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Research in English #9: June 19th, 2009

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  1. Poster presentations
    1. 12 people gave presentations today.
    2. Everyone who did NOT give a presentation today must do it next week.
  2. Some general comments about the presentations:
    1. These are YOUR presentations, so I think it is better if I say nothing about the presentation styles. Students should reflect (反省)on their own presentations, and learn by observing other presentations.
    2. About the content of the presentations, I was pleased because all of them showed
      1. you had done some research
      2. you chose topics that had educational value for the class
    3. What is your purpose or objective for studying at university?
      1. to learn to think
      2. to gain new understanding
      3. to graduate on time (i.e. in 4 years or less).
    4. Information –> Knowledge –> Understanding.
      1. E.g. Australia has many World Heritage sites (information –> knowledge, because most of you already know what “World Heritage Site” means because you have some in Japan, e.g. Horyuji 法隆寺)
      2. 2 of them are Cultural Heritage sites – Sydney Opera House and Carlton Gardens (information –> knowledge, because you already know what the Sydney Opera House is, so you can guess why it is of cultural importance)
      3. Almost all the other World Heritage sites in Australia are sites of natural beauty or importance, e.g. the Great Barrier Reef (knowledge). What can we understand about Australia from this knowledge and information?
    5. What is the principle on which “freedom of religion” is based? It is based on the ideas
      1. that all human beings are individuals
      2. that human beings think as individuals (“there is no such thing as a collective brain” – Ayn Rand)
      3. that a human being’s life belongs to no-one but himself/herself
      4. that individuals must therefore be free to think for themselves and make their own decisions about what is best for their own life
      5. freedom of religion is based on the freedom to think what you like and to disagree with the people around you without fear of violence or coercion.
  3. Returned homework from June 5th – Unit II, Part II worksheet (the didgeridoo)
    1. Mind your tenses 時制 – rule of thumb:  use the same tense in your answer as in the question
  4. Textbook (p. 22) Unit III, part II listening – The Broome Pearlers (listen and write the answers in your textbook)
  5. Homework – none
  6. Collected – Unit III, Part III worksheet and posters
    1. I plan to take photos of all the posters and post the photos here on this blog (unfortunately, my camera ran out of batteries last Friday, so I could not take photos then).
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