Listening and Reading


Week (15) January 28

Classwork

  • Late submissions of graded reader reports. Keep in mind that graded reader reports will not be accepted after class.
  • Review quiz.
  • Grooup work on key ideas.
  • Closing comments.

Week 14 (January 21)

Classwork

  • Comprehension check using your homework questions for the article.
  • Extensive reading time.
  • Textbook assignment check.
  • Review session.

Homework

  • Please review everything that was covered in the class, including the strategies from the textbook. Next week we will have a short quiz to make sure you have learned the key concepts for the course.

Week 13 (January 7)

Classwork

Homework

  • Finish reading the in-class reading assignment, and write 5 questions that could be used to check your classmates’ understanding of the article.
  • Continue working on the textbook assignments. You will be checked in the next class.

Week 12 (December 25)

Classwork

  • Christmas reading and listening activities.

Homework

  • Please do your homework this week so you don’t have to do it during your vacation.
  • Have a relaxing and pleasant winter break.

Week 11 (December 17)

Skills/goals

More work on note taking while watching a TV show.

Classwork

  • Review of first 2 “No Reservations” segments.
  • Summarizing practice.
  • More listening and watching.

Homework

  • Graded reading.
  • TOEFL reading and listening strategies.

Week 10 (December 10)

Skills/Goals

Checking the quiz. Listening and note taking.

Classwork

Homework

  • Graded reading.
  • TOEFL reading and listening strategies.
  • Watch the “No Reservations” episode from 7:00-10:07 and answer the questions in part 2 of the handout. (Links to the video and the handout are in the classwork section.)

Week 9 (December 3)

Skills/Goals

How much do you remember about what we have covered? Using notes. Listening to a lecture.

Classwork

  • Quiz on course content.
  • Listening to a lecture and taking notes. (This depends on how long students need to complete the quiz.)

Homework

  • Review your quiz on course content, and make sure you understand the questions you did not answer correctly.
  • Graded reading.
  • TOEFL reading and listening strategies.

Week 8 (November 25)

Skills/Goals

More work on differentiating class business and announcements. More note taking practice. Review of “L” and “R”. Scanning practice. Review for next week’s quiz/test.

Classwork

  • Reading time.
  • Review.
  • Homework check.
  • How many books should you read this semester?
  • Note taking practice.
  • Scanning practice.
  • Review and explanation for the upcoming quiz/test.

Homework

  • Extended reading.
  • TOEFL reading and listening strategies. Remember you can find the homework schedule in the resources section at the bottom of the page.
  • Review your notes from all the previous classes.
  • There will be a quiz/test on everything we have covered in the class.
    • You may use your notes but they must be your notes.
    • You cannot use notes copied from another person. Doing so will lead to a grade of 0.
    • You may not use photo-copied notes. Doing so will lead to a grade of 0.
    • I will check your notes so make sure they can be handed in with your quiz/test.
    • If you have digital notes, you will be asked to submit them to me.

Week 7 (November 18)

Rescheduled


Week 6 (November 11)

Skills/Goals

Improving your reading stamina. Differentiating “L” and “R”. Differentiating class business and announcements from content. Note taking practice.

Classwork

  • Reading time.
  • Homework check.
  • Review, with a focus on note taking.
  • Learning to pronounce and hear the “L” and “R” sounds.
  • Listening to class lectures.

Homework

  • Extended reading.
  • TOEFL reading and listening strategies. Remember you can find the homework schedule in the resources section at the bottom of the page.
  • Review your notes from all the previous classes.

Week 5 (November 4)

Skills/Goals

Extended reading time. Review of reading and listening strategies from the homework. Quick review of graded report report form. More about the importance of note taking. Reporting what you hear to others. Differentiating numbers.

Classwork

  • Extended reading.
  • Reading strategy 5 check.
  • Listening strategy 5 check.
  • Graded reader report review.
  • Once again, the importance of taking notes.
  • Listening and reporting exercise.
  • Number listening practice.

Homework

  • Extended reading.
  • TOEFL reading and listening strategies. Remember you can find the homework schedule in the resources section at the bottom of the page.
  • Review your notes from the previous classes about what we have covered in class.
    • Make sure you understand the ideas.
    • If you can explain the ideas to someone not in the class, and they understand you, then you probably understand the ideas.

Week 4 (October 29)

Skills/Goals

Extended reading time with your graded reader. Make sure you know where to find the homework assignment schedule and the graded reader report form. Understand the importance of participating in research projects at YNU.

Classwork

  • Graded reader session.
  • Please help my zemi student with her research.
    • This is completely voluntary. You do not have to participate. It has zero affect on your grade. If you choose not to participate, then please continue to read your book.
    • If you choose to participate, your results will be completely anonymous to both my zemi student and me. Your privacy is ensured.

Homework

  • Reading strategy 5.
  • Listening strategy 5.
  • Graded reader: 15 minutes per day.

Week 3 (October 22)

Skills/Goals

By the end of the class you should have read your graded reader for 30 minutes, used your notes to do the review, checked your understanding of pages 1-6 in the textbook, know how to use the textbook, and confirmed that you know how to use the TED and Breaking News English sites.

Classwork

  • Graded reader time.
  • Explanation of the importance of weekends. Some people call this work-life balance.
  • Non-graded quiz to check your understanding (and memory) of the last class.
  • Group review sessions.
  • Group work on pages 1-6 in the textbook.

Homework

  • Work on the first reading and listening exercises below.
    • Reading: exercise 4.
    • Listening: read pp. 64,65; exercise 3.
  • Spend 15 minutes everyday reading your graded reader. I will check your progress next week.

Week 2 (October 15)

Announcement about using the textbook today.

I do not know how many of you were able to buy the textbook, so we will discuss using different independent learning resources. If more than 75% of you were not able to buy the textbook, we will do what is scheduled below. If more than 75% of you were able to buy the textbook, we will use the textbook and today’s schedule will be different.

Skills/Goals

By the end of the class you should understand vocabulary coverage, how to choose a graded reader, and have a basic understanding of how to use the TED and Breaking News English websites.

Classwork

Homework

  • Check out a graded reader that fits your vocabulary score.
  • Read every day for 15 minutes.
  • Play with the Breaking News website.
    • Make sure you know how to adjust listening speeds and accents.
    • Practice listening to a topic of interest.
  • Familiarize yourself with using the TED Talks website:

    • Make sure you know how to turn on and turn off subtitles in Japanese, English, or your native language.
    • Practice using interactive transcripts to practice listening.

Announcement (October 13)

I have been told that the textbook is sold out. If you could not buy the textbook, then please do not worry about doing the homework. If you were able to buy the textbook, then please do the homework.

Week 1 (October 8)

Skills/Goals

By the end of the class you should understand the course goals, how the class is conducted, what is expected of you, the approximate size of your English vocabulary, and how we will use graded readers.

Classwork

  • How the class will be conducted.
  • Grading.
  • Requirements to pass.
  • Expectations.
  • Time commitment.
  • How to use the website and contact the instructor.
  • Which textbook we will use.
  • Vocabulary check.

Homework

  • Please buy the textbook.
  • Read pages 1-6 in the textbook. You can do this as group work if you want. Just make sure you understand the contents.

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