2017.9.16 Saturday Pronunciation Master; Free Talking

Pronunciation Master 17:00~17:50 (1 student) Free Talking 18:00~18:50 (3 students) Free Talking 19:00~19:50 (4 students)

Tonight we discussed renting a new apartment in Japan, and all the problems associated such as key money and hidden fees. Then the students asked a lot of questions about my time in hospital over the summer. We also talked about origins of nicknames and shaving!

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2017.7.15 Saturday Pronunciation Master; Free Talking

Tonight all the students present had spent time studying or working in New Zealand and Australia, so it gave them an opportunity to talk about those similar experiences. We then discussed the best and worst things about Osaka. In the second hour we talked about fads, specifically how people are obsessed with taking photos to appeal to their social media peers. For example, taking one bouldering lesson just to get an Instagram photo of you doing bouldering, then quitting. Or walking into an expensive hotel just to pretend you stayed there, snapping pics, and leaving. At one point trouble-makers came up, and we talked about – hoons; hooligans; bikers; gangsters; thugs; and chavs.

2017.7.8 Saturday Pronunciation Master; Free Talking

Free Talking 18:00~18:50 (4 students) Free Talking 19:00~19:50 (4 students)

Tonight we discussed travel plans, and experiences abroad. Using illustrated cartoon cards, we made stories. I encouraged the students to make their stories as detailed as possible, often we added more back story about characters. “This is a cow…Who was an alien in a previous life.”

2017.7.1 Saturday Pronunciation Master; Free Talking

In tonight’s lesson we worked on dictation of sentences using a lot of /l/ and /r/ vocabulary. We also practiced the tongue-twister “very hairy scary berry”.

Free Talking 18:00~18:50 (4 students) Free Talking 19:00~19:50 (6 students)

Tonight we shared stories and examples of people who were shady, suspicious, dubious, OR kind, genuine, people “who pay it forward”.

2017.6.24 Saturday Pronunciation Master; Free Talking

In tonight’s lesson we worked on the voiced and voiceless pronunciations of /th/.

Free Talking 18:00~18:50 (2 students) Free Talking 19:00~19:50 (2 students)

Tonight we made stories and descriptions of cartoon drawings to work on students’ imagination and creativity. In the second hour we discussed school systems and our professional goals in life.

2017.6.17 Saturday Pronunciation Master; Free Talking

In tonight’s lesson we practiced tongue-twisters, involving the pronunciation of freeze, fleece, and fleas.

Free Talking 18:00~18:50 (7 students) Free Talking 19:00~19:50 (8 students)

Tonight we talked about our favourite teas, and we created parody newspaper headlines.

2017.6.10 Saturday Pronunciation Master; Free Talking

In tonight’s lesson we practiced the following tongue-twister: Wan-Wan was a racehorse. Tutu was one too. Wan-Wan won one race. Tutu won one too. We also practiced syllable counts in words, and recited similar sounded words to one another to test listening comprehension.

Free Talking 18:00~18:50 (5 students) Free Talking 19:00~19:50 (6 students)

Tonight we talked about laws we would change, and a variety of school days topics such as “Did you ever draw graffiti on your textbooks?” and “What were constant habits or quirks that you remember your teachers having?”

2017.6.3 Saturday Pronunciation Master; Free Talking

Pronunciation Master 17:00~17:50 (1 student)

Tonight’s lesson ended up becoming free talking (・.・). We discussed a lot of things about conditions as we age, such as dementia. We both had experience with family members having the disease.

Free Talking 18:00~18:50 (5 students) Free Talking 19:00~19:50 (7 students)

Tonight we talked about fashion trends that have come and gone, wearing watches and their function in the modern society, smartphone apps, and TV watching habits. Are you a “binge-watcher”?

2017.5.27 Saturday Pronunciation Master; Free Talking

Tonight we had a new student, so we discussed their specific difficulties with English pronunciation. We discussed the “tick-tock” rule from a recent BBC article. http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160908-the-language-rules-we-know-but-dont-know-we-know

Free Talking 18:00~18:50 (5 students) Free Talking 19:00~19:50 (6 students)

Tonight we talked about tips for around the home, we made joke storyboards from playing card illustrations, then  we discussed things that stress us out, and whether or not we should get tattoos.

2017.5.20 Saturday Pronunciation Master; Free Talking

Pronunciation Master 17:00~17:50 (3 students)

Tonight we had a new student, so we nit-picked some pronunciation in and amongst the self introductions, and we played a game with sentences that had had all the vowels/consonants removed. Were they still understandable?

Free Talking 17:00~17:50 (6 students) Free Talking 18:00~18:50 (7 students)

Topics tonight included –  upgrading our computers, strange birthday presents, fitness plans, and baby updates.