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AS1, week 2, April 22nd, 2016

Welcome, to Sheffner’s AS1 class blog. This is a record of each week’s lesson, plus the homework. I may sometimes add related information or videos for you to watch or read. I will update this blog each Friday evening usually, and by Sunday evening at the latest.

NB:  Next class (week 4) will be in 2 weeks’ time, on May 6th.


  1. Using the list of British movies (download the list here: Brit movie List
    1. Find and write in the Japanese title for each movie.
    2. Is the movie in the DWC library? If so, put a check mark in the right-hand column.
    3. Bring this list to class next week
  2. Read pp 5-12 in the textbook. There will be a test next week. about today’s class and your notes and questions about the video clip.
  3. Visit this class blog and leave a comment.
    1. To leave a comment you must
      1. Click the words “Leave a comment” at the bottom of this post,
      2. type in your name (use your family name only for your privacy)
      3. type in your university email address (this is not public; only I can see this)

AS2, week 2, October 2, 2015


  • Txtbk p 8-9
  • Go to library and find an easy reading  book about US history . Borrow and read the book.
  • Find one of the movies on the movie list. Watch the movie.

Today’s class

  1. Listen and answer the worksheet questions about early explorers of the American continent – Cabot, Cartier, Champlain, Hudson.
  2. Listen and fill out the worksheet about the early English colonies of Jamestown and Plymouth.

Ws1, wk2, April 17th, 2015


Read chapter 1 of “The Magician’s Nephew” and answer the quiz below. Write in your name and click “Start” to start the quiz.

Today’s class

  • 10 minutes free reading
  • reading report
    • in writing
    • orally in small groups
  • discussion of genre of The Magician’s Nephew (TMN)
  • TMN chapter 1
  • look at the illustrations
  • list words connected with them
  • what is the boy’s name? The girl’s name?
  • Why are they holding candles? Why not torches?
  • When did Sherlock Holmes live in Baker Street?
  • “The Bastables” are children in a series of books by British writer E. Nesbitt. She also wrote “The Railway Children“.

As1, wk2, April 17th, 2015

Read chapter 1 “Earliest Times” and take the quiz

Today’s class
  • 10 minutes free reading
  • reading report
    • in writing
    • orally in groups
  • textbook chapter 1
    • look at the pictures
    • list words in English related to the pictures
    • look at the section titles
    • notice the dates (numbers) in the text.
  • listening: fill-in-the blanks
    • listen and fill in the blanks for an academic text about early human history.

SinEb, wk2, October 3rd 2014


  1. What is the Professor writing in his notebook? Why can’t the flower-girl, Eliza, read it?
  2. What is the big difference between the rich people like the Professor, and the poor people like Eliza?
  3. What does the Professor claim he can do in 6 months?

Today’s class.

  1. If you were absent last week, please read the blog.
  2. What is the difference between パパ and ババ?Or what is the difference between ‘p’ and ‘b’?
  3. What is the difference between ママ and ナナ? Or what is the difference between ‘m’ and ‘n’?
  4. What is the difference between ババ and ママ? Or what is the difference between ‘b’ and ‘m’?
    1. ‘P’ is an unvoiced bilabial stop, and ‘b’ is a voiced bilabial stop.
    2. ‘M’ is a voiced nasal bilabial, and ‘n’ is voiced nasal alveolar.
    3. ‘B’ is a voiced bilabial stop, and ‘m’ is  a voiced nasal bilabial.








WS2, wk2, October 3rd 2014


  1. Answer the short (1 or 2 word-answers) questions about chapter 3.
  2. Read again the answers for the “short essay questions” for chapter 1
  3. Write answers to the “short essay questions” for chapter 3.

Today’s class

  1. If you were absent last week, please read the blog.
  2. We checked the answers to the short-answer questions for chapter 2.
  3. Together, we wrote answers to the short essay questions for chapter 2.
    1. Question 5: Summarize, in your own words, how Uncle Andrew obtained the dust used for making the rings.
      1. Uncle Andrew was asked by his godmother to destroy a box that she kept secret, but instead, he kept the box. He first investigated the box and eventually learned that it came from the lost civilization of Atlantis. He then began to study magic. He then opened the box and saw the dust, and guessed that it came from another world and that it would help someone travel from world to world.
    2. Question 6: Why did Uncle Andrew need two children for his “experiment” with the rings?
      1. First, Uncle Andrew believes he is too important and too special to do dangerous things. The truth is, he is simply a coward. Secondly, he needed someone he could trick easily; an adult would not be easily tricked. Third, he planned things so that the first child (Polly) would take a ring without realizing what would happen. Then the second child (Digory) would want to rescue the first and so he would be able to give the second child instructions for returning from the other world.
    3. Question 7: What does Digory say that actually gets Uncle Andrew’s full attention and why does it have this effect?
      1. Digory says that now that the old tales about magic are true and that people like Uncle Andrew are always punished. As Uncle Andrew is something of a coward – he is not brave enough to try the rings himself – this possibility of danger or destruction really frightens him.
    4. Question 8: Why does Digory wish he was older (or bigger)?
      1. Digory wishes he were older because he wants to punch Uncle Andrew. If a child punches an adult, he will probably be punished, but if he were an adult, people would listen to his explanation. Digory is angry at Uncle Andrew for tricking Polly and manipulating him into rescuing her.

As2, wk2, October 3rd 2014


  • None

Today’s class

  1. If you were absent last week, please read the blog.
  2. What kind of house does Joseph live in?
    1. Joseph lives in a house made of stone, wood and grass/straw/earth. He lives there with his two brothers and father (who dies early in the story). The house is on a hill by the sea.
  3. Why does Joseph want to kill Mr. Christie?
    1. Joseph wants to kill Mr. Christie because Mr. Christie’s representative burned his house down. Also, Joseph is angry at all landlords because another landlord (not Mr. Christie) was partly responsible for the death of Joseph’s father, and because many landlords in Ireland at that time were not Irish but English.
  4. Watch the next part of the movie (up to where Shannon plays American music on the piano).
  5. What kind of house does Mr. Christie live in?

As2, wk1, September 26th 2014

Hello, everyone. Welcome to Academic Skills 2.

It is almost exactly 2 months since the last class in the first semester. I hope you enjoyed your 2 months’ holiday.

This semester will be more or less the same as last semester, except that

  • the textbook is “Illustrated History of the U.S.A.” (I recommend buying a 2nd-hand one if you can).
  • we will spend more time practicing writing about historical topics, both for classwork and for homework.
  • presentations will begin later in the semester.


  • Why does Joseph want to kill Mr. Christie, the landlord?

Today’s class

  1. Returned 1st semester essays
  2. Returned 1st semester exam
  3. Writing:
    1. Why study history?
    2. What do you know about American history? What are you interested in about American history?
  4. 4 kinds of writing we will do in this semester
    1. Recount – tell what happened
    2. Describe – what kind of clothes did people wear? What kind of work did they do? What kind of food did they eat? What kind of houses did they live in?
    3. Explain – why things happened, why people acted in certain ways
    4. Argue – give reasons for your opinion and persuade the reader, e.g. “Why study American history?”
  5. Video – watch the first few scenes from “Far and Away”, starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise (up to when Joseph meets Mr. Christie in the pub).
    1. What happened? Recount the story so far.
    2. What kind of house does Joseph live in? Describe it.


Studies in English A, week 2: April 18th, 2014

What did you think of today’s class? Let me know in the comments (or send me a private email).

The presentation schedule can be viewed and downloaded here: SinEa_2014_Schedule


If you did not send me an email or comment on this blog yet, please do so (see last week’s post for details)

Prepare your presentation.

  • Each presentation should be between 5-10 minutes.
  • Speak slowly. Teach your classmates. That means
    • use both English and Japanese
    • translate keywords
    • explain names of people (show photos, give dates, show maps, etc)
    • repeat key information many times
    • summarise your presentation at the end of the presentation (repeat key points)
  • smile. Enjoy yourself.