Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Toyo Gakuen University Introduction to Business English 1B Final Exam Study Guide

Hello everyone!


Today we are going to learn how to write a curriculum vitae (C.V.) or resume, and we are going to prepare for the final exam.


The Final Exam is on Monday the 16th of  January 2012. The exam will be 1 hour long. The exam covers units 9, 10, 11 and 12 (pp. 78-117). The exam includes vocabulary, grammar, reading, and writing. The study guide is below.

  • Part 1: Vocabulary - Fill in the blanks in a paragraph by selecting words from a box.  Please study our Introduction to Business English B Vocabulary List on Quizlet.
  • Part 2:Grammar - Complete sentences by inserting the correct simple present,or present continuous form of the verb. Reviewing the CD Rom activities for Units 9-12 would be a great way to study for this section.
  • Part 3:  Skills - Starting a presentation. Complete the introduction to a presentation by choosing the correct words and filling in the blanks.
  • Part 4: Reading: Read a Financial Times article and answer comprehension questions using full sentences.
  • Part 5: Writing - write a 70-100 word e-mail to a colleague requesting information about a presentation.

Now, let's learn how to write a resume, and also learn about a great man called An Wang. Click the link to see An Wang's resume. Write 5 questions about An Wang's resume and then ask your partner to answer the questions.

Next, click the link to download a template for your own resume, then fill in the template. When you've finished you'll have a resume!

Have a great holiday. See you next year!


Friday, December 16, 2011

応用英吾1-2B 2011 Student Fan Fiction Winners


Hello everyone,


Well we have winners. The writers of our textbook, Marcos Benevides and Adam Gray have chosen the 3 best fan fiction stories written by you. The winners are in reverse order:


#3 Natsumi - Mr. Gray said her story had a "Strong narrative presence.." and he, "...enjoyed the Leo and son angle."


#2 Kiyofumi - Mr. Benevides said "I absolutely *love* the concept--the 2nd person narration from Sara's point of view, combined with never directly revealing that it is in fact her. Very clever! I also love how it is revealed that the whole U Street case was actually a big frame-up masterminded by Sara and Carson! This reads like a real 'noir' story. Brilliant!"


and the winner is...


#1 Yuma - Mr. Benevides said, "Very nice, complete story. The characters are all believable and interesting, and the conclusion is unexpected and satisfying. The poem at the beginning is an interesting and clever way to start the story."

Mr. Gray said, "Hands down winner... thus had it all - some poetry, a gripping story, strong and complex command of English."

Honourable mentions also to Chiaki and Ryo.


Both Mr. Gray and Mr. Benevides enjoyed all the stories. Mr. Benevides said, "These are really interesting. I honestly liked all of them...and please pass a big 'thank you' to your students too. This group of stories is definitely my favourite so far!" Mr. Gray said, "In general I thought this was a solid batch of entries! Congrats to all."


All three winners receive a copy of Mystery of the Maya, which is part of a new series of graded readers edited by Mr. Benevides. The series is called Choose Your Own Adventure. Choose Your Own Adventure was originally a series of books written for native speaker children. Mr. Benevides loved reading the series when he was a boy, so he decided to edit the series for English language learners like you! Click the link to read more about the Choose Your Own Adventure Series on wikipedia in English and in Japanese きみならどうする?
I will post reformulated versions of the 3 winning stories as soon as possible. I will also post a link to all the stories in their original forms as well.


Please click the link to see previous examples of fan fiction based on Whodunit? .

Have a fun and safe winter break!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Shibaura Institute of Technology 英語総合1B Assignment 3

Hello everyone,
Well it's time for another assignment. This is Assignment 3. Please download the document and print it. You must submit your assignment by e-mail and also you must hand it in the last class. The last class is on the 17th of January. Don't forget that next Tuesday's class has been cancelled. If you can't attend the class tonight, please click the link and download your make-up assignment.  I will post an exam study guide soon. Please check this blog for your exam study guide. Happy holidays!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

基礎英吾1B Writing: My Proposal

Hello everyone,
Today we are going to start our fourth writing task of the second semester. In this task you will make a proposal for Toyo Gakuen University. What would you like to change about Toyo Gakuen Univesrity? Here's your chance to tell everyone how you think Togaku could be a better university.
First, let's look at some proposals by students at Shibaura Institute of Technology.
Now it's your turn. make a list of things you'd like to change at Togaku. Share your list with your partner. Then start the first draft of your paragraph. your first draft is due next Sunday at 6pm.
Enjoy!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Toyo Gakuen University Special Reading Lesson: Romeo and Juliet.



Hi!

Today we will have a special reading lesson made by a great teacher in Thailand called Brian Boyd, also known as Grammarman. Brian has simplified a Classical Comics version of the romantic story Romeo and Juliet. Click the link to download a pdf version of the comic.

Read the comic and do the tasks on your worksheet.

After, post a comment. What do you think of the story Romeo and Juliet. Can you think of any stories like it? Can you name any examples of Shinju (心中) in Japanese literature. What do you think of these stories.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Shibaura Institute of Technology 英語総合1B Global Issues - Chapter 7: Love and Marriage Part 3


Bangladeshi Bride and Groom

Hello everyone, Today we will continue discussing Love and Marriage. Look at the picture above. This is a picture I took of a Bangladeshi bride and groom at a wedding reception I attended in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In the photo below you can see me with my colleagues. I am wearing a traditional Bengali panjabi. We were a little embarrassed because all the Bangladeshi men wore European business suits. 


 


Now let's listen to two people talking about Love and Marriage in Bangladesh. Some people in Bangladesh have arranged marriages. Let's listen to a conversation about arranged marriages on my friend Todd Beukens great website English Listening Lesson Library Online (ELLLO). Please listen to the conversation and do the quiz. 

Now let's study some vocabulary. Please click the Vocabulary Flashcards tab above. Then scroll down and find the link to our SIT 英語総合 Vocabulary Flashcards. Click the link and sign into Quizlet. After that, scan the next reading and add unknown words to our flashcard set.


Today we are going to learn about love songs in Crete. The picture on the left is a picture of a building in Crete.

Before you read, make a list of words that you can usually hear in a love song. 

One of my favourite love songs is First Love by Utada Hikaru. What's your favourite love song. Please post your answer as a comment.


See you next week!

Friday, December 02, 2011

応用英語1-2B Review


Well we've finished reading Death on U Street. I think the story was great. Today we are going to review the story. First, let's review the vocabulary. Click this link: 応用英語1-2B Reading Vocabulary Review all six lists.

Now click this link to review the events in the story: Death on U Street Timeline 1. Copy the timeline onto a piece of loose leaf paper. Next, review the story and add in any more important events. Include events from the timeline on p.111. Also scan pp. 121, 124, 125, 132, 148. Look at pp. 111 and 148. What time was Terry Sweet murdered?

After that write a summary of the story on p.14 in your Detective's notebook.
Finally, write a review of the story. Maybe Adam and Marcos will read your reviews and write a reply. Post your review as a comment below.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shibaura Institute of Technology 英語総合1B Global Issues - Chapter 7: Love and Marriage Part 2


Tahitian wedding Ceremony
Hello everyone!
Today we are going to continue talking about love and marriage. Look at the picture. This is a photo I took at a Tahitian Wedding ceremony in Bora Bora. You can read about Tahitian wedding ceremonies here: http://www.tahitianwedding.com/en/ I went to Tahiti with my wife. It was our second honeymoon. We celebrated our tenth anniversary in Tahiti. You can see more pictures of this Tahitian wedding ceremony and other pictures from my Tahitian holiday here:http://mrstoutsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Tahiti

Now let's study some vocabulary. Please click the Vocabulary Flashcards tab above. Then scroll down and find the link to our SIT 英語総合 Vocabulary Flashcards. Click the link and sign into Quizlet. After that, scan the next reading and add unknown words to our flashcard set.

Chinese bride before the wedding
Today, we are going to learn how modern technology has changed love and marriage in China. You can learn more about Chinese pre-wedding customs here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_pre-wedding_customs


Finally, you can download your second assignment here: http://www.box.com/s/uvkqlms69b60cdx1ygf5
Please submit your assignment by e-mail by next Monday night at 6:00.
Enjoy

Friday, November 25, 2011

応用英吾1-2B Short Story Project Part 2


Good morning everyone!
Today we are going to continue working on our Short Story Project. First let's study some vocabulary.
Now let's read another story written by a Togaku student. After you read the story, write 2 questions about the story with your partner.
Next, draw a picture of a scene from this story.


 Takaaki's Story
One morning, Kazuo Yokota got up and ate breakfast, and then he went out for a walk with his dog Oto-san. Yokota’s favourite pastime was going for a walk with his dog. They went to a nearby park, the vegetable store, and the local shopping area. Along the way, Yokota dropped in to the doughnuts store. Actually his favourite food was doughnuts, and he was worried about gaining weight because he eats doughnuts too much, but he loved doughnuts, so he bought a lot of doughnuts and started to eat. His dog Oto-san waited for his master until he finished eating the doughnuts. An hour later “Oto-san” said,

 “Hey Yokota, lets continue our walk”
Yokota ignored him, so he got angry and left. When Yokota finished eating a lot of doughnuts, he noticed that his dog was gone and he thought maybe Oto-san might have got angry and left the store because he was eating a lot of doughnuts for long time.
Yokota searched around the doughnut store, the local shopping area, the vegetable store, and the nearby park and his home. Yokota asked the people at the stores and members of his family if they knew where Oto-san was, but Yokota couldn’t find his dog, Yokota was weak and tired and sat on the bench in the park, and then his cell-phone rang and he answered it. It was Ellie who was his friend She said,
“Oto-san  is at our police station. I think you should come here now because he is angry.”
Yokota ran to the police station and found Oto-san. Yokota got chewed out by Oto-san for 3 hours. After that they went home.

 Now please look at the corrections and rewrite your stories. Your second draft is due next Thursday.
Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Shibaura Institute of Technology 英語総合1B Global Issues - Chapter 7: Love and Marriage



Hello everyone!
Today we start a new topic - Love and Marriage. To begin, let's make a list of words we know related to love and marriage.

Horse and Carriage  As the song says, "Love and Marriage" go together like a horse and carriage. "Love" and "marriage" and "horse" and "carriage" are collocations. (コロケーション、語と語のつながり、語の配列、連語(法)、連語構成語) Can you think of any more collocations related to the topic of love and marriage? With your partner, please make a list.

Now, please click the tab above called "Vocabulary Flashcards". Scroll down and then click the link called SIT 英語総合1B Vocabulary Flashcards. Please add any words on page 122 in your textbook that you don't know to our vocabulary flashcards. After that, please study the flashcards for 5 minutes. 

Our first reading is about a marriage tradition in Botswana. Please look at the map below. Where is Botswana? The titles of our first reading is Brides for Sale. What do you think you will learn from the reading? Finally, please leave a comment. Do you think that marriage must include love? See you next week!

Friday, November 18, 2011

応用英語I-2B Reading - Chapter 6 Review and Introduction to the Short Story Writing Project


Hello everyone!
Today we are going to review Chapter 6 and then take the last quiz. After that we are going to start a small project about Death on U Street. You are going to write a short story about what happens to your favourite character after the events in Death on U Street. I will send your stories to Adam Gray and Marcos Benevides. They will choose the 3 best stories and I will publish those stories on this blog!

First let's learn some new words. Click this link: Death on U Street Vocabulary.

Next, let's read a story written by a Togaku student. Please click the link: Michinori's Story.

Now, please download the worksheet below. Follow the steps and write your story.
Enjoy!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shibaura Institute of Technology 英語総合1B Global Issues - Unit 4 Reading 3

Hello everyone, Today we are going to read about the largest garbage dump in the Middle East. You can see a picture of Hiriya below. Hiriya is in Isreal.

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First let's study some vocabulary. Please click this link: 英語総合iB Vocabulary.

There is a park in Toronto that was once a garbage dump. It's called Centennial Park. You can see a picture of the ski hill in Centennial Park below. 


Centennial Park Ski Hill
Uploaded to Flickr by Boblink

So, how do Japanese deal with garbage? According to the New York Times, over 80% of garbage in Japan is incinerated. Click here to see an interesting story about garbage in Japan by the New York Times: Trash in Japan - 44 types of garbage
What do you think of the way Japan deals with garbage? What do you think about sorting garbage? Please leave a comment below.

Monday, November 14, 2011

基礎英吾1B Writing Lesson 6: Movie Review Voicethread project


Hello everyone, I hope you had a great week-end. Today we are going to learn about a great internet tool called Voicethread. We are going to look at a Voicethread presentation and then we are going to make our own Voicethread presentation using our movie reviews.
First, let's study some vocabulary. Please sign into Quizlet and study CIC Unit 6 Travel Vocabulary

Now let's go to our shared blog - Connected Classrooms. Please look to see if there are any new comments and posts. Please post three comments.

Now look at the slide below. We are going to start a Voicethread project. Please look at the questions and answer one. You can see a Voicethread made by Togaku students here: Music Genres.




Now log in to Voicethread and make a slide for your movie review. Please get your pictures from wikipedia.
Enjoy!

Introduction to Business English 1B Fall 2011 My Company Presentation Lesson 2

Uploaded to Flickr by 05com

Today we will continue learning about presentation skills. First, let's study some vocabulary. Please click this link: Introduction to Business English B Vocabulary.
Now let's review last week's lesson. Last week we learned about posture and gesture. Look at the picture below. What does the gesture mean? Now practice some gestures from last lesson.




Now let's talk about voice inflection. Click the link to see an interesting video about voice inflection.
Your presentation is next week. Click the link to see the presentation assessment criteria (評価基準)
.Have fun preparing. See you next week!


Friday, November 11, 2011

応用英語1-2B Chapter 5 Review and Chapter 6 Preview


Hello everyone,
Well, we are almost finished our story. Today we are going to review Chapter 5, and then do the quiz. After that we are going to finish the story. Next week will be the last quiz.
Let's review some vocabulary. Please click this link: 応用英語1-2B Vocabulary.
Now, in your groups, fill in important information about Chapter 5 and prepare for the quiz.
Good luck!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Shibaura Institute of Technology 英語総合1B Chapter 4 Reading 3 Going Going Gone

Hello everyone, Today we are going to talk about endangered species.

First let's study some vocabulary. Please click this link: 英語総合iB Vocabulary.

Look at the picture below. What's the name of this bird. Do you know where it lives?

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Look at the picture below. What is the name of this fish? Maybe you are surprised that this fish is endangered.




The animal in the picture below is the Japanese Sea Lion. It is extinct.





What do you think we should do about endangered species. Please leave a comment below.

Monday, November 07, 2011

基礎英吾1B Writing Lesson 5: Writing a Movie Review Part 2

Hello everyone, I hope you had a great week-end. Today we are going to participate in our Interschool Blogging Project again. First, let's study some vocabulary. Please sign into Quizlet and study CIC Unit 6 Travel Vocabulary

Now let's go to our shared blog - Connected Classrooms. Please look to see if there are any new comments and posts. Please post three comments.


Now, write your second draft of your movie review. Next week we will make a Voicethread of our movie reviews. See you next week!

Introduction to Business English 1B Fall 2011 My Company Presentation Lesson 1



Today we will start the My Company Presentation Project.
First let's look at a video of two American university students giving a presentation. This presentation has many problems. Watch the presentation. Do the following tasks:
1. Make a list of the problems you see.
2. Think of 2 ways this presentation could be improved.

Ok, let's study some vocabulary. Click this link: Introduction to Business English 1B Vocabulary
Now lets start. Click here to download your task sheet: Introduction to Business English 1B Project Task Sheet.

OK, with your partner start the project. We will continue next week. Enjoy!

Friday, November 04, 2011

応用英語I-2B Reading Chapters 4 Review pt. 2 and Chapter 5 Preview


Hello everyone!
Today we are going to review Chapter 4 some more and preview Chapter 5. First, let's review some vocabulary. Click this link: Death on U Street Chapter 4 Vocabulary.
Last week, you commented on this blog. You told us who you think is the murder. Let's look at the comments.

In Chapter 5, we learn about a new suspect. Look at the mind map below. Who is the new suspect?




Next week will be the chapter 5 quiz. Don't forget to make notes in your Detective's notebook.
See you next week.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Shibaura Institute of Technology 英語総合1B Global Issues Assignment 1

Hello everyone! Today we are going to continue studying Chapter 4 in our textbook and we are going to start Assignment 1. First let's study some vocabulary. Please click this link: 英語総合1B Vocabulary.

Now let's look at Assignment 1.


Assignment 1 is due on Monday 7 November at 7 pm. Please e-mail your assignment to me. Also please print your assignment and bring it to class next Tuesday.
Enjoy!

Monday, October 31, 2011

基礎英吾1B Semester 2 Lesson 5: The Interschool Blogging Project

Hello everyone!
Today we are going to continue working on our movie reviews and we are going to start a new project called the Interschool Blogging Project. First, let's study some vocabulary. Please click this link: Togaku 英単 Set 7. Now let's go to Connected Classrooms, which is the blog that we will share with students in Japan and around the world. Let's read some posts written by Chiba University of Commerce. Read the post and then write a comment. When you're finished, continue working on your movie review. Your first draft is due next Monday.

Introduction to Business English B - Unit 9: Companies


Hello everyone!
Today's topic is companies. Look at the picture above. Do you know these companies? What do these companies do? Do these companies do business in Japan? Have you ever bought these companies goods or services? Discuss these questions with a partner.
Now let's review some vocabulary. Introduction to Business English B Vocabulary .
Next, let's learn more about a company called Natura. Click this link to read a wikipedia article about Natura in Japanese, and click here to read a wikipedia article about Natura in English.
Now, please answer the following questions:
  • When was Natura founded?
  • What are Natura's products?
  • Where is Natura's headquarters?
  • Who are the key people at Natura?
  • What was Natura's revenue in 2010?
  • What was Natura's net income in 2010?
  • What does Natura focus its image on?
 Now let's read the Financial Times article about Natura in our textbook.
Finally, what kind of company would you like to found? Why would you like to found a company like that? Leave a comment below.

Friday, October 28, 2011

応用英吾I-2B Reading Chapter 4 Review

Hello everyone!
Well today is the Mid-term test. Before we do the test, let's review some vocabulary. Click this link: Death on U Street Chapters 1-3 Vocabulary Review.


2010 Abax Some rights reserved

Now let's study some more vocabulary: Death on U Street Chapter 4 Vocabulary.

In Chapter 4 we discover some new motives for the murder. What do you think now? Who killed Terry Sweet? Leave a comment below.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Shibaura Institute of Technology 英語総合1B Global Issues Unit 4: Only One Earth. Reading 1: Give a man a Fish



I caught one!

Hello everyone,

Today we are going to start our next unit, Only One Earth. This unit is about the environment. Today we will talk about fishing.
First let's study some vocabulary. Please click this link: 英語総合1B Vocabulary.
Do you like fishing? Do you like to eat fish? Do you think overfishing is a problem? Please leave a comment below.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Shibaura Institute of Technology 英語総合1B Global Issues: Water Water Water!

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Hello everyone,
Today we will talk some more about water. Do you recognise the device in the picture on the left? Do you know its purpose? If your answer is "NO"now, don't worry, you will learn this and more during today's lesson.

First let's study some vocabulary. Please click this link: 英語総合1B Vocabulary.





Now let's review last week's lesson. please click here: 英語総合1B Lesson 4 Blackboard Notes.

Next, let's learn about a very special invention. Please click this link: Michael Pritchard's Water Filter.

Now let's learn about an amazing organization started by a great Canadian. Please click this link: Poetic Social Mission: A Special event by one drop.org . If it is difficult to understand the article please download these notes.

Finally, to find the answer to the questions at the beginning of this post read this wikipedia article: Toilets in Japan.

That's all for today. Have a great week!

Monday, October 17, 2011

基礎英語1B Semester 2 Lesson 4: Writing a movie review


(#20 of 365) Movie Night

Hello everyone, I hope you enjoyed the week-end. Today we are going to learn how to write a movie review. First, let's study some vocabulary. Please click this link: CIC Unit 4 (Parts A,B, &C).

Now let's practice typing. Let's practice typing with some games. Please click the links and play Alpha Attack and Air Typer

Next, let's watch some movie reviews made by students in Japan. Please click the link: Writing 1A Movie Reviews. Finally, please leave a comment. What's your favourite movie? Why is it your favourite?

Introduction to Business English B Unit 8 Markets

MARKETS-JAPAN-STOCKS/

Hello everyone!
It's been a while. I hope you enjoyed the week-end.

Today we are going to talk about markets. There are many different kinds of markets including mass markets (大衆市場、マス・マーケット), niche markets (隙間産業[市場), and so on. Let's study some vocabulary. Click this link: Introduction to Business English B Vocabulary.

Also, our language focus in this unit (p. 73) is comparatives and superlatives. Click here to do a fun quiz: Comparative and Superlative Quiz.

Our next unit is about companies. After that, we will do presentations. If you want to preview these things click these links: Unit 9 Companies, Our Company Presentation Project.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語1-2B Reading Chapter 1-3 Review and Fall 2011 Midterm Exam Study Guide


Hello everyone!
Today we are going to review Chapters 1-3 and prepare for the midterm exam. The midterm exam will be next Friday the 4th of November.
Please study the following:
  • Vocabulary - study all the words on the quizzes and in the chapter puzzles. You can review these words using our Smart.fm vocabulary list. Click this link: Death on U Street Chapters 1-3 Vocabulary
  • Chapter 1 Review: Be sure to study the mindmap carefully, also please study the Chapter 1 review in your textbook on p.92
  • Chapter 2 Review: Please read the comments, also please study the Chapter 2 review in your textbook on p.104
  • Chapter 3 Review: Be sure to study the Timeline carefully, and please read the comments. Also please study the Chapter 3 review in your textbook on p.116
  • Chapter Quizzes 1-3.  
  • The picture of the crime scene on p. 84
  • The map on p. 86
  • The calendar on p.100
  • The timeline on p.111
    The midterm exam will have 3 parts:
    1. Vocabulary - 10 randomly selected (無作為に選) questions from quizzes 1-3
    2. Comprehension - 10 randomly selected questions from quizzes 1-3 
    3. Tasks -  (a) draw a mind map describing all the suspects, and showing their relationship to the victim, their motive, and their suspicious behaviour. Look at the example mind map below. You can see the information for Leo Mench. On the printed copy of this mindmap, please fill in the information for the other suspects.



    Don't forget that you can use your detective's note book in the exam so be sure to complete the crime report on p.10. Also please fill in the information for the Persons of Interest on p.11, and fill in all the clues in chapters 1-3 on p. 12

    Have fun studying. You can get an A if you study hard!

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    Shibaura Institute of Technology 英語総合IB Global Issues. How safe is your water?


    trying & learning Hello everyone. I hope you enjoyed the long week-end. Today we are going to continue talking about water. Our question today is: How safe is your water? Let's start by adding some vocabulary to our Quizlet flash cards set.
    Please click this link: 英語総合I-B Vocabulary.
    Also, please look at last year's black board notes. Please click here: 
    英語総合B Global Issues Lesson 3 whiteboard notes - a photoset by mick62 on Flickriver

    Please look at the vocabulary on page 30 of your textbook. Please add the words you don't know to our flashcard set.

    Now read Reading 2: How safe is your water? on pages 31-34.
    What do you think? How safe is your water? Please post a comment below.

    Sunday, October 09, 2011

    Toyo Gakuen University Open Campus 2011 Special Lesson - J-Pop in English

    Hello everyone. Welcome to Toyo Gakuen University!
    Today we are going to do a special lesson. We are going to listen to J-Pop in English. Let's watch and listen to the video below. Who is the singer? What's the song?


    Look below. Here is today's lesson handout. Thank you for coming today. I hope you enjoyed the lesson. I hope to see you again.

    Thursday, October 06, 2011

    応用英吾I-2B Reading Chapter 3 Review


    Image adapted from an illustration by Yuji Tachikawa. (cc) 2010 ABAX


    Hello everyone,
    Today we are going to do the Chapter 2 Quiz and then we are going to review Chapter 3.
    First, let's study some vocabulary. Please click this link: Death on U Street Chapter 1 & 2 Vocabulary Test
    Now please learn the Death on U Street Chapter 3 Vocabulary.
    Next, look at the timeline below. The timeline shows the important events in the story in chronological order (発生順に、時系列で).


    Check your detective's notebook. Be sure you have noted all the important events in the story.
    So, who do you think is the murderer? Please post your answer as a comment below.



    Toyo Gakuen University Extension Centre Class: A Lesson about Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs 24 Feb. 1955-6 Oct. 2011

    Hello everyone!

    Today a very influential man passed away. Today's lesson will be about Steve Jobs. Our lesson materials were written by a great English teacher called Sean Banville. You can download the lesson here: http://www.famouspeoplelessons.com/s/steve_jobs.html

    基礎英吾4B Speaking Unit 4 Vocabulary Flashcards

    Hello everyone!
    Today is testing day!! While you wait for your turn to do the test. Please study the vocabulary from our text book, Conversations in Class  Unit 4. You can study it using Quizlet below. If you need to sign up for Quizlet, click this link to learn how. Introduction to Quizlet (Quizletを始めるにあたって)


    After you do the test please take this English Language and Technology Survey
    Good luck!!!

    Tuesday, October 04, 2011

    Shibaura Institute of Technology 英語総合IB Global Issues. Lesson 2 Water:Our most important resource

    Water
    Hello everyone,
    Well today we start the first unit. The first unit is about water.
    Let's learn some vocabulary. Please click this link: 英語総合IB Vocabulary. Please check the translations and correct them if they are wrong. Also, please add words that yuo don't know from the reading.

    After the reading, please leave a comment below. What do you use water for? How much water do you use every day?

    See you next week!

    Monday, October 03, 2011

    基礎英語1B Semester 2 Lesson 3



    Hello everyone, I hope you had a nice week-end.
    Let's start today by studying some vocabulary. Please click the link: Togaku 英単 Set 5
    Now look at the graph below. This graph shows how many tweets you have posted since last May. Most of you are not replying to your class mates' tweets. Let's sign into Twitter and reply to some of our tweets: Togaku Twitter List.



    Now let's go to our Posterous Blog and post our paragraphs about our summer holidays. Please click this link: Togaku Basic English Writing Posterous Blog. After you post your paragraph, read one of your class mate's paragraph's and write a comment.

    Your homework is to write the second draft of your biography.
    See you Friday!

    Introduction to Business English 1B Unit 7 Continued

    Hello eveyone. I hope you had a great week-end.
    Today we are going to continue studying Unit 7: People. First let's study some vocabulary. Please click the link: Introduction to Business English 1B Vocabulary.

    Let's learn about an interesting person.  Glen Fukushima is a Japanese American businessman.
    You can see a picture of Glen Fukushima below.

    Photo courtesy of Glen Fukushima

    Please read the profile of Glen Fukushima.

    • Born in 1949 in California
    • Raised in California and in Japan
    • Father was a sansei (三世), his mother was an issei  (一世) born and raised in Japan.
    • Attended Stanford University, Havard Business School and Harvard Law School
    • Started his career as a lawyer
    • Worked for the U.S. government
    • Has been an executive for AT&T, Arthur D. Little and NCR
    • Currently head of Airbus Japan.
    Is he Japanese or American? Write your answer as a comment.
    In paragraph 20 of this article you can see what a Japanese businessman thinks about Glen Fukushima.

    Friday, September 30, 2011

    応用英語I-2B Reading Chapter 2 Review

    Image adapted from an illustration by Yuji Tachikawa. (cc) 2010 ABAX

    Hello everyone. Today we are going to review chapter 2. First, let's study some vocabulary. Please click the link and study the vocabulary on Quizlet.


    So, who do you think murdered the victim? Post your answer as a comment.

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    Shibaura Institute of Technology 英語総合IB Global Issues 2011 Lesson 1: Introduction to the course and class rules

    Uploaded to Flickr by 姒儿喵喵

    Welcome to 英語総合IB. Today you will learn about the course and together we will make some class rules. 


    Please click the link to see some posts from previous classes


    We will learn a lot of new vocabulary in this class. We will study vocabulary using an online tool called Quizlet. Please click the link to learn how to sign up for and use Quizlet


    OK, now let's make some class rules together. Click the link to see some rules made by other SIT students: Classrules 2011.


    Finally, please post a comment. Please tell me why you chose this course. Click the link to learn how to post a comment - コメント投稿法.

    Thanks for joining this class. See you next week!

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    基礎英語1B Writing Task 2: My Biography

    Hello everyone,
    Today we are going to start our second task. Task 2 is a biography.
    First, let's do a survey for my research project. Please click this link: English Language Learning and Technology Survey
    Now, let's practice typing.  Please click the link and play Air Typer . Now, let's review some vocabulary. Please click this link: Togaku 英単4.
    Now please look at our Task 2 worksheet below.
    My Biography
    View more documents from mickstout.
    Please finish your first draft for homework. Please e-mail your first draft to me by next Sunday 2 October at 6 pm. Enjoy!

    Introduction to Business English B Unit 7: People



    Hello everyone, I hope you had a great week-end.
    Please click the link to find out about today's lesson: Unit 7: People.

    Friday, September 16, 2011

    Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語1-2B Reading Semester 2 Chapter 1 Review

    Hello everyone,
    Today we are going to review Chapter 1: The Victim, and take our first quiz.Look at the image below. The image is a mind map (マインドマップ). Mind maps are a great way to take notes. The mind map below is about the scene of the crime.
    Open your Detective's notebook to p. 10. Fill in the crime report. Use the information in the mind map to help you.



    OK, now let's review some vocabulary. Click this link: Death on U Street Chapter 1.
    Now turn to p. 92. Do the Police Briefing. After that we'll take the first quiz.

    Now let's do the pre-reading on p. 94.
    Finally, for homework please read Chapter 2 and do the tasks.
    By the way, you can learn more about learning English with mind maps by reading my friend Chris Foskett's book: マインドマップ英語勉強法.

    Monday, September 12, 2011

    基礎英吾1B Writing Lesson 1

    Hello everyone! I hope you had a nice summer holiday.

    You will be doing a lot of typing again this semester, so to begin today's lesson let's practice typing.  Please click the link and play Air Typer . Now, let's review some vocabulary. Please click this link: Togaku 英単4. Let's review some grammar. Please click this link: Compound Nouns, Countable/Uncountable Nouns.Next let's review the past and present tense forms of the verb "to be". Click the link.

    Next, let's start our first task. Our first task is a paragraph about the summer holidays. Please read my paragraph below.

    Bangladesh 2011 Collage   My Summer Holidays        
           My summer holidays were very busy. First, I went to Bangladesh. I went to two cities, Dhaka and Rashashi. I went to Bangladesh with a group called Teachers Helping Teachers. I went to Bangladesh to help teachers there. I led 4 work shops about teaching English. I went to Bangladesh on business but  I also had some fun. I visited a silk factory, and I went to a wedding reception. After I went to Bangladesh, I went to Canada. I went to Canada to visit my family and friends. I enjoyed delicious food. I ate food from the barbeque almost every day. I also went to an art exhibition. We celebrated my nephew's birthday by visiting a zoo near Niagara falls. It was a lot of fun. My summer vacation was busy, but it was wonderful too.

    Now please start your paragraph. Task 1-1 is due next Sunday night at 6 pm. Also, please review the style sheet below. you must submit Task 1 using the format shown in the style sheet
    Have fun. See you on Friday!

    Introduction to Business English 1B ビジネス英語入門 B Introductory Lesson

    Hello everyone. Welcome to Introduction to Business English B!
    Today we are going to learn about the course. We will read the course outline, and we will watch a video too. We will learn how to greet people in business situations, and we will look at the textbook.

    This lesson will be review for students who took Introduction to Business English A.

    OK, let's start.

    Please click this link: Exchanging business cards. Watch the video and do the quiz.

    Now let's learn some vocabulary. Please click this link:Introduction to Business English B Review Vocabulary.

    Next, please look at the image below. This is your textbook.You can buy the textbook next lesson.

    Market Leader Elementary © 2007

    Finally, please look below. You can see the course outline. Please download the course outline and save it to your own folder.
    Toyo Gakuen University Introduction to Business English B Course Outline


    That's all. I hope you decide to take this class. Business English is becoming very important for getting a job in Japan. Two famous Japanese companies, Uniqlo and Rakuten are making English the official company language. I think many more Japanese companies will do the same. You can read about it here:楽天:英語を12年中に社内公用語化 English will be the official language of Rakuten!

    Please leave a comment. Your homework is to send me an e-mail. I hope to see you next week.

    Friday, September 09, 2011

    応用英語1-2B Reading 2011: Introduction to the course


    Hello everyone! Welcome to 応用英語I-2B (English I-2B Intensive Reading)

    Today is an introduction to the course. In this lesson you will learn how to:
    • subscribe to this blog
    • make a blog comment
    • register for and use Quizlet - an online vocabulary study site.
    • make a reading plan
    We will use this blog in every lesson. You can see blog posts from last semester. Please click this link:  応用英語I-2.

    Next, let's look at our textbook. Please look at the image below.

    Front cover of Whodunit by Adam Gray and Marcos Benevides. Published by Abax. Some rights reserved.
    There are two detective stories in Whodunit. Last semester, we read the first story, The Inverted Eagle. Click the link to read some reviews of  The Inverted Eagle, and messages from the writers, Adam Gray and Marcos Benevides. Scroll down to the comments section. Read the comments and answer the questions below.

    1. How many students liked the story? 
    2. How many students disliked the story? 
    3. What did Mr. Benevides say about the second story, Death on U Street?
    4. What did Mr. Gray say about the second story, Death on U Street?
     This semester, we will read  the second story, called Death on U Street. 

    Now let's learn some useful vocabulary for reading detective stories. First, please click this link: Introduction to Quizlet. Next, please click this link: Togaku 英単 Set 1.

    Finally, please click this link: Class Rules. Read the post. Post a comment. Click here to learn how to post a comment:  How to post a comment - コメント投稿法
    Your homework is to finish your reading plan.
    See you next week!

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    応用英吾I-2A Reading: And the winner is...

    Well everyone, we have a winner. A couple of weeks ago, I asked you to write original stories based on your favourite characters in The Inverted Eagle. Both Adam Gray and Marcos Benevides, the authors of your textbook, have read your stories and selected a winner, and the winner is...Shin!
    Here's what Mr. Gray said about Shin and his story:

    "(Shin) had a good command of English, and in addition, the story about Miguel wanting to join an NPO and go to India seems very realistic based on the characters. I like the end, where he flashes five years forward and Miguel and Allison have two kids and she is there at the airport to see him off."

    Mr. Gray also liked Hiroaki S's story very much. He said:

    "Honorable mention to #10 (Hiroaki S), whose story made me laugh out loud. Kevin in flight school! Great idea."

    You can read Shin's story and Hiroaki S's story below. I have corrected the grammar and vocabulary usage errors.

    Shin's Story

         It had been many months since the case of the Inverted Eagle had been solved, and with their parent's permission, Miguel and Allison were together and in love with each other. Miguel was very busy because of his studies to be a doctor, but he and Allison had a date once a month, eating lunch, going to a movie or just talking late at night. Even a common date like that made Miguel happy.
     One day in the library in Georgetown University, Miguel was distressed. He didn't want to be an ordinary doctor but a member of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). MSF is an NPO and a doctor who belongs to MSF treats the poor all over the world. Therefore if Miguel became a member of MSF, he couldn't be with Allison, so he couldn't make a decision. As time passed, his head was full of these worries, and one night in autumn, he called Allison.
     "Hi, Allison. How are you?"
        "Ah, the temperature has begun to drop rather low here these days, but I'm OK. How about you, Miguel? How are your studies going? Well?"
        "Yes, they are going well. I'm trying hard, but, uh...."
    He kept silent a little time. She sensed that something was strange at once, and broke the silence earlier than Miguel.
    "If you're keeping something from me, tell me everything without worries. It's all right, Miguel."
     Hearing this, Miguel felt that he'd been released from pain completely. Then he decided to tell the truth and....
     After five years, Miguel is at an airport to fly to India as an  MSF doctor. Allison and two babies that look like Miguel are there to see him off. 

    Hiroaki S's story


         Two months after his mother was arrested, Kevin got a job working in a convenience store. He was working at his part time job when a robbery happened. He captured the robbers. Ellie, by chance, walked by. She praised him and he got a big award from the police. He was in the paper and after that he was on TV. After that, he had girlfriends and enrolled in a flight school. Three years later he became a pilot and he flew all over the world. After, he lived in Tahiti. He married and had two children and he whiled away the rest of his life.

    You can read the original versions of Shin and Hiroaki S's stories here: http://www.box.net/shared/2loey3coaka0xn1otk21 


    Please leave a comment. Let us know what you think of these stories and also tell us what you think of this project.