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Research in English II, session 1: September 23rd, 2011

This semester, students will write more in English than in the first semester.



  1. Read the first 7 paragraphs of chapter 4 (pages 46-49).
  2. Summarize each paragraph in English in 1~3 sentences. (Hint: usually the first 1 or 2 sentences in each paragraph summarize the paragraph.) Use your own words. Write in as simple English as possible.
  3. Email me your summary before next class.
  4. Print out your summary and bring it to the next class.
  5. Look up any names, places, people, etc., that are mentioned in the first 7 paragraphs that you don’t know (e.g. Schleswig-Holstein (and also on Wikipedia), Frisian, Beowulf, etc).  Bring the information (maps, pictures, printout, etc) to class and be prepared to explain them to the class.

Example summary of paragraph 1:


“In the country inns of a small corner of northern Germany, in the spur of land connecting Schleswig-Holstein to Denmark, you can sometimes hear people talking in what sounds eerily like a lost dialect of English.”


  1. “In the country(side) of north Germany, you can hear people talking in what sounds like a dialect of English.”
  2. “In the country(side) of north Germany, there are some people who speak a dialect that sounds like English.”
  3. “In the country(side) of north Germany, there are people who speak a language that is very similar to/like English.”


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


Writing Strategies 1, session 1: April 22nd, 2011

Dear Writing Strategies students,
Welcome to the class. Today, we

  1. introduced ourselves in English
    1. name
    2. where you are from and where you live now
    3. books you have read in English
    4. English stories you have read in Japanese
    5. why you take this class.
  2. Wrote the textbook information using the MLA format.
  3. Received the first 2 study questions (for next time)
  4. Received Sheffner’s contact information and course outline.


  1. Read chapters 1 and 2 of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”
  2. Answer the 2 “pre-reading activities” study questions.
  3. Send Sheffner an email by midnight Wednesday April 27th.
  4. Leave a comment on this blog by midnight Wednesday April 27th (use your family name ONLY; any email address is ok). N.B.注意: Comments are moderated. Your comment will not appear immediately. Please be patient. コメントはウエッブマスターが承認してから現れます。少々お待ち下さいませ。

There is no class April 29th because of Golden Week. The next class will be May 6th.