Friday, July 13, 2012

応用英語II-4A Writing - Last Class

Hello everyone,
Today is the last class. It's been a good year.
Today lets read and comment on writing by Toyo Gakuen university students. First, let's comment on some movie reviews by 1st year Togaku students. Please click the link: Voicethread movie reviews.

Now let's Voicethread presentations of our own. When you are finished, send me the link.
Then, watch and listen to your classmates' Voicethread presentations about their favourite photos.

Here are the links to your classmates' Voicethread presentations:
Seiga's Favourite Photo
Kenshi's Favourite Photo
Takaaki's Favourite Photo.


応用英吾I-2A Reading 2012: And the winner is...

Hello everyone,  
Well, we have the 2012 winners. The first prize goes to Kanna. The second prize goes to Chosu, and the third prize goes to Ara. Mr. Benevides and Mr. Gray both enjoyed all the stories very much. Kanna, Choshu and Ara each win a book in the Choose Your Own Adventure series, which is edited by Marcos Benevides. 

Here are the winning stories:

Kanna’s Story
A few years after the case, Ellie visited the town for her work. She went to the Reed’s house but there was nothing where the house once stood. After a while, Ellie found a swanky café that looked like a good place to rest. She walked into the café and she was surprised to see an unexpected face.
“You are…Mr. Reed!”
“I remember you are Detective Koo. Long time no see.”
Evan Reed was wearing a black apron and handling a white coffee cup. He seemed to have more gray hair than before.
“Are you working in this shop?”
“Yes, I’m the owner of this coffee shop. After Nancy was arrested, I made it using my few remaining funds,” said Evan gently. “Please have a seat.”
Ellie sat down at the counter seat in front of him.
“Are you ready to order?”
“Coffee, please.”
He began making coffee and started to speak about himself and his family.

According to Evan, Judith sold off all her collections of stamps, and then she stopped going to auctions. Now she is living modestly.
Kevin is working at a bookstore in the next town. He has working honestly everyday. He will finish paying the debt to his friend in the near future.
Allison has worked as a psychological counsellor. Miguel became a doctor at Georgetown University Hospital. They were married three years ago and have two children, boy and girl twins. The happy couple visit the Evan's cafe with their cute angels from time to time.

“In my childhood, my dream was to become a cook,” said Evan, putting a coffee cup in front of Ellie. “Although I'm not a chief of a restaurant regrettably, I'm glad to be able to cook for someone.”
The fragrant aroma of coffee beans maked Ellie relax. She sipped it, and she felt happy.
“Now living is much more difficult than before, but I feel fulfilled everyday”, he said cheerfully.
“Certainly, we were falling apart because of what happened, but we were able to restart a new life, thanks to the incident.”

“Thank you for the delicious coffee.” Ellie paid for the coffee. She stood up and went to the exit.
Detective! …Nancy will be released on parole soon. I'm going to go to meet her. After that, I will work hard here with her.” Evan said with sincere eyes.
Ellie turned and smiled at him.
“I will come here again with my friend.”
She left the shop, with beaming feelings. Then she wished him and his family luck.

Choshu’s Story

Fourteen years have passed since the case of the Inverted Eagle. Ellie's daughter; Sofia is twenty-six years old now. She has graduated from Stanford with a degree in law. She works in Washington D.C. as a detective.  Of course, Ellie works there too.
            Sofia has a boyfriend (she had said she would never have a boyfriend!).The boy's name is Barn. He works at a circus, The Shooting Stars as a swing performer.  He is twenty-seven years old, stylish and shy. He is not good at the swing, but he is a hard worker so he is hopeful.
            Sofia and Barn have a date once in a while. They are very happy when they meet each other and talk while eating dinner, or they go for a drive, or take a walk in the park. They want to get married as soon as possible but there is a problem; Barn has a lot of debt from his parents, therefore Ellie is against their marriage. Barn's parents passed away when he was seventeen, and they left a debt; $5000, so he should pay it.
            Sofia decides to marry Barn and help him pay his debt, at any cost. Sofia works very hard. She always solved the cases admirably. She solved difficult cases one after another and she saved money to supplement his debt.
            Barn also managed to earn money. He worked very hard and practiced swing skills. He made remarkable progress on the swing. He mastered The Swan Dive, The Fly Low Like a Eagle, The Peacock Loop, The Shooting Stars, The Six Jump, The First Dream, and The Final Project. His performance was a great success and always crowded. He paid back the money little by little and Ellie admired his efforts.
            At last, Barn and Sofia paid back all the debt!! Ellie said "You have a good boyfriend, Sofia. I have no worry." Sofia was so happy that she danced for joy and kissed Barn.
            Ellie and Sofia and Barn relaxed in their garden and watched the three children pleasantly playing detective and circus performer like their parents.
            A lot of flowers were in bloom and the bracing air of early spring surrounded them.

Ara’s Story
One month after Miguel moved out of the Reed house, he found a house near his own college.
His mother, Lucia is stayed at the Reed house, because she took care of  Judith Reed. He started
single life, but  it was is very hard. He started a part time job to earn house rent. So he had
no time to study. Every day he studied past midnight, and he met Allison every
weekend. So he had no rest time. One day he caught a cold. Allison was surprised because
Miguel proudly said he never got sick. So Allison decided to break up with Miguel and
told him, "I will always love you, but this situation is bad. So we have to break
up." Miguel didn't say "OK." But it was a painful choice for Allison too, and this situation
was his own doing. Finally he said "OK." But he decided he would become involved with Allison again.
One year later, he graduated college at the top of his class.  His land lord let him stay in the house rent free in return for teaching his children. So he had more time to study. Miguel searched for Allison. He wanted to tell her. At last he found Allison. He ran, and he said,  "Allison. I always think of you. I have always loved you. Please marry me." Allison in tears just said, " Of course."

Ok, now please click the link to go to today's lesson: There will be school tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

英語総合1A Global Issues Spring 2012 Final Exam Study Guide

The semester is almost over! The final exam  is 17 July 2012 (1st period).
Please study Units 6 - 12. Please study carefully pp. 22, 25, 26, 29, 30, 33, 34, 37, 38, 41, 42, 45, 46, and 49.
The final exam with have short answer type questions, and long answer type questions. You will have to show that you remember the content of the textbook, and that you understand the content of the textbook.
I recommend that you do the Wrap Up activities for units 6 - 12 on pp. 72. I also recommend you study the vocabulary using Quizlet. Please click here: 英語総合1A Vocabulary.
Good Luck!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

英語総合1A Global Issues 2012 Unit 11 Social Change

Hello everyone,
Today we are going to talk about social change.
First, let's scan the unit and find words we don't know so well. Add these words to our Quizlet flashcard set 英語総合1A Vocabulary.

Now let's look at some photos of recent nuclear protests in Japan. Have you ever joined a protest? What do you think of people who join protests? Please post a comment.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Introduction to Business English 1A 2012 Final Exam Study Guide

Hello everyone,
I hope you enjoyed the week-end.

Next week is the final exam. Here is your study guide.

The exam covers units 4-6 (pp. 34-61)

The Exam has 3 sections: (1) Listening, (2) Vocabulary and Grammar, (3) Reading

The question types are sorting (並べ替え), multiple choice (多項選択式の問題), true/false (○×式[真偽を問う]問題), and fill in the blanks (穴埋め問題).

In order to prepare for the exam please study the Introduction to Business English 1A flashcards on Quizlet. Also, please study the Vocabulary File on pp. 153-156 in your textbook. 

You can also read some interesting articles in the Financial Times online.

You should also do units 4-6 on the CD ROM again. 

Study hard!