Interactive English: Reception

Reading and Listening

Achievement Check 2

on January 13, 2016


For the achievement check next week, you will have one listening component and one reading component. Look at the questions below and answer both of them in the comments.

1. The listening component is about vexillology. Look up that word and then tell us what you think we will hear about.

2. The reading component is an opinion article from a newspaper covering the topic of punctuation on the Internet. What do you expect to read about?


20 responses to “Achievement Check 2

  1. Ayumi Nakahara(T4) says:

    1. I heard the word “vexillology” for the first time. After looking up this word in a dictionary, I started to think that in the next class, we will listen about the origin of the national flags around the world. The origin of that of Japan is sun, but I don’t know the origins of other country’s flags, so I want to know them. I think the colors are important. I expected that there are some meanings in each colors.
    2. I think we will read about the topic how to use each punctuation on the Intenet. There are many kinds of punctuation, so it is difficult for us to use properly, especially for foreigners.
    Therefore, this reading may be tells us the charactersitic of those. Today is a information oriented society, so we have to learn how to use punctuation on the electronic equipments, such as Internet or cellphones.

  2. reina inoue T4 says:

    Quesiton 1… I looked up the dictionary and i foud that “vexillology” is the studies about flags. So I think we will listen about histories and meanings of national flags.
    Question2… punctuation is “、” in japanese. So…I think we will read about the importance of taking breaks buring using the internet!!

  3. Ichiyo Shimizu says:

    I think we will hear about history of symbol such as mark, flag and so on, or maybe we’ll hear about for what symbol was used. For example, in France, after the revolution, the government tried to unite people in France by using the tricolor as a symbol of the republicanism. So we will hear about role of symbol or something like that, I think. And for the reading, because the title is punctuation on the Internet, it might be about differences between when we usually use punctuation and when we use it on the Internet.

  4. Akari Yamada (T4) says:

    Question1: The dictionary says “vexillology” is the scientific study of flags and related emblems therefore I think we will listen about it. However, I think the flag which the listening component refer to has meanings not famous and unexpected.
    Question2: I think we will read about the difference of the punctuation between on the internet and on the papers. These days many people use SNS like Twitter, Facebook and so forth. Because of this, the punctuation became not used correctly. So the reading maybe tell us the problems of the punctuation on the internet.

  5. Chikako Tsuge(T4) says:

    1. The dictionary says it is the study about flags, so I think we will hear about it. Especially, the origin and meanings of each flags, how they were made.
    2. I think probably, we have rules how to use punctuation but it is different between on paper and the Internet. So I guess we will read about the rules on the Internet.

  6. Rio Sato(T4) says:

    1. Vexillology is the “scientific study of the history, symbolism and usage of flags or, by extension, any interest in flags in general. I think we will hear about an educational problem of using flags. In Japan when we sing a national anthem, we have to stand up and fly a national flag. Some people insist that our government want to raise the patriotism by doing it. Also if teachers don’t stand up and fly the flag while singing a national anthem, they will be arrested.

    2. We will read about usage of the punctuation on the internet.
    I think sometime we omit it on the internet, so the article will teach us when we omit it and the difference between on the internet and handwriting.

  7. Yuka Hattori says:

    1 I think that we will hear about what patterns there are among national flags all over the world. This ia because vexillogy is a study about symbols of nations. I thought that the academic field studies common points between country to country.

    2 We will read about that how should we use punctuation when we write something on the internet. For example, how shold we write an eーmail or like that.In addition, we might read about a manner of programming. I think there should be rules when programmers work on PC.

  8. Mika Osada(T4) says:

    I’ve never heard this word so far. I looked up the dictionaly and knew that Vexillology is the scientific study of flags and related emblems. Each country has each flag. Each flug has each meaning. We will hear about the origin of flugs taking some countries as examples. It would be interesting to hear!!
    About the reading, judging from the “punctuation on the Internet”, we will read how difficult to make clear punctuation on the Internet.

  9. Rika Morofuji (T4) says:

    1. I think we will hear a story about national flags. In national flags, there are included much features of each country. So, we can learn culture or history from them.
    2. These days, many people in the world use SNS. New and unique words used only on the Internet are occurred every day. The same thing can be said to punctuation. I guess many people use punctuation in more various ways.

  10. Yao T4 says:

    1)Vexillology,the study of flags.I think maybe we’re going to hear about the history of flags, the meaning of different picture marks on the flag and how flags are used in our life. Well, I’m expecting something more interesting though.
    2)Nowadays it is very common that punctuation is misused on the internet ,as well as being overused. Punctuation is not only used to divide the sentences, but also acting like a picture mark to express one’s feelings.

  11. Emi Tanaka(T4) says:

    Question1: We will listen about the history and meaning of the flags or emblems. And in terms of vexillology, I know the news that the national flag of New Zealand will be change. So the listening component is related to the current situation in the national flags.
    Question2: In the reading component, we will read the rules of communication on the internet. I often see conversations on the Twitter, Line, YouTube and 2ch; a Japanese famous BBS. And they type there without punctuation. The author will be interested in this phenomenon.

  12. Keishu Joi(T4) says:

    I have never heard of the word vexillology (The word is difficult to pronounce). I look up the word in the dictionary, and i found the word means the studies about flags.
    I think there is no room for studying about flag, because flags ate just synbols of something and nothing more than.
    But we will listen to those strangestudies. I think that listening will be about the hostory and contents of it, such as the meaning of flags.

    I think the punctuation on the Internet is the using of puncutuation. When we read something, we always read punctuations. The reading is about the sense of punctuation especially on the Internet.

  13. Natsumi Mizumura (T4) says:


    First, I’ll answer the question one. I guess next class, we will listen about some kind of science.

    Next question, I guess we will read about warning of information from the Internet. I try hard to take the final achievement check!

  14. Yu Kobayashi (T4 ) says:

    I answer question 2.
    I think the theme is “we should have a punctuation on the internet.”
    Technology has rapidly developed and internet has been much more useful to get information.These days, more and more people use it. The problem is they are likely to become addicted to use it . In particular for children, it is harmful to use nternet for a long time . So we will read the opinion about making a punctuation on the internet is necessary for children.
    See you!

  15. Atsushi Igarashi(T4) says:

    I looked up the word on the internet. Vexillology is a field of study researching histry or usage of flags. Each national flag has its meaning. I think we will listen about the meanings of national flags in some countries.
    Punctuation on the internet is some signs which is not actually used when we are talking, such as “wwwwww”. This means it is so funny. We chat with people on the internet more than that used to be. We will read about the melits and demelits.

  16. Kenji (T4) says:

    1. The word “vexillology” sound so unfamiliar that I don’t have any clue just to pronounce it. After looking up the word in English dictionary, I understand that word is related to a kind of academic area concerning flag.
    2. We may read about article which writing about how we should write with appropriate sign, space and period.

  17. Miki Kashiwa says:

    1. I think we will hear about flags. For example, the reason why the Japanese flag has two colors, white and red.
    2. I think we will hear about how we use punctuations on the Internet.

  18. Ayaka Kishino(T4) says:

    1:In dictionary, vexillology is explained as the study of flags.From the explanation, I think we will listen to the story of the conquest from the middle age to the world wars. We can learn some parts of the history of countries from national flags.
    2:I guess that we might read about the usage of periods and commas on the Internet. The use of the Internet is increasing, and we often regard it as the imformal and casual communication tool.So the usage of languages may be changing to the incorrect way of writing.

  19. Keisuke Koyama (Chankei) says:

    I think we will listen to academic things, because -logy often means education especially related to university or college.
    And then, we’ll read about article to punctuate what we write on Internet? It’s difficult to guess it but it sounds interesting in any case.

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