Academic English I (AE1) - Spring 2017, Kawamoto


Unless otherwise specified, exercises should be completed by two days before the next class meeting.

Complete exercises E1 to E17 by July 24, 2017.

Exercise 1

  Find the (official) English names of the departments 
  on this campus.  Send your answers to the instructor 
  by e-mail.

  Notes on e-mail submissions:

  * Be sure to include your name, student ID # in 
    the message body.
  * Use a meaningful description in the Subject: line
     (e.g., "Academic English I Exx").
  * Put your own e-mail address in the Cc: line to send 
    a copy of each submission to yourself.

Exercise 2

  Send a request in English to the instructor for your 
  submission status page ID (you may also request an 
  ID of your choice).

Exercise 3

  Find the English definitions of the following terms:

    - experiment
    - research

  and the Japanese definitions of:


  Send your answers to the instructor by e-mail.
  Be sure to report your source(s).

Exercise 4

  Select three books, three articles, and three papers
  of your choice and organize their reference information
  in bibliography style for a technical report.

  Note:  The reference information for a Japanese source
  should be written in "romaji" for this exercise.

Bonus Exercise 1

  Attend the "English Cafe" event at the campus library
  (held most Fridays 12:10-14:00) for at least 30 minutes
  1-3 times and submit your attendance slip(s) to the instructor.

Exercise 5

  Correct the sentences below:


Exercise 6 Click here.

Exercise 7

  Find three abstracts from technical reports in your field.
  Submit the text of each abstract and its size (# of characters
  for Japanese abstracts, # of words for English abstracts).

  Include the reference information for each source (i.e., author,
  title, name of publication, volume/issue #, date of publication,

Exercise 8

  Find three figures and three tables from papers in your field.  
  Send the full images of the figures and tables and the captions, 
  titles of each to the instructor.  Indicate (with underlines or 
  highlights) examples of where the figures and tables are 
  referenced in the text.

Exercise 9

  Read over the unit questions in the beginning of each unit in 
  your textbook.  Submit a list of titles of the reading texts in 
  each unit and report the approximate number of words in each 
  reading text in a table format.

  How to make a simple homepage with tables

Exercise 10

  Follow the instructions inside the front cover of your 
  textbook to register for the iQ Online Practice (iQOP) 
  service.  Look over the contents of the online practice 
  for each unit.

  Get the iQ Online Practice class code from the 
  instructor and register your account.

Exercise 11

  Listen to the audio in 

    "Vocabulary 1 Pronunciation"

  and do 

    "Vocabulary 1 Practice"
    "Reading Comprehension:  Predicting Future Trends" 

  in the Unit 1 Practice of the iQ Online Practice.

  Also listen to and read along with the audio in:

    "Work With the Reading" p.6

  in the Media Center of the iQ Online Practice for 
  Unit 1 at least two times.

Exercise 12

  Listen to:

    "Vocabulary 2 Pronunciation"

  and do:

    "Reading Skill: Identifying the main idea of a paragraph"
    "Vocabulary 2 Practice"
    "Vocabulary Skill"

  in the Unit 1 Practice of the iQ Online Practice.

Bonus Exercise 2

  Listen to the following talk:

  Date/time:  June 3, 2017 (Sat.) 13:00
  Venue:      Shinshu University, Nagano-Engineering Campus, 
              W1 Bldg. Room 115
  Cost:       Students: FREE
  Speaker:    Mordecai G. Sheftall from Shizuoka University
  Topic:      Cultural Space in an Era of Globalization (flyer)


  Since the Industrial Revolution, the pace of modern history
  has been driven by rapid advances in humankind's ability to
  radically compress and shorten -- and in the case of
  communications technology, even to ignore -- the once
  formidable barrier to human movement posed by physical,
  geographical distance. However, the cultural software through
  which we human beings create meaning and "tribal" identity
  and within which we pursue meaningful lives has, in terms of
  basic structure and function, changed very little -- if at all 
  -- since the days of our prehistoric ancestors. The greatest
  political, economic, and psychological stresses -- and dangers
  -- of our era of globalization are a direct result of the 
  everwidening gap forming between these two increasingly
  divergent human evolutionary paths. In this lecture, these
  topics will be discussed from both theoretical and
  educational/pedagogical perspectives, with emphasis on
  Japan's situation in the modern era.

and submit a short paragraph (in English or Japanese) about the 
following to the instructor by e-mail:

   1.  The name of the speaker
   2.  The affiliation of the speaker
   3.  Title of the talk
   4.  Two or three facts you learned from the talk

Deadline:  June 10, 2017

Exercise 13


    "Writing Skill:  Writing a topic sentence"
    "Grammar Practice"
    "Grammar Expansion"

  in the Unit 1 Practice of the iQ Online Practice.

Bonus Exercise 3


    "Unit Video: Colors in Business"

  in the Unit 1 Practice of the iQ Online Practice.

Exercise 14

  Write an outline of the contents of Unit 1
  Reading 1 "Unusual Ideas to Make a Buzz" (pp.6-7).

Exercise 15

  Using your planning notes for Unit Assignment B. 
  for Unit 1 (p.23) write:

    * a topic sentence (TS)
    * outline

  for a paragraph about why you think a particular trend is 
  popular.  Write your paragraph and check it by filling out
  the self-assessment checklist.  Submit your TS, outline,
  paragraph, and self-assessment checklist to the instructor
  by the following deadlines:

    20123243 class:  June 24, 2017
    21013244 class:  July 2, 2017
    21013248 class:  July 2, 2017
    21013255 class:  July 2, 2017
    21013250 class:  July 4, 2017
    21013252 class:  July 4, 2017

Exercise 16

  Listen to:

    "Vocabulary 2 Pronunciation"

  and do:

    "Vocabulary 2 Practice"
    "Vocabulary Skill: Suffixes"
    "Writing Skill: Brainstorming"
    "Grammar Practice: Future with will"
    "Grammar Expansion: Future with will"

  in the Unit 2 Practice of the iQ Online Practice.

Exercise 17

  Find a call for papers that might accept a report 
  on the use of technology in education.  

    - the name of the call for papers
      (and URL, if applicable)
    - the relevant topic areas
    - the submission timelines

Bonus Exercise 4

  Listen to:

    "Vocabulary 1 Pronunciation"

  and do:

    "Vocabulary 1 Practice"
    "Reading Comprehension: Men, Women, and Color"
    "Reading Skill: Getting meaning from context"
    "Unit Video: Pantone Color Company"

  in the Unit 2 Practice of the iQ Online Practice.

Final Exercise

    Choose one topic from the following list and write a
    3-5 paragraph essay in English about it:

      * a current trend and why you think it is popular
      * Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC)
      * college students and part-time jobs
      * something you learned in this class

    STEP 1.  Brainstorm ideas about the topic you selected
      above and submit a topic sentence (in English or Japanese, 
      underlined) for your essay.

    STEP 2:  Submit an outline for your essay (in English or
      Japanese, 2-3 supporting details for each paragraph).

    STEP 3.  Write your essay (in English) and submit it with 
      a completed self-assessment checklist.

    Deadline:  July 31, 2017.