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2020/07/18 第144回例会TOPIC

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

■入室について
セッションの度に退室いただく必要はありません。一度入室すれば、そのまま参加できます。入室できる時間は次の3回です。
17:50~18:00
18:35~18:40
19:15~19:20 

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

■入室について
セッションの度に退室いただく必要はありません。一度入室すれば、そのまま参加できます。入室できる時間は次の3回です。
17:55~18:00
18:35~18:40
19:15~19:20

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?

2020/06/06 第141回例会TOPIC

第3回目のオンライン例会です。ESCO東京と合同開催です。

■音声について
複数人が同時に話すと(咳払いなどのちょっとした音なども)、音声が途切れ途切れになります。
次の2点に気を付けながらディスカッションをお願いします。

・「◯◯さんはどう思いますか?」など、誰に話を振ったのか、誰の発言機会なのかを明確にする。
・自分が聞き手の時にはマイクをミュートにして、発言者の声を遮らないようにする。

■入室について
本日はセッションの度に退室いただく必要はありません。一度入室すれば、そのまま参加できます。入室可能な時間は次の3回です。
17:55~18:00
18:35~18:40
19:15~19:20

 

TOPIC 1: Food revolutionaries

https://www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver_food_revolutionaries?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

Q1 Do you have good eating habits? Do you cook by yourself?

Q2 Do you think poor eating habits can affect your health? If you have any experience about food and health, could you share it in your group?

Q3 Did you learn about food in your school when you were child?

Q4 Compared to the kids in other countries, do you think Japanese children learn more about food?

Q5 Some children in Japan only get essential nutrients from school meals. How could this happen? What do you think is the fundamental problem?

 

TOPIC 2: These Totally Lost in Translation English Signs in Japan Have us Scratching Our Heads

https://blog.gaijinpot.com/these-totally-lost-in-translation-english-signs-in-japan-have-us-scratching-our-heads/

Q1 Have you ever found a weird translation in Japan?

Q2 Why do you think they didn’t check if it is a correct translation or not?

Q3 Have you ever found any false translations abroad?

Q4 Do you think Japan is a comfortable place to live for foreigners? What is good or bad?

Q5 When you are travelling abroad (or living in Japan), have you ever experienced any difficulties in language?  How do you communicate with others if they can not understand what you are speaking?

 

2020/05/23 第140回例会TOPIC

第2回目のオンライン例会です。2点ご連絡です。

■音声について
複数人が同時に話すと(咳払いなどのちょっとした音なども)、音声が途切れ途切れになります。
次の2点に気を付けながらディスカッションをお願いします。

・「◯◯さんはどう思いますか?」など、誰に話を振ったのか、誰の発言機会なのかを明確にする。
・自分が聞き手の時にはマイクをミュートにして、発言者の声を遮らないようにする。

■入室について
本日はセッションの度に退室いただく必要はありません。一度入室すれば、そのまま参加できます。入室可能な時間は次の3回です。
17:55~18:00

18:35~18:40
19:15~19:20


TOPIC1:TRY SOMETHING NEW FOR 30 DAYS

https://www.ted.com/talks/matt_cutts_try_something_new_for_30_days

1.Are you satisfied with your life? Why or why not?
2.How can you make your life happier?
3.Is there anything you have always meant to do or wanted to do?
4.What will you do if you try something new for 30 days?
5.How would your life change if you tried something new you wanted to do?

 

TOPIC2:Yes, you can retire before your 40th birthday

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140404-yes-you-can-retire-at-40

1.Do you want to retire your job before the retirement age? Why or why not?
2.Do you prefer saving less in order to retire early, or work until the age of retirement so that you can live luxuriously?
3.Do you want to own a small business or do you want to work part after you retire?
4.What is your ideal working style?  Work less and enjoy your own time, or devote your life to your work?
5.Do you have an interest in any person, book or idea? Is there someone that you admire, respect or follow?

2020/05/09 第139回例会TOPIC

2020/05/09の例会は中止とご連絡しましたが、
オンライン例会にて復活します!

17:55~18:00 入室
18:00~18:35 TOPIC 1
18:35~18:40 入室
18:40~19:15 TOPIC 2
19:15~19:20 入室
19:20~19:55 TOPIC 2

 

TOPIC 1 What would happen if every human suddenly disappeared? – Dan Kwartler

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-would-happen-if-every-human-suddenly-disappeared-dan-kwartler#watch

Q1 How will animals and plants interact with our leftover infrastructure?
Q2 What would happen if every human suddenly disappeared?
Q3 What animals will thrive after humans leave the earth?
Q4 What would you do if you were the only human left on the earth?
Q5 Humanity hasn’t always been here on the earth, and we won’t be here forever. What can we learn from this movie?

 

TOPIC 2  The surprising reason our muscles get tired – Christian Moro

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-surprising-reason-our-muscles-get-tired-christian-moro

Q1 How much exercise do you do?
Q2 Why do our muscles get fatigued?
Q3 What makes muscles grow?
Q4 What benefits does the muscular system provide, other than just helping you move?
Q5 Why do some cultures value large muscles?

 

2020/02/15 第138回例会TOPIC


TOPIC 1 Nike Vaporfly

https://www.businessinsider.com/nike-vaporfly-shoe-ban-decision-2020-1

Q1 Do you think Nike Vaporfly is a form of technology doping that confers an unfair advantage?
Q2 If the Vaporfly is banned, do you think the results already recorded with the shoes should be official?
Q3 World Athletics’ current rules say running shoes have to be “reasonably available” to everyone and can’t confer any “unfair assistance or advantage.” How do you draw the line between reasonable and unreasonable and between fair and unfair?
Q4 Should the Vaporfly be banned? Please discuss from the position of athletes, the National Track and Field Association, and Nike.

 

TOPIC 2 Imagine 2030’s world to generate innovative ideas

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2020/01/02/editorials/imagine-2030s-world-generate-innovative-ideas/#.Xi7vD0f7TIU

Q1 Please talk about the next 10 years of your future in your group.
Q2 Please choose one topic and talk about what it will be like in the next 10 years. Any topic is OK. For example, your work, Japan, language, education, ESCO and so on.

2020/02/01 第137回例会TOPIC

TOPIC1 3 ways the brain creates meaning

Q1: Are you good at having discussions? Why do you think so?

Q2: Do you often use images to clarify what you’re trying to communicate in a business meeting?

Q3: What do you pay attention to when having a discussion? Why is that?

Q4: Please talk about the most beneficial meeting you have ever experienced.


TOPIC2 The genius of the London Tube Map

Q1: Do you like generating new ideas or not?

Q2: Which do you prefer to ride, train or bus? Why is that?

Q3: What do you think is the best UI (User interface) as far as you know? → wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_interface

Q4: Do you believe it is important to think in a cross-disciplinary way? Why do you feel so?

2020/01/18 第136回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1: Why you will fail to have a great career

https://www.ted.com/talks/larry_smith why you will fail to have a great career/transcript

Q1. Is your job stressful or very hard for you?

Q2. What kind of career do you want to have in the future in your job? What do you do to achieve such a career?

Q3. Do you have passion in your job? Is your job the one you have dreamed of?

Q4. Have you ever given up on your career because it is troublesome or you thought you are not talented?

Q5. What do you want to achieve even though it would be hard?

 TOPIC 2: How to build (and rebuild) trust

https://www.ted.com/talks/frances_frei how to build and rebuild trust

Q1. Who do you trust the most? Why do you think so? How have you built such a relationship with them?

Q2. There are many incidents for which a company can lose their trust from consumers. What kind of incidents disappoints you or causes you to lose trust for a company?

Q3. What are the important factors to make a trusting relationship?

Q4. Have you ever broken trusted relationships with others? If yes, why did it happen? How did you rebuild the relationship again?

Q5. Is there anything you do to be trusted by others?

2020/01/04 第135回例会TOPIC

TOPIC1 : The brain in love

https://www.ted.com/talks/helen fisher studies the brain in love

Q1. Do you think ‘love is blind’? If your friend were to fall blindly in love, would you support him/her or would you advise them to be realistic?

Q2. If you were to fall in love, what changes do you think will occur? For example, will you make the effort to be more attractive / appealing?  Will you go on a diet?  Will you think of them all day?

Q3. Do you agree with the idea that women are good at finding the right words more rapidly and that men tend to ‘get rid of what they regard as extraneous, focus on what they do, and move in a more step-by-step thinking pattern’?

Do you think there are any differences between the way men and women relate?  Are there any differences in their thinking patterns or their abilities?

Q4. When choosing a partner what do you consider to be important: their physical appearance or their social status with regards to education or income?

Would your standards change if you were choosing a boyfriend/girlfriend or a marriage partner?

 

TOPIC2 : Why our screens makes us less happy

https://www.ted.com/talks/adam alter why our screens make us less happy?

Q1.What do you think about Jobs limiting his children’s use of technology? What do you think is the reason? Do you think you should be limiting your use of technology?

Q2.What is the most important time of day for you?

Q3.If smart phones disappeared from the world after tomorrow, what would you do instead of using them?

Q4.How does the internet enrich and impoverish your daily life and the world economy?

Q5. How does the moment of women into job market and an aging world population have on the effect of love? Share your ideas in your group.