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SinEa, wk6, May 23rd 2014

What did you think of today’s class? Please tell me your opinion and/or requests. Let me know in the comments or send me a private email.

The latest presentation schedule can be viewed and downloaded here: SinEa_Schedule


Read chapter 3 “The Study of Language”.

Presenters, prepare your presentations.

In today’s class:

  1. Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9)
  2. William Jones (1746 – 1794)
  3. Indo-European
  4. Rosetta Stone
  5. Frederic de Saussure (1857 – 1913)

WS1, wk6, May 23rd 2014

What did you think of today’s class? Is it useful for you to hear me read the text? What do you think of the multiple choice worksheets? Are they useful? Interesting? Too easy? Too difficult? What about the chapter summaries? Next week, I will give some guidance on writing summaries.

Let me know your opinions in the comments or send me a private email.

I plan to have more discussions in the 2nd semester. This semester, we are focusing on understanding the story.

The course outline is here: 2014 WS1_Handout


  1. Answer the multiple-choice questions for chapter 6 (and 5 if you have not already done it)
  2. Write a (short) summary of chapter 5 – about half a page of B5 will be enough.
  3. Presenters, prepare your presentation for next week (chapter 6)

Today’s class:

  1. Presentations on the vocabulary and meaning of chapter 5.

As1, wk6, May 23rd 2014

What did you think of today’s class? Did you enjoy the discussion? Did you enjoy taking part? Would you like to have more discussions in future? Let me know in the comments (or send me a private email).

The latest presentation schedule for this semester is here:AS1_Schedule


Read pages 140 (from “The growth of towns and cities”) to 142 in the textbook.

Today’s class:

  1. The main purpose of this class, in my understanding, is to improve your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. So why are the presentations in Japanese? Is this really the best way to improve your English?
  2. This textbook is called “An Illustrated History of Britain”, but the most important things about British history are the ideas, and they are invisible – you cannot see an ilustration of them.
  3. The Great Exhibition of 1851 at Crystal Palace (click here to see some Google images)
  4. Brighton was a minor fishing village on the south coast of England until the 19th century when it became a popular resort. Why?
    1. “Doctor Brighton”: “in 1750 …Dr Richard Russell, a resident of Lewes, wrote a book in which he claimed that bathing in seawater was very good for your health. Rich people began to come to Brighton hoping to be cured of some illness by bathing in seawater. At first they were a trickle, but later became a flood. In 1783 the Prince of Wales and his friends visited Brighton which ensured its popularity.” (From “The History of Brighton” by Tim Lambert, web)
    2. The Prince of Wales built the Royal Pavilion, starting in 1787 (click here to see some Google images of this famous Brighton landmark)
    3. The London-Brighton railway line was completed in 1840. From then on, more and more London people visited Brighton. It was so close that you could go and come back in a day (a day-trip).
    4. Brighton is just one example of a town that grew partly because of the growth of the railways.
  5. The 19th century was a great century for British literature. I warmly recommend the following authors:
    1. Charles Dickens 1812 – 1870)
    2. Thomas Hardy 1840 – 1928)
    3. E.M. Forster ( 1879 –  1970):  his most famous novels have been made into movies; check the DWC AV centre or the library for these DVDs –
      1. A Room with a View 眺めのいい部屋1908年
      2. Howard’s End ハワーズ・エンド1910年
      3. Passage to India インドへの道1924年
    4. The Forsyte Saga (1922) by John Galsworthy ( 1867 – 1933) who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1932. This long story has been twice made into a TV series, the first was by the BBC in 1967-69 which was hugely successful: 18 million watched the final episode in 1969. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGKF60F_heg
  6. I also recommend the novels of Ayn Rand, “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged” (both are available in Japanese translations; movies have been made of both novels, but only “The Fountainhead” (『水源』. Ayn Rand was a Russian emigrant who lived in the U.S.A. and set her novels in that country, but her novels are a good and interesting way to learn about the key ideas of individualism and capitalism.
    1. Here is a Japanese video review of “The Fountainhead” 「水源」httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H8b_eiBpY8

Studies in English II, week 6: October 25th, 2013


  • Start preparing your presentation
  • if you were absent today or did not tell me your presentation topic, choose a topic for your presentation and email it to me by next Friday, Nov. 1st.
  • Watch the video presentation “Linguistic Fundamentals – Language and Linguistics” and summarize the key points.
  • Next class is in 2 weeks’ time, on November 8th.

Today’s class:

  1. Write a summary of “Myth 7: Women Talk Too Much”
  2. Write a summary of “Myth 1: Slang is Bad”
  3. Watch the video presentation.


Studies in English I, week 6: May 24th, 2013


Prepare your presentation.

Today’s class:

  1. Presentation #1: on William Jones
  2. Free writing about the presentation’s content and delivery.
  3. introduction to phonemes
  4. Beowulf, the first few lines
  5. Videos of performances of these lines, plus the trailer for the 2007 Beowulf movie
  6. Why does English pronunciation change over the centuries? Why have some letters become silent, like “k” in “knee” or “b” in “climb”? When did they become silent? These are excellent research questions. Perhaps someone would like to research this for their final paper.

Writing Strategies II, week 6: November 2nd, 2012

Topic wrapper
“Topic” is a chocolate bar in Europe. Yum!


  1. Write a comment in this blog by Tuesday midnight:
    1. what do you hope to learn or get from
      1. Other people’s presentations?
      2. Your own presentation?
  2. Read  Genesis 1:1-2
  3. read ch 9 of “Magician’s Nephew” and freewrite
    1. your questions
    2. Pick 3 images & write about them:
      1. What do they mean to you?
      2. What do they remind you of?
      3. Why do you like/dislike them?
      4. Other

 In today’s class:

  1. Each student or group of students made a short report about their research topic:
    1. name and topic title
    2. what you know (about the topic)
    3. what you want to know
    4. what you have found out so far
    5. where you looked


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Studies in English, week 6: November 2nd, 2012 – class cancelled

I must cancel this week’s class, because of duties at my main school.

(Writing Strategies II class in the morning is NOT cancelled, please note.)

  1.  On your blog by Tuesday (Nov. 6th) midnight  (if you have not done so already) write your research question, and:
    1. what do you know already (about your research question/topic?
    2. what do you want to know/find out?
    3. what did you find out so far?]
    4. where did you look (what resources did you use)?
  2. Prepare your first presentation – next week, Nov. 9th. Each presentation will be short: just tell your topic, what you know, what you want to find out, and what you have found out so far and how/where.
  3. N.B. (注意): next week’s presentations will not be graded. 来週のプレゼンは評価(採点)しません。プレゼンの目的は情報交換です。