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Academic Skills, 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 for this semester is here:AS1_2014_Schedule


Read the textbook pp 134-5. Prepare your presentation.

In today’s class:

  • presentation on pp 132-3 of the textbook. Didn’t they do a good job?
  • were the Corn Laws a good idea? (Don’t forget the consequences!)
  • who wants sanctions against Russia? Who does not? Why?
  • there are two kinds of questions used in education:
    • questions to which the answers are in the textbook (or in the dictionary or in some other book or website)
    • questions to which there are no correct answers, but which require you to think.

Studies in English II, week 3: October 4th, 2013


  1.  Write a summary of today’s class and your  impressions/comments.
  2. Read the first two paragraphs of the handout on “Semantics”
    1. You will translate this next class.

Today’s class

  1. Discussed summaries of last week’s class (hmwk) in pairs
  2. Translation & deconstruction of myth 7 “women speak more than men”.
  3. Differences between spoken & written language. Handout is available on Dropbox (you do not need a Dropbox account to access this).
  4. Oral presentation handout. Walked throught it. Handout is available on Dropbox.
  5. Watched again beginning of linguistics lecture, & analyzed it according to the “Oral Presentation” handout.
  6. Collected last week’s homework

Writing Strategies II, week 3: October 4th, 2013

Update: link added for “Oral Presentation” handout, and a graphic added for “Dramatic Structure”


  1. Finish copying the answers to the chapter 1 “short answer” questions for chapte 1
  2. Answer the worksheet questions about chapter 2.
  3. For October 18th
    1. Read Genesis chapters 1 – 3
  4. Read again the worksheet “Oral Presentation
  5. Individual assignments (all about chapter 2). Use the “Oral Presentation” format, appropriately.
    1. Tanaka Sae – Morgana LeFay
    2. Awata – Ancient Greece
    3. Inoue – ancient Egypt
    4. Kageyama – Babylonia
    5. Kawamura – Hittite
    6. Kishida – ancient china
    7. Miyakawa – Atlantis
    8. Miyata – “show the white feather”
    9. Ninomiya – “lady in distress”
    10. Okumura – to jaw and jawing
    11. Ooishi – “beast”

Today’s class

  1.  Discussed homework in pairs
  2. Short answer questions for chapter 1 (in pairs; finish for homework)
  3. Detailed reading of chapter 2 (2 sections)
  4. Dramatic structure:
    1. setting/orientation
    2. problem/complication
    3. climax
    4. solution/resolution
    5. plotdiagram

Studies in English, week 3: October 12th, 2012

Studies in English 2, week 3 2012-10-12
Studies in English 2, class list of topics 2012-10-12 (week 3).
Click on picture for larger size

Today, we discussed our lists of possible projects/presentations.

We also watched a few more videos (see below) that might stimulate our ideas for what we want to find out about language and communication.

We wrote our research questions on the blackboard. You still have time to change your mind about your topic.


Deadline is Tuesday midnight.

  1. write your research question(s) on your blog
  2. visit your classmates’ blogs (see the list in the right-hand column of this blog here —->>)
  3. leave a comment on your classmates’ blog if you wish.
  4. (if your blog is not listed, please email me your name and your blog’s address (URL = www. etc)

Here are the videos for today. (Last week’s videos are here).

John McLaughlin performing at the Crossroads G...
John McLaughlin performing at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Writing Strategies II, week 3: October 12th, 2012

Today, we discussed and wrote about chapter 3 of “The Magician’s Nephew“.

We also discussed our lists of possible topics for our research paper/presentation for this semester.

  1. In groups, tell each other about your freewriting comments about chapter 3 (last week’s homework)
  2. From memory (without looking at the book) list as many images, people, events, places, etc that you can remember from chapter 3
  3. From your list, choose 1 and write out the actual sentence(s) from the textbook that relate to that image.
  4. Freewriting #1: write about this image – what does it mean to you? Why do you remember it? Do you like it? Why? What memories does it evoke in you? (etc)
  5. Summarize your freewriting to your group members.
  6. Tell your group members your list of possible research topics.
  7. Re-write/copy your new list onto today’s paper.
  8. Freewriting #2: Start reading chapter 4 and free-write your feelings, thoughts, ideas, questions, complaints, memories, etc. as your read.
  9. Freewriting #3: about today’s class.


  • Read chapter 4
  • note down your thoughts, ideas, questions, complaints, memories, etc., as you read.  These are just freewriting notes. They don’t have to be perfect.
  • Bring that freewriting to class.
Memories (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Studies in English 1, week 3: April 27th, 2012

Ferdinand de Saussure
Ferdinand de Saussure (photo taken sometime before 1913)

Today, we

  1. read again chapter 1 of “General Linguistics” by Jean Aitchison and answered these questions
    1. what is linguistics?
    2. Why is linguistics a science?
    3. What is the difference between prescriptive and descriptive?
    4. Why do linguists think that speech is more important than writing?


  1. Who was Ferdinand de Saussure?
  2. What is language?
  3. What is the difference between form and substance in linguistics?
  4. What is the difference between language and communication?

Writing Strategies 1, week 3: April 27th, 2012

Today’s summary is thanks to Ms. Koyama.

In today’s class, we

  1. checked the homework: the list of animals and their character traits;
  2. answered 4 questions about chapter 1 and 2.


  • Read chapters 3 and 4 (read in English and if necessary in Japanese, too).
  • Write the page number,  meaning (in Japanese) and the  meaning (in English) for these words in chapters 3 and 4
  1.  inquisitive
  2. jollification
  3. lulling
  4. cloven hoofs
  5. hoax
  6. Pax
  7. gilded
  8. sledge
  9. courtiers
  10. pretty poor sport

Questions on chapters 3-4

A  Why didn’t the others believe Lucy?

B  Although Lucy was unhappy that no-one believed how she did not change her story.  What does this tell you about her character?

C  Why did Edmund go into the wardrobe? What does this tell you abour his character?