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Topic for the 19th of July - School

  • 投稿者:David (2019-07-17 (水) 19:13:13)

Schools

This week’s topic is about schools. The differences between some education styles in different countries and your own experiences at school.
What positives are there about different school systems and what negatives are there? I find that the UK has a pretty similar emphasis on tests and study as Japan, although we are more relaxed overall. However, there are other places, especially certain parts of Europe, that have a very different approach.
This link explains a little about how some European countries approach their education system.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/sep/20/grammar-schools-play-europe-top-education-system-finland-daycare

Discussion questions

1. What do you think are the most important things to teach children in school?
2. What do you think the real reason for schools are? When you leave school what skills and knowledge do you think you should have obtained?
3. Tell the group about the earliest memories you have of school?
4. Overall did you enjoy or not enjoy school? Why?
5. Do you think the school system in your own country is effective? Can it be improved, if so, how?
6. How do you think your own country's school system compares to others?
7. Which of these do you think are the most important to teach out of the following; Life skills, brain development, academic knowledge, social skills, discipline, responsibility. Why do you say this?
8. There are various types of schools, which do you think is the best for children and why? examples – Public school, private school, boarding school, home school. If you can think of any others please list them.
9. How do you feel school changes a child? Educator Robert Duke stated “Children are naturally expressive but they go to school and get it taught out of them”. What does this really mean and do you agree with it?
10. Discuss any final thoughts on the topic. e.g the differences between different types of schooling such as public-school vs home school.

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Topic for the 12th of July - Farming and food issues

  • 投稿者:David (2019-07-10 (水) 16:18:21)

Farming issues and food shortage

Worldwide food and farming are becoming greater problems. Many young people are unwilling to work in the farming industry. This is leading to a shortage of workers. World climate is making farming more difficult and yet the world population is increasing.

This first article talks about some of the labor shortages in Scotland. However, this is true across all of the UK right now.

https://www.agriland.co.uk/farming-news/scottish-farms-already-facing-seasonal-labour-shortages-of-up-to-15/

There are various possibilities for farming in the future because labor and climate changes, this link discusses the possibility of automated farms.

https://futurism.com/automated-agriculture-uk

If you have time please try to learn a little about what is involved in “smart farming”. Also see if you can learn anything about “vertical farming”, “hydroponics” or “aquaponics”.

Discussion questions

1. What is your personal opinion on the current way farming and food problems are going? Is it something you take seriously? Do you not care? Is it a minor problem? Why do you think this way?
2. Do you feel farmers get paid enough? If not, how can we fix this, could we raise food prices? How about if supermarkets had to lower their profit margin? Any other ideas?
3. How do you think the labor problems could be solved?
4. If automated farming becomes the standard way of farming, what advantages and disadvantages do you think there would be?
5. How is the farming situation in your own country?
6. Do you think your country will face a food shortage or another related problem in years to come?
7. Do you know what “vertical farming”, “hydroponics” or “aquaponics” are?
8. How do you think the future of farming can cope with climate change and the increasing population?
9. Considering animals take up a lot more space and produce much less food, do you think it’s possible to continue animal farming? How or why do you think like that?
10. Discuss any final thoughts you have on the situation.

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Topic for the 5th of July - Luxury and essential items

  • 投稿者:David (2019-07-03 (水) 19:27:01)

Essential and luxury items

This week’s topic is about luxury and essential items. What are all the things you consider essential to own and what luxury items do you like or have. The term essential can be subjective sometimes so it will be interesting to see what people consider to be essential.

Discussion questions

1. What are the very basic essentials required to live? What else do you yourself consider essential on top of those?
2. Name one luxury item you don’t have, but really want.
3. Do modern countries focus too much on luxury items?
4. Can you name any luxury or essential items imported or exported by your country?
5. What do you think are the most popular luxury items in your country?
6. Have you every been jealous of someone because of what they own? What was it?
7. If a product has a brand name or is more expensive, does this mean it is a better quality product?
8. Being rich allows you to buy many luxury items, but does this mean you have a better life or are happier?
9. Name five things you can do to make yourself happy without spending money.
10. How often do you spend money on things you shouldn’t? What kind of things do you buy?

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Topic for the 28th of June - Seven wonders of the world

  • 投稿者:David (2019-06-26 (水) 19:44:17)

Seven wonders of the world

This week’s topic is about the seven wonders of the world. Both the seven wonders of the ancient world and the seven natural wonders of the world. They are both equally impressive in their own way.

Part one – Seven wonders of the ancient world

First, we will talk about the ancient wonders of the world. Unfortunately, over the years only one of these incredible creations remain. The other six have been lost to time or destruction.

This link provides some details on what the seven wonders are. Some information will also be provided in the discussion.

https://www.ancient.eu/The_Seven_Wonders/

Questions

1. What are the seven wonders of the world?
2. Which is the most impressive for you or your favorite?
3. Why do you think these creations in particular have been classified as wonders of the world?
4. Why do you think mankind allowed 6 of the 7 wonders disappear?
5. Do you think they should try to rebuild the wonders that have been lost?
6. Do you know about the newer list of the seven wonders of the world? What buildings are on this list?
7. How do you think the newer wonders of the world compare to the ancient wonders?

Part two – Seven natural wonders of the world

Next is the "Seven natural wonders of the world", these are all mother earths own creations. In my personal opinion these are evidence that nature knows what it is doing far more than we do. If you do not know what the seven natural wonders of the world are, here is a link.

https://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/7-wonders-of-the-world.html

Questions

1. What are the seven natural wonders of the world?
2. How many have you seen? Which would you like to go and see the most?
3. Do you think it’s important to protect these natural wonders and ensure that we do not ruin them?
4. For you personally do you prefer the man-made wonders, or natural wonders? Why?
5. Who or how decides what becomes a “wonder of the world”?
6. Are there any places in the world that you think should be listed as a wonder?
7. Discuss any final thoughts on the topic

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Topic for the 21st of June - Children

  • 投稿者:David (2019-06-19 (水) 18:48:54)

Children

This week’s topic is children. The lesson will be split into two parts, part one will be about our view of children and part two will be about the declining birth rate in Japan.

Part one – Personal view on children.

1. Do you like children or not? Why?
2. Do you have any children? How many? How old? Gran children etc.?
3. Are you good with children? Do you think you can improve?
4. Do you know the expression “children should be seen and not heard”? How do you feel about this expression?
5. Are children hard work? Explain your answer.
6. What do you think about children 2019-06-19 (水) 18:48:54 Are they spoilt, smarter, have it too easy, have it too hard etc.?
7. Discuss any final view points or opinions on children.

Part two – Declining birthrate

I’m sure you are all familiar with the declining birthrate issue in Japan and the various causes. However, please read this article. While reading, take notes of any new words you encounter.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/27/japan-shrinking-as-birthrate-falls-to-lowest-level-in-history

1. How do you feel about the declining birthrate issue?
2. Name any positive or negative points.
3. Why do you think that people are having less children?
4. Do you think anyone is to blame other than everyday people?
5. What steps do you think could be taken in order to help the issue?
6. Can you think of how this situation could have been prevented?
7. Ask any more questions you have or tell the group any final thoughts.

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Topic for the 7th of June - Rainy season and idol worship

  • 投稿者:David (2019-06-05 (水) 17:15:11)

Rainy season and Idol culture

1st Topic – Rainy Season

Rainy season is just around the corner. When the rain begins it will force us all to change our usual routine in some way. It is of course a vital time of the year for crops and nature, but it can also cause some problems.

Discussion questions

1. How do you feel about rainy season, do you like it, dislike it or don’t care?
2. What are the negative points about rainy season?
3. What are the positives about rainy season for us and for nature?
4. Does your lifestyle change during rainy season? If so, what do you do differently?
5. Name your favourite places to go during rainy season.
6. Name your favourite activities to do during rainy season.
7. If time and money were no issue, what would you do or where would you go during this time of year?

2nd Topic – Idol culture

While I’m sure you are all more than familiar with the whole idol culture, this link provides a brief outline on both the pros and cons of being an idol in Japan.

https://jpninfo.com/12837

Discussion questions

1. Are you a fan now or have you ever been a fan of any kind of idol?
2. What is the interest and fascination with idols do you think?
3. Some fans become very obsessed with idols, but it is an idol’s job to stand in the spotlight and have all the attention. At what point do we draw the line? When does it become too much? And what is ok?
5. What do you think about the management and agents behind these groups?
4. Can you tell any stories of when things have gone incredibly well or wrong for an idol?
6. If you were to create an idol group what would they be like? What kind of music? How many members? Your target audience? What merchandise could you sell? How would you promote them?

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

Topic for the 31st of May - Australia and Scotland

  • 投稿者:David (2019-05-29 (水) 16:12:16)

Australia and Scotland

This week we will talk about two very different countries. We will talk about your first impressions when you think of these countries, anything that they are famous for, the land itself and the people.

First topic – Australia

This link provides a list of some things that Australia is famous for, the list is quite long so don’t worry about reading it all. Just take a quick look and read as much or as little as you like.

https://www.hostelbookers.com/blog/destinations/50-best-australia/

Discussion questions

1. What are the first things that spring to mind when you think of Australia?
2. What is Australia famous for?
3. Do you know any Australian vocabulary?
4. What do you think about Australian wildlife?
5. What is your impression of Australian people?
6. Would you prefer to live in Australia or just visit there? Why?
7. Discuss any final thoughts about Australia.

Second topic – Scotland

This link provides some information about things to come out from Scotland. Again, there is quite a bit to read here so just read as much or as little as you want to. Of course there are many more things you could also find out though.

https://list25.com/25-amazing-and-unique-things-about-scotland.

Discussion questions

1. What are the first things that spring to mind when you think of Scotland?
2. What is Scotland famous for?
3. Do you know about Loch Ness and the Loch Ness monster?
4. Would you prefer to live in Scotland or just visit there? Why?
5. What do you know about the geography of Scotland?
6. What do you think about Scottish people?
7. Discuss any final thoughts about Scotland.

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

Topic for the 24th of May - TV and Social networking

  • 投稿者:David (2019-05-22 (水) 19:13:53)

TV and Social networking

1st Topic - TV

Most people watch TV on a daily basis, some people think it is bad for you and some people think it`s a good thing. These days you can watch a huge range of shows from educational shows, news, factual stories or any kind of fictional show you can think of. We also have more options than ever about what we watch and when we watch it. With the internet, digital TV, Netflix and various other services.

Discussion questions

1. Do you enjoy TV?
2. What are your favourite types of show to watch, and which shows are your favourite? Why?
3. Are there any shows or programs you are currently watching or following? What do you like about them?
4. What type of TV service do you prefer to use? e.g. normal tv, internet, streaming services etc.
5. How much time do you think you spend watching TV? Would you like to watch more or less TV than you currently do?
6. List any positive or negative impacts that you think TV has had on society.

2nd Topic Social networking

Social networking has changed the way we communicate forever, it has also changed the way we can access information and see people. At the click of a button you are able to tap into someone’s life and learn so much about them.

Discussion questions

1. Are you a part of or use any kind of social networking sites? How often do you use it?
2. What do you enjoy or not enjoy about social network sites?
3. What impact do you think social networking has had on society?
4. Do you prefer to meet people face to face or online? Why? Do you think people behave differently online compared to real life?
5. Discuss any final thoughts on social networking such as, security, how its affected work, impact on personal lives and if you think it is healthy to have that much information publicly available for everyone to see.

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

Topic for the 17th of May - Camping and Anti vaxxer's

  • 投稿者:David (2019-05-15 (水) 14:31:43)

Camping and Anti Vaxxer’s

This week I would like to try covering 2 topics and we swap topics half way through.

First up is camping.

Camping is a favourite pastime for many people and families. There are a wide range of ways to camp, from having a mini camper van like a mobile home to an incredibly wild approach carrying nothing but the bare basics. Some people even go as far as having no tent.

Discussion questions

1. Is camping something you have done? If not do you want to try?
2. Do you enjoy camping? What do you enjoy or not enjoy about it?
3. What kind of camping experience do you have? With tent and backpack? Car? Camper van? etc.
4. Where are your favourite places you have been camping? Where would you want to go camping in the future?
5. What are some important things to take when camping? Do you think there is such a thing as “too much luxury” when camping?

2nd Topic is Anti Vaxxer’s

Anti Vaxxer’s are people who are against modern vaccinations, some are against it for religious reasons, some are against it because they believe in government conspiracy’s and some think that they actually cause more problems than they solve.

Here is a little more information.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/04/health/uk-anti-vaxers-matt-hancock-intl/index.html

Discussion questions

1. Are you for or against vaccinations?
2. Can you think of any real reason’s to be against vaccination or anytime when it’s acceptable to not allow vaccination to take place?
3. With the recent increase of some very dangerous conditions due to anti vaxxer’s, do you think these people should be held responsible for the problems caused? If so, how do you recommend they take responsibility?
4. If incorrect information keeps spreading about the effects of vaccination, what do you think the long-term impacts could be for society?
5. What do you think can be done to correct the situation?

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

Topic for the 10th of May - Working life

  • 投稿者:David (2019-05-08 (水) 19:34:02)

Working Life

This week I wish to talk about work and any interesting stories or experiences you have from your working life.

Needless to say, work is a huge part of all of our lives, even if you don’t have an actual paid job there is always some kind of work that needs doing whether it is being an account for a huge bank firm or having to run a household for a family.

Sometimes we hear some pretty crazy stories about the amount some people work and the lengths they are willing to go for their jobs, today we can all express our opinions on such stories.

This article covers some differences between the working culture in Japan and the West, the article is using USA for the comparison but the majority of it is true for most Western countries.

https://www.businessinsider.com/differences-between-japanese-and-american-work-culture-2018-3

Discussion questions

1. What do you think about the differences in work culture between Japan and the West, discuss any pros and cons you can think of.
2. What was your first ever job? What did you think of it?
3. Tell the group about the best and worst job you have ever had.
4. How many hours a week do you think is reasonable to work? 30? 40? 50? more?
5. Tell us about your work ethic. What values are most important for you when your working? e.g. quality of work, speed, customer service, profit etc.
6. Discuss any interesting experiences you have had in your working life. e.g. Some strange events, your best achievements, the worst things you have experienced or seen, funniest things, hardest things, easiest things etc.

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

Topic for the 26th of April - Notre Dame, Is it worth it?

  • 投稿者:David (2019-04-24 (水) 16:01:28)

Notre Dame, is it worth it?

Recently a great historical building took severe damage from a fire that spiraled out of control and proved to be very difficult to put out. The damage caused was huge, so much of the original building has been lost and even after restoration it will never be the same.

So many people and organisations have donated or promised to donate money in order to complete the reconstruction of the historical building. So far nearly 1 billion dollars have been raised. The question is, is it worth it? Even with this huge amount of money some people estimate it will still not be enough. There are also so many problems in France which require fixing, and of course many issues worldwide. Should the reconstruction of a building really be on such high priority?

Here is some further information.

https://globalnews.ca/news/5175990/notre-dame-cathedral-money-raised-rebuild/

Questions

1. What do you know about Notre Dame Cathedral? Why is it so important?
2. Is Notre Dame so important that it deserves so much investment?
3. What reasons can you think of in favour of reconstruction and what reasons can you think of against the reconstruction.
4. How would you feel about the situation if it was some major historical building inside Tokyo such as the Imperial Palace or Sensoji Temple?
5. Would you donate to either Notre Dame or a Japanese building if it was needed?
6. What other uses can you think of for the money?
7. Out of all the uses discussed in question 5, which do you think are the most and least important?
8. Tell the group any final thoughts you have on the topic.

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Topic for the 19th of April - Fukushima cleanup

  • 投稿者:David (2019-04-17 (水) 09:50:40)

Fukushima cleanup

This week a major step has taken place in the cleanup of Fukushima.

The first of the fuel rods has been removed and the cleanup operation will continue. They intended to begin this process a number of years ago, but due to unforeseen problems they were not able to. However, with the assistance of new technology they have been able to remove the obstacles in their path and finally begin the process.

Further information can be found in the following link.

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/289621-japan-removes-first-nuclear-fuel-rod-from-fukushima-power-plant

Discussion questions

1. How do you feel about nuclear power?
2. Do you think we could sustain ourselves without nuclear power?
3. Should more money and resources have been in invested into the cleanup at an earlier time in order to speed everything up?
4. What other types of power do you know about? e.g. nuclear, coal, solar. What are their pros and cons?
5. Some areas of Fukushima were declared safe by the government a while ago. Do you agree with this? If you were living there would you feel safe?
6. Already a huge amount of contaminated soil and materials have been removed from Fukushima, what do you think their plans are with all this is? Will they just leave them in storage? Bury them? Send them to the bottom of the ocean? Is there any actual positive way to get rid of the waste material?
7. Do you know what they will do with the fuel rods?
8. Discuss any final thoughts and questions you have on the topic.

If you have any questions please contact me via Line or email at davidkanejeavon1987@gmail.com

Discussion guidelines

  • 投稿者:David (2019-04-10 (水) 19:15:33)

Welcome everyone to the FMEC topic discussion talk, after hearing a little bit of feed back I wish to just clarify a few simple guide lines to follow during the discussion.

1. The most important thing is to respect people’s opinions; you don’t have to agree with everyone but please be respectful and accept that others may have different ideas to your own.

2. Encourage each other to say their opinions. Please allow everyone to have an equal say, and if someone is being quite then try to encourage them to say what they are thinking and express their thoughts to the group.

3. Be careful with time. Sometimes it can be very easy to talk about your own thoughts for along time, but please try to remember that the time should be split as equally as possible between each person. I know some people will always speak more, or some people will always speak less, but please try to allow each person to have a fair chance to practice speaking.

4. Enjoy yourselves. The main focus of the group is to practice your English language in a relaxed environment with a specialised topic so you must use certain vocabulary. Please encourage each other to speak and practice their language no matter what their opinion is.

Topic for the 12th of April - Adrenaline

  • 投稿者:David (2019-04-10 (水) 18:44:50)

Adrenaline and adrenaline junkies

Over the years there have been more and more activities created to give adrenaline rushes. This week we will talk about if you like adrenaline and activities that provide an adrenaline rush.

Activities that provide an adrenaline rush can come in a wide range of forms, from mild things like a foot race to more extreme things like wing suit diving.

This is an extreme example of people using wing suits (these guys are utterly insane).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHJXiRVPazU

This next link just provides someone’s experience of some of the different things they have tried.

https://souldrifters.com/adrenaline-pumping-adventures/

Discussion

1. Do you like the feeling of adrenaline?
2. List as many activities as you can that you think would give you a rush? Also say which ones you would like to try that you have yet to try.
3. What activities have you done or tried that give you a rush?
4. Do you enjoy any activities that give an adrenaline rush? Which do you enjoy more, the rush or the activity?
5. Would you describe yourself as an adrenaline junkie?
6. Do know anyone who is adrenaline junkie?
7. Often when people start to enjoy the feeling of adrenaline they will start chasing for a stronger and strong rush, what do you think about this?
8. Express any final thoughts to the group that you have.

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Topic for the 5th of April - New Emperor

  • 投稿者:David (2019-04-03 (水) 08:38:03)

New Emperor

With the coming abdication of the current Emperor the new era has been named and publicly announced, Reiwa.

There are a few things that are of interest as a result of this event, which are as follows; Akihito will be the first Emperor to abdicate in over two centuries, the changing of era also affects the Japanese calendar, the upcoming two-week golden week, against usual tradition the era name has been publicly named early and if the Royal family are important or not?

For anyone not familiar with what is going on here is a link, the link is from the BBC so if there are any inaccuracies in the information please feel free to correct in the discussion.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47769566

Questions for discussion

1. How do you feel about the Royal Family in general?
2. Do you think the naming of a new era is such an important event?
3. How much influence over the country do you feel the Royal Family has?
4. Do you use traditional Japanese calendar or western calendar?
5. How do you feel about upcoming two-week holiday?
6. Can you see any negative benefits to such a long national holiday? Such as how it could impact smaller businesses.
7. How do you feel about the current Emperor abdicating?
8. Do you think the choice to name the era early against tradition was a good choice or not? Why do you think they did this?
9. Do you have any final things you want to say about the changing of Emperor or the Royal Family in general?

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

Topic for the 29th of March - The impact of Video games

  • 投稿者:David (2019-03-27 (水) 14:47:23)

Video games and their effect on the world

Video games and the video game industry is becoming huge, really huge. For example, in 2018 the video game industry generated more money than the movie industry and music industry combined.

It is creating so many jobs worldwide and giving so many creative people a platform to show their talents to the world. Music composers, writers, programmers, designers, artists, actors, stuntmen, directors if you can think of it there is a position for it in the gaming industry. There are even professional gamers who make money from tournaments, there are entertainers who make money by playing games and entertaining people as they do.

However, all these increased income and jobs and industry is not without consequence. Video games have had a huge impact on society, both positive and negative. Some of the negatives include people not leaving their house, a decrease in human contact, children secretly taking money from their parents to buy things online, addiction and many other things.

This link provides a few of the pros and cons of gaming.

https://vittana.org/13-video-games-pros-and-cons

We will discuss your own thoughts on video games, your experiences with them and it impact it has had on society.

Discussion questions

1. What’s the first thing you think of when you think of video games?
2. Do you or have you played games? What do or have you played?
3. What is your overall opinion of video games? Why?
4. List as many positives as you can about video games.
5. List as many negatives as you can about video games.
6. What are the biggest impacts it has had on society?
7. Do you think the impact of video games can vary depending on the type of game and type of person?
8. Say any final thoughts you have on the subject to the group.

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

Topic for the 22nd of March - Olympics

  • 投稿者:David (2019-03-20 (水) 08:07:41)

Olympics

With 2020 fast approaching the Olympics is a big topic in Japan right now. While many people are looking forward to it and the increased business it will bring, there are also many people dreading the chaos that it will cause.

This week we will talk about the pros and cons of the Olympics being held in Tokyo and some of the controversies around it.

While the discussion will focus around your likes and dislikes of the Olympics and any sports or athletes you like and follow, I also wish to discuss something else.
The rise of Transgender athletes and the increasing number of medals they have won recently, do you think its fair? This article here has some more information.

http://www.newnownext.com/the-olympics-are-about-to-make-it-a-lot-harder-for-transgender-athletes-to-compete/04/2018/

Discussion questions

1. How do you feel about the Olympics being held in Tokyo? Is it a good or a bad thing and why?
2. What is your favourite event to watch? Why do you enjoy watching it so much?
3. Do you have any favourite athletes? What do you like about them?
4. Do you think your daily life will be affected while the games are being held in Tokyo?
5. Do you think that Tokyo has done enough to prepare for the games and the increased amount of people? Could anything else be done?
6. How do you feel about transgender athletes? Is it fair that a man can compete in a woman’s event?
7. Do you think that changing your hormones makes it fair physically?
8. There have been quite a few male to female transgender people winning sports events, do you know any examples and how do you feel about it?

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Topic for the 15th of March - Oceans

  • 投稿者:David (2019-03-13 (水) 10:39:58)

Oceans

The Oceans cover more than 70% of the surface of the Earth. Scientists currently think that life began in the Ocean. It still holds a great deal of mysteries and undiscovered life.

This week we will discuss what you think of the Ocean, any activities related to the sea, some of the secrets the Ocean holds or might hold and also the effect mankind has had upon the Oceans.

There are always new things being discovered in the Ocean, this link describes a current expedition that is being undertaken.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47111057?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/cxj82n9r6dwt/oceans&link_location=live-reporting-story

Please try to learn one mystery about the Ocean, perhaps some kind of story or myth that is unsolved, a shipwreck that has never been found, an unexplored area of the Ocean or anything else you can find.

Discussion questions

1. How do you feel about the Ocean? Do you like it, not like it, don’t care, does it scare you? etc.
2. What are your favourite things to do in or on the Ocean?
3. What do you think about this new expedition? What do you think they might discover?
4. Do you know any kind of mystery about the Ocean that you wish to discuss?
5. What do you think are the scariest things related to the Ocean?
6. What do you think are the most beautiful things related to Ocean?
7. Finally discuss how humans have affected the Oceans.

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Topic for the 8th of March - Books

  • 投稿者: (2019-03-05 (火) 22:23:02)

Books

This week’s topic is about books. The discussion will be about the impact that books have had on the world, how important books are to you, what type of books you prefer, your favourite author and your favourite book.

Short task - Please, if you can bring in a short passage from one of your favourite books to show or read to the group. Then explain why you chose this book and passage.

Discussion questions

1. How important do you think books are in the world and what impact have they had on the development of society.
2. Do you prefer factual books or fiction? Why?
3. What is your favourite genre?
4. Who is your favourite author or authors? Why?
5. Which book or books are your favourite? What do you like so much about it?
6. What do you think about E-Books?
7. Do you think the internet will eventually replace all physical books?
8. If you were to write your own book what would you write about?

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Topic for the 1st of March - Military base in Okinawa

  • 投稿者:David (2019-02-27 (水) 08:55:30)

Okinawa US Military Base

The situation in Okinawa has of course been ongoing for decades. Recently Shinzo Abe has pushed for plans to rebuild the US military base. The residents of Okinawa have had an unofficial vote, the result was overwhelmingly against the construction. Regardless of this result Shinzo Abe has decided to ignore the people and go ahead with the original plan. This article explains more:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47353504

Discussion questions

1. If you voted would you vote for or against the base?
2. What advantages to the base can you see?
3. What disadvantages can you see?
4. How do you think the base affects peoples lives?
5. Why do you think the government ignores the people of Okinawa?
6. The article states that the base will be relocated to an even more isolated and remote location, even with this in mind so many locals are opposed to the rebuild. Why do you think this is?
7. Okinawa is very far away from mainland Japan, do you think has affected the way people think about the situation?
8.Disucuss any final thoughts or ideas you have on the subject.

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Topic for the 22nd of February - Technology changing everyday lives

  • 投稿者:David (2019-02-20 (水) 09:13:05)

Technology changing everyday lives

With the advancement of technology comes many changes in everyday life. Technology has affected socializing, entertainment, shopping, travelling, workplaces and just about every other aspect of life you can think of. Many of these changes have improved our quality of life, but they also come with some disadvantages.
Discussion will be around Technology that has had the most impact on everyday lives and the effect you think that will have on the future.

The following link has some interesting changes:

http://www.klientsolutech.com/examples-of-how-technology-has-changed-our-lives/

Discussion questions

1. Which technology do you think has had the biggest impact on our everyday lives? Why do you think this?
2. Which technology or advancement is your favourite and why?
3. What disadvantages can you think of that has come with modern technology?
4. Do you think modern technology is affecting our intelligence? If so, how do you think it’s affecting us?
5. What technology are you addicted to and cannot live without?
6. Give any final thoughts or ideas on today’s topic

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Topic for the 15th of Febuary - Seasonal events

  • 投稿者:David (2019-02-13 (水) 21:01:59)

Seasonal events

Soon winter will come to an end and spring will begin. This week’s topic is seasonal events and the seasons themselves. What is your favourite season and what do you like to do or see in each season.

Also feel free to discuss seasons and events in other countries.

Discussion questions

1. What is your favourite season and why?
2. Tell the group your least favourite season and why.
3. Discuss with the group your favourite events or festivals from each season.
4. What do you like to do in your own time in each season? Do your activities change, if so why?
5. Give your opinions on the different appearances of the seasons, e.g. How the environment looks, how the weather makes the country look, perhaps your country uses certain colours or themes for different seasons etc
6. Where are your favourite places to go in each season? You can choose types of places or specific places.

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Topic for the 8th of Febuary - Foreigners in Japan

  • 投稿者:David (2019-02-05 (火) 22:47:52)

Increasing number of foreigners in Japan

As time goes by the number of foreigners in Japan is increasing. Tourism, backpackers, workers or immigration for other reasons are all increasing. This week we can discuss some of the reasons to why you think this is happening and if you think it is a good or bad thing.

This article discusses some reasons as to why the government is trying to encourage more foreigners to come to Japan.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/07/world/asia/japan-parliament-foreign-workers.html

Some useful terminology will be provided and then we will move onto the discussion.

Discussion questions

1. Do you personally notice an increase in the number of foreigners? If so, where have you noticed an increase?

2. Has it affected your life in any positive or negative way?

3. What do you think about the increased number of foreigner workers staying here in the long term?

4. What do you think about the increased number of short term visitors in your country? such as, tourists, backpackers etc

5. What do you think about the increased number of Japanese natives marrying foreigners and starting families?

6. How would you react if your children married foreigners?

7. Are there any rights that you think foreigners should be denied? such as voting rights, national health care etc.

8. Discuss any final thoughts you have on the topic

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Topic for the 1st of February - New vs Old Generations

  • 投稿者:David (2019-01-30 (水) 09:50:25)

Old and new generations

This week I wish to discuss the differences between generations. Such as what the older generation think of the new generation and vice versa. We can also discuss about what you think you would be like or do, if you were a different generation or age.

Discussion questions

1. Do you think the new generations of people are different to the old generations? What differences are there?

2. Do you think your father’s or grandfather’s generation was different to your own generation? How were they different?

3. This question is for the younger members in the group. If you were to wake up tomorrow and were suddenly 65 years of age, retired and owned a house. What would you do with your life in today’s world?

4. This question is for the older members of the group. If you were to wake up tomorrow and were suddenly 21 years of age, just finished University and had a large amount of savings. What would you do with your life today’s world?

5. If you could any advice to the next upcoming generation what advice would you give? How do you suggest they live their lives? What do you think is most important in todays world to live a happy successful life?

6. Please tell the group any final opinions you have on the differences of generations.

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Topic for the 25th of January - Japan

  • 投稿者:David (2019-01-22 (火) 21:43:22)

Japan

This week’s topic is Japan. We can talk about your likes and dislikes of Japan, any recent news you think is interesting, favourite locations and anything you might like to change.

First, I will provide some vocabulary which we will check and cover. After that we will move onto the topic.

Discussion Questions

1. What are your favourite and least favourite things about Japan? Why?
2. What are your favourite places in Japan and why?
3. If you could choose just one place to go on holiday where would you pick?
4. If you could pick any place to live in Japan where would you choose to live?
5. Do you have any interesting news or events you want to share or talk about?
6. If you could change anything about Japan, what would you change and why?

Please feel free to change groups if you want.

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Topic for the 18th of January - The Future

  • 投稿者:David (2019-01-16 (水) 10:40:44)

The future

This week we will discuss about our future’s. We can talk about what we want to do in the future, it could be tomorrow, next week, next year, next decade or any other time. We can also talk about the future of your country or culture and how you think that may or may not change.

Before the discussion I will provide a list of common expressions and vocabulary to check and learn.

Discussion questions

1. How often do you think about the future?
2. What do you think will happen in your future?
3. What things are you most looking forward to or wishing would happen in your future?
4. What things are you afraid of in the future?
5. How do you think the future of your country could change?
6. Do you think we can learn about the future from looking at the past?

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Topic for the 11th of January - Robotics

  • 投稿者:David (2019-01-08 (火) 21:47:36)

Robotics

Technology has been advancing very quickly in modern times. This week, we will discuss robotics and the impact it could have on society.

This is a short 3-minute video on some of the advances in robotics. Please give it a listen, it also has subtitles.

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-40306617/five-robots-that-are-changing-everything

Questions for discussion

1. What are the 5 robotic technologies in the video?
2. Which do you think could have the most impact on society? Why?
3. Can you think of any negative points to increasing the use of robotics?
4. Can you think of any positive points to increasing the use of robotics?
5. What do you personally think, are you in support of more robots or not? Why do think this?
6. If you could choose, what would you most like a robot for? It can be anything, doing the dishes, going shopping, cleaning, building, working or anything else, it’s your choice.

Feel free to change groups and discuss with others.

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Topic for the 28th of December - Whaling

  • 投稿者:David (2018-12-26 (水) 19:01:19)

Whaling and the importance of animal conservation

This week’s topic is Whaling. Specifically, Japan and whaling.

Very recently the Japanese government announced that it would leave the IWC (International whaling commission) and resume commercial whale hunting.

This news article explains more:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/26/japan-confirms-it-will-quit-iwc-to-resume-commercial-whaling

Discussion questions

1. What do you think about Whaling?
2. What kind of impact do you think it will have upon Whales?
3. How do you think this makes Japan look internationally?
4. Why do you think the Japanese government has made this decision?
5. Do you think this puts the species at risk of extinction?
6. How do you feel about animal conservation programs?

If you finish please join other people and exchange ideas.

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Topic for the 21st of December - Christmas

  • 投稿者:David (2018-12-19 (水) 12:35:07)

Christmas

This week’s topic is Christmas. While there are many aspects of Christmas that could be discussed we will focus on how people celebrate it and some of the stories around it.

This first link provides some information on how people traditionally celebrate in the UK.

https://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/uk.shtml

And this second link provides some information regarding some of the newer folklore.

http://www.elfcrazy.com/traditional-names-of-the-first-christmas-elves/

Discussion questions

1. What do people usually do on Christmas Day in England?
2. What is Christmas?
3. Do you think people leave gifts for Santa? What do you think they leave for him?
4. Can you name some traditional English Christmas food?
5. Where does the modern Santa Claus live?
6. What is an Elf and what do they do?
7. How does Santa Claus travel across the world?
8. How you celebrate Christmas?
9. Do you think western children are spoiled too much at Christmas? What kind of presents do you think they get?

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Topic for the 14th of December - Live shows/events

  • 投稿者:David (2018-12-12 (水) 12:26:28)

Live shows

Live shows have always been very popular throughout all of history. This week we will discuss what type of live show you enjoy the most and why. Is it music festivals, live comedy shows, theatre, opera, dance, cabaret, pantomime or anything else?

Discussion questions

1. What type of live show do you like the most and why?
2. What and when was the last time you went to a live show?
3. Do you know what pantomime is? Have you ever seen it?
4. Who is your favourite live performer and why?
5. What type of person are you at a live show? Are you someone who gets in the middle of everything, someone who likes to be part of the show or do you prefer to watch more quietly?
6. Would you ever want to do some kind of live performance yourself?
7. Do you think there are any kind of live shows that are less popular than they used to be?
8. Give any final thoughts you have to the group, and change members if there is any remaining time.

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Topic for the 7th of December - Movies/Films

  • 投稿者:David (2018-12-04 (火) 23:02:54)

Movies/Films

This week’s topic is Movies/Films. We can tell each other what our favourite films are, our favourite genres, our favourite places to watch films and who with.

Movies have been a big part of modern society for a long now and have changed a lot over the years for better or worse.

Questions to discuss

1. What are your favourite and least favourite genres of films? Why?
2. What are your favourite and least favourite films? Why?
3. Who are your favourite actors/actresses?
4. Where do you like watching films the most? At home, cinema, a friend’s house or anywhere else?
5. Do you think films have gotten better or worse over the years. What do you think the biggest differences are?
6. Who are your favourite people to watch films with? By yourself, with friends, with spouse, with family or anyone else?
7. Would you ever want to work in the film industry? Why?

Vocabulary

Here a few words related to films, see how many you know:

  • Prequel Sequel
  • Subbed/Subtitled Dubbed/Dubbing
  • Director Producer
  • Cast CGI
  • Remake Reboot

This is a list of some of the most popular genres:

  • Action Adventure
  • Comedy Crime
  • Drama Historical
  • Horror Musical
  • Science Fiction Thriller
  • War Western

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Topic for the 30th of November - Gender Equality

  • 投稿者:David (2018-11-28 (水) 10:33:33)

Gender Equality - Opportunity vs Outcome

This week’s topic is gender equality, more importantly the difference between equality of opportunity and equality of outcome which are different things.

So, what exactly is the difference?

Equality of opportunity – This is where everyone has the same chance or opportunity to get the same things in life. Such as everyone having equal chance for the same jobs, same wage, same social status etc. Regardless of sex, age, race or any other differences.

Equality of outcome – This is where the result is an exactly even split. So, in an office 50% would be men and 50% would be women, they would also be different races. It also applies at all levels of jobs so, the lowest level of job would be evenly split and so would the highest levels of jobs.

This is some information on current gender equality in Japan.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/11/02/national/social-issues/japan-drops-114th-gender-equality-rankings-world-economic-forum/#.W_3rjfZuLmQ

Questions to discuss

1. What is the difference between equality of opportunity and equality of outcome.
2. Which do you think is more important, equality of opportunity or equality of outcome.
3. Do you think we can ever have 100% equality of opportunity and outcome? Why do you think this?
4. Do you think men and women have equal opportunity in Japan right 2018-11-28 (水) 10:33:33
5. If there are equality differences, do you think there are any reasons for the differences?
Could it be difference in intelligence, physically, due to sexism, family reasons, perhaps men and women being interested in different things? What reasons can you think of?

If you have any extra time, change groups and discuss what you have learnt.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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