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。

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)

Homework for Quarter 4


HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you all had a great holiday.

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.

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 🙂

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:


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


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


  • 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