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January 2021

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

Today I am working from home because of the heavy snow. If there are any problems with Zoom or a wi-fi connection, I expect you to continue to access this page by yourselves and finish the work below. 

A reminder: There is no class next Friday. Our next class (#13) is on January 22nd. I will ask you to write your last paragraph on this day.

Today: Finish Unit 9 and start Unit 10, Smart Advice.

Session 1: Read p. 179, D; Do E; Do p. 181, Revising Practise.

Session 2: Do p. 182, Editing Practice; Read pp. 183-185. Do p. 184, B. 

Session 3: Do p. 186, A; Read pp. 187/188; Do p. 189, A.

Finish. There is no homework. 

(Edit on January 11th: Dear students, at the end of our class I got the idea that some students would like to write their 3rd and final paragraph sooner rather than later due to our next class being in two weeks. Perhaps you have exams to study for as well.

Therefore, I will give you the topic for the 3rd paragraph now. You can write and submit it at anytime before the deadline of January 30th. The topic is from your textbook: p. 200, at the top: Writing Task: 'Imagine someone has asked you for advice about preparing to go college (university). What advice would you give?' You can give advice about coming to study at TPU if you want to. 

When you write this paragraph, please ignore the Covid-19 pandemic and write as if university life has returned to normal. There are some more hints on p. 200. Email me at if you have any questions.)

Thursday, January 7th, Eigo Kiso 4, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #13)

A Reminder: Class #14 is on January 21st. Next Thursday is Monday classes. 

Today: Finish Unit 10

Session 1: Please watch this:

Listening p. 112. Listen for Main Ideas

Session 2: Do p. 114/115. A, B and C.

Session 3: Individually, answer p. 116, F #2 or #3 or #4 (choose one only). When you have made an answer, come back to me and tell me. 

As for our next class, the topics you can choose from are on p. 116, Before you Listen, and p. 120, Discussion Questions. Email me if you want to make a group. 


Wednesday, January 6th, Sogo Eigo 4, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #12)

Today: Start Unit 10, Entrepreneurs and Innovators. (We will go through this quite quickly.)

Session 1: Watch this video:

And then watch this video:

Read pp. 181-183; Answer p. 182, #2 (I will ask you individually - try for a longer, interesting answer).

Session 2: Read p. 184, A; Do pp 184/185, B; Answer p. 185, C, #1 (I will ask you individually).

Session 3: Read p. 185, Vocabulary Skill; Do D; Answer p. 186, A #1 (I will ask you individually).


Monday, January 4th, Eigo Kiso 3, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #12)

A reminder: Our next class will be on January 14th. Next Monday is a holiday.

Today: We will spend the first session dealing with writing impersonal English for academic paragraphs and essays. Then we will continue in Unit 6, Opinion Paragraphs, in your textbook. 

Session 1: Download A Guide to Impersonal Writing

Session 2: Read p. 138 Ex. 4, St Petersburg. Note: this is good English but is only semi-academic. It is still too informal for many university professors because the author uses my, I and you. This is not a true academic paragraph.  Do p. 138, Ex. 5, A, #1, #2, and #3. Do p. 139, B, #2 and #3. 

(If the paragraph were in true academic style, the introduction would be something like this: 'St. Petersburg, in Russia, is a popular place to live despite its long cold winters for many reasons.')

Session 3: Read p. 140, Ex. 1, A Vietnamese Paradise. Note: this is a true academic style. The author never uses I,  my or you. Do p. 140, Ex. 2, A, #1 and #2. Do. p. 141, B, #1, #3 and #4. 

Finish. For your last paragraph, write an opinion paragraph about a city that you think is a good place to live or to visit. Follow the guidelines in Session 1. Use the paragraph on p. 140 as a model for style. The deadline is January 16th, but you can submit anytime from now: