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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 ...
We had a busier lesson than usual, especially since we started our presentation preparation today.
When you learn a new word, you should write it down in your notebook (with its form and a sentence). For example, news words from speed discussion and your group discussions. From today's speed discussion, we had these new words:
For our next discussions, remember these points:
Before the end of our lesson, we through our presentation guidelines. For your presentation, your group has to choose a Japanese social problem and give two solutions for it.
In next week's class, we will learn how to make your presentations, such as presentation structure and expressions.
1. Blog Post #8
2. Choose presentation topic
Blog Question #8:
What do you think about your hometown?
My hometown is Sault Ste. Marie. It's a small city in northern Ontario (Ontario is a province in Canada). In my opinion, my hometown is a great place to live because you can enjoy the outdoors all year around. For example, in the winter, you can go down-hill skiing or snowboarding on Searchmount, a mountain near my city. Also, in the summer, you can go hiking at Hiawatha Park, a big park in my city with many hiking trails, lakes and waterfalls.
I hope everyone had a great Golden Week vacation, and you're well-rested for a busy May.
Before our discussions, we reviewed expressions that you can use to check your group's understanding. You can use these expressions;
a. Are you following me?
b. Are there any questions?
c. Do you understand?
Also, when you don't understand during a discussion, you can ask these questions:
a. Can you explain that again?
b. What was that again?
c. What does ... mean? (when you don't know a word)
For next week's discussions, remember these points:
1. Discussion Preparation
2. Blog Post #5
Blog Question #5:
What suggestions do you have to stop bullying?
In my opinion, I think we should ... (1st suggestion).
In addition, we should ...2nd suggestion).