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As2, wk9, November 28th, 2014


  • Prepare your presentation.
  • Read the textbook chapter 29 (pp 120-123).
  • Start thinking about your essay topic.

December 5th. Presentation on “Balance of Terror”.

NB: the makeup class for cancelled week 6 will be on January 10th, not December 13th or 20th.

Today’s class

  1. Presentation on The American Revolution by Ms. Furukawa, Kano and Muraoka.
    1. The American Revolution was a war between Britain and the 13 colonies in North America which lasted from 1775-1783.
  2. Presentation on Crash and Depression by Ms. Takeda and Tanaka
    1. The Crash was a sudden fall in share prices on the New York Stock Exchange in October 1929.
    2. The Depression was a serious economic depression which followed the Wall Street Crash and lasted from 1930 to the beginning of WWII in 1941.




SinEa, wk9, June 13th 2014

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


  1. Read chapter 5 (first half) “Analysing Sounds”.
  2. Make a list of 5 topics you might write about for your final essay.

Presenters, prepare your presentations.

In today’s class:

  • There was a presentation about the second half of chapter 4 “Cutting Language Up”.
  • We looked at the MLA Guidebook, p. 21 and p. 29 – the format for writing an academic essay and for a bibliography.
  • Some possible topics for your final essay. Feel free to change the questions, or to create your own title:
    • What is the world’s oldest/first language?
    • Do men and women speak differently? Why?
    • Do animals have language or is it something only humans have?
    • How did writing systems develop?
    • Why is English the world language?
    • The Rosetta Stone
    • Th eTower of Babel
    • How do linguists record a language which has not writing system?
    • How many languages are there in the world?
    • Why are there so many different English accents?
    • What is a dialect?

WS1, wk9, June 13th 2014

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The course outline is here: 2014 WS1_Handout


  1. Answer the multiple-choice questions for chapter 9
  2. Write a (short) summary of chapter 8 – key points of the action only – plus your questions, thoughts, feelings, memories, associations, etc. I.e. your response.
  3. Read Genesis chapter 1 (in either English or Japanese).
  4. Presenters, prepare your presentation for next week (chapter 10)

Today’s class:

Presentations on the vocabulary and meaning of chapter 8.

As1, wk9, June 13th 2014


Read pages 148-150.

Today’s class:

  1. Presentation on pages 144-6.
  2. Extra points:
    1. Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth I were two queens who had similar reigns:
      1. Long reign (Queen Elizabeth 50 years, Queen Victoria just over 60 years)
      2. Elizabeth never married; Victoria married but her husband, Prince Albert, died young.
      3. A flowering of artistic and scientific invention during their reigns
      4. Development of British military strength (and wars) during their reigns
    2. Two movies have been made about the Zulu Wars:
      1. Zulu – about the Battle of Rorke’s Drift which the British won, and
      2. Zulu Dawn – about the Battle of Isandlwana, which the British lost.
  3. The British Empire brought some benefits to the countries it conquered:
    1. Military protection, military training and discipline – in many countries, the native people were impressed by the discipline, bravery and fairness of the British, especially by British victories by small numbers of troops against much larger native armies. How did they do it? Training, discipline and superior weapons.
    2. Military force also brought peace and law and order to areas which had otherwise only had intermittent fighting and no rule of law.
    3. The British also brought trade and offered the British and Eruopean and Empire markets to the new colonies.


Studies in English II, week 9: November 15th, 2013


  • Choose a topic for your final paper. This topic can be the same as your oral presentation, or a different topic. Tell me next class (December 6th).

Today’s class:

  1. Presentations on Semantics (the difference in meaning between “lie” and “uso 嘘”) and Sociolinguistics (pidjin, Creoles, Singapore language policy, Singlish)
  2. Writing 1: write your reaction to the two presentation topics today. Especially what do you think of
    1. Singapore’s language policy?
    2. Should Japan adopt English as an official language? Why/why not?
    3. Why do words sometimes have slightly different meanings in different languages, like “lie” and “uso”?
  3. Writing 2:
    1. What English book(s) have you read recently? Was it for class or privately?
    2. What English movie(s) have you seen recently? Was it for class or privately?
    3. What English writing have you done recently? Was it for class or privately?
    4. What English speaking have you done recently? Was it for class or privately?

Writing Strategies II, week 9: November 15th, 2013


Read chapters 7 and 8 and write your personal response in English (about 500 words).

Today’s class:

  1. Presentations
    1. St Paul’s (Tanaka)
    2. Jupiter the planet (Saori)
    3. Jupiter the god (Rai)
    4. Helen of Troy (Ueda)
    5. Nineveh (Urabe)
  2. Writing:
    1. Why does Lewis mention St Paul’s? A: Because St Paul’s is a symbol of London.
    2. Why does Lewis mention Jupiter? A: Because Jupiter is a symbol of something.
    3. What does Jupiter mean to you personally?
    4. What does Charn remind the (Western/English) reader of? A: Nineveh, Babylon, Sodom and Gomorrah and other cities in the Bible which were big and wicked and punished by God.
    5. What does Charn remind you of personally?
    6. What does Jadis remind the (Western/English) reader of? A: Venus (Aphrodite) and Helen of Troy.
    7. What does Jadis remind you of personally?


Writing Strategies II, week 9: November 30th, 2012

Scan of initial on page of book in a series of...
Scan of initial on page of book in a series of fairy tales. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Prepare for your #2 presentation next week. This will be your last presentation. Each presentation should be about 5 minutes.

Today’s class:

  1. Who or what was Jesus Christ?
  2. Comments on student’s chapter 10 homework
  3. Examples of myths
  4. Examples of fairy stories
  5. Are they the same or different? Why?
  6. What are the characteristics of fairy stories?
    1. they are for children (but not originally: read the Japanese Wikipedia entry 昔の童話(=昔話)には、悪者に対する報いや制裁がかなり残酷な話も少なからずある。例えば元々の『白雪姫』では、姫を苦しめ続けた継母(グリム初版では実母)は真っ赤に焼けた鉄の靴を履かせられ、死ぬまで踊りつづけさせるといった結末のものや、日本 のものでは『かちかち山』の狸は、おばあさんを殺して汁にし、それを「狸汁」と称しておじいさんに食べさせるなどがある。これ らの多くの話は、たいていの場合、子どもが見るということから考慮して、描写を変えるのが通例であった。 日本で幼児向けに出版されている絵本も、「お子様向け」に残酷な場面を削る、あるいは「修正・改変」されているものがほとんどであった。ただ近年では、そ の残酷性だけにスポットを当てるのでなく作品全体を通して考えるべきとして原典に近い形で出される傾向もある。」and the English Wikipedia entry: “Originally, adults were the audience of a fairy tale just as often as children. Literary fairy tales appeared in works intended for adults, but in the 19th and 20th centuries the fairy tale became associated with children’s literature.”
    2. they are not connected with religion
    3. they have a happy ending (but see the notes above)
    4. they include princes and princesses
    5. (they involve magic, and
    6. they involve animals, sometimes magical and/or talking animals).
Fairy tale
Fairy tale (Photo credit: ‘J’)


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Writing Strategies 1, week 9: June 15th, 2012

Today we studied chapters 9 and10 of LWW by C.S. Lewis.

  1. What is onomatopoeia?
  2. What is simile?
  3. What is personification?
  4. What are these examples of?
    1. “The house [of the White Witch] was really a small castle. It seemed to be all towers, little towers with long pointed spires on them, sharp as needles.” (p. 100)
    2. “As he [Edmund] got into the middle of it [the courtyard] he saw that there were dozens of statues all about – standing here and there rather as the pieces stand on a chessboard when it is halfway through the game.” (p. 104)
    3. “And she [Lucy] stopped looking at the dazzling brightness of the frozen river with all its waterfalls of ice and at the white masses of the tree-tops and the great glaring moon and the countless stars and could only watch the little short legs of Mr. Beaver going pad-pad-pad-pad through the snow in front of her as if they were never going to stop.” (pp. 112-113).
    4. “Wherever is this?” said Peter‘s voice, sounding rather tired and pale in the darkness. I hope you know what I mean about a voice sounding pale.” (p. 113).
  5. Answers: 1 = simile, 2  = simile, 3 = onomatopoeia, 4 = personification.
  6. Chapters 9-10: Multiple choice questions, Short Answer questions, Short Essay questions (finish for homework).


  1.  Read in the Bible
    1. Romans 12:6-8
    2. Corinthians 12:4-11
    3. 1 Peter 4:10
    4. Joshua 1:9
  2. What is the connection between these verses and LWW?


C.S. Lewis
Cover of C.S. Lewis
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Studies in English 1, week 9: June 15th, 2012

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Today, we will go to the computer room in the second half of the class, and create a blog for this class.

Use a blog platform that allows you to write and comment in English.

I suggest www.blogger.com or goo http://blog.goo.ne.jp/

Click the link below to see a video where I show you how to make a blog using Blogger.com


This video was made for Tezukayama University students, so I use my Tezukayama University email address. Don’t send email to this address but to the address I gave you for this class: dwc – at mark – sheffnersweb.net


  1. If you are using a computer on DWC campus, do NOT use Internet Explorer but Mozilla Firefox (Windows –> Internet tools –> Mozilla Firefox
  2. Create your own password and remember it (write it down somewhere). You can change your password later if you want.
  3. You need an email address: use your DWC email address. DO NOT USE YOUR CELLPHONE email address.
  4. The name of your blog should be in Roma-ji, not kanji, and in English, not Japanese.
  5. Copy the address of your blog and send it to me by email.
    1. Email subject 件名 SinE My Blog (Your Name)
  6. Write your first blog post:
    1. Introduce yourself briefly (remember to protect your privacy – your blog is public and can be read by anybody).
    2. Write your answers to last week’s homework, and your translation of your paragraph from chapter 4. Write in complete sentences, so readers can understand.
  7. Tell your classmates your blog address.
  8. Visit your classmates’ blogs and leave a comment.