I've returned all your presentation outlines with my comments. If you have any questions, you can email me or send me a message on Line.
After speed discussion, we learned about gestures. This is a type of body language and is part of "non-verbal communication." Non-verbal language (body language) is just as important (or even more important) than the spoken word. To demonstrate this, I gave a short explanation in French. When I gave my explanation without gestures, NOBODY understood what I said. However, when I supported it with gestures, all of you could understand the main idea of my explanation.
You can use four different types of gestures:
a. number / sequence
b. illustration / location
c. emphasis / focus
Overall, discussions were very well done today. I was very impressed that all leaders were checking understanding and had strong conversational style in the discussion part. For our last round of discussions next week, please remember these points:
1. Blog Comment #9
2. Discussion Preparation
3. Presentation Preparation
Blog Question #9:
Give your opinion on your presentation's social problem and recommend two solutions.
In my opinion, suicide is an important social issue facing Japanese society. One reason for Japan's high suicide rate is because of the lack of awareness about mental health issues and the lack of services for those with mental illness. One solution is to ... Another one is to ...
Can you believe that we're almost half way through our course? I hope you're making progress with your English communication skills.
Asking for and Giving Examples:
Before our discussions, we had a short activity on how to ask for and give examples. It's important to give detailed information when you give an opinion, so you can give examples to support it.
To ask for examples, you can use these questions:
For next week's discussions, remember these points:
1. Discussion Preparation
2. Blog Post #7
In next week's lesson, you will get information about our group presentations in June. You will get the presentation guidelines and your group members.
Blog Question #7:
What are the differences between your Oral English 1 course and our Oral English 2 course?