Uncle Andrew himself never went to the Wood Between the Worlds, so he does not fully understand the rings and how they work.
    4. The rings are made from the dust in the box that Mrs. Lefay gave to Uncle Andrew (but she told him not to open the box, and he did). The dust, we learn in chapter 3, origianlly came from the Wood Between the Worlds.
    5. Digory has a “wonderful idea” to explore the other worlds by jumping into some other pools.
    6. Polly makes him mark the pool first, so they can find their way back home. She is safety-conscious.

 

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Writing Strategies, week 3: April 25th, 2014

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The course outline (if you attended week 1, you  should already have a copy: I just added a blank schedule) is here: 2014 WS1_Handout

Homework

Read chapters 2 and 3 of “The Magician’s Nephew” and answer the multiple-choice questions.

Presenters, prepare your presentations.

In today’s class

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Writing Strategies I, week 2: April 18th, 2014

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The course outline (if you attended week 1, you  should already have a copy: I just added a blank schedule) is here: 2014 WS1_Handout

Homework

  • 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).
  • Answer the multiple-choice questions about chapter 1.
  • Read chapter 2
  • Read “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in English or in Japanese (or both!), and/or watch the movie.
  • leave a comment here about today’s class.

 

In today’s class

In today’s class we read chapter 1 in the textbook. Two groups told us the keywords and summarised the story.

 

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Welcome to Sheffner’s 2014 Writing Strategies I, week 1: April 11th, 2014

Welcome to Sheffner’s 2014 Writing Strategies 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: what did we do in today’s class and your comment.
    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 about your favourite English story, or your favourite Japanese children’s story.”
    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).
  4. Watch the movie of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (LWW), or read the book (in English or in Japanese). There is no deadline for this homework, but you will enjoy “The Magician’s Nephew” more and understand it better if you know the story of LWW.
  5. Group 1 – prepare to explain about the first 8 pages (first half) of chapter 1 to the class next week.
  6. Group 2 – prepare to explain about the second half of chapter 1 to the class next week.

In today’s class, we

  1. Received Sheffner’s contact information and blog address, and the outline of this course.
  2. Did some freewriting and started reading chapter 1

Textbooks:

  1. This semester we will be reading & discussing C.S. Lewis’ Narnia story, “The Magician’s Nephew”. You can buy it on Amazon Japan. Click here. You can buy a good 2nd-hand copy from as little as ¥120! Click here. I use a Kindle version which I can read on my iPhone or iPad. Click here for the Kindle version.There is a Japanese translation, which costs just ¥1 on Amazon Japan!

I look forward to teaching you and learning with you this semester. In this class this semester, we will

  • read a C.S. Lewis’ story
  • learn something about C.S. Lewis himself
  • learn about academic writing formats
  • make 1 or 2 presentations
  • write a final paper in English.

Why read “The Magician’s Nephew” (TMN)?

  1. It is a very famous children’s story in the English-speaking world.
  2. You can learn about British culture and history (a little) by reading it
  3. You can learn about Christianity
  4. Christianity is an important part of Western culture
  5. It is a children’s story, so it is relatively easy to read
  6. It is not a textbook, but an original story written for native-speaking English children.
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