OLN News Week 4: Know Yourself

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 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) Tool: Copy and paste with a keyboard

Welcome back from Golden Week. We start a very intensive period of English study in classes until the end of July. Now is the time to build good habits

Before you start, though, you should look at yourself. “Know Yourself” was first written in ancient Greece, about 3,000 years ago, and has become very popular, because it is the key to success. These days, you can even do better that to “Know Yourself”, you can measure yourself. There are many ways you can measure your daily language learning. Programs like Newsela and Xreading have measurement built in. Like FitBit exercise checkers, they see what you actually read. This is called “Quantified Self.” When you start to measure yourself, you can understand yourself better.

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OLN News Week 3: Golden Week

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 April 24-30
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Reading for Yourself
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Finding Articles for yourself
Thursday (木) English Room: English Lunches after Golden Week
Friday (金) Tool: YouGlish.com (YouTube video for pronunciation)

Next Week is Golden Week, so there will not be any Online Learning News. Not many classes, either. You will have time, which is a good thing, and a bad thing. It is good to have time to relax and do the things you want to. The bad thing is that you can lose ability if you don’t keep practicing during vacation.

Use your software during Golden Week. Research says that if you study English 20 minutes a day, you can keep your level up. So read a book, or watch a TED video, or read a Newsela article, or some Xreading Graded readers. Try out YouGlish to listen to YouTube videos for pronunciation help. Lots of things to do, you just have to try them out. So explore!

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OLN News Week 2: Small Changes

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 April 17-23
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  What is XReading?
Wednesday (水) Newsela: What is Newsela?
Thursday (木) English Room: The English Room Schedule
Friday (金) Tool: Google Translate.

News: We have just finished our first full week of school. For some of you, that means BIG changes. Changes in how you live, how you work, and how you study. We hope this will lead to changes in how you think and feel, too.

It is important to be careful of big changes. Most people, if they try too many things, fail at all of them. Pick one important thing, and try to make a new habit. Follow the advice of one of the smartest people I know, Matt Cutts, from Google.

Try something new for 30 days. Watch this video for 3 minutes. Use the language help if you don’t understand. I have tried it myself, and it works.

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Soccer World Cup

German defeated Argentina in finals of Soccer World Cup. Both of countries didn’t get any points until overtime. In overtime, German got 1 point and won the championship. It had been six times since German won, and this time was the championship of forth times. When eighサッカーワールドカップt minutes passed, Getze who appeared on the way made a goal in overtime. Coach said ”I am proud of all of players.

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blog2-2 huluDo you know “hulu” site? This website is servicing videos of TV-show, movie, and animation. If you pay only $7.99 monthly, you can watch movies, TV-shows, and animations anywhere and anytime you want. If you have a smartphone, you can watch videos on your smartphone. For example, you were watching a movie at your house on your computer, and you couldn’t finish watching it. Don’t worry. If you have a smartphone, you can resume the video and continue to watch it at café, train, and wherever. Japan has also “hulu jp”. If you live in Japan, you should register “hulu jp”. Monthly price is only 980yen. You can watch American movies, TV-shows and animations as same as “hulu”, and also you can watch Japanese TV-shows, movies, and animations. We can use “hulu jp” as studying English. There are a lot of American movies, TV-shows and animations with English subtitles. It means you can improve your listening skill during watching videos. I would like to recommend “hulu jp” website to everyone!!

 

POP Singers Traveling all over the World

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I’m interested in English POP music. Recently, English POP music is so popular around the world. One of reason is English songs are easy to understand because People all over the world can speak English as first language  or second language. For example, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, One Direction and the Wanted. They are very popular overseas. Taylor and Katy are american singers.They are from the United States. One Direction and the Wanted are from the United Kingdom.

Why are they so popular? Because they all are nice looking, and of course they are so good at singing. In addition, they all do great performances at their concerts or on TV. That’s why they are popular not  only in the US or in the UK but also in the other countries.

I especially like Taylor Swift and Maroon5. Their songs and performances are also good as same as top artists.
I am sure that they will continue to be popular in the future.

Student Interview: Fumika: Scottish Kendo

Fumika in Tokyo
Fumika in Tokyo

 

 

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Fumika is a showa student at the English language and communication. She went to Boston 2 years ago as a Blip student. After the 2 semesters at Showa Boston, she left Boston for Edinburgh for SAF program. Even though she was away from Japan, her life always has been with Kendo. She belonged to a Kendo club both in Boston and Edinburgh, which means Kendo means a lot to her. In the interview, you’ll see how much she loves Kendo. Interviewed by Hitomi. Fumika on Kendo

ピコは新しいタイプの歌手として人気があるPico is popular as a new type singer

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Pico
ピコは女性の声と男性の声両方で歌うことができる日本の歌手です。彼は、最初にニコニコ動画に彼の歌を投稿しました。その歌が珍しい歌手として話題になりました。彼は最初のシングル“Story”でメジャーになりました。私が最初に彼の歌を聞いた時、彼の声が女の人の声そっくりなことに驚きました。そして、彼は見た目も女の人のようです。彼は独自の絵文字(ヒ゜ω゜コ)を作り、自分を表現する時に使っています。彼は独特な世界観を持っていて、多くの人を魅了しています。私は彼のこれからの活躍に注目したいです。


-Yuriko

Pico
Pico
Pico is a Japanese singer who can sing with both woman voice and man voice. He contributed his song to Nico-nico animation at first. The song came up as rare singer. He became major by his first single “Story”. When I listened to his song at first, I was surprised that his voice was like a natural woman’s voice. And he also looks like a woman. He made original picture writing “(ヒ゜ω゜コ). It stands for his name. He uses it when he expresses his own. He has unique world view and he fascinates many people. I want to notice his activity in future.


-Yuriko

ジブリ美術館の新しい企画展示The Start of a New Exhibition in GHIBLI Museum

A View from the Cat Bus
A View from the Cat Bus
“ねこバスから見た風景展”が、三鷹の森ジブリ美術館で開催されている。これはジブリ映画の中で使われた風景画を展示したものである。これらの絵は、立体の造形物やライトなどの効果とともに展示してあるため、ジブリの世界を如実に感じることができる。となりのトトロ、耳をすませば、千と千尋の神隠し、ハウルの動く城、もののけ姫の風景画を見ることができる。この展示は今月から来年の5月まで開催される。もしジブリ映画が好きなら、行くべきです!!
-Ayumi
A View from the Cat Bus
A View from the Cat Bus
“A View from the Cat Bus” is on exhibition in GHIBLI MUSEUM, MITAKA. It is an exhibition of the background pictures in GHIBLI movies. They are exhibited with three- dimensional models and using some effects like lights, so visitors can feel GHIBLI world with reality. There are background arts from MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, WHISPER OF THE HEART, SPILITED AWAY, HOWL’S MOVING CATSLE, and PRINCESS MONONOKE. This exhibition is held from this month to next may. If you like GHIBLI films, you should go there!!
-Ayumi

宇宙の古川さんと小学生通信Satoshi Furukawa communicated with students

国際宇宙ステーションに滞在している宇宙飛行士の古川聡さんが21日、熊本県の小学校に集まった児童と、無線で交信した。古川さんは宇宙から見える東日本大震災の被災地に触れ、「力強く復興する様子が見たい」と話した。
 熊本県の町立小学校の体育館には、児童ら約100人が集まった。予定時刻になってもしばらく通信がつながらず、緊張で会場は静まり返った。3分後に古川さんの声がスピーカーから聞こえると、児童たちは一斉に目を輝かせた。
 最初に質問した児童は、「宇宙から見て一番きれいに見えるのは何ですか」と聞くと、古川さんは「青く輝く美しい地球です」と答えた。もう一人の児童は、「東日本大震災が起こって大きな被害を受けましたが、様子はそこから見えますか」と質問した。古川さんは「東北地方の海岸線の変化が見えます。これから力強く復興する様子が見えるといいです」と話した。

-MegumiSatoshi Furukawa who has stayed at International Space Station communicated with students by radio. Many students gathered in Kumamoto municipal elementary school to communicate with Mr. Furukawa on June 21.
They fell silently because they could not communicate with him on time, but their faces irradiated with joy as soon as they heard his voice from the loudspeaker. One of the students said him, “What is the most beautiful thing from space?” Then he said, “It is the earth. The earth is very beautiful blue.” Another student said him, “The earthquake caused extensive damage to Japan. Can you see the damage from space?” Then he said, “We can see the transformation of the Tohoku district’s coast. We are looking forward to seeing the recovery from space. ”

-Megumi