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.
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.
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?
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.
“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)
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
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.
Here is a Japanese video review of “The Fountainhead” 「水源」httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H8b_eiBpY8
Free writing about the presentation’s content and delivery.
introduction to phonemes
Beowulf, the first few lines
Videos of performances of these lines, plus the trailer for the 2007 Beowulf movie
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.
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.)
On your blog by Tuesday (Nov. 6th) midnight (if you have not done so already) write your research question, and:
what do you know already (about your research question/topic?
what do you want to know/find out?
what did you find out so far?]
where did you look (what resources did you use)?
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.
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。
Class blog for Sheffner's Academic Skills & Writing Strategies at DWC