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2018/12/22 第110回例会TOPIC


TOPIC:1 Patricia Ryan – Don’t insist on English

http://www.ted.com/patricia ryan ideas in all languages not just english
(I recommend using subtitles and transcripts.)

1. Why do you study English?
2. Have you ever studied any other languages other than English?
3. Do you think a global language is needed?
4. Do you think English tests like TOEIC and TOEFL are needed? What did she say about these English tests?
5. Do you agree or disagree with her statement ” They can’t pursue their dream any longer, ‘til they get English.”?
6. Does your company require a minimum TOEIC score for promotion?

 

TOPIC:2 Cameron Russell – Looks aren’t everything?

http://www.ted.com/cameron russell looks arent everything
(I recommend using subtitles and transcripts.)

1. What did Cameron say about appearance? Does she think it is important?
2. Have you ever thought about changing your appearance?
3. Can we judge people by appearances? Why or why not?
4. What do you think forms our images of what kind  of look is desirable? (cultere, fashion magazines, frineds, TV, advertising, etc)
5. Cameron says who she is on pictures is not really who she is. Have you ever felt that your appearance doesn’t match with your true identity?

2018/12/08 第109回例会TOPIC

Topic:1 Using a smartphone while walking

Q1.Do you sometime use a smartphone while walking?

Q2. If so, in what situation? Which application are you using?

Q3.Have you ever had a dangerous situation when you are using a smartphone while walking?

Q4.When did you first buy a smartphone?

Q5.Are you addicted to smartphones? Can you live without a smartphone?

Q6.Should elementary school students/junior high school students use a smartphone?

Topic:2 Where is your favorite restaurant?

Please share your favorite restaurant with ESCO members according to the procedure below. You can search by ‘食べログ’, ‘Hot Pepper’ and so on to get details.

①Please write down the information about your favorite restaurant on the distributed sheet (15minutes)

A…name

B…location

C…average cost

D…feature

E…recommendation menu

Don’t introduce franchises, such as McDonald, 吉野家…

A…シャンパン&醤油バー Flute Flute

B…Kitashinchi(北新地)

C…About 4,000JPY

D…Every dishes are used soy sauce. Even sweets, pasta, cheese…and so on.

E…「日本一!めんどくさいけどテンションの上がる卵かけご飯」. When you order it, you can taste 20-30 kinds of soy sauce with 卵かけご飯.

②Please start to introduce your favorite restaurant to each other with your sheet.

Please find a time and go with ESCO members sometime if you know a nice restaurant.

Also please invite me if you go lol

2018/11/24 第108回例会TOPIC

< TOPIC 1 > About your work
1. Please bring a pen to the meeting.
2. At the beginning of the meeting, write down the daily schedule of your work.
3. Using the above schedule, each one of you are supposed to make a presentation about your job. Following are the examples of what you can explain;
・what you like about your job
・what is the most challenging thing about your work
・what you learn by engaging in your job
4. Other members in the group are to ask as many questions as possible, at least one question from each.
5. Please take turns and repeat the same procedure.

< TOPIC 2> Why tech needs the humanities
https://www.ted.com/talks/eric berridge why tech needs the humanities/transcript#t-29892
1. What did you major in when you were a student? Why did you choose it?
2. What was the most impressive lecture at school? What did you learn from it?
3. What kind of major would you want to choose if you could be a student again?
4. Do you think technology companies should hire the people from various backgrounds? Please explain your reasons.
5. Do you think that your behavior and way of thinking are influenced by what you have learned at school?
6. What do you think current students should learn?

 

2018/11/10 第107回例会TOPICを発表します!

TOPIC1: How to make hard choices

https://www.ted.com/talks/ruth chang how to_make hard_ choices/transcript

Q1. Please share your experiences about following things.

i.difficult choices you had to make

ii.how did you decide best choice for you? Did you ask for advice from others?

iii.What is the most important factor for you when you decide something?

iv.Have you ever regretted the results of your choice?

Q2. When you are asked to give some advice by your family or friend, how do you advise them? (give your opinion clearly or respect their opinion and so on…)

Q3. Can you decide something quickly or does it take times to decide?

Q4. Why is it difficult to decide something? Because there are lots of choices , cost, comparing yourself to others?

 

TOPIC2: 4 reasons to learn a language

https://www.ted.com/talks/john mcwhorter 4_reasons to learn_a_new_language/transcript

Q1. Why have you studied English? The speaker said more people learn English than Chinese.  Why do you choose English?

Q2. If you have chances to learn new languages, which language do you want to learn? And why?

Q3. According to the speaker, many languages have disappeared.  Do you think Japanese can exist in the future?

Q4. If you can speak a foreign language like a native speaker, what do you want to do?

Q5. What is the most excellent point of learning other languages for you

 

2018/10/27 第106回例会TOPICを発表します!

First Topic   Why do people join cults? – Janja Lalich

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-do-people-join-cults-janja-lalich#watch

Q1 Do you know about the founder of “People’s temple”, Jim Jones?

Q2 What are the characteristics of cults?

Q3 What are some of the ways by which cult leaders influence their members?

What are the characteristics of cult leaders?

Q4 Why do people join cults?

Q5 You think a friend of yours is about to join a cult.  What would you say to          your friend?

 

Second Topic  How to choose your news – Damon Brown

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-to-choose-your-news-damon-brown#watch

Q1 What news are you interested in now?

Q2 There are billions of news outlets, but most people only rely on a few for their information.  Which places do you go first when you want more information on breaking news?

Q3 Which outlets do you trust the least?  How can you verify a story before you share it on social media?

Q4 So-called “citizen journalism” has exploded as smartphones, glasses-based cameras, and other tools make it easier for average people to report breaking news.  What are some of the positives and negatives with citizen journalism?

Q5 Can English be useful when you want to get information?

 

2018/10/13 第105回例会TOPICを発表します!

Topic 1 Teach every child about food

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

Q1. What did you eat for dinner yesterday?  How many kinds of vegetables did you eat throughout this week? Think about your eating habits and share your opinion to your group.

Q2. From the speech, how many recipes will save American children? What is your signature dish?

Q3. Do you remember your school food when you were in elementary school or junior high school? Did you like it? Was it a well-­balanced meal?

Q4. Is there anything that you do to take care of your health? What do you do? (Ex, do sports, eat balanced meals…..)

Q5. Share about a local dish from your hometown.

 

 

Topic 2 Your favorite TED Talks

1.Before the meeting on 13th Oct.

1-1. Please select 1 to 5 your favorite TED talks. If you select only one, you will explain it five times during the meeting… If it’s your favorite TED talks, you can select any TED talks. (You can select any talks in Japanese, talks we have never used as topics and so on.)

1-2. Please take following simple notes about your favorite TED talks.  After the meeting, notes will be handed in.  If you forget to take notes, please prepare during 10 min. break.

・title of talk
・speaker’s name
・the reasons why do you recommend this TED talk?

ex) ・Teach every child about food
・Jamie Oliver
・スピーカーの願いが伝わってくる、毎日の食について考えさせられる、など。Even 1 line in Japanese is OK.

2. During the meeting (1 on 1, in total 50 min. (5 min. ×2 persons ×5 sessions))
2-1. Please explain the reasons why the TED Talk is your favorite to your partner and discuss for the first 5 min. of the session.
2-2. Change the speaker
2-3. Change your partner ×4 times

After the meeting, your memo will be collected. We will make the following output.
・create web page ”Recommended TED Talks Selected by ESCO Members”
・use as next topics

 

2018/09/29 第104回例会TOPICを発表します!

Topic1 :  Free yourself from your filter bubbles
https://www.ted.com/talks/joan blades and john gable free yourself from your filter bubbles?language=en

1. Do you know anyone who is narrow-minded? Why do you feel so?

2. Do you have experiences that you freed yourself from information or social filter bubbles? Please share your experiences.
Information filter bubbleshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filter_bubble

3. Are you good at constructive conversation? Why do you think so?

4. Do you agree with the idea that we should honor anyone’s values and not lose any of our own? And how would you take care of that in your daily life?

 

Topic2 : Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers
https://www.ted.com/talks/steven pinker is the world getting better or worse a look at the numbers

1. Do you agree with this speaker? What do you think about ”Is the world getting better or worse”?

2. Pinker’s speech is a macro idea. By the way, is your life getting better or worse?

 2-1. Is your country getting better or worse? What do you think?

 2-2. Is your life getting better or worse? Please explain and discuss with numbers and examples.

 2-3. Let’s discuss how to get the life  much better.

 2-4. Let’s discuss how to get the world better in our hands.  

2018/09/15 第103回例会TOPICを発表します!

1st TOPIC
Japanese school clubs are a rite of passage — for children and parents alike.
https://savvytokyo.com/learnt-ins-outs-japanese-school-clubs/

Q1. What after-school clubs were you in? Why did you join the clubs?
Q2. Did the club activity eat up your time for other activities including studying? Were you happy about the club schedule?
Q3. The author says that school clubs may be seen as a junior version of corporate Japan. Do you agree with the idea?
Q4. What are pros and cons of being in an after-school clubs?
Q5. The guidelines issued by the Japan Sports Agency stipulate that sports clubs should take no longer than two hours on weekdays and three hours on weekends and not meet two days a week at least. What do you think about this guideline?

2nd TOPIC
When we design for disability, we all benefit
https://www.ted.com/talks/elise roy when we design for disability we all benefit?referrer=playlist-ted deep cuts vol_2

Q1. Do you believe disability helps to enhance the physical abilities? What kind of examples have you heard about such improvement?
Q2. Text messaging was originally designed for hearing-impaired people, but everyone loved it because it was comfortable. Are there any other service or tools like this text messaging example?
Q3. What para sports are you interested in, and why?
Q4. Have you ever tried to do anything as a disabled person or actually been disabled? Please share your experience.
Here is an example: http://www.dialoginthedark.com/did/

2018/09/01 第102回例会TOPICを発表します!

TOPIC1: One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

https://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_iliff one more reason to get a good night s sleep?utm campaign=tedspread&utm medium=referral&utm source=tedcomshare

  1. Do you sleep soundly?
  2. How many hours do you usually sleep?
  3. Are you a short sleeper or long sleeper?
  4. Is sleeping hours important for you? What happens to you if you couldn’t get enough sleeping time?
  5. Are there any ways to have a good night’s sleep?
  6. In some companies, the employees have a nap after lunch.  Do you think taking a nap will help you to perform well?  Do you want to have a nap in your workplace, too?

 

TOPIC2: Types Of Men You’ll Meet In Japan

https://savvytokyo.com/carnivore-herbivore-5-types-men-youll-meet-japan/

  1. Do you know all 5 types?
  2. (Question for Men): Which type do you think you are?  (Question for Ladys): Which is your favorite type?
  3. Do you agree or disagree to this article?
  4. Are there any categories for women such as shown on the article?
  5. Some people say that recently we have more Soshoku-kei compared to a few decades ago.  What do you think?

 

 

2018/08/18  第101回例会TOPICを発表します!

Topic1  “The Chinese zodiac, explained”  

https://www.ted.com/talks/shaolan the chinese zodiac explained

Q1 What is your Chinese zodiac?

Q2 Do you care about which Chinese zodiac you are?
Do you believe that each Chinese zodiac has characteristic tendencies?

Q3 What do you think about the fact that Chinese people tend to pay attention to their Chinese zodiac?

Q4 Do you talk about Chinese zodiac, astrology or blood type in your daily life?Do you enjoy talking about such topics?

Q5 If you have any interesting stories or information about the Chinese zodiac, please share them.

 

 

Topic2  Why are some people left-handed? – Daniel M. Abrams

http://ed.ted.com/on/qwbsgOZQ#watch

Q1 Are you right-handed or left-handed?

Q2 Is it good to correct left-handed people to become right-handed when they are a small children?

Q3 How can evolution affect the amount of left-handed people in the human population?

Q4 “It is a right-handed world and there are more advantages to being right-handed than left-handed.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Q5 Give examples from a sport’s perspective of how being left-handed can serve as an advantage in competition.