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Topic for the 16th of November - Shopping

  • 投稿者:David (2018-11-14 (水) 09:14:58)

Shopping

Last weeks topic was a little difficult, so I have made sure that this week is a bit easier.

This week I want to discuss shopping. Talk about your own and others shopping habits, if you like to indulge or if you like to save.
We can also talk about the differences between men and women shopping, how shopping habits are changing with online shopping becoming more popular.

Here is a link explaining a few differences between men and women shopping for clothes, I however think that these rules apply across all different types of shopping.

http://blog.boldmetrics.com/3-differences-between-the-way-men-and-women-shop-for-clothes/

This next link also shows a possible shopping route for men vs women. I know that this is certainly true between my wife and I.

https://www.reddit.com/r/MGTOW/comments/95jvcr/men_vs_women_shopping_patterns_although_its/

Discussion questions

1. Is shopping something you enjoy?
2. What are your favourite things to shop for?
3. Do you think men and women shop differently?
4. How do you prefer to shop? Fast? Slow? Alone? With friends?
5. Are you the type of person to indulge? Are you an impulsive buyer?
6. With online shopping becoming more popular how do you think it is affecting shoppers and retailers?
7. Do you know the difference between “going shopping” and “doing the shopping”?
8. What are you favourite places to shop? Shopping centers, small markets, brand stores, high streets, small towns and streets?

If you have any questions or problems, please contact me on Line or email at davidkanejeavons1987@gmail.com

Topic for the 9th of Novemeber - Bonfire Night

  • 投稿者: (2018-11-07 (水) 09:32:20)

Bonfire night

This week on Monday 5th of November was a British celebration day of “Bonfire Night”, so I thought it would make an interesting talking point.

I think that it is one of the lesser known celebration days outside of the UK. While these days it has lost some of its importance it is still celebrated across the whole of the UK.
During this night we have festivals with many firework displays, big fires, festival foods, dancing and various other things.

The following link explains why we celebrate bonfire night and what its purpose was:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/15351828

If you are interested and would like to learn a bit more this next link is a bit more detailed.

https://www.history.co.uk/article/history-of-bonfire-night

Questions for discussion:

What is Bonfire night?
Why do people celebrate it?
Who was Guy Fawkes and how was he killed?
How did the plot get discovered?
Do you think Guy Fawkes was a hero? Or a villain? Why?
How do you think British people view Guy Fawkes?
If this had happened in Japan how do you think Japanese people would view it?

These days some British people want to end the festivals for bonfire night the main reasons are, environmental concerns due to fires and pollution, injuries from people using fireworks incorrectly, large amounts of noise causing problems and some people think it is an out dated celebration. What do you think about this, is it something that should be ended? Or is history too important and should be remembered?

If you have any questions or problems please contact me by Line, or email at davidkanejeavons1987@gmail.com

Topic for the 26th of October - Religion

  • 投稿者:David (2018-10-23 (火) 21:19:12)

Religion

This week’s topic is religion. Religion has a huge impact in every country. Even if a country is not ruled by religion now, often its laws are still based upon the old religious laws from a bygone era.

I am pretty sure that everyone is familiar with religion. However, for anyone interested in reading about a few of the positive and negative impacts religion has upon society, you can see in the following link.

The article is quite long but if you scroll down and just look at the two sections, “Pros of religion” and “Cons of religion”. It has some good ideas.

https://soapboxie.com/social-issues/The-Pros-And-Cons-Of-Religion

Discussion questions

1. Are you or have you ever been part of a religion? Which religion?
2. Do you think religion is a good or a bad thing overall?
3. List some positives and negatives of religion.
4. Do you think religious people are happier than none religious people?
5. Has religion had an impact on Science?
6. Should children be told which religion to follow or allowed to make their own choice?
7. Religions teach peace and harmony, yet it is the reason of many wars. Why do you think this is?
8. Give any final thoughts on religion to the group.

After the discussion change or make larger groups and give feedback to other people on what you have learnt.

Topic for the 19th of October - Exercise

  • 投稿者:Dave (2018-10-17 (水) 16:06:27)

Exercise

This week's topic is exercise. The following link talks about recommend weekly exercise and which countries exercise the least.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/health-45408017

For some people exercise is important, whereas some people hate it. Either way it is something we should all take part in.

Take some time to think about what exercise means to you and if you do enough if it.

Questions to discuss are;

1. What type of exercise do you do? And do you enjoy it?
2. What are your reasons for exercising? Is it for fun? For health? Perhaps for social reasons?
3. Do you think people in your country exercise enough?
4. Is exercise promoted and taught enough in schools?
5. What are the possible negative results of not exercising?
6. Are there any downsides to exercise?
7. Can you think of any kind of exercise or activity that you would like to try?

After this discussion, if there is time, please give feedback on anything you have learnt to the rest of the group.

If you have any problems or questions please contact me via Line or email at davidkanejeavons1987@gmail.com

Topic for the 12th of October - Food

  • 投稿者:David (2018-10-10 (水) 11:33:19)

This weeks topic is food. We will find out how important food is for each other, along with our likes and dislikes.

This link has a list of various cuisines from around the world and what they offer. Please take a brief look at anything that you are interested in, find something you have never tried but would like to.

https://www.bbc.com/food/cuisines

For the group discussion, here are some possible questions. Please do not feel like you must stay strictly to the list and finish it, but you can if you want to.

1. How much do you like food?
2. What are some of your favorite cuisine types, e.g. French, Japanese, Italian?
3. Are there any types of cuisine that you have never tried but you want to try?
4. What are your favorite foods or dishes?
5. How often do you think about food?
6. Are you a picky eater or can you eat anything?
7. Are you careful about what you eat?
8. Which meal is your favorite? e.g breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack times?
9. What junk food do you like?
10.If you had the choice to eat anything in the entire world at this moment what would you choose?

Please if you have any questions or problems contact me on Line, or email at davidkanejeavons1987@gmail.com

Topic for the 5th of October - Nature

  • 投稿者:David (2018-10-03 (水) 10:47:25)

This week’s topic is nature.
We can discuss if its important to us as individuals or of its importance to the planet.

https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/10-of-the-most-beautiful-national-parks-in-the-world.html

This is a short list of some national parks across the world. You can choose from this list or any other place, but choose a place you wish to visit.

To me nature is very important, but that is not the case for everyone.

Possible questions to talk about

Make sure everyone understands what nature is.
How much do you like or dislike nature? Why?
From the link provided or your own choice from elsewhere, tell the group where you would most like to see.
In your opinion where is nature at its most beautiful? Beaches, oceans, mountains, deserts, forests, underwater, jungles etc.
How important is nature to Japan?
Where do you think is the most beautiful place in Japan?

If you have any questions or problems please contact me via Line, or email at davidkanejeavons1987@gmail.com

Topic for the 28th of September - Living from the heart or Living from the mind

  • 投稿者:David (2018-09-26 (水) 13:00:53)

Live from the heart or mind?

This week I want to discuss the differences between living from the heart and the mind. What I mean by this is as follows;

Living from the mind – Planning and thinking. For instance, choosing your education based upon what jobs are available and what pays well. Planning out your weeks and days based on what you think is optimal.

Living from the heart – Choosing education and your life based on what you like and how you feel. Choosing the paths, you take in life based on your feelings.

This article talks a little about it. It is written from the perspective of a woman and her observations of other women. However, a lot of it is still just as relevant to men.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-suzanne-steinbaum/living-from-the-heart_b_2528372.html

Some questions to consider talking about are as follows.

What advantages and disadvantages do each lifestyle offer? Give some examples.
Which lifestyle do you prefer, and is it the lifestyle you live by?
Which lifestyle do you think most people in your country live by?
Would you like to live the opposite lifestyle?
How does each lifestyle impact society in positive and negative ways?

If you have any questions or problems please contact me on Line or email at davidkanejeavons1987@gmail.com

Topic for the 21st of September - England

  • 投稿者:David Jeavons (2018-09-19 (水) 14:05:10)

This week’s topic is England. I want to discuss the culture and country.

First however last week we briefly talked about authors. I mentioned a couple of my favourite authors. One of which being Douglas Adams, who wrote this book “The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy”. This is perhaps a little difficult to understand for some people but please try to the first few pages of the following book if you are interested, up to page 5 (going by the numbers at the top of the pages in the book).
Please tell me if this level you are able to understand, if you like it, dislike like it, what do you think?

https://grannyswag.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/adams-douglas-the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy.pdf

The following link provides some information regarding England and some of its ways of life.

https://www.roughguides.com/article/21-things-everyone-should-know-before-visiting-britain/

Group questions to discuss

1. What images spring to mind when you think of England
2. What is England famous for?
3. Do you think British people are polite?
4. How important are pubs to English people?
5. What do you think about British food?
6. Do you know what any of the following foods are? Black pudding, Yorkshire pudding, Scone, Toad in the hole, Shepard’s pie?
7. How do you think people from outside of London view London?
8. Where do you think are important places to visit in England?
9. Is there any information you know or think about England that you want to say?
10.How do Japanese people view England and English people?

If you have any questions or problems please contact me at davidkanejeavons1987@gmail.com

Topic for the 14th of September - Bullying

  • 投稿者:David (2018-09-12 (水) 13:01:30)

Bullying

This week’s topic is bullying. I wish to discuss about the effects of bullying, how frequent it occurs and possible reasons it happens.

The following article highlights some of the issues of bullying in Japan. It is however, written from a western perspective so I will be interested to hear people’s views on this article.

https://www.economist.com/asia/2017/04/12/why-bullying-in-japanese-schools-is-especially-traumatic

This article highlights some of the issues that occur in the UK.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/28/more-than-half-of-children-in-england-and-wales-bullied-about-appearance

These articles should give you a good idea of bullying and perhaps some of the impact it can have on the individuals and families.

The group will divide into small groups for a discussion on bullying. Here are some possible questions.

1. What exactly is bullying? Make sure everyone knows.
2. Do you think bullying is a large problem in your country?
3. Do you think bullying is different or the same in other countries?
4. What different kinds of bullying can you think of? Give some examples.
5. Have you been a victim of bullying? Or have you ever been a bully yourself?
6. What do you think about cyber-bullying (bullying on the internet)?
7. Do you think we can prevent bullying or is it part of growing up?
8. What kind of people bully others? Do you think they need help? Do they need to be punished?
9. What are the long-term effects of bullying?
10. Do you have any suggestions for dealing with bullying? Stand up to them? Report them?

After the group discussion there will be a small scenario to discuss.

If there are any questions or something you do not understand. Please feel free to contact me at:
davidkanejeavons1987@gmail.com

Topic for 7th September - Animals and zoos

  • 投稿者: (2018-09-05 (水) 09:43:16)

Animals and Zoos

For the coming lesson the topic is animals and zoos. We will find out each other’s thoughts about animals and if zoos are good, bad, needed or unneeded.

This article lists some of the positives and negatives of zoos.

https://greengarageblog.org/list-of-11-biggest-pros-and-cons-of-zoos

First set of questions are related to your own view on animals.

(1) Do you like animals? Why?
(2) What is your favorite animal?
(3) What is the cutest animal in the world?
(4) What animal are you most fascinated by? What is so interesting about it?
(5) What animal do you least like? Why do you like it so little?
(6) What animal best represents your character? How so?
(7) If you had infinite money and space and you could keep any animal what would you choose?

Second set of questions are regarding your views on zoos.

(1) Do you like zoos?
(2) What are some positive points of zoos?
(3) What are some negative points of zoos?
(4) Overall is your opinion of zoos positive or negative?
(5) Do you think animals are happy being in a zoo?
(6) Do you think there should be a human exhibition at a zoo?
(7) Give any final thoughts on zoos, such as any animals you think should never be kept, any ways to improve the wellbeing of the animals, if you think all zoos should be closed or be given increased funding anything you can think of.

In the final part of the discussion I will present a few animal related idioms, to see if you know or can figure out their meanings.

If you have any questions please contact me at davidkanejeavons1987@gmail.com

Topic for August 31st - Sexism

  • 投稿者:David Jeavons (2018-08-28 (火) 22:40:52)

Sexism

Sexism is the unfair treatment of people based on their gender.
For example, giving the best job positions to males and then the lesser positions to females just because they are female. Or thinking that a woman is weak and not capable just because she is a woman.

Whether you think it is ok or not, sexism exists in our everyday life.

Here are some of examples of sexism taking place in everyday life:

https://www.mookychick.co.uk/feminism/uk-feminism/10-examples-sexism-women-face-every-damn-day.php

After the initial free chat, we will divide into small groups based on number of attendees and exchange opinions. Here are some possible questions.

(1) What exactly is sexism?
(2) Can you give any examples of sexism that you know about?
(3) Have you ever been a victim of sexism?
(4) Have you ever done anything sexist yourself?
(5) Does sexism exist in your family?
(6) What kind of sexism is there in your society?
(7) Do you think sexism will always be a part of society?
(8) Is it possible for sexism to completely disappear?
(9) Is it always women who suffer because of sexism, or can men suffer too?
(10) Does sexism go down when a country’s leader is a woman?
(11) Which countries do you think have made great progress in addressing sexism?

After this question time, a scenario will be presented to think about.

Topic for August 24

  • 投稿者:David (2018-08-22 (水) 10:22:44)

Marriage in Britain and Japan.

Just like in Japan marriage rate is also decreasing in Britain. Here are a couple of links explaining some of the possible reasons.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/marriages-men-women-lowest-record-heterosexual-lgbt-ons-a8232751.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/7b96f5d1-47af-44b5-a530-b70e5533324a

Similar to last week I will do discussions in various group sizes, I will change the group sizes based on the number of people who attend.

First will be 1 to 1 here are some possible questions to ask each other.

Why do you think marriage in Britain is decreasing?
Do you think marriage is important or not important? Why?
What do you think about couples who are not married?
Do you think people should stay married even if they no longer love each other?
Do you think marriage changes people? What changes? Are they good changes or bad changes?
Has your opinion of marriage changed during your life?
Who has the happiest marriage you Know?
Why do you think this is?

I will then increase the group size based on how many people attend and as small groups discuss the following:

Do you think the reasons for marriage decreasing are the same in Britain as they are in Japan?
Discuss the impact society has on people getting married? For example, do you think society pressures people into marriage?
What do you think the secret to a happy marriage is?

Assuming I have time, I will also provide each small group with a scenario to discuss and answer.

I would also like each person to try and learn a few idioms related to marriage to use in the class, here are a few possibilities. You do not need to remember all but try to learn 1 or 2 please.

1. Tie the knot - to get married
e.g. Did you hear about Ben and Jill? They tied the knot last week.

2. Without a doubt - 100% certain
e.g. I want to marry her without a doubt.

3. An item - two people in an established relationship
e.g. Did you hear that those two are an item

4. Bend over backwards - to do anything for someone
e.g. He would bend over backwards for her

5. Better half - A person's spouse or partner
e.g. How is your better half today?

If you already know all these idioms please try to learn 1 or 2 and use in the discussion.

If any questions people contact me at
davidkanejeavons1987@gmail.com

The topic for August 17

  • 投稿者:David (2018-08-14 (火) 20:26:08)

Hello everyone, my name is David and I will hopefully be your teacher for the foreseeable future. As I am not fully familiar with your level of English, I will approach this in a way that should be comfortable for you and allow me to discover your English level.

This week’s topic – Backpacking

If you are not familiar with backpacking, the following links will help to explain what it is along with some positives and negatives.

http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/227899/5-benefits-of-backpacking/

http://www.littlegatepublishing.com/2017/06/are-you-prepared-for-the-dangers-of-backpacking/

First, the class will be divided into pairs to ask the following questions.
(1) Have you ever been backpacking?
(2) What are the advantages of backpacking?
(3) What are the negative points or dangers of backpacking?
(4) What are the essential items to put in a backpack when travelling?
(5) Would you prefer to go on a two-week luxury cruise or go backpacking for six months? Why?
(6) Have you ever stayed at a backpackers' or similar budget accommodation?
(7) Do you think backpacking is done only by those with little money?
(8) In which countries would you most and least like to go backpacking?
(9) Is backpacking generally something for younger people?
(10) Is it OK for old people to go backpacking?
(11) Would you like to go backpacking around your own country?

Next, we will have group feedback and discussion on a few questions.
1. What is your overall view and opinion on backpacking?
2. What do you think of backpackers in Japan? Is it a good or bad thing? Why?
3. If you have never been backpacking before, is it something you would do? If you have been backpacking before, would you go again?

There will be a final activity where you are divided into 2 or 3 groups and provided a scenario to talk about.

If there are any words or phrases you do not understand in the articles or the lesson plan, please let me know by sending me an email at davidkanejeavons1987@gmail.com

For the most commonly asked words or phrases, I will cover those in class.

I’m looking forward to meeting you all this Friday.

David

New Facilitator

  • 投稿者:Freddie (2018-08-09 (木) 18:58:07)

Hello. How are you doing?
I have good news for member of topic discussion course.

I've invited a native English speaker to support topic discussion course at Friday’s session.
Hi is David, he is from UK, and experienced English teacher, he is going to come our club from August 17th.

We look forward to having you join us!

この度、トピックディスカッションコースにイギリス人のデビッドさんにレギュラーで来てもらうことになりました。
ネイティブスピーカーに定期的に入っていただくことで、皆さんに質の高い学習会を届けられたら嬉しいです。
初回のセッションは8/17(金)となりますので皆さん楽しみにしてくださいね?
たくさんの方の参加をお待ちしております。

後ほどマテリアルはDavidさんより投稿していただきます。
質問があれば投稿のコメント欄で質問も受けてくれるそうなのでそちらもご利用下さい。

The topic for August 3

  • 投稿者:徳永 (2018-08-01 (水) 07:06:17)

Agenda 1
Thousands rally to protest LDP lawmaker Mio Sugita’s remark calling LGBT people ‘unproductive’
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/27/national/social-issues/thousands-rally-protest-ldp-lawmaker-mio-sugitas-remark-calling-lgbt-people-unproductive/#.W2DNPPZuJPa
Key Questions
It is an undeniable truth that same-sex couples are not able to reproduce and for a society as Japan with minus-population growth that is unproductive. Do you agree?
Some people say there is nothing wrong with Ms. Sugita’s remark because “Different people have different views, let alone their political positions,” Do you agree?
Do you think that there are many people who have the same opinion as Ms.Sugita?
Some opposition parties are demanding her resignation over the article. Do you agree?

Agenda 2
Nightly Routines and how to sleep hack your way to a productive morning

http://www.littlemight.com/nightly-routine/

THE 6 THINGS BEFORE BED
1. Reflection
2. Priorities for tomorrow
3. Wins
4. Gratitude
5. Clean Desk = Clean Mind
6. Sleep Hack

The topics for 7/27

  • 投稿者:Tom (2018-07-25 (水) 08:50:06)

We are going to reuse the agendas which were supposed to be discussed in 7/6.
On that day there was no facilitator and no materials were given to the participants, that’s why these topics have been selected again.

◯Agenda 1: Business and social media
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44110588

Key Questions
1. If your company has social media account, do you think it contributes to your work?
If not, does your company need this?
2. What do you think are advantages and disadvantages of handling social media account of your company?
3. Do you agree or disagree that businesses have to maintain their social interactions via social media?

◯Agenda 2: Avoiding risks in the final World Cup game
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2018/07/01/soccer/international-soccer/nishino-apologizes-players-tactics-late-group-stage-match-poland/#.Wzt-LpFcWEe

Key Questions
1. How did you rate the decision that Japan just tapped the ball in order to avoid the risks of bookings or another Poland goal?
2. What do you think about the performances Japan showed in the World Cup matches?

The topics for July 20

  • 投稿者:Saya (2018-07-16 (月) 23:22:20)

1. Can you really tell if a kid is lying
https://www.ted.com/talks/kang_lee_can_you_really_tell_if_a_kid_is_lying

  • Do you think can we really reveal people's hidden emotion by looking at facial blood flow changes?
  • If "transdermal optical imaging" is put to practical use, what will it bring positive/negative changes to our society?
  • The speaker says that the accuracy of "transdermal optical imaging" is about 85 percent. If you can use the technology to read politicians' emotions, marketing research, or even dating, how are you going to use it?

2. Medicare May Soon Pay Doctors for Diagnosis via Text Message
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2018/07/12/medicare-may-soon-pay-doctors-for-diagnosis-via-patient-text-message/#28bcd74c47ff

  • Do you think "virtual care" works in Japan?
  • In your opinion, what kind of impact does "virtual care" have on patients, doctors, cost of medical care, and health insurance system?

The topics for 7/13

  • 投稿者:徳永 (2018-07-10 (火) 22:57:05)

Topic 1
7 Techniques That Can Help You Read Other People’s Minds
https://www.storypick.com/mind-reading-techniques/
Although there is no research evidence to support mind reading via extra sensory perception (ESP), there are individuals who are extremely skilled at reading others’ body language and making educated guesses about what they are thinking or feeling.

Key Quetions
Do you think you are skilled at mind-reading?
If you could read someone's mind, would you?
What if someone can read your mind?
Do you ever get the feeling that some people can read your mind?

Topic 2
Pros and Cons of Death Penalty
https://opinionfront.com/death-penalty-pros-cons

Is the death penalty appropriate or should it be banned?
Which crimes should require a death penalty?
If you oppose the death penalty, what do you say to the loved ones of the murderer’s subsequent victims?

The topics for 7/6

  • 投稿者:Tom (2018-07-03 (火) 22:54:07)

◯Agenda 1: Business and social media
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44110588

Key Questions
1. If your company has social media account, do you think it contributes to your work?
If not, does your company need this?
2. What do you think are advantages and disadvantages of handling social media account of your company?
3. Do you agree or disagree that businesses have to maintain their social interactions via social media?

◯Agenda 2: Avoiding risks in the final World Cup game
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2018/07/01/soccer/international-soccer/nishino-apologizes-players-tactics-late-group-stage-match-poland/#.Wzt-LpFcWEe

Key Questions
1. How did you rate the decision that Japan just tapped the ball in order to avoid the risks of bookings or another Poland goal?
2. What do you think about the performances Japan showed in the World Cup matches?

The topics for 6/29

  • 投稿者:Tom (2018-06-27 (水) 22:34:51)

◯Agenda 1: Business and social media
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44110588

Key Questions
1. If your company has social media account, do you think it contributes to your work?
If not, does your company need this?

2. What do you think are advantages and disadvantages of handling social media account of your company?

3. Do you agree or disagree that businesses have to maintain their social interactions via social media?

◯Agenda 2: Self-driving car
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44159581

Key Questions
1. In the article above, safety experts say that automation itself has vital safety benefits such as the decrease on the number of accidents.
Do you agree with this point although driverless cars are still on an experimental phase?

2. What do you think will act as a deterrent to reduce severe accidents automated cars may cause?

The topics for June 22

  • 投稿者:徳永和信 (2018-06-20 (水) 02:11:11)

Topic 1
First mixed race Miss Japan hits out at the 'spasmodic vomit of racial abuse' she's suffered because father is African-American

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3021032/First-mixed-race-Miss-Japan-Ariana-Myamoto-hits-spasmodic-vomit-racial-abuse-suffered-father-African-American.html

Many in the country have expressed hostility to Ariana's title win as they expected the award to go to a 'pure' Japanese woman and not a 'hafu', meaning half Japanese, which has echoes of the discredited term 'half-caste'.
Do you think it is okay to choose a hafu to represent Japan?'
Do you think that Japanese have an implicit bias against blacks ?

Topic 2
How to Stay Together When You Are Different From Each Other

https://www.lifehack.org/634712/how-to-stay-together-when-you-are-different-from-each-other

What do you think is the best way to Stay Together When You Are Different From Each Other?
How much should you compromise for your relationship?

Some are unwilling to give anything up.
Some compromise more than their partner does.
Some sacrifice way more than they should.
Compromise only when it makes both happier and better.
Both partners should give something up.

The topics for Jun 15

  • 投稿者:Saya (2018-06-13 (水) 01:16:13)

1. What if we replaced politicians with randomly selected people?
https://www.ted.com/talks/brett_hennig_what_if_we_replaced_politicians_with_randomly_selected_people

Key Questions:

  • Hypothetically speaking, what would happen if the third House was founded (besides the House of Representatives/Councilors) in Japan and administered by randomly selected people?
  • Do you think random selection can be a key part of healthy democracy?
  • If you are selected as a member of the third House, how will you use your influence as a legislator?
  • If [other FMEC member] are selected as a member of the third House, what do you think will he/she do as a legislator?

2. Why You Like Listening To The Same Song Over And Over Again
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-you-like-listening-same-song_us_5b06c900e4b05f0fc8458fc2

Key Questions:

  • Do you think "music is the way that we create our personal identity"?
  • Do you think your favorite songs have any common characteristics (lyrics, beats, etc.)?
  • Do you have any songs which makes you remind specific memories/feelings/persons whenever you listen to it?
  • In your opinion, what is the definition of "catchy songs"?

The topics for Jun 1

  • 投稿者:Saya (2018-05-30 (水) 00:11:55)

1. When does micro-cheating become 'actual' cheating?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/d2eae5dd-3624-4a5e-9324-37b551315741

Key Questions:

  • Do you think micro-cheating is getting easier in the digital age?
  • Do you think the following examples are categorized in micro-cheating?
      ・Messaging an ex
      ・Liking someone else’s posts on social media
      ・Building a 'platonic' friendship online
      ・Not deleting your profile on dating apps
      ・Fantasising about someone else while having sex
  • In your opinion, what kind of other actions should be called as micro-cheating?

2. Robots invade the Smithsonian museums
http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/01/technology/pepper-smithsonian-museums/index.html

  Robots could kill many Las Vegas jobs

http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/29/technology/las-vegas-automation/index.html

Key Questions:

  • What kind of jobs do you think robots (Like Pepper) will be able to do in the future?
  • What can we do to avoid the risk to lose our jobs to automation?
  • Do you think robots will create new work opportunities for us?

The topics for May 25 are listed below

  • 投稿者:徳永和信 (2018-05-23 (水) 07:09:05)

Topic 1 " The Future of Marriage"
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/tammy-nelson-phd/the-future-of-marriage_b_6265428.html

Marriage, up until now, has been defined by five things:
One, being married to one person,
Two, marriage is between a man and a woman,
Three, marriage meant that you were partners for a lifetime,
Four, marriage was a promise based on integrity as well as a legal contract and,
Five, marriage meant sexual fidelity to one person; forever.
Do you agree with them?

Now, in this century, we see a new era, the 2010’s and 2020’s are witnessing a revolution in marriage that has never been experienced before.
Right now, about 40% of Americans think marriage is obsolete as a concept. They are not sure it is even necessary. even exist. Do you agree?
“I don't like the idea of signing a piece of paper that says I have to be with someone for the rest of my life and can never escape from that person “ How do you feel about the comment?

Topic 2 American football: Coach ordered player to "crush" opposing QB in Japan
https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2018/05/2464d65499ae-american-football-coach-ordered-dirty-hit-says-nihon-univ-player.html

Key questions
Nihon University officials said it is true Miyagawa was told to "crush" the opponent, but it is a term often used by coaches before games which merely means "play without fear."     What do you think of this comment?
Miyagawa quoted a coach as saying Nihon University "would get benefits if the quarterback (of Kwansei Gakuin) gets injured and misses fall matches." Do you think the coach meant what he said?
Miyagawa said ,"Even though it was an order by the coaches, I could have refused but went ahead and acted. It was a sign of weakness on my part.” How do you feel about the comment?

The topics for 5/18

  • 投稿者:Tom (2018-05-16 (水) 00:04:19)

Agenda 1: Internet-good or bad?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180426

Key Question
Do you think the internet has generally been positive or negative for the world?-the same as asked in the transcript-

Agenda 2: Foreign tourism boom in Japan
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/05/05/national/media-national/japan-struggling-deal-foreign-tourism-boom/#.Wvbo1v9cWEc

Key Questions
1. Do you think the increasing number of foreign tourists mainly cause positive effects on Japan?

2. Which kind of problem should be solved in order to keep tourism in Japan sustainable?

The topics for May 11

  • 投稿者:Saya (2018-05-08 (火) 00:23:18)

1. How to build (and rebuild) trust
https://www.ted.com/talks/frances_frei_how_to_build_and_rebuild_trust

Key Questions:

  • In what kind of situation do you feel trust is broken?
  • In such cases, do you think it can be caused by lack of empathy, logic, or authenticity?
  • Do you think putting away your cell phone and looking up at the people can be a good way to have a strong empathy each other?
  • For authenticity, the speaker says that it is important to pay less attention to what people want to hear from you and more attention to what you need to say. Do you agree with it? Do you have any other ideas to "be you"?
  • Do you think there are any other crucial factors to build/rebuild trust?

2. How your workplace is killing you
http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20180502-how-your-workplace-is-killing-you

Key Questions:

  • What kind of working practices do you think have harmful effects on the companies as well as the workers? And why?
  • Do you think your supervisor is the most important to the healthy working environment?
  • According the article, every employee of Patagonia, Inc. (an American outdoor clothing company) has a three-day weekend every other week. Do you have any other ideas not only to keep the workers healthy (physically and psychologically) but also to increase the companies' productivity?

The topic for April 27

  • 投稿者:徳永和信 (2018-04-24 (火) 22:39:22)

Topic 1 Me Too rises in Japan as sexually harassed journalists speak out

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/04/22/national/social-issues/sexual-harassment-scandal-highlights-a-larger-problem-in-japans-media/#.Wt8m2kxuJPZ

Some may ask that if sexual harassment is so common in Japan, why do so few speak up about it?
The Me Too movement, which was initially slow to spread in Japan, is now quietly reaching boiling point.

Topic 2 The Future of Marriage
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/tammy-nelson-phd/the-future-of-marriage_b_6265428.html
Marriage, up until now, has been defined by five things:
One, being married to one person,
Two, marriage is between a man and a woman,
Three, marriage meant that you were partners for a lifetime,
Four, marriage was a promise based on integrity as well as a legal contract and,
Five, marriage meant sexual fidelity to one person; forever.
Do you agree with them?

The topic for April 27

  • 投稿者:徳永和信 (2018-04-24 (火) 22:35:01)

Topic 1 Me Too rises in Japan as sexually harassed journalists speak out

                          https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/04/22/national/social-issues/sexual-harassment-scandal-highlights-a-larger-problem-in-japans-media/#.Wt8m2kxuJPZ
                                                                  Some may ask that if sexual harassment is so common in Japan, why do so few speak up about it?

The Me Too movement, which was initially slow to spread in Japan, is now quietly reaching boiling point.

Topic 2 The Future of Marriage

                                            https://www.huffingtonpost.com/tammy-nelson-phd/the-future-of-marriage_b_6265428.html

Marriage, up until now, has been defined by five things:
One, being married to one person,
Two, marriage is between a man and a woman,
Three, marriage meant that you were partners for a lifetime,
Four, marriage was a promise based on integrity as well as a legal contract and,
Five, marriage meant sexual fidelity to one person forever. Do you agree with them?

The topics for 4/20

  • 投稿者:Tom (2018-04-19 (木) 00:27:12)

Agenda 1. Transport of the future
Key question: Do you think our transportation systems should be more convenient, rapid and safer?
Source: BBC Learning English-6 minute English

Please listen in advance.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180208

Agenda 2. Way to learn to speak
Key question: How do you learn to speak a language?
Source: BBC Learning English-6 minute English
Please listen in advance.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180315

The topics for 4/13

  • 投稿者:Saya (2018-04-12 (木) 00:51:33)

1. How to spot a liar
https://www.ted.com/talks/pamela_meyer_how_to_spot_a_liar

Key Questions:

  • Are you good at spotting a liar? If yes, what motions or gestures can be the sign of telling lies?
  • In what case do you become a liar? Do you have any habits to hide your feelings when you say lying?
  • Can you forgive well-intentioned/innocent lies? What kind of lies do you think pernicious to human relationships?

2. How do you start your introduction: firm, school or you?
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2018/04/09/commentary/japan-commentary/start-introduction-firm-school/#.Ws4WoIhuaUk

Key Questions:

  • Do you think your affiliation or educational background gives you a solid identity?
  • How can you describe yourself apart from your title?

Topic discussion will not be held on April 6th

  • 投稿者:K TOKUNAGA (2018-04-03 (火) 00:05:58)

Those who are going to join the topic discussion course, please join "the free talks course"

The topics for March 30th are listed below

  • 投稿者:徳永和信 (2018-03-28 (水) 08:50:53)

Topic 1:
Do you think it is our responsibility to take care of our parents when they get old?
If you have children, do you expect that they will take care of you as you age?
If you do not have children, have you created a plan for when you will someday need care?

https://www.quora.com/Do-you-think-it-is-our-responsibility-to-take-care-of-our-parents-when-they-get-old
Topic2
The more coffee you drink, the longer you will live (if you're lucky, that is)
http://www.dw.com/en/the-more-coffee-you-drink-the-longer-you-will-live-if-youre-lucky-that-is/a-39626988

An urgent propsal to replace one of the two topics given for tomorrow

  • 投稿者:Thomas (2018-03-22 (木) 21:37:37)

Hello dear members and sorry for so short notice.
I don't want to make myself sound like a devil's advocate or
anything else but I'm eager to suggest to swap one of the two
topics for the discussion tomorrow prepared by Saya-san for
another one which I believe might lead us to much more exciting
session.

Not to mention, there are so many issues which are going on and
running around, particularly today in our country.
Some are very serious and others are much contraversial.

≪my proposal≫
One of which I'm suggesting here as an interesting topic for all
of us is the following article.

(Alternative Topic)
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2018/03/21/editorials/false-perceptions-cloud-fukushima/#.WrOch0xuKow
(False perceptions cloud Fukushima from Japan Times on Mar.21 2018)
Please read and check it!

This topic can be a very serious theme but I'm sure will lead us
to a more exciting session and I think we must repeatedly try to
learn how to fabricate and express our own opinions in the meeting
or at least rethink, reconsider what kind of problems are lying
behind the issue and deepen, cultivate our insight at the same time.

In this respect we don't care no matter how awkward or clumsy our
English is but we try to avoid just using "Bla-Bla-Bla English".
What important for us is that we want to pursue or aim to level up
our discussion skill in English.
Am I right?

Thank you all in advance.

以上、明日の学習会の緊急提案です!
よろしく!

The topics for 3/23

  • 投稿者:Saya (2018-03-21 (水) 00:52:31)

1. The very basic rules: Do not work with people you feel you do not with them
https://blog.tinect.jp/?p=21617

Key Questions:

  • Do you agree with the writer's opinion?
  • If you have to work with someone you feel awkward around him/her, how do you deal with the situation?
  • Do you think this rule is also applicable to friendships?

2. 10 Hardest Choices Ever (Personality Test)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt8RupLIkBQ

Let's count your answers (A or B), and find your results at the end. Do you agree with it?

The topics for 3/16

  • 投稿者:徳永和信 (2018-03-13 (火) 23:55:39)

Topic 1: Pressure from above possibly behind Moritomo document alterations, former Finance Ministry official says

Key Questions
Do you think Finance Ministry officials altered the documents under the spirit of sontaku— surmising the wishes of particular politicians?
Who should take the blame for the scandal other than Mr. Sagawa?
Do you think Aso should resign?
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/13/national/politics-diplomacy/pressure-possibly-behind-moritomo-document-alterations-former-finance-bureau-official-says/#.Wqfe8kxuJPZ

Topic 2: Why a Criticism Is Better Than a Compliment?
Key Questions:
Do you believe that criticism is better than compliments.?
Do you think that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
Have you ever criticized a person of something?
https://www.lifehack.org/656171/why-criticism-is-better-than-compliment

The topics for 3/9

  • 投稿者:Tom (2018-03-07 (水) 22:52:01)

Agenda 1. Rise of Drone
Key question: How do you think these “unmanned aerial vehicles” are helping or hindering our lives?

Source: BBC Learning English-6 minute English
Please listen in advance.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180215

Agenda 2. The power of fashion
Key question: What do you usually think when you choose your clothes in the morning? Do they encourage you?

Source: TED Talk
Please listen in advance.
https://www.ted.com/talks/kaustav_dey_how_fashion_helps_us_express_who_we_are_and_what_we_stand_for/details

The topics for 3/2

  • 投稿者:Saya (2018-02-25 (日) 23:09:00)

1. 13 Psychology Tricks That Work On Anybody
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSvxuekIVuk

Key Questions:

  • Which trick has impressed you the most?
  • Do you know any other ones?
  • Have you ever used these tricks to improve the relationships with other people? Did it work?

2. From start to finish, Pyeongchang Olympics entertained and showcased splendid collection of global athletes
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2018/02/25/olympics/winter-olympics/start-finish-olympics-entertained/#.WpK_OejFKUk

Key Questions:

  • What is the most impressive/memorable thing in Pyeongchang Olympics?
  • If you were the family or friend of Olympic athletes, what kind of messages do you want to give them after they come back to Japan?
  • Do you think the joint uniform and marching together have any positive/negative effects on the players of "Team Korea"?

The topics for 2/23

  • 投稿者:徳永和信 (2018-02-21 (水) 03:03:42)

Topic 1 : Differences Between Interesting People And Boring People
https://www.elitedaily.com/life/motivation/10-differences-interesting-people-boring-people
Key Questions
1 Do you think you are an interesting person or a boring person?
2 Have you ever been told that you are an interesting person?
3 Do you agree with the following differences?
Interesting people like to have conversations; boring people like to avoid them
Boring people are those that enjoy too much comfort.
Interesting people are well-informed.
Interesting people have a hunger for life; boring people are content with frozen dinner.
Interesting people have several hobbies; boring people have a hobby.

Topic 2: How To Boost Productivity During Your Commute
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sujanpatel/2015/01/21/how-to-boost-productivity-during-your-commute/
What do you do to take advantage of your commute? Share your productivity habits with us.

The topics for 2/16

  • 投稿者:Tom (2018-02-14 (水) 12:10:56)

Agenda 1: A simple way to break a bad habit
https://www.ted.com/talks/judson_brewer_a_simple_way_to_break_a_bad_habit

Key Questions
1. What are the bad habits you have?
2. Listen to this speech. Do you think the method the speaker mentions will make a difference in your case?

Agenda 2: Super Bowl 2018 commercials
https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/super-bowl-2018-commercials-heres-how-you-can-watch-these-leaked-tv-ads/

Key Questions:
1. Which commercials do you like? And why?
2. How the companies give a new twist to their commercials to attract a public audience?
3. Let's see the commercials of products/companies which are also familiar in Japan. Do you find any similarity or difference between US one and Japanese one? (e.g. Amazon, M&M's, Lexus, Febreze, Coca-Cola, etc.) Which one is catchier in your opinion?

The topics for Feb 9 are "givers and takers" and "3D printing".

  • 投稿者:Saya (2018-02-04 (日) 21:32:12)

Let's talk about the following topics from TED.

1. Are you a giver or a taker?
https://www.ted.com/talks/adam_grant_are_you_a_giver_or_a_taker

Questions:

  • Are you a giver, a taker or a matcher? Why do you think so?
  • Regarding givers, what makes the difference between worst and best performers?
  • Do you have any friends or colleagues who have positive/negative effects on others as givers/takers?

2. What's next in 3D printing
https://www.ted.com/talks/avi_reichental_what_s_next_in_3d_printing

Questions:

  • What do you want to make with 3D printers?
  • How will 3D printing change our life? (What room in our houses will 3D printing fit in?)
  • What kind of potential risks does 3D printing contain?

The topic for Feb 2 is "Komuro Tetsuya"

  • 投稿者:徳永和信 (2018-01-30 (火) 22:39:30)

He should not have called a press conference?

He should not have mentioned his wife at the press conference?

Do you think his "affairs" is NO ONE'S business but his and Keiko's

Do you suspect he'll be back to the shobiz world soon enough.

What do you think about his retirement?

What do you think about recent trends in the reporting of gossip?
WEBSITE https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2018/01/29/language/lets-discuss-tetsuya-komuros-retirement/#.WnBsNUxuJu0

The topic for 1/26 is, "Plan your days.”

  • 投稿者:Tom (2018-01-23 (火) 19:27:05)

This topic was going to be discussed on 1/12, but we couldn’t have a session because there were few participants at the advanced table.
So I’m going to pick it up again!

To get the article, please visit

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20170823-how-the-busiest-people-plan-their-days

Key questions
1. What do you learn from the article?
2. Is there any tips you have to stay focused on your work?
3. Lastly, let’s consider and share how to manage your time in order to make 2018 satisfying.

The topic of Jan 19 is #MeToo movements

  • 投稿者:徳永和信 (2018-01-15 (月) 21:20:52)

ハリウッドの大物プロデューサー、ワインスタイン氏へのセクハラ告発に端を発し、被害を受けた人たちが声をあげる「#MeToo」キャンペーンが2017年、世界中で大きなうねりを生み出しました。
ところが驚いたことにフランス人女優、カトリーヌ・ドヌーヴさんらフランス人女性100人がセクハラなどの性暴力を告発する「#MeToo」のムーブメントは行き過ぎで「全体主義の風潮を作り出している」と批判する書簡を1月9日、ル・モンド紙に寄稿したのです。
こうした動きを「魔女狩り」として、男性を"擁護"したドヌーヴさんらの書簡。「レイプは犯罪だが、口説くのは違う」と主張し「男性たちは制裁を受け、辞職を迫られている。彼らがやった悪事といえば、膝を触ったり、キスを迫ったり、仕事がらみの食事の場で性的関係を求めたり、好意を持っていない女性に性的なニュアンスのメッセージを送ったりといったことでしかない」と記したのです。超有名女優の声明は、世界に衝撃を与えています。

Do you agree with the #MeToo movements?  Why or why not?
Do you agree with Catherine Deneuve?    Why or why not?

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/10/576986585/-metoo-movement-has-gone-too-far-catherine-deneuve-says

The topic for 1/12 is, "Plan your days.”

  • 投稿者:Tom (2018-01-10 (水) 01:58:06)

To get the article, please visit
http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20170823-how-the-busiest-people-plan-their-days

Key questions
1. What do you learn from the article?
2. Is there any tips you have to stay focused on your work?
3. Lastly, let’s consider and share how to manage your time in order to make 2018 satisfying.

We apologise the facilitators are absent on 1/12.
Please read materials handed out at first, and then start to discuss.

The 9 topics for Jan 5th are listed below

  • 投稿者:徳永和信 (2018-01-03 (水) 18:11:30)

What is/are your 2017 New Year’s resolution(s)?
Do you feel you were successful in achieving your resolution?
What will be your New Year's resolution for 2018?
Do you think you were able to improve yourself last year?
What is the most memorable thing which happened to you last year?
What is the most regrettable thing last year?
What do you think was the best movie of all the movies you watched last year?
when was the happiest time last year for you?
Do you think your life style will change this year?

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