Second Semester, Autumn 2019

Look at this list of sources if you need to finish a report quickly. This is a list of sources that are easy to study. You should be able to study the source and write a report about it within one hour.

How to write your reports

Students have to write ten reports this semester. Don't delay and fall behind schedule. Try to finish one report per week.

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: “……………………….…”

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.

Suggested types of resources

See the page called Study Links. Songs, movies, 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….


Go to this link for a sample of a report.

Correcting and saving your report

Keep a digital version (MSWord file) of your report after the teacher checks it, and keep the corrected paper version also. These are your proof that you completed the report. Keep the files in two places, for example, one copy on your computer and one copy on a usb drive.

After I check your report and give back the paper version with corrections marked in red ink, save the digital file with a new file name like this example:

isono-wakame-2019-04-27-corrected.docx

Think carefully about the mistakes indicated on your report. Ask the teacher questions if you don’t understand the reason something was marked as a mistake. Correct all the mistakes in the file named <isono-wakame-2019-04-27-corrected.docx>
and show the file to the teacher. Save both versions of your report, and make backup copies.

Don’t delay in writing reports. The teacher hates getting ten reports from one student suddenly at the end of the semester.

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.

Every student is working independently, so it is possible to write your reports at home, but you still need to come to class at 9 o’clock every Friday in order to get the credit and pass this course.

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