Quarter 4 homework

Oral Communication

  • Review pronunciation, dialogue vocabulary, article vocabulary, conversation strategies for units 1-23 of Orbits.
  • OC FB: Prepare unit 23 vocabulary, conversation strategies, and article in Orbits.
  • OC B & P: Prepare unit 22 vocabulary, conversation strategies, and article in Orbits. WARNING: The unit 22 article may be distressing to some people.
  • NB.: Conversation strategies in units 23 & 24 will help you a lot in the speaking test.
  • Attend World Plaza, and practice using the vocabulary and conversation strategies
  • Word Engine, at least 300 correct responses a week
  • Final speaking test and exam will focus on content from units 18 to 24 from Orbits.
  • Following from the “Anglophone” question, here are some videos that explain the origin of English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEaSxhcns7Y, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz8tEPXI25A, and Why English is spelt like that? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhqr-GNNgGo, and some Aus, UK, and US vocabulary today, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OEehlggPp0, (BTW, what Americans call a ‘biscuit’, British and Australians call a ‘scone’, and an ‘off-licence’ is different to a pub that requires a licence to sell alcohol).
  • Enjoy life, check Class Party info.

Communication Skills (Humanities)

  • Monday 17th Dec: Orbits unit 11 Culture Note & Conversation Strategies; Into Literacy, p107 Worker Rights (check vocabulary p99-100).
  • Preview and review pronunciation, mini dialogues, dialogue vocabulary, conversation strategies for units 1-11 of Orbits.
  • Possible speaking test topics: Into Literacy My Week in Palau Day 2 (p61-3); ‘Staying in an AirBnB or a Hotel’ (p38-9); Worker Rights (p107); Orbits story thoughts, feelings, and opinions; or an Extensive Reading book.
  • Extensive Reading, at least 4,000 words a week, and write a report for Thursdays.
  • Attend World Plaza, and practice using the vocabulary and conversation strategies
  • Word Engine, at least 300 correct responses a week
  • Have fun. Check Class Party info.

Literacy

  • Review all writing skills studied this year.
  • Review vocabulary (p33) and article (p38-9) for ‘Staying in an AirBnB or a Hotel’, and business press Release structure and language in Into Literacy.
  • Task 10: Choose one of the following business related tasks.
    • Write a compare and contrast of two similar companies or products (eg: Tullys & Starbucks; Apple Macbook Air & Microsoft Surface; etc), but keep it simple. Which is better and why.
    • Write a press release for a new product. Think of a new product (can be something that already exists, but a little different) and write a promotion for it.
    • Consider that the compare and contrast requires better research and good structure to score good points. The grammar and language of the press release is more difficult, so this requires more editing, excellent adjective and verb choices, and grammatical accuracy to score good points.
    • References of course must be in English
  • Word Engine, at least 300 correct responses a week
  • Extensive reading (at least 3,500 words a week), and keep weekly reports.
  • Enjoy life

Communication Skills (Economics)

  • Review unit 5 pronunciation, dialogue vocabulary, grammar in the Active textbook.
  • Review article and vocabulary in unit 6 Ageing p76-78, unit 7 p86-7 Survival After Eight Days at Sea in Cover to Cover.
  • Preview An Amazing Athlete, unit 11, p146-7 Cover to Cover.
  • Friday 14th Dec: Review Active unit 6, Bargain Shopper, p56-7, do shopping game on p58.
  • Attend World Plaza, and practice small talk and conversation skills.
  • Have fun

Literacy Class 29th Oct

Double check this again later, as I am likely to update this with something I’ve forgotten.

On Monday the 29th Oct, you will need to submit the following in three separate piles:

  1. Task 8 corrections (if not already submitted)
  2. Task 9 (with checklist correctly completed, copies of references, topic research sheet). Do not finish this at 2am Monday morning, and then sleep and miss your first classes. Complete this before Sunday lunch at least.
  3. Extensive Reading reports (make sure you have a photo of each page in case you lose them)

On Monday we will do the typing test.

Sick days on 22nd and 23rd Oct

To all my students,

Sorry we missed our classes. From Monday morning I suffered very bad stomach flu. Which meant I experienced severe nausea, light headedness, almost passing out, extreme fatigue, sore muscles all over, and now dehydration and head and neck aches. I’ve of course seen a doctor, and still recovering at home. I don’t know if I can be back on Thursday, but I hope I can. If I can come back, I won’t be 100% my normal self, so I’ll need your help to get the class working well.

Oral Communication classes: We’ll start with presentation preparation for one topic of your choice between units 13 and 18 (yes, including Empiricism & Romanticism). Bring your laptop, and tether to the internet through your phone if you need internet access.

Communication Skills Humanities: We’ll start Extensive Reading poster presentation preparation. I lost my coloured markers, so please bring your own and other craft supplies. I will bring A2 sized poster paper.

Literacy: I’m really, really sorry, please don’t cry, but the touch-typing speed test will be delayed to the next Monday class. Please collect your marked writing from the office at R32, and revise it ready for the time we meet. Continue re-Reading and taking notes of interesting language and symbolism in Love Story.

Communication Skills Economics: I’m not sure what we will do yet. Keep doing extensive Reading, and prepare vocabulary from Cover to Cover unit 6, 72-3.

Homework Quarter 3

Oral Communication:

  • Word Engine, 300 correct responses each week, do 10mins a day of study.
  • Review and preview vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation strategies, and articles, for Orbits units 1-18.
  • Prepare your final report using an earlier video and your most recent. Due Monday 12 Nov, 12pm at the World Plaza. You can submit earlier if you want.
  • Prepare your presentation with your partner for any research task for units 13 to 18.
  • World Plaza is open from 11am to 6pm each weekday.
  • Enjoy life

Communication Skills (Humanities):

    • Word Engine, 300 correct responses each week, do 10mins a day of study.
    • Review and preview vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation strategies, and articles in Orbits.
    • Extensive reading.
    • Read Different Worlds and finish the book (included in extensive reading weekly word count).
    • Review Into Literacy p72 to 78.
    • Poster presentation preparation: With your partner, choose an ER book together, and start reading it. Note the structure, themes, and any interesting language, similes, metaphors, and personification.
    • World Plaza is open from 11am to 6pm each weekday.
    • Have fun

Literacy:

  • Review all writing skills studied.
  • Love Story must be returned on the 8th Nov.
  • Word Engine, over 300 correct responses each week.
  • World Plaza is open from 11am to 6pm each weekday.
  • Enjoy life

Communication Skills (Economics):

  • Review Conversation Structure
  • Review pronunciation
  • Review Active, units 1-6 dialogues, vocabulary, and Working on Language sections.
  • Preview Active, unit 6. Read and check vocabulary for all sections.
  • Cover to Cover, unit 6, p72-73 check vocabulary.
  • Extensive reading, read about 3,000 words each week.
  • Extensive reading reports due Tuesday 30th Oct (stapled). Take a photo of each page, in case you lose your reports.
  • World Plaza is open from 11am to 6pm each weekday.
  • Have fun

Communication Skills (E) speaking test will be one of these:

  1. Introduce your ER book
  2. Introduce where you grew up (Active unit 5)
  3. What you used to do when you were younger (Active unit 5)

Homework Quarter 2

WordEngine data will be downloaded on Monday the 30th July, and no more data will be collected until Quarter 3.

Oral Communication FB, B, & P

  • Review pronunciation, vocabulary and conversation strategies in Orbits units 1-12.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 11 & 12 vocabulary and article, including answers/ideas to the discussion questions.
  • Do WordEngine; get at least 210 correct responses each week, but aim for 300. WordEngine data will be downloaded on 30th July, so marks collection will end then.
  • Visit Word Plaza as much as possible (open from 11am to 6pm each weekday)
  • Final speaking tests will be 19th to 25th July (a little early, in case of typhoon interruptions), and may include any article from units 7 to 12. Possible topics:
  • Unit 7-12
  • Unit 8 Research Task
  • Your own research task for units 11 or 12
  • Final report is due 12pm, 30th July. I’ll be in the World Plaza probably from about 10am to 12pm. Please try to submit before this day (in class). New video recordings will be done on 9th/10th or 12th/13th July. Start your reports as soon as you can.
  • During the speaking tests:
  • – Prepare for your own test (review vocabulary, articles, pronunciation, conversation strategies, own research on the topic, etc)
  • – Bring your laptop and work on your final report.
  • Enjoy life

Communication Skills

  • Review pronunciation, vocabulary, mini dialogues, and conversation strategies in Orbits, units 1-6
  • Do WordEngine, at least 210 correct responses each week, aim for 300
  • Do extensive reading, about 4,000 words a week, keep your ER reports up to date
  • Visit World Plaza as much as possible (open from 11am to 6pm each weekday)
  • Speaking test possible topics (to be confirmed later):
    1. Into Literacy: Extensive Reading, p27-8
    1. Into Literacy: Book Clubs, p105-6
    1. Blog: Where Does Our News Come From?
    1. Extensive Reading: Introduce a book you’ve read recently
    1. Orbits: “Summary of what has happened in the story so far, and what you think may happen next, and why”.
    1. Extensive Reading: Introduce a book you’ve read recently
  • Enjoy life

Literacy

  • Review vocabulary for articles already studied
  • Review Into Literacy Section 1, Basic Essay Structures, 12-25.
  • Review grammar in Into Literacy, p79-84.
  • Do WordEngine, 210 correct responses each week, aim for 300.
  • Do extensive reading, about 3,500 words a week, keep your ER reports up to date
  • Final Report: Task 5 & Portfolio, due in class 23rd July
  • Enjoy life

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

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。

Homework for Quarter 4

Announcement

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 🙂

Literacy

  • 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.

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 🙂