2018.10.31. Wednesday: Free-talk and Business

Free-talk

3-5pm 2 students

Today we discuss some social/political topics such as; what do you think about having surveillance in all pubic places (streets, park, etc) so that the police can identify criminals more easily. What are the pros and cons of such Society?

6-8pm 5,4 students

Today we discussed topics related to driving. Are you a good driver? Have you ever been in a traffic accident? How was your experience with the insurance company and how did the insurance company decide to cover for the damage?

Business

8-10pm 3,4 students

For today’s business we did some debates are topics of debate included:

Should the Japanese government invest in a mission to Mars?

Should animal testing be banned?

Is it necessary to increase consumption tax to 10%?

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2018.10.24. Wednesday: Free-talk and Business

Free-talk

3-5pm 2 students

Today the group, including myself, had a lot of interest in cars, we talked about that cars we opea and have owned in the past. We also talked about classic cars and purchasing cars from an investment stand point.

6-8pm 5 students

Today we talked about:

Depreciation/appreciationof your assets.

Correlation (or lack there’s of) between blood pressure and body temperature

Confounding factor and why it’s important to keep in mind when considering correlations.

Business

8-10pm 7 students

Today we covered collocations that one would often engineere in business/professional settings, such as in the office, business trip, meetings, and so on.

2018.10.17. Wednesday: Free-talk and Business

Free-talk

3-5pm 2,3 students

Today we kind of had an interesting conversation topic. One of the students asked whether you think extraterrestrial life exists or not. You guys shared your views and I shared my own as well. Which kind of led to more conversation about space and the Universe we live in.

Free-talk

6-8pm 5 students

One of our students shared his unique experience that took place on his flight to Europe.

Business

8-10pm 5 students

Today we did a mock meeting to practice language that would be useful in a meeting or any other professional setting involving the exchange of ideas and opinions.

2018.10.10. Wednesday: Free-talk and Business

Free-talk

3-5pm 4 students

Today we talked about why you started studying English and why at velco. After that, we talked about exercising, like jogging, workingout, etc, we do (or don’t lol)  to keep us fit.

Free-talk

6-8pm 5, 8 students

Today we talked about where are the best places to travel to in Japan.

Business

8-10pm 2 students

Today we read an article on high and low context cultures and discussed following.

How does this cultural metric correlate with other cultural metrics such as individualism, collectivism, diversity, etc.

How the concept might be relevant to international and/or interdepartmental communications, sales or marketing.

How this idea may or may not apply to your particular situation at work.

2018.10.24. Wednesday: Free-talk and Business

Free-talk

3-5pm 2 students

Today since we had a group of people fairly interested in cars (including myself), we spent the majority of class time talking about cars.

For example, which cars are likely to appreciate in value (instead of depreciating like typical cars)? There by discussing which cars would be good, not just to own but also from an investment stand point as well.

Free-talk

6-8pm 5 students

Today we talked about one of our students’ recent visit to Kyoto, music theory in learning how to play an musical instrument, whether or not there’s a correlation with body temperature and blood pressure levels, etc.

Business

8-10pm 7,5 students

Today we practice some collocations that was frequently come up in business settings such as in the office, during meetings, business trips, etc.

2018.10.3. Wednesday: F3 and Business

Free-talk

3-5pm: 3 students

Today we talked about memory in general. How to remember and recall things more efficiently? Do you really losel your ability to remember and recall things as you are? If so, how big of a factor is it really?

Free-talk

6-8pm: 3 students

Today we talked about English words) expressions that are hard or down right nearly impossible to translate into Japanese, at leastl without some loss of subtle nuances.

Here’s just a couple of examples:

You earned yourself a nice vacation

You deserve a vacation

 

Business

8-10pm 3 students

Today I had you guys do a short (10-15min) improv presentation on something either you are knowledgeable about or just would like to share with the class.

 

2018.9.26. Wednesday: Free-talk and Business

Free-talk

3-5pm 3 students

Today we talked about how unusually hot this summer was and how it might affect the typhoon season this year.

Free-talk

6-8pm 6 students

Talk about things Americans like to say. Like… well, “like” lol. We also say “I got to” instead of “I have to” or “I just got here” instead of “I have just gotten here.” These are not necessarily correct English from a technical  point of view but people use them nonetheless and it’s something kinda fun to notice.

Business

8-10pm 5 students

For business class tonight, we shared some ideas for discussion topics and discussed then together as a class.

2018.9.19. Wednesday: Free-talk and Business

Free-talk

3-5pm 3 students

Today we talked about various technologies that were introduced within the last 70 years or so (like the refrigerator, washing machine, TV, A/C, and do on) and where do we as a society stand on the front of innovation today.

Free-talk

6-8pm 6 students

Today, among many things, we talked about there’s the best place you’d recommend traveling to in thethe Chugoku and Shikoku area, privately importing goods from abroad, logistics of shipments and importation taxes.

Business

8-10pm 4,5 students

Today’s theme for Business class was “Educate us!” Basically, I had each one of you guys take turns and give an informal 15min presentation on whatever subject of your choice and other students could freely ask questions during the talk.

2018.9.12. Wednesday:

Free-talk

3-5pm 4 students

We talked about traditional folktales and how they’ve been gradually modified to be more “family friendly” for our modern society.

Free-talk

6-8pm  3,5 students

We talked about our friends, their unique character and shared fun stories about then.

Business

8-10pm 5 students

Upon request, we practiced short improv speeches tonight.

2018.8.29.Wednesday: Free-talk and Business

Free-talk

3-5pm 3,2 students

Today, amongst many things, we talked about whether it’s ok for employers to check social media posts of candidates when screening for employment.

Free-talk

6-8pm 5 students

Today’s conversation topics included: what are the best ways to improve fitness, what did you do for fun when you were a child, what was your high school sports day like?

Business

8-10pm 3,2 students

For today’s business, I had you guys solve a mystery  through a mock-meeting. After the meeting, we discussed the importance of roles such as a chairperson, hypothesizers, criticizers, a person who can organizes information for greater transparency, time keeper, etc.