Class 02: The Research Process

Summary: First we settled into the lesson, then spoke in pairs about academic writing, why are we taking this class, and what improvements do we want to make in this course. Some of you learned how to rephrase statements, while others noticed the importance of timing and transitive devices in the writing test. you also chose which TOEFL essays you would like to complete in the Criterion program. Then, we went over the academic essay writing key concept survey by viewing an excellent final paper. Have a nice Golden Week and be safe!

Homework due in class on 05/07/2020: 

1. Please, research the SAME research issue using the Internet, book, newspaper, or journal articles about the same issue. Then take two to three pages of notes for each article using the keywords. Each time you make a direct quotation, please note the page number or paragraph of the citation. Try to paraphrase and use keywords rather than sentences, so that you can speak with your research pair in our upcoming breakout rooms on Zoom.  

When you email me your notes, can you take pictures of them and put them in one email? Or if you have the resources scan one copy? And label the document with your name and Class 02 homework? It will save me time because I have 30 students that write papers. 

Two Note-taking Samples on Motivation and Language Learning Issue:


Free Database Engines off Campus to collect research for your APA Paper: 

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ): DOAJ is a community designed and maintained online journal directory that provides you access to robust, open access, peer-reviewed journals. This search engine is independent, and it is free including being indexed in DOAJ. Please use this engine for topical issues and authors, and you might find research that provides evidential content for your academic essay. DOAJ is an educational outreach search engine that focusses on high-quality applications and submissions.

CORE Research Engine UK: This research search engine claims to be the largest open-access research database in the world giving free-access to 10,000 users a month that is seamless and easy to retrieve. CORE provides significant analytic services for major universities globally, but still free to the people.  

Global Issues Resources: This student-centered search learning management system (LMS) is specifically in relation to Chuo University Faculty of Law English courses, this website has been designed by Professor Andy Barfield and his research team for supporting student research. He and his team hope that this website is useful for students locally and globally to develop our knowledge and critical understanding of different global issues. Thank you, Andy!

For our class, the Global Issues Website is a great place to start to narrow down your research issue to gather ideas for your paper. 

2. Criterion TOEFL Essay of 250 to 300 words in 30 minutes. --> Criterion -Online Writing Evaluation Log In  Please complete the essay writing five times.