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AW1, Week 1, April 7th, 2017

Wekcome to Sheffner’s Academic Writing 1  (AW1 ) class blog.

On this blog I will post classwork and homework assignments each week.

Homework 

  1. Your first assignment, if you decide to continue this class is
    leave a comment about today’s class

    1. To leave a comment, click on the words “LEAVE A COMMENT” up here below this blog post title. ↑
    2. You need to type in your name (family name only) and an email address. Your email address will NOT be public. Your  name WILL be public.
    3. All comments are moderated. That means I must approve them. So your comment will not appear  immediately. Please be patient.
  2. Send me an email briefly  introducing yourself and saying what you hope to achieve by taking this class.

Today’s class

  1. Instructor’s self-introduction
  2. Introduction to the course
  3. Lesson 1 worksheet and mini-lecture. (Download the worksheet here: AW1_Lesson1_worksheet
  4. Free writing #1: 5 minutes on any topic you like.
  5. Free writing #2: 5 minutes, something in English you are reading now or read recently.
  6. Mini-lecture on the value and usefulness of learning academic writing.
  7. Free writing #3: a formative past experience.

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Welcome! Academic Writing I, week 1: April 8th, 2016

IMG_1895Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Writing class blog.

Homework

  1. Read the essay on credit cards on pp. 4-5 of the text book.
  2. Read the longer Japanese article on Bloom’s taxonomy and write a response in the comments to this blog (click “Comments please!” at the bottom of this post; you will need to write your name and your KPU email address; your name is visible to everyone, your email address is not visible).
  3. Watch the video below and answer the questions below (also on the handout from today).
  4. Read (at least, start reading) something easy and interesting in English, write the details and bring them class next week to tell your classmates. “Something easy” means something that you can understand (at least 90%) without a dictionary.

ビデオが「ブルームの目標分類学」(Bloom’s Taxonomy)を簡単に説明します。それを観賞したあとに、次の正誤問題に答えてください。
https://youtu.be/Qfp3x_qx5IM

“Bloom’s Taxonomy”
1. Understanding is being able to write down the information from memory.
2. Once you have understanding of concepts, you can easily see how something works.
3. Applying involves utilizing information to solve problems.
4. Breaking down information into components is an example of synthesizing.
5. Analysis allows you to illustrate how different ideas relate to one another.
6. When you engage in criticism, you are evaluating information.

Today’s class

  • Schedule AW1_schedule
  • Academic Writing:
    • What is it? (definition)
    • Where did it come from? (from letters written by scientists to other scientists)
    • Characteristics (see worksheet Characteristics of Genre)
  • Free writing #1 (private): self-introduction
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Short comment about today’s class. Was it interesting? Boring? Too easy? Too difficult? Did you understand Sheffner’s English? How much? (etc).

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Academic Writing II, week 1: October 2nd, 2015

Homework

  • Read the sample essay in chapter 4 of the textbook.
  • Write arguments and counter-arguments for one of the following topics:
    • Joining a club
    • nuclear power
    • accepting refugees

Today’s class

  1. Free writing
  2. Editing
  3. Making writing more academic.
    1. use objective facts
    2. use the 3rd-person
    3. avoid subjective matters.
  4. Practice: how could you express “hot” in a more objective way?
  5. 10 mins. Write about some topic, in the 3rd-person. Try and make it objective and academic.
  6. Arguments and counter-arguments. To make your persuasive essay more persuasive, include counter-arguments. Counter-arguments take the opposite point of view. Then you answer those counter-arguments. E.g.
    1. travelling abroad
      1. arguments
        1. “traveling broadens the mind”
        2. stimulating
        3. breaks the boredom of every day
      2. counter-arguments
        1. but it’s expensive!
        2. but it’s dangerous!
        3. but I only eat Japanese food!
      3. Now, answer those counter-arguments. E.g.
        1. travel to a nearby Asian country, not an expensive country far away. There are plenty of interesting things to see in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bhutan.
        2. Travel in a tour group, rather than alone. THat’s safer.
        3. Take Japanese food with you! Also, if you travel to a big city, you can probably buy some Japanese food there.

 


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Academic Writing II, week 1: October 3rd, 2014

Homework

Read the sample essay on pages 90-91 of the textbook.

Today’s class

  1. Free writing (6 minutes, then editing time)
  2. Characteristics (rules) of academic writing
    1. Use correct format
    2. have at least 5 paragraphs
    3. logical order
    4. avoid using personal pronouns, especially I, you and we.
    5. avoid using contractions, such as e.g. and etc.
    6. avoid using contractions such as I’ll, they’re, won’t, isn’t, and so on.
  3. Re-write your free writing.
  4. Essay-writing points
    1. Define your terms: do your readers need some background information?
    2. Have a clear purpose for your essay, and state that purpose early on, ideally in the first paragraph.
    3. Use facts and figures
    4. Give references to show where you got your facts and figures from.
    5. Give value to the reader.
    6. The reader is not interested in you personally.
  5. We read the first and last paragraphs of the model essay on pages 90-91.

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Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Writing I class, week 1: April 11th, 2014

Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Writing I class.  I look forward to teaching you and learning with you this year.

Update: this semester’s schedule can be viewed (and downloaded) as a PDF file here: http://www.sheffnersweb.net/blogs/classblogs/kpu/?page_id=542

Change of schedule: week 4 (May 2nd) Academic Writing class cancelled. Makeup class date to be announced (TBA).

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Weeping cherry in Himuro Jinja, Nara city.

Weeping cherry in Himuro Jinja, Nara city.

Today, we

  1. listened to a mini-lecture about the history of academic writiung
  2. did two  freewritings
  3. Got the schedule for this semester  (AW1 Handout)

Homework:

  1. Send me an email using correct email format (see sample below)
    Email format example
    Email format example
    1. Subject 件名 of the email is “AW I Self-introduction Your Name”
    2. In the email, write a comment in English about today’s class.
    3. deadline is Wednesday midnight (23:59).
  2. Leave a comment here on this blog by clicking the words “Comments please” at the bottom of this post.
    1. You can write whatever you like for your comment, but if you cannot think of anything, how about introducing yourself briefly and/or telling us why you are taking this class.
    2. For your privacy, when leaving a comment, use your family name only or use a nickname, because your name is public (it appears on the blog).
    3. If you use a nickname, please tell me your nickname when you send me your email.
    4. To leave a comment, you must first type in your email address. Please use your school email address. Your email is private and will not appear on the blog. It is used for validation and identification only.
  3. Read the textbook, pages 3-6. The textbook for this class is “Writers at Work” by Dorothy Zemach.Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2008. You can buy it online at Amazon, where you can also buy a second-hand one from 1,500 yen.

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Academic Writing II – week 1, October 4th, 2013

Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Writing II. Did you have a good vacation?
I had a very good vacation. I went back to England for the first time in 13 years, met my parents and my brother and sister and their families. (Click this link to read more).

First, here’s the schedule for this semester.

  1. October 4th
  2. October 11th
  3. October 18th
  4. October 25th – Essay #1 due
  5. November 1st (cancelled 休講)
  6. November 8th
  7. November 15th
  8. November 22nd
  9. November 29th – Essay #2 due
  10. December 6th
  11. December 13th
  12. December 20th
  13. January 10th
  14. January 11th (makeup 補講)
  15. January 17th – Essay #3 due
  16. January 24th – All essays and freewriting due

Homework:

Read the model essay in Unit 4 of the textbook and answer these questions:

  1. What is the purpose of this essay? (Choose from the list below.)
  2. What is the purpose of each paragraph? Choose from the list below:
    1. describing
    2. explaining
    3. persuading
    4. reporting
    5. telling someone how to do something
    6. explaining the rules of something

Today’s class

  1. Free writing about your summer vacation (10 minutes)
  2. Editing your free writing (about 5 minutes)
  3. Differences between formal, written, academic language and informal, spoken and non-academic language.
    1. Written language
      1. Time-delayed
      2. tends to be formal
      3. avoids colloquial (conversational) style
      4. avoids slang
      5. avoids using personal pronouns (we, I, you, etc)
      6. avoids starting sentences with conjunctions
      7. tries to be as precise and accurate as possible
      8. tries to be as concise as possible (using as few words as possible)
    2. Spoken language
      1. “live”, in real time
      2. tends to be informal
      3. often conversational
      4. slang is ok
      5. uses personal pronouns a lot
      6. uses conjunctions a lot, even at the beginning of sentences
      7. precision and accuracy are not always high priorities
      8. conciseness is not always a priority
    3. Then we looked at the first essay in the textbook (p. 4-5) and asked, What are its charactersitics as formal, written, academic language?
    4. Answers:
      1. organization
      2. paragraphs
      3. format (indentation, margins, name of writer, class, teacher and date at the top of the first page)
      4. title
    5. Then we re-wrote our free writing to make it more academic and formal.
    6. We looked at the first 4 essays in the textbook and asked, What is the purpose of each essay? What is the writer doing in each essay?
      1. describing
      2. explaining
      3. persuading
      4. reporting
      5. telling someone how to do something
      6. explaining the rules of something

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Welcome to Academic Writing I – week 1, April 5th, 2013

Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Writing I class. Please leave a comment below. Thank you! (Click here to read last year’s students’ self-introductions.)

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Weeping cherry in Himuro Jinja, Nara city.

Today, we

  1. wrote a self-introduction for our classmates and for Mr. Sheffner
  2. practised some free writing
    1. Free writing #1: self-introduction, 10 minutes, for self and Mr. Sheffner only
    2. Edit, review.
    3. Free writing #2: self-introduction, 10 minutes, for self and classmates.
    4. Edit, review.
  3. Write a formal self-introduction for classmates, with title and using double-spacing, based on free-writing #2.
  4. in groups of 4, read each other’s self-introductions and made some comments.

Homework:

  1. Send me an email using correct email format (see sample below).
    1. Content: your self-introduction (only you and I will read this).
    2. Subject (件名) of the email is AW I First email Family Name
    3. In the email, introduce yourself in one paragraph
    4. deadline is Wednesday midnight (23:59).
  2. Leave a comment on this blog. Use your family name only or your initials only to protect your privacy. Please sign in with your university email address. (Your email address will not be seen by others).
    1. Content: write a short self-introduction for your classmates (use the one you wrote in class to help you; you don’t have to copy it exactly and you don’t have to use all of it).
    2. To leave a comment click here
Email format example
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Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Writing I

Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Writing I class. Please leave a comment below. Thank you!

This blog will be updated weekly. Click the images to see a bigger version.

Weeping cherry in Himuro Jinja, Nara city.
Weeping cherry in Himuro Jinja, Nara city.

Today, we

  1. reviewed basic paragraph format (placing of name, instructor’s name, class, date and title; double-spacing, indentation) and essay format (5-paragraph essay)
  2. reviewed what academic writing is
  3. wrote a self-introduction using paragraph format
  4. translated some syllogisms

Homework:

  1. Send me an email using correct email format (see sample below)
  2. Read the textbook, pages 3-6.
  • Subject 件名 of the email is Academic Writing I Self-introduction Your Name
  • In the email, introduce yourself in one paragraph
  • deadline is Wednesday midnight (23:59).
Email format example
Email format example

Bonus

  • example of university academic paper
college paper example
college paper example
  • How to set double-spacing in MS Word
    MS Word single-spaced setting
    MS Word single-spaced setting

    MS Word double-spaced setting
    MS Word double-spaced setting
  • What is the difference between an essay and a report?
essays vs reports
essays vs. reports

Student self-introductions

  1.  My name is Nagahara. I’m 19 years old. My birthday is June 27th. I’m from Kyoto. My hobby is reading comic books and watching soccer game. I like soccer and I played soccer in elementary school and junior high school. My favorite soccer player is Christiano Ronaldo. He is a very good player and very cool. I want to go to England and Spain to watch the soccer game in the future.
  2. My name is Kana. I belong to the dance club in this university. I’m going to use one of Rihanna’s song, and dance in the SHIKANYASAI on the 21st of this month.
  3. My name is Mitsuda. I live in Kyoto, Kameoka city with my family. I am an only child. As for my personality, I think, I am modest, careful and punctual. In addition, people say that I am industrious. I have no specific plan after graduating, but I want to lead a wonderful life with my family and get a job which contributes to international society. I like foreign music, especially The Beatles. When I have free time, I go walking. Recently, cherry blossoms are very beautiful.
  4. My name is Yoshikawa. I am 24 years old. I graduated from Santa Monica college. I studied Photography there. So, I like taking pictures.
  5. My name is Kasahara. I like basketball very much. I have been practicing since I was twelve. I’m a member of basketball club of KPU and enjoy it. In my future, I’d like to be an English teacher as well as teaching basketball.
  6. My name is Nakaoka. My name means love in English, and my parents wish me to love everyone and be loved by everyone. I was born in January, in Fushimi, Kyoto. My blood type is A, and in Japan it means that I may be a scrupulous type. Now, I have a part-time job as a event hostess, so if you discover me at some event sites, please call out to me. My dream is to be a stage actress, therefore I take vocal and dance lessons and go theaters when I have time. I want to go to Broadway and appreciate stages, especially musical, someday.
  7. My name is Yamauchi and my nick name is cherry or chieri. My birthday is in April.I like walking outside to find nice cafe. Eating sweets and enjoy chatting with my friends are my hobbies. I also like to read book. I like detective stories. Agatha Christie is my favorite author. Her books are very interesting, so please read her books if you have time.
    I’m sorry that I couldn’t attend class last week. I started to teach English and Japanese at private school from this month, so I had to go there early to prepare my first lecture. I promise to attend class without absence from next lecture.
  8. I am Miyagi. I am from Okinawa and I live in Kyoto. I like to play soccer very much. I want to read English books after graduating by myself. I like watching TV,too. I am happy to know you.
  9. I am Tanaka. I am 19 years old. I was born in Kyoto, and still live there. I like listening to music. I like watching movies too. I prefer sea to mountain. I went to America when I was 15 years old.
  10. My name is Suetsugu. We are a family of four. I have my younger brother. He will be nineteen years old this year. He go to Kyoto Institute of Technology. I am a manager of girl’s basketball club. And I work at Starbucks and Kurazushi. I love Starbucks. It is so helpful for me to work there.
  11. My name is Kitamura. Number of my family member is four. My parents run a convenience store. I have one sister. She is 2 years younger than me.
    I live in Osaka with my family. I go to school by train .
    My hobby is reading. My favorite authors are Banana Yoshimoto, Asada Jiro, and Tolkien. I like also Kazuo Ishiguro, but I read only ” Never Let Me Go”, so I want to read his books more.
  12. I am one of your Writing student. Let me introduce myself.
    My name is Kamioka. I’m from Kochi, and now I live in Kyoto. My family is 6 member. Mother, father, older brother, grandmother, grandfather, and aunt. My brother is university student, so he live in Osaka. I belong to archery club now. I like listening to music, and reading book. My hobby is go to shrine and temple, and eating Japanese sweets. I would like to go abroad to trip someday. I want to be working TV station or airport. I would like to talk to you in English!
  13. I am one of your Academic Writing students. Let me introduce myself.
    I am Chihiro and from Shiga, Hikone. My hometown is famous for “Hikonyan,” a charactor of a cat. I like London because its city and buildings are very beautiful ! nice to meet you 😀
  14. My name is Sawamura. I live in Kyoto with my mother and grandmother. My parents divorced as soon as I was born, so I don’t know my father’s face. My mother is working in a day service center, and struggling to get some good qualifications for the job.
    The reason why I decided to go to this university is because I had a great experience of going to England in high school. In England, everything I saw was fresh to me. But I couldn’t explain well what I want to do in English. Then I felt the necessity of English.
    My hobby is listening to music, especially hiphop, jazz, house music and reggae. I often go to night club to see a musical performance. Music makes me happy and fine. it is essential element for me.
    I also like French literature, culture and art. One of my favorite word is “un coup de des jamais n’abolira le hasard” by Stephane Mallarme. I often read the poem in library. It has deep meaning and surrealistic images in its sea of words.
    Recently I started to take a lesson of French in Kansai Nichifutsu Gakkan. French is difficult but it is beautiful language like music. I want to go to France and speak French fluently. Please tell me about French culture sometime.
  15. My name is Tomita, as you know. I’m originally from Sapporo, Hokkaido. I was born and raised there. I live in Shichiku now. My birthday is May 13th. I’m going to be 20 years old next month. I hope someone gives me something as a present. My blood type is A.
    I like reading books. I’m reading Melville’s “Moby-Dick Or The Whale” these days. It’s getting boring a bit. I also like music. I play the bass in my band. I use the Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray. It’s pretty cool.
    I’m broke. I am usually broke. I hope someone give me money sincerely.
  16. My name is Sayako. I’m from Okayama that is said to be “Hare no Kuni.” In short, it rains very little. I love music. I belong to the light music club. My hobby is playing the bass and listening to music. I want to talk with foreigners in English without any trouble. So, please teach me how to write correct English.
  17. My name is Kuriaki. I’m 19 years old. I belong to hula dance club in this university. I like dancing Hawaiian dance. Last Spring vacation, I went to Canada to improve my English. That trip was so nice! And I thought, I want to talk with other country people more! So I want to be able to speak English more fluently.
    Thank you for reading.
  18. Let me introduce myself. I’m Risa. I’m from Aichi, and I live in Kyoto now. I like to play handball, drink a milk, and take a bath. I’d like to go England someday.
  19. I am one of your Academic Writing students. Let me introduce myself. My name is Furuichi. I am 19 years old. I am from Osaka and still living there. My hobbies are playing soccer and taking a walk with a dog named Riku, one of my family members. My goal in Kyoto Prefectural University is getting English language ability and being able to speak with native speakers. So I’m glad to attend your class.
  20. I am Ogawa, one of your Academic Writing students. Let me introduce myself. I like watching soccer game. So I belong to soccer club in this university. Practices are on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I’m looking foward to it every week.
  21. Let me introduce myself. I’m Mori. I was born and grown in Maizuru,a port town in Kyoto prefecture. Just a country city, but I’m proud of the only advantage that we can have a good seafood. I like music, I love listening of course, I love playing. Now I play the trumpet, the guitar, and the electronic piano, and belong to Rock(pop?) Music Society, and Jazz Music Circle. In my departure study, I’m interested in e.e.cumming,an american poet , and Ralf Isau ,a german writer in juvenile literature. I hope I can learn about manners in written English.
  22. Please call me Wako. My hometown is Yosano town, which is a small town in the north of Kyoto. I’m now living in Kyoto city alone. I like music very much and belong to a jazz circle. I enjoy playing the trombone every day.
  23. My name is Sakai. I love music very much. I belong to the chorus club. I feel a sense of closeness to music because I grew up near it. My family love music, too. My parents and my sister once belonged to brass band club. My father and sister blows the trumpet. My sister also plays the oboe. My mother plays the piano and flute. I can’t play any musical instruments, but I am a member of music lovers.
  24. My name is Ishihara. I am from Nagoya in Aichi. I have been living myself for a year. At first, it is difficult for me to cook my own food. But now, I have fun of cooking and washing the dishes.
  25. My name is Emi. My father named me Emi. I like my name. I was born in Kyoto. I still live in Kyoto with my family. I go to Kyoto Prefectural University. I study the Western language and culture. I belong to Aikido club. I like the martial arts. I love Aikido. My hobby is reading books. I like reading mystery novels.
    I would like to increase my vocabulary. Nice to meet you.
  26. My name is Kondo. My family has 3 people, mother, me, youger brother. My mother used to teach English at a vocational school. But now she works at Nagoya university to help students as a guide of studying foreign countries. My brother has retired his senior high school last year to make his dream come true and looks joyful than before. I started to play table tennis when I was 11 years old and now too.

    My hometown is chikusa word Nagoya, which is one of the most famous cities in Japan. Because my house is near the Nagoya Dome, I’m big fan of Dragons. I’m worrying about the team’s weakening because of changing the supervisor.

    The most interesting to me is fashion. My goal after graduating is to get a job related to fashion. To do it, I’m studying French and culture of France to feel the most advanced creativity . So if do me a favour, please tell me about culture of France and French.

  27. My name is Ryo. I’m from Tsu city in the Mie. I like umeboshi, natto, tempura, sushi, and Niku-jaga.I’m very pleased to come Kyoto and enjoying happy days. I work for a clam school. I feel it very hard to teach things to my students,but I simultaneously feel it worthwhile a lot. My dream in childhood was to be a NINJA because I loved to lead “NARUTO”. However, It was not possible to become a NINJA instead of being shouted “NANJA”!!
  28. I am one of your Academic Writing students.
    Let me introduce myself.
    I am from Kyoto .I am nineteen years old. I will be twenty years old this October. I am a student of Kyoto prefectural university. I have studied language ,culture and history in Europe and North America for a year . I am interested not only in English but also in German. Therefore, I am going to go to Regensburg in this summer. I want to come in Germany culture. I belong to the tennis club. It has been a year since I began to play tennis .I like playing tennis . I like our tennis team.
    I am going to have a job using English language ability. Therefore,I would like to improve my English language ability. I want to be able to communicate in English fluently. that’s all. Thank you for your reading.
  29. I am one of the Academic Writing student. Let me introduce myself.
    My name is Kaori. I am 19 years old. I am Kyoto Prefectural University student. My hometown is Ayabe city. Now, I live in Kyoto city alone. I like eating and sleeping!
    I have one younger sister. She is 17 years old. Her birthday and my birthday are in September. Every year, our parents celebrate us only one day, so sometimes I didn’t be celebrated on my birthday.
    I am not good at English. But I want to be a good English writer and speaker. So I will study hard.
  30. My name is Yasuda. I had learned ballet since I was three. And now, I like to go to theaters to see ballet and musical very much. My mother teaches children how to play the piano, and I like to play the piano, too. But, unfortunately, I cannot play the piano on a daily basis because I don’t have a piano in my lodgings. So now I like to listen to musics very much.

 


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