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Studies in English, week 11: December 14th, 2012


  1. Write a comment on your blog (or this blog if you cannot access your blog):
    1. what did you learn from other students’ presentations?
    2. what did you think of your own presentation (反省)?
    3. Deadline is Tuesday midnight.
  2. Start writing your research paper. Unlike the presentations, your paper should be all in English. 2~4 pages of A4, double-spaced, with bibliography (all sources must be listed in English or “roma-ji”). Keep the same topic as for your 2nd presentation. Deadline is Jan. 18th.

Today’s class:

Student presentations. About half the class presented today. The quality was high,  though obviously some were better than others.

Watch Benny Lewis and another polyglot, Moses McCormick, speak a dozen languages with native speakers at the mall:

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Studies in English, week 2: October 5th, 2012

Today, we will watch a number of videos and do some free writing. (If you were absent today, please watch the videos and write your response.)

The purpose of today’s class is:

  • to begin the search for your research topic;
  • what questions do you have about language, communication, linguistics?
  • allow something about language, communication or linguistics to choose you that you want intensely to know.


  • On your blog (if you don’t have a blog, read this for instructions)  start your  learning journal  by writing your response to today’s class:
    • Freewriting.
    • In English.
  • AND write your list of questions or possible research topics as an entry on your own blog, (or, if you can’t make your own blog then as a comment on this blog).  Deadline: Tuesday, midnight.
  • Write your list on paper and bring it to the next class.
  • What is a learning journal? It’s like a diary 日記 but focused on your learning – in this case, learning about language, communication and linguistics. 学習日記
  • your own personal notes and reflections on the material you’re studying and on your experience of studying it; (Learning Journal Quick Start Guide)
  • A learning journal is a collection of notes, observations, thoughts and other relevant materials built-up over a period of time and maybe a result of a period of study. (What is a learning journal? PDF)
  • 学習奮闘記

Here are today’s videos. Which ones did you like? Leave a comment if you wish. Continue reading Studies in English, week 2: October 5th, 2012

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 II, Session #1: October 1st, 2010

The Magician's Nephew
Image via Wikipedia

Update: I encourage you to read the Japanese translation of The Magician’s Nephew:

魔術師のおい―ナルニア国ものがたり〈6〉 (岩波少年文庫)

Dear Writing Strategies students,

  1. October 1st was our first class. As most students had  bought the textbook, we began reading the story. We read pages 1-4
  2. We watched the first part of a movie about the love story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Gresham. The movie is called “Shadowlands” in English and 「永遠(とわ)の愛に生きて Shadowlands」 in Japanese. You can read more about it in Japanese here.
    1. We watched up to where Joy Gresham and her son Douglas come to C.S. Lewis’ home in Oxford for Christmas.
  3. Use the Internet to help you find images that will help you understand the story that we are reading. For example, what is an Eton collar?
  4. Homework:
    1. Visit this blog and leave a comment (sign up for the feed if you want)
    2. Read chapter 1 (at least to page 10)
    3. Who and when was
      1. Sherlock Holmes? (日本語で読みたい方は日本語のWikipediaへどうぞ
      2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? (日本語で読みたい方は日本語のWikipediaへどうぞ). Conan Doyle lived in my hometown from 1907 until his death in July 1930, in a house called Windlesham.
      3. the Bastables?

I will give you study guides for this semester’s text. I’m looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

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