Week 15 (January 28)
- Final presentations second round. Please use the presentation evaluation form that I give you last week.
Week 14 (January 21)
Final presentations first round. Please use the presentation evaluation form.
Based on the feedback you receive in class, update your presentations. Be ready to give your presentations next week.
Week 13 (January 7)
- Winter break discussions.
- Group presentations work.
- Remember, the first round of presentations is January 21, and the second round is January 28.
- Work with your group members to prepare your presentation.
Week 12 (December 25)
- Winter holidays activities.
- Enjoy your winter break.
Week 11 (December 17)
Finalizing your presentation topics. Understanding the importance of a note taking system.
- More on citations and APA formatting.
- If you are interested, you can learn more about Zotero [here.][www.zotero.org]
- Note taking system fundamentals.
- Working on presentation topics.
Please enjoy your winter break.
More work on prioritizing.
- APA formatting.
- Bibliography check.
- Prioritizing exercises.
Continue your research into your topic.
Week 9 (December 3)
Sharing ideas with others. Playing devil’s advocate. Doing academic research.
- What does it mean to play devil’s advocate? Or, the importance of critical review.
- Prioritizing your ideas.
- Introduction to academic research and having a note taking system.
- APA formatting.
- Begin to investigate your topic and take good notes.
- Make sure you use academic resources for your research.
- Take notes on the sources and the information.
- Prepare a group bibliography using APA formatting.
- Print out your group bibliography and bring it to the next class.
Week 8 (November 25)
Providing reasons and giving explanations.
- Review with a focus on note taking.
- How to give reasons and explanations.
- Pair work discussions on topics and questions.
- Group work on topic and questions.
- Based on the information and feedback individual members received during class, decide on 1 topic and 1 research question to investigate.
- Revise your research question so that it is concrete, focused, and specific.
- Break down your research question into 4-5 sub-questions.
- Provide 3 concrete reasons why your topic is important and needs to be investigated.
- All members of the group should have copies of the homework.
Week 7 (November 18)
Week 6 (November 11)
Using open-ended questions. Giving expanded answers. Providing reasons.
- Review, with a focus on sources and citations.
- Understanding the importance of needed information.
- Group work on final projects.
- Assignment to groups.
- Working with your assigned group members, make a list of 5 possible topics that are interesting to all the members in your group.
- For each topic, come up with 5 questions that you want to answer.
- Make sure everyone has a copy of the topics and questions.
- Bring the topics and questions to the next class.
Week 5 (November 4)
Using feedback to improve your presentations. Using concrete language to explain your ideas. Supporting your ideas with sources. Crediting your sources.
- Graded presentations. These will be done the same way we did them last week. Please use the evaluation form.
- Begin to think about the final individual/group project presentations. This will be an opportunity for you to investigate an issue or problem in educations and make recommendations.
- First brainstorm possible topics, either alone or with a few of your classmates.
- Review your topics and make sure they are focused and not too general.
- For example, saying that you want to investigate hikikomori is not a good idea because it is too general.
- It would be better to investigate teaching strategies that help hikikomori people in a student centered classroom.
- Choose 3 of the most interesting topics.
- Find 4 reasons why each of your 3 topics are interesting and important.
- Be ready to talk about your ideas with your classmates in the next class.
Week 4 (October 29)
Apply what you learned in your first year English Presentations class. Practice communicating your ideas with concrete and detailed information. Respond to audience questions. Use open-ended questions.
- Graded presentations. Please use this evaluation form.
- Based on the feedback you received in class, revise your presentation.
- For each of your main points, find a source that supports your idea. Make sure you can cite it properly and explain how it supports your idea.
- Your presentation should be 6-8 minutes long.
- This will be your second graded presentation.
Week 3 (October 22)
By the end of the class you should have practiced reviewing, clearly understood the importance of detailed information, and used your discussion skills to explain and develop your ideas with your classmates.
- Ungraded quiz to check how well you remember the contents of the last class.
- Asking detailed questions and detailed answers.
- Group review activity.
- Group discussions.
- Based on the ideas you heard about, the questions your classmates asked you, and the feedback you received prepare a 5-6 minute presentation on how high school education in Japan can be improved.
- This will be your first graded presentation.
Week 2 (October 15)
By the end of the class you should have practiced your review skills, worked on presenting your ideas to your classmates, and improving your ability to respond to questions.
- How to review.
- What did we do in class?
- What was the homework?
- What were the key points of the classwork and homework?
- What did you learn?
- How can you use what you learned in this class, in other classes, and in your life?
- Informal presentations.
- Work together with some of your classmates and think about your high school education. What was good about it? What needs to be improved? What suggestions can you make? Which teachers were most effective? What could your teachers have done to be more effective?
- You should write down your ideas and bring the notes to class.
- You should have concrete examples that explain or show your ideas.
- Try to explain your ideas with stories from your high school experience.
Week 1 (October 8)
Learning goals / skills
By the end of the class, you should understand how the course is organized, what you will do during the class, and what skills you will develop during the semester.
- Course introduction.
- Interview and introduction activity.
- Why are you here and what do you want to learn?
- Prepare a 4-5 minute informal talk about what you learned in your first year at YNU.
- Be concrete: use specific details and information.
- Don’t write out your talk. Just make some notes.
- Your will not talk in front of the class. You will talk in pairs and small groups only.