TOPIC1：Tik Tok, Instagram, Snapchat — and the rise of bite-sized content https://www.ted.com/talks/qiuqing tai tiktok instagram snapchat and the rise of bite sized content?utm campaign=tedspread&utm medium=referral&utm source=tedcomshare
1. Have you ever used or watched short videos on TikTok, Instagram, or Snapchat?
2. Did the age of Covid-19 change your way of thinking about social media?
3. Do you think the case of McDonald’s “snaplocation” can be used for recruitment in your workplace?
4. If you were a student and looking for a part time job, would you try “snaplications”?
5. Are you a person who likes new things or not?
TOPIC 2 : Do animals have language? – Michele Bishop http://ed.ted.com/lessons/do animals have language michele bishop
1. Do you like animals? Have you ever had any pet or do you own a pet?
2. What do you think are some of the differences between human beings and animals?
3. Why do you think human beings use languages?
4. Which is more difficult to learn as a second language, English or Japanese?
5. If it was possible, which animal would you want to be?
Topic 1 : Teach girls bravery, not perfection
Q1. Are you afraid of taking risks?
Q2. Do you think girls are more likely to be afraid of taking risks?
Q3. Has anyone around you ever inspired you to take more risks?
Q4. What was the failure in your life that gave you the greatest lesson?
Q5. Do you think people should be encouraged more at school in Japan to take risks?
Topic 2 : The profound power of an authentic apology
Q1. Do you think punishing someone is necessary to make things better?
Q2. Do you think people should forget their painful experiences? Or do you think people can find something meaningful even from those memories?
Q3. Are you likely to keep thinking about how others have hurt you? Or are you likely to try to forgive others?
Q4. Can you apologize sincerely, setting aside your pride, when you have done something wrong?
Q5. Do you have any good method to turn bad experiences into something meaningful?
TOPIC 1 10 ways to have a better conversation
Q1 Is there anything you try to do to have a good conversation?
Q2 Which of the 10 basic rules that the speaker referred to was the most helpful for you?
Q3 Is there any time when you couldn’t talk well? If yes, please share your episode. Why do you think you couldn’t talk well?
Q4 What do you pay particular attention to during remote meetings?
Topic 2 What are causes of generation gap?
Q1 What is the generation gap?
Q2 Have you ever experienced a generation gap with someone?
Q3 Do you have any suggestions on how to bridge the gap between generations?
Q4 What advice would you give to old and young people to help them get along better?
Q5 Are you close to anyone who is significantly older or younger than you?
TOPIC 1 A brief history of plastic
Q1 Why is plastic used for consumer products?
Q2 Do you think World War II played a significant role in bringing plastic to the forefront as consumer product?
Q3 What role can you play to address the issue of plastic pollution?
Q4 In Japan, all retail outlets are required to charge customers for the use of plastic bags. What does it mean for consumers? Is the new rule expected to significantly reduce the amount of plastic used in the nation?
Q5 Are you for or against this charge?
TOPIC 2 Why do India and China have so many people?
Q1 Have you ever visited China or India?
Q2 Why do India and China have so many people?
Q3 Which variables are probably key to population growth in a country?
Q4 Based on the flags drawn at 1:16 in the video. List six of the countries with the most fertile land in the world.
Q5 Area can radically affect the size of a country’s population. Explain this statement and give examples.
TOPIC1 : How to Make (and Keep) a New Year’s Resolution
Q1. Please share your new year’s resolution.
Q2. Do you usually make a new year’s resolution? Why or Why not?
Q3. If yes for Q2, please share last year’s resolution and whether you made it. If not for Q2, please share the most successful story of yours in 2020.
Q4. Is your new year’s resolution SMART enough? -Please refer to the article about how SMART is explained.
TOPIC2 : Grit : The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Q1. What is the key to success according to the video clip?
Q2. Do you have anything that you have been working on for years (you have been gritty)?
Q3. Do you think you are gritty enough? Why or why not?
Q4. According to the speaker, what is the best way to build grit in kids?
Q5. Through your life experiences, how was grit built into you?
TOPIC1: How I turned a deadly plant into a thriving business
Q1. Why do you think people in Nigeria gave other names to Eichhornia crassipes?
Q2. How did Achenyo turn the bad impression of the plant into a good impression?
Q3. Is there anything which reminds you of a bad memory? (ex. If you see a dog, you always recall that you were bitten by a large dog when you were a child.)
Q4. Do you have any favorite proverbs or famous quotes?
TOPIC2: Meet the women fighting on the front lines of an American war
Q1. Have you ever felt any difficulties because of your gender?
Q2. Why do you think it was taboo for the women to go to the battlefield?
Q3. Are there any jobs in which men should be more active than women?
Q4. Do you feel the gender gap is decreasing in your workplace?
TOPIC1:The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen
Q1 What kind of games did you like when you were a kindergarten student? Did you like hide-and- seek, simon says and so on?
Q2 Based on your experiences, what kind of differences do you think there are about how to play between boys and girls at schools?
Q3 Which did you prefer, playing in nature or using toys?
Q4 What kind of influences does the education provided at kindergarten bring about in the growth of kids?
Q5 What do you think is the most important thing in educating little kids at kindergarten?
TOPIC2: Why do we dream?
Q1 Share the last dream that you remember.
Q2 Why do you think we dream while we sleep? Do you think dreams are your potential emotions or wishes?
Q3 Have you ever tried dream divination? Do you think it was correct or not?
Q4 In what kind of situation do you think we dream easily? Is it when you get tired or when you are under stress?
Q5 Which of your dreams do you wish happened in real life?
TOPIC 1 Why is this painting so shocking? – Iseult Gillespie
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
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?
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?
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?
Topic 1 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
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?