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Writing Strategies 2, session 1: September 23rd, 2011


  1. (for week 2) Write a summary of chapter 1 of “The Magician’s Nephew”, in English, in 5~7 sentences.
  2. email it to me by Monday 6 pm.
  3. I will correct it and return it to you by email.
  4. When you get your corrected summary back from me, post it on this blog as a comment (use your family name only)
  5. (for week 3) Read Genesis 1~3 (in either English or Japanese) 日本語聖書検索
  6. (for week 3)  What does the Bible teach us about magic? What is God’s attitude towards magic and towards people who use magic? Read each of the following Bible verses to find the answer:
    1. Exodus 7:1-8:19
    2. Deuteronomy 18:9-15
    3. Daniel 2
    4. Acts 8:9-13
    5. Acts 13:1-12
    6. Galatians 5:19-21

We also discussed, “What is Christianity? How is it different from Buddhism and other religions?”

According to the Book of Genesis, God gave the earth and everything in it to man to use:

Genesis 1:26

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Genesis 1:28

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

This is sometimes called “dominion theology” or dominionism (see English Wikipedia entry).

Many people blame the dominion theology of Genesis for our environmental problems. [From http://www.religioustolerance.org/tomek30.htm. Accessed 2011.09.23]

What do you think?

Please read the other students’ summaries in the comments below. Which ones are good summaries?

A row of town houses in London. Digory and Polly may have lived in one of these. Can you imagine the tunnel under the roof, connecting all the houses in a row? "Rowhouses" By Damian Gadal on Flickr. Perhaps nagaya in Japan is similar


Research in English (Linguistics) A session 5: May 20th, 2011

What is language?
What is language? By dgray_xplane on Flickr, via nfp 2.0 http://www.nfp2.co.uk/2007/06/01/doing-things-together/index.html
  1. What is the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis?
  2. What is Language? (handout: chapter 2 from “Introduction to Linguistics” by Jean Aitchison).


  1. Answer the 5 questions to the chapter “What is Language?”
  2. Your mother asks you, “What did you study today in Research in English?” What will you tell her? Explain to her in easy language (in Japanese). Then post this as a comment on the class blog or send as an email to me.
  3. Prepare a paragraph from chapter 2 of “The Mother Tongue”.

Student voices – Writing Strategies 1, session 3: May 13th, 2011

Student voices
  1. It was very useful for me to discuss with my partners, because each person had a few different idea.  I could understand more than before the class. I’ll do my best for Chapter 3 & 4, as well.
  2. 13日の授業では、Chapter1とChapter2の本文の内容について
  3. I read Chapter1 and 2 of “The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe”, and answered ten questions. The questions were a little difficult for me,
    but I could understand and enjoyed reading the book.
  4. I learned “The CHRONICLES of NARNIA”, yesterday. It was difficult foe me to be an essay question. I want to improve my English skills.
  5. We read Chapter1 & 2 of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and answered some questions about it last Friday. I enjoyed reading it and could understand the story. I thought the Faun was a good Faun, because he told Lucy the truth before telling the White Witch that a Daughter of Eve was there. I’m looking forward to taking next class.
  6. Yesterday, we read chapter 1 through chapter 2 of the book, and found the answers of teacher’s questions and Study Guide questions. In addition, I leaened a lot of new wards. I couldn’t find all the answers. So I felt that I should read the book more and more deeply. I enjoyed your class, thank you.
  7. Today, we checked answer about chapter 1 and 2. I corrected 8 questions of the vocabulary quiz. I incorrected the number 5.
    I watched NARNIA by DVD. Today, I learned about NARNIA’s story in detail. I want to learn about this books more, so I’ll do my best. Today’s class was interesting! I’m looking forward next class. See you next time.
  8. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is very interesting! This book is not so hard and clearly understand. The sentences in the book are usefull.  I would like to keep studying this book.
  9. 今日の授業で、chapter1,2の課題の答え合わせをし、意味がよくわからなかった単語や英語の表現について知ることができました。
  10. Today, we checked expressions that are in the text. And professor gave us some questions from chapter1 & 2 and we solved. It made my understanding of story more deep. I remember “moth-balls” mean “bouchu-zai”! I thought I didn’t read so much because today I felt that it was little hard for me to solve your questions. I’m going to read next chapters hard.
  11. 今日も講義ありがとうございました。 今日の講義内容は、”The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Study Guide” を使ってのQ&Aでした。問題を解きながら読み進めていくと、より理解が深まって新しい単語も覚えられたので勉強になりました。来週も楽しみにしています。授業内容
  12. 今日の授業は、先生の問題に答えていくことで自分で読むときよりたくさんのことを理解できました。たまに問題の意味がわからないところがあったので聞き取りもできるようにしたいです。

These are the comments I’ve received by email by Sunday May 15th, 10 a.m. There are more summaries in the comments.

Research in English (Linguistics) A session 4: May 13th, 2011

Spanish Fly? or ...
Spanish Fly? Or ...
or Spanish fly?
... or Spanish fly?
  1. Quiz on chapter 1
  2. We will finish reading chapter 1.


  1. Write a summary (about 100 words) in Japanese of today’s lesson and your personal comment: did you learn something new or interesting in today’s class? Did you find a comparison or connection with Japanese language and/or society?
    1. Send me your summary and comment by email by Tuesday midnight.
  2. What is the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis? Be prepared to explain it to the class next week.
    1. Click here for the Wikipedia entry in English, and here for the one in Japanese.
    2. Quote your source using the correct MLA format (see handout). You need to cite the reference in the text AND in a list 参照文献 at the end.

    Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf
    Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf. Photo from Bahas on Multiply (click image to visit source).

Writing Strategies 1, session 3: May 13th, 2011

Cave Hotel - would Mr. Tumnus like this one, do you think? Photo from The Telegraph. Clink image to visit source page)
  1. Check answers to the Study Guide questions for chapters 1 and 2.
  2. Quiz on chapters 1 and 2


  1. By midnight Friday May 13th write a short summary of today’s class and send it to me by email. Subject (件名):WS May 13 comment Full Name
    1. what did we do today? Did you learn something new? Something interesting? What do you remember about today’s class?
  2. By midnight Wednesday May 18th, write a brief account of a Japanese myth (200 words) and send it to me as an attachment.
    1. Write it in Microsoft Word or a similar word-processing software.
    2. use the “college paper” format – see the image below, or watch this 10-minute video that shows you how to format MS Word 2007
    3. double-spaced
    4. Use spell-check.
    5. Use word-count.
    6. Save the file as “Writing Strategies Japanese Myth Your Name”.
    7. Send it as an attachment to me by email by Wednesday midnight, May 18th.
    8. The email subject 件名 must be “Writing Strategies Japanese Myth Your Name”.
  3. By next class (Friday May 20th), read LWW chapters 3 and 4, and answer the Study Guide questions Vocabulary and 1-4 (on pages 15 + 16).
  4. By the class after next (Friday May 27th): are there any publications in Japanese like the Spark Notes for “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”? (see handout). If so, where can they be found and/or bought? What are the contents like? Are they useful?
  5. By the class after next (Friday May 27th), find 10 customer reviews in Japanese about “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (for example on Amazon Japan), and choose the best one (in your opinion).  It doesn’t matter if the original book is the English version or the Japanese translation. Reviews of this book are OK, too. The 10 customer reviews should include both positive and negative reviews. Print out the best one and bring it to class. Be prepared to explain to the class why you think it is a good review.
  6. College paper format College paper format. (Image courtesy of Mr. Lopate’s “Writing Tips and Hints” blog. Click the image to visit the blog)

Writing Strategies 1, session 2: May 6th, 2011


Pan and Psyche by Edward Burne-Jones, 1874
Pan and Psyche by Edward Burne-Jones via hotgothiclayouts

In today’s session:

  1. Please do the homework, even if you are late: my job is
    1. to teach you, and
    2. to assess you – do you keep your promises? Do you keep deadlines?
  2. Report format (see below) for May 18th homework.
  3. Study Guides
  4. Translate first paragraph (pages 1-2)
  5. Study Guide, chapters 1-2, vocabulary questions 1-9 (pp. 9-12). Answer the questions for homework.
  6. check our answers to the homework questions
    1. what is myth?
    2. Find out what the following mythic creatures are – find the Japanese name or translation, and find an image for each one (click the links to see some images for each word): faun, nymph, dryad, naiad, jinn, satyr, centaur, minotaur
  7. quiz on these words: write the English that you hear AND the Japanese meaning.


  1. Finish reading chapters 1 and 2 and answer the Study Guide questions for chapters 1 and 2.
  2. For May 18th, write a brief account of a Japanese myth (200 words).
    1. Write it in Microsoft Word or a similar word-processing software.
    2. use the format below
    3. double-spaced
    4. Use spell-check.
    5. Use word-count.
    6. Save the file as “Writing Strategies Japanese Myth Your Name”.
    7. Send it as an attachment to me by email by Wednesday midnight, May 18th.
    8. The email subject 件名 must be “Writing Strategies Japanese Myth Your Name”.

College paper format

college paper format

(Thanks to Mr. Lopate’s blog “Writing Tips & Hints” for the image of the college paper format)

Writing Strategies II, Session #3: October 15th, 2010

Rolltop Desk
Image by Kamintra via Flickr

Homework: (for October 22nd)

  1. Answer question 9, Study Guide page 14. Write your answer as a comment on this blog (in either Japanese or English). Deadline is Wednesday October 20th, 6 p.m.
  2. Read chapters 3, 4, 5. If you do not read these chapters, you will be unable to take part in the class discussion next week.
  3. Study Guide p. 22: read questions 12-14 and read the Bible passages (in Japanese).

In today’s class, we:

  1. checked the homework (Study Guide p. 8),
  2. had a vocab quiz on the words on page 9,
  3. translated the passages on page. 11,
  4. filled in the table about Uncle Andrew on page 12,
  5. answered the questions on page 13
  6. answered questions 7 and 8 on page 14.
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Writing Strategies session #4: Friday, May 14th, 2010

  1. Discuss your homework answers with your neighbour.
  2. Hand in your homework.
  3. Chapter summaries. Your summaries are mostly too detailed. Give only the important information.
  4. Using the proper format, take in dictation sample summaries for chapters 1, 2 and 3.
  5. Chapter 4: read and translate. We read and translated up to page 39 (top paragraph).


  1. For next week (May 21st): go to DWC library and list all the books – in both English and Japanese translations –  by C.S. Lewis. Divide your list into fiction and non-fiction titles.
  2. Borrow from the DWC library at least two books by C.S.Lewis in Japanese translation and begin reading them.
    1. You must read one book by C.S. Lewis in Japanese and write a report about it this semester.
    2. The book can be either fiction or non-fiction.
    3. Any title is OK except the two textbooks (“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “The Magician’s Nephew”).
    4. Choose your book by session #6, May 28th.
  3. Finish reading chapter 4 and write a short summary of it in English.
  4. Read and prepare chapter 5.
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