Homework Quarter 2

Q2, Lesson 10, 17th & 18th July

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 9, 10, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20
  • English Firsthand 2, review units 1-7, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue. Review dialogue of unit 7.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Extensive Reading reports due on the 27th July in class (can be submitted earlier).
  • Attend World Plaza at least once a week. It is open from 11am to 6pm, on the second floor of the R building.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Speaking test topics:

  1. Β RRW Intro unit 3, p40
  2. Β RRW Intro unit 4, p48-9
  3. Β RRW Intro unit 2, p22
  4. Β About your extensive reading
  5. Β About your extensive reading
  6. Β RRW Intro unit 5 p60-1

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Review grammar videos, and see the Grammar Page.
  • Complete revisions to article. Due Monday 10th.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Final Report, Portfolio and Extensive Reading reports due in class, 24th July. Can be submitted earlier.
    • Portfolio to include all writing tasks in Q1 & 2 (tasks 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6), any three blog entries, and final report (task 6).
    • See the sample final report in the the sample portfolio (here).
    • Include all drafts (tasks 1-5), Self-reflections, and Topic Research Sheets.
    • Extensive Reading reports to be stapled and submitted separate to the portfolio.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-12: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 12: vocabulary, article, discussion questions, and research task.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Work on your final report. Compare an early to recent video recorded conversation. See the course info packet for details. Due 12pm, 31st July in the World Plaza (open from 10.30 to 12pm). Can be submitted any time before the 31st.
  • Speaking test is one article randomly chosen from units 7 to 12.
    • During speaking tests:
      • Prepare for your speaking test
      • Review pronunciation & vocabulary
      • Work on your final report
      • Do Word Engine study
      • Do extensive reading
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

 

Q2, Lesson 10, 13th & 14th July

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20,
  • English Firsthand 2, review units 1-7, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue. Review dialogue of unit 7.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Extensive Reading reports due on the 27th July in class (can be submitted earlier).
  • Attend World Plaza at least once a week. It is open from 11am to 6pm, on the second floor of the R building.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Review grammar videos, and see the Grammar Page.
  • Complete revisions to article. Due Monday 10th.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Final Report, Portfolio and Extensive Reading reports due in class, 24th July. Can be submitted earlier.
    • Portfolio to include all writing tasks in Q1 & 2, any three blog entries, and final report.
    • See the sample final report in the the sample portfolio (here).
    • Extensive Reading reports to be stapled and submitted separate to the portfolio.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-11: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 11: vocabulary, article, discussion questions, and research task.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Work on your final report. Compare an early to recent video recorded conversation. See the course info packet for details. Due 12pm, 31st July in the World Plaza (open from 10.30 to 12pm). Can be submitted anytime before the 31st.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

 

Q2, Lesson 10, 6th & 7th July

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20,
  • English Firsthand 2, review units 1-7, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue. Review dialogue of unit 7.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Attend World Plaza at least once a week. It is open from 11am to 6pm, on the second floor of the R building.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Review grammar studied, and see the Grammar Page.
  • Complete revisions to article. Due Monday 10th.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Review Reading 5, The Glass Ceiling, page 41 of the course info packet, check vocabulary, make notes for a one minute summary.
  • Typing practice.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-9: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
    • Will video record conversations about the unit 10 articles on the 10th & 11th July.
    • Bring your USB memory stick so you can make a copy of the video
    • Use the audio recorder on your smartphone to make a backup of the conversation.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 11: vocabulary, article, discussion questions, and research task.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Q2, Lesson 8, 3rd & 4th July

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 9, 16, 18, 19, 20,
  • English Firsthand 2, review units 1-7, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue. Review dialogue of unit 7.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Attend World Plaza at least once a week. It is open from 11am to 6pm, on the second floor of the R building.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Review grammar studied, and see the Grammar Page.
  • Review the How to Write an Opinion Paragraph video, at the Writing Page.
  • Watch English Grammar In Use u113 video on the Grammar page.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Review Reading 5, The Glass Ceiling, page 41 of the course info packet, check vocabulary, make notes for a one minute summary.
  • Typing practice.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-9: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 10: vocabulary, article, discussion questions, and research task.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Q2, Lesson 7, 29th & 30th June

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 9, 16, 18, 19, 20,
  • English Firsthand 2, review units 1-6, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Prepare for the pronunciation quiz on Monday. See the pronunciation page for audio and videos.
  • Please do this survey question https://goo.gl/zuVJ6Y if you have time.
  • Attend World Plaza at least once a week. It is open from 11am to 6pm, on the second floor of the R building.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Review grammar studied, and see the Grammar Page.
  • Review the How to Write an Opinion Paragraph video, at the Writing Page.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Read Reading 5, The Glass Ceiling, page 41 of the course info packet, check vocabulary, make notes for a one minute summary.
    • Do your own research. Choose a business, and learn about it’s origins, and what makes it special. Fill in “Writing task Topic research sheet”, p57, and fill in for this topic. You will submit this with the self-reflection, the topic research, and copies of references.
  • Please do this survey question https://goo.gl/zuVJ6Y if you have time.
  • Typing practice.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-9: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 9: article, discussion questions, and research task.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Practice and prepare for the Phonological & Intonation Skills Check, see the Pronunciation page.
  • Please do this survey question https://goo.gl/zuVJ6Y if you have time.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

 

Q2, Lesson 5, 22nd & 23rd June

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 9, 16, 18, 20,
  • English Firsthand 2, review units 1-6, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Review Reading in the Real World: Intro, unit 5, Future of Water. Update your a short summary, review problem sentences, and add notes to answers for discussion questions.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Please do this survey question https://goo.gl/zuVJ6Y if you have time.
  • Attend World Plaza at least once a week. It is open from 11am to 6pm, on the second floor of the R building.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Reading 4 (p33), The Body Shop, read, check vocabulary, make notes for a one minute summary.
    • Do your own research. Choose a business, and learn about it’s origins, and what makes it special. Fill in “Writing task Topic research sheet”, p57, and fill in for this topic. You will submit this with the self-reflection, the topic research, and copies of references.
  • Read Reading 5, The Glass Ceiling, page 41 of the course info packet
  • Please do this survey question https://goo.gl/zuVJ6Y if you have time.
  • Typing practice.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-8: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 8: article, discussion questions, and research task. The research task can relate to anything from this unit (not just the article).
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Practice and prepare for the Phonological & Intonation Skills Check, see the Pronunciation page.
  • Please do this survey question https://goo.gl/zuVJ6Y if you have time.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Q2, Lesson 4, 19th & 20th June

Note: My Friday classes may have make up classes on this Wednesday. Check Porta for updates.

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 16, 24, 27
  • English Firsthand 2, review units 1-6, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Review Reading in the Real World: Intro, unit 5, Future of Water. Update your a short summary, review problem sentences.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Attend World Plaza at least once a week. It is open from 11am to 6pm, on the second floor of the R building.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Reading 4 (p33), The Body Shop, read, check vocabulary, make notes for a one minute summary.
    • Do your own research. Choose a business, and learn about it’s origins, and what makes it special. Fill in “Writing task Topic research sheet”, p57, and fill in for this topic. You will submit this with the self-reflection and the topic
  • Typing practice.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-8: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 8: article, discussion questions, and research task. The research task can relate to anything from this unit (not just the article).
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Practice and prepare for the Phonological & Intonation Skills Check.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Q2, Lesson 3, 15th (& 16th) June

Note: My Friday classes may be cancelled. Check for updates on Porta later today or early morning.

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 16, 24, 27
  • English Firsthand 2, review units 1-5, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue.
  • English Firsthand 2, preview unit 6, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Reading in the Real World: Intro, unit 5, Future of Water. Update your a short summary, review problem sentences.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Attend World Plaza at least once a week. It is open from 11am to 6pm, on the second floor of the R building.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Reading 4 (p33), The Body Shop, read, check vocabulary, make notes for a one minute summary.
    • Do your own research. Choose a business, and learn about it’s origins, and what makes it special. Fill in “Writing task Topic research sheet”, p57, and fill in for this topic. You will submit this with the self-reflection and the topic
  • Typing practice.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-7: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 8: Vocabulary, pronunciation, article, and discussion questions.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Practice and prepare for the Phonological & Intonation Skills Check.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

 

Q2, Lesson 2, 12th & 13th June

We may be in a different classroom for this Quarter. Please check Porta for updates and info.

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 16, 24
  • English Firsthand 2, review unit 5, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Reading in the Real World: Intro, unit 5, Future of Water. Photocopy, check vocabulary, make a short summary.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Reading 4 (p33), The Body Shop, read, check vocabulary, make notes for a one minute summary.
    • Make a photocopy of “Writing task Topic research sheet”, p57, and fill in for this topic. You will submit this with the self-reflection and the topic
  • Typing practice.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-7: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 7 research task.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • If you can, set your phone system into English.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

 

Q2, Lesson 1, 8th & 9th June

We may be in a different classroom for this Quarter. Please check Porta for updates and info.

Communication Skills

  • Conversation Strategies, review units 1, 3, 16
  • English Firsthand 2, review unit 5, pronunciation, grammar target, dialogue
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Reading in the Real World: Intro, unit 5, Future of Water. Photocopy, check vocabulary, make a short summary.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Literacy

  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Continue extensive reading, about 4,000 words by each Thursday.
  • Reading 4, The Body Shop, read, check Vocabulary, make notes for a one minute summary.
  • Typing practice.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Oral Communication

  • Review Orbits units 1-7: Vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues, culture notes, conversations strategies, and articles.
  • Listen & do Orbits unit 6 dialogue, and read the article at home.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 7 article, discussion, & research task.
  • WordEngine study. Get more than 150 correct responses each week before Sunday evening.
  • Attend World Plaza some times each week. It’s open from 11am to 6pm.
  • App Store, look for language learning apps for your smartphone or tablet. For instance Babbel, Learn English Magazine (by ESL Pod), Busuu, and others.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

OC: During speaking tests today

For my Oral Communication classes, while I’m busy with other students doing their speaking tests, please do not waste time. Use this time productively. You can do any of the following:

  • Video record a conversation sample (you can use your speaking test as your conversation sample for your final report). You should take your mobile phone with you, and make an audio recording of the test, in case there’s a problem with the video recording; use the audio recorder app.
  • Make a copy of the video onto your own USB memory stick
  • Review your conversation sample, and work on your final report (if you brought your own tablet or laptop computer). See info at the Oral Communication page.
  • Prepare for your own speaking test
  • Do WordEngine & vocabulary review
  • Review Orbits, and do unit 6 dialogue listening
  • Study or do extensive reading for another class

How to use the video cameras:

  • Start the recording with your name and student number.
  • Olympus: Push the record button once to preview, once more to record. Do a sound check.
  • Canon: Red button once to record. Do a sound check.
  • Use the headphone splitter to watch and review with your partner.

 

Pronunciation: Numbers teens and tens

Please practice and review these problem points:

  • Th pronunciation (tongue comes out between teeth)
  • F pronunciation (upper teeth touch lower lip)
  • Teens (with long ‘teen’) pronunciation
  • Tens (with a big sound on the first syllable, and small second syllable) pronunciation


Review th sound, where the tongue comes out between the teeth, and upper teeth touch lower lips for /f/.

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Introduction to Qualitative Data Analysis

For Nagoya based teachers, researchers, and JALT members, please tell us when the best time for you to attend Nagoya JALT meetings at this survey: https://goo.gl/forms/3ThnWjA8VkXQNIFm2.

This abstract was originally posted at the Nagoya JALT website. This page contains the workshop blurb and support materials. Thanks to all those who came, and QSR International Japan for sponsoring the main workshop by Prof. Yuzo Kimura.

How to do simple qualitative data analysis for small research projects on paper

  • Andrew Blyth
  • B.Sc, CELTA, MA.ELT, PhD (Ed; candidate)
  • University of Canberra, and Nanzan University

This is a simple introduction to qualitative data analysis for professional development for novice researchers, and for those wanting a better understanding of the research process. This workshop teaches and practices basic concepts of data analysis, coding (categorising), and basic concepts of theory making. The workshop is ideal for very small projects. Also, acquiring the fundamentals for larger projects including interview based research, classroom observations, discourse analysis, ethnography, and more. Furthermore, it provides the basic principles for understanding the next workshop which focuses on using Nvivo for qualitative research. Participants are not required to bring any particular materials or equipment for this workshop.

Support materials

References

  • Creswell, J (2009) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches. California, USA: Sage Publications.
  • DΓΆrnyei, Z. (2007) Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (Oxford Applied Linguistics). Oxford University Press.
  • Henrich, N. & Holmes, B. (2013). Web news readers’ comments: Towards developing a methodology for using on-line comments in social inquiry. Journal of Media and Communication Studies, 5(1).
  • Miles, M., and Huberman, A. (1994) An Expanded Sourcebook: Qualitative Data Analysis (2nd Edition). Thousand Oaks, USA: Sage Publications.
  • Β›Mitchell, C. (2011) Doing Visual Researching. Sage Publications.

Introduction to qualitative research analysis for teachers 13th May

This weekend I’ll be doing a presentation / workshop for beginning researchers on qualitative research analysis. The aim is to provide a very simple, interesting introduction on what and how qualitative research analysis is done. Basic details are below, and full details are on the Nagoya JALT website. This event is sponsored by Nagoya JALT and QSR International.

Professional development: Qualitative research, data analysis methodology, and introduction to QSR Nvivo
At Nanzan University, R building, room: R52.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/4wHsuUg86dK2
***Car parking is available in the new west carpark, close to R building.***

Schedule

  • 2:00 PM – Room opens, and Nvivo computer help available.
  • 2:30-3:30 – How to do simple qualitative data analysis for small projects on paper; Andrew Blyth, Nanzan University and University of Canberra.
  • 3:30-4:00 – Break + Nvivo computer help available.
  • 4:00-6:00 – Exploring qualitative data with NVivo: Creating, importing, coding and querying, Yuzo Kimura, University of Toyama.
  • 6:00-6:30 – Informal discussions and clean up.

The aim of these two workshops is for novice researchers to further develop and enhance their skills. There are two parts; first is a review of basic skills and an introduction to qualitative data analysis methodology; and the second introduces industry standard software commonly used in research projects.

People meeting, by Eric Bailey 2014, CC https://www.pexels.com/photo/people-meeting-workspace-team-7097/
People meeting, by Eric Bailey 2014, CC https://www.pexels.com/photo/people-meeting-workspace-team-7097/

Participants are not required to bring a laptop nor do they need to have Nvivo software, but can watch the demonstration. If they wish, participants can install QSR Nvivo on their laptops for the second workshop; however, it must be installed before attending, and the 14 day trial license newly activated. Detailed instructions are provided below. Any issues or problems with Nvivo installation should be resolved before the workshops, as the presenter cannot assist during his presentation time.

Finally, this is the first co-hosted workshop between Nagoya JALT and LEARN. A special thanks to Robert Croker of LEARN for the room booking, and for obtaining guest wifi access for this special event. Nagoya JALT looks forward to meeting and working with LEARN members at this and future events. Prof. Kimura’s workshop is co-sponsored with QSR International.

During speaking tests

During speaking tests, do not sit there staring at the ceiling; be productive. OC and CS classes, do any of the following:

  • Practice for your own speaking test
  • Review vocabulary for the articles studied (units 1-3)
  • OC: Review your own unit 3 animal article
  • Review the Orbits dialogues (units 1-3), or English Firsthand 2 (units 1 & 2)
  • OC: Listen to the Orbits dialogues
  • Do WordEngine study
  • Do extensive listening
  • Do extensive reading
  • OC: Prepare for unit 4 of Orbits (vocabulary and article). For IPA for pronunciation, use http://dictionary.cambridge.org.
  • Just chat about anything with a classmate (of course only in English)

Common problems with videos and cameras

This story is especially for my students. We use two types of cameras, the red Kodaks, and the black Olympus ones. Both have strengths and weaknesses. The red Kodak cameras do not have earphone jacks, and the internal microphone is quite poor. The black Olympus camera instead has both a mic and earphone jacks, and has excellent stereo microphones. 



Common problems

Red Kodak cameras: Through the year, someone will forget to do a sound check, and record their speaking test with the microphone either switched off or pointed away from the speakers. 

Black Olympus cameras: The video does not play with sound on Windows Media Player. WMP is a cheap simple player, and so it lacks some important codecs, including the one used by the Olympus cameras. Consequently, you’ll need to download and use either:

If you still have problems, please ask. 

Homework in Quarter 1

Final report

Due: 12pm (midday) 1st June. Andrew will be in the World Plaza from about 10.30am to noon. Late reports cannot be accepted, and will result in a fail grade. I will not accept two-page reports that are not stapled; staple your pages.

Advice: Try to print a day early just in case you have printer problems. It’s vital that you are not late, so print your report early, in case you need time to manage printer problems. There are computer rooms with printers in the J & R buildings, may be as a last resort is FedEx Kinkos in Sakae or Meieki. 

Literacy: Write a simple introduction, summary, critical review, (optional: what you learnt from the book), a conclusion, and (if needed) references for Different Worlds. Due 1st June, 12pm.

Communication Skills: Done as poster presentation (20%) on 29th May, and submit all ER reports (6 weeks of reports for 30%).

Oral Communication: See below. Due 1st June, 12pm.

 

Q1, 29th & 30th May

Oral Communication

  • Orbits Units 6
  • Review Vocabulary
  • Do listening practice
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Read the article
  • Orbits Unit 7
  • Prepare Vocabulary (pronunciation and simple-English definitions for article)
  • Word Engine for Quarter 2
  • App Store, look for language learning apps for your smartphone or tablet. For instance Babbel, Learn English Magazine (by ESL Pod), Busuu, and others. 
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚ 

Q1, Wk 4, L10 (25th & 26th May)

Literacy (Lit)

  • Extensive reading reports must be bound (with a stapler or small binder), and submitted on the 29th May.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review keyboarding skills, and practice.Practice, “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs”.
  • Review units studied in English Grammar In Use., units 47, 72, 85.
  • Complete Different Worlds.
    • If you are interested, here are resources for sign language.
    • Different Worlds MUST be returned on Monday, 29th May. 
  • Task 3: Start working on final report.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Communication Skills (CS)

  • Do Extensive Reading reports due Monday 29th May (bound by a stapler or thin binder).
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review Conversation Gambits, p7, 9, & 16.
  • Work on your poster presentation (read, plan, make), including preparing a script for the presentation. Practice giving your presentation to your partner. 
  • Review & prepare for the Pronunciation & Intonation Skills Check. See Pronunciation page.
  • World Plaza is now open. Go, small talk, and make new friends.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Oral Communication (OC) [FB, B, & P]

Speaking tests start 25th & 26th May. We need two classes so all students can do the test. Test will be your research task article for unit 5. Each speaking test will be 5-8 minutes long. The speaking test is exactly like the article discussion we did this week. Please tell your classmates about this update.

For the final report, you can record your conversation in the next class, and start the report. Information about the report is in the course info, p5. Due 1st June, 12pm.

  • Review Orbits p6, 7, units 0-5; including vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation strategies, and articles.
  • Review articles from units 1-5, improve your brief notes for Discussion (especially from question 8) for the next speaking test.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • World Plaza is now open. Go and small talk, and make new friends. WP is open from 11am to 6pm.
  • OC [B] will do class Vocabulary quiz on 30th May
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Q1, Wk 4, L10 (22nd & 23rd May)

WordEngine will be down from 1-6pm for maintenance on Monday 22nd May.

Literacy (Lit)

  • Do Extensive Reading, about 4,000 words by this Thursday, included in the 4,000 words is Different Worlds.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review keyboarding skills, and practice.Practice, “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs”.
  • Review units studied in English Grammar In Use.
  • Complete Different Worlds.
  • Task 3: Start working on final report.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Communication Skills (CS)

  • Do Extensive Reading, about 4,000 words by this Thursday.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review Conversation Gambits, p7, 9, & 16
  • Work on your poster presentation (read, plan, make)
  • Review & prepare for the Pronunciation & Intonation Skills Check. See Pronunciation page.
  • World Plaza is now open. Go, small talk, and make new friends.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Oral Communication (OC) [FB, B, & P]

Speaking tests start 25th & 26th May. We need two classes so all students can do the test. Test will be your research task article for unit 5. Each speaking test will be 5-8 minutes long. The speaking test is exactly like the article discussion we did this week. Please tell your classmates about this update.

For the final report, you can record your conversation in the next class, and start the report. Information about the report is in the course info, p5. Due 1st June, 12pm.

  • Review Orbits p6, 7, units 0-5; including vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation strategies, and articles.
  • Review articles from units 1-5, improve your brief notes for Discussion (especially from question 8) for the next speaking test.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • World Plaza is now open. Go and small talk, and make new friends. WP is open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Q1, Wk 4, L10 (18th & 19th May)

Literacy (Lit)

  • Do Extensive Reading, about 4,000 words by next Thursday, included in the 4,000 words is the next chapter of Different Worlds.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review keyboarding skills, and practice.Practice, “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs”.
  • Review units studied in English Grammar In Use.
  • Read the next chapter of Different Worlds.
  • Start working on final report about a graded reader.
  • Task 2: Fix the article, print it, highlight the changes, stole to the top of the original, submit on Monday before class.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Communication Skills (CS)

  • Do Extensive Reading, about 4,000 words by this Thursday. The 4,000 can include class reading (Earrings from Frankfurt), and the book for your poster presentation.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review Conversation Gambits, p7, 9, & 16
  • Finish reading Earrings from Frankfurt for the next class.
    • Return the book in the next class.
    • Choose and start reading a book with your partner for the poster presentation.
  • Review & prepare for the Pronunciation & Intonation Skills Check. See Pronunciation page.
  • World Plaza is now open. Go, small talk, and make new friends.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Oral Communication (OC) [FB, B, & P]

  • Review Orbits p6, 7, units 0-5; including vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation strategies, and articles.
  • Review articles from units 1-4, improve your brief notes for Discussion (especially from question 8) for the next speaking test.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 5 vocabulary, and article.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • World Plaza is now open. Go and small talk, and make new friends. WP is open from 11am to 6pm.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Q1, Wk 4, L10 (15th & 16th May)

WordEngine

These students MUST fix their WordEngine accounts, so their names are in English. This is vitally important for assigning WordEngine accounts to final grades.

Literacy (Lit)

  • Do Extensive Reading, about 4,000 words by next Thursday, included in the 4,000 words is the next chapter of Different Worlds.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review keyboarding skills, and practice.Practice, “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs”.
  • Review units studied in English Grammar In Use.
  • Read chapter 5 of Different Worlds.
  • Finish writing the summary for chapter 3 of Different Worlds.
  • Task 2: Fix the article, print it, highlight the changes, stole to the top of the original, submit on Monday before class.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Communication Skills (CS)

  • Review pronunciation
  • Do Extensive Reading, about 4,000 words by this Thursday. The 4,000 can include class reading (Earrings from Frankfurt).
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review Conversation Gambits, p7, 9, & 16
  • Read chapter 2 of Earrings from Frankfurt for the next class.
    • Complete the summary for Earrings from Frankfurt.
  • English Firsthand 2:
    • Review units 0, 1, 2, 3, & 4, including vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and conversation.
    • Check Vocabulary for unit 4.
  • Review & prepare for the Pronunciation & Intonation Skills Check.
  • World Plaza is now open. Go, small talk, and make new friends.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Oral Communication (OC) [FB, B, & P]

  • Review Orbits p6, 7, units 0, 1, 2, 3, & 4; including vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation strategies, and articles.
  • Review articles from units 1-4, improve your brief notes for Discussion (especially from question 8) for the next speaking test.
  • Prepare Orbits unit 5 vocabulary, and article.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • World Plaza is now open. Go and small talk, and make new friends. Attend at least once a week for about an hour (or two lunch times).
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Q1, Wk 4, L10 (11th & 12th May)

Literacy (Lit)

  • Do Extensive Reading, about 4,000 words by next Thursday, included in the 4,000 words is the next chapter of Different Worlds.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review keyboarding skills, and practice.
  • Review units studied in English Grammar In Use.
  • Read the next chapter of Different Worlds.
  • Finish writing the summary for chapter 3 of Different Worlds.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Communication Skills (CS)

  • Review pronunciation
  • Do Extensive Reading, about 4,000 words by next Thursday. The 4,000 can include class reading (Earrings from Frankfurt).
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review Conversation Gambits, p7, 9, & 16
  • Read chapter 2 of Earrings from Frankfurt for the next class.
    • Complete the summary for Earrings from Frankfurt.
  • English Firsthand 2:
    • Review units 0, 1, 2, & 3, including vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and conversation.
    • Check Vocabulary for unit 4.
  • World Plaza is now open. Go, small talk, and make new friends.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Oral Communication (OC) [FB, B, & P]

  • Review Orbits p6, 7, units 0, 1, 2, 3, & 4; including vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation strategies, and articles.
  • Review articles from units 1-4, improve your brief notes for Discussion (especially from question 8) for the next speaking test.
  • Prepare an article on a topic related to Worker Rights.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • World Plaza is now open. Go and small talk, and make new friends. Attend at least once a week for about an hour (or two lunch times).
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Q1, Wk 4, L9 (8th & 9th May)

Literacy (Lit)

  • Do Extensive Reading, about 4,000 words by next Thursday, included in the 4,000 words is the next chapter of Different Worlds.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review keyboarding skills, and practice.
  • Review units studied in English Grammar In Use.
  • Read the next chapter of Different Worlds.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Communication Skills (CS)

  • Review pronunciation
  • Do Extensive Reading, about 4,000 words by this Thursday. The 4,000 can include class reading (Earrings from Frankfurt).
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review Conversation Gambits, p7, & 9
  • Read the next chapter of Earrings from Frankfurt for the next class.
  • English Firsthand 2: Review units 0, 1, 2, & 3, including vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and conversation.
  • World Plaza is now open. Go, small talk, and make new friends.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Oral Communication (OC) [FB, B, & P]

  • Review Orbits p6, 7, units 0, 1, 2, 3, & 4; including vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation strategies, and articles.
  • Review articles from units 1-4, improve your brief notes for Discussion (especially from question 8) for the next speaking test.
  • Prepare an article related to a topic from Part-time Work.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • World Plaza is now open. Go and small talk, and make new friends. Attend at least once a week for about an hour (or two lunch times).
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Q1, Wk 4, L6 (27th & 28th April)

Literacy (Lit)

  • Do Extensive Reading, about 4,000 words by next Thursday.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review keyboarding skills, and practice.
  • Review RRW Intro Organic Diet for Kids, p40 and spaghetti recipe
  • Research your own recipe, and write a little of it.
  • Study Classroom Vocabulary, p7&8 of course information handout
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Communication Skills (CS)

  • Do Extensive Reading, about 4,000 words by next Thursday
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review pronunciation, and Conversation Gambits, p9
  • Review Reading in the Real World Intro article on p22 & 40.
  • English Firsthand 2: Review units 0, 1, & 2.
  • Speaking tests on Monday 1st May
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Oral Communication (OC) [FB, B, & P]

  • Review Orbits p6, 7, units 0, 1, 2, & 3; including vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation strategies, and articles.
  • Review articles from units 1-3, improve your brief notes for Discussion (especially from question 8) for the speaking test. Improve your notes from your own article.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Enjoy life πŸ™‚

Q1, Wk 4, L6 (24th & 25th April)

Literacy (Lit)

  • Do Extensive Reading, about 4,000 words by this Thursday.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review keyboarding skills, and practice.
  • Review RRW Intro Organic Diet for Kids, p40
  • Read Task 2 Example, p27 of course handout
  • Study Classroom Vocabulary, p7&8 of course information handout
  • Enjoy life  πŸ™‚

Communication Skills (CS)

  • Do Extensive Reading, about 4,000 words by this Thursday
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review pronunciation, and classroom vocabulary (quiz on Thursday).
  • Review Reading in the Real World Intro article on p22.
  • Preview/prepare Reading in the Real World Intro on p40
  • English Firsthand 2: Review units 0, 1, & 2.
  • Speaking tests on Monday 1st May
  • Enjoy life  πŸ™‚

Oral Communication (OC) [FB, B, & P]

  • Review Orbits p6, 7, units 0, 1, 2, & 3; including vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation strategies, and articles.
  • Preview Article (Wombats) p27-28, make brief notes for Discussion (p28)
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Enjoy life  πŸ™‚

Q1, Week 4, L5 (20th & 21st April)

Literacy (Lit)

  • Do Extensive Reading, about 4,000 words by this Thursday.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review keyboarding skills, and practice.
  • Review Organic Diet for Kids.
  • Read Task 2 Example, p27 of course handout
  • Study Classroom Vocabulary, p7&8 of course information handout
  • Enjoy life  πŸ™‚

Communication Skills (CS)

  • Do Extensive Reading, about 4,000 words by next Thursday
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review pronunciation, and classroom vocabulary (quiz on Monday).
  • Review Reading in the Real World Intro article on p22.
  • English Firsthand 2: Review & preview units 0 & 1.
  • English Firsthand 2: Preview Unit 2.
  • Enjoy life  πŸ™‚

Oral Communication (OC) [FB, B, & P]

  • Review Orbits p6, 7, units 0, 1, & 2; including vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation strategies, and articles.
  • Preview unit 3 vocabulary p25, including making pronunciation notes.
  • Preview Article (Wombats) p27-28, make brief notes for Discussion (p28)
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Enjoy life  πŸ™‚

Q1, Week 3, L4 (17th & 18th April)

Literacy (Lit)

  • Do Extensive Reading, about 2,000 words by this Thursday.
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review keyboarding skills, and practice.
  • Review email structure.
  • Write your own email about a problem you have (choose one on p22 of your course info booklet, due Thu 20th Apr). Print it onto paper, and have it on the teacher’s desk by 3.15pm.
  • Enjoy life  πŸ™‚

Communication Skills (CS)

  • Do Extensive Reading, about 2,000 words by next Thursday
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Review pronunciation, and classroom vocabulary (quiz on Thursday).
  • English Firsthand 2: Review & preview units 0 & 1.
  • English Firsthand 2: Preview Unit 2
  • Enjoy life  πŸ™‚

Oral Communication (OC) [FB, B, & P]

  • Review Orbits p6, 7, units 0, 1, & 2.
  • Preview vocabulary p20, Article (ER) p22-23, make brief notes for Discussion (p23)
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses by Sunday each week.
  • Complete Conversation Self-reflection (p19 & 20) in the Course Information booklet by Thursday 20th April. I will be in my office (R32) on Tuesday afternoon from lunch until may be 5.15pm, but not on campus Wednesday.
  • Enjoy life  πŸ™‚

Homework: Q1, Wk2, L3

Homework details for Quarter 1, Week 2, Lesson 3

Welcome to Nanzan, one of the top universities in Japan (Times Higher Education). I wish you the best for this year.

Literacy (Lit)

  • Do Extensive Reading, about 2,000 words by this Thursday
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses.
  • Review keyboarding skills
  • Review email structure
  • Write your own email about a problem you have (choose one on p22 of your course info booklet, due Thu 20th Apr)
  • Enjoy life  πŸ™‚

Communication Skills (CS)

  • Do Extensive Reading, about 2,000 words by next Thursday
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses.
  • Review pronunciation
  • English Firsthand 2: Review & preview Unit 0, 1 (pages 12 & 14)
  • English Firsthand 2: Preview p15
  • Enjoy life  πŸ™‚

Oral Communication (OC) [FB, B, & P]

  • Review Orbits p6, 7, 15, 16, 17.
  • Study Classroom Language p11-13, quiz on Mon/Tue 17/18th April.
  • Preview vocabulary p20, Article (ER) p22-23, make brief notes for Discussion (p23)
  • WordEngine study, get over 150 correct responses.
  • Bring a USB memory stick to class on Monday (to get a copy of your conversation video)
  • Complete Conversation Self-reflection p19 & 20 in the Course Information booklet by Thursday 20th April.
  • Enjoy life  πŸ™‚

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