Oral English 2: Lesson 10
Once again, we had debates in today's lesson. Everyone has now done one debate.
This week, there was an improvement in debate skills, especially with using opinion and refuting expressions. I noticed that more debaters were better prepared for this debate. For debate #2, remember these points:
Blog Question #9:
What did you think about today's debates?
* Write 12-15 sentences.
* Use capital letters, punctuation and spelling correctly.
* Submit by Wednesday, November 25 by 6:00pm.
11/18/2015 11:05:53 pm
I heard two debate today. Is great about the story of the animal experiment of those; was interesting. It realized that this was because animal experiment was carried out some other time that we could live commonly. People eat rice commonly and wear clothes, but this is all a benefit from an animal, too. We have to think whether how much animals were sacrificed for our life to be it.
11/18/2015 11:11:10 pm
So I thought that we should think animals more and it is important for us to have think of animals.
11/19/2015 12:20:23 am
I heard two debates today. First debate's topic was "same sex marriage". The debate made me thought a lot of things. For example, If there are homosexual person, what would I do? If my friend tells me that I am homosexuality, what would I say him? Next debate's topic was "animal rights". The debate also made me annoyed. I saw pictures of animals which is used for experiments. When I saw them, I was very shocked. However, I understood that the experiments is essential for human unfortunately. In short
11/20/2015 03:11:20 am
I heard tow debates today. First debate's topic was "Tokyo 2020 Olympics". It was a good debate but it was a little difficult. Because there are both good aspects and aspects. For example if the Olympic were held it may bring good effects of economy, but it may bring dangerous problem like a terrorism. However I am for Tokyo 2020 Olympic. Because I want to watch it at a stadium. Second debate topic was "Same Sex marriage ". It was a very difficult topic because if the couple are same sex, they can't birth any children. However I am for it. Because I think all people are equal and we shouldn't discriminate all people.
11/20/2015 06:54:24 pm
Today I was not a debater. So I listened to two topics. I thought that debate topics was difficult. But debaters were exerting themselves. For example, making sure to follow and taking eye contact. I could understand well by the favor. These were good points. And I listened to debate carefully. However I wasn't able to give my opinion certainly to questions. I have to think more earnestly. There are some points that I noticed by this debate. Next week I'll give my opinion tightly.
11/21/2015 12:44:19 am
I think today's debates was good.this is because we used discussion skills our teacher thought us.Although I was listener today,debaters made their debates more smoothly.And,It seemed to me that they had enough time to achieve it.So,I think my next debates have to be doen better than today's.Another reason is that I positively joined debate as a listeners.when debaters's questions was finished,I asked them a question connecting their topic.Because of it,we could expand our debate.furthermore,I provided information I had known.But,there are several things which should be improved such as eye contact.I will do my best.Because,I have another chance next week.
11/22/2015 06:24:55 pm
I was debater last class. I took charge of first debate about animal rights. I think it was good. Because not only debater but also audience able to participate together. For example, I showed the photograph of the animal which suffered from animal experiment. I think that it was a chance to think about the right of the animal by arranging the time to share that an animal suffers. I think that the exchange of opinions of the trace was smooth. However, I wanted to do better debate. Specifically, I wanted to talk to the person whom I asked clearly and wanted to do eye contact more. After all quantity of exercise will be necessary for it. It is the problem to next I want to work as the laborer who rolls up the circumference at the time of next debate.
11/23/2015 05:22:20 am
This time, I participated in debate as a debater. A good point is to have been able to push forward debate smoothly. I was able to make use of presentation. On the other hand, a bad point is not to have been able to take the eye contact. Generally I understood the contents of the manuscript. However, I was not able to take the eye contact. It was difficult. Therefore I want to take the eye contact with the other party on the next time. When I participated in debate, I felt that it was more difficult than presentation. It is hard to insist on my opinion. I think that I want to compile my opinion. By the next debate, I make use of this reflection and want to do my best.
11/23/2015 05:55:47 am
Last class, I was a debater and our topic was performance-based pay. The topic was so difficult for me that I was worried whether I could debate well. I reflected on my performance of the last class and found good points and bad points. First of all, I want to tell you good points. I think that I could check whether audiences understood my opinions. I often forgot to use the phrase "Are you following me?" so in last class, I was careful. And I could use several gestures. I think non-verbal communication is important in order to have audiences understand my ideas. So I want to use them next time, too. However I found some points which I have to improve by next debate. First, I sometimes couldn't speak loud voice. As I lose confidence, I tend to speak in a low voice so I want to change the tendency. Second, I couldn't make eye contact with my partner. I paid attention to make eye contact with audiences so I forgot to do with my partner. Next time, I want to improve the point. I would like to put this experience to good use.
11/23/2015 07:12:09 am
I was a debater last class' second debate and our topic is same-sex marriage. I thought this time's debate was not good. It overwhelming didn't prepare enough for my presentation. When I met partner at school, we made arrangements for debate. We decided debate's outline then and we wrote only. I must have much time. However, because of a lack of preparation, I looked at notes the whole time. So I couldn't make eye contact with partner and listeners at all. The way of my speaking didn't contain feelings. Also, it is important to confirm degree of understanding of listeners. The way of my partner's debate was very good. I practice more next time and I want to challenge that day. I try to make much eye contact.
11/23/2015 09:38:11 pm
Last time, we had a debate and our topic was corporal punishment. Look back on our debate, a good point was we tried to speak in a loud voice. We met before the class and practiced our debate, so I think that was very effective. Also I made eye contact consciously. I saw not only Yukiko’s eye but audience’s eyes as well. I checked that they understand what we speak or not. A bad point was we couldn’t explain well about our debate. This is because when I made my manuscript, I wanted to tell my opinion the closest form that I thought it in Japanese. However, it was difficult to tell to audience. I learned that we need to make our sentences from other people's viewpoints too. The next topic is nuclear power generation. Its use more technical languages and information. I’m a little anxious, but we’ll do our best.
11/23/2015 10:58:36 pm
I heard two debate this time. It was difficult for both topics to decide for or against. The first topic is about same-sex marriage. I thought that I am agree with it at first. We should not discriminate against a homosexual. However, I was not able to be received when I was asked the debater us what you would do if my parents were same-sex marriage. I was made to think by this topic a lot. Therefore it was difficult to decide for or against. The next topic is about animal right. I became to be against by a photograph of the debater first though I was at a loss a little.
11/23/2015 11:32:31 pm
Last class, I heard two debates, and I surprised at the quality.At First, they have a confidence in thier opinion. It was easier to speak sllowly and their voice was good. So it was easier to understand thier opinion. Second, diciding the winner was to difficult because their opinion was logical and cogent. Especially, in performance based pay, I thought I should admit it. however, listening the opposit opinion, I changed the opinion. Next debate was the last, so I take care two things. having the confidence,especially eye contact and making it easier and more logical atack opinion. And finally, I would like to be winner again.
11/24/2015 04:37:43 am
I heard two debates in class. One group debated about corporal punishment. Before I heard the debate, I didn't agree corporal punishment. But after hearing that, I agreed the corporal punishment. Another group debated about performance-based pay. Prior to hearing the debate, I thought that performance-based pay system was perfect. However, after I heard that, I understood the demerits of the performance-based pay system. I learned a lot from the debates. The members of two groups used debate skills many times. They made eye contact with me. They spoke very slowly. For that reason, I could understand their opinion. I want to use the debate skills in order to make my opinions easy to understand.
11/24/2015 06:05:33 am
In my opinion, our first debate was more difficult than I had imagined. Corporal punishment is a difficult topic. Our first listeners were boys. I spoke slowly in a loud voice. Also I made eye contact with them as possible as I could. Even though I tried to attract their attention they did not show much interest. Besides they looked very sleepy and their attitude was no good during our debate. I didn’t think they understood what we talked about. Therefore we often had to explain in Japanese. I felt uncomfortable. At our next debate the girls listened to us carefully and when they couldn’t understand they asked us questions. I think listeners’ attitude is very important to make the debate successful. What I learned from the first debate is that we need to explain our topic in easy English in case that listeners have some problems to understand difficult expressions. Next time I hope we can have more fruitful debate.
11/24/2015 09:53:41 pm
I heard two debates in class. I thought debate was nice and high quality. I felt debaters had firm opinion, so I convinced opinions both for and against. Also debaters questioned about topics and their questions was good. I could think about topics well. Expression about topic was good too. I thought explanation was easy to understand. I had some unknown words but debaters explained means of the words.
11/25/2015 12:02:47 am
I was a debater last week. As a result, I think my score was 50/100. I have two reason about this score. First, I could not speak without paper. Because of this, I did not eye contacts with my partner. Second, I could not debate with listener so much. My vocabulary and grammar was terrible. So, I should have researched about news and word connect with this topic. However, listeners tried to understand about contents of our debate. I appreciated that. Next debate, I improve this two points. In addition, I will try to speak positively.
11/25/2015 12:22:58 am
I was a debater in the last class and my group chose the topic of performance-based pay. This topic was difficult so my partner and I discussed many times before the last class. Thanks to it, we could understand this topic more deeply. First, I want to talk about good points of our debate. I think I could speak loudly and slowly. In addition, I could check understanding of audiences properly. Also, I could use gestures and expression of presentations a lot. Second, I would like to talk about bad points of our debate. I think I could make eye contacts with audiences but I couldn't make eye contacts with my partner. I was conscious of audiences so I want to pay attention to my partner's talk more and more in the next time. Finally, I think I would like to make use of this experiences and do better debate in the next class. I will do my best!
11/25/2015 01:28:16 am
Last week, I was a debater for the first time, and our topic is same-sex marriage. I think I did my best, because I spent a lot of time preparing this debate. I spoke in favor of this topic loudly and calmly than I imagined. In addition, I made eye contact with all group members very well. However some group members looked so bored and sleepy when I and my partner debated. I felt very sad. Next time, I want to use more gesture, and will prepare debate work sheet more carefully. I hope that I entertain my audience with my storytelling skills. We decide next debate topic is euthanasia. At first I agree to this, but I changed my thought. Because I searched this idea thoroughly. Then I realized the seriousness of this. People should know many problems with euthanasia. I will work hard to understand this idea has its own merits and demerits tomorrow.
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