AW1: MAKEUPS, JULY 28TH, 2018

Homework

  • Read my comments then re-write your draft #2 –> draft #3 and email it to me.
  • Would you like a (digital) copy of your classmates’ essays #2 and #3? If so, please email me by Tuesday July 31st, midnight.
  • If you have changed your mind about allowing your essay to appear in the class collection, please let me know ASAP. Otherwise, I will assume your answer for essay #1 holds true for essay #2 and #3.

Today’s class

  1. Individual conferencing
  2. Who is your audience (your readers)? – see textbook p. 8 A.
  3. why would you need or want to write  academic essays?
  4. Why would you need or want to write essays (including essays in Japanese)?
  5. In the real world, how would you decide what to write about?
  6. What are some difficulties you have in writing academic essays in this class?
  7. what are your biggest difficulties as a student @ kpu?

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AW1: WEEK 15, JULY 27TH, 2018

Homework

Look at my comments and re-write your draft #1 –> draft #2 and send it to me by email or bring it to the makeup class tomorrow.

Today’s class

  1. Textbook p. 79 F and practice 10
  2. Academic language is specific, accurate and as objective as possible. Avoid these vague, inaccurate or subjective expressions:
    1. hot (–> e.g. 35 degrees Centigrade)
    2. we
    3. nice
    4. good
    5. bad
  3. Check the MLA format for your references and/or bibliography
    1. See the MLA style guide here 
    2. Check the Academic Writing resources page for more helpful links.

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AW1: Week 13, July 20th, 2018

Announcement

No class on July 25th. Makeup on July 28th, 14:30 – 17:40

Homework

Essay 3 “Compare-contrast”, draft 1, by e-mail by Friday next.

Today’s class

  1. sample problem-solution essay 1: the four things
  2. sample problem-solution essay 2: how to learn freedom
  3. (option) “The Fountainhead” chapter 1
  4. sample compare-contrast essay: university – Britain vs Japan
  5. textbook p. 70 C Essay structure
  6. P. 72 – choose a topic
  7. P 73/74 create a Venn diagram for your essay topic.
  8. write your outline.

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AW1: Week 12, July 13th, 2018

Homework

Re-write your draft #2. This will be your final draft. Email it to me when completed, print it out and bring to class next week.

If you did not receive my feedback on your draft #2, please email me as soon as possible, and I will email it to you.

Today’s class

  • how cultural differences affect rhetoric.
  • subordinate clause worksheet.
  • one-to-one conferencing

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AW1: Week 10, June 29th, 2018

Announcement

July 25th (Wed) class cancelled. Make-up class will be on July 28th, 14:40. If you cannot attend the makeup class, please consult me in class.

Homework

Using the feedback you received from classmates and your instructor, re-write your draft #1 –> draft #2, email it to me by Friday, print it out and bring to the next class.

You may change topics if you wish.

Today’s class

  1. Distribution of Essay 1 Class Collection (for those who asked for it)
  2. Exchange draft#1 with classmates and give feedback using the feedback form on p. 55
  3. Textbook p. 58 C and Practice 10
  4. p. 60 A
  5. Handout – Sheffner’s sample Problem-solution essay

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AW1: week 9, June 22nd, 2018

Homework

  1. Write essay2 draft1 and email it to me by Friday. Bring it to class.

Today’s class

  1. Distribution of Essay 1 Class Collection (for those who asked for it)
    1. Apologies to those of you who asked for one and did not receive: I printed them Thursday night and ran out of ink before I finished. I will bring the remaining copies next week.
    2. Leave a comment about the essays (optional).
  2. Exchange homework.
  3. Textbook p. 50, practice 5
  4. p. 51, read C “Offering a solution”
  5. practice 6
  6. p. 53. Your turn – write your outline
    1. if necessary, re-write your thesis statement

 

Hooks are not strictly necessary for pure academic essays, but good hooks attract readers, so hook-writing is a very useful skill. Gary North has been writing articles, headlines and hooks for many years. Here is a recent sample. Do they make you want to read more?

 


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AW1: Week 8, June 15th, 2018

Homework

Write at least the introduction paragraph  of Essay2 draft1 and bring to class next week.

Today’s class

  1. Textbook p. 42, questions 1-5 (on looseleaf)
  2. Read the sample essay pp 43-4.
  3. Answer the questions p. 44 Practice 1, 1-8
  4. p. 45 Practice 2
  5. p. 46 Your Turn: choose a topic. Free writing for 10 minutes.

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AW1: Week 7, June 8th, 2018

Homework

  • Email me your Essay #1 Final draft, if you have not already done so.
  • Please tell me by email (if you did not tell me in class today)
    1. if you would like to read a collection of your classmates’ essays #1 (yes or no)
    2. if you agree to your essay #1 being included in the class collection (yes or no)
    3. if yes to #2, do you wish your name to appear on your essay or not?
    4. what method of feedback you prefer in future
      1. face-to-face
      2. handwritten comments on your paper
      3. error correction software (pink highlights, etc)
      4. some combination of the above

Today’s class

  1. Expressive vs communicative writing
    1. Communicative writing is writing with the reader in mind. 
  2. Essay writing is standard in most secondary schools in English-speaking countries in order to develop mental discipline, the ability to think objectively, logically and critically, and to express oneself clearly for the benefit of others.
    1. Essay writing is communicative rather than expressive writing.
    2. Some good examples are the essays by Francis Bacon and the Frenchman Michel Eyquem de Montaigne.
      1. Montaigne’s essays repay study, as he wrote his thoughts and feelings but somehow made them interesting and useful to his readers.
  3. Error correction – although most students expect their instructor to correct their English, error correction is not always an efficient method of learning, because
    1. the natural order of acquisition (I subscribe to Krashen’s theory of second language acquisition)
  4. Common errors among Japanese EFL students
    1. insufficient use of pronouns (resulting in too much repetition of nouns)
    2. insufficient use of relative pronouns and adverbs (which, that, whose, there, where, when, etc.), resulting in unnecessary repetition, unnecessarily long sentences or unnecessary multiple sentences.
  5. Discussion of typical errors in a sample student essay, marked using marking software. Download the sample essay here: AW1 Essay1 draft3 sample_4class
  6. 1-to-1 conferencing


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AW1: week 6, June 1st, 2018

Homework

  • Re-write your draft. This will be your final version.
  • Don’t forget to change the essay information at the top of your first page (above your title) to “Final draft”.
  • Save your file as “AW1 Essay1 Final (Your Name)”
  • Send me your final draft by email
    • The subject of the email should be the same as the name of your file, i.e. “AW1 Essay1 Final (Your Name)”
  • Print out your final draft and bring it to class next week.
  • (If you did not give me your essay paragraph  last Friday, please hand it in next time. See last week’s homework for details,)

Today’s class

  1. Read the old AW1 essay I handed out in class. These essays are not model essays to be copied. They include good and bad points.
  2. Use the checklist in the textbook p. 33.
  3. Write your comments – what do you notice about the essay (the good and the bad)?
  4. 1-to-1 conferencing. If I did not get around to talking to you in class, I will email you my comments by Sunday evening.
    1. If you do not hear from me by Sunday evening, please email me.

 


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