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December 2020

Friday, December 25th, Sogo Eigo 3, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #11)

Regarding our schedule for next year:

Class #12: January 8th.

Class #13: January 22nd (Set paragraph #3)

Class # 14: January 29th

Class #15: February 5th. (Final class, grades and any unfinished work.)

Today: Continue Unit 9, Form and Function

Session 1: Do p. 173, A and B, #1. 

Session 2: Read pp. 174/175; Do p. 176, B (ignore 1 and 2, just do the blue box) and D. 

Session 3: Do p. 177, A; Do p. 178, B. 

Finish. There is no homework over the Xmas break. 


Thursday, December 24th, Eigo Kiso 4, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #12)

Regarding our schedule for next year: 

Class #13: January 7th (We will try to finish the textbook work on this day)

Class #14: January 21st (Conversation #4 - p. 120, Discussion Questions)

Class #15: January 28th (Last class, grades and any unfinished work)

Today: You only have to do your conversation today. With your partner(s), choose one topic from page 108, Discussion Questions. Make a conversation with your partner(s), as usual. It should be 60 seconds long for 2 people and 90 seconds long for a group of 3. Please don't be too late coming back to the main session. I may ask you some questions when you have finished your conversation.

Fluent and fast: 10

Fluent and fast but mistakes: 9

Slow but good grammar: 8

Slow and with mistakes: 7

Slow and with much hesitation/repeating: 6

Under time/very slow/lots of hesitation/repeating: 5

Please make sure you come back to the main session at least 15 minutes before the end of class. 

Finish. There is no homework over the Xmas break. 


Wednesday, December 21st, Sogo Eigo 4, 9:00:10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #11)

Regarding our schedule for next year:

Class #12: January 6th

Class #13: January 13th

Class #14: January 20th (Conversation #4)

Class #15: January 27th (Last class, grades and any unfinished work)

Today: Finish Unit 9, Species Survival and do a conversation for 10 points.

Session 1: Read p. 178, Grammar for Speaking; Read A; Do p. 179, D. 

Session 2: Choose one topic from p. 175, C. Make a conversation with your partner(s), as usual. It should be 60 seconds long for 2 people and 90 seconds long for a group of 3. Please don't be too late coming back to the main session. I may ask you some questions when you have finished your conversation.

Fluent and fast: 10

Fluent and fast but mistakes: 9

Slow but good grammar: 8

Slow and with mistakes: 7

Slow and with much hesitation/repeating: 6

Under time/very slow/lots of hesitation/repeating: 5

Please make sure you come back to the main session at least 15 minutes before the end of class. 

Finish. There is no homework over the Xmas break. 


Monday, December 21st, Eigo Kiso 3, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #11)

Regarding our schedule for next year:

Class #12: January 4th (some extra work about formal writing and set paragraph #3 (deadline: January 16th)

Class #13: January 14th (Thursday)

Class #14: January 18th (We'll try to finish the textbook on this day)

Class #15: January 25th (Grades and final work)

Today: Start Unit 6, Opinion Paragraphs

Session 1: Look at p. 131; Look at the picture on p. 132; Answer this question from Ex. 1: Would you like to live in a place like this? Why or Why not? Answer for yourself. Read p. 133, A Healthy City. Do p. 134, Ex. 3. (I do not like question #3. Can you think why it's a bad question?)

Session 2: Do p. 134, Ex. 4, #1 and #3. Make answers in your group. Answer this question for yourself: Which do you prefer: to live in a big city or the countryside? Why?

Session 3: Do p. 137, B. You must do this carefully and with your dictionaries. Check that you know what a 'collocation' is, because this exercise is asking you to recognise some collocations. There is a careless spelling mistake in the book: architeture -> architecture. Please fix it. 

Finish. 


Friday, December 18th, Sogo Eigo 3, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #10)

Today: Start Unit 9, Form and Function. A reminder: The deadline for your paragraphs is tomorrow night. I will spend Sunday checking them and replying to you, but, as usual, it may take a few more days. 

Also, today's lesson may not take the whole class. If we finish early, please start on your paragraph during the remaining time in the class. 

Session 1: Read pp. 162-165. Do, p. 164, B; Do p. 166, A. 

Session 2: Do p. 166, C; Read pp 167/168; Do p. 169, A and B (for B, just fill in the blue box)

Session 3: Watch this video. Turn on the English Subtitles.

Do p. 171, B and C.

Finish.


Thursday, December 17th, Eigo Kiso 4, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #11)

Today: Start Unit 10, You Can Make It.

Session 1: Check the vocabulary on p. 109; Do p. 110, A, B and C. (For B, some of the words can be used two ways. For example, 'culture' is almost always a noun, but in a special case it can be a verb. Please choose the way that it is usually used, so just put each word into one column in the table.)

Session 2: Each person in your group should choose one from p. 111, D and  one from E. Make sure that everyone has different choices. I may ask you questions about what you wrote. 

Session 3: Read p. 111, Corpus about 'culture.' Each person in your group should choose one aspect of Japanese culture and write 3 sentences about it. For example, Sumo is a part of Japanese culture.' (So the first sentence is easy, then write two more sentences describing what it is. For example, 'It is a kind of wrestling where....) So, everyone works independently. Make sure you choose a different topic. When you finish your work, you can come back by yourself. You don't have to come back as a group. 

Finish. Next week there will be a conversation for 10 points. The topics you can choose from are on p. 108, Discussion Questions. Email me if you want to make your group before the day.


Wednesday, December 16th, Sogo Eigo 4, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #10)

Today: Finish Unit 9, Species Survival. Next week's class will be the last class for this year. There will be a conversation (#3) for 10 points next week. Please don't be late or oversleep for that class.

Session 1: Do p. 172, B; Watch this Youtube video about chameleons (It's very short, so do please watch it two times, once without the subtitles, and then once again with the English subtitles. The English subtitles are aut0-generated, so they are a bit strange, but mostly ok.)

Answer these questions:

  1. Scientists used to think that chameleons changed colour for a reason. What was that reason?
  2. However, scientists have discovered that chameleons change colour for a different reason. Why do they in fact change colour?
  3. What are chameleons mimicking when they are moving back and forth in a tree?
  4. What is the chameleon's tongue like?
  5. What percentage of chameleon species are threatened with extinction?

Session 2: Read p. 174, A; Do p. 175, B, questions 1 to 5. (This seems to be difficult every time, so we will cut it in half.)

Session 3: Do p. 175, B, questions 6 to 10

Finish. Next week, we will do p. 179, D, and then you can prepare your conversation. For the topic, your group can choose any topic from p. 175, C.

 


Monday, December 14th, Eigo Kiso 3, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #10)

Today: We will finish Unit 5, Narrative Paragraphs, and do an exercise that is not in your textbook. If you have any questions about your paragraph, you can ask me this week and next week. 

Session 1: Do p. 126, Ex. 1 and Ex. 2. (For Ex. 2, I think that there are two possible ways to order the sentences.)

Session 2: Do p. 127, Ex. 3. (This is the end of Unit 5.)

Session 3: Do this exercise to help you with translating the Japanese word ほとんど into English. Please be prepared to use chat for this, so somebody in your group should type your answers ready to copy and paste if necessary. Hotondo-1

 


Friday, December 11th, Sogo Eigo 3, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #9)

Today: Finish Unit 8, Building Wonders. (You have to write a paragraph for homework. The deadline is Saturday, December 19th, NOT Saturday tomorrow.)

Session 1: Read p. 157, Language for Writing; Do A; Do p. 158, B. 

Session 2: Do p. 158, C; Read p. 158, Writing Skill; Do p. 159 D. (You have to fill in the Venn diagram. This is a little hard to check, so I will give you the answers for this after you have tried it yourself.) Do E, #1. 

Session 3: Do p. 161, Revising Practice; Do p. 162, Editing Practice. 

Finish. 

Write a paragraph and send it to me at dwhorsley@yahoo.co.jp. The topic is on p. 160, Writing Task, Goal: Compare two structures in terms of their age, size, purpose, and/or the length of time it took to build each one. A good example is on p. 159, D. But your paragraph should also have a title. Just the names of the buildings/structures is enough. Or you can make another title if you want to, but make sure you have capital letters in the right places. Deadline is December 19th. Email me if you have any questions. 

Here is a guide for titles that I use for my first year students. I suggest that you look at it one time. Their textbook is different, of course, but the rules are the same.

Download A-guide-to-writing-paragraph-titles


Thursday, December 10th, Eigo Kiso 4, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #10)

Today: Continue in Unit 9, Dynamic Earth. 

Session 1: Do p. 102, A and B.

Session 2: Do p. 103, D. (This always seems to be difficult. Be careful!)

Session 3: Read p. 103, About the Topic; Listen to the talk about volcanos and answer p. 104, Listen for Main Ideas.

Track 09

And answer these questions:

  1. How many volcanoes are there on the Ring of Fire?
  2. In what year did the volcano near Seattle erupt?
  3. What was its name?
  4. How many people died in that eruption?

Finish