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September 13th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will sign up for in pairs or groups of three (seven groups) for your student-led actitvity which will start next week. After that you will do a class listening activity and write a summary and opinion about it. Remember that you are allowed to watch the presentation using English or Japanese subtitles, but you should avoid accessing the transcript. After this activity has finished, you may start your second portfolio.

Class Listening Exercise

Listening Homework Portfolio

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Copy paste

Dear students,
Please paraphrase your answers. This applies to your weekly activities as well as your portfolios. There is no learning if you just copy paste from transcripts or the Internet. Students who did so - even once - got no marks for their portfolio.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

PS. Next trimester I would like to ban your access to the TED Talks transcripts - because we are not a reading and writing class. You may listen to the presentations with English or Japanese subtitles to help you process the information in real time, and that will help your learning, but taking a short cut to read the speech won't help you master English lisetning in the long run.
For your portfolios, too, it will be wiser to take the slower route to acquire aural English by not reading the transcript.

June 14th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will have a vocabulary test (10 points) based on the words that you have been uploading week by week, and a listening test (20 points) which will be similar to the usual class activities you have been doing. At the end of the lesson, your portfolios will be returned to you.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

June 7th lesson

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Dear students,
Today you will have a student-led activity, and after that a class listening exercise. At the end of the lesson, please hand in your portfolio for assessment (30 points). They will be returned to you next week.

Four Reasons To Learn a New Language

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin


May 31st lesson

Dear students,
Today you will have a student-led activity and after that watch a lecture. This time, I would like to ask you to choose what you want to watch. The talk should be no longer than fifteen minutes. If possible, come to class with a suggestion and try to reach a consensus quickly.

Week 7

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

May 24th lesson

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Dear students,
Today you will have a student-led activity and after that listen to a talk about gratitude.

Summary writing week 6

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin


May 17th lesson

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Dear students,
Today you will have a student-led activity. After that you will watch a TED Talk about skin color by Angelica Dass. Please fill in the form below, and remember to post your vocabulary item to the spreadsheet.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

The Beauty of Skin Color

What is your skin colour? (a google search)

Alternatively, you may download an app such as ColorInspiration or ColorName, and point your app at a pixel on your nose. What color is it?