Monday, January 18th, Eigo Kiso 3, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #14)

Today:  Better writing (Material taken from 'Writers at Work - The Short Composition' by Cambridge Press)

Session 1: Read this short composition and tell me what you think about it:

Unity

Session 2: I will give you some more information and give you one more task. 

Session 3: I will give you some more information and give you one more task. 

Session 4 (if we have time):

Unity2

Finish.


Thursday, January 14th, (Monday classes), Eigo Kiso 3, 9:00-10:30 and 10:40-12:10 (Class #13)

A reminder: The deadline for submitting your paragraphs is next Saturday, January 16th.

Today: We will finish the textbook. (I do not like pp. 142 and 143. Their explanation about the difference between a 'fact' and 'explanation'  is confusing. Even I do not understand it. So we will jump over this.)

Session 1:  Read p. 145, Language and Grammar Focus; Do Ex. 1 (very easy); Do p. 146, Ex. 2. This should be very easy for you. 

Are these good English? If not, please make them better:

  1. I like Thailand. There is very famous for its dishes.
  2. Tokyo is exciting. There has many famous restaurants.

Session 2: Read p. 146, Language and Grammar Focus; Do  p. 146, Ex. 3; Do p. 147, Exs. 4 and 5. 

Session 3: Do. p. 150, Exs. 2 and 3. 

Finish. (If we finish early, please work on your paragraph.)

 


Wednesday, January 13th, Sogo Eigo 4, 9:00-10:30 and10:40-12:10 (Class #13)

Today: Continue in Unit 10, Entrepreneurs and Innovators.

Session 1: Listen to this presentation and do p. 187, C.

Session 2: Read p. 188, Grammar For Speaking; Do A. (This is very, very easy. Just use the hint in the brackets and change that to present perfect.)

Session 3: Read p. 194, A; Do B and p. 195, C

This finishes the textbook exercises. In the next class (#14), I will ask you to make a conversation with your partner(s) for the final 10 points to your grade. 

Finish.


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 dwhorsley@yahoo.co.jp 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. 

Finish


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).

Finish.


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: dwhorsley@yahoo.co.jp


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.