Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Writing 2 Spring 2014 Weeks 11 & 12: Task 3 - The Comparative Essay

Hello everyone, Today we are going to write the first draught of our comparative essay. First, let's watch a video made by an American student in Nagasaki called Hannah. Take notes as you watch the video, and answer the questions below.


  1. What were the two housing options Hannah had to choose from?
  2. What problem did Hannah have before she went to Nagasaki?
  3. What does Hannah say about the pros and cons (賛否両論) of living in the girls' dorm at Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies?
  4. What are the good points and the bad points about the dorm cafeteria?
  5. What does Hanna say about the office staff?
  6. What facilities does the dorm have?
  7. How does Hannah's dorm room in Japan compare to the dorm room she had in America?
  8. What does she love about living in the dorm?
  9. Why didn't she choose a homestay?
  10. What questions do you have for Hannah? Write one and post it as a comment on her YouTube Channel.

OK, now start writing! Write a four-paragraph comparative essay about two types of housing. Your essay should be at least 300 words long. Please submit your essay to my mailbox on the 4th floor of the Foreign Language Centre by Wednesday 9th July at noon.                

Presentation 2 Spring 2014 Weeks 11-15: Your Third and Final Presentation

Hello everyone,
Today we are going to begin the third and final presentation. This presentation will also be a group presentation. You can do the third presentation with the same group that you did the second presentation.

Last year I asked the students who took this course with me for some feedback. Most of them said that they would have liked to have had the freedom to choose the topic of their presentation, so I've decided to let you choose the topic of this presentation. So here are the guide lines for your project:

  1. The presentation must have a title slide, an introduction slide, a conclusion slide and a slide listing the sources of your research. Each member of the group must make at least 3 slides. Therefore your presentation should have between 10 - 20 slides, depending on whether your group has 2, 3, or 4 members. 
  2. The narration for each slide should be at least 100 words. 
  3. Your slides should use images, video and audio. You can also use the drawing function on Voicethread.
  4. There sound be very little text on your slides.
  5. You should explain why you chose the topic that you chose in your introduction 
The rest is up to you. Use your imagination. Be creative. Take risks. Have fun.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Integrated English I for Art & Design Majors (Class B) and Life and Environmental Science Majors (Class C1): Week 8: Chapter 6 Quiz

Well everyone, this is the last class of the semester. Today we'll review Chapter 6 and do the last quiz.

Let's study some vocabulary. Please click the link: The Inverted Eagle Chapter 6 Vocabulary.

Now with your group please review Chapter 6. You can see a complete mind map of the suspects by clicking the link.

I hope you enjoyed the story. we will read the second story Death on U Street next semester.

Have a nice summer!

Integrated English 1 for Physical Education Majors B4 Week 8: Last Class

Hello everyone,

Well, we've come to the end of this semester. I hope you enjoyed reading about Paul Kariya. This biography was published in 2000. At that time Kariya was still playing in Anaheim. Later, he played in Colorado, Nashville, and St. Louis. His career ended early because of all the concussions he suffered. Concussions are a big problem in sports, especially hockey. In the video above you can see the bone-crushing hit Kariya took from Scott Stevens of the New Jersey Devils during the Stanley Cup Final. Hits like this caused Kariya to suffer concussions and shortened his career.

OK, let's study some vocabulary. Please click the link:  IE-I PE (B4) Vocabulary.

Finally, please make sure you have finished all the quizzes, and your assignments on Chieru.

Have a nice summer. See you in October!