Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Dec 28, 2016 Blog Post

Remember, this article is for Dec 28th/16, NOT for Dec 21/16.

Please read the article below and then read the questions too. Remember to read the article more than one time. The first time, do not use a dictionary or worry about unknown words. The second time, it is a good idea to look up the unknown words.
When you read the questions, please make sure you understand their meaning and are ready to discuss them on Wednesday.

Thank you!

Matthew

His and Her Diary from the Same Day
Her Diary:
Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a nice restaurant for dinner. I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment on it. Conversation wasn't flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn't say much. I asked him what was wrong; He said, 'Nothing.' I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset. He said he wasn't upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry about it. On the way home, I told him that I loved him. He smiled slightly, and kept driving. I can't explain his behavior I don't know why he didn't say, 'I love you, too.' When we got home, I felt as if I had lost him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore. He just sat there quietly, and watched TV. He continued to seem distant and absent. Finally, with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed. About 15 minutes later, he came to bed. But I still felt that he was distracted, and his thoughts were somewhere else. He fell asleep - I cried. I don't know what to do. I'm almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else. My life is a disaster.

His Diary:
Motorcycle won’t start…can't figure out why.




Discussion questions
1.    Do you think this was posted by a man or a woman? Why? What point do you think that he or she was trying to make?
2.    Who do you sympathize with most, him or her?
3.    Have you had similar misunderstandings with your significant other?
4.    Why are men and women so different?
5.    Is it possible for a men and women to really understand how the other thinks?
6.    Would you like to be able to think like a member of the opposite sex? Might there be any advantages in being able to do so?
7.    What does your significant other do that really infuriates you? What are the most frustrating habits that men/women have?
8.    Do you have any advice on how to understand and get along with the opposite sex better?
9.    Imagine you could switch gender for one day? Would you like to try it? What would you do? What would you like to find out?

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Wed, Dec 21 2016 Blog Topic

This one is all about physical activity and fitness. Please read the article and make sure to have an opinion ready to share in class.

See you soon!

Matthew



1) Is it important to students/children to be physically active?
2) Do you think physical education class is more important or equally as important as some other subjects? Which ones? No? Why?
3) Does exercising or just taking a walk help you to study better?
4) How much TV or internet do you watch each day?
5) Which is more important, physical health or high academic achievement (good grades)?
6) How many hours of physical activity each day do students in your country get? Is it enough? How many hours do you think they should get?

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Dec 14, 2016 BLOG TOPIC

I think you might find this article and video interesting, odd, or maybe super awesome! Please make sure you understand the vocabulary and the main idea of the article.

Article link:
http://www.boredpanda.com/heart-beat-ring-hb-thetouch/

Product link:
http://www.thetouchx.com/index.html

Questions:
1) What was your first reaction to this product?
2) What do you think of the price? (Go to the product link.)
3) Would you use this product? (I'm really curious about Yoko's opinion.)
4) Do you think this product will be popular? Is it better than SNS?
5) What do you think of how the rings look?
6) Giving rings before marriage seems to be more common in Korean and Japanese culture than here. Do you think these will be really popular in Japan and Korea?
7) Do you think these rings could be used for medical purposes?

Friday, 2 December 2016

Dec 7 2016 Blog Topic!!! Kids and Safety

Before you watch the video below, please think about these questions.

1) What dangerous things did you do when you were a kid?
2) What activities did your parents allow you to do when you were a kid?
3) Does doing dangerous, but fun, activities help children become better adults?
4) Is today's world worrying too much about children's safety?

Now please watch the video



5) Do you agree with this presenter?
6) Would you want your children to attend his camp?
7) Which activities do you really disagree with and think would be too dangerous?


See you in class!
Matthew

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Nov 30th 2016 Blog Topic!!

Here is the video.



It is about learning English and questions if English should be the world language.

You may want to click the 'cc' button to put on the subtitles, but they are not so great. So, here is the transcript (her words).


Just scroll down the page to find...

Don't insist on English! - Patricia Ryan   

...and click on the transcript link.


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Nov 23rd 2016 Discussion Topic!

Hello! Here is the topic for this week. Enjoy!

What would you do if you found a wallet on the ground? Would you return it? 
What if it had the owner's identification in it? 
What if the wallet had $10,000 in it? Now, what if your family member needs the money for his/her medical treatment. 
What do you think is the right thing to do? Would you even be tempted to take the wallet?
What do people usually do in your home country when they find something that does not belong to them? How is that different from other countries you have visited? 
Lastly, do people in your home country respect others' belongings? 

Watch the video below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5KxPwFQV8o

Monday, 14 November 2016

Just for fun: English speakers are confused too!

After reading this, you will either feel better or worse. However, remember that even English speakers get confused about this stuff. Good luck!

https://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~mbarrien/jokes/english.txt

Follow the above link to discover how confusing nouns can be for everyone.

Matthew


Friday, 11 November 2016

November 16th, 2016 Blog Topic - Let's grow animal products!

Please watch this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gXq1ml6B1E

It is about 9 minutes long. You should watch all of it. It has visuals, so this will help you understand
Try watching it one more time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gXq1ml6B1E

See you in class!

If you missed it, here is the video again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gXq1ml6B1E

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Nov 9 2016 New Blog Topic Whoooooo!!

Please watch this video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K5SycZjGhI

It is very short.

Please watch it more than once.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K5SycZjGhI

Maybe even three times.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K5SycZjGhI

When you clearly understand the message, please test yourself with these True or False questions.

True or False?

1. In Japan, streets are named in exactly the same way as they are in other countries.

2. There are some doctors in China that you pay when you are healthy, and don’t pay when you are sick.

3. Sivers says that whatever assumptions we have, the opposite may also be true.

4. Houses in Japan are numbered in the way theare ordered around the outside of the block.

5. West African music is exactly the same as every other type.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Wed, Nov 2 2016 Blog Topic

Please click on the following link and watch the video. It is only about four minutes long. Please watch it more than one time and listen for some of the new vocabulary. It is pretty easy to get the main idea of the talk, but the new vocabulary may be tough. Try to look it up before class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B0PaSznWJE

After you watch the video, you should be able to answer these 5 questions using 'True' or 'False'.

1. Taylor Wilson built a nuclear fusion reactor when he was fourteen years old.

2. Wilson believes that nuclear fusion is not the future of energy, because it does not ‘break even.’

3. The University of Nevada is where Taylor built his fusion reactor.

4. The detector he developed replaced the one used by Homeland Security, and is much cheaper.

5. Wilson believes that kids can make discoveries that will change the world.

See you in class!

Matthew

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

my topic is dreamcatcher
Hello!!

My Topic presentation is Tobermory - Bruce Peninsula!!

ISEUL

Hello. I'm Iseul.
My presentation topic is 'Travel to Montreal and Quebec City'
Thank you.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Wed, Oct 26 2016 Blog Topic


Hi everybody!


Please watch the entire video by clicking http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35631265

It is about 4 and a half minutes and is about food.

Also, please think about these questions.

1) What do you know about 3D printing? Is there a place that you can 3D print in your home city?
2) Do you think 3D printing and food go together? Why or why not?
3) Do you think this technology will reduce the number of chef jobs?
4) What other profession is technology entering these days?
5) Do you enjoy gourmet food or do you think it is a waste of money?
6) Would you eat this 3D printed food? Would you pay more for it? Why?