Shy? Level up!

Last semester, for Essay #2, many students wrote about the problem of shyness and how to overcome it.

Watch this. In this video, 3 young men in Columbus, Ohio, go out to the mall to practice their foreign language skills. One of them (Moses) has never been out of America. How can he learn to speak so many languages? There is only one way. LEVEL UP!!

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Academic Writing I – week 15, July 27th, 2012

Cover- the Art of Non-Fiction, Ayn Rand

Today, we

  • took dictation: some advice on writing by Ayn Rand (from her book “The Art of Non-Fiction”);
  • did our own free writing for 30 minutes;
  • asked ourselves these questions:
    • what am I writing about? (subject)
    • what do I have to say about my subject? (theme)
    • who might be interested in reading my writing? (I.e., who am I writing for?)
    • what kind of knowledge am I assuming they have?
  • reviewed our writing in the light of these questions, re-writing as necessary.

Homework:

  1. Copy what you wrote about reading other students’ essays as a comment on this blog
  2. Enjoy your summer vacation.
Mountain stream, Adera Keikoku, Nagano, Japan
Mountain stream, Adera Keikoku, Nagano, Japan

 

 


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Academic Writing I – week 14, July 20th, 2012

Reading each other's essays
Reading each other’s essays

Today, we

  1. handed in our final versions of essay #2, the problem-solution essay;
  2. read each others’ essays;
  3. wrote a comment about the experience of reading other students’ essays;
  4. checked the answers to Practice 9-13 in the textbook.

Homework:

If you have not yet sent me or given me a typed copy of your final version, type it and send it to me before next Friday.

Next week is the last class. There will be no test.


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Academic Writing I – week 13, July 13th, 2012

problem-solution
Problem? Solution!

Today, we continued revising our Essay #2 – problem-solution. We did the following exercises in the textbook:

  1. Page 60 – Hedging.
  2. Page 61 – Practice 11 and 12. Answer directly on your textbook.
  3. p 62 – Practice 13 – on looseleaf
  4. p 62 – read B “‘Using conditionals to hedge”
  5. p 63 – Practice 14, 15 + 16 – on looseleaf
  6. p 64 – Read C “Punctuating Conditionals”, and do Practice 17 on your textbook.
  7. Read your Essay #2 again. Make any changes you want.

 

Homework:

Read your essay again. Make any changes you want. Now write your final version.

  • Save your document as “AS_Essay2_final_draft_YourName.doc(x)”,
  • email it to me by Wednesday;
  • print it out and
  • bring it to class next Friday

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Academic Writing I – week 12, July 6th, 2012

problem solution
problem solution

Today, we continued working on our essay #2, the problem-solution essay.

In the textbook we read the following pages and did the following exercises:

  1. p. 55 Peer Feedback Form – give your draft to your partner and ask him or her to comment on your essay.
  2. read page 56. Writers can learn some useful techniques from marketing and marketers.
  3. Page 57, Practice 9. Write your answers to 1,2 and 3 on looseleaf paper.
  4. Page 57, Your Turn – read and then read your essay again. Make changes if necessary.
  5. Page 58, C Think Critically – read then do practice 10 (answer directly on your textbook).
  6. Page 59, Your Turn – read your essay again and make changes if necessary.
  7. Write your 2nd draft. Finish for homework.
  8. Page 60 – Hedging.
  9. Page 61 – Practice 11 and 12. Answer directly on your textbook.

 

Homework:

Finish your 2nd draft:

  • Save your document as “AS_Essay2_2nd_draft_YourName.doc(x)”,
  • email it to me by Wednesday,
  • print it out and
  • bring it to class next Friday

    problem solution road sign
    problem solution road sign

 

 


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Academic Writing I – week 11, June 29th, 2012

Today, we did in the textbook,

  1. p 52 Practice 7 (Answers 3, B, B)
  2. p 53 Your Turn – make an outline
  3. E The Conclusion and Practice 8 (Answers – the best is #4; #1 is too general, #2 is OK, #3 has no solution)
  4. p 54 Your Turn – plan your conclusion
  5. We wrote the first draft of Essay #2 – Problem-solution

 

Homework:

Finish writing your first draft, email it to me, print out and bring to class.

 

 


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Academic Writing I – week 9, June 15th, 2012

Reading each others' essays
Reading each others’ essays (photo @ jimmiescollage http://jimmiescollage.com/2011/10/teaching-writing-with-a-peer-editing-coop/ )

Today’s report is by Mr. Kasahara.

Class on Friday, 15th June

  • We read each others’ essays
  • We did in the textbook on page 42 (answers on looseleaf)

Homework

  • chose a topic for you “Problem-solution” essay see p46 “Your turn”.
  • Find and read the English essay “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift or a Japanese translation. Record where you found the essay using MIA guidlines.
  • About essay above
    • What is the problem
    • What is Swift’s solution?
    • Is his argument persuasive?
    • When was this essay written?
    • Your comment.

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Academic Writing I – week 8, June 8th, 2012

Today,

  1. Read your essay again, and write an outline for it. Be as detailed as you can, and write in complete sentences.
  2. Read the essay, “Ray Bradbury, RIP” – Gary North writes about Ray Bradbury’s influence on him. The original article is here: Ray Bradbury’s Virtual Reality Universe 
    1. Write the outline, or at least list the key points.

Homework

  1. Print out and bring the final (perfect!) version of your first essay for Academic Writing.
  2. Read the model essay in chapter 3 of the textbook: “8 Hours Sleep”.

 


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Academic Writing I – week 7, June 1st, 2012

Today’s class:

  • Here are the opening lines of some famous English novels.
  • Which one do you like best? Have you read any of these books? If so, which one(s)?
  1. “This is the saddest story I have ever heard.” The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford.
  2. “Call me Ishmael.” Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  3. “… the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like… and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’T feel like going into it.” Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
  4. “The past is a a foreign country. They do things differently there.” The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley.
  5. “Hale knew they meant to murder him before he had been in Brighton three hours.” Brighton Rock by Graham Greene.
  6. “You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino’s  new novel If on a winter’s night a traveller.” If on a winter’s night a traveller by Italo Calvino.
  • Read in the textbook p. 26 (“Transitions”) and p. 27 (“Because” and “however”).
  • p. 34, Practice 16; p. 35 Practice 17; p. 36 Practice 18; p. 37 Practice 19; p. 38 Practice 20.

Homework:

  • If you were absent, of if you did not finish in class, do the exercises in the textbook above.
  • Bring your essay (latest draft) to class next week.

 


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