English Lunches: You are in charge, you are responsible

The English Room is on the 2nd floor of Building 3 (B3) near the 教授室.It is a place to relax in English. You can study with friends, or play board games, or use iPads, or read bilingual books and magazines. Here is the English Room brochure 2017!

The English Lunches have been so popular (Day 1 with 8 students, Day 2 with 13, Day 3 with 21 and Day 4 with 37!) that we have to move to Room 3S01 .

The English Lunches are NOT classes. There is a teacher, but really, the students are in charge. They can choose to make the most of English Lunches by simply Speaking In English. Even if it is not perfect, practicing English helps learning English.

Students are adults. They can choose to learn or not. It is up to them. Please consider everyone, and speak as much English as you can.

 

OLNews 7: Grazing for information: Feedly vs. Facebook

Welcome to this week’s OLNews, a (月) look forward at the week’s posts about learning English for SWU ELC students (and any others!)

Facebook is a monster, and we created it. It sends us only information it thinks we will like. I spend too much time, and in the end, I realize, I have not gotten that much out of browsing Facebook. WOT (waste of time).

I also use Feedly (リーダー) to pull together (aggregate) many different blogs from around the internet. Each day, like a cow eats grass, I graze this selection of new articles and keep the ones I find interesting. This, over years, has helped me much more than Facebook. 説明書. Feedly uses a technology called RSS that does not change your opinion, it only brings you the articles you want. Much better for understanding the world.

Take charge of your own learning. It is hard work, but worth it. Or you can be lazy and help create a monster.


Upcoming: Week of May 28- June 4
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Total Words vs. Words Read
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Get 2 views: Mixing reading and video
Thursday (木) English Room: English Lunches are NOT classes
Friday (金) ToolFeedly: RSS news collector

Last Week (May 22-28)
Monday (月) OLNews: Spaced Repetition
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Coming Soon: Books on Paper
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Keeping up with the news
Thursday (木) English Room: English Lunches moving to Room 3S01
Friday (金) ToolQuizlet for learning new vocabulary


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English Lunches move to Room 3S01

The English Room is on the 2nd floor of Building 3 (B3) near the 教授室.

It is a place to relax in English. You can study with friends, or play board games, or use iPads, or read bilingual books and magazines. Here is the English Room brochure 2017!

The English Lunches have been so popular (Day 1 with 8 students, Day 2 with 13, Day 3 with 21 and Day 4 with 37!) that we have to move to another room.

Room 3S01 is much larger, so we can spread out and still make lots of interesting groups for discussion of all kinds of things. Come and chat to make friends and find out lots!

 

OLN News 6: Spaced Repetition

Welcome to this week’s OLNews, a (月) look forward at the week’s posts about learning English for SWU ELC students (and any others!)

Upcoming: Week of May 22-28
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Coming Soon: Books on Paper
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Keeping up with the news
Thursday (木) English Room: English Lunches moving to Room 3S01
Friday (金) ToolQuizlet for learning new vocabulary

Last Week (May 15-21)
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Note your speed
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Dig Deeper with Text Sets
Thursday (木) English Room: English Lunches a Success
Friday (金) Tool: Elsa Speaks, intelligent software for pronunciation

 

Remembering something is hard, especially if it is new. Scientists have been trying to find out how people remember best. They find that people can only remember a few things at a time, about 7 in a list.

They also found that you need to see or hear or feel something about 7 times to really remember it. That’s right, you need to see a new word 7 times before you can remember it. Now, if there is a long time between seeing the new words, that doesn’t count.

You have to see it quickly, 3 or 4 times in the same day. Then you need to see it again, but NOT right away. Wait a day or two, then see it again. Then wait 3 days, try it again, then a week. By the time you can remember the new word after a month, you have learned it.

This is called Spaced Repetition. If you ever used those flip cards in Junior High, you have a good idea. But a website that does it even better, because it gives you new words and recycles old words at just the right time, is Quizlet, our tool of the week.  Your secret weapon in the vocabulary wars. 

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English Lunches a Success

The English Room is on the 2nd floor of Building 3 (B3) near the 教授室.

It is a place to relax in English. You can study with friends, or play board games, or use iPads, or read bilingual books and magazines. Here is the English Room brochure 2017!

 

Our first week of English Lunches has been a success. On Tuesday, 8 students visited and ate lunch while talking about common subjects in English. Thursday saw 13 students talk about their life and ideas over their bentos. They had a relaxing time speaking English.

We hope to see YOU next week, or any week. Drop into the English room to look at books, magazines, movies and other information, or just to chat with friends…in English. Yeah!

OLN News Week 5: The 20-minute rule

Welcome to this week’s OLNews, a (月) look forward at the week’s posts about learning English for SWU ELC students (and any others!)

Upcoming: Week of May 15-21
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Note your speed
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Dig Deeper with Text Sets
Thursday (木) English Room: English Lunches a Success
Friday (金) Tool: Elsa Speaks, intelligent software for pronunciation

Last Week (May 8-14)
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Use the 5-finger rule to find your level
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Making discussion groups
Thursday (木) English Room: English Room Now Open
Friday (金) ToolCopy and paste with a keyboard

Settling into the comfortable routine of classes from now until the end of July, with the only exception our 学寮, this is a great opportunity to get your study habits set. Timing is everything.

Do you know about the 20-minute rule? If you are at a dinner with friends, or at a party, the conversation flows on and on. But if you listen and watch carefully, there is a pause and a switch to a new topic every 20 minutes or so.

If you are at a presentation, or a lecture in class, have you noticed that after about 20 minutes, you start to think about your rumbling stomach or what you are going to eat for lunch, how your friend didn’t call you last night, or your plans for the evening?

The 20-minute limit to attention on one topic is universal, everybody has this limit. So it doesn’t make any sense to try to concentrate longer than that. Schedule your homework sessions in 20-minute sections. Stop for a minute, get up, walk around, focus your eyes on something far away. It only takes a minute, maybe 90 seconds, and you are reset, ready to focus again on your homework. Best to try a different subject, and come back to the first homework later if you need to. Mix it up. It really works.

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English Room News Week 4: Now Open for Business

The English Room is on the 2nd floor of Building 3 (B3) near the 教授室. It is not open yet, but will be open after Golden Week. It is a place to relax in English. You can study with friends, or play board games, or use iPads, or read bilingual books and magazines. Here is the English Room brochure 2017!

The English Room is now OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Your Speaking and Listening teacher may have told you about the lunch events. You can discuss things with students outside your class.

So drop by after Golden Week. Our first events will be English Lunches, where you can discuss topics in English with students outside your regular class. Get the details in the handout here! See you then!

English Room News Week 3: English Lunches

The English Room is on the 2nd floor of Building 3 (B3) near the 教授室. It is not open yet, but will be open after Golden Week. It is a place to relax in English. You can study with friends, or play board games, or use iPads, or read bilingual books and magazines. Here is the English Room brochure 2017!

So drop by after Golden Week. Our first events will be English Lunches, where you can discuss topics in English with students outside your regular class. Get the details in the handout here! See you then!

The World Cup Is Over

ワールドカップ 開会式

I am going to talk about World Cup. The World Cup is over.
ジャパン ワールド
I saw the nearly games at  my house or sometimes went to sports bar. Japan missed advance to the knockout-stage.
I was shocked. However, I was so impressed. Because of that, they are tied firmly bond of Japan team. Nagatomo dropped tears at press conference. We knew he entrapped his all for this World Cup, When I watched his press conference.  Also, I enjoyed watching the supporters of all the countries. I could see cultures of each country. I stayed up late for a few weeks. However, I really enjoyed world cup this year. I am looking forward next world cup.
四年に一度の世界のサッカーの式典が幕を閉じた。

Maleficent

poster2Maleficent” is a commemoration work of the 90th anniversary of the founding of Walt Disney.”Maleficent” is a heroine of this movie and she is the evil fairy who put a curse on Princess Aurora in “Sleeping Beauty”. This is a dark fantasy and story of the ultimate love that gave birth to the curse of the “eternal sleep”. Angelina Jolie who is world famous actress plays the heroine.

If you watch this movie, you can know that her enigmatic past and the reason why did she put the curse of eternal sleep on Princess Aurora.

邪悪な妖精マレフィセントはなぜ“永遠の眠り”の呪いをかけたのか、すべての理由が今解き明かされる。 - 究極の愛の物語