Two more weeks till the Fall term ends
October is here and so is the cooler weather. Since I am from Canada, I always get happier as the weather in Osaka gets cooler. Two more weeks and the fall term at HIUC will be over. Students will then have a one week break before they return for the winter term.
In the reading and writing class, we are just finishing the unit on compare / contrast paragraphs. We talked about how cars and busses are different, and we made an outline for a paragraph. Making an outline is very important. It helps you organize your ideas, check that you have good ideas, and make sure you have enough ideas. Students are going to make their own outlines for two more topics. They made lists of ideas for two people they know and for two teachers they had. They will organize their ideas and make outlines. If you can make a good outline, then you can probably make a good paragraph.
Next, we are going to move onto essays. We have already done one essay. I was really happy because some of them were really well done. We will look at how to make a basic introduction and conclusion paragraph. We will also look at how to make three clear body paragraphs. If you can make a clear and well organized paragraph, it is not too difficult to make a good 5-part essay. We will work on making some clear outlines. Again, if a person can make a good outline, then they should be able to make a good essay. Then we will try to finish two essays in the last two weeks.
The students will also write a book report essay next week. They will need to compare / contrast two books that they have read. This will give them a good chance to practice the skills they just learnt, and practice the skills they are going to learn very soon. Depending on how busy the students get with their other classes, we might try to do one more book report after this one. The best way to improve your writing is to do a lot of writing. Therefore, I am trying to give them lots of chances to practice what they are learning.
I am looking forward to the next two weeks. It will be busy for all of us, but the students are going to take a big step towards the next level.
Moving from paragraphs to essays is a big and important step in getting ready for university. Next semester, they will spend the full 10 weeks studying and writing essays.
I hope you are enjoying the cool weather.