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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)

Research in English (Linguistics) A session 2: April 22nd, 2011

Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson

Room change: S502

Attendance: 4 students

Today’s lesson:

  1. What is language?
    1. It is the communication of meaning by sound, words (written or spoken) or body language.
  2. What is linguistics?
    1. It is the scientific study of language.
  3. What is science (or scientific study)?
    1. A science has 4 stages
      1. speculation
      2. observation
      3. making hypotheses
      4. testing the hypotheses – a good hypothesis or theory must be
        1. exhaustive
        2. consistent
        3. economical (“as simple as possible, but no simpler” – Einstein)
  4. We read chapter 1 and answered these questions:
    1. How many people speak English in the world?
    2. How many countries’ airlines use English?
    3. How many English newspapers are there in India?
    4. How many students of English are there in China?
    5. How many words are there in the Oxford English dictionary?
    6. What does “culacino” mean and what language is it?
  5. We read pages 1 and 2.
  6. We studied examples of strange English. Here are some examples of strange Japanese:
    1. おかしな日本語
    2. 変な日本語商品みっけ!
    3. 変な日本語かばん
  7. Many other languages borrow English words and phrases, for example
    1. ein Image Problem (German)
    2. das Cashflow (German)
    3. il software (Italian)
    4. le weekend break (French)
    5. les refueling stops (French)
    6. telewizja (Polish)
    7. flirt (Spanish)
    8. Big Macs (Austrian)
    9. pikku-nikku (Japanese)
  8. Can you think of some other examples in Japanese of English “loan-words” 外来語?


  1. Leave a comment on this blog by midnight, Wednesday May 4th. (use only your FAMILY name)
  2. Write up your answers to the 56 questions above in a single paragraph. Use complete sentences. Save it as a Word document named “Research in English (Your Name).
  3. Email it to me by midnight, Wednesday May 4th.
  4. Finish reading chapter 1.
Bill Bryson, author of "Mother Tongue"
Bill Bryson