Information technology is truly amazing: our phones and computers are such a part of our lives that it’s hard to imagine life without them. (Have you ever panicked when you forgot your phone at home?) They are so convenient and powerful, but they also have a dark side: they open us up to control, manipulation and having our most private and important information stolen. This next section of the class will look several different issues related to information technology, privacy and security.Continue reading
In a debate, there are two sides: The Pro side (for), and The Con side (against). Each side uses arguments and counter arguments to try to “win the debate.” Goal for this class: to identify the arguments and counter arguments in a debate about nuclear energy.Continue reading
Yesterday, we looked at the continuing problems caused by the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. Though TEPCO is making good progress in the clean up, the people of Fukushima are still suffering. This situation will continue for many, many years, and will continue to be terribly expensive for Japanese taxpayers. Therefore, Nuclear Power is too dangerous and countries should not use it, right? Let’s consider this more carefully.Continue reading
In this unit, we will examine the current situation of nuclear energy production. Our first news story is about a recent “milestone” in the cleanup at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant.
But first, some background information. Hard to believe that it’s been eight years since the Tōhoku Earthquake and tsunami. Do you remember what happened at Fukushima?Continue reading
Many of you asked why the majority of people in UK voted to leave the European Union. This class will look at a couple of answers.Continue reading
A paragraph is a collection of sentences with a clear structure. It begins with a ‘topic sentence’ which controls the whole paragraph. This first sentence is then followed by a series of ‘supporting sentences’ that explain or give examples for the topic sentence. The final sentence, the ‘concluding sentence’ signals to the reader that the writer has finished his or her thoughts.Continue reading
For your homework, please read the following article before the next class. Be sure to check any vocabulary you don’t understand.Continue reading