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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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?