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  Course links, evaluation breakdown, textbook & important files

Welcome, everyone!

In this course you will be exposed to various types of reading. These include:

1) extensive reading (ER) - This is mostly done outside of class, and you we be using an online system called Xreading (XR).

2) intensive reading (IR) - This is done mostly in-class. You will be reading with a partner and explaining what you have read in mini-presentations. You will have comprehension and vocabulary worksheets to complete as homework, and this will be reviewed in class. It is important that you complete these activities on time! You will have a written vocabulary test and a speaking test using a system called FlipGrid (FG) at the end of each unit.

3) timed reading (TW) - This is done in class using a texbook you will buy. The goal is to increase your reading speed (fluency)

4) exam practice reading - This is done on a free online system called ReadTheory (RT) and will help you prepare for the final exam.

In addition to these three types of reading, you will also do vocabulary work on an online system called Praxised (PE). In fact, there are 4 main online systems we will be using for this course - actually one more if you count this one!

Make sure you check the course outline given to you in class so that you know what is expected of you this term. Be prepared to read A LOT!

You will get all all the materials you need in on this platform, except for the textbooks you need to buy. You will also have to pay for access to Xreading. This will cost about 2,500yen, and Morksensei will collect this money from you in class near the start of the semester. The money will pay for one full year of Xreading access. You do not need to pay for any of the other systems we will use.

You will need two textbooks for this course - Reading for Speed and Fluency 1 and 2. You should already have the first one. These books will be used for all three of your reading courses over three semesters. They will be sold on campus on a certain day. You can also find them on Amazon:

Evaluation Breakdown for Reading 2 (RDG2) Fall

  • Timed Reading (TR): 10% of your final grade (Your grade with be assessed by looking at a combination of reading speed, quiz results, and improvements over time.
  • Intensive Reading (IR) Homework: 10% of your final grade (Handing in work on time and completed is the most important (you get minus points for late work; if the answers are already available, you will not get points). Your score for comprehension (worksheet 1) is based on completion; your score for vocabulary is based on accuracy. Note that you have Timed Writing (TW) work in your writing class based on the content of these readings.)
  • Intensive Reading (IR) Quizzes: 10% of your final grade (Quizzes are based on vocabulary from the Intensive Reading (IR) work.)
  • Final Exam: 20% of final grade (The final exam is a reading test (10%), similar in style to Read Theory. You will need vocabulary and reading speed skills. The second part is a vocabulary test (10%).)
  • Online work: 50% of final grade! (Deadlines & passwords in the chart below).
    LINKS:

Online Deadlines

REMEMBER: You can only do one xreading quiz each day. Likewise, you can only do one Praxised session each day. This is to prevent you from cramming. Be careful, because if you fall behind it may be impossible to catch up!

The targets below are for a B GRADE. If you want an A grade, you will have to do more!

Check 1: end of October

Check 2: Last class in May

Check 3: before the new year

Check 4: by last day of classes

Online work deadlines - RDG2 FALL.pdf

How to Choose a Book for Extensive Reading (IR) - XREADING.COM

Extensive reading grades are based on Xreading. By each deadline, you should have finished reading a certain amount of words and passed all the quizzes. However, like with Praxised and Readtheory, the scores are cumulative. This means that if you only read a little amount for check 1, then you need to read A LOT MORE words to get a perfect score in check 2.

When you are choosing something to read for ER (Extensive Reading), ask yourself:

  • Can I read it without a dictionary?
  • Do I understand almost everything?
  • Can I read it quickly?
  • Is it interesting / enjoyable?

If you answered YES to all questions, then this is the book for you!

If you answered NO to one or more questions, then get a different book.

If you choose to read a real book (in print, not digital), make sure the quiz for it is available on xreading.com first.


Other Useful Links:

If you have a smartphone, please download the free apps for MOODLE, SOCRATIVE (student version) and EIJIRO (a dictionary, but you can also go to http://www.alc.co.jp) and NGSL Builder.

  • Quizlet (for self-study of the NGSL - new general service list; a list of vocabulary you need to know)
  • NGSL Builder (free vocabulary app for self-study of the NGSL on your device! - search for it and download to your tablet and smart phone. )
  • Grammar Terms 英和 (you need to know 文法専門用語 in English)
  • Grammar Terms explained in English
  • ALC 英和和英 Dictionary (You can download the EIJIRO app for your mobile devices.)
  • Socrative (used for online quizzes etc. - Download the app for your mobile devices.)

Morksensei will give you a timed reading chart. Please give yours back to her every time you finish a timed reading. Do not loose this chart! In case you do, please download the chart provided here. BUT your data will be lost...

Download

Below is an assessment rubric of your reading skills.

Download

The file below is a complete list of all the vocabulary you need to learn over the next year or so. The words are from the NGSL (New General Service List). There are hyperlinks in the file to Quizlet, which is software that you can use to review the vocabulary. You can also download the NGSL Builder app for your iphone (not sure if it is available for Android yet...)

NGSL 5 bands.pdf

Below is a Japanese language tutorial for using Xreading.

Tutorial_for_students_Xreading_Japanese.pdf