Homework for Quarter 4


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Communication Skills

  • Review Conversation Gambits units: units 1, 3, 9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 29, 31, 46, 47, 50, 56, 57, 58.
  • Review pronunciation, and prepare for the Phonological Skills Check.
  • Review English First Hand 2: units 1-11 (including grammar & pronunciation).
  • Review Reading in the Real World Intro, units 7, 8 9, 10, 11 (Sons or Daughters?).
  • Do WordEngine (a little each day).
  • Do extensive reading, about 4,000 words a week, and have ER reports each Thursday.
  • Have fun 🙂


  • Review English Grammar In Use units: 42, 69, 72, 85, 98, 99, 109, 110.
  • Review How to Write a News Story.
  • Do WordEngine (a little each day).
  • Do extensive reading, about 3,500 words a week, and have ER reports ready for each Thursday.
  • Work on your portfolio/magazine, and final report.
  • Have fun 🙂

Oral Communication

  • Prepare Orbits unit 22 vocabulary, article, and article discussion. The topic is about suicide and may be sensitive to some people, however, it is important in society. Recently, there was a young American vlogger who raised the issue (very insensitively) about suicide in Japan, and caused a lot of social media discussion. IF you don’t want to, or cannot talk about this, please find your own article relating to animal welfare, and teach your conversation partner about this topic.
  • Review pronunciation, conversation strategies, and vocabulary from Orbits units 16-22.
  • Do WordEngine (a little each day).
  • World Plaza is open daily, from 11am to 6pm, please go often.
  • The final exam will focus on these points:
    • Vocabulary (units 16-23)
    • Pronunciation (an activity or two from Orbits)
    • Conversation (your own original written dialogue). Demonstrate structure, topic related vocabulary, conversation strategies, and knowledge of article topics discussed between Orbits units 16 to 23.
  • Have fun 🙂

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