Homework Quarter 2

Oral Communication FB, B, & P

  • Review pronunciation, vocabulary and conversation strategies in units 1-8
  • Prepare the research task for unit 8.
  • Do WordEngine (at least 210 correct responses each week)
  • Prepare for the phonological & intonation skills check: https://winjeel.com/blog/english-classes/textbooks/orbits/
  • Visit Word Plaza as much as possible (open from 11am to 6pm each weekday)
  • Enjoy life

Communication Skills

  • Review pronunciation, vocabulary and conversation strategies in Orbits, units 1-3
  • Prepare vocabulary for Orbits units 3 & 4
  • Prepare Into Literacy, News vs. Advertising, p106.
  • Do WordEngine (at least 210 correct responses each week)
  • Do extensive reading, about 4,000 words a week, keep your ER reports up to date
  • Prepare for the Phonological Skills Check, by rehearsing and practicing reading and sounding like the speakers in one of the recordings from Orbits Lower-Intermediate units 1-6. You can choose any unit, but with a partner, perform just one.
  • Visit Word Plaza as much as possible (open from 11am to 6pm each weekday)
  • Enjoy life

Literacy

  • Review vocabulary for articles already studied
  • Review Into Literacy Section 1, Basic Essay Structures, 12-25.
  • Prepare Into Literacy, Making Money from your Blog, p29-30
  • Do WordEngine (at least 210 correct responses each week)
  • Do extensive reading, about 3,500 words a week, keep your ER reports up to date
  • Task 4: Choose a company, and research it. Bring  the research to class (printed)
  • Enjoy life

Literacy Class Final Report

There will be updates, so come back to check this page regularly.

You should have these parts in your Task 3 report, due 24th May, and revisions due 31st May (TBC):

  • Metadata
  • Introduction
  • Body
    • Summary (of the whole novel, not just chapter one)
    • Critical Review (writing style)
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Checklist attached.
  • Topic research notes attached

During speaking tests today

Don’t waste time, be productive.

  • Prepare for your own speaking test
  • Help a friend prepare for their speaking test
  • Review vocabulary
  • Do WordEngine
  • Prepare Unit 4
  • Do extensive reading for your other class
  • Get a copy of your video (only able to do this today)
  • Do the Self-reflection (due this Friday)
  • ONLY use ENGLISH!!!

The change between speaking tests must be quick, otherwise we might not be able to finish. Bring your speaking test feedback marksheet with your name and student number on it.

The speaking test is a maximum of 5 minutes, and you’ll do it in pairs, with a randomly assigned partner. The topic will be randomly chosen by dice roll:

  • 1&2 Basic Communication
  • 3&4 Extensive Reading
  • 5 Wombats
  • 6 Your own research task from Unit 3

About WordEngine

Thanks to the three students who have asked about this. I didn’t know that this year the system is so different. Last year, WordEngine was an app to download, and a card to buy for students who don’t have their own credit cards. This year, I was told in an email in early March that the system is different and works on all smartphones, tablets and computers. They did not say that there is no smartphone app for iOS or Android anymore. The steps:

  1. In your web browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Brave, etc)
  2. Type wordengine.jp, press “Go” or “Enter”. You should arrive at http://www.wordengine.jp/go/ and,
  3. Bookmark it, or Add to Favourites.

Now, just use WordEngine from the website; no app needed. Yay!

Next steps (at home):

  1. Do V-check (to get your vocabulary size)
  2. Enter your card code for paid access
  3. Join the class group
  4. Study each week, Monday to Saturday at least 150 correct answers each week (about 10 minutes a day)

More information about learning vocabulary, go to Winjeel.Com > English Classes > Vocabulary.

Homework Quarter 1

All classes:

World Plaza opens on the 7th May, open from 11am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Oral Communication FB

  • Review Orbits, Unit 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Pronunciation, Small Talk, Vocabulary, Culture Note, and Conversation Strategies.
  • Prepare unit 7 vocabulary and article
  • Do WordEngine and get more than 150 correct responses each week. Study at least 10 minutes a day, every day.
  • For the final exam, study vocabulary for dialogues and articles from units 1-6, conversation strategies, and pronunciation for units 1-6. Use only pen and highlighters. See a sample exam here.
  • Have fun

Oral Communication B & P

  • Review Orbits, Unit 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6, Pronunciation, vocabulary, articles, dialogues.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 7.
  • Do WordEngine and get more than 150 correct responses each week. Study at least 10 minutes a day, every day.
  • IMPORTANT POINT: If you don’t understand something: ask; otherwise you may fail important tasks in the future.
  • For the final exam, study vocabulary for dialogues and articles from units 1-6, conversation strategies, and pronunciation for units 1-6. Use only pen and highlighters. See a sample exam here.
  • Have fun

Communication Skills

  • Review Orbits, Units 0, 1, 2, and 3, Classroom Vocabulary (p14-16), and small talk p10. Practice listening to units 1-3 at here.
  • Preview Orbits Unit 3, and vocabulary.
  • Review Into Literacy, Article: Extensive Reading, vocabulary p26 & article p27; Book Clubs, p105-106, themes and summaries; similes, metaphors, & personification, p72-74.
  • Do WordEngine, and get more than 150 correct responses each week. Study at least 10 minutes a day, every day.
  • Do Extensive Reading (ER), read about 4,000 words each week.
    • Prepare a report/summary about your ER book for each Thursday
    • Prepare for the poster presentation with your partner
  • Have fun

Literacy

  • Do ER reading; read about 3,500 words each week.
    • Prepare a report/summary about your ER book for Thursday
  • Review Into Literacy vocabulary and articles, Extensive Reading, Copyright Basics
  • Preview Into Literacy Making Money from your Blog, p29-30.
  • Do WordEngine, and get more than 150 correct responses each week. Study at least 10 minutes a day, every day.
  • Report & ERWatch “How to Write Simple Introductions“.
    • Finish reading Earrings from Frankfurt, and complete your report.
    • Submit your portfolio on Thursday (inc. Tasks 3, 1 and 2; both first and second drafts; use a binding clip). Stapled to Task 3 the Checklist and your Topic Research Notes.
    • Submit all Extensive Reading reports on Thursday (stapled)
    • Task 3, draft 2, due Thursday between 9am to 11.20am 31st May, at the World Plaza.
  • Have fun

During pronunciation & speaking tests

Andrew will be busy, and you should be too. While you’re waiting to do your pronunciation or speaking test, don’t waste time, and DO NOT USE JAPANESE during this time. You can do any of the following:

  • Listen to Vixen and the Crow, Reading in the Real World Intro, or Orbits.
  • Finish listening to the remaining Orbits units, 24-30.
  • Prepare for your own pronunciation or speaking tests
  • Review articles and vocabulary (and pronunciation) for
    • Orbits, units 16-23
    • Reading in the Real World: Intro, units 7, 8 9, 10, 11, and a graded reader you enjoyed
  • Oral Communication classes review extra information from poster and PowerPoint presentations and your own research for units 16-23
  • Review conversation strategies in:
    • Orbits, units 0-23
    • Conversation Gambits: 1, 3, 9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 29, 31, 46, 47, 50, 56, 57, 58
  • Help a friend prepare for their own pronunciation & speaking test
  • Review the story in Orbits, units 1-23.
  • Oral Communication class, prepare for your exam
  • Do Word Engine study
  • Do extensive reading
  • Complete your extensive reading reports

How to write a Christmas Card

This is actually really simple. Just mix together some phrases. The phrases are fixed phrases, and so using a computer translation system will ruin the card.

Key phrases:

  • To Yuki, I/We wish you and yours  (for person + family)
  • Dear Yuki, Wishing you
  • a (very) Merry Christmas
  • Happy/Wonderful/Fantastic New Year
  • Happy/Wonderful/Fantastic 2018
  • Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
  • Wishing you all the best these holidays
  • Peace, joy, and love to you and your family.
  • May your Christmas season be filled with joy
  • Sending you happy tidings this holiday season.
  • May this New Year be filled with joy!
  • God bless you this holiday season — Merry Christmas!

For more, see: https://holidappy.com/greeting-cards/Christmas-Card-Messages-What-to-Write-in-a-Christmas-Card.

DO: Use phrases nicely put together, and maybe add a personal message if you like. Messages in cards are usually short and simple. However, each message should be unique. Example:

Dear Yukihiro,

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and a wonderful 2018.

Many happy returns,

Hiroyuki & family

Another example:

To Masahiro,

We wish you a Merry Christmas and fantastic New Year. We hope all will go well for your trip to Vietnam this Spring.

Very best,

Hiromasa & Yuki

Notice about WordEngine

Lexxica will conduct server maintenance on December 19th starting at 12:30 pm and lasting until about 4 pm. Two security updates will be implemented as well as improvements to the WordEngine mobile flashcards application. Improvements to the app include faster task delivery speed and more recognizable transitions between the word tasks.

2017年12月19日(月) 午後12時半から午後4時の間メンテナンス作業を実施させていただきます。
このメンテナンスではワードエンジンサーバーのセキュリティアップグレードを行います。
またワードエンジンのウェブベースアプリの学習画面のスピードアップさせ、より効率的に学習ができるようにます。

Frank Lloyd Wright

Discussion questions for Reading in the Real World Intro.

  1. Summarise what you understand of the article.
  2. Is it important for buildings to use local materials? Why?
  3. Should all buildings be designed and built for the local environment?
  4. Do you agree with Wright’s ideas? Why?
  5. Are architects important for society? Why?
  6. What are some examples of well designed and badly designed buildings in Nagoya?
  7. How important is building design in our day to day lives?
  8. How do you feel about “form follows function”? Would you like to visit the Guggenheim Museum? Why?
  9. How do you feel about the design of Motoyama subway station? Or some other station?
  10. (Make your own questions)