IE 3 Core Friday: Lesson 1
TGIF!! It was really great to meet all of you today. I'm really looking forward to our lessons this semester.
Syllabus and Schedule:
We had a short introduction activity and you got to get to know each other. We then went looked at the syllabus and our course schedule. We have a lot of assignments to do this semester, so if you have any difficulties, make sure you let me know so that I can help you.
We had a short activity to help you learn some expressions for asking for and giving your opinion. Make sure to support your opinion with a reason and/or example.
We also learned expressions for agreeing and disagreeing with opinions. The expression "Tell me about it!" is a slang expression, and it is used to show strong agreement.
We learned how to complete a discussion worksheet. You will have to download the worksheet and complete it before your discussion. In the Discussion Skills section, you can find the slide presentation from our lesson "How to Complete your Worksheet". There are also links to different English language newspaper sites in the Useful Links section.
We'll be going on a theater field trip to see the musical production of The Secret Garden. Some of you will go on Thursday, May 15 and other on Friday, May 15. I will reserve the tickets for us, so make sure to bring 2500 for your ticket to next week's class. I'll collect the money and pay for the tickets.
Enjoy your weekend!
Blog Question #1:
Choose one of the topics below. Give your opinion on the topic. Use an opinion giving expression, and give a reason and an example to support your opinion.
smoking in public
high school uniforms
2020 Tokyo Olympics
today's Oral English lesson
Aogaku Shibuya campus
* Write 8-10 sentences.
* Use capital letters, punctuation and spelling correctly.
* Submit by Thursday, April 16 by 6:00pm.
4/10/2015 10:59:28 pm
I agree with the system of high school uniforms. I have three reasons. Firstly, we don't have to coordinate clothes every day, so we can shorten the time in the busy morning. Secondly, wearing an uniform is that we always show our school's name to the people, so we must have responsibility for not breaking an image of the shcool.If students don't wear unifroms, some students will think that whatever they do, school's name never come to light. Lastly, an uniform would become good memory for us when we were adult. And I think that high shcool's uniform will be the last chance which we can wear tha same clothes. Therefore, I think
4/13/2015 04:13:11 am
I think smoking in public is imbecility because smoking shorten not only smokers' life but also the other people's one. As you know, this means the bad effects by second-hand smoking. Cigarette gives smokers tons of toxic substances. However, sidestream smoke contains much more carcinogen than mainstream smoke. So, it is possible that people who are made breathe the smoke which they do not want to breathe die earlier than smokers who smoke cigarettes egocentrically. It is unreasonable. I think the reason why smokers never disappear in spite of understanding that smoking is bad for health is that they cannot cherish the life of people around them and even their own. Therefore I want smokers to sympathize with others and follow minimum manners.
4/13/2015 02:56:45 pm
It is certain that a lot of people are looking forward to holding the Olympic Games in Japan in 2020. However, in my opinion, I disagree with that the Olympic Games would be held in Japan, because it costs too much money to hold it. For instance, London spent about 317 billion yen holding the Olympic Games in 2012. Although it had some benefits, the amount of cost was too big. Currently, the recession continues in Japan, and Japan cannot afford to prepare the Olympic Games. Furthermore, Japan presently has a lot of problems such as the nuclear power problem and the revival of the stricken area. The government should deal with such problems before spending money on the Olympic Games. Thus, I disagree with that it would be held in Japan because of cost.
4/14/2015 04:06:57 am
I agree with holding the Olympics of Tokyo. When Tokyo Olympics was held in 1964, Japan developed too much. For example, Hotels, subways, roads, bullet trains and freeways were made. this had a great influence on Japanese economy. Some people, however, say "Japan was a developing country in 1964, but now it is a developed country, so we all don't expect the massive economy effect : special procurements of the Olympics." it is true that the Olympics in 2020 is not the same economy effect as in 1964, but the effect in 2020 is expected to at least 19 trillion yen. this has to be the only way of emerging from the lost two decades. After Tokyo Olympics will be held, Japan will have been the second richest country. For these reasons, Tokyo Olympics indispensable for us.
4/15/2015 12:47:34 am
In my opinion, traveling oversea is a very good experience. That is because that people can know the different cultures and learn the languages of the countries directly. For example, if people in Japan, they are hardly in the place where they have to speak English. Japanese students often speak Japanese if the teacher tell them to speak English because they communicate with them easier in Japanese than in English. However, they can't make theirselves understood in Japanese in foreign countries. They have to speak English, so their English would become better soon. And more, they can understand other cultures by communicating with natives. For this reason, I think traveling oversea gives people good experiences.
4/15/2015 12:51:00 am
I disagree with smoking in public. Some people do not like tobacco smells, and, in general, cigarette smoke is not good for the health. I think smokers should smoke in another space. For example, at the restaurant, there are smoking and no-smoking seats. I also consider smoking in the sidewalk or park is bad, so the government should build smoking faciities. In short, I think it is good to separate smoking space.
4/15/2015 03:16:36 am
I disagree sokimg in public.Because it is so dangerous for people. Cigarette's fire temperture is so high. It is 1500 degrees. And there are both same height that cigarette with hands and children tall. So many children are suffered from cigarettes. I think if you want to smoke, you should smoke decided space. And almost people feel bad about cigarette smell. Also I can't stand cigarette's smell. And cigarettes are not good for health. Somoker 's life is shorter than non somokers. I think somker in public can't stand impulse to somoke. Smoking is almost same drugs. We should stop smoking in public, because it is dangerous for many people and there are no good things to smoke both others and yourself. So I disagree smoking in public.
4/15/2015 10:46:30 am
I agree with the idea that high school students should wear the uniforms. I think that uniforms have some good points. For example, uniform's colors. Uniform's colors are quiet and all students wear same type's uniforms. So, we can concentrate on study. I think that students should study hard, so uniforms are proper to study. Also, because we don't have to choose clothes every day, free time increases. We can spend the free time in studying and doing club activities. That is why, in my opinion, high school students should wear the uniforms.
4/15/2015 03:11:18 pm
I think that Aogaku Shibuya campus is so good, but one thing is so bad. It is too many people in this campus. To tell the truth, this campus is small though Aogaku has many faculties. If we try to have lunch in this campus, we hard to find eat place. If we try to use computer, we hard to find seat. I don't like a crowded place. I want Aogaku to improve these situation. For example, building new campus and cutting down new students. I hope that Shibuya campus will be a great place for everyone.
4/15/2015 03:18:31 pm
I disagree with smoking in public. Some people do not like tobacco smells, and, in general, cigarette smoke is not good for the health. I think smokers should smoke in another space. For example, at the restaurant, there are smoking and no-smoking seats. I also consider smoking in the sidewalk or park is bad, so the government should build smoking faciities. In short, I think it is good to separate smoking and no-smoking space. Although it is good to decrease smokers, that is difficult. So both smokers and non-smokers should cooperate one another. I do not disagree with smoking, but I think that smoking in public is nuisance.
4/15/2015 04:26:13 pm
I think smorkinp in public should be prohibited. The reason is that people who is not smorker feel uncomfortable. There are people who love smorking, on the other hand people who don't love smorkers and smork. Therefore, smorkers shouldn't smoke in public and should smoke at smoking space. In addition, speaking of the damages of cigarettes, that of non-smorkers is bigger than that of smorkers. So if smorkers smoke in public space, non-smorkers around them get health damage by cigarettes. I think smorkers must deeply consider about non-smorkers around them.
4/15/2015 05:00:43 pm
I disagree with smoking in public. Smoking is so bad for health and smoking raise probability to suffer from a cancer. Our life is shortened by smoking. I think that most of all people don't like cigarettes' smell. I really don't like cigarettes' smell. I feel uncomfortable. Also when adult people have cigarette in their hand, the height same children's face. So I think it is so danger. That's all, I disagree with smoking in public.
IE3F Kei Shigehisa
4/15/2015 05:08:39 pm
I agree with high school uniforms for four reasons. Firstly, if students have to wear their clothes when they go to their school, we must choose and buy clothes. In contrast, we only have to wear school uniforms and it is easier than wearing civilian clothes every day. Secondly, some students wear flashy clothes because they want to attract other student's attention. We should have a moderation any time. Thirdly, school uniforms are very impressive as students. So students wearing school uniforms have to have responsibility. Lastly, school uniforms give students sense of cooperation. And in the school, it is important for students. For these reasons, I agree with high school uniforms.
4/15/2015 07:49:14 pm
I disagree with smoking in public because non-smoker's health will be harm easily by secondhand smoke. In addition, smokers who smoke in public are often litter cigarettes, which is the environmental problem,too. Also, many smoker smoke while walking. The position of their cigarettes is near the children's face, therefore children are exposed to danger. I think government must build fully isolated smoking place and protect non-smoker's health.
4/15/2015 11:41:39 pm
Traveling abroad is good thing, and there are some reasons. I'll explain its good points in the flow of time. Firstly, when having a plan, you search for a foreign country you are to visit. So, you can acquire the knowledge about the country. Secondly, while staying there, you can feel the difference of the mood from that of your own country. New discoveries and experiences surround you. Finally, after traveling, you may have the different way of thinking and your heart may be full of precious memories. In addition, what is the most good thing is that you have the opportunity to rethink your own country's good points and bad points. According to my IE research, about 90% of students who have visited a foreign country think that their visit was good. And they got something to learn. From these reason, it can be said traveling abroad is good thing!
4/16/2015 03:14:30 am
Sorry for my late posting. I would like to talk about smoking in public. At first, I'm not opposed to smoking itself but I think it is not good to let smokers smoke in any place. In my opinion, they should be able to smoke whenever they want but not whereever. They should keep in mind that there are many people who hates the smell or becomes ill by the smoke.For example, there are many places now in stations, restaurants and so on that separates the place where people could smoke. I think it is a good idea and there should be more and more places like that.
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