Free Talk 1-2 pm 4 Students.
We spoke about two students bumping into each other on the street, and then we spoke about Nano House, and how it is a good idea to be able to spend a lot of time with foreigners to learn the language.
It was mentioned about the trips to go and greet/help travellers, and I said it’s usually when I am working, so I cannot go. Students expressed interest in going to Nano House.
We spoke a lot about our dreams and ambition; what we wanted to do in life, what we currently want to do, and how small things can make a big difference, and it is important to learn to adapt to the situation.
We said that even in seemingly bad circumstances, everything happens for a reason.
Free Talk 2-3 pm 4 Students.
We spoke about the Seven Deadly Sins, and how too much of one thing is bad, life should be a bout balance.
We talked also about pronunciation and how English words often are not spelled the way that they sound. We talked about good movies, and good applications and such to watch movies to help learn English.
We talked quite deeply about understanding other humans, and how there is a lot to learn from people, and to realise that some people naturally act very different. We spoke a little bit about he movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
We also spoke about hand gestures, and I was told a couple phrases I could use in Japanese instead of using European hand gestures.
Presentation 3-4 pm 2 Students.
One student talked on the topic of “I know it’s not good for me, but the junk-food I can’t stop eating is…”
This was a great well-thought out talk on junk-food and how it is useful for a treat or to bring us comfort, but in excess it becomes worthless and unhealthy. The presentation used a personal anecdote as well as other interesting bits about junk food.
The next student did not have a chance to prepare much for the class, but still gave a great presentation on “The scariest moment of my life” which indeed was scary, and a little bit sad. The anecdote was told well, and as the story was personal I could tell that there was real passion for the topic.
From these presentations we talked a while about phrases used, having confidence to make small mistakes but continue, and of the society we live in.
Next week’s topic is any past topic that you have not picked, or “I want to live in a place where…”
The topic is open, you can talk about the house you would like, the society you would like, any interpretation is good!
You can use pictures, a script, or just talk, any way to present is fine.
Travel 7-8 pm 2 Students.
We spoke a lot about British fashion, and some oddities that arise there (such as the “onesie”)
The students then worked through a role-play with me, and we discussed the strange words that were used. The role play was based on the Drug Store.
Free Talk 8-9 pm 4 Students.
We had a trial student, so each student introduced themselves, and spoke a little bit about why they want to learn English.
We talked about priding clear English diction over other accents which are hard or some people to understand, and we also spoke about sounding “posh.”
I was asked about my experience of Japan; what I like to cook, what I find hard in Japanese.
The students discussed the TV show “Downton Abbey” which is a British drama, that is very popular.
We then spoke a lot about cooking and the Western perception that Japanese food is small, which I think it is not. We also spoke about Chinese Hot Pot and having lamb -which is a fantastic meat.
We also talked about America, and personal experiences. We then spoke about Otsu vs Osaka, and the idea of capital cities.
The corner of my eye
Crunchy or Crispy
Seven Deadly Sins