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AW1: week 1, April 13th, 2018

Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Writing I (AW1), Friday 4th period.

Homework

  • Leave a comment on this blog about today’s class.
    1. Your name is public, but your email is private. Any email address that you regularly use is ok. Do not write your email address in the comment!
  • Read the sample essay in the textbook, pp 4-5.

Today’s class

  1. Small-group discussion and individual written answers: What is “academic writing”?
  2. Mini-lecture on the history of academic writing (download a basic PDF worksheet: What is academic writing_short
    1. summarise your notes of the mini-lecture
  3. Introduce yourself in writing; explain how you came to be here, in this class, in KPU.
  4. Outline of the course (handout). You can download the outline of the course here: aw1, 2018 – course intro

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AW2: week 1, October 6th, 2017

Homework

  1. Read the sample essay in chapter 4 (pp.91-2)
  2. List 5 controversial topics you might write about for your persuasive essay

Today’s class

  • logos, ethos, pathos – 3 modes for persuading other people
  • schedule (may change slightly):
    • Essay #4 – Persuasive – due Nov. 17th
    • Essay #5 – Response to a text – due Dec. 22nd
    • Essay #6 – timed writing – to be done in class Jan 26 and Feb. 2nd
    • p. 96 A and practice 3

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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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