Hi! While you students have been enjoying your winter vacation eating too much, sleeping, watching TV, playing games, sleeping and, erm, eating, I’ve been WORKING!
Yes, I’ve been slaving away for YOU, on this website to improve the quality and make it more user-friendly.
Since April 2019, I uploaded worksheets and other materials I used in class to this website. I’ve collected all these together in one place: the download page which you can access by clicking on the name “DOWNLOADS” on the main menu (see screenshot below; click on the image for a bigger picture).
I also cleaned up the “Academic Writing Resources” page and added some useful links to MLA guidelines. Check it out. Most links are to English-language pages, but I would like to add some useful Japanese links, so if you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments, and I may add them to the resources page.
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Choose a book, movie or article, fiction or non-fiction, Japanese or English, to respond to (see a list of suggestions below).
Email me your choice.
When I say “OK” (by email), you can start writing your response (Essay 5)
Email me your Essay 5 draft 1 by Jan. 10th 2020.
Print it out and bring it to class Jan. 10th, 2020.
You can use something you have read before, e.g. Bastiat’s Broken Window story, an essay by George Orwell (I recommend “Politics and the English Language”) or Francis Bacon, “Philosophy: Who Needs It?” or choose something new.
If you would like something challenging to read, below are some suggestions.
I’ve reduced the number of essays to read, as I think 3 essays (even if one is in Japanese) is probably too much to ask in one week. If you have already read the “I, Pencil” essay, don’t worry! You can talk about it in class Dec. 13th and read the “Philosophy” essay for next week’s homework.
Date: Saturday, December 14th
Time: 2nd period (10:30-12:00)
Place: same room as usual (205).
For those who cannot attend, you can do a reading and writing assignment which I will post next Friday.
“a right to…” In English, it means a demand for – a right to a job, for instance, means if you do not have a job, someone must give you one.
an effective advertisement and an effective persuasive essay
both need objective information and both good and bad points
Counter-arguments. Read this extract from a popular Japanese manga. How does this relate to academic essay writing? What did you learn about the importance of counter-arguments from reading this extract?
Successful advertisements and academic essays need objective, factual information (e.g. “1 km from the station” or “5 minutes’ walk from bus-stop”) not subjective impressions such as “convenient” or “close”.
Successful advertisements and academic essays need objective facts about both good and bad points. These make the advertisement (and essay) more persuasive because they suggest impartiality and let the reader judge whether this is good or bad, positive or negative.