What another busy class! I can't believe we're already half way through May!
Good work with your discussions in today's class. There's ben a big improvement in the explanation of your summaries and participation in your discussions. In today's class, you got feedback on these discussion strategies:
1. Showing Interest
When you are listening, you need to show the speaker that you are paying attention. To show interest, you can use these expressions:
c. I see.
2. Encourage Comments
In your discussions, you need to encourage your group members to ask questions about and/or give comments on the opinion's of other group members. You can use these expressions to increase participation:
a. Do you have anything to add to (Natsumi)'s opinion?
b. Any questions for (Natsumi)?
1. Discussion Preparation
2. Blog Post #5
Blog Question #5:
What is your pet peeve?
We had a really busy class today! I hope everyone enjoyed the Golden Week vacation. I went to Cebu in the Philippines. It was my second time, and I really loved it! If you would like to see photos, you can "friend" me on Facebook to see them.
Before our discussions, we reviewed Conversational Style. As you know, English conversational style is very different from the Japanese one. During a discussion, you can "jump in" at any time to ask a question or to make a comment. You don't have to wait to be invited to speak during a discussion. The handout from class is attached in a file at the end of this summary.
For next week's discussions, remember these points:
1. Discussion Preparation
2. Blog Post #4
Blog Question #4:
FOR GROUP MEMBERS:
Give yourself a score out of ten for your participation in today's group discussions. Why do you think you deserve this score? Give reasons and/or examples to support your answer.
In today's class, I would give myself a score of 8/10 for my participation. First of all, I asked my group leader when I didn't understand vocabulary. For example, I asked the group leader to tell me the meaning of "gun control" and "amendment." Second, I gave examples about Japan's gun control in the discussion. However, I didn't always make eye contact with all my group members, so this is something I need to improve next week.
FOR GROUP LEADERS:
Give yourself a score out of ten for your performance as a group leader. Why do you think you deserve this score? Give reasons and/or examples to support your answer.
In today's class, I was the group leader. I would give myself a score of 8.5/10 for my performance. First of all, I checked my group's understanding about 4 times during my summary. Also, I encouraged all my group members to participate. I asked them directly for their opinions and asked them to make comments the opinions of other group members. However, I forgot to do a pronunciation practice for my vocabulary, so I need to do this for my next discussion.
If you're interested in modern art, there is a wonderful exhibition called "All You Need is Love" at the Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hills. The exhibition is by Yayoi Kusama, who is respected world-wide for her creative "dot" designs. It's a very rare chance to see her work, especially since she displays most of her work overseas.