2017.9.17 Sunday: Free-Talk & Business English

Free-Talk
11am~Noon 1 student
Noon~1pm  1 student
We a wonderful free-talk session today.  I had a one-on-one discussion with a Velco regular and we followed no rules today.  We had a free-flowing conversation talking about food, restaurants, weather, travel, politics, pets, and family. We also took time to focus on new vocabulary in the form of some “sentence challenges”.  Thanks for attending today, pre-typhoon.  Great English use today and see you soon!

Business English
1pm~2pm  1 student
2pm~3pm  1 student
Today was a discussion and exploration of ideas related to latest projects occurring at work.  And, we took on a conversation about what efforts our companies make to limit impact on the environment.  There was excellent spoken English use throughout the lesson and we even finished the session with a writing exercise summarizing our discussion on “company environmental impact”.  Excellent job today and thank you for attending.

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2017.9.10 Sunday: Free-Talk

Free-Talk
11am~Noon 5 students
Noon~1pm  5 students
We had a series of great conversations today at Velco free-talk.  It was a comfortable exchange of opinions and laughter while challenging our English skills, both in conversation and vocabulary.  Everyone did a superb job as we discussed: “Is there anything you dislike about traveling?”, “Where in the United States would you visit if you had to pick one place?”, “Is there too much tourism in Japan or not enough?”, “If you could live in a luxury hotel for free, would you do it?”, and “What is your favorite form of entertainment?”. Great effort today, and see everyone soon!

2017.9.3 Sunday: Free-Talk & Business English

Free-Talk
11am~Noon 4 students
Noon~1pm  4 students
It was interesting how our discussion today in free-talk either found complete agreement among the group, or everyone seemed to have a different take or opinion on a topic.  We shared ideas on “whether convenience stores should be open 24-hours”, “whether we liked wearing traditional Japanese clothing”, – in a addition to giving thoughts on “our favorite things to do during our days off”, and offering ideas on “things that are challenging that we still enjoy”.  Additionally, we went though our now infamous “10 New Words” of the day.

I really enjoyed hearing all your comments and ideas today.  Thank you for attending as always!

Business English
1pm~2pm  1 students
2pm~3pm  1 students
Business English today focused on 3 activities.  We began discussing “Current Projects”.  My student had to give input and describe a current project at work explaining existing problems, deadlines, budget restraints, traveling, and English usage.  Second, we did a reading comprehension exercise from a New York Times article related to the concept of science as business. My student had to answer questions about vocabulary and sentence/paragraph meaning. Third, we discussed the question: “Do you think Japan is more of a capitalist country or a socialist country?”.  This was very interesting, as we shared ideas on the similarities between the economies of Japan (my student’s country)  and the United States (my country).

Great job today in all aspects of the lessons!

2017.8.27 Sunday: Free-Talk & Business English

Free-Talk
11am~Noon 7 students
Noon~1pm  8 students
Do you think there should be more or fewer priority seats on trains and buses? , Do you believe you had a previous life prior to this one? Have you ever been on a bad vacation abroad?, Udon or soba, which do you like better and why? Why are children’s tote bags so expensive in Japan?, and Where did you grow up?”  As you can see there were a variety of topics today!  Students did an awesome job sharing their experiences and expanding their English language skills.  Thank you for attending free-talk today!

Business English
1pm~2pm  2 students
2pm~3pm  2 students
Our business students were challenged with a variety of activities today and everyone did a superb job of expressing their opinions in both verbal and written form.

We began with a debate on “Work is the most important thing in a person’s life?”.  We received a variety of responses to this question, and got to bring our own experiences into the discussion to help explain our answers.

We also did a presentation exercise pretending we were introducing our company at an international conference in Tokyo. We brainstormed ideas we might want to include in our presentation, then took 5 minutes to prepare our ideas, before presenting ourselves and company to the class.

Additionally, we did some sentence building exercises, and shared answers to work related questions generated from our business students.

Great work today and please come again!

2017.8.20 Sunday: Free-Talk & Business English

Free-Talk
11am~Noon  5 students
Noon~1pm  6 students
Fun conversation and improving English language use is the goal of our free-talk class, and that is just what happened today. Everyone did an excellent job of expressing themselves and sharing thoughts on many topics. Our discussion spanned the topics of “our favorite musical groups”, “household chores we like and dislike”, and “what other languages you would like to learn”. Thanks for coming as always, and keep up the great work everyone!

Business English
1pm~2pm  2 students
2pm~3pm  2 students
Themes in Business English today ranged from describing our work spaces and the logistics of getting various jobs done, career goals, and reading comprehension. It was very interesting to hear students describe what their work spaces look like and how they function. And it was even more valuable to hear the proposed improvements each student had, or changes they hope to see in the future with regard to physical workspace set-up.

Our reading comprehension exercise analysed a New York Times article on economic growth, consumer spending, and wage stagnation. This was a challenging piece of writing on which we shared ideas and explanations throughout the reading to assist in understanding.

We concluded presenting a vision of how we see our work experiences in the next 10-15 years. Students had various ideas on this, some expecting similar work patterns, while others expressed both worry and optimism about their jobs and the future.

Thanks for coming today and great effort as usual!

2017.8.13 Sunday: Free-Talk

Free-Talk
11am~Noon 3 students
Noon~1pm 4 students
It was a holiday weekend but we had some dedicated students attend and make some wonderful contributions to our free-talk lessons today. We started our class discussion off with a question, “What is the most expensive beer you have ever ordered?”. I thought my 1300¥ order was expensive, but someone paid 2500¥ for a beer in New York! We also shared thoughts and ideas on various topics including discussion on “your favorite day of the week, who you think is the most famous musician in Japan and the world?, dangers in Japan?, and the origins of the Japanese phrase “boku wa”.” Thanks for awesome effort everyone. I enjoyed the class and hope you did too!

2017.8.6 Sunday: Free-Talk & Business English

Free-Talk
11am~Noon 5 students
Noon~1pm 5 students
Today in free-talk students shared ideas on many topics including those related to seasonal fashion, favorite rooms in their home, famous people, and popular foreign destinations for Japanese tourists. Today, often, students had similar answers, but everyone always had a different reason for their answer, which made our conversation very interesting. Thank you for attending, and see you all soon!

Business English
1pm~2pm 1 student
2pm~3pm 1 student
Business English today consisted of numerous discussion topics, writing exercises, and reading comprehension. We shared experiences related to our “previous work weeks”, “working at one company for one’s entire life”, and “whether our company operates efficiently?”. It was fun to push our English and express ourselves in response to these topics.

Our writing exercise had the goal of summarizing our discussion in three sentences. And, we finished our lesson reading an article that discussed how scientific research might play a role in preventing tsunami. The content of this article was an example of how science, research, and business might come together to solve a large problem in Japan.

Thanks for coming today, and great effort!

2017.7.30 Sunday: Free-Talk & Business English

Free-Talk
11am~Noon 4 students
Noon~1pm  5 students
Our free-talk conversation started off with the surprising topic of “fish”! We discussed seasonal offerings we like, and what is eaten on special occasions. This led to a debate on whale hunting and if we agree or disagree with the practice. There were many interesting ideas shared on this topic. We concluded the lesson with conversations on the topics of “neighbors”, “superstitions”, and “festivals”. Thanks everyone for attending today, and excellent work expressing your ideas in class.

Business English
1pm~2pm 3 student
2pm~3pm 4 student
Business English began with a general discussion on “motivation in the workplace”. We compiled a list of factors that motivate us and then shared individual experiences, with regard to motivation at work, and whether our companies make any specific efforts to motivate the staff.

The second half of our session looked at a New York Times article on the topic of Japan’s workforce– specifically it highlighted the experience of a 65 year old Japanese man who is still working as a pilot. This was a difficult article with difficult content today, and I was pleased with the effort everyone gave.

We concluded the class with a short discussion listing the skill-set someone would require if they were to succeed in dealing with international clients on business trips.

2017.7.23 Sunday: Free-Talk & Business English

Free-Talk
11am~Noon 3 students
Noon~1pm  4 students
What country is the most similar to Japan? If you could go abroad right now, where would you go? If you could learn any traditional Japanese craft, what would it be? Do you think school uniforms are important? Should there be increased security on the Shinkansen?
These were just a few of the topics we shared conversation on. We had a battle of answers as times, with many students having varied opinions on these questions.  This made for two very fun lessons. Thanks for attending Free-Talk today!

Business English
1pm~2pm  1 student
2pm~3pm  1 student
Today’s one-on-one business lesson focused on conversation.  My student gave input on a variety of subjects related to his work such as “pressure in the workplace”, “giving advice to junior staff”, and “the single most positive and negative characteristic of their company”.  Most of our discussion however was very organic, with one idea leading to a new question to be answered.  All of this provided excellent conversation practice.  I learned a lot about my student’s work experiences today.  Thanks for coming and great job!

2017.7.16 Sunday: Free-Talk & Business English

Free-Talk
11am~Noon 4 students
Noon~1pm 4 students
Today we talked about food, sports, convenience stores, career ambitions, favorite Japanese cities, and cherry trees. Yes, cherry trees! These 5 topics filled up 2 lessons of engaging conversation. Everyone did an excellent job expressing their ideas and with comprehension. Thanks to everyone for attending. I look forward to see you all again soon!

Business English
1pm~2pm 2 students
2pm~3pm 2 students
Today in Business English we took on a variety of conversation topics and tested our reading comprehension. We shared ideas on vacation benefits in the Japanese workplace and our experiences with it, both positive and negative. We also had an extended conversation about the Japanese economy. We began with a New York Times article on the current status of the Japanese economy, and then shared our own thoughts and opinions on how a strengthening or weakening economy has and is affecting our lives.