Friday, 14 April 2017

Blog cancelled

Dear students,
I have decided to cancel the blog. There is no need to visit it for the moment.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Week 1

Dear students,
Today you will learn about the course, go online to find out your reading level, and study chapter one of the textbook, Select Readings.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin


Welcome to Chris Elvin's Rikkyo University reading and writing class blog

Dear students,
The grading criteria has been changed to as follows:

Attendance and participation/group work (30%)
You should attend ALL classes.

l  Students need to attend 80% or more of the classes taught to earn a passing grade. Students who are absent from class four times or more fail the course.
l  You may apply for exemption when your absences are due to the following cases.
 1. Officially approved illnesses(学校感染症)
 2. Lay judge(裁判員制度)
 3. Bereavement leave(三親等以内の忌引き)
l  Coming late for class two times is counted as one absence in this course.
l  Train delay slips (遅延証明) issued at stations are not valid unless in the case of a serious interruption of service due to an accident.

Mid-term test (10%)
There will be a short mid-term test based on the topics of the textbook.

Graded reader assignments (40%)
You should read one graded reader per week from Macmillan Graded readers, Oxford Bookworms, Penguin Readers, or Cambridge English Readers.
In order to find your level, you should take the Macmillan Readers Level Test at
* At the end of the semester, please hand in a photocopy of your Graded Readers Record Sheet (page 6) and Book Summary Sheet (page 7) of Reading for the Future (your record of the 14 books you read), and Book Report Summaries from page 8 (total 14 summaries).

Final test (20%)

There will be a reading test in July. It will be based on the topics covered in the textbook.

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Saturday, 10 December 2016

New Points System

Dear students,
I would like to reward all the hard work that you are putting in for your portfolios and announce a change in the points system for your grading. I hope it will be to your liking.

Here is the new distribution:
portfolio - 40 points
attendance - 30 points (this can't change)
three book summaries of 150 words each - 10 points
mid-term test - 10 points
final test - 10 points

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin


Saturday, 3 December 2016

Week 14

Dear students,
Today is the last lesson. Please make sure to bring your portfolio to class. It should include everything that you did in class. You should also remember your three book summaries. After you have handed in your portfolio, you will have a final test.

Test Question:

Read an article in one of the newspapers listed below:

The Guardian
The Washington Post
The Japan Times

(The date of the article should be the same as the test day).

Summarize it in one or two paragraphs.
Cite it in your essay in APA format.
Write your opinion of the article in one or two paragraphs.
Write a full APA formatted reference to it in the "Reference" section of your essay.

In total you should write more than 250 words.

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 13

Dear students,
Please read your group essay on globalization to another group. Then hand it in to your teacher for marking.
Your topic today is gender. In groups of three, choose a topic within the broad subject of gender. Draw a map, write a thesis statement and title, and write your parts of the essay. Type this up for homework, and highlight the parts that you wrote.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 12

Dear students,
First, read your group essay about media to another group. Then highlight your parts of the essay and hand it in to your teacher for checking.
Today's topic is globalization. Please write about this in groups of three. Let your teacher check your map before you write. You should write at least 250 words per person and type this up in APA format for homework.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin