Friday, December 18, 2009

Toyo Gakuen University FE2-Reading Semester 2 Final Exam Study Guide

Well the end of the year is here. Your final exam is on Friday 8 January. Here's your final exam study guide:

The exam will cover units 9, 10, and 11.  In order to pass the exam (試験に合格するために) you must show that you understand and remember the content, vocabulary and grammar that you studied in units 9,10 and 11. You must also show that you can use the reading skills you practiced in class. There will be 6 types of questions:

Questions about the contents of Units 9,10, and 11

  1. Vocabulary: A. Match the vocabulary from the textbook with the Japanese translation. B. Match the words that make collocations.
  2. Grammar: These are multiple choice type questions. You will have to choose from 4 choices. Will will choose the best word or words to fill in the blank in a sentence. (p. 77 #3, p. 84 #1).
  3. Content: These are multiple choice type questions. You will be asked questions about the readings ("Into the Wild", pp. 78,79; and "Seeds of Change", pp.86, 87). You will have to choose from 4 choices.
  4. Personal response. This is a short paragraph type of answer. These questions will be about "Into the Wild" and Seeds of Change". Please study your answers to the "What do you think?" questions on pages 78 and 86. You will have to write 2 or 3 sentences in order to answer the question. Your answer should be at least 50 words.

Questions about two new readings.

  1. Reading for the main idea. This is a multiple choice type of question. You will have to choose from 4 choices.
  2. Reading for details. This is a multiple choice type of question. You will have to choose from 4 choices.

The exam will be sixty minutes. Use the following resources to help you study for the exam:
The answer sheets for the Independent Study Tasks in the lecture (x) folder.
Verb patterns
Unit 10 Word search
Unit 11 Verbs + Nouns
Unit 3 Word Search
Sarah's Freshman English Reading Blog: Unit 10, and  Unit 11
Good luck!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Toyo Gakuen University Homestay English Last lesson: Christmas and The English Lounge Podcast

Well this is our last lesson. So today is special. First we are going to learn about Christmas in Tarragona Spain.
Now let's listen to the Toyo Gakuen University English Lounge Podcast. In this podcast you will hear two Toyo Gakuen University students talk about their homestay experiences.

Click the link:The English Lounge Podcast
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Toyo Gakuen University Christmas Lesson

Well, Christmas is almost here, and the year is almost over, so as a special treat, we are going to have a Christmas lesson. First let's learn about Christmas around the world.

Let's watch a video.

Merry Christmas! See you next year.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Toyo Gakuen University FE2 Reading Unit 11: Seeds of Change

Today we are going to read about three plants that have changed the world: tobacco, cotton and sugar cane. Look at the pictures below. Which picture is tobacco? Which picture is cotton? Which picture is sugar cane?


Tobacco, cotton, and sugar cane were grown on slave plantations. Let's watch a video about slave plantations. A student in Singapore made the video. Enjoy!

What do you think? Post a comment. Which plant changed the world the most? Which plant was the most beneficial (都合が良い)? Which plant was the most harmful (有害な)? Which plant is most important in your life? Do your wear cotton clothes? Do you smoke? Do you eat a lot of sweets? Post your answers below.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Toyo Gakuen University Homestay English 2009 2nd Semester Lesson 12

Today's lesson is about restaurants and day-trips. First, let's watch some videos about day-trips and special events in Thailand, Ireland, Canada, and the U.K.

Now let's review some vocabulary: TYG 応用英語 English Vocabulary List

Next, let's watch a video about going to a restaurant. English language learners in Mexico made the video. Watch, listen and take notes. What did the people order?

Advice for ordering in a restaurant
  • take as long as you need to look over the menu
  • don't hesitate to ask the server a question about the menu
  • be sure that the server underestands your order
  • don't hesitate to refuse a wrong order
  • leave a tip in countries that have a tipping custom. The customary amount is different for different countries. Check your guide book.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Toyo Gakuen University Travel English Special Guest Maho Takahashi from Peace boat.

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Today we are going to have a special lecture by Maho Takahashi of Peace boat. Maho-san will tell us about Global English. This is the second time that Maho-san has visited Togaku. You can see pictures of last year's visit. Click the link:

Toyo Gakuen University FE2 Reading Unit 10 Into the Wild Lesson 2

Today we continue enjoying the story of Chris McCandless. First, let's watch a video with Sean Penn, the director of the film Into the Wild and Emile Hirsh, the actor who played Chris McCandless.

Now let's watch a tribute to Chris McCandless. This video shows pictures of the real Chris McCandless.

Now open the lecture folder. Save the document called FE2U10-2IndepStudy to your own folder. Do the tasks.

Finally, post a comment. What do you think of Chris McCandless? Do you think he was brave (勇な)? Do you think he was foolish? How would you feel in his situation (どのようにあなたが彼の状況では感じることが) ?

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Toyo Gakuen University Introduction to Business English 1B: Our Company Presentation project

Today we will continue working on our presentation project, and practice presentation skills. First, let's look at a company profile of a Japanese company called Logos.

Now let's watch a very bad presentation. How many mistakes can you find? What are the mistakes?

OK, now let's review the project outline. Click this link: Our Company.
In your presentation you must explain your company's corporate values and mission. Here are some links to some real company's mission statements:
Now let's practice some vocabulary. Click this link: Presentation vocabulary

Finally, here are the presentation assessment criteria (評価基準). You can use this as a checklist.

Content (内容) 10 points

Your presentation must contain the following information:
  • When the company was founded
  • Where the company was founded
  • Who founded the company
  • The number of offices
  • The locations of the offices
  • The number of employees
  • The company's product or service
  • Annual revenues
  • The company's corporate values (see p. 79 of  your textbook)
  • The company's mission, services and benefits to its customers (see p. 133 of your textbook)
A. Slides (5 points)
  • 4 slides
  • 30 point fonts
  • An image on every slide.
  • The URL of the sites where you got your images.
  • No more than 10 words on each slide.
B. Speaking (15 points)

  • Speech is 4 minutes long, each speaker speaks for 2 minutes, and the speech is memorised (Yes = 10 points; No = 0 points)
  • Speech is clear, easy to hear, and easy to understand (scale (尺度) from 0-5)
Have fun!! Your presentation is next week Thursday the 10th of December.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Toyo Gakuen University Homestay English: Unit 7 - Cooking is easy

Today we are going to learn useful English for cooking. Many homestay families are interested in Japanese food. It's a good idea to teach them how to make a Japanese dish. First, let's watch a funny video about making sushi. What mistakes is Baka Tono making?

Next, here's a video in English about how to make tempura.

Now lets watch a video about making fish and chips.

This video downloaded from VideoJug

Let's watch again and do the tasks on your handouts. The tasks for this video were written by Paul Carr for his video podcast ESLpodTV. On the ESLpodTV website Paul Carr wrote the following about this video lesson:
    There are some useful words and expressions to learn below. More are in the text.
    pour - move liquid from one container to another

    serve - give food to the people who will eat it
    season - give flavor to food by adding salt, pepper etc.

    fry - cook food in oil

    flip - turn something onto its other side

    For Japanese and Spanish translations please go to transcript. ( せりふの訳はこのページです)

    Finally, please leave a comment. What Jpanese dish can you make? What are the ingredients? How do you make it? Please post a comment.