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Questions from students

I received the following questions recently about Friday’s presentations:

  1. Q: 先日のメールで”Please tell us your opinions.
    Relate the story to Japan, to Japanese young people, to
    today’s modern culture, etc.”
    と書いていましたがこれらはレポートの中か
    それともプレゼンテーションの発表のどちらに
    入れるべきですか?
    A: Both 両方とも。
  2. Q: 友達と共同で発表する際に、気をつけなければならないことや、
    発表内容に入れなければならない事柄はありますか?
    A: You both have to hand in a 2-page written report.各自、自分のレポートを提出してください

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Research in English (Linguistics) A session 11: July 1st, 2011

We read more of chapter 3, pages 37-39.

Final projects. Students will give a final presentation and also hand in a written paper on July 29th (or earlier). Choose ONE from the list of topics below (if you want to do something that is not on the list, please email me or talk to me in class). You can use Powerpoint, or make a poster or make handouts. The presentation should be about 10-12 minutes. The written paper should be about 4 pages of A4 (double-spaced, with a reference list 参照文献).

Who is the project for? For yourself, for your classmates, and for the students who will take this course next year. Make something that would be useful for them.

  1. A summary of each chapter, in both Japanese and English.
  2. New. A review of the book in Japanese and English, and post the reviews on Amazon Japan and Amazon UK.
  3. List the language theories mentioned in the book. Give a simple summary and analysis of each one (e.g. Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, Universal Grammar, the Bow-wow Theory, etc.)
  4. List the people mentioned in the book. Give some basic biographical explanation and summary of their importance. Add illustrations or photos.
  5. List the languages mentioned in the book. Give help on pronouncing the names in English, the Japanese names and a map showing where they are spoken.
  6. Make a diagram or chart in both English and Japanese showing the Indo-European family of languages.
  7. List the non-English words mentioned in the book. Give a guide to their pronunciation, the meaning in Japanese and which language they come from.
  8. List the places mentioned in the book. Mark them on a map (or on several, separate, maps).

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Writing Strategies 1, session 11: July 1st, 2011

  1. Checked the vocabulary questions for chapters 9-10 on pages 28-29.
  2. Answered and checked the questions 1-5 on pages 29-30
  3. Read aloud and translated excerpts from pages 109, 110, 111, 116, 117 and 118.

Homework:

  1. Study Guide pages 30-31 (“Dig Deeper” – 8, 9, 10)
  2. Study Guide for chapters 11-12:
    1. Vocabulary (just write the Japanese translation)
    2. Answer questions 1-6 (pages 33-34).
  3. Final report topics. Students must give a final presentation on July 29th and also hand in a written paper on that day (or earlier). Choose ONE from the list of topics below (if you want to do something that is not on the list, please email me or talk to me in class). You can use Powerpoint, or make a poster or make handouts. The presentation should be about 5 – 7 minutes. The written paper should be about 2 pages of A4 (double-spaced, with a reference list 参照文献).
  4. The list below gets gradually more difficult. If you are happy with just a C grade, do one of the earlier items on the list. If you want a B you should do one of the later items, and if you want an A, you should do it all in English. 以下のリストは難しさの順番に並んでいます。<可」という成績を目指している学生は前半の項目の中から選んでもらう。「良」を目指している学生は後半の項目の中から選んでもらう。そして「優」を目指している学生は後半の項目から選んで、全て英語で(口頭発表も論文も)。
    1. Write a summary of the book.
    2. New. Write a review of the book in Japanese and post it on Amazon Japan.
    3. Draw a map of Narnia, marking where the key events take place.
    4. Mini Study Guides.
      1. List the mythological creatures and birds and animals mentioned in the book. Add your own illustrations, Japanese names and simple explanations.
      2. List all the characters in the book and give a simple analysis of each one.
      3. List the flowers and trees mentioned in the book. Add your own illustrations, Japanese names and simple explanations.
    5. Biographical reports:
      1. About Lewis’ Christian activities and work
      2. About Lewis’ university work and life
      3. About Lewis’ marriage
    6. Book reports:
      1. Another of the Narnia stories
      2. Another story by C.S. Lewis
      3. A non-fiction book by C.S. Lewis

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