Just one more round of discussions and one more journal entry, and we'll be finished our time in IE3 Core. The time sure has passed too quickly!
Texting in English:
In today's lesson, we learned a variety of texting abbreviations in English. When you text in English, you can use emoji, emoticons, and abbreviations. When you use abbreviations, it is very common to omit vowels. When you use emoticons in English, the focus on on the mouth (e.g. :-) and :-( ) In Japanese, the focus is on the eyes (e.g.^_^)
Some common abbreviations include:
a. LOL = laughing out loud
b. CUl8t = See you later
c. CWOT = complete waste of time
d. BFF = best friend forever
e. v = verb
f. zzz = tired, bored or sleepy
You then got a chance to practice texting on your own phones and translating your partner's messages.
All group leaders did an excellent job in today's discussions. Your discussions were 30 minutes! This is because all groups have very strong conversational style. Interactions among members were excellent in all groups today. I'm very glad to see group members making such an effort to interact more!
1. Upload Book Reports #1 & #2 to the database!
3. Journal Topic #10: IE3 Core experience
We're finished with blog comments!
It's only our second lesson, but it was just as busy as our first one. Just one more day, and you can all say TGIF! Do you remember that expression from class today?
The Secret Garden and Literary Terms:
After speed discussion, we had a quiz on chapters1-8 of The Secret Garden. Remember to finished read the rest of th story for next week. We will be using it in class for all of April.
We also had a short activity that introduced literary terms. You will have to analyze each of these terms for your book reports. In today's class, we learned about (1) the protagonist; (2) the antagonist; (3) point of view; and (4) setting.
Before we started our discussions, we went through the procedure for leading a discussion. We also looked at the criteria that I will use to evaluate your discussions each week.
You did a good job at giving your opinions and asking for the opinions of your other group members. However, remember these points to improve your discussions next week:
You exchanged journals with your writing partner. You will keep your partner's journal this week and write 3 pages in your partner's journal:
a. one page of comments on your partner's writing
b. two pages on this week's new topic
1. Discussion preparation (see schedule)
2. Journal entry #2: langauge learning experiences
3. Read Graded Reader (15+ pages)
4. The Secret Garden (ch. 8-15)
Blog Question #2:
Choose one of the topics below. Give your opinion on the topic. Use an opinion giving expression, and give a reason and an example to support your opinion.
Remember to start your opinion with an opinion expressions (e.g. In my opinion, ... / As I see it, ...)
* the most annoying thing
(In my opinion, the most annoying thing is ...)
* the best Japanese food
(As I see it, the best Japanese food is...)
* learning languages
(If you ask me, learning languages is ...)
* living in Tokyo
(I think living in Tokyo is...)
* smart phones
(In my opHi Yusa and Nobuko, I completely forgot about making the reservation at our Italian place, so when I tried ot make it today, the place was fully booked. I'm so sorry. I was wondering if you would like to try Spanish food. There's a place near Aogaku (either Shibuya or Omotesando station) that is really good. Ryoji and I go there every month. If that's ok, let me know. If not, I'll find another Italian place. So sorry again.inion, smart phones are...)
* Write 8-10 sentences.
* Use capitalization, punctuation & spelling correctly.
* Submit by Wednesday, April 22 by 6:00pm.
Please make sure to bring 2500円 next week for your ticket for our theater field trip.