June 28, 2019

Keep working on your final presentation project. You should give the teacher your completed file one week before your presentation.


There will be a listening test during the last class on July 19. It will be based on one of the five videos we have studied this semester. You can review the videos at these links. Listen to the video, then turn of the sound and read it aloud while the video plays. Try to read the words quickly at the same speed as the video. Link words together as you pronounce them as groups of words, not as single words.

Napoleon

Pompeii

How the Internet Works

How babies acquire language

Tidal waves (Tsunami)

June 21, 2019

Keep working on your final presentation project. You should give the teacher your completed file one week before your presentation.

Record the speech you prepared from the outline on page 30. Send the recording to the teacher at dennis.riches@gmail.com

Change the file name to this format, with -02 indicating that this is your second recording project:

last name-first name-02.m4a   

example: suzuki-mariko-02.m4a

You don't have to use the .m4a audio file format. You can use the .mp3 or .wav format, or any audio file format.


June 14, 2019

Keep working on your final presentation project.

Write the revised speech from the notes you prepared on page 30. Double space your writing. We will practice this speech during the next lesson, so prepare well.

Check the answers for the lecture about how babies acquire language.

Practice listening to the lecture and reading it aloud with this video.


June 7, 2019

Begin work on your final presentation project.

Write a speech from the notes you prepared on page 30. Double space your writing.

Check the answers for the lecture about how babies acquire language.

Practice listening to the lecture and reading it aloud with this video.


May 31, 2019

Begin work on your final presentation project.

Make a recording of your most recent speech and send the audio file to:

dennis.riches@gmail.com

Be sure to change the file name to this format:

your last name-your first name.m4a

example: suzuki-norio.m4a

<<.m4a>> indicates the audio file format. Your smartphone or recording device might use a different format, but it doesn't matter. Just send the file to the teacher.


May 24, 2019

Finish the text of your speech based on page 24 of the textbook.

Review the lecture about how the Internet works. Watch this video, listen to it carefully, then repeat the video with the sound off. Read aloud the text on the screen to do your own narration.

Start working on your final project.


May 17, 2019

1.

Choose a topic for your final speech project to be done in the last two classes of July.

The topic: A foreign destination you would like to visit, but have never been to. 

In addition to talking about the sightseeing spots, you need to do some research on the history and present situation of the society you would like to visit. For example, a student might say she wants to visit Bali. Bali has a lot of beautiful scenery and wonderful activities for tourists to do, but it also has a lot of environmental and social problems. You need to speak about these topics as well. You can use the computer and projector to show photos and text to support your speech.

You can see an example of a speech done by a student previously. This example is a Powerpoint file in which you can see the notes that were spoken by the student (these notes were corrected by the teacher before she gave her speech).

On May 24, tell the teacher the place you are going to talk about.

2.

Write a speech from the plan you made on page 24.

Double space your writing (一 行おき).

You have to hand in this speech to the teacher on May 24.

3. You can check the syllables and stress patterns in the text about Pompeii here. can also watch the video that combines text and narrations.


May 10, 2019

Finish the homework that was assigned on April 26 (pages 16 and 18 in the textbook). Many of the students were not prepared.

The grammar homework assigned on April 30 will be checked on May 17. You can view the answers at these links: 1. How to Form Questions. 2. Verb Tense Review.

April 26, 2019

Read the ten discussion questions on page 16. Choose one of those questions as the topic of a speech. You can make an outline of the speech on page 18. Be prepared to give this speech on May 10, the first class after the Golden Week holidays.

A class will be held on TUESDAY April 30.

For homework assigned in future classes in May and June, you will be asked to use the software called Mirrorscript. This is free teleprompter software (for Windows only) that you can download and use to practice giving speeches from a prepared text. If you use a Mac, there is a web-based online teleprompter called Cueprompter.

There is another free software product called OBS Studio that is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. You can download this and use it to make a video and voice recording of your speech and the text of your speech as it appears on your computer screen. The OBS software captures video, audio and images from your computer, so it is very useful for making your own projects.

April 19, 2019

Use page 12 in the textbook to make a plan for a short speech. You will have to perform the speech in the next class, so practice it before you come to class.

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You can write your speech in the NOTES section below each slide in Powerpoint. See the photo below.
If you don't have Powerpoint on your computer, you can use the free office software called LibreOffice (for Mac or PC). It has a program similar to Powerpoint that is very easy to use.
Send the teacher your Powerpoint file by email as an attachment file at least four days before your assigned speech day. You need to have your language mistakes corrected before your speech.