OE2 Fall 2013: Lesson 9
It's definitely getting colder. Make sure you bundle up so that you don't catch a cold.
In today's interactions, we learned expressions for checking understanding.
For group leaders, make sure your check your group's understanding after each skills activity:
Did you have trouble with any sections of the video?
Details: Were there any words you couldn’t catch?
For group members, when you are watching the video, note down the time of parts that you didn't understand. After, ask your group leader for help.
1. Interactions (last one!)
2. Listening Report #4 (last one!)
3. Blog Comment #7
4. slide presentation
Blog Comment #7
We are coming to the end of our course - just four more lessons.
11/24/2013 12:40:45 pm
I learned how to speak English smoothly and how to talk to English. Before this class, I am poor at speaking English. But this class has a lot of chances to speak English and discuss about something in English. So I think I have made progress in my English skills of talking. I can talk with someone fluently to some extent. For example, last week, in one English class, we had chance to talk with guest speakers. I can listen to almost all of what they said, and I could ask questions that I want to ask to some extent. It was very difficult to do them, but it was good to talk with guest speakers in the respect of increasing my English skills. Therefore, I think it good for me to take this class.
11/24/2013 09:36:46 pm
I think one of the most important things I have learned during this entire year is the importance of trying to speak English. I’m not good at speak English, so I haven’t try to speak actively so much before. However, in this course, I can have a lot of opportunities to speak English, so I thought that it’s fun to speak English. In this course, I also learned many skills. For example, the way to use gestures and voice inflections, the various phrases and so on. However, I need to use these skills. If I don’t use them, they are useless for me. I think my English improved by having the opportunities to speak English and using the skills during our course. I have done in discussions, listening interactions, presentations, and the other activities. I think I can learn and get a lot of things I didn’t know.
11/25/2013 12:35:25 am
the most important thing I have learned during this entire year is gesture which used in conversation. Before studying gestures, I only speak in English. So, I couldn't tell what I thought plainly. I want to use gestures in slide presentation. Next, I think that I got the ability for listening. Last year, I was poor at listening rapid English speeches. But, after studying in our class, I experienced some works of listening. So, I want to work to improve still more my listening ability.
11/25/2013 10:35:17 am
The biggest point of what I learned throught the Oral English was the truth that one never improves English without speaking. Comparing with last year OE, I think we have much more chance to speak this year. To speak smoothly, we learned the expressions and had many place to use them. I am sure that I can speak English better than last year! for example, the expressions of agreement and disagreement are useful when we have discussions and they help to express my feelings. Gestures are also important to entertain people at presentations. The big movement of presentaters might attract people. I had many things to learn throgh this class.
11/25/2013 11:36:19 am
I think speaking English is most important thing I have learned during this entire year. If I don't use English words to speak, there is nothing about knowing them. When I speak English, I understand how to use for the first time. During this class, I do my very best to speak English. When listening interaction, a leader asked our thought. I tried to speak before a leader asked by name. I also made effort to tell my thought if I don't know words. I think it is important that force of explaining with only English.
11/25/2013 11:48:49 am
One of the most important things I have learned during this entire year is that I can make my opinion understood by using English. My English skill is still poor, so it is hard for me to come up with proper word which is suitable for what I want to say. However, I have had more confidence of speaking English than before. Another important thing I have learned is the skill of listening. To communicate with others is the most important thing when we have some relationships. And, this communicdation requires the skill of listening and speaking. When I was a high school student, I learned to read English fast and correctly, but since I took this course, my listening and speaking skills have improved especially. Therefore, I'm going to continue my study in order not to make my skill go down.
11/25/2013 01:14:26 pm
The most imprtant thing I've learned during this entire year is trying to use English. Before this OE2 lessons, I used a lot of Japanese or didn't say a word when I could't tell my opinion in English. However, I learned that I can't improve Engilish ability unless we use English. I also learned that we can communicate in simple English and my friends help me to tell my opinion if I can't use English. I acquired confidence , so I don't feel reluctant to speak English now. I think telling my opinion in English is highly improved than before. I always speak my feeling or opinion during the discussions. Furtheremore I'm being able to tell it more clearly and loudly little by little. These all lessons during this entire year make me get confidence and improve the skill of telling opinion in English.
One big thing that I learned from the class was my discussion and presenting skills. Before this class, I did not know how to lead a group in English. I was talking all by myself and did not really care about my group members. Also when I am doing presentation I was not caring the audience. If I have a chance to do those in English, I would definitely use these skills. I think my English skill improved over the entire year. I learned new, different way of saying a thing. I got a lot of new vocabularies.
11/26/2013 12:51:53 am
I think that trying to speak English without fear is the most important thing I have learned during this entire year. Last year, there were few opportunities to speak English and I didn’t want to speak English as possible as I could. Of course I thought that I needed to improve my speaking skills, but I didn’t have any confidence in my English. However, in this course we have a lot of opportunities to speak English such as discussions and presentations. Thanks to the circumstances in which we were forced to give opinion in English many times, I stopped being afraid of speaking English. I realized that whether my English was good or not, trying to tell other people what I thought was the best way to improve my speaking skills. Therefore, it is true that my English has improved during our course. For example, in discussions, I became able to agree or disagree with others’ opinions by using phrases or gestures I learned in this course. Also, I became able to give my opinion with good reason. I think that I’m getting accustomed to communicating with other people in English.
11/26/2013 01:22:49 am
To tell the truth, I don't like speaking, reading and writing English very we'll, and I'm not good at. I'm not good at especially speaking English, I can not express what I want to say smoothly. But, through this "Oral English 2" I learned that the most important thing for oral communication is taking a positive attitude. I think there are two main important things. First, I had worried about grammar, but I learned that I should speak even if with just a word. And I got to use gestures to help expressing what I want to say. Second, I learned it is necessary to show reactions when we listen the people's talk. I am embarrassed to show that I can not understand, but I was helped by listeners with showing that, and I thought I should do that. Communication is interaction and it does not take place if there is no partner. So I learned it is important to express interest and feeling which I want to speak, and it apply to all communication.
11/26/2013 09:04:22 am
The most important thing I've learned during our cource is the presentation skill. I learned how to make my presentation like gestures. In addition, many other activities helped me develop my skills that I explain something to others. Such abilities are useful when I make my presentations not only in English but also in Japanese. Therefore, I feel happy to learn in this class when I have a presentation in other classes.
11/26/2013 09:44:10 am
The most important thing I have learned during this entire year is the gestures we use while speaking English. At first, I didn't use any gestures when I speak at the discussions or the presentation. However, I learned that using gestures is very important in order to make our opinions clearly. It can also be easier for people to understand what we want to say. Also I think that my speaking skills have improved during this course. We had a lot of chances to speak English in the class, for example, speed discussions and listening discussions. Usually we don't have so many chances to speak English out of the class. However, I would like to try to continue using English even after this course ends.
11/26/2013 11:24:38 am
I think I have learned a lot of important things, but the most
11/26/2013 12:09:52 pm
I think that contacting with native English positively is the most important thing I have learned during this entire year. It leads to improving my listening and speaking skills. However, if I don't try to make such opportunity positively, I can't contact with it. Then I have learned a lot through the course and improved my English skill. First, I learned various English expression: how to lead discussion and ask question. Second, I got English words, because I looked up the word which I didn't understand. Finally, I knew that using English was a lot of fun. By these things, I would greatly mature during our course.
11/26/2013 12:35:46 pm
Firstly, the most important thing for me is speed discussions. This is because I had the opportunity to communicate with other people by English freely. I wanted to talk about many topics every class. In there, I knew the pleasure of communication by foregn language. Then, I talk about how I have improved English skill during our course. Well, I focus on listening to the teacher or friends. No matter how I want to talk by English, without my listening skill, I can't talk. Therefore I think it is important to listen to other persons. As a result, I can improve the skill a little.
11/26/2013 01:33:42 pm
11/26/2013 03:03:07 pm
I have learned the natural way to speak English and improved my discussion skill this year. The main reason of this is that I had many opportunities to discuss with other people. For example, speed discussion in the beggining of the class, news discussion, and listening interactions. I had much more time of discussion than last year. As a result, I have learned words or phrases which I was not using. Furthermore, I became to be more confident when I speak English at restaurant I work.
11/26/2013 03:09:12 pm
The most important thing I have learned during this entire year is speaking English with having the intention to tell listeners what I want to say. My English skill is still poor, so I can't give my opinion in English smoothly. The result of it, I became nervous to express my opinion. However, I think that only speaking English well isn't mean of giving my opinion through the discussion and presentation. It is important to have the intention of communicating with someone. If I express my opinion with having this intention by using gestures, eye contact,, listeners try to understand what I want to say as hard as they could. During this course, we make a lot of chances to communicate with my classmates, for example pair and group discussion. I think discussion makes my speaking and listening skills improved. I want to do my best last four more lessons.
11/26/2013 04:01:04 pm
The most important thing which I have learned during this entire year is trying to speak English. It is difficult for me to speak English and I didn't like it so much. My vocabulary is very weak, so I'm afraid of making mistakes. However, you encouraged me to be more active. For example, "Don't be shy." or " Don't be afraid of mistakes." Also, everyone in this class is very kind and listens to my poor English. Therefore, it changed speaking English into my pleasure and I came to think it important to use English anyway. Through this class, I feel that my speaking skill is improved a little. For example, the speed discussion, the listening interaction, the poster presentation and so on. I can make myself understood in English better than before. What is more, I came to make eye contact and use body language. I found that nonverbal communication is also important. I will continue making an effort to improve my English skills.
OE2 - Natsumi
11/27/2013 02:00:44 pm
Trying to speak English is the most important thing I have learned during this entire year. I have always tried to use English perfectly and I have been afraid of making a mistake. However, I have to speak English in this OE class no matter how poor my English is. Therefore, my English is improve more than last year. My friends and teacher help me if I cannot say what I want to say. I knew that we can enjoy conversation without perfect English. Now, I have a lot of fun with discussion.
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