Saturday, June 30, 2007

A Day at the Zoo
Shibaura Institute of Technology
Listening Comprehension 1
Assignment 2

This is a video from ESLpodTV. In the video you see my friend Paul Carr at the zoo with his son. Below is Paul's introduction to the video:
  • Topic: a visit to the zoo (動物園の遊び)
  • Level: beginner (初級)
  • Language: questions, repetition (疑問の種類)

This is a beginner lesson on the topic of a visit to Ueno Zoo in Japan. Watch and listen as a four year old describes the animals. Enjoy the show!


There are some useful words and expressions to learn below.

peepee - child language that means to urinate

favourite - like the best

spots - round black marks

just a minute - (wait for) a short amount of time

upside down - head down and feet in the air

For Japanese and Spanish translations please go to transcript.
( せりふの訳はこのページです)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Going to a Movie
Making plans and Time

In the Freshman English 4- Speaking classes at Toyo Gakuin University students learned how to read a movie timetable and make plans to go to a movie with a friend. This video by EFpodEnglish shows two people making plans to go to a movie. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Sushi Samurai

Many people in many countries are interested in Japanese culture. Many Japanese words are also English words now too. For example: sushi (寿司) and samurai (侍). The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has a game called Sushi Samurai on it's website. It's a fun and easy game.
Check it out!

Talking about Jobs
Homework assignment for Toyo Gakuin University FE3-Listening

This video was downloaded from Real

In Unit 5 of American Headway by John and Liz Soars we studied jobs and future intentions.
This is a video about jobs.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Shibaura Institute of Technology Listening Comprehension Make-up homework for class absences (欠席)

This is a make-up assignment for students who were unable to attend class on 23 June 2007.
On 23 June we studied Units 10 and 13 from Listen In Book 1 by David Nunan. The topic in Unit 10 is how things work. The goals are understanding instructions (使用上注意) and following a sequence (連続). The topic in Unit 13 is ordering food in a restaurant. The goals are understanding food and drink orders and understanding and confirming reservations. Therefore, for your homework you will watch a video about making fish and chips. Fish and chips is a popular fast-food in England. Many university students enjoy eating fish and chips.

This video downloaded from VideoJug

The tasks for this video were written by Paul Carr for his video podcast ESLpodTV. On the ESLpodTV website Paul Carr wrote the following about this video lesson:
  • Topic: cooking - fish and chips (イギリスの伝統的な料理)
  • Level: intermediate (中級)
  • Language: listening (聞く)
There are some useful words and expressions to learn below. More are in the text.
pour - move liquid from one container to another

serve - give food to the people who will eat it
season - give flavor to food by adding salt, pepper etc.

fry - cook food in oil

flip - turn something onto its other side

For Japanese and Spanish translations please go to transcript. ( せりふの訳はこのページです)


Friday, June 22, 2007

Learning English and staying in shape
The special Ball Hockey class at Toyo Gakuen University

From left to right: Mr. Stout, Masumi, Kazumi, Satoko, Takahiro, and Taka

Facing Off

Masumi passes back to Taka

Rather unbelievably intercepted by Mr. Stout

She shoots! She scores!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

You CAN make a difference: A Video by Canadian band Nickelback that shows how a single person can make the world a better place

This is a video for Nickelback's song If Everyone Cared. In the video you see four people who cared: Bob Geldolf, Betty Williams, Peter Benenson and Nelson Mandela.

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we'd see the day when nobody died
When nobody died...

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Learning English in Thailand

This is a television programme for people wanting to learn English in Thailand. It's hosted by Chris Delivery. This programme features the Thai pop star Bie.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

A New Toronto Landmark Opened Today

3_ROM_Crystal_9115_square, originally uploaded by wvs.

A new Toronto landmark (目立つ建物) opened today, The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal is an expansion (増設) of the Royal Ontario Museum. The Royal Ontario Museum is usually called the ROM by people from Toronto.

One of the exhibitions (博覧会) in the The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal will be curated (展覧会の主事を務める) by Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto (杉本博司).

The ROM has another connection to Japan, The Prince Takamado Gallery of Japan. Prince Takamodo (高円宮憲仁親王) studied at Queen's University in Canada.

I'm looking forward to visiting the ROM the next time I'm back in my hometown.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Sergeant Pepper Turns Forty

The famous cover of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band record

The Beatles album Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was released in the UK on 1 June 1967. It was released the next day in the USA. Perhaps it was released in Canada on the same day. So, it is forty years old now!

According to
Rolling Stone magazine, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band is the greatest record of all time.

What do you think? Do you like the Beatles? Do you like
Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band? Leave a comment.