Legend of Bacteria is the blog of a young Japanese man who has been in Australia for over a year, ever since graduating from university. I know him quite well, but I will respect his privacy and only refer to his handle name.
Who/what are the Gypsies or Romany people? Where did they come from? What language do they speak? What is the origin of their language? What is their history? Write on paper or by email in 60-100 words.
Correct and spellcheck your summary of and reaction to the Diddakoi story. Post to your blog (by Wednesday, June 10th, 13:00)
Post to your blog your answers to last week’s homework (when and where was Rumer Godden born and where and when did she die? Where are “the South Downs” and “Rye, Sussex”?)
Write a 50-word summary of Diddakoi AND a 50-word response. If you did not finish in class, email it to me before next Thursday, June 4th: marc.sheffnerアットマークgmail.com. INCLUDE YOUR NAME in your email.
Find a map of the UK and print it out or photocopy it.
On the map mark the following:
Where and when was Diddakoi author Rumer Godden born? Where and when did she die?
We checked over the answers to the homework from session #5 (May 15th) – Unit 2 Part 1
14 students gave a short, oral report about an Australian movie they watched.
Each report was 1-2 minutes long.
At the end of each report, the student said whether this movie was useful for learning about Australia or not.
After all the reports, each student wrote 2 comments on looseleaf paper, and gave the paper to the instructor:
a comment about all the movie reports in general
a comment (反省）about her own movie report
Those who did not give a movie report today can do it next week (June 5th)
Attention: there are many Australian movies, but not all of them are useful for learning about Australian culture, history or society. E.g. parts of “The Matrix” were filmed in Australia, but we cannot learn anything about Australia from watching “The Matrix”. Please choose your movies carefully.
I recommend these movies (other movies may be ok, e.g. “Australia”, but I have not seen them):
Visit the class blog (here) and leave a comment about this website and the Research in English class. When you leave a comment, use either your given name or your family name ONLY (not both), in order to protect your privacy. (You can comment in either Japanese or English, or both).
“Show and Tell”. Bring something Australian (or a picture of it) to show the class, and tell us about it. (1 minute)
Think about what topic you would like to do for your poster project (session #10, June 19th):
poster must include both written text (30-40%) and image/graphic/illustration/maps/tables, etc.
Explaining your poster should take about 2-3 minutes.
You can do the poster project ALONE or with a PARTNER.
I will ask you for your project topic next class (session #8, June 5th).
You can also email me your project title: marc.sheffnerアットマークgmail.com. INCLUDE YOUR NAME in your email.
To think about: at the end of the passage “Tasmanian Aborigines” (page 15), it is written, “We can learn much from the Aborigines. Imagine a life where everything is shared, everybody belongs to a family, has a job, and respects the environment.”
Aborigines have lived in Australia for thousands of years, yet their society never progressed beyond a nomadic lifestyle. Is it possible in today’s modern society to have such values as these and still keep our modern way of life (our economy, our material goods, our standard of living)?
Torrential rains and strong winds have left at least two people dead and forced thousands from their homes on Australia’s east coast, officials say.
Large areas of New South Wales and Queensland have been declared disaster zones. As many as 20,000 people have been cut off by the floodwaters. The flooding is the most extensive in the two states for 30 years.
Welcome to the class blog for Research in English, and Interactive Writing.
I will post my impressions and comments, suggestions and links each week. You can leave comments in Japanese or English. You can comment anonymously if you wish. You merely need to register using an email address.
Class blog for Sheffner's Academic Skills & Writing Strategies at DWC