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.

 

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 Tool: Elsa Speaks: Smart pronunciation software

Tool of the Week: Elsa Speak for Pronunciation

 

 

 

 

The biggest reason people don’t understand you is because of your pronunciation. Japanese speakers have good grammar and can make good sentences in English, but many have problems with pronunciation.

Studying pronunciation used to be really boring. You listen and repeat, listen and repeat. With Elsa Speak, you get feedback immediately and you can improve with each time you say something. Use Elsa Speak on your phone, it works like a game, and the Artificial Intelligence (AI) can understand your mistakes and learns how to help you best. A great tutor, any time and any place, and it’s free.

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!

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!

Vine

無題Nowadays some people like to film videos in thier daily life.  There is the best video-sharing app called Vine.  It is kind of similar to Instagram. But it’s not just any video-sharing app. It’s designed in a way for you to film short, separate instances so they can be linked together for a total of six seconds. Also you can put some effects. What the best point of using Vine is that you can share the videos on social networks easily. There is a chance that you could be a famous Viner! haha

Hitomi Cup Winner: 2nd Place!

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On November 9th, English speaking contest called “Hitomi Cup” was held at Showa Women’s University.
I passed the pre-contest, and on the day I delivered my speech at the final contest.

There were 11 speakers, not only SWU students but also students of other universities like Waseda and ICU. I was very nervous, but all of the cheers from my friends, teachers and family supported me very much.

I think I did my BEST. I was able to tell my thinking to the audiences passionately. An finally, I got 2nd prize on the contest! I got a certificate, trophy and i Pad!!! Yay! This is my memorable day for me.

At last, I want to introduce sweet gift from my friend. She gave this chocolate to me before the day of contest. I am very glad that I have such a kind, wonderful friend. Thank you very much.

人見杯英語スピーチコンテストで二位を獲得しました。

応援してくださった全ての方々の支えがあってこその入賞です。ありがとうございました。

 

Hato Bus Tour for Foreigners

Hato Bus is one of the famous tour bus companies for Japanese. The Hato Bus also conducts to introduce Tokyo for foreigners. In particular, the tour introduces about Japanese historical city, temples, shrines, garden or trendy hot spots like Tokyo Sky Tree. In this movie, Japanese English learners also participate in this tour. Video.(13 min. Japanese)

ECC students could talk with foreigners in the tour directly and also they could learn English there. I think it is good opportunity to communicate with people who can speak English because we need such opportunities in Japan and also, we have to know our history and culture to introduce to foreigners. However, the tour conductor’s English is very typical Japanese English, I think. I wonder about people can understand his English.

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