Eigo C1, Tuesday May 22nd

Comments from last week

今日の授業内容の原発について1~2ページ書くという課題は、私にとってとても大変なものだった。日本語でできることなのに、英語でできないということは、慣れの問題であると思うので様々なサイトを使って英語に慣れていきたい。
I found that I’m weak in writing my opinion in English.
あらかじめ日本語で文章の流れを考えておかないと、書きやすい・表現しやすい文から書いていってしまうので英語でそれなりの長文を書くのは非常に難しい

It is very important for you to practice reading real English and writing about it. The more you practice, the easier it will become.

I want you to choose the web site in which we can use pop jisyo if you want us to use popjisyo.

You can copy and paste any text into popjisyo, even if the website can’t be accessed.

リスニングが多かったので、こうしてリーディングの時間もとっていただいてありがたかったです。

I’m glad you enjoyed it, but this is mainly a listening class ^-^

The economist のムービーをしっかり理解することができなかった。どれだけ字幕に頼っていたかを実感した。

Yes, it is important not to rely too much on subtitles, dictionaries, or other tools. They are important, but you should also practice listening and reading without them.

 

The purpose of this class

In this class, I have two goals:

1. I hope you will find a variety of ways to study English by yourself
2. I hope you will gain some useful skills (reading in English, using internet tools to help you read and write, finding and understanding information)

In the future, you may have to use English at work. This is becoming more and more common in Japanese companies. The main tasks are:

1. reading and writing emails in English
2. finding information in English and writing reports about it
3. speaking English on the telephone or through Skype
4. creating documents in English

You should have noticed that most of these tasks do not require listening and speaking skills, but rather reading and writing skills.

Most of the time, you will not be talking to native speakers of English, but to people from different countries, like China, Korea, Thailand, Germany, Brazil, etc. You will have to do this even if your English is not perfect, and you will not have a lot of time to study or practice.

Improving your English now, while you are a student and have time, could be a very good time investment.

Language Goals

Today I would like you to think about your language learning goals for English. Today, please think about the following questions:

  • How good do you need your English to be?
  • How much time do you want to spend studying/practicing English?
  • How important is English going to be for your future (both for work and personally)?

Please watch the videos below:

1. Using an interpreter to ensure smooth communication

Ryo Ishikawa, Golfer
Naoto Kan, Politician 

2. Functional/practical communicative ability

Yoshihiro Watanabe, Tokyo University
Ken Watanabe, Actor

3. Native-like pronunciation and content

Kensaku Yoshida, Sophia University
Hikaru Utada, Singer

  • What did you think about each speaker? How do you think they are perceived by non-Japanese speakers?

These three types are on a scale, with no English proficiency on one end, and native-like proficiency on the other.

No English <————— Functional English ———————> Native-like English

Your language-learning skill, your motivation, and the amount of time you spend will determine where you end up on the scale.

 In your notebook, please write a short essay about this topic (one page)

You should include answers to some or all of the following questions:

  • How good do you need your English to be?
  • How much time do you want to spend studying/practicing English?
  • How important is English going to be for your future (both for work and personally)?
  • What did you think about each speaker?
  • How do you think they are perceived by non-Japanese speakers?
  • Where do you want to end up on the scale above?
  • Where do you think you will end up?

Please leave a comment at the bottom of the page. Make sure you type in the anti-spam word.

If you finish early, please hand in your notebook and collect your homework notebook from the middle. You may continue studying (word engine, English Central, elllo, reading English websites) or leave quietly.

Your homework this week is to continue doing self-study. Please write a short report (0.5-1 page) in your notebook, including:

  • what you did
  • the content
  • why you decided to do that
  • your progress
  • what you will do in the future

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