Interactive English: Reception

Reading and Listening

Autonomous Reading

on June 19, 2013

In the next class you will choose some material from a selection I bring and read it in class.  In the comments, tell us about something you have read recently (in any language) and what you liked about it.

While you read The Curious Incident pages 221-244, please keep a record of the characters and write the answers to the following questions in your journal.

1. Why do the black box-like signs in the station make him feel better?

2 What do you think “scarpering” means?

3. What do you think “to catch your death” means?

4. Why do you think that is his favorite dream?

5. Predict what you think will happen in the last 20 pages.


15 responses to “Autonomous Reading

  1. Moeko Ota(T4) says:

    I read a book about how korean people see Japan and how Japanese see korean.
    What’s so interesting about this book is, that the author explains the history of the relationship between the two countries.

  2. Eri Fukui (T4) says:

    I read a book which specialises in Second Language Acquisition. It is mainly based on the general view of how people acquire a language other than their mother tongue. I liked how the book explained the process of learners acquiring a second language with lots of examples and details.

  3. Ryuji Furukido(T4) says:

    I read some articles about what the Olympic Games cause recently. They says there are not only positive effects but also negative effects if one country is to hold the Olympics. I noticed the fact that the Olympics are not always good for the host countries.

  4. hiroko takabatake t4 says:

    I have just finished reading the book about holocaust and the horrible life in auschwitz. I was quite interested in it because it was not from someone’s imagination. Also, unlike other books that discuss about the same topic, it had expalined behaviors in auschwitz from psycological views.

  5. Ai Inoue(T4) says:

    Recently, I read the latest book by Haruki Murakami. Because I had expected the book to be not so entertaining for me, I was surprised to find it rather interesting. I liked how the author described the feelings of the main character, like how he felt empty when he compared himself to his other unique and talented friends.

  6. hiroko takabatake t4 says:

    Sorry I just made a really stupid typing mistake:(. The word `expalined´ is meant to be ‘explained’

  7. Kurumi Takeuchi (T4) says:

    I recently read a mysterry written by Agatha Christy. I liked the way she explained diffrent persons. She describes all details so that the reader can imagine what kind of person that character is.

  8. Fumina Watanabe (T4) says:

    I recently read a novel about an international student living in Kyoto, who meets a blind Japanese girl. This story was interesting because it tells about Japan from an international student’s perspective.

  9. Miki Hosoda(T4) says:

    I recently read a book about what languages are. It said that there are no exact translations between any kind of languages, and I was really convinced. For instance, in English, there are no word that corresponds to the Japanese word, “yu” as in hot water.

  10. T4 Kaori Kubo says:

    I’ve recently not had the time to sit down and enjoy a good read, but the most recent written work I’ve read is “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. It’s a nonfiction book, but I enjoy his style of writing – how, as a journalist to begin with, he is able to persuade not just by overwhelming the reader, but also by wording things in a way that is understandable and moving.

  11. Ayane Kawahara (T4) says:

    Recently I read in Japanese class how the Japanese language changed through the years. The part I thought was most interesting is that the sound “h” of the “ha” row of Japanese kana syllabary used to be “p” at first, and then “f”, and then turned into “h”.

  12. Maiko Imai T4 says:

    Recently I read a book about various topics about America. The chapter about American comics and governs. The book was written by Uchida Tatsuru and I enjoyed the way he wrote. He uses understandable words and ironic. I usually don`t enjoy reading books about not entertaining topics. Such as governs because they have hard words and it makes me bored. Now I`ve started reading a book about Japan that he wrote.

  13. Kyoko Nomura(T4) says:

    I read a book written by Higashino Keigo, a Japanese popular author famous for his Galileo series and other novels. It was a book about DNA searching in police investigations. I really liked this book because there were a lot of mysteries in the story and all the characters were unique. This book was also made into a movie, and reading it made me want to watch the moevie, too.

  14. T4 yuto says:

    I recently read an article about the blues harmonica. In the article, it mentioned about the history, different techniques, how to play and how not to play. Also it said about how the harmonica is a “singing” instrument rather than a “playing” instrument.
    It motivated me to put more effort in my harmonica career.

  15. Natsumi Maruyama (T4) says:

    I always love reading fantasy but I don’t have time for reading recently. What I read recently is Les Miserables. I saw a movie and I really loved it so I began to read it. It’s long and kind of old, but it was interesting.

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