We are officially half way through our course. We'll be quite busy in June with our presentations and Book Report #2, but July will not be as busy. Work hard for the next few weeks, and you can have a bit of a break in July.
During speed discussion, I demonstrated vocabulary collocation (=learning vocabulary in groups). Instead of making lists of words, it's better to make a group of words that are connected to the same topic. In this way, you can remember vocabulary more easily. For example, you can have this group of words connected to the word "smoking":
smoking --> causes cancer
smoker / non-smoker
--> first-hand smoke/second-hand smoke
Make sure you note down the vocabulary from speed discussion and from your discussions each week.
We continued with learning about presentations. In today's lesson, we learned how to use visuals. There are a variety of visuals that you can use for your presentation:
We also learned how to explain graphs and maps. When you explain a graph, use the following steps:
All of our presentation handouts from class today can be found in the Presentation section of the website.
PresentationsAll of our presentation handouts from class today can be found in the Presentation section of the website.
For next week's discussions, remember these points:
1. Blog Post #8
2. Discussion Preparation
3. Read Graded Reader (15 pages)
4. Journal Topic #7: your future goals
5. Presentation outline
Blog Question #8:
Give your opinion on your presentation's social problem and recommend two solutions.
In my opinion, suicide is an important social issue facing Japanese society. One reason for Japan's high suicide rate is because of the lack of awareness about mental health issues and the lack of services for those with mental illness. One solution is to ... Another one is to ...