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Homework for Quarter 4

Announcement

WordEngine needs to be updated before it can work on iOS11. Please wait before upgrading to iOS11 or do your study on a real computer. WordEngine is a 32bit application, but iOS11 will now only run 64bit applications. If you have upgraded to iOS11, you will need to study WordEngine on a computer by signing into WordEngine.jp.

Mark this in your calendars now. These changes are for Presentation preparation. Regarding OC P class, please bring your own laptops for the 8th and 12th Dec.

  • 12/11(Mon) 11A04-002 英語IVオーラルコミュニケーション[FB]2 Q305→S25
  • 12/12(Tue) 11A04-008 英語IVオーラルコミュニケーション[B]1 LB1→S25
  • 12/07(Thu) 11A04-002 英語IVオーラルコミュニケーション[FB]2 Q305→S25
  • 12/08(Fri) 11A04-008 英語IVオーラルコミュニケーション[B]1 LB1→S25

Communication Skills

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

Literacy

  • Review English Grammar In Use units: 42, 69, 72, 85, 98, 99, 109.
  • 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.
  • Have fun 🙂

Oral Communication

  • Prepare Orbits unit 20, vocabulary, article, and article discussion.
  • Review pronunciation, conversation strategies, and vocabulary from Orbits units 16-20.
  • Do WordEngine (a little each day).
  • World Plaza is open daily, from 11am to 6pm, please go often.
  • Have fun 🙂

Quarter 3 Final Reports

All remaining work from my students is due on Monday, 13th November, 2pm. I will be at my office from about 9 to 10am, and in the World Plaza from about 12pm to 2pm. Late submissions cannot be accepted without a doctor’s certificate.

What is due:

  • Communication Skills: Nothing
  • Literacy class: Task 9 revised (for your 5%)
  • Oral Communication classes: Final reports

Word Engine data for quarter three will be downloaded on Monday morning.

OC: During Speaking Tests

For my Oral Communication classes: Do not waste time, but use it wisely.  During the speaking tests work and be productive. DO NOT USE JAPANESE during this time. You can do any of the following:

Prepare for your own speaking tests

  • Review articles units 13-18
  • Review article vocabulary for units 13-18
  • Review extra information from poster presentations and your own research for units 13-18
  • Review pronunciation of vocabulary for articles in units 13-18
  • Review conversation strategies in units 0-18
  • Help a friend prepare for their own speaking test

Work on your final reports

  • Review the sample report at Oral Communication.
  • Review your speaking test videos
  • Counts words per minute for fluency
  • Review your use of conversation strategies
  • Review your mannerisms and gestures
  • Review your changes in Word Engine since July

Review the story in Orbits, units 1-18.

Do Word Engine study

Do extensive reading

About my Monday classes (9th Oct)

To my Monday classes (OC FB, CS, & Literacy),

I’m sorry I couldn’t be there yesterday. I was, and still am, very ill. The schedule will be:

OC FB: 

  • Thursday 12th, poster preparation day,
  • Monday 16th, poster presentations
  • Thursday 19th, Orbits unit 16
  • Monday 23, Orbits unit 17

CS:

  • As normal, RRW Intro, unit 8 Products from Space (no change)

Literacy:

  • Submit Task 8 as soon as possible (Tuesday lunch time at FLEC-EED R32, or Thursday in class). I am still not feeling well, and may need to leave soon after lunch.
  • Continue with Class Graded Reader (no change in schedule)

Local speech contest

This is a little speech contest that at least one first year student from Nanzan wins a prize, most years. One of my first year students last year won an iPad. Not many people enter it, but it’s important, as it gives you important practice and experience before entering the bigger and more lucrative competitions. The entry form is attached. Good luck and have fun.

Details: 2017 English Speech Contest for Students.

A presentation and audience
A presentation and audience

Room changes

Quarter 4, Oral Communication FB & B

Mark this in your calendars now. These changes are for Presentation preparation. Regarding OC P class, we will discuss what to do.

  • 12/11(Mon) 11A04-002 英語IVオーラルコミュニケーション[FB]2 Q305→S25
  • 12/12(Tue) 11A04-008 英語IVオーラルコミュニケーション[B]1 LB1→S25
  • 12/07(Thu) 11A04-002 英語IVオーラルコミュニケーション[FB]2 Q305→S25
  • 12/08(Fri) 11A04-008 英語IVオーラルコミュニケーション[B]1 LB1→S25

Homework for Quarter 3

Announcement

WordEngine needs to be updated before it can work on iOS11. Please wait before upgrading to iOS11 or do your study on a real computer. WordEngine is a 32bit application, but iOS11 will now only run 64bit applications. If you have upgraded to iOS11, you will need to study WordEngine on a computer by signing into WordEngine.jp.

Due to typhoon cancellations on 23rd Oct:

  • OC FB class, we will do the article on Thursday, and conversation video recording. Bring your USB memory stick so you can get a copy of your video. Use this video to start your final report.
  • CS class, print and prepare answers for these questions for Unit 9 Yoga, RRW Intro.

Communication Skills

  • Review Conversation Gambits units: units 1, 3, 9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 31.
  • Review English First Hand 2: units 1-8 (including grammar & pronunciation).
  • Prepare Reading in the Real World Intro: Unit 9 Yoga.
  • Review Reading in the Real World Intro, units 7, 8 & 9.
  • Do WordEngine (a little each day).
  • Do extensive reading, about 4,000 words a week, and have ER reports each Thursday.
  • Poster Presentation: Prepare presentation contents, notes, and poster.
  • Have fun 🙂

Literacy

  • Review English Grammar In Use units: 42, 69, 72, 85, 98, 99.
  • Blog:  Take some photos with your smartphone of interesting things like a Halloween party or the University Festival (nothing too personal).
  • Task 9, Love Story, complete the report for 6th November. The report should include an introduction, summary, critique (choose two or three: Themes and Quotes; Similes, Metaphors and Personification, or any of these Critical Review), conclusion, and references.
  • MUST return Love Story on the 6th November.
  • Do WordEngine (a little each day).
  • Do extensive reading, about 3,500 words a week, and have ER reports ready for each Thursday. Task 9 Love Story reading is included in the 3,500 word total.
  • Have fun 🙂

Oral Communication

  • Review pronunciation, conversation strategies, and vocabulary from Orbits units 13-18.
    • For the speaking test, we could do Orbits units 13-18. Prepare and review these, and revise your notes, ideas, and possible answers. Unit 18 Conversation Strategies may also be included in the speaking test instead of an article discussion.
    • Review info from your poster presentations, and get additional ideas from other people. This extra info can help you in your speaking test.
  • Final Reports will be due on the 13th November, probably early afternoon, check here for updates. Use the best recent video conversation sample. If you have troubles viewing the video, see here: https://winjeel.com/blog/2017/04/20/common-problems-with-videos-and-cameras/
  • During the peaking tests you can use your own laptop to work on the final report.
  • Do WordEngine (a little each day).
  • World Plaza is open daily, from 11am to 6pm.
  • Have fun 🙂

Class party

Sometimes Andrew’s classes will have a class party. If we have a class party, it’s for four reasons. One, students have worked hard and have achieved a lot, and should be rewarded. Two, to practice and rehearse attending office and staff parties and events. Three, to develop informal social-linguistic skills. Four, get experience in how to host informal events at work.

Usually, the parties will be in the morning, so they will be brunch parties; half breakfast, half lunch. If you can, bring food or drink to share at the party. You may need to bring paper plates, plastic knives, paper cups, whatever. Please avoid buying cheap sugary food from convenience stores, because most people prefer healthier options. Not everyone has time to prepare something, and not everyone has the money to spare to make or get something. Consequently, if you can, bring extras; if you cannot contribute this time, please bring extra next time. Don’t know what to bring? Google search “brunch food” or “brunch recipe” for morning parties, and “healthy snack recipe” for afternoon parties. Please avoid sugary foods.

What to do & rules for class parties:

  1. DO NOT bring smelly or difficult-to-clean-up food & drink. Imagine if it spills, can it be be cleaned up easily?
  2. Use only English. If Andrew hears any Japanese being spoken, the party will end immediately, and he will give everyone grammar worksheets to do.
  3. Move some tables to the middle of the room, and push all the chairs to the sides. Put the food and drinks (opened) onto the middle tables. Keep bottles in the centre.
  4. Small talk with people. Talk about summer plans, an extensive reading book, part-time work, club activities, about the food at the party, about an article we discussed in class, anything.
  5. Do not stand silent talking to no one; always mingle. If Andrew sees anyone not mingling the party will end immediately, and he will give everyone grammar worksheets to do.
  6. Small talk with people you don’t normally talk to. Avoid talking to friends and your normal class partners.
  7. Selfies with friends is ok, but ask first. Also, if you post photos to social media, ask first and ONLY say nice things about people.
  8. ALL the food must be eaten. Otherwise, it makes cleaning up difficult.
  9. Clean up. Find an empty bag so everyone can use it as a rubbish bag. Clean up any spills immediately. EVERYONE must help clean up in the last ten minutes.
  10. If the party goes well, we may have another.

OC & CS classes: During speaking tests

Don’t waste time during speaking tests. Use the time wisely. Use ONLY ENGLISH. You can adjust the air conditioning any time as needed.

  • Practice & prepare for your speaking test
  • Review articles & vocabulary
  • Review conversation strategies / conversation gambits
  • Review pronunciation (especially of key vocabulary)
  • Do Word Engine study
  • Do your extensive reading
  • OC classes: Bring your laptop and work on your final report
  • OC classes: Do Orbits Unit 12
  • If we have a class brunch party, plan what you will bring. Remember that not everyone can bring something.