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WS1, week 3, May 5th, 2016


  • Prepare your presentation about the movie assigned to you. Next week, Ms. Aoki and Chatani on “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” movie.
  • Read and understand chapter 2. Quiz next week.

Today’s class

  1. Movie list: checked the Japanese titles and whether the movie is available in the DWC library. (All are except 5 “The Sword in the Stone”, 8 “Animal Farm”  and 9 “V for Vendetta”)
  2. Purposes of this class.
    1. To develop your thinking skills
    2. Blooms%20Taxonomy
      1. First comes infomration, then
      2. understanding
      3. and later come applying and analysis
    3. Analysis means
      1. dividing something into parts, e.g. we can divide a story into beginning, middle and end. Where does the beginning end and the middle part begin? Chapter 2? 3?
      2. Then we can sort these parts, putting like with like.
        1. E.g., when you organize your clothes, you put like with like: all the socks together, all the dresses and skirts together, all the shirts together.
        2. We can divide a story into characters, places, themes. We can subdivide characters into good and bad.
    4. To develop your English skills
      1. listening – I will speak to you in English as much as possible
      2. reading – you will read both in class (intensively) and outside of class (extensively).
      3. speaking – discussion and presentations
      4. writing – summaries and long answers to essay-type questions. We will do this later this semester and more in the fall semester.
    5. Discussion
      1. In 2 groups of 11 students each.
      2. Group 1 discussed the homework MCQs 1~6.
      3. Group 2 listened and gave group 1 a score on the quality of their discussion.
      4. Group 2 discussed the homework MCQs 7~8 (we ran out of time).

AS1, week 3, May 5th, 2016


  • Prepare your presentation on the movie “Excalibur” (Ms. Kitamura and Ms. Ariyoshi).
  • Choose a book from the Easy Reading list, borrow it from the library and start reading. (Download the list here:  AS1_Easy_reading_library_list
  • My challenge for you is to read 15 books from this list by the end of this semester.

Today’s class

  1. Quiz on textbook pp 5-12. See page 13 Section 1 (Comprehension) and 2 (Vocabulary).
  2. Purposes for studying British history in English
    1. To develop your thinking skills
    2. Blooms%20Taxonomy
    3. To develop your English skills of
      1. listening
      2. reading (vocabulary, grammar, idioms, etc)
      3. speaking
      4. writing
      5. presenting
        1. Be interesting
        2. easy to understand
        3. memorable
    4. Discussion about the 7 questions about Japan at the bottom of page. 13 of the textbook.
      1. Two groups:
      2. Group 1 discussed questions 1~3
      3. Group 2 listening and gave a score out of 10 for group 1’s discussion.
      4. Change: group 2 discussed questions 4~7, while group 1 listening and gave a score out of 10.

AS2, week 3, October 9, 2015


  • Txtbk p 15-17: read and answer the “check your comprehension” questions on p. 17.
  • p. 18: read and write what you think about each paragraph (1-3).
  • Go to library and find an easy reading  book about US history . Borrow and read the book. Note the title, author, level, period of history
  • Find one of the movies on the movie list. Watch the movie. Write the details on the movie list worksheet.

Today’s class

  1. Checked the answers to textbook p.9
  2. Textbook p. 10-11: answered the questions.
  3. Textbook p. 12 map: Write out the complete names of the following state abbreviations:
    1. N.H.
    2. Mass.
    3. R.I.
    4. Conn.
    5. N.J.
    6. M.D.
    7. Del.
  4. Handout 1 – the Thirteen English Colonies
    1. Colour the New England colonies
    2. Colour the Mid-Atlantic colonies
    3. Colour the Southern colonies
    4. Write the names of the town in numbers 2-8 from the following list: Jamestown, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Boston, New York City, Charleston, Savannah
  5. Handout 2 Mayflower Compace: Listenand fill in the blanks.
  6. Handout 2 Mayflower COmpact2. Listen and read and make notes on the key points.

Ws1, wk3, April 24th, 2015

Blog update:
1.Register with Zotero and input all the English easy reading books you have read this semester. See this post for instructions.
Easy reading. Continue.
2. Send me an email.
3. Read the class blog and follow the instructions.
Today’s class.
1. Easy reading 10 mins.
2. Report.
3. Homework explanation
  1. How does he learn Japanese? First steps?
  2. How did you learn your first language?
5. Reading the text. Chapter 2, look at the illustrations. What can we infer from them?
  • black cat = magic
  • broom= witch = magic
6. Read a few key passages from chapter 1.

As1, wk3, April 24th, 2015


Blog update:

  1. Register with Zotero and input all the English easy reading books you have read this semester. See this post for instructions.
  2. Continue your easy reading (Challenge: 15 books this semester).
  3. Send me an email (I suggest you use your DWC email address).
  4. If you didn’t take last week’s quiz on Chapter 1 yet, please do so now: http://sheffnersweb.net/blogs/classblogs/dwc/?p=2563
  5. Watch one (or all) of these movies:
    1. Beowulfbeowulfmovie1
    2. The sword in the stoneSword_in_the_Stone
    3. Excaliburexcalibur1981

Today’s class

  1. Free reading 10 mins
  2. Reading report
  3. Benny Lewis video
    1. How long has he been learning Japanese?
    2. How did he start learning Japanese?
  4. Book share in groups.
  5. The Story of People, listening cloze (listen and fill in the blanks). Up to the end of “The Middle Ages”.
  6. Showed the beginning of Sword in the Stone (up to “it was a Dark Age”).

Here’s the video I showed in class today (click the options button to see the Japanese subtitles)

Bonus video

See the videos of Benny’s “Japanese in 3 months” project

What do you think about what Benny says about learning languages?

SinEb, wk3, October 10th 2014



Today’s class

      1. English vowels  – what are their different pronunciations? Unlike Japanese vowels which only have 1 pronunciation each, English vowels have up to 4 different pronunciations. To show the different pronunciations, we must use IPA symbols instead of alphabet letters.
      2. Write the different English vowel pronunciations using example words and the IPA symbols.
      3. Mark the position of the English vowels in the mouth, using the chart.
      4. Mark the position of Japanese vowels using the chart.
      5. japanese_vowels


      1. Watch the scene in “My Fair Lady” between Eliza and her father. Notice the characteristics of the Cockney accent (dropped aitches, “ain’t”, other elided consonants, “meself” instead of “myself”, etc.)


vowel diagram

Studies in English A, week 3: April 25th, 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


Read chapter 2 “What is Language?”

Presenters, prepare your presentations.

In today’s class:

  • what is language?
  • is music language?  (video used: http://youtu.be/3AzovMu-2LY )
  • is “body language” language? (Google images and lipstick adverts)
  • is birdsong language? (Japanese robin singing)
  • is whale song (or other animals’ communication) language? (Youtube “Whale Song”)
  • is language something “all living things have”? Even trees?
  • language has been called an industrial tool (something that can only be made by two or more human beings working together), as opposed to a craft tool (something which can be made by a single human being alone)

Writing Strategies, week 3: April 25th, 2014

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

The course outline (if you attended week 1, you  should already have a copy: I just added a blank schedule) is here: 2014 WS1_Handout


Read chapters 2 and 3 of “The Magician’s Nephew” and answer the multiple-choice questions.

Presenters, prepare your presentations.

In today’s class