Oral English 2: Lesson 2
We had a busy second lesson today. I was glad to see almost everyone in class today!
After speed discussion, you wrote down the new words from the activity. When we talk about the military in Japan, we can use these words: (a) Self-Defense forces; (b) constitution; and (c) Article 9.
At the end of today's lesson, I collected your vocabulary notes. I'll return them next week with feedback on your notebook and homework.
Opinion Structure and Expressions:
We reviewed expressions to ask for and to give an opinion, and also expressions to agree and disagree with opinions.
We also review opinion structure. When you give an opinion, you need to include these parts:
a. opinion expression
b. your opinion (=What do you think about something?)
c. a reason
d. examples (e.g. personal and media examples)
For the last part of our lesson, we went through the steps for preparing your opinion presentations. They are similar to your discussions, but you have to use a longer article and learn your information in detail before our lesson.
For your presentation, you CANNOT use your worksheet. However, you can have one index card. One one side, you have have key words/phrases to help you remember your summary and opinion.
On the other side, you can write down your four questions.
I have uploaded the slide presentation from our lesson in the Discussion Skills Lesson Materials section of the website.
Blog Question #2:
Choose one of the topics below. Give your opinion on the topic. Use an opinion giving expression, and give a reason and TWO examples to support your opinion.
Remember to start your opinion with an opinion expressions (e.g. In my opinion, ... / As I see it, ...)
your fall semester courses
having a part-time job
doing volunteer work
following fashion trends
allowing SDF to fight overseas
* Write 12-15 sentences.
* Use capital letters, punctuation and spelling correctly.
* Submit by Wed., Sept. 30 by 6:00pm.
9/24/2015 10:44:52 pm
In my opinion, SDF should not be allowed to fight overseas. I will exprainthe reason in following passage.
9/26/2015 07:31:05 pm
In my opinion, having a part time job is very useful for experience. You can choose a job that you are interested in. So it is possible to find a job you want to do in the future. By the way, In my work place, I can learn how to deal with customer. I think it is important skill. In addition, We also know how hard to earn money. In other word, you can learn much skill from having a part time job. However, I disagree you use much time for doing a part time job. It is because you are in danger of not have time to study. In result, you may miss a test and you can't be promoted next grade. To sum up, doing a part time job have good and bad point for university student. You should be careful way to work for part time job.
9/26/2015 08:06:00 pm
In my opinion, following fashion trends is meaningless for college students. Some students come to campus dressed like fashion models. I heard that in the U.S. and many advanced countries college students are only in T-shirts and jeans. It is natural because they must be busy to study and they don’t have much time to think about trendy fashion every day. It also costs much money to buy trendy clothes. In addition, shopping needs a lot of time and energy. I think each young people is just beautiful even though he or she is not dressed in fashion trends. The most important thing is that each person wears just what he or she really looks good. I see that the students who wear neat and tidy look very cute and cool. Even though some clothes and accessories are fashionable and expensive, sometimes they don’t match to the college students. I know I am unfashionable. However, I have some friends who understand my personality and character and don’t judge me by my fashion. There are some students who really like following fashion trends and they are all right with me. It depends what they think necessary to their life styles.
9/26/2015 10:29:48 pm
In my opinion, having a part time job is important and pleasant. And I think that we should have a part time job. I can have various experiences. For example, I can earn a way of the management of the money and know how to contact visitors. It is very difficult. But, this experience is useful when I found a job in the future. And I can utilize time effectively. For example, when I am free, we do not spend slowly and can earn money by a part-time job. I can do a favorite thing for the money. Furthermore, the ring of the friend can spreads by working part-time. For example, I can go out to play and eat rice with my friends of part-time job. Actually, I went to Tokyo Disney Land with them. Therefore, I think that we should part-time job for ourselves.
9/27/2015 07:47:47 pm
In my opinion, having a part-time job hardly is very important. Surely, you may think that working moderately is good. However, I don't think so. Working hardly gives a lot of things. The things mean more experience and money. For example, I work four days a week on an average. I realize that I have new experiences every day. Much money gives me a lot of things. I can buy favorite things when I want them. I play freely without worring muney. So I think working hardly is better than moderately. I want to work more.
9/27/2015 11:03:35 pm
In my opinion,allowing SDF to fight overseas is good.Surely,This is very difficult subject.You may say that It is banned by article 9 of constitution.So it has not been allowed forever.However,this law is necessary one.Becasue if other countries attacked us,we don't have the way of defence ourselves.If we disagreed with it,Japan might be isolation from international society.We should be protected from other countries by the U.S.A forever.I think we protect ourselves because of not beliving the U.S.A. perfectly.This is very difficult subject.we should not have decided to establish the low.Japan should continue to discuss it to make our country better.
9/27/2015 11:04:34 pm
having a part-time job
9/27/2015 11:57:53 pm
In my opinion, having a part-time job is very important for students. Because if you have a part-time job you can learn the importance of money. Also you can get a communication skill. For example, if you don't have any part-time job you can't realize the importance of money. Because you can use money only someone gave you. However if you have a part-time job you have to work hard and you can realize that it is difficult to earn money. And you can realize the importance of money. Also If you have a part-time job you have many chance to tlak with co-woker, senior woker, visitor and so on. And you can get a communication skill. Also you can get a lot of friends. So I think it is important to have a part-time job. You can get a lot of things to have a part-time job.
9/28/2015 12:42:21 am
In my opinion, having a part-time job is necessary for us. Because we need to prepare for become a member of society. In my case, first I know how hard to make money. Now, we go on to university as a matter of course. Particularly this university is a private and it costs a lot of money. If my parents don’t work, I can’t even attend this university, we can’t continue living a life. Therefore I’m always feeling grateful. Second, doing part-time job can getting involved with different ages. I can learn attitudes when I’m taught works by seniors. Also I continue the job for long term, I’m in a position that I teach for juniors. We think how to explain for them to understand easily. Part-time job is not only making money but learning many things interact with other people as well.
9/28/2015 09:16:55 am
I'll talk about having a part-time job. In my opinion, having a part-time job is important. It lets us experience a lot. I have two example. First, we can know the importance of earning money by working part-time. I was able to know it, too after I began a part-time job. Then I came to thank my parents. Second, we can make new friends. We meet people of various age and schools by a part-time job. In addition, we can sometimes make friends with the visitor. I was able to make friends with the person of the different university, too. Therefore, I think having a part-time job is important.
9/29/2015 04:33:18 am
In my opinion, it is important for me to have part time job. I learn two things. One is to think about the feeling of the person at the importance of contacting a person with a smile one more. I wait on customers with a smile, and the way of feeling of a side waited on customers is different from either job being expressionless, and waiting on customers. What think about the feeling of the person only thinks about what the person demands from the first here and is fixed whether the relations with the person are good, and you are produced. I love people. These come to be thought about thanks to a byte than before and think that I grew up one size.
9/29/2015 09:50:04 am
In my opinion, I think having a part time job has a good effect on us. It is because we can learn about a lot of things from part time job. For example, we can learn the way we earn money through the part time job. I've been working as a cram school teacher since last year. It was not until I started working there that I realized the difficulty of earning money. And thanks to the experience, I was able to come to respect and appreciate for my parents very much. So I think haveing a part time job is important. Also, we can learn the courtesy for a superior person. It is important for us to know etiquette for superior before we become working adult. Because if you don't know it, you may make him or her angry and you will feel shameful. I think having a part time job is preparation for working in social. For these reasons, I think having part time job is good for us.
9/29/2015 10:46:56 pm
In my opinion,having a part time job is good thing. It is because we can experience various things, and it will useful to work society in the future.
9/29/2015 11:23:57 pm
In my opinion, having a part time job is good thing for university students. In fact, many university students have own part time job. There are three reasons for this. First, you can realize that how money is important. During working, you may know that earning is very difficult. Second, you can try various works. For example, you experience cooking, talking with customers, using a computer and so on. You may conquer your bad points. Third, the experience of a part time job will be useful for choosing your regular occupation. This is because you can try many job during your college days. Now, I don't have any part time job. So I want to find a new part time job. I wish I can do good work anywhere. Anyway I think having a part time job is very important!
9/29/2015 11:29:26 pm
In my opinion, I think it's a very good thing to have a part-time job. This is because the experience of part-time job is improving our humanity. For example, I was working in a Chinese noodle shop when I was a high school student. I learned skills of cooking and service there. And, my character became light while I was treating with a smiling face for a guest. I quit the job, but that influences me even now. Besides I work in a broadcasting station at present. Concretely, my job is to help to broadcast American major league. Through the work, not only I know baseball but also I learn American culture, people and language. Thus the means we have part-time job is to improve knowledge and technology as well as the means to get money. The experience would help you with job hunting. So you should experience a lot of part-time jobs at a college student with much leisure time.
9/29/2015 11:34:10 pm
In my opinion, having a part-time job is good for our life. Because we learn a lot of things which we can't learn in the school. We go to school to study and learn various things. There are not only the form of lecture but also the form of exercise. Of course, these are useful for our future but these are not all. The fact is that there are a lot of things we can't learn in the school. For example, when we have an interview, it is important to talk in polite language. If we work part-time job, we learn it, too. Especially, I looked at magazine that part-time job of eating and drinking is useful in job hunting. So, part-time job is important for going out into the world. As another example, I work part-time job as a supplemental school teacher. It need the way of easy to understand teaching in this job. Telling clearly is important to various situation, too. Therefore, I think having a part-time job is good experience.
9/29/2015 11:47:41 pm
In my opinion, we should have a part-time job. We are able to experience a variety of things through a part-time job. And we can put the experiences to use our employment. We are able to learn to earn our money, too. For example, if I do a part-time job at a restaurant, I can learn two things. First, I can learn the method of serving customers. Second, I can learn to face customers. They are very important things because customers are precious. I can give another example. If I do a part-time job at a convenience store, I can learn the importance of a talk with customers. This is the most important thing because I can learn many things from customers. I want to do a part-time job in order to develop as a person.
9/29/2015 11:48:41 pm
In my opinion, my fall semester has times to do things I want to. Iast semester, I had to study for my class because I had many classes. So I couldn't study for me.
9/29/2015 11:49:59 pm
In my opinion,doing volunteer work is important experience. I will exprainthe reason in following passage. Because I learned the happiness by volunteer. For example,I was an auxiliary volunteer at the elementary school last year. Both classes and volunteers was hard for me. But my heart warms a word of thank you, even with a somewhat unreasonable. I future, I have wanted to be a teacher. Therefore the words of gratitude from the children stains on my mind. The second example,I felt a new sense of value, I will also notice myself like I did not notice until now. I will change mind by listening to talk of many people. It also is to feel a sense of well-being to the mediocrity of our own have thought. For these reasons, I think doing volunteer work is good for me.
9/30/2015 12:33:42 am
In my opinion, I think doing volunteer work has great significance and important. It's because we can support many people and improve natural environment and so on through doing volunteer work. For example, first, a lot of people did various volunteer work after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Some people visited disaster areas and removed piles of debris. Others sent relief supplies to earthquake victims. In addition, many entertainers did a variety of activities to support reconstruction of disaster-stricken towns. I think various support actions-physical, mental- led to recovery. Second, in my hometown, there were opportunities to clean the nearby park as volunteer work. I have parted in the volunteer work and I could get a sense of achievement.
9/30/2015 01:36:49 am
In my opinion, having a part time job is important. I think it learn us a lot of things. For example, we learn the way to communicate with customers. People who started to work before us teach us behaving as a clerk. Besides, we can learn rules of society. We should be an adult during working. There are many things to do as an adult. When I started to do a part time job, I didn't know how to behave. However, the person taught me the way of being a clerk. I felt that I couldn't be a child when I graduate from university. And, I got a pride as an adult. There are hard things when we are working, but there are a lot of things that we can learn and happiness of working.
9/30/2015 01:59:47 am
As I see it, having a part-time job is very good things. I actually work part-time as a private teacher twice a week. It is difficult to balance work and study, but I always do my best. It will help us improve our various skills. At first, I acquired good manners and communication skills to meet student's parents. Next, I
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