Oral English 2: Lesson 1
Welcome back everyone!
It was great to see you for our first class of the fall semester. I hope everyone had a great summer vacation, and that you're ready to work hard in OE2 this semester!
You'll have to keep a vocabulary notebook this semester. For our lesson next week, you need to organize your notebook into five sections:
a) SD vocab
b) Prez vocab
c) My Own vocab
Syllabus and Schedule:
We went through our course guides. This semester, you'll do three presentations. One is a "Opinion" presentation. This is similar to our discussions last semester. The other two are "Debate" presentations. For these, you will work with a partner.
Opinion Giving Review:
We had an opinion structure and expressions review activity. When you give your opinion, you need to include (a) your opinion; (b) a reason; and (c) examples.
You can review the slide presentation on the website in the Discussion Skills --> Lesson Materials.
You need to download the materials at the end of today's summary and complete all of the homework for next week's lessons. For the summary homework, download "Summary Topics." Choose one of these topics and write a summary.
Blog Question #1:
Tell me about your summer vacation.
* Write 12 sentences.
* Use capital letters, punctuation and spelling correctly.
* Submit by Wed., Sept. 23 by 6:00pm.
9/17/2015 08:10:44 am
I went to Taiwan with my mother for three days. That was my first visit to there. In Taiwan, the price was very cheap. For example, I could have a great dinner at 500 yen. Many foods were very cheap, but quality of these was very good. I ate various foods every day because these were cheap and delicious. But, I didn’t like the smell of town. It’s very strange. Probably, the causes of this smell were Hakkaku and Kusa-tofu. Hakkaku is the Chinese medicine. And Kusa-tofu is stinks tofu. Though I couldn’t stand the smell, trip was so pleasure.
9/18/2015 09:44:10 am
My summer vacation was very fantastic!! I went to many place. First, I went to Tokushima with my friend of high school. Because our friend lives there now, so we went and saw her. It was surrounded by nature there unlike Tokyo. Second I went to Taipei with my friend. We ate xiaolongbao, snow cone of mango and did Taiwanese style shampoo. I thought that Japanese food is the best. Third I went to Izu with friends of part time job by the car. I wasn't used to that car, so I was scared of driving. Then we went to the large park, the sea and some hot spring spots. It was the trip that I could enjoy very much.
9/20/2015 02:34:01 am
I went back to my home town, Yamanashi and I spent this summer with my family. I was happy that I could be with my father, mother and my little brother who goes to high school now. My grandfather is living alone in the countryside. I often drove to his house because he looked extremely happy to see me. The highlight of my vacation was a trip to Hokkaido with my mother. We joined a tour, whose title was “let’s enjoy delicious food and great nature of north land!” We had a bunch of fresh seafood like crabs, salmons and shrimps, Japanese beef, and freshly harvested vegetables like sweet corns and potatoes. I also had a ramen in miso soup flavor with gyoza dumplings. I cannot express how delicious they were. Oh! I almost forgot to tell you the nature of Hokkaido was so gorgeous and magnificent. We saw Kunashiri island which has been occupied by Russia since the end of World War II. Ohotsuku Sea was unpredictably beautiful. I recommend all of you to go to Hokkaido, if you have never been to. You will love it for sure.
9/20/2015 03:39:50 am
I visited a lot of places during my summer vacation. First, I visited many places in the Kyushu area with my family. For example, I looked at a tour of the famous hot-spring pools in Beppu. They were very interesting places. I also visited Kumamoto Castle. The castle was very beautiful. Second, I went to Jougasaki as a trip of my circle. I played with fireworks. I enjoyed very much. I also went to a lighthouse. I enjoyed beautiful scenes. I will never forget memories of the summer vacation.
9/20/2015 03:53:04 am
My summer vacation was great. I went to Calgary, Canada to study English. I stayed there for one month. I went University of Calgary and studyed there. It was very hard but it was good, because I could make a lot of friends and I could make progress of my English skill. Also I went to Banff, Canada. I did rafting there. It was very exciting. If I have a chance, I want to go to Canada. After I came back to Japan I went to the cinema with my friend. I watched Mission Impossible. It was a so fantastic movie. In summary, I experienced a lot of things in this summer vacation and they were so good.
9/20/2015 09:41:15 pm
In my summer vacation, I went to Kohama Island in Okinawa. The island has very a beautiful beach. Also , it has mysterious forests. I enjoyed fishing and swimming there. the most fun thing was diving. it was very relaxing moment for me. However, most of my summer vacation, I spent rowing boats. In this summer there ere was a big competition called "インカレ" . All rowing teams of universities in Japan gather around in "Toda". Toda is holy ground of rowing in japan. That was really hard one in contrast. Although it was really tought, with my likable friends, I led fulfiling summer vacation!
9/21/2015 12:15:53 am
My best memory in this summer vacation is Osaka trip with my special friend. We hardly make plans for this trip because we decided it suddenly. We went on the night bus which my friend made a reservation the day before to Nanba Station. We arrived at 7:00. I couldn’t sleep in the bus, I felt so sleepy that I couldn’t keep my eyes open. We searched tourist spots on the internet while eating breakfast. After that we did a lot of sightseeing, such as Americamura, Shinnsaibashi, Doton-Bori and so on. What I was most happy about was we got tickets to watch a secret live of manzai at the theater. We laughed a lot and enjoyed that for free. We heard the real Kansai dialect. Unfortunately, I have a part-time job, so we got home the morning of the next day. If we have enough time to make plans, we might more enjoy this trip. However this is our trip style. This became a very good memory for us.
9/21/2015 08:51:55 am
I worked very hard as a private teacher during this summer vacation.
9/21/2015 06:04:24 pm
In summer vacation, I went to Nagano twice.
9/21/2015 06:06:54 pm
In this summer vacation, I went to Germany and Italy with my aunt for 12 days in total. It was first time that I visited Europe. I was very impressed with this sightseeing. It is because I could look at many famous buildings, pictures and beautiful scenery. I also enjoyed many kinds of foreign food. In addition, it was good opportunity I could experience foreign cultures. For example, most beautiful place for me was Venezia. The view from water boat was so wonderful! One thing I regretted was my English was so terrible. I felt importance not only English but also taking action. My aunt was good at English and German. So, I did not have to contact with foreign people. I want to improve my foreign language skill until next time I visit to Europe.
9/21/2015 06:26:41 pm
My summer vacation was great! I had a plan every day,so I was busy. The most fun memory was that I went to Sunflower field with my best friend. Have you seen many sunflower?? We had never circled the vicinity aspect in a sunflower so far. So we was moved. We took a lot of pictures the background of the sun and the sunflower. It was possible to be circled by a sunflower and feel summer by the five senses. I bought a plant of a sunflower in the house and returned.There was just a sunflower in a house, and the atmosphere became light. I thought it looked like a sunflower and I'd like to be the existence which can do an effect brightly.My summer has also ended at the same time as this sunflower is withering up.
9/21/2015 09:26:16 pm
My summer vacation was the good. I had thing which I should think. It is almost the stress that piled up to oneself. The human relations in the house where I lived in did not go well, and I who I saved it, and was crowded just got out of shape frequently. However, I had various people hear a story and I wept bitterly very much and felt fine. In addition, I returned to Osaka and I talked with a family and a friend and became the stress emission. And I intended to change one's way of thinking, a view.
9/22/2015 04:59:11 am
I traveled in Hokkaido with my friends in university. It was three days and two nights. On the first day, we ate dinner in Sapporo. Jingisukan was included in that. We knew that we don't like it. On the second day, we went to White lover park and Otaru. Then, we rode Otaru canal Cruise. The scenery was very beautiful. On the last day, we went to Odori Park in Sapporo. A kind grandmother took a photograph. We spent very good time. It is the best memory for summer vacation.
9/22/2015 08:24:02 am
I enjoyed this summer vacation! I visited many places during this vacation. First, I went to Hokkaido with my mother. The foods in Hokkaido are very nice. For example, we ate salmon roes, a corn on the cob, a crab and so on. Unfortunately, I ruined my health by eating and drinking too much. Anyway, Hokkaido was great place for us to sightseeing. Second, I visited Ibaraki prefecture to participate the volunteer activity. I cultivated the soil that was washed because of the tsunami in the great Touhoku earthquake. I was glad to help a victim and it has become a lasting memory. I try to help them actively from this!
9/22/2015 07:06:38 pm
My summer vacation was good. I experienced a lot of things.
9/22/2015 09:49:21 pm
From now on, I want to write summary of my summer vacation. There are a lot of events. First, I went to Ryugujo. It is a spa resort. It accommodates a hot spring and a pool. Secondly, I went to the sea. Name of the sea is Onjuku. It is said that the sea is best in Kanto. I went to the sea with my friends. Thirdly, I went to Aquarium in Shinagawa. It gives me happy. In short, I had a very good time.
9/22/2015 11:21:52 pm
I had a very good time in my summer vacation. First, I went to Hakone city in Kanagawa prefecture. I stayed a hotel with a hot spring so I took a hot spring bath many times. Because I like it very much, I could relax. And I also went to MAZDA turnpike Hakone. Unfortunately, because it was cloudy, we couldn't see Mt.Fuji. So I want to go there again. Second, I watched many games of high school baseball on TV. I like baseball so the games were exciting. I was moved by the earnestness of the athletes.I have never been to Koshien so I want to go there someday. Third, I could meet my best friend. We got to know each other in junior high school days. I can tell her about me anything and have trust in her so I want to continue to get close to her in the future as well. For the reasons stated above, I could be pleased with my summer vacation.
9/22/2015 11:23:43 pm
I went to Nagano to ski as a training camp of five days and four nights. I had never been to Nagano. At first, I thought this was so hard because it was a training camp. But it was more good time than I had imagined. In fact, we took lessons two hours each both morning and afternoon. So we had a lot of free time. A course was devided into three and I chose beginner course. I think a skiing technique improved a little. Also, I spent happily with my roommate. We talked a lot and took many picture. There was a stock farm near the accomodations for training camp participants. I went to there and ate ice cream. Because this ice cream shop was in stock farm, it was very delicious. If I have a chance, I go skiing again someday.
9/23/2015 01:44:01 am
This summer vacation was enriched very much in comparison with last year, because I spent a long-term off period on singing club group activity. At first, I went to Atami and stayed there for 4 days with my club members. This camp was almost planned by me and a friend, only two members for the first time. To make its schedule and budget for it was so difficult, but It was had a very good experience. On the first day, We went to sea and played beach volleyball. Then, we did a BBQ and ate a lot of meat and vegetables. On the second day, we were divided into the group of 5.6 people, and practiced the song in the group. My group's song was so famous song,"Himawari no yakusoku". I helped a younger student to practice the song. On the third day's night, we looked at the fireworks in all the members. I think that the camp that we planned succeeded safely. I felt relieved very much. In September, I participated in a cappella contest and was able to stay in the second qualifier. However, we have lost in the second that. I intend to do my best for championship next year.
9/23/2015 01:57:46 am
I had a great summer vacation. In particular, I enjoyed climbing in Mt.Fuji with my friends. The previous day I climb the mountain. I drove car from Tokyo to Yamanashi and prepared to climb. For example, I bought foods, water, and a oxygen can. Also, I slept lengthily at an inn. My.Fuji is very high. However we could climb to the top. I was very tired but I got a pleasant sensation.
9/23/2015 02:38:23 am
I spent a full time during my summer vacation. For example,first,I joined an intensive training camp of my club during six days in Nagano. From morning to night,we played musical instruments,so we were very tired. It was very hard,but I think I could develop technically and mentally. Second,I went to the Tokyo Disneyland with my university’s friends. We wore matching T-shirts and had matching hairstyles. The things that left a strong impression on me was the show of summer festival. We watched the show around the front row,so we got splashed with a lot of cold water. We were dripping with water very much,but we had a good time! In addition,I visited the Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea with my high school’s friend with the intention of staying. In this summer,I enjoyed the Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea fully. Finally,I think I could do various experience during my summer vacation.
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