I hope you all enjoyed the Golden Week vacation, and that you don't have spring fever!
Before our discussions, we reviewed expressions for checking your group's understanding. You need to check 4 to 5 times when you give your summary and opinion. You can use these expressions:
a. Are you following me?
b. Are there any questions so far?
c. Is everything OK?
When you don't understand something, you can ask these questions:
a. Can you explain that again?
b. What was that?
c. What does ... mean?
In today's discussion, you still need to work on your conversational style. Group leaders need to ask the group members for comments on opinions:
a. Do you agree with ...'s opinion?
b. Are there any comments on ...'s opinion?
Groups members also have to add to conversational style. You can also ask group members questions for more information and make comments on their opinions.
Absent for your Discussion:
If you are absent for your discussion and do not contact me the day before by 6:00pm, you CANNOT reschedule your discussion. You are NOT allowed to reschedule your discussion if you contact me in the morning before our lesson. You are ONLY allowed to reschedule due to serious illness - this means you need to go to the doctor and get a medical certificate to give me.
1. Discussion Preparation
2. Blog Post #5
Blog Question #4:
Where can you find the best natural beauty in Japan?
(Remember to use an opinion expression.)