Category Archives: 2018 WS

WS2: WEEK 5, OCTOBER 26TH, 2018

Homework

None

Today’s class

  • Compare your worksheet question answers with classmates in small groups.
  • Report your and your classmates’ answers in writing.
  • 1-2-1 conferencing to discuss your summaries of “Frederick” and “Gotta Go!” stories.

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WS2: WEEK 4, OCTOBER 19TH, 2018

Homework

Worksheet for “Frederick” by Leo Leonni

Today’s class

  1. Checking grammar for answers to “Gotta Go, Gotta Go!” worksheet
  2. “Frederick” by Leo Leonni
  3. Summarize the story in your own words.

 

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WS2: Week 3, October 12th, 2018

Homework

  • Summarise the story “Gotta Go! Gotta Go!”

Today’s class

  1. Correction of student sentences.
  2. In groups, report the different opinions about one of the “Frog and Toad” questions.
  3. Reading of “Gotta Go! Gotta Go!” story, and started answering the worksheet questions. To be continued next week.

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WS2: Week 2, October 5th, 2018

Homework

  • Write the story of “Gotta Go! Gotta Go!” as far as we read in class.
  • The theme of “Dragons and Giants” was ‘bravery’. What is an important theme of this story, do you think?

Today’s class

  1. Read again the story of Frog and Toad “Dragons and Giants”
  2. Worksheet questions:
    1. Write your answers to the worksheet questions
    2. discussion with classmates in small groups
    3. Write a short comment about the discussion
  3. New story: “Gotta Go! Gotta Go!”

 

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WS2: WEEK 1, September 28th, 2018

Hi, and welcome to Writing Strategies 2. I hope you enjoyed the summer vacation. I made a short trip to Lake Biwa and Nagano. How about you? You can let me know in the comments.

In this semester, we will continue reading simple stories in English. We will also focus on discussing the stories in English and writing reports of our discussions, in preparation for the final essay which will be due on the last class, Jan. 25th, 2019.

We will read new stories as well as read again some stories from last semester.

There is no textbook for this class.

Homework

  • None.

Today’s class

What is academic writing?
Why Sheffner does not count attendance when calculating students’ final grade
  • In my British university, there was
    • No attendance taken
    • no credit system, instead, there was a test/exam system:
      • a test at the end of the first year
      • “finals” at the end of the 3rd (final) year
      • no graduation certificate, but instead a degree certificate
    • Therefore I don’t put much emphasis on attendance but rather on the work that you do.
    • If you miss a class find out what we did (see this blog) and do the work
Academic writing
  • Plato’s academy
    • Not a school, more a community of learners, people who like to discuss and think about big questions, e.g. “what is a good person? How to live a good life?” etc.
  • Scientific revolution (Europe, 16th/17th centuries
    • Galileo, Copernicus, Newton, etc.
    • Questioning: is the earth really the centre? If so, there must be objective, sensory evidence.
      • I.e. looking for more than religious belief
Story
The Important Book (photocopies)
  • Read
  • Fill in the table
  • What is the meaning of “the important thing”?
  • Do you agree?
Pick 1 or 2 objects from the list that you disagree with and write what you think is the important thing about it.
Dragons and Giants (from Frog and Toad Together)
  1. Read the story and give the rough meaning in Japanese
  2. Fill in the story matrix.

Write a short comment about today’s class.

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WS1: WEEK 15, JULY 27TH, 2018

Today’s class (final)

Havelok

Non-Havelok students

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WS1: WEEK 14, JULY 20TH, 2018

Homework

Start work on your final report:

  • 500-800 words
  • typed
  • due July 27th (final class)
  • a book or movie
  • should be like a review on Amazon.

Havelok:

  1. bring a hard copy of your final project
  2. bring all your diaries to class for a final writing assignment
  3. email me a digital version of your final project

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WS1: Week 13, July 13th, 2018

Homework

Havelok Team

Continue working on your Havelok project, including your weekly diary.

Others

Start work on your final report:

  • 500-800 words
  • typed
  • due July 27th (final class)
  • a book or movie
  • should be like a review on Amazon.

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AS1/WS1: Week 12, July 6th, 2018

Due to the heavy rainfall, classes in the 1st and 2nd period on Friday, July 6th will be cancelled.

If classed after 2nd period are cancelled on Friday, July 6th, an official announcement will be posted on the Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts website around 10:00 A.M.

Exercise caution and take measures to protect your personal security.

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