OE2 Fall 2013: Lesson 1
It was really great to see everyone yesterday. Once again, I'm looking forward to our lessons together.
Syllabus and Schedule:
We had a short "welcome back" activity and you got to catch up with your classmates. We then went looked at the syllabus and our course schedule. This semester, we will continue with discussion, but we will be using video for our discussions. Using video will help you focus on both your speaking and listening skills.
Opinion Giving Review:
We also had a short review activity of opinion giving expressions. In our Listening Interactions (=listening discussions), we'll still be using all of the discussion skills we learnt last semester.
Blog Question #1:
Tell me about your summer vacation.
* Write 8-10 sentences.
* Use capital letters, punctuation and spelling correctly.
* Submit by Wednesday, October 2 by 6:00pm.
9/27/2013 12:11:52 am
I had a nice summer vacation. In the middle of August, I could participate in volunteer work. I went to elementary school and worked as an assistant teacher. At first, I was worried about whether I could get along with them or not. But I was surprised that all of them were so friendly to me. I played with children and helped with their homework. I had such a good time that I was sad to say good-bye to them on the last day.
9/27/2013 01:14:23 am
My old friend came and stayed in Tokyo for five days. He and my childhood friend who lives in Tokyo and I went many areas for tourist. We ate lots of local specialties but I think that raw fish which we ate in tukiji is the best specialty. We ate bowl of rice topped with several raw fish in Tukiji. It was so delicious. I tried to enjoy all the time, because My old friend work in the national hospital in Kagoshima and he will not come to Tokyo again. So, all memories of this summer vacation with them came to be extremely precious things. I want to meet them again as soon as we can.
9/28/2013 03:57:34 pm
I went to two places during this summer vacation. First, I went to Shizuoka. I went there to attend a driving school's camp for fifteen days. I acquired a driver's license worth studying, but I have not driven a car yet since then because I'm afraid of car accident. Second, I went back to my hometown Toyama. Toyama is far from Tokyo so I cannot return to Toyama not much frequently. Since my younger brother who is a university student and live in Ishikawa had also gone back in the same period, all member of my family gathered. Especially I was glad that my pet dog remembered and welcomed me. I was given much energy from her therefore I can do my best in this semester.
9/29/2013 06:05:13 pm
I had a very busy summer vacation because I had to do three tasks; practicing for drama club's play, part-time job and preparing for my club's camp as a organizer. I'd been very busy with my tasks during this summer vacation, but thankfully these tasks were done well. Our drama's camp which was taken place in Madarao was very enjoyable and all of drama club's members enjoyed a various of amusements (for example, Indoor climing, Tennis, glass sky and so on.). As a organizer, it was so glad to succeed our camp. In the meantime, in practicing for our play, a tragedy striked me. For our play, I had to spend 5 days in every week and I shaved my eyeblows. To be sure, practicing was so nice, but because of this, I lost almost all of my summer vacation and my eyeblows. My summer vacation was tragicomic.
9/29/2013 09:20:04 pm
My summer vacation was very busy. I participated in the internship program. I became a teacher there. In the middle of the program, I was scolded by my senior many times. It was very hard for me. However, I wanted to become a better teacher. I wanted to teach my student more. So, I made efforts for the program , of course, my student. The experience of program gave me the time to rethink of being teacher. I learned that thinking of each child was very important as a teacher there. I'm glad to go to the program.
9/29/2013 11:00:40 pm
I did a lot of things during my summer vacation. One of them is the trip to Hokkaido. I belong to handbell choir in this university and I went to Sapporo and Ebetsu for small concerts with the handbell members. Therefore, we practiced so much during summer. We stayed for four days and we played at one church, one high school and two kindergartens. I think we did our best. We also enjoyed sightseeing and very delicious food. In Sapporo, we went to the clock tower and the television tower. I enjoyed the trip very much, so I want to go to Hokkaido again! Next year, we'll go to somewhere else for small concerts, so I'm looking forward to going!
9/30/2013 11:36:23 am
I was so busy during the summer vacation with my part-time job. I worked everyday excepting the Bon holidays and Sundays as a teacher. I was sometimes depressed because I couldn't teach well and sympathize with the students. However, it was so fun to communicate with many children. My students told me about their school trip, school festival, and their friendship. When my students said "Your lesson is easy to understand." and "I could understand owing to your lesson.", I was happy. Because I taught to many students, I realized that teaching is difficult and fun and I like children.
9/30/2013 12:09:28 pm
I had a very good summer vacation this year. I went Nagano prefecture, art aquarium, cruising party, and so on. I went Nagano prefecture for my club activity. About art aquarium and cruising party, I went these places with my friend. Art aquarium is the aquarium which is displaying only goldfishes. There are many kinds of goldfishes, and displays are all artistic and so beautiful. About cruising party, we got on to the cruiser at Yokohama. Some bands showed nice performances in that cruiser, so we cruised the sea with listening to their songs. These are some of my good experiences in this summer vacation.
9/30/2013 10:09:36 pm
I had a great summer vacation. I went camping to Yamanashi as a club activity. On the first day, we went to Mount. Fuji and a cave. It was very cold in the high place. Then, we went to the lodge and ate dinner doing BBQ. We had a lot of meat and yakisoba. It was delicious eating dinner together. The next day, we went to grape orchard and ate them. Also, we went to hot spring but I did not get in because I was too tired. Even it was tiring a little, I had very fun time there.
9/30/2013 10:31:47 pm
During my summer vacation, I experienced many things. The most exciting event was my high school festival. I went there with my friends who belonged to the chamber music club together in my high school days. We watched a concert given by our juniors, which was their last concert before retirement from the club. I was surprised to hear their performance because they had become very good at playing the stringed instruments. After that, we watched plays and exhibitions while eating food. It was really fun, and I felt as if I had gone back to my high school day with my friends. I think they are the best friends in my life!
10/1/2013 07:42:04 am
I had a great summer vacation. I joined a training camp with the members of the piano club. We went to Minami-Boso, in Chiba. First day, we played around the beach and had a barbeque. It was so exciting. In addition, we set off fireworks on the beach at that night. When we enjoyed fireworks, I saw a shooting star for the first time. Second day, we had a small concert and played volleyball and dodge ball. It was tight schedule and I felt tired, but I enjoyed a lot. I was able to relax enough in this summer, so I want to work hard in this semester, too.
10/1/2013 12:19:03 pm
this summer vacation is one of my best summer vacation in my life!! almost nothing specially happened.
OE2 - Natsumi
10/1/2013 12:22:25 pm
I went to Hakone in this summer vacation.
10/1/2013 02:31:09 pm
During my summer vacation, I participated in the 12 hours relay marathon. It was held in the national stadium where the Tokyo olympics will be held in 2020. I think that you don't know what the 12 hours relay marathon is. In this contest, you compete with other teams for how far your team could relay for 12 hours. One team had 10 members and the course was 1.4 kilometers. I participated in it with my friends of my club. Once the top team had a lead of one lap over our team, so I gave up being the top a little. However, the members of our team encouraged each other and never gave up. Finally, we could overtake the top team and win a trophy! It was very hard but I really enjoyed it.
10/1/2013 02:41:31 pm
I went to Enoshima in Kanagawa to play beach volleyball game with my circle members in mid-August.We played for people- beach volleyball. it was very hard and tiring to play on the beach sand. And it was so hot sand that I couldn't stand up there. Although we had a great time, I got sick , that's, I got headstroke. It was because it was very hot and I was very tired. Therefore, I made other members trouble.
10/1/2013 02:51:33 pm
During summer vacation, I went to Kinugawa with my friends of a club activity for two days. On the first day I got into a hot spring. Because in Kinugawa the hot spring is very famous, there were many people. On the night of the day I ate many delicious clubs in the buffet of the hotel. It was my good luck. On the second day I visited Nikko Edomura. There were many staffs who put on the dress of Edo period. Their language and behavior were the same as person who had lived in Edo period. There the most exciting attraction was Ninja Karasu Yashiki which was a theater of ninja. The battle was so exciting, thrilling and dynamic, and tricks of the theater was also interesting and cool. I think everyone who see the play will be affected. You should go there!
10/1/2013 03:05:49 pm
I spent a good summer vacation in this summer.
10/1/2013 03:21:01 pm
I went to Guam with my friends for three days during the summer vacation. On the first day, we went to swim in the sea. It was very hot that day, so we enjoyed swimming very much. Also we saw a lot of fishes in the sea. There were many kinds of colorful fishes and they were so beautiful. Next day, it was raining heavily so we gave up going to the sea. Instead, we went shopping. There were many things or foods we can't buy in Japan. I had a very good time with my friends so I want to travel with them again.
10/1/2013 04:41:33 pm
10/1/2013 08:13:05 pm
I went to Miyagi prefecture in summer vacation for the first time. I participated in a group of volunteer works. We pulled up the weeds. After the tsunami coming on March 11th, there was many derelict places. However, they will hold the festival, so we improve the appearance. We couldn't participate in the festival, but people from the local community was delighted. I thought many things about 3.11 earthquakes and tsunami. I hope people in Touhoku put smiles back on their faces.
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