Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!

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Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!!
I hope you are enjoying a lovely day today. I found a really cool video below that explains the Christmas story. Many thanks to Marc Helgesen and Curtis Kelly for this.
Enjoy!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Toyo Gakuen University Introduction to Business English B My Company Presentation Project Assessment Criteria

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Today is presentation day!

Here are the presentation assessment criteria (評価基準). You can use this as a checklist.

Content (内容) 10 points


Your presentation must contain the following information:
  • When the company was founded
  • Where the company was founded
  • Who founded the company
  • The number of offices
  • The locations of the offices
  • The number of employees
  • The company's product or service
  • Annual revenues
  • The company's corporate values (see p. 79 of  your textbook)
  • The company's mission, services and benefits to its customers (see p. 133 of your textbook)
Presentation
A. Slides (5 points)
  • 4 slides
  • 30 point fonts
  • An image on every slide.
  • The URL of the sites where you got your images.
  • No more than 10 words on each slide.
B. Speaking (15 points)

  • Speech is 2 minutes long,and the speech is memorised (Yes = 10 points; No = 0 points)
  • Speech is clear, easy to hear, and easy to understand (scale (尺度) from 0-5) 

Next time we meet it'll be the final exam. I'll post the study guide next Monday.
Happy holidays!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語1-2B Reading - Short story writing project

Hello everyone!
Today we are going to do a small project about Death on U Street. You are going to write a short story about what happens to your favourite character after the events in Death on U Street. I will send your stories to Adam Gray and Marcos Benevides. They will choose the 3 best stories and I will publish those stories on this blog!

First let's learn some new words. Click this link: 応用英語1-2B Reading. Click the set called "Short story project". Study the new words. Write them in your Detective's notebook. Then do an iKnow lesson.

Next, please download the worksheet below. Follow the steps and write your story.
Enjoy!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語I-3B Writing Unit 8: Movie Review Part 4

Day 87: Watching Movies with my pop
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Hello everyone!
Today we are going to finish working on Task 3: My Movie Review.

First, let's review some vocabulary. Please click this link: 応用英吾1-3A/B Writing.

Now let's practice typing. Let's practice typing. Please click the links and play Desert Typing Racer and Keyboard Revolution

Now let's go to page 76 of our textbook.

Your homework is to write the second draft of your movie review. The due date is next Tuesday the 22nd of December at 6 pm. Please submit your homework by e-mail.
Have fun writing!

 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語I-2B Case Closed!


Well we've finished reading Death on U Street. I think the story was great. Today we are going to review the story. First, let's review the vocabulary. Click this link: 応用英語1-2B Reading Do the Drill Beta once and play the Brain speed game once.

Now click this link to review the events in the story: Death on U Street Timeline 1. Copy the timeline onto a piece of loose leaf paper. Next, review the story and add in any more important events.Include events from the timeline on p.111. Also scan pp. 121, 124, 125, 132, 148. Look at pp. 111 and 148. What time was Terry Sweet murdered?

After that write a summary of the story on p.14 in your Detective's notebook.
Finally, write a review of the story. Maybe Adam and Marcos will read your reviews and write a reply. Post your review as a comment below.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Toyo Gakuen University Introduction to Business English B: My Company Presentation Project 1

Presentation
Flickr photo uploaded by MyTudut

Hello everyone!
Today we will start working on our presentation project.
First let's practice some vocabulary. Please click the link: Presentation Vocabulary.

Now let's look at the project outline:

My Company

You will present an international company. It can be a real company, or it can be a company that you create. You will do a 4-minute presentation using powerpoint. Your powerpoint must have the following:
  • 4 slides
  • 30 point fonts
  • An image on every slide.
  • The URL of the sites where you got your images.
  • No more than 10 words on each slide.
You must provide the following information about your company:
  • When, where, and by whom the company was founded (see p. 80 of your textbook)
  • The number of offices
  • The locations of the offices
  • The number of employees
  • The company's product or service
  • Annual revenues
  • The company's corporate values (see p. 79 of  your textbook)
  • The company's mission, services and benefits to its customers (see p. 133 of your textbook)
You must speak for 4 minutes. You must dress appropriately.

Your presentation will be on Monday 20 December

Finally, let's watch a video made by some English as a foreign language students about what NOT to do in a presentation. There are some grammar errors but the video is quite good and a little funny.
Enjoy!


Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語I-3B Writing Unit 8: Movie Review Part 3

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Hello everyone!
Today we are going to continue working on Task 3: My Movie Review.

First, let's review some vocabulary. Please click this link: 応用英吾1-3A/B Writing.

Now let's practice typing. Let's practice typing with some new games. Please click the links and play Desert Typing Racer and Keyboard Revolution

Now let's go to page 75 of our textbook.

Your homework is to write the first draft of your movie review. The due date is next Tuesday the 7th of December at 6 pm. Please submit your homework by e-mail.
Have fun writing!

 

Friday, November 26, 2010

Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語I-2B Chapter 5 Review and Chapter 6 Preview

Hello everyone,
Recently Marcos Benevides and Adam Grey, the writers of our textbook, Whodunit,  won a very big award. They won the 2010 HRH the Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union Book Award. In the photo below you can see Marcos and Adam with Prince Philip. Marcos is the man on the far left. Marcos is standing next to Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Standing on the other side of Prince Philip is Adam. On the far right is Alastair Graham-Marr. Alastair is one of the owners of Abax, the company that publishes Whodunit.

I think it's wonderful that our textbook has won an award. Congratulations Marcos, Adam and Abax!

Photo by Roland Kemp
Ok, so...today we are going to review Chapter 5 and preview Chapter 6. We are almost at the end. Are you excited?
Let's learn some vocabulary. Please click this link: 応用英吾1-2B Reading Vocabulary.

In Chapter 6 we learn who is guilty of the murder. Who do you think did it now? have you changed your mind? Please leave a comment.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語I-3B Writing Unit 8: Movie Review Part 2

Hello everyone! I hope you had a great holiday yesterday. Today we will continue working on our movie review.

First make a list of words you'd use to rate a movie (映画の格付けをする). After that, watch the video below. Circle the words on your list that you can hear.



Now, let's review some vocabulary. Please click this link: 基礎英吾ステップ1

Now let's practice typing. Let's practice typing with some new games. Please click the links and play Alpha Attack and Air Typer
 

Now let's turn to page 75 in our textbook.
Enjoy!

Friday, November 19, 2010

I Can

American president Obama famously said, "Yes we can", but so many people think that they can't. These people need to change. The world is changing, and that is good. Change is good. Everyone can change. As the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly said, "You can change on your death bed".

A great teacher in India called Kiren Bir Sethi has taught children that they can change the world. Please watch her video. You can watch with subtitles. Look at the screencast to see how to do it.


video


Now click this link to watch the video:

キラン ビア セイシ: 子どもたちに “I can” と教え


Another great teacher in Nagoya called Chuck Sandy saw Kiren Bir Sethi's video and he was inspired. He has brought her idea to Japan. He is working to help young people in Japan change the world. He is working to help people change the world with an organisation called Design for Change Japan.


Today, I will go to Nagoya. I will go to Nagoya for a big teachers' conference. It's the JALT conference. At the conference, I will meet Kiren Beth Sethi and Chuck Sandy and many other great people at a Design for Change event. One of Chuck's students recorded a song for the event. You can listen to the song.  Please watch the video below.



See you next Wednesday. I can't wait to tell you about all the things I learned at the JALT conference.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語I-3B Writing Unit 8: Movie Review Part 1

Hello everyone,
Today we are going to start a new task. Today we will learn how to write a movie review (映画批評記事). After we finish writing the review, we will make a video. Look at the videos below. They were made by students at Shibaura Institute of Technology students.

Watch the videos. What are the names of the movies?

Next, look at the words below:
science fiction, crazy, scary, exciting, beautiful, wonderful, complicated, inscrutable, love story, great, weird, , cool, violent, interesting, comical, moving, horror, grotesque.

How do you say these words in Japanese? Click this link: SPACE ALC. Find the translation.
After that, watch and listen to the movie reviews. match the words with the reviews.

Example (例) science fiction - Resident Evil



First, let's review some vocabulary. Please click this link: 基礎英吾ステップ1

Now let's practice typing. Let's practice typing with some new games. Please click the links and play Alpha Attack and Air Typer
 

Next, let's get started. Please turn to page 73 in your textbook.

Finally, please leave a comment. What's your favourite movie? Why is it your favourite?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Toyo Gakuen University Introduction to Business English B Unit 9: Companies Continued and Midterm Study Guide



Self study at study, originally uploaded by Hermés.

Hello everyone!
Today we going to continue talking about companies. We will also prepare for the Midterm Exam. The Midterm Exam is on Monday the 29th of  November. The exam covers units 7, 8, and 9 (pp. 62-87). The exam includes listening, reading, and writing. The study guide is below.

  • Part 1: Listening - Listen to a meeting and answer comprehension questions.
  • Part 2: Vocabulary - Please study our TYG Introduction to Business English Vocabulary List 2.
  • Part 3: Grammar - Past simple negatives, question forms, comparatives and superlatives, present continuous
  • Part 4: Skills - negotiations, discussions, dealing with problems
  • Part 5: Reading and Writing - read a profile of a successful business person, answer comprehension questions and write a short description of the person.
The Midterm exam will be 30 minutes long. After that we will start the presentation project.

Happy studies!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語1-2B Reading Chapter 4 Review and Chapter 5 Preview

Hello everyone!
Today we are going to review Chapter 4 and preview Chapter 5. First, let's review some vocabulary. Click this link: 応用英語1-2B Reading. Do the iKnow lesson twice.

In Chapter 5, we learn about a new suspect. Look at the mind map below. Who is the new suspect?




Now let's read chapter 5. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The 11th Day of the 11th month: a Day of Peace

Today is a special day. Today is Remembrance Day. Remembrance Day is a day of peace celebrated in Commonwealth countries including Canada and the United Kingdom. The symbol of Remembrance Day is the poppy. You can see a picture of a poppy below.

Photo by Sermoa
You can learn more about Remembrance Day by clicking the links below:

Posts about Remembrance Day on this blog
Remembrance Day on wikipedia

Give peace a chance!

Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語I-3B Writing Unit 6: It's a Party Part 3

Photo by Umami

Hello everyone! Long time no see. I hope you had a nice holiday last Wednesday.
Today we are going to write the second draft of our paragraph about a party.

First, let's review some vocabulary. Please click this link: 基礎英吾ステップ1

Now let's practice typing. Let's practice typing with some new games. Please click the links and play Alpha Attack and Air Typer
 
Next let's look at and listen to your classmates' fotobabbles about their seals. Click 3 links below. Listen to your classmate's fotobabble. After that, write a comment.

Yuya's seal, Hideaki K's seal, Haruka's seal, Yuriko's seal, Manami's seal, Ryota's seal, Tatsuya's sealRie's seal, Ryo's seal, Manae's seal, Kaname's seal, Kousei's seal, You's seal.

Ok, now let's edit our first draft and then write the second draft.
Your second draft is due next Wednesday. Enjoy writing!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Toyo Gakuen University Introduction to Business English B Unit 9: Companies

Hello everyone!
Today's topic is companies. Look at the picture above. Do you know these companies? What do these companies do? Do these companies do business in Japan? Have you ever bought these companies goods or services? Discuss these questions with a partner.
Now let's review some vocabulary. Click this link: TYG Introduction to Business English Vocabulary list 2.
Next, let's learn more about a company called Natura. Click this link to read a wikipedia article about Natura in Japanese, and click here to read a wikipedia article about Natura in English.
Now, please answer the following questions:
  • When was Natura founded?
  • What are Natura's products?
  • Where is Natura's headquarters?
  • Who are the key people at Natura?
  • What was Natura's revenue in 2009?
  • What was Natura's net income in 2009?
  • What does Natura focus its image on?
 Now let's read the Financial Times article about Natura in our textbook.
Finally, what kind of company would you like to found? Why would you like to found a company like that? Leave a comment below.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語1-2B Reading Chapter 4

Hello everyone!
Well today is the Mid-term test. Before we do the test, let's review some vocabulary. Click this link: 応用英語1-2B Reading. Do the iKnow lesson once.
After the test we will read Chapter 4 and do the tasks.

2010 Abax Some rights reserved

In Chapter 4 we discover some new motives for the murder. What do you think now? Who killed Terry Sweet? Leave a comment below.

Finally, I will be doing a presentation about this class at the ETJ Tokyo Expo. The presentation is at Hongo campus at 3:30 in Room 1402. I hope to see you there.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Shibaura Institute of Technology 英語総合1B Lesson 6 Whiteboard Notes

Hi everyone,
Last week we talked about overfishing and trapping. Both of these issues are controversial (議論の [余地がある] ) in Canada. The issue of trapping, and hunting for furs is especially controversial. The seal hunt is perhaps the most controversial. The seal hunt has been a part of the Inuit culture for over 4000 years. You can see a picture of the Inuit seal hunt below.

This image is public domain
On the other hand, some Canadians don't agree with the seal hunt. Some famous Canadians disagree with the seal hunt. Look at the picture below. In the picture you can see Grace Park. Grace Park was one of the stars of Battlestar Gallatica (宇宙空母ギャラクチカ). Grace Park disagrees with the seal hunt.

Image by PeTA

A Japanese celebrity, Aya Sugimoto has participated in PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked anti-fur campaign too.
Also, there is a group in Japan that is against killing animals for food. You can read it's blog. Click the link: Against Meat Japan.

Last class, most of you disagreed with killing animals for fur, but most of you agreed with killing animals for food.

Below are the whiteboard notes from last class.



Our next topics will be endangered species and garbage dumps.

Toyo Gakuen University Introduction to Business English B Unit 8: Markets

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Hello everyone!
It's been a while. I hope you enjoyed the school holiday last week.
Today we are going to talk about markets. There are many different kinds of markets including mass markets (大衆市場、マス・マーケット), niche markets (隙間産業[市場), and so on. Let's learn some new vocabulary. Click this link: TYG Introduction to Business English Vocabulary List 2.
Also, our language focus in this unit (p. 73) is comparatives and superlatives. Click here to do a fun quiz: Comparative and Superlative Quiz.
Our next unit is about companies. After that, we will do presentations. If you want to preview these things click these links: Unit 9 Companies, Our Company Presentation Project.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Shibaura Institute of Technology Writing 1B: Task 5 Lab Report

Hi Everyone,
Yesterday we learned how to write a process paragraph. Your next task is to apply the lesson by writing a lab report. Some good examples of lab reports are below. Shibaura Institute of Technology students wrote the lab reports.
Enjoy!

A Comparison between Strong Acid and Weak Acid by Fumihisa T.

     You can do a simple experiment to prove that strong acid is a better conductor of electricity than weak acid. All you need is a suitable quantity of hydrochloric acid (strong acid) and acetic acid (weak acid), 2 test tubes, 2 light bulbs, 4 conductors and 4 electrode bars. First, fill half of a test tube with hydrochloric acid and another one with acetic acid. Second, connect a light bulb and 2 electrode bars with 2 conductors like in the diagram below. Do this once more. Then soak the electrode bars of one set in the hydrochloric acid and the electrode bars of the other set in the acetic acid. You will see that the light bulb connected to electrode bars that were soaked in hydrochloric acid flashes more brightly than the one connected to electrode bars soaked in acetic acid. This proves that strong acid is a better conductor of electricity than weak acid.
Image by Fumihisa T.


Specific Heat Experiment by Kimihiro O.

Purpose: To show that aluminum has a higher specific heat than steel.
Materials: 2 cans - 1 made of steel and 1 made of  aluminum, 2 thermometers, a refrigerator
Procedure:
1. Fill the can with water.
2. Put the cans into the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
3. Check the temperature of the water in the cans and compare
4. Repeat 2~3 times every 5 minutes
Result: The water in the aluminum can gets cold quickly.

Image by Kimihiro O.

     You can do a simple experiment to prove that aluminum has a higher specific heat than steel. All you need are 2 cans: one made of steel and another made of aluminum, 2 thermometers, and a refrigerator. First, fill the can with water. After that, put the cans into the refrigerator. After 5 minutes, check the temperature of the water in the cans and compare and repeat the process 2~3 times till the time water in the cans become the same temperature. You will see the water in the aluminum can gets cold quickly. This proves that aluminum has a higher specific heat than steel.


Note for teachers: As usual, I have reformulated the students' writing to make it grammatical and a bit more natural sounding. Scott Thornbury has written a great article about reformulation. You can see the abstract here: Reformulation and reconstruction: Tasks that promote 'noticing'.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Toyo Gakuen University Hallowe'en Party 2010

Hi everyone!
Yesterday we had a great party in the English Lounge. Fifty students came to the 5th annual Togaku Hallowe'en Party. Mr. Hardy was the host. We ate sweets. We drank pop, juice, and tea. We carved jack o' lanterns. We sang songs. We played games. It was a great party. I made a video of our party. The song that you can hear in the video was written and performed by my very good friend Marc Fedak. You can hear more of Marc's music on line. Please click this link: marc fedak on soundclick
Enjoy!


Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語1-2B Reading Chapter 1-3 Review and Midterm Exam Study Guide

Hello everyone!
Today we are going to review Chapters 1-3 and prepare for the midterm exam. The midterm exam will be next Friday the 4th of November.
Please study the following:
  • Vocabulary - study all the words on the quizzes and in the chapter puzzles. You can review these words using our Smart.fm vocabulary list. Click this link: 応用英吾1-2B Reading
  • Chapter 1 Review: Be sure to study the mindmap carefully, also please study the Chapter 1 review in your textbook on p.92
  • Chapter 2 Review: Please read the comments, also please study the Chapter 2 review in your textbook on p.104
  • Chapter 3 Review: Be sure to study the Timeline carefully, and please read the comments. Also please study the Chapter 3 review in your textbook on p.116
  • Chapter Quizzes 1-3.  
  • The picture of the crime scene on p. 84
  • The map on p. 86
  • The calendar on p.100
  • The timeline on p.111
    The midterm exam will have 3 parts:
    1. Vocabulary - 10 randomly selected (無作為に選) questions from quizzes 1-3
    2. Comprehension - 10 randomly selected questions from quizzes 1-3 
    3. Tasks -  (a) draw a mind map describing all the suspects, and showing their relationship to the victim, their motive, and their suspicious behaviour. Look at the example mind map below. You can see the information for Leo Mench. On the printed copy of this mindmap, please fill in the information for the other suspects.



    Don't forget that you can use your detective's note book in the exam so be sure to complete the crime report on p.10. Also please fill in the information for the Persons of Interest on p.11, and fill in all the clues in chapters 1-3 on p. 12

    Have fun studying. You can get an A if you study hard!

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010

    A Special Presentation for Peace

    I got a message from my friend Michele Steele about a special presentation about peace. On the 13th of November, Anna Baltzer will be speaking at the Daito Bunka Kaikan. You can see the details in the picture below. Ms. Baltzer's presentation is sponsored by JALT Gunma Chapter and the JALT Global Issues in Language Education Special Interest Group (GILE).


    I hope to see you there!

    Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語I-3B Writing Unit 6: It's a Party Part 2

    Hello everyone,
    Today we will continue working on our next task - writing a notice (お知らせ) and writing a paragraph about a party.
    First, let's review some vocabulary. Please click this link: 基礎英吾ステップ1
    Now let's practice typing. Let's practice typing with some new games. Please click the links and play
    Alpha Attack and Air Typer

    Now let's upload our seal to fotobabble.Then read and record the paragraph that you wrote about your seal. Finally, share your fotobabble with me. Next week I will display your fotobabbles here, so we can see and enjoy everyone's seals.

    Now, let's return to Task 2: It's a Party. Your homework for today is to write the first draft of your paragraph about your party. Don't forget to check the style sheet. You must send me your paragraph by Tuesday the 9th of November at 6 pm.
    Enjoy!

    Monday, October 25, 2010

    Shibaura Institute of Technology 英語総合1B Lesson 5 Whiteboard Notes

    Hi everyone!
    Last lesson we started a new unit - Only One Earth. We learned a new reading strategy too - prediction. Also, we did an interesting survey about the world's biggest problems. You ranked the problems listed below:

    • Too much garbage
    • Endangered species
    • Pollution
    • Not enough food
    • Not enough jobs
    Seventy percent (70%) of you said that pollution was the biggest problem or the second biggest problem. After pollution, you thought that not enough food was the most important problem. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of you said that not enough jobs was the least important problem. 

    You can see all our whiteboard notes from last lesson below.


    Friday, October 22, 2010

    The Hire Hire Festival at Toyo Gakuen University


    Hello everybody,
    Well, it's that time again!! The Hire Hire Festival starts tomorrow.
    I spoke to Yuka, one of the organisers of the festival. Our chat was made into a podcast by Jerry Talandis, one of the great teachers at Toyo Gakuen University. You can listen to the podcast by clicking the link below.  There are many great things to see and do at the festival including:
    • a flea market
    • fireworks
    • stamp rally
    • stand-up comedy
    • live music
    • food stands
    • ..and many more things!!
    Please leave a comment.
    Enjoy!

    ELP 5: The Hire Hire Festival

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010

    Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語I-3B Writing Unit 6: It's a Party Part 1

    Hello everyone!
    Today we are going to start a new unit. In this unit we will learn how to write a notice and a paragraph about a class party.
    First let's learn some vocabulary. Click this link: 基礎英語 ステップ3 Do the iKnow lesson two times.
    Next, let's practice typing. Click this link: Qwerty Warriors. Play the game two times.
    Now look at the picture below. What do you see?

    B'day party at the park
    Photo uploaded to Flickr by emrank


    OK, let's start. Open your books to page 53.
    Finally, let's make a Fotobabble with our seals. Click here:Sign up for fotobabble.

    Monday, October 18, 2010

    Shibaura Institute of Technology 英語総合1B Lesson 4 Whiteboard Notes

    Hi everyone,
    Below are the whiteboard notes we made last lesson.

    Introduction to Business English 1-B Unit 7 People review

    Hello everyone!
    Well, it's been a while. Last week our class was cancelled due to the holiday. So, let's review Unit 7 People.
    Luckily, I listened to an interesting person speak yesterday at the Japan Intercultural Institute conference at Shirayuri College. You can see a picture of Shirayuri College's beautiful campus below.

    Shirayuri College, Tokyo


    The main speaker at the conference was Glen Fukushima. You can see a picture of Glen Fukushima below.

    Photo courtesy of Glen Fukushima

    Please read the profile of Glen Fukushima.

    • Born in 1949 in California
    • Raised in California and in Japan
    • Father was a sansei (三世), his mother was an issei  (一世) born and raised in Japan.
    • Attended Stanford University, Havard Business School and Harvard Law School
    • Started his career as a lawyer
    • Worked for the U.S. government
    • Has been an executive for AT&T, Arthur D. Little and NCR
    • Currently head of Airbus Japan.
    Is he Japanese or American? Write your answer as a comment.
    In paragraph 20 of this article you can see what a Japanese businessman thinks about Glen Fukushima.

    Toyo Gakuen University Extension Centre Class: Useful English for the Dentist

    Hi,
    Today we are going to learn some useful English for the dentist. First let's watch a funny video.



    You can learn some useful English for teh dentist from these websites:
    Vocabulary used in a dental office
    English for Dentists and their patients 1
    English for Dentists and their patients 2
    English for Dentists and their patients 3

    Here's another video that includes some useful vocabulary.



    I need to learn some useful Japanese for the dentist. maybe you can help me learn.

    Saturday, October 16, 2010

    Shibaura Institute of Technology Writing 1B Task 3

    The Learning Support Center
    Hello everyone!


    In today's class we reviewed organising paragraphs using time order and we learned how to organise paragraphs using order of importance. Your homework is to edit and rewrite Task 2. To see some good examples of Task 2 please click this link: Task 2. Below you can see some good examples of Task 3. Please don't forget that you can come to get help from in the Learning Support Center. Enjoy!












    Why I decided to come to Shibaura

    Hiroaki K.

              There are three reasons that I decided to come to Shibaura. First, Shibaura is the university that is the nearest to my house. Second, Shibaura corresponds to my scholastic attainments. Most importantly, there is a fishing circle at Shibaura. I like this school.

    Fumihisa T.


         There are several reasons why I decided to come to Shibaura. First, there is a department of Mechanical Engineering. I wanted to get into this subject by all means because I want to become a plane mechanic. Second, Shibaura is in the metropolitan Tokyo area. Thanks to the location, it is easy to commute. The most important reason is that the rate of employment of Shibaura graduates is high. This is a very important thing. For these reasons, I decided to come to Shibaura.

    Keisuke H.

         I chose Shibaura Institute of Technology for these reasons. First of all, The university has a racing team. I like to make things. The racing team doesn't just race cars. We produce an original car. Through this activity, I want to have a great experience and learn about the technology of cars. Second, this campus is built near Tokyo. We can get employment in the center of the capital. Finally, my department has a variety of experimental instruments. We can have a variety of experiences. I think that I made the right choice when I chose this university.

    Important Things to Consider When Choosing a Job


    Yuki M.

         There are four important things to consider when you choose a job. First, you should consider location. If the company is far, the commute is long. The second thing is the work’s quality. Quality of work is related to willingness to work. In addition, the company’s education environment is very important. I want the company’s education to enhance my skills. The most important thing is salary. Money makes me happy. So I will consider these four things when I choose a job.


    Note to teachers reading this post: These paragraphs have been reformulated. If you would like to see the unreformulated versions please contact me.

    Thursday, October 14, 2010

    Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語1-2B Reading Chapter 3 Review

    2010 Abax Some Rights Reserved

    Hello everyone!
    Today we are going to review Chapter 3. The story is getting exciting. Last week some of you made some comments about the evidence. Click the link to read the comments.
    Look at the timeline below. Do you see anything suspicious?



    Now let's learn some vocabulary. Click the link:応用英語1-2B Reading Chapter 3. Click "Chapter 3" Write the words and the translations in your Detectives' Notebooks. The look for the English definitions using the Simple English Wiktionary and the Oxford English Dictionary.

    Next, let's get into groups and discuss Chapter 3. After that we will do the quiz.
    Finally, who do you think is the number one suspect? Leave a comment below.

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010

    Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語I-3B Writing Unit 5: My Seal Part 4

    Hello everyone,
    I have read your first drafts, and I looked at your beautiful seals. Wow! Fantastic!
    Today we are going to finish Unit 5. We will also write the second draft of Task 1: My Seal.
    First: let's review some vocabulary. Click the link: 基礎英吾ステップ4. Do the iKnow lesson two times.
    Next, let's practice some typing. Click this link: Qwerty Warriors. Click "Play". Select "medium". Play the game two times.
    Now let's review some prepositions (前置詞) of place. Watch the video below.



    Now let's play a fun game. Click this link: http://www.tcet.com/eaonline/flashedesl/catsmx.swf
    Finally, please write your second draft. Use the "Grammar Error Codes" handout in the lecture folder to help you. You must submit it to me by e-mail by next Tuesday at 6 pm.
    Have fun writing!

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

    Shibaura Institute of Technology 英語総合B Global Issues Assignment 1

    Hi everyone!
    Today's lesson was great. Thanks!
    In class today, I gave you your first assignment. You can see some great examples of Assignment 1 by clicking this link: Shibaura Institute of Technology Global Issues Projects: Water Diary.

    Here is a link to an example of the water bottle survey:https://app.box.com/shared/mut5bfab8t


    Also, today we talked about the One Drop Foundation. Click here to view the One Drop Foundation YouTube Channel

    Finally, you can see a video about Michael Pritchard's amazing water bottle by clicking thsi link: 英語総合1B Michael Pritchard's Water Filter.

    Don't forget to e-mail your assignments to me by next Monday night at 6 pm.
    See you next week!

    Monday, October 11, 2010

    Shibaura Institute of Technology 英語総合B Global Issues Lesson 3 review and Lesson 4 preview



    Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying the long week-end.
    Below is a set of photos of the whiteboard notes we made last lesson.



    Next lesson we are going to read about reclaimed water. look at the picture below. Why do you think that we shouldn't drink reclaimed water?


    See you tomorrow!

    Sunday, October 10, 2010

    Shibaura Institute of Technology Writing 1B: Task 2 My Worst Experience - Best Experience

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     Hello!
    Yesterday's class was great. Thank you. I'm sorry I was so disorganised at first. It was embarrassing.

    Below you can see some examples of paragraphs wriiten by SIT students about their worst experiences. I have edited the paragraphs, so the grammar is correct. Enjoy!


    Daichi H's Worst Experience

            When I was 11, I went to a skate park with my family. I enjoyed skating for a short time. Suddenly a child jumped in front of me. I avoided crashing, but I slipped. Unfortunately my leg broke. I suffered great pain. Fifteen minutes later,  I was carried to an ambulance and everyone looked at me with interest. I was very embarrassed. This is the worst experience in my life.

    Fumihisa T's Worst Experience

            It was a snowy day when I was 16 years old. On my way to school, I was going to get on a train. In the train, there were many passengers. When I set foot in the train, due to the wet floor, I fell on my backside. Everybody in the train saw me. I was very ashamed and I blushed. I moved to another car. That was my worst experience.

    Hiroaki K's Worst Experience

            When I was twenty years old, I went fishing in the river. When I jumped down, I fell in the river. I swam to the opposite bank, and crawled up from the river. I noticed that my trousers were torn. I returned to my house.  Since I was wet and my trousers were torn, I was very ashamed, until I got home.

    Saki H's Worst Experience

            The worst experience of my life happened this spring. On the way to school, I was in the train. I tried to sit in a priority seat, because I had a stomachache. There were a lot of people in the train. An elderly lady asked me to give up the seat. I was perplexed because I didn’t know how to answer.  I was stared at by all the people around me. I felt that I was surrounded by people. I gave up the seat.  I gave it to the lady.

    Have fun writing about your worst experiences. See you next Saturday!

    Friday, October 08, 2010

    Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語1-2B Reading Chapter 2 Review and Chapter 3 preview

    Abax 2010 Some rights reserved

    Hello!
    Today we are going to review Chapter 2 and do the quiz. After that, we will start Chapter 3. First, let's learn some vocabulary. Click this link: 応用英語1-2B Reading.

    Leave a comment below. 

    Wednesday, October 06, 2010

    Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語1-3B Writing Unit 5 My Seal Part 3


    Hello everyone,
    Today we are going to start the first draft (第一草稿) of our first writing task: My Seal.
    First, let's study some vocabulary. Click this link: 基礎英語ステップ1. Do 2 iKnow lessons.
    Now let's practice typing: Click this link: Qwerty Warriors. Click "Play". Select "medium". Play the game two times.

    Now open the lecture folder and save the file called  応用英語1-3B Preposition practice. Do the tasks. Then open your textbook to page 48 and do the tasks.
    Your homework today is to write the your first draft of Task 1: my Seal.
    Enjoy!


    Monday, October 04, 2010

    Shibaura Institute of Technology Global Issues B: Chapter 2 Reading 1 Review & Reading 2 Preview

    Hello!
    Look at the images below. You can see the notes we made on the whiteboard last Tuesday.



    Our next reading is called How safe is your Water? In the reading we will learn that some people in the United States don't think their tap water is safe. On the other hand, bottled water may not be any safer. To learn the Story of Bottled Water, watch the video below.

    Sunday, October 03, 2010

    Toyo Gakuen University Introduction to Business English B: Unit 7 People Lesson 2

    Hello everyone,
    I hope you had a great week-end. Today we are going to finish Unit 7. We will read profiles of two famous business people: Mercedes Erra and Bill Gates. We will also learn about conflict resolution.

    Image downloaded from iStockphoto

    Click this link to learn more about Mercedes Erra and Bill Gates: http://1l2.us/bmE . Read the post and do the tasks. After that return to this post.

    Finally, let's think. Last week we talked about the kinds of people we like working with. Sometimes conflict happens because we define things differently. For example, how do you define "hard working":

    •  働き過ぎ - over working yourself, working for a very long time, working overtime
    • よく働く- industrious, efficient
    • 頑張る- trying hard, pulling one's weight, doing one's best
    Last week my great colleague Phil Brown left a comment on this blog. Mr. Brown is bicultural. His father is English and his mother is Japanese. He told me, "For me, the saying "Never be afraid of a bit of hard work!" (よく働く) is something I grew up with on my English side with 頑張る strong on my Japanese side..."
    What do you think. Do Japanese people define "hard work" differently?
    Leave a comment below.

    Saturday, October 02, 2010

    Shibaura Institute of Technology Writing 1B: Task 1 My life at Shibaura

    Hello!
    Your first task is to write a paragraph about your life at Shibaura. Look at the paragraph below. This is an example of a paragraph about life at Shibaura. It's one of my favourites. I love the honesty!




    My Life at Shibaura by Hiroaki K.

    I belong to the handball club and the fishing circle. I like fishing. I go fishing sometimes skipping lectures. When I am not in class I go fishing. I am a student of Applied Chemistry. However, I am not so interested in chemistry. I entered this school because there is a fishing circle. I came to this school to fish.

    You can see more examples here: http://mrstoutsblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/shibaura-institute-of-technology.html

    Have fun writing. See you next week!

    Thursday, September 30, 2010

    Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語1-2B Reading Chapter 1 Review and Chapter 2 preview

    Hello everyone,
    Today we are going to review Chapter 1: The Victim, and take our first quiz.Look at the image below. The image is a mind map (マインドマップ). Mind maps are a great way to take notes. The mind map below is about the scene of the crime.
    Open your Detective's notebook to p. 10. Fill in the crime report. Use the information in the mind map to help you.



    OK, now let's review some vocabulary. Click this link: 応用英語1-2B Chapter 1.
    Now turn to p. 92. Do the Police Briefing. After that we'll take the first quiz.

    Now let's do the pre-reading on p. 94.
    Finally, for homework please read Chapter 2 and do the tasks.
    By the way, you can learn more about learning English with mind maps by reading my friend Chris Foskett's book: マインドマップ英語勉強法.

    Tuesday, September 28, 2010

    Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語1-3B Writing Unit 5: My Seal Part 2


    Hello everyone,
    Today we continue working on our first writing task: My Seal.
    First, let's study some vocabulary. Click this link: 基礎英語ステップ1. Do 2 iKnow lessons.
    Now let's practice typing: Click this link: Qwerty Warriors. Click "Play". Select "medium". Play the game two times.
    Now let's look at some paragraph's written by Shibaura Institute of Technology students.

    Read Akihito's paragraph about his seal and answer the questions below.

    Akihito's Seal



    My seal has three symbols: a bird, planets, a cross and a die. The bird is in the center. It represents my hope because a bird is free and can go everywhere. I want to be free and go everywhere. Above the bird there are planets. They represent the places where I have not been. I want to travel to various places and find new things. Below the bird there is a die and a cross. They represents my way of thinking about science. They express Albert Einstein’s words, “”God does not throw dice with the universe" [神は宇宙とサイコロを再生されません。]. I really like science and I want to be a person who says aphorisms [格言] like this.


    1. What are the three symbols in Akihito's seal?
    2. What do the symbols represent?

    Next, read Masako's paragraph about her seal. Then, draw Masako's seal.


    Masako's Seal


                 My seal has four symbols: a softball, a musical note, five stars, and a cat. The five stars are in the center. They represent my home country’s national flag. They represent China. My mother is Chinese, and my father is Japanese. Above the five stars on the right upper side there is a cat. It represents that I like animals, and especially I like cats. I think cats are really cute, and smart. Under the cat there is a musical note. It represents that I am a member of a rock band. I like rock music very much, and I also like heavy metal. Of course, I like J-pops too. Above the stars on the left there is a softball. It represents that I belong to a softball club, and I really like sports.

    Monday, September 27, 2010

    Toyo Gakuen University Introduction to Business English B Unit 7: People

    Hello everyone. Today we are going to learn how to describe the kind of people we want to be, and the kind of people we want to work with.
    Let's learn some new vocabulary. Click this link: Introduction to Business English Vocabulary Review.

    Read the paragraph below. The paragraph is about the kind of people I like to work with.
    Working Together Teamwork Puzzle Concept
    Image by Lumaxart

    I like to work in a team. I like to work with collaborative people. They motivate me. I like to work with creative people. They make me creative too. I like to create. I like to work with hard-working people, because I like to work hard. I like to work with helpful people. Perhaps most importantly, I like to work with loyal people. I like to work with collaborative, creative, hard-working, helpful, and loyal people

    How about you? What kind of people do you like to work with. Please leave a comment below.

    Class rules made by Toyo Gakuen University and Shibaura Institute of Technology students 2010

    As usual, at the beginning of each semester, we make rules for our classes. In the box below you can see some rules made by students at Toyo Gakuen University and Shibaura Institute of Technology in the spring and autumn semesters this year.

    Some of my favourites are:
    • We should keep a smile on our faces.
    • If we forget our textbook we should make a copy of our friend's textbook.
    • Our teacher must help us get 100% on the test.
    • Mr. Stout must give us a fair grade.
    • The teacher must remember to bring whiteboard markers to class.




    In some classes at Toyo Gakuen University, we were in a Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) room, and I asked the students to look at the cartoon I posted on this blog on the 13th of September, and then write some rules for the class by leaving a comment. Click the link to see the cartoon and the students' rules in the comment section. In other classes, I printed the cartoon and showed it to the students. I asked them to write some rules. I made it a race actually. After that we went over the rules correcting grammar, and making some changes to the rules. This was part of the negotiation process (折衝[交渉]過程[プロセス]). In the pictures you will see that some rules are crossed out. That's because sometimes singing and dancing are OK in my classes. I did make a mistake. I crossed out the wrong rule in one of the photos. Can you guess which one?

    Saturday, September 25, 2010

    Shibaura Institute of Technology Writing 1B 2010 Semester 2 Lesson 1



    Today is the first day of the Writing 1B class at Shibaura Institute of Technology. You can read the course syllabus and see examples of work done by students in previous classes by clicking the links below:

    Please let me about yourself. Write a comment below. Watch the video to learn how to post a comment.

    Friday, September 24, 2010

    応用英語1-2B Reading Lesson 2: Death on U Street Chapter 1

    Hello everyone! Today we start reading our exciting story, Death on U Street.

    Illustration by Yuji Tachikawa. Abax. Some rights reserved

    In today's lesson we will:
    • Learn about the real U Street
    • Learn some crime story vocabulary
    • Read chapter 1:  The Victim
    • Learn why there are fingerprints over the text in the story
    • Learn how to use the Detective's Notebook
    • Answer the Chapter 1 puzzle



    OK, let's learn about U Street.
    U Street is the main street in a neighbourhood in Washington D.C in the United States. Look at the picture below.


    Uploaded to wikipedia by  AgnosticPreachersKid

    The U Street neighbourhood is a large African American community. The famous jazz artist Duke Ellington lived there. Look at the picture below. You can see a painting of Duke Ellington on the building.

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    You can learn more about U Street from wikipedia. Click the link: U Street Corridor

    OK, now let's learn some vocabulary. Click this link: 応用英語1-2B Reading.

    Next, let's open our textbook to page 79. Let's learn about the Detective's Notebook and let's read the story.
    Your homework is to finish reading Chapter 1 and do the puzzle. Next week we'll have the first quiz.
    Enjoy!

    Wednesday, September 22, 2010

    Toyo Gakuen University 応用英語I-3B Writing Unit 5: My Seal Part 1

    Hello everyone!
    Today we are going to start our first writing task: My Seal. Look at the picture below.  The picture is the Great Seal of Canada. In the middle of the Great Seal of Canada you can see the Queen. The Queen represents Canada. She is a symbol (事物の象徴[を表す記号]) of Canada.


    Look at the picture below. You will design a seal and write a paragraph about it.
    Writing from Within Intro p.47 ©2004 CUP


    First, let's study some vocabulary. Click this link: 基礎英語ステップ1. Do 2 iKnow lessons.
    Now let's practice typing: Click this link: Qwerty Warriors. Click "Play". Select "medium". Play the game two times.

    Now let's get started. Open your books to page 44.
    Finally, please post a comment below. Tell me about your plans for the holiday on tomorrow.

    Monday, September 20, 2010

    MASH Equinox Tokyo at Toyo Gakuen University

    What did you do on the long week-end? I spent my long week-end at Toyo Gakuen University Hongo Campus. I spent 4 days at a fantastic conference at Toyo Gakuen University Hongo campus called MASH Equinox Tokyo 2010.


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    ©MASH Collaboration 2010 http://flic.kr/p/8C6gVt

    Other Toyo Gakuen University teachers and students participated in the conference too. Andy Boon was one of the organisers. Daniel Beck did a great pecha kucha (ペチャクチャ) presentation. Hitomi Sakamoto-sensei, Clair Taylor, and Clare Murray attended the conference. Most importantly, Toyo Gakuen University students volunteered to help out at the conference. We were all very proud of them.

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    Clair Taylor and Scott Thornbury

    Clair Taylor and Michael Stout having a laugh at MASH Equinox 2010


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    I was also delighted to see my friend Jennifer Ypantidis give a great presentation. We worked together at Kanto International High School.

    There will be many more conferences at Toyo Gakuen University this year. Why don't you volunteer to help out at a conference? If you volunteer at a conference you will meet many kind and interesting people and you will have a great chance to practice speaking English.