OE 2 Spring 2013: Lesson 2
Wow! There was so much to do in yesterday's class. I can't believe how 90 minutes passed!
We had a short review activity about the expressions for giving your opinion and for agreeing and disagreeing with opinions. Make sure to support your opinion with a reason and/or example. When you want to ask for somebody's opinion, you can use these expressions:
1. What are your feelings on this?
2. What do you think about this?
You also received our discussion schedule for this semester. Make sure you note down your discussion date so that you can prepare your worksheet.
If you forget to prepare for your discussion, you will not be able to reschedule your discussion. You can only reschedule your discussion if you are seriously ill. If this is the case, you need to contact me one day before and bring a medical certificate to the next lesson.
We also learned how to complete a discussion worksheet. You will have to download the worksheet and complete it before your discussion. You can find this worksheet in the Discussion Skills section of the website. There are also links to different English language newspaper sites in the Useful Links section.
We quickly went through the steps to complete your worksheet. If you would like to review these steps, you can check the slide presentation in the Discussion Skills section “How to Complete your Worksheet.”
1. Discussion preparation (see schedule)
Enjoy your weekend!
Blog Question #2:
Tell me about a childhood experience in your hometown (include the name of your hometown in your post).
* Write 8-10 sentences.
* Use capital letters, punctuation and spelling correctly.
* Submit by Wednesday, April 24 by 6:00pm.
4/18/2013 11:40:44 pm
I live in Machida since I was eight years old.Many people think that Machida is a very crowded and developed city.However,it is only around the station and where I live is surrounded by nature.
4/20/2013 01:37:33 pm
I was taking pleasure in drop in at a candy store "dagashiya" where cheap candies are sold after the elementary school. Of course stopping on one's way was banned by school, but my friends and I sometimes bought one or two candies and ate them at the nearest park. That didn't mean we were trouble makers, but every students were doing so. At that store, old kind lady was the owner. She was called "Obaachan" from many elementary students including me, and loved by everyone. I always bought Su-dakosan-taro, a flat dried ground pasted flavored with sweet vinegar. It was 10 yen for one, and reasonable for us. After I moved to another city, I haven't see Obaachan anymore, but still today, when I eat Su-dakosan-taro, it remind me of her and my friends at elementary.
4/20/2013 05:27:42 pm
My hometown is Hiroshima famous for an oyster. Let us talk about the time I ate it for the first time. First, I didn't like eating shellfishes. So the impression of an oyster was bad too. I was reluctant to eat it but my father said"Let's try it" repeatedly. So I tried eating it. After I bit it, the green internal organs came out. I felt bad seeing the green ones. Therefore I vomited it. Even now, I hate an oyster.
4/20/2013 09:44:55 pm
I’ve lived in Kamakura since I was born. I live there with my father and mother and grandmother.
4/21/2013 12:06:06 am
My hometown is Ei lying in the southern part of the Kagoshima. I grew up in Ei surrounded by the nature. When I was a high school student, a wild boar broke into my school. The assistant principal announced that students must not get out the classroom. But I wanted to see the wild boar. So I slipped out of our classroom with my friends. We searched all over the school, but we could find only the wild boar's footprint. If I find an opportunity, I want to see the wild boar definitely.
4/21/2013 01:00:26 am
My hometown is Okayama.Okayama is a country town and has poor train and bus service.When I was a high school student,I went to a party to celebrate the successful completion of a school festival.All of my classmates are good friends,so we had an enjoyable evening.When we broke up at the station,the last train had already left. We had no choice to go home on foot.
4/21/2013 01:48:17 am
I lived in Mito city in Ibaraki Prefecture until I entered the university.
4/21/2013 10:21:12 pm
One of my childhood experiences in my hometown is watching soccer games in the stadium. My hometown is Kawasaki City in Kanagawa. Kawasaki City is near Tokyo. It's also the hometown of KAWASAKI FRONTALE,which is a soccer team. Near my house, there is the Todoroki Stadium, which is the home stadium of FRONTALE. It takes me twenty minutes to arrive at there by walk. Therefore, I used to go to the stadium with my mother and cheer FRONTALE. Compared with the then team, I think FRONTALE has many excellent players, so it became the poweful team now. Nowadays, I can't go to the stadium beause I'm busy, but I continue to cheer FRONTALE. I want to go there and watch the soccer game in the stadium after a long separation!
4/22/2013 02:04:09 am
I lived in Hyogo for 10 years until I graduated from the elementary school. My home town is Mukonoso in Hyogo. Unlike in Tokyo in which I live now, there are many large parks in Mukonoso.
4/22/2013 02:24:24 am
I have lived in Omiya, Saitama, since when I was 5 years old. There is Hikawa Shrine near my house. It has the longest approach to the shrine in Japan. When I went to the shrine for "Shichigosan", celebration of child's third, fifth and seventh years, I went on crying because a kimono was uncomfortable!
4/22/2013 10:49:39 am
My hometown is Yokohama and I have lived there since I was two years old. When I was an elementary school student, I often played with my friends after school. I had joined a club called “Hamakko”. The club offers the place where students can play after school. In the club, I especially liked riding a unicycle outside. At first, I couldn’t ride it without grasping the handrail, but I became able to control it freely by myself. One day, I developed a unicycle performance with my friend and showed it to a member of the club staff. She enjoyed our performance and said to us, “Excellent! You should perform at the circus.” Of course it was a joke, but we were so glad to hear that. I will never forget those happy days in the club.
4/22/2013 05:59:24 pm
4/23/2013 12:20:14 am
My hometown is Hachioji. When I was an elementary school student, I used to play with my friends after school. We played tug and hide-and-seek in a small forest in the park. I was slow runner, so I wasn't very good at tug. One time when I was playing tug, I tripped because of the roots. Somehow I thought I shouldn't cry although it hurt very bad. My friend came over and she brought me a leaf saying "It's a medicine." We were just playing house, so of course it wouldn't work. But I remember it made me stop thinking about the injure.
4/23/2013 01:01:09 am
I’ve been living in Nerima, my hometown since I was born. Here’s one notable story about this place. When I became a third year grade student in elementary school, I started to buy a monthly girls’ comic book. There was a small book store near my house, and the elderly woman owns that shop, always gave little children \100 discount on every kind of book. \100 meant a lot to us, thanks to her we could do not only read our favorite comic books, but get some snacks for our leisure time. Unfortunately when I came back from Hawaii when I was 12 y.o, the store was closed and I could never see her again. I wish I could see her and say “Thank you.”
4/23/2013 02:18:10 am
I had lived in Tokyo for 6 years in my childhood. But I moved to Saku City in Nagano when I entered elementary school. So, if I'm asked by someone where my hometown is, I'll answer that my hometown is Nagano.
4/23/2013 03:09:39 am
I had grown up in Toyama before going to university .My hometown is a rural area and have no traffic right.When I was a elementary school student,I went to school by walking through paths that in the farm.Then old farmers always greeted me "Okaeri" with smile and spoke to me as if I was their child or grandchild.In those days,I took it for granted.But people in Tokyo don't greet very often even if they are neighborhood.I noticed my hometown's warmth and that people in my hometown watched over and protect children.This is my childhood experience in my hometown.
4/23/2013 02:56:21 pm
I live in Yokohama when I was born. Since my parents like going outside, I used to go outside. One of the unforgettable memories is first-time Zoo. Mu parents and I went to Zoo when I was child. I saw many big animals first time, so I was very excited. When we went to elephants area, elephants drank water. We thought that we want to see elephants near the area, so we went there. Suddenly, an elephant looked up and poured out water for us. Of course we got thoroughly soaked. We were very astonished, but can't stop laughing.
4/23/2013 03:21:44 pm
My hometown is Kokomo, Indiana but I don't remenber much so I'll tell you about the place I live in now, Yokohama. I've lived in Yokohama for almost ten years. One day, when I was walking back home from school with my friends , I heard a loud noise. I couldn't recognize what the sound was but I knew that I definitely heard it before. Then suddenly some teachers came running toward us and they said that they would walk home with us. Later that day, our school was on TV and the sound earlier was actually from a gun. A man was shot that day and the criminal was a member of a right-wing organization that was near my school. It was a relief when I found out that nobody died and I was lucky for not getting shot.
4/23/2013 03:52:00 pm
My hometown is Sakurai city in Nara prefecture. I lived in there since I was born, but I started to live single in Tokyo from last year.
4/23/2013 04:20:35 pm
My hometown is Yokohama. What do you imagine about Yokohama? Chinatown? Bay Bridge? Red Brick Warehouse? Although I have been living in Yokohama since I was born, I have visited them only a few. The reason is that my house is close to Tokyo than Yokohama station. When I was child, I went to Tokyo many times. Therefore, there is not specially a childhood experience in my hometown. I think I want to visit the famous spots in Yokohama from now on.
4/23/2013 04:48:58 pm
I lived in Inagi city in Tokyo until I was junior high school student.I lived near the amusement park, so I often went there with my family.Because I couldn't go on a scary ride, my brother and father rode a merry go round with me. They may have been fun,but I remember that all of us were smiling. Now, I don't often go out with my family. Having been to the amusement park with them was very fun for me.When I remember this memory, I want to go out with my family.
4/23/2013 05:47:57 pm
My home town is Minamiashigara in Kanagawa. Most people don't know my home town because it is in the countryside.
4/23/2013 07:03:38 pm
I’ve lived in Yokohama since I was born. I live close to the sea. I often went there and played at the seaside with my family and friends. The seaside is a place which is important for me. It is because I experienced a lot of new things there. For example, I saw fireworks, did seashell digging, and so on first time there. Every time I experienced something new, I felt freshness. Even now, when I go there, I always remember that feeling.
4/24/2013 01:24:42 am
I live in Fujisawa of Kanagawa, so I often went to the sea near the Enoshima. In summer, there were many people who was swimming, surfing and sunbathing, sometimes beach volleyball. I went to the swimming school, therefore I liked to go to swim with my friends. And we also enjoyed barbecue, dragnet, beach volleyball and so on with my volleyball club members. After we played all day long there, we were very tired, but we had a very happy time. If I have one more time to go there with my friends, I want to go there again with them.
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