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2020/10/24 第150回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1  Why is this painting so shocking? – Iseult Gillespie
https://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-is-this-painting-so-shocking-iseult-gillespie#watch

Q1 Do you know about Picasso and his paintings?

Q2 What is Cubism, the artistic style?

Q3 Describe some of the figures in the painting. Who are the humans and what are they doing?

Q4 What was Picasso protesting when he painted this scene? Is it still being used as an image of protest, and why do you think this is?

Q5 Do you think that Cubism, rather than more representative techniques, is an effective style for representing war in art? Why or why not?

 

TOPIC 2  4 reasons to learn a new language – John McWhorter
https://ed.ted.com/on/i9eDOogu

Q1 Why do you think so many people are trying to learn English?

Q2 Approximately how many languages are spoken world-wide? By the end of the century how will that number change?

Q3 Does language shape our worldview?

Q4 What are the four reasons to learn a new language?

Q5 How has learning a new language changed with the introduction of new technology?

2020/10/10 第150回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1 Regular meeting or online meeting?

Q1 Why do you decide to attend the meeting? Please share your impressions about participating in the regular, direct meeting after the long break.

Q2 Which do you prefer, regular meetings or online meetings under the current pandemic circumstance?

Q3 In your opinion, what rules should be put in place for holding regular meetings?

Q4 In your company, what kind of countermeasures are taken when having face-to-face meetings?

 

TOPIC 2  No More Bosses
https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200806 

Q1 Have you ever had a boss who you just couldn’t work with? Have you ever felt you aren’t listened to by your manager?

Q2 In your company, do you think your company can get rid of managers? What are the advantages and disadvantages of getting rid of managers?

Q3 Do you think decisions can be made by all employees equally without coercion even without any managers in the workplace?

Q4 What do you think are the roles of managers?

 

2020/09/26 第149回例会TOPIC

Topic 1 Company offers fake friends photo service to help customers look popular on social media.

https://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/company-offers-fake-friends-photo-service-to-help-customers-look-popular-on-social-media

1. Do you like posting pictures on your SNS?
2. What do you think about this service?
3. Why do you think such service was started?
4. Choose your favorite picture from your smart phone and share it with your group. Why did you choose that picture?
5. Can you eat out alone or go traveling alone?
6. What do you think about the price of this service?

Topic 2 How to buy happiness

https://www.ted.com/talks/michael_norton_how_to_buy_happiness?language=en

1. When do you feel happy in your daily life?
2. When do you feel the happiest? When you spend money on yourself or when you spend money on others?
3. Have you recently used your money on others?
4. What do you spend most of your money on? (food, drinking alcohol, clothes, hobbies etc…)
5. What will you do if you won the lottery?
6. Have you ever donated money to a worthy cause?

2020/09/12 第148回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1 :  When do kids start to care about other people’s opinions?
1. Do you care what other people think about you?  How about when you were young?
2. Have you ever changed your behavior because you cared too much about other people’s opinions?
3. Do you think wearing school uniforms is desirable for studying?
4. Are you good at talking in front of many people? Why are you good or bad?
5. When you buy something, do you believe that domestic products are better than others? 

TOPIC2 : 9 Tips for a More Eco-Responsible life in Japan
1. From the article, how many tips do you follow?
2. Have you started using a reusable bag?
3. Do you often buy PET bottle drinks ? Do you feel uncomfortable drinking tap water ? Would you like to download MyMizu app?
4. Do you do anything else to lead an Eco-Responsible life?
5. Why do you think Japan has become the world’s second-biggest producer of plastic waste?

2020/08/29 第147回例会TOPIC

Topic 1 : How American and Chinese values shaped their coronavirus response.

1. Which country do you think has been the most successful in dealing with the pandemic?

2. The interviewee introduced the idea of “guai”, which is a Chinese word to describe a kid who listens to his or her parents. Do you think Japanese people are more like “guai” in relationship to their own government than being cautious of having their rights taken away like Americans?

3. According to the episode in the talk, your historical record of where you have been in the past few weeks will be notified to others to ensure the collective safety from the pandemic. If Japanese society does the same thing, do you think it is a good idea or not?

4. The interviewee thinks the West really needs to move a step towards the East by thinking about the collective as a whole rather than only think about oneself as an individual. Do you agree with this idea?

5. Regarding the idea of the collective, do you think East Asian countries such as Japan and Korea share this value? Do Japanese tend to ignore the individual freedom in the presence of the necessity to work in a group?

6. Can you think of any good effect that the pandemic has brought about in the world?

Topic 2 : How can you defend “Those People?”

1. Why do you think even the people who are probably guilty have the right to be defended by lawyers?

2. Do you agree with the speaker’s idea that offering support to criminals to restore their lives is beneficial to our society as a whole? What about if you yourself or your family members are victims?

3. If you are a lawyer defending a criminal, do you think you can be proud of your job? What would you think?

4. What do you think a society should do to help people who could possibly become a criminal? (Maybe this works better?)

5. In designing our future society, which do you think is a good idea, spending more resources for the strong and rich or empowering the weak and poor?

2020/08/15 第146回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1 Why do people fear the wrong things?
https://www.ted.com/talks/gerd gigerenzer why do people fear the wrong things/transcript?

Q1. Do you fully believe in the probability related risks in our daily lives such as drinking a liter of soda per day doubles your chance of developing cancer? If yes, did you change your behavior to prevent bad things from happening? If no, why don’t you believe in such things?

Q2. Do you do anything to lower your risk of getting sick in the future? For example, running every day to not get fat.

Q3. If you have to decide something important, how do you decide? Do you compare the risks of your choices?

Q4. The speaker said, ‘risk evaluation is tricky ‘ and ‘reporting on risk can be misleading’. Do you agree with this idea? Please share your ideas about how reporting on risks can be misleading? Is there anything you care about when you watch the news or read newspapers?

 

TOPIC 2 How to know if it’s time to change careers
https://www.ted.com/talks/chieh huang how to know if it s time to change careers/transcript?

Q1. Why did you choose your current job? What was the most important element when you chose it?

Q2. Are you satisfied with your workstyle, worktime, salary, welfare system, human relationships and so on?

Q3.  According to the speaker, what are the three things you should do before changing your job? Have you ever thought about changing your job? If yes, why did you think so? Did you change your job actually or not?

Q4. When you think about changing your job, what bothers you most?

Q5. If you could choose your job again, what would you try?

 

2020/08/01 第145回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1 Does grammar matter? – Andreea S. Calude
https://ed.ted.com/lessons/does-grammar-matter-andreea-s-calude

Q1 English is fast becoming the world’s universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year. So why do you learn English?

Q2 Can you think of any situations in which prescriptivism is unhelpful?

Q3 Spoken and written language use different patterns for organizing words. Do you think 
that (monolingual) speakers and writers operate with two completely different grammars, or would you say that they have one single grammar system which contains different word patterns whose frequencies differ in spoken and written forms of that language? Why?

Q4 Does language shape the way we think?


Q5 There are over 170,000 words currently in use in the English language. Yet every year, 
about a thousand new words are added to the Oxford English Dictionary.  Where do they come from, and how do they make it into our everyday lives?


TOPIC 2 What Would a Trip Through the Past Be Like

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9df8trZW8Q

From the first bang, expanding endlessly across the darkness, to the intricacies of our own 
planet, the history of humanity is awe inspiring.

Q1 How do you think the world began?


Q2 Out of billions of galaxies and billions of stars, can we find Earth-like habitable worlds?


Q3 Could there be intelligent life on other planets?


Q4 If you could have been alive to see any part of the formation of the universe, which part 
would you choose and why?

Q5 The earth is 4.6 billion years old.  When we make a one-year calendar of its history, the 
earth was born on January 1.  The first living things appeared in late March, about 3.5 billion years ago.  Dinosaurs appeared on December 13, about 200 million years ago.  They all died on December 26.  And humans appeared on the morning of December 31, about 7 million years ago. What do you think of this calendar?

参考: The Cosmic Calendar
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_Calendar#/media/File:Cosmic_Calendar.png

2020/07/18 第144回例会TOPIC

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TOPIC 1  Virus-afflicted 2020 looks like 1918 despite science’s march

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200505/p2g/00m/0fe/064000c

Q1 What kind of similarities are there between the viruses in 1918 and 2020?
Q2 On the other hand, what are the differences between the viruses in 1918 and 2020?

Q3 Why do you think that despite a century’s progress in science, 2020 is looking a lot like 1918?
Q4 What is the biggest change in your daily life since March or April?

 

TOPIC 2 Why working from home is good for business
https://www.ted.com/talks/matt_mullenweg_why_working_from_home_is_good_for_business/transcript

This is a past topic on ’19/04/06. At that time, some people thought remote work was adopted by a limited number of workplaces, but now most people have experienced it. Please discuss recalling what you said at that time. What worked better than you expected when you actually tried? What are the inconvenient points as you expected?

Q1 Is it possible for you to work from home now?
Q2 If you can work from home, which part of your work can be done so?
Q3 What would you do if you could work from home?
Q4 If your current workplace has any good labor system that helps you balance the work and your private life, please share.
Q5 Do you have any requests for your workplace? What kind things do you wish to change about your current workplace?
Q6 After retirement, do you still wish to work? Please explain why.

 

2020/07/04 第143回例会TOPIC

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TOPIC 1 A Harry Potter theme park is coming to Tokyo in 2023

https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/news/a harry potter theme park is coming to tokyo in 2023

Q1. Have you ever seen or read Harry Potter? Who is the character you hate the most?
Q2. Do you like going to amusement parks? Why or why not?
Q3. What kind of movies do you like? (Sci-Fi, Comedy, Musical…) Please share your favorite titles.

Q4. Where do you see yourself in 2023?

 

TOPIC 2 How do blood transfusions work?


Q1. Can you guess your group member’s blood type? (Let’s do it)
Q2. Have you ever gotten a blood transfusion?
Q3. Do you feel uncomfortable donating blood? Why or why not?
Q4. Have you ever participated in any volunteer activities?

 

2020/06/20 第142回例会TOPIC

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Topic 1 : How to raise a black son in America by Clint Smith
https://www.ted.com/talks/clint smith how to raise a black son in america#t-116512 
Q1 : Please talk about how you feel about the video clip.
Q2 : Please talk about what you know about current anti-racism protests in the US.
Q3 : What is your image of human rights in the United States? Is the US a country of liberty? Or is it a county of inequality?
Q4 : Have you ever noticed or experienced any discrimination in Japan?

Q5 : How do you think the discrimination in Japan is different from that in the US?

 

Topic 2 : US Elections – How do they work?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRu_JcarCDY

Q1 : Are you interested in US politics? Why or why not?
Q2 : In November, the US is having the Presidential election. Do you think Trump will win?
Q3 : Do you think the US should play the role as the leader of the world or not?
Q4 : Are you satisfied with current Japanese politics? Do you think it is good enough or not?
Q5 : Do you think people should talk about politics more in public or not? Do you think it is acceptable for TV personalities to show their own political opinion?