2016.1.28 Thursday

11:00-11:50   2 students

12:00-12:50   2 students

 

★What’s this?

アニマルカードを使って練習

What’s this?    It’s a/ an…..

What are these?   They’re …..s.

 

★canの使い方

動物は何ができるでしょう

I can…. 現在形

Kangaroos can hop.

Koalas can eat leaves.

Butterflies can fly.

ほかにもclimb/ swim/ runなど

 

★couldの使い方

I could… 過去形

couldを使うときは前後の文脈もたいせつ!

 

★role play

店員さん役とお客さん

A  How can I get for you?

B  Can/ Could I have a …/ some…/ a piece of…

A  Here you are.

B  Thank you!

 

★house chores

カードで練習

 

2016.1.27 Wednesday: 多読トレーニング&SB&★SB

多読トレーニング
14:00~15:00 1 student

SB
18:30~19:30 11 students
19:30~20:30 13 students

★SB
20:30~21:30 2 students

 

2016.1.27 Wednesday : SSB, Pattern Practice

SSB2

18:30~19:30 – 5 students

19:30~20:30 – 7 students

 

Good evening, everybody!!

Thank you so much for your support as always.

Let me share what we studied in class.

 

【SSB1&2:前置詞 Final】

This is the final class for 前置詞/preposition.

We spent quite a few lessons on this and finally get to the end!

Here are all the preposition words that are covered tonight!!

 

■ at:(イメージ)Pinpointに焦点が定まっている

例) What do you usually do at night (after work)?

訳)仕事と後夜はどのように過ごしますか。

 

■ below:(イメージ)~よりも下にある

例) The temperature goes below zero in Canada.

訳)カナダでは気温が氷点下になります。

■ by:(イメージ)そばにある[(期限)までに、(手段)で]

例) I went to 伊勢 by train.

訳)電車で伊勢に行きました。

 

■ from:(イメージ)~から(=起点)

例) I travel from Osaka to Tokyo.

訳)大阪から東京に向かって旅行します。

 

■ near:(イメージ)近くにある

例) There is a nice restaurant near my house.

訳)家の近くに良いレストランがあります。

 

■ on:(イメージ)「接触」している

例) I am going to Thailand on my next holiday.

訳)次の休暇でタイに行きます。

 

■ since:(イメージ)ある地点を境にずっと続いている

例) I enjoy cooking since I was a university students.

訳)大学生の時から料理をつくるのが好きです。

 

■ through:(イメージ)通り抜ける

例) If you want to 滋賀 from 大阪, we first need to go through 京都.

訳)大阪から滋賀に行くときには、まず京都を抜ける必要があります。

 

■ with:(イメージ)存在する、伴う

例) I went to Hawaii with my family.

訳)家族とハワイに行きました。

 

Pattern Practice

20:30~21:30 – 8 students

 

Thank you so much for coming!!

Here is what we did tonight^^

 

  1. Catchup:sharing our recent updates in pairs

 

  1. Free Talk:sharing the updates as a whole group

 

  1. Phrase learning

■ Shall we ~, Why don’t we ~?:(一緒に)~しましょうか?

■ how to ~ :~のしかた

■ don’t have to~:~する必要はない

■ some day:(将来の)いつか

 

  1. Phrase practice

We did an activity for each phrase to practice using them!

I hope you enjoyed them.

 

It was a wonderful time talking with you tonight!

See you soon.

 

Masami

2016.1.27. Wednesday. Free Talk. Presentation. Travel.

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.

 

 

Key Phrases

Posh
Motown
Motor City
The corner of my eye
Crunchy or Crispy
Onesie
Crop-top
Inventory
Cost-co
Flask
Pectin
Frugal
Seven Deadly Sins
Circumstance

2016.1.26 Tuesday : SB

SB2

19:00~20:00 – 6 students

20:00~21:00 – 6 students

 

Hi everyone!

Thank you so much for coming to my class!!

Let me share what we studied tonight^^

 

【SB1:動名詞】

☆動名詞とは…

「動詞+ing」=動詞が名詞的な役割を果たす。

例) I like taking care of my dogs.

 

☆どんな状況で使うのか?

→ 「親しみがある・近い存在である」ものを表現する時。

例) 趣味:I like going out with my friends.

例) 現在していること:I am studying English at Velco.

 

☆動名詞を使うフレーズ集

■ look forward to 動詞ing ~:~を楽しみにしている

■ feel like 動詞ing ~:~をしたい気分である

■ be good at 動詞ing ~:~が得意である

■ be used to 動詞ing ~:~に慣れている

■ be interested in動詞ing ~:~に関心を持っている

 

 

【SB2:接続詞】

☆接続詞とは…

「つなぐ(単語、文章)」役割を持っている。

  1. Since:~なので

→ 周知の理由

例) “Masami is a part-timer since he is still a student.”

(訳:まだ学生の身分なので、まさみはアルバイト生です。)

 

  1. otherwise:そうでないと

→ ちょっとした警告

例) “You should stay warm. Otherwise you will get cold.”

(訳:体を温めた方がいいですよ。そうでないとあなたは風邪を引きますよ。)

 

  1. not only A but also B:AだけでなくBも

例) “I want to travel to not only U.S. but also U.K..”

(訳:アメリカだけでなくイギリスも旅に行きたいです。)

 

  1. although/though/even though:~だけれども

例) “I want to join the school trip even though I have a cold.”

(訳:風邪を引いているけれども、修学旅行に行きたいです。)

 

 

It was really nice talking with you all!!

Thank you.

See you soon.

 

Masami

2016.1.26.Tuesday.Free talking.

Free talk.  7 ~ 8pm. – 5 students.

Free talk.  8 ~ 9pm. – 3 students.

We had a ‘trial’ student in the first class tonight, so we went through the usual self-introductions, and getting to know each other, questions, and answers. We talked about the problems of GMO food, and the dangers of eating such foods ..the world-wide petitions, and demonstrations against such products. The problem of the world’s bee population dying out in large numbers. We also talked about Aerial yoga, which is practiced while being suspended above the ground in a hammock. We talked about air pollution in Beijing. Both, Mr. N. and Mr. F. have recently been to Beijing, and were lucky enough to be there, when the air wasn’t so bad. Mr. N. explained, that when there are some very windy days, a lot of the pollution is blown away, (which we guessed), are the times, that we get the bad air blowing over Japan! I told them about the first few years I lived in Japan, when everything closed down during the New Year’s break, and we could actually smell, and breathe fresh air, and enjoy a very silent Osaka. As most of the people in class, are far younger than me, they have no memory, or have simply never experienced such conditions in Osaka in their life-times! How times have changed!

In the second class, Ms. S. told us she was very disappointed, because her business trip to Istanbul  was canceled by her boss, due to fear of the unrest they are experiencing there, and the threat terrorism. Mr. F. told us some more details about his trip to Venezuela, and the other students asked lots of questions about many details of his trip. We didn’t cover many new words today but we looked at the following..

Fad (noun) = Something that is very popular, or fashionable for only a short time. eg. Although Aerial (hammock) yoga, may be a lot of fun, it’s likely to become just another fad, because of the high cost of the classes.

Transgenic (adjective) = [Biology] A transgenic plant, or animal contains genes from a different plant or animal, that has been introduced using a laboratory technique.

Free talk (star class)  9 ~ 10pm. = 0 students.

Enough for today! Thank you so much for coming tonight, especially since it’s very cold outside. Stay warm! See you next time. Rita.

2016.1.26 Tuesday:BF,★BF

18:30-19:30 5 students

19:30-20:30 6 students

20:30-21:30 1 student

Thanks again for attending today!

本日は正しい英語を学ぶということで、よく日本人が間違って使っている英語について触れました。

あと、類義語の使い分けについても触れました!

次週もドンドン紹介して行こうと思います!

See you next week!

2015.1.25 Monday: Free Talking

Free Talking

7:30-8:30 0 Students

8:30-9:30 1 Student

 

Slow day! I guess everyone is too cold!

In the second half, we discussed first of all the cold weather and how to keep warm. We talked about the clothes we use to keep warm in the winter, both expensive and affordable. And from there we got into a discussion about secondhand clothes, which the student did not have much experience with, so I explained a bit how it works. We also talked about the difference from outlets.

 

We discussed relationships, and relating with our spouses. For me the language barrier can be an issue, but I think all couples have differences! We talked about the new baby in Mrs. T’s life, and her differences in opinion from her son about how to best handle a crying baby. And we talked about the names for grandparents, and whether “grandma” (the english word) is good for Japanese children to use.

 

One new word/expression was:

comfort(as in comfort a baby) or hold (as in hold a baby)

 

Best,

Michael

2016.1.25 Monday:SB&TOEIC800&パターンプラクティス

SB
14:00~15:00 6 students
15:00~16:00 7 students

TOEIC800
18:30~19:30 3 students
19:30~20:30 5 students

パターンプラクティス
20:30~21:30 6 students

 

2016.01.24.Sunday: BF

13:00~3students
14:00~3students

Topics we talked about today:
・New year resolution
・What did you do on Valentine’s day in the past?
・How are you doing recently?
・Talk about recent news.
・Have you ever had a sleepover?

それから、今日は普段から疑問に思っている英語の用法などを聞き、それについて解答しました!

Words
arcade / I cannot tell. (区別できない) / Is it even a question?

Thank you for coming today!