Thursday, May 27, 2010


Today we need to choose our leader.

Thursday, May 20, 2010




Thursday, May 13, 2010




Thursday, May 6, 2010


I talked about two assignments for next week (13 May) in class today:
  1. Correct your blogs
    Today I handed back the introductions that you posted on your blogs. I expect you to refer to my corrections as you correct your blogs.
  2. Get ready to introduce yourself
    Next week, you will begin introducing yourselves in class. In order to complete this task, you must speak for more than one minute without falling silent for more than five (5) seconds. You will not be allowed to refer to notes.

Advice about mistakes to avoid

Today in class I told everyone to be careful about the following when they write:
  1. Spaces
    You need to have a space after every period (.), comma (,), and after all other punctuation marks. Do not put a space before a period (.) or comma (,).
  2. Writing in paragraphs
    Do not start a new line after every sentence.
  3. Using the plural form to make general statements
    "I like dogs" is different from "I like a dog."
  4. Explaining Japanese things
    "My favorite artist is Ayaka." Who is Ayaka? "My part time job is Yoshinoya." What is Yoshinoya?
  5. Understanding my corrections
    I don't expect you to fully understand all of my corrections. You need to ask questions. If I wrote a question mark (?), that means I didn't understand what you wrote and I want to talk with you about it.
  6. Making sure your introduction is long enough
    Your introductions need to be more than 150 words. If your introduction is too short, I will tell you so a comment on your blog.