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Research in English II Session #13: January 8th, 2010

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Welcome back, everyone, to the first of our last two classes in 2010.

Important announcement: the makeup class scheduled for Wednesday Jan. 13th has been cancelled. Instead, there will be class as usual on Friday, Jan. 15th.

Here is the lesson plan for today:

  1. I return the remaining #2 reports.
  2. Review of the criteria I use to evaluate your writing
    1. conventions of writing: sentence and paragraph structure, punctuation, etc.
    2. Vocabulary: rich, precise, correctly used.
    3. Grammar: basic and advanced structures, word order
    4. Organization: logically organized, correct use of paragraphs
    5. Originality: have you used your own words? Do you have interesting ideas or approaches?
    6. Academic writing:
      1. formal register:
        1. avoid “I”; your writing should be impersonal and objective;
        2. avoid contractions like “don’t”;
        3. be precise in your use of words
      2. citations (“according to ….”, (Krashen, 2003), etc.
      3. references / bibliography, including websites and the date visited
      4. opposing arguments (both sides of an issue)
      5. logical thinking
  3. What does “discuss” mean?  Discuss – requires an answer that explains an item or concept, and then gives details about it with supportive information, examples, points for and against, and explanations for the facts put forward. It is important to give both sides of an argument and come to a conclusion.
  4. Topics for January, and details of the final exam.
  5. Australia quiz. Who or what are these (answer in 1 or 2 sentences):
    1. Alice Springs
    2. the Great Barrier Reef
    3. Canberra
    4. Stolen generation
    5. White Australia policy
    6. Pavlova
    7. vegemite
    8. Lamingtons
    9. RFDS
    10. Uluru
    11. Broome
    12. Bush tucker
    13. didgeridoo
    14. APEC
    15. What does Australia export apart from beef?
    16. How many foreign students does Australia have?
    17. Where did the new settlers who came to Australia in 2001-2 come from?
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Research in English II Session #12: December 18th, 2009

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Remaining reports: please introduce your report in English (title and subject), then in Japanese.

After introducing your report, please give the hard copy to your instructor AND email me your report. Thank you.

Report #2 presentations by

  1. Ms. Honjo on White Australia Policy
  2. Ms. Furuya on Aborigines
  3. Ms. Kido on Aborigines and Ainu
  4. Ms. Matsunaga on the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS)
  5. Ms. Miyata on the Rabbit Problem

After the reports, we listened to the audio for Unit 7 and answered the worksheet questions (Unit VII, Part 2).

Comments on the reports. I use the following rubric to grade your reports:

  1. Conventions of writing: sentence and paragraph structure, punctuation, etc.
  2. Vocabulary: rich, precise, correctly used.
  3. Grammar: basic and advanced structures, word order
  4. Organization: logically organized, correct use of paragraphs
  5. Originality: have you used your own words? Do you have interesting ideas or approaches?
  6. Academic writing:
    1. formal register
      1. avoid “I”; your writing should be impersonal and objective;
      2. avoid contractions like “don’t”;
      3. be precise in your use of words
    2. citations (“according to ….”, (Krashen, 2003), etc.
    3. references / bibliography, including websites and the date visited
    4. opposing arguments (both sides of an issue)
    5. logical thinking

I grade each item on a scale of A to E, with A being “expert, exceeds expectations”, and E being “far below expectations”. D and E are both failing grades.

Today is the last class of this calendar year.

UPDATE: There will be two make-up classes in January: Jan. 12th (Tuesday 5th period) in the same room (S404) and Wednesday Jan. 13th 1st period (9:00~10:30) in room 205. I understand not everyone can attend the makeup class. If you can, that’s great. If you cannot, it is not a major problem. We will not use the textbook in the make-up classes.

FINAL EXAM: The final exam will be Friday, Jan. 22nd. You will write a short research paper about Australia. I will give you more details on January 8th (Friday).

See you in the New Year. Until then, Merry Christmas!

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Research in English II Session #11: December 11th, 2009

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  1. Report #2 presentations by
    1. Ms. Tanishima  on Foreign (Imported) Animals in Australia
    2. Ms. Tanaka on World War II
    3. Ms. Takeda on Royal Flying Doctor Service
    4. Ms. Chigira on Multiculturalism
    5. Ms. Kobori on Aborigine Culture (focussing on the didgeridoo)
    6. Ms. Ominami on White Australia Policy
    7. Ms. Kobayashi on Japanese in Australia
    8. Ms. Kawamura on Royal Flying Doctor Service
    9. Ms. Ho on Immigration Species and Mongoose
    10. Ms. Murai on White Australia Policy
    11. Ms. Kuranaga on Flying Doctor Service and Medical Services
    12. Ms. Minamide on Multiculturalism
  2. Some comments on the presentations:
    • What is the difference between “multicultural society” and “multiculturalism“? What does “-ism” mean? Multicultural society is a state of affairs or an actual situation; multiculturalism is a government or state policy.
    • There is a big debate about multiculturalism in Britain right now. The government of Britain has had a policy of multiculturalism for a long time, but some people say it has gone too far. For example, on October 28th, 2009, Melanie Phillips, a British journalist writing in the Daily Mail wrote an article entitled, The outrageous truth slips out: Labour cynically plotted to transform the entire make-up of Britain without telling us. The key points are below.
    • unintended consequences“. Human history has many examples of unintended consequences. The introduction of the rabbit into Australia is one example. The original settlers who brought rabbits with them to hunt and eat never thought that the rabbits would become such a huge problem in the future. The introduction of the mongoose in Okinawa is another example.
  3. Here are some key points from a recent article in a British newspaper (The Daily Mail) in which journalist Melanie Phillips argues that multiculturalism has been a deliberate policy of the British government to destroy the British identity.
    • In its 1997 election manifesto, Labour [Tony Blair‘s government] promised ‘firm control over immigration’
    • a landmark speech in September 2000 by the then immigration minister, Barbara Roche, … called for a loosening of immigration controls
    • For years, …the number of immigrants to Britain shot up apparently uncontrollably
    • the purpose of the policy … was to open up the UK to mass immigration
    • Some 2.3 million migrants have been added to the population since 2001. Since 1997, the number of work permits has quadrupled to 120,000 a year.
    • Unless policies change, over the next 25 years some seven million more will be added to Britain’s population, a rate of growth three times as fast as took place in the Eighties.
    • The Government’s ‘driving political purpose’, wrote Neather, was ‘to make the UK truly multicultural’.
    • Melanie Phillips writes: “It was therefore a politically motivated attempt by ministers to transform the fundamental make-up and identity of this country. It was done to destroy the right of the British people to live in a society defined by a common history, religion, law, language and traditions.   It was done to destroy for ever what it means to be culturally British and to put another ‘multicultural’ identity in its place. And it was done without telling or asking the British people whether they wanted their country and their culture to be transformed in this way.”
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Research in English II Session #10: December 4th, 2009

  1. Checked with each student all outstanding assignments.
  2. Returned old papers
  3. Unit VII Part 1 worksheet
  4. Free time for writing report #2 (this report is due next wekk, Dec. 11th)

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Research in English II Session #9: November 27th, 2009

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  1. Comments about the report #1:
    1. Don’t use “I” or “me” or “my” in an academic paper (write your personal opinions in a last paragraph)
    2. Don’t put anything in the footer except the page number
    3. Use “according to…”
    4. Distinguish between fact and opinion (especially your opinion and other writers’ opinions).
  2. Listening – textbook page 36: listening (fill in the blanks + worksheet questions)
  3. Listening – textbook page 37: answer the questions on the worksheet
  4. Homework: report #2
    1. due December 11th
    2. 500-800 words (you can count the words using MSWord’s “wordcount” tool)
    3. on any topic from the list: you can choose a new topic or use the same topic as for report #1 (but then you must have new content, of course)
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