Wednesday, May 30, 2012

基礎英語1A Writing: Learning about Conjunctions and other fun stuff

Hello everyone, Today we are going to learn how to use conjunctions correctly, but what's a conjunction? Let's watch this great video and find out what a conjunction is.





That was a great video, yeah? The video comes from a series called School House Rock. I watched School House Rock every Saturday morning when I was a boy.

Now, let's do page 55 in our textbook..


After that, let's practice some more with Q Online Practice. From the drop down  menu choose "Unit 3".


Next, let's rewrite the first draughts of our paragraphs about a job we like.


Your second draught is due on Sunday 3 June at 6 pm.

Enjoy!

Friday, May 25, 2012

応用英吾II-4 作文 Writing: Task 2 - An important place Part 2

Hello everyone,
Today we are going to continue working on our second task. First let's do Quizlet.

Now let's read some stories about some important places by Shibaura Institute of Technology students.

OK, now it's your turn. Write a paragraph about your important place. Your paragraph must be 100 words or more. Use the Writing Style sheet to help you format your e-mail and document correctly. Please send your paragraph to me by e-mail by 6 pm. Wednesday 30 June. Also, please take a picture of your important place and bring it to class on a USB stick next week.

Enjoy!

応用英語I-2A Reading 2012 Midterm Exam and Chapter 4 review



Hello everyone!
Today is the mid-term exam. Let's do some review before the exam. Click the link: Inverted Eagle Chapters 1-3 Review. Look at the image above. The image is a mind map showing the suspects, their motives and their lies. Using information from the mind map, make notes in your Detectives Notebook.

After the mid-term exam, let's review some vocabulary from Chapter 4. Please click this link: Inverted Eagle Chapter 4.

Next week we'd do the Chapter 4 Quiz.
Have a nice week-end!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

基礎英語1A Writing: Task 2 - A good job for me

Hello everyone,
Today we are going to start our second task. First let's review last lesson. Please click the link..
Now let's look at an image that shows why I like to be a teacher.


The image is in the shape of an apple because apples are a symbol of knowledge. Also, an apple is a traditional gift. Sometimes students give their teachers an apple. So, why do I like to be a teacher? look at the image and answer the question.
Now please read my paragraph.

A good job for me

          Teaching is a good job for me. I want to be a teacher for the rest of my life. A teacher works with people, and a teacher helps people to learn. A teacher learns too. I like to learn. A teacher plans and presents lessons. A teacher makes materials for lessons. I like to make presentations, and I like to make materials for lessons because I like to be creative.  I like to see students smile when they understand. I like to see the results of my work. A teacher can have long holidays. I like to travel, so I need long holidays. Teaching is the very best job for me.


Now it's your turn. What is a good job for you? Write at least 100 words. Your first draught is due next Sunday 27th May at 6 pm.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

英語総合1A Global Issues Unit 6: Individualism and Midterm Exam Study Guide


Hello everyone! Today we are going to talk about Individualism. Next week is the Mid-term Exam. Please look at your study guide below.
The test covers units 1-5 pp. 2-21. The test has 3 sections.









Section 1: Vocabulary (10 points). Study the vocabulary in your study guides

· 6 matching questions J-E
· 4 fill-in the blank questions

Section 2: Remembering information from the textbook (12 points).

· 5 short answer questions (write 2 or 3 words)
· 1 chose the true statement question.
Important points to remember:
  • Visible cultural differences
  • Hidden cultural differences
  • Values
  • Keys to overcoming culture shock
  • Things that increase culture shock
  • Words and phrases that express Japanese culture
  • Things needed for an international career.
Section 3: Demonstrating an understanding of the information in the textbook (8 points)

· 2 long answer questions (4 or 5 sentences) In this section you will have to express your feelings about one of the topics in units 1-5. Remember that your reason is most important.

Now let's study some vocabulary on Quizlet. Please click this link: 英語総合1A

Study hard! and Good luck!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Intro to Business English 1A Lesson 6: Unit 3 Problems

100/365 - Head ScratchHello everyone, I hope you had a great week-end.

Today we are going to start Unit 3: Problems. In this unit we will learn how to report a business problem, how to complain, and how to solve a business problem.


Let' s start with a video. Please click this link: http://mrstoutsblog.blogspot.com/2009/05/learn-english-22-complaining.html.

Let's watch another video. This video is from English Central. Please click the link: Complaining. Now click the link to join our class on English Central: http://www.englishcentral.com/class/383-toyo-gakuen-university/introductiontobusinessenglish1a2012

Now let's study some vocabulary. Please click this link: Introduction to Business English 1A

See you next week!

Friday, May 18, 2012

応用英吾II-4 作文 Writing: Task 2 - An important place Part 1

A special place BW
Hello everyone,
Today we are going to start our next task: Task 2 - An important place.
First, let's practice typing. Click this link: Qwerty Warriors. Next, let's study some vocabulary. Please click the link: Togaku 英単 Set 3.

Look at the picture on the left. The picture is of an important place to me. Read my paragraph and answer the questions.



There was a picnic table on Ward's Island in Toronto. One day, when I was in Grade 6, I ate lunch there with my father and my two brothers. I was raining. We enjoyed talking. After lunch we took the ferry back home. It's one of my best memories.

  1. What is my important place?
  2. Where is my important place?
  3. When did I go there?
  4. What did I do there?
Now let's listen to some Togaku students talk about their important places. Choose two. Click the link. Listen. Answer the questions above.

Akira's Special Place, Manae's Special Place, Kaname's Special Place, Aya Y.'s Special Place, Misato's Special Place, Koutarou's Special Place, Ryuhei's Special Place, Chen's Special Place, Reika's Special Place, Kohei's Special Place, Kousuke's Special Place, Kousei's Special Place,Tatsuya's Special Place, Atsuko's Special Place, Ai's Special Place, Aya S.'s Special Place. Rie's Special Place,

Let's do Unit 2 in our text book Writing from Within 1.

Have a nice week-end!

応用英語I-2A Reading 2012 Lesson 5:Chapter 3 Quiz

Hello everyone,

Today we are going to review Chapter 3 and do the quiz. Click the link to go to today's lesson. After the quiz, come back to this post and leave a comment. Who do you think did the crime?

Have a great weekend!



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

基礎英語1A Writing: Learning how to write complete sentences and other fun stuff

Hello everyone,
Today we are going to learn how to write complete sentences.
First, let's do a survey. Please click "Surveys" above. Then click the link next to your class name -  N9. Do the survey. After that please do Quizlet. Please click the link: Togaku 英単 Set 2. Next, let's do pages 36 to 38 in our textbook Q: Skills for Success 1. Now let's practice with Q Online Practice. Then please practice some more grammar with this Verb Form Quiz, and this Subject-Verb Agreement Quiz.

Finally, let's sign up for Twitter and start tweeting! Don't forget to follow me!

See you next week.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

英語総合1A Global Issues Unit 5: Body Language and Customs

Yasuko making gesture for "Please"Hello everyone,
Today we are going to talk about body language. Look at the picture on the left. What is the woman saying?

Click the link to go to today's lesson.

You can learn more about body language by reading this article: How to read Body language.

Describe your favourite gesture. Post a comment below.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Intro to Business English 1A Spring 2012 Lesson 5: Unit 2 Case Study

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Hello everyone, I hope you enjoyed the week-end. Last week we learned some words and phrases to describe what we want from a job. Look at the picture above. What do I want from my job? Now make a picture that shows what YOU want from a job. You can make the picture using a website called Tagul. Click the link - Tagul

Also, last week you posted comments on this blog describing your daily routine. I have written replies to your comments. Please click the link to read my replies. After you read my reply, Please answer my questions. After that you can study some vocabulary on Quizlet: Introduction to Business English 1A Vocabulary.

Finally, let's do the case study in our textbook. Please post your writing assignment as a comment below.

Friday, May 11, 2012

応用英語I-2A Reading 2012 Lesson 4:Chapter 2 Quiz

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Hello everyone!
Today we are going to review Chapter 2 and do the quiz. Click here for today's lesson. After the quiz we will start Chapter 3.

Have a great week-end. Enjoy reading!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

基礎英語1A Writing: Task 1: A Name I Like - Error Correction and Writing a Second Draught

Hello everyone, I hope you had a great Golden Week!
Today we are going to edit the first draught of Task 1: A Name I like.

First, let's practice typing. Click this link: Qwerty Warriors.
Next, let's study some vocabulary. Please click the link: Togaku 英単 Set 2. Let's study some more vocabulary with Q Online Practice. Now let's practice some grammar with this Verb Form Quiz, and this Subject-Verb Agreement Quiz.
Now let's edit our first draft. I made some marks on your paper. Please click the link. Download the Writing Error Codes sheet, and use it to help you edit your first draught.

You must submit your second draught by e-mail by Sunday the 13th of May.
Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

英語総合1A Global Issues 2012 Unit 4: Culture in Language

Hello everyone, I hope you enjoyed Golden Week!

Today we are going to study Unit 4: Culture in Language. Please download and save the study guide below.

Unit 4:Culture in language Study Guide
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Idioms are one way we have culture in language. Let's watch a great video about idioms made by Sarah of The Daily English Show.



Do you like any English idioms? What are some idioms that you like in your native language. Please tell us by posting a comment. See you next week!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Intro to Business English 1A Spring 2012 Lesson 4



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Hello everyone, I hope you enjoyed Golden Week. Today we are going to begin Unit 2 in our textbook. Please click the link: Introduction to Business English Lesson 4.

After you have finished the tasks in the textbook please leave a comment below. Describe your daily routine. 

For homework, please do Units 1 & 2 on the CD ROM.
See you next week!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

英語総合1A Global Issues 2012 Unit 3: Culture Shock

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Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed the long week-end. Today we are going to start our next unit - Culture Shock. Let's start with some vocabulary study. Please click here: 英語総合1A Vocabulary flash cards.
What is culture shock? Here are some sentences about culture shock from space alc:

Culture shock affects people in different ways; physical and mental tiredness, depression, homesickness, irritability, becoming critical of the new culture.
カルチャーショックは、人によって異なる悪影響を及ぼします。肉体的・精神的疲労、抑鬱症、ホームシック、イライラ、新しい文化に批判的になるなどです。◆【出典】Hiragana Times, 1998年11月号(株式会社ヤック企画)

Culture shock usually takes places about 3 months after arriving in a foreign country and is a negative reaction towards the new country, as a result of culture fatigue, from trying to adapt and communicate in an unfamiliar environment.
カルチャーショックは通常、外国に到着してから約3カ月が過ぎた頃に起こり、それは、新しい国に対する否定的な反応として現われます。不慣れな環境に順応し、気持ちを伝えようと努力することで、文化的に疲労した結果なのです。◆【出典】Hiragana Times, 1998年11月号(株式会社ヤック企画)◆URLhttp://www.hiraganatimes.com/

Now click the for the Unit 3: Culture Shock Study Guide.

Have you ever experienced culture shock? Please tell us about your experience of culture shock. Leave a comment below.