There will be two final tests this semester:
 
One will be a written test to be held in January, 2020.

During the test you will have to do a listening test based on a story and you will have to write a summary of the story in your own words. As we did with the stories we practiced during the class, the challenge will be to use grammar rules correctly: verbs in the past tense, or verbs in the correct form for the context, correct use of active and passive verbs, correct use of irregular verb forms, correct use of articles (a, an, the) correct use of prepositions (in, on, at, of, about, under, above, between, beside etc.), correct use of punctuation, and use of conjunctions (and, but, so, because etc.) to join short sentences into longer sentences.

The other test will be a speaking test, held in the last class on January 20, 2020. Before the speaking test you have to choose another student to work with, and you have to prepare a five-minute conversation about each of these topics:

1.    Your high school days
2.    A memorable holiday
3.    Your favorite film, novel or story.

a. On the day of the speaking test, only one of these topics will be chosen, so you won't know before then which topic you will discuss during the test.
b. You will have to prepare all of these topics.
c. You will have to speak for five minutes.
d. The teacher will observe and record the conversation.
e. The best way to prepare is by practicing as much as possible.
f.  You will not know whether you are going to ask questions or answer them. This will also be decided on the day of the test.
g. The way to succeed at this test is to prepare well and practice all the topics, both questions and answers, many times during the semester.
h. We will practice in class, but you can also meet with your partner to prepare for it, and you can also prepare by communicating by telephone and e-mail.
i. For this test you should not memorize a dialog about the three topics. This is a test of your conversation skills, not your ability to remember a scripted dialog. It should be somewhat ad lib and casual. You should write notes to remember what you want to talk about, but don't write dialogs.
j. Don't give only short answers. Add extra information to your answers. This shows your partner that you are eager to talk.
k. Before asking the next question, give a comment or reaction to each answer. Show empathy. This encourages your partner to keep talking.
l. Arrive and wait outside the classroom ten minutes before the appointed time for your test. Don’t be late!

In addition to these tests, you have to write three reports as you did in the first semester. The first is due at the end of October, the second is due at the end of November, and the third is due by the last class in December.

Written Report Assignment

You need to write three reports in the second semester.

Report 1: due at the end of October

Report 2: due at the end of November

Report 3: due at the last class in December

Write a report about an English study resource of your choice. You can use any source that you like, but do not repeatedly use the same type of resource. For example, if your first report is about a song, don’t choose a song for your next report. Be careful to choose a resource that is challenging but not too difficult. Think carefully about your weak points and make a plan for your own study.

If your TOEIC score is still below 500, you should find resources that include review of grammar and low and intermediate level listening practice. If your TOEIC score is above 500, you can start studying authentic resources, which means resources used by native speakers of English, not only by learners of English as a foreign language.

Suggested types of resources:

Songs, movies (use the English subtitles on DVDs), news media, Youtube videos with worthwhile language content (for example, do not write about cute cat videos!), online videos of speeches and lessons of various types (for example, www.ted.com or dotsub.com), websites for English study, books, magazines, newspapers, smartphone apps for English study….

You can find a list of resources at the teacher’s website:

Use the report form template to write your report. You can write your report by hand, or you can write it in MSWord or other word processing software.

On your report, write your e-mail address. Use only your Seijo e-mail address.

Write complete and accurate information about to the source: author, title, place of publication, web address, date etc…

Do not copy and paste sentences that you did not write yourself. If you want to copy something, you have to put it in quotation marks: “……………………….…”

Here is an example of a report: Sound and Vision

Be sure to include some new vocabulary or idioms that you learned. Describe exactly what you learned or studied, how you studied, and write a comment about it.

Don’t delay in writing your report.

After you finish each report, you need to make a corrected version. Look at the mistakes corrected by the teacher and fix these mistakes in your MSWord file.

Keep a copy of the original and the corrected report. Make backup copies on a USB drive. You need to have proof that you finished the reports.

Be sure to write the full information about the source you study. For example, if you study a TED talk, you should give this information:

Amy Cuddy, “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are,” TED, June 2012, https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are

You need to include this information:

1. Name of author, speaker, or artist
2. Title
3. Publisher, website, company or organization
4. Date of publication
5. Website address