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December 2020

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

Today: Continue in Unit 9, Species Survival.

Session 1: Look at p. 166, Listening Skill and also look at the picture at the bottom of the page. Listen to the first 2:45 minutes of this presentation. You don't have to listen to the whole presentation.


Fill in the chart on p. 167, C, the LEFT SIDE ONLY. 

Session 2: Read p. 169, Speaking Skill. Listen to this short presentation; Do E. (Fill in the 3 blank spaces)


Session 3: Read p. 170, Animal Survival Behaviours. Individually, answer G, 3. When you have your own answer, please come back and tell it to me. You don't have to wait for your whole group to finish. This is an individual exercise. 

(If you have time and are interested, you can watch this short Youtube video about finches.)




Monday, December 7th, Eigo Kiso 3, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #9)

Today: We are a little behind schedule, so we won't finish Unit 5, Narrative Paragraphs, today. That's okay; we can finish it next week. It has no influence on your homework. 

Session 1: Read p. 120, Language and Grammar Focus (This is very, very easy.); Do p. 121, Ex 1. (Be careful of #11!); Do p. 122, Ex. 2. 

Session 2: Read p. 122, Language and Grammar Focus (Again, this is high school English); Do p. 123 Ex.3 (Change #3 to '8:00 a.m.' and probably you can't do #5 if you are at home.) Do pp. 123/124, Ex. 4.

Session 3: Do p. 124, Ex. 5. Read this together and check that you all understand:

Write a narrative paragraph for me about an event in your life that you remember well. There are many examples in your textbook; for example, p. 110, The Best Sandwich of My Life, and p. 112, Something Wild. Try to use a lot of adjectives describing the situation and how you felt. Make sure you have an introduction sentence that describes the background, and a conclusion, as usual. 

Send it to me at as usual. The deadline is next Saturday evening; Sunday is the day that I spend grading paragraphs.

Get the title right. Email me if you have any doubts about your title. Because this is a narrative paragraph about your experience, of course you should write 'I' in the paragraph. In the last paragraph for Unit 6 of your book, I don't want you to write 'I' but I will explain why later. 


Friday, December 4th, Sogo Eigo 3, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #8)

Today: Continue in Unit 8, Building Wonders.

Session 1: Do p. 151, A and B; Do p. 153, A.

Session 2: Read pp 154/155; Do p. 156, A.

Session 3: Do. p. 156, B; In your group, do E (write one Pro and one Con as a group). If you are interested and you have time, there is a Youtube introduction to the Maya Civilisation. It is under 4 minutes long, and if you watch with the English subtitles (closed captions), it could be interesting and good for your English skills.)


Thursday, December 3rd, Eigo Kiso 4, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #9)

Today: Start Unit 9, Dynamic Earth.

Session 1: Check the vocabulary on p. 97. Do p. 98, A, B and C (for C #2, I think two answers are possible).

Session 2: Do p. 99, D (be careful of #4!); Read the corpus about 'Energy.' Answer E #3: If you're feeling tired, what do you do to boost your energy? (Do this for yourself; all your answers will be be different, of course.)

Session 3: Watch this video and answer the questions. Try it without the English subtitles one time. Then watch it with the English subtitles (closed captions) to check your answers. Avoid the Japanese subtitles.

  1. What are the most common solar cells made of?
  2. How many bonds are there between the atoms?
  3. How many different layers are there in the solar cell?
  4. What collects the mobile electrons?
  5. How long can solar cells last?
  6. How efficient are most commercial systems?
  7. How big is the Sahara Desert?
  8. How many people don't have access to a reliable electric grid?



Wednesday, December 2nd, Sogo Eigo 4, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #8)

Today: Start Unit 9, Species Survival, and make a conversation for points toward your final grade.

Session 1: Look at pp 161, 162, and 163. You only have to read this very quickly as an introduction to the chapter. Read p. 164 A; Do B. Do p. 165, C (Be careful about present and past tense, singular and plural, etc).

Session 2: Make a conversation with your partner(s) based on p. 165, D, 1 or 2. The total time should be about 30 seconds for each person. (2p -> 1 minute, 3p -> 1.5 minutes) I may ask you some questions when you have finished.

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.