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AW1: week 15, July 28th, 2017

Today’s class

  • Receive Sheffner’s corrections and comments on your Essay3 Draft1.
  • Ask any questions you may have.
  • Re-write your essay. This will be your final version.
  • Type up your essay and email it to me as soon as you can.

Essay#2

The latest version of the AW1 Essay2 class collection is available for download here. Help yourself:  AW1_Essay2_Final_All4Publication2

It includes 4 essays by students whose permission to include theirs did not reach me in time for the first printing,  of which I gave out a few copies in class on Friday 28th.

Essay#3

I plan to make a similar collection of Essay3.  I will send out an email to each of you next week asking for your permission to print your essay.  I will then make the collection available for download here on this blog.


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Academic Writing I, week 15: July 29th 2016

Today’s class

  1. Proofread your or a classmate’s essay using checklist on p. 81 (#1-7 only).
  2. Freewriting #1:  something you are v interested in these days.  10 mins (+ 3 mins editing)
  3. Freewriting #2: a problem you or someone you care about has. 10 mins (+ 3 mins editing)
  4. Freewriting #3: write about 2 important or interesting things of people in your life. 10 mins (+ 3 mins editing)

Enjoy the holidays. Enjoy this life.


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Academic Writing II, week 15: January 23rd, 2015

Today’s class

This was week 15, and the last class of this academic year. If you were absent on Jan. 23rd, to pass this course, you MUST attend the makeup class, January 30th, and do the timed essay.

  1. Syllogisms. Are the following correct? If not, what is the problem?
    1. All men die.  Socrates is a man. Therefore, Socrates will die.
    2. All humans have two legs. A bird has two legs. Therefore, a bird is human.
    3. Influenza is a sickness. Junko is sick. Therefore, Junko has influenza.
    4. All Japanese have black hair. Ellen has black hair. Therefore, Ellen is Japanese.
    5. All Japanese people speak Japanese. Sasada is a Japanese name. Therefore, Mr. Sasada speaks Japanese.
    6. A minimum wage helps economic recovery. The economy is not doing well. Therefore, the government should increase the minimum wage.
    7. Public transport is convenient. There are places which have insufficient public transport. Therefore, those areas should increase the quantity of public transport.
  2. Timed essay, 30 minutes. Test conditions (no dictionaries or internet devices). Choose any ONE of the following:
    1. “Freedom of speech does not give the right to insult other people or hurt their feelings.” Discuss.
    2. “Governments should never agree to demands by terrorists.” Discuss.
    3. “Irresponsible parents should not be allowed to bring up their children.” Discuss.
    4. “There should be no compulsory education.” Discuss.

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Academic Writing I, week 15: July 25th, 2014

Homework:

  • Enjoy your summer holidays.

Today’s class:

  1. Final check of your essay #3:
    1. Formatting:
      1. Name, class, instructor’s name & date in correct position, single-spaced, and on the first page only?
      2. Title in the correct position?
      3. Double-spaced?
      4. How many paragraphs (at least 5)?
    2. No contractions (“don’t, I’ll, they’re” etc)
    3. No sentences beginning with “But, So, And, Because”.
  2. Hand in your #3 essay.
  3. Free-writing:
    1. about your summer holiday plans
    2. re-write #1 in an academic style, for an academic reader whose first language is not Japanese and who is not particularly interested in Japan or Japanese culture.
    3. your ideal summer plans (give your imagination and desires free rein!)

The Days are Just Packed


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Academic Writing II – week 15, February 1st, 2013

If you were absent today, do the exercises below in the textbook, type your essay in 30 minutes and email it to me by next Friday, Feb. 8th, 2013.

Today’s class:

Unit 6

  1. p. 140, section A and Practice 5
  2. p. 141, practice 6 and section B
  3. p. 142, practice 7 question 3
  4. p. 143, section C
  5. p. 144, practice 9 paragraph 1
  6. p. 145, section D
  7. p. 146, section E
  8. p. 147, practice 11 paragraph 1
  9. p. 148, section A Revising
  10. p. 149, section B Editing
  11. p. 154, section B Writing a timed essay
  12. choose a topic from p. 139, Section E, and write a timed essay in 30 minutes using academic format (don’t forget to double-space) and hand it in/email it to me by Feb. 8th (if you were absent today).

Well done, everyone. I enjoyed teaching you all this year. Enjoy this  life.

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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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