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2018年12月15日

12月15日プラクティス

Hello ESS-members,

This is the announcement of the practice on Dec 15.
Genre: Taking and role playing
Title: Let’s guide a foreign tourist to your favorite places,

1. After making several groups, discuss your several favorite places such
as, shrines, temples, walking streets, shopping area, café, and
restraints in Kansai area (speaking overview, the reason why? your
memories regarding ones etc.)

2. After finishing all members talking, make a pair. One plays a role of
foreign tourist, the another becomes a guide so that each pair starts
virtual tour. The guide makes a short tour(2-3 hours + eating), which
should include a shrine or a temple, walking street, and place to
eat/drink. Finally, do not forget to recommend a great souvenir that
you like.

3. Finishing the first role-play, take turns.

4. If you have a time after the role-plays, discuss your feeling of the
recent trends of foreign tourists in Japan, in each group.

Enjoy!

Murota

2018年12月08日

12月8日プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

Here is an announcement of the later half practice that we will enjoy on December 8. We are supposed to gather at the Hitomachi-Koryu-Kan Kyoto at 18:00 on this day since the usual Otera will not be available for us to use.

1. Genre: English Game
2. Title: 20 Questions
3. Description:

We will be divided into two groups to have a competitive battle between the two with a guessing game in English. The guessing game in which people try to identify a person, place or thing in 20 questions or less. The person can be living (e.g. a current athlete or entertainer), deceased (e.g. a famous person in history), or fictitious (e.g. cartoon or movie character). The place can be anywhere in the world, including creative places. The thing can be an inanimate object, an animal, a food, etc. Basically anything can be chosen, but try to make the selected item something that can be reasonably guessed. It’s no fun to play a guessing game that is impossible to solve.

Hope to see many of you at Hitomachi-Koryu-Kan Kyoto at 18:00 on December 8.


Makoto Nishimura

2018年12月01日

12月1日プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK-ESS member
This is the information about the practice on December 1.

1. Genre: Talk & Discussion
2. Title: Talking about the present situation
3. Description


[Step. 0]
Make some groups and make pairs in each group. If you don’t have partner, please find a partner in other group. If there is no partner in all groups, I will become your partner.


[Step. 1] 1 minute to speak (5〜10min)
This is a 1 minute to speak. You talk about a topic for 1 minute. Your partner just listen. After your talking, exchange a speaker. I’m a timekeeper. I choose topics below.
Bicycle, Car, Science, Literature


[Step. 2] Free conversation (35〜45 minutes)
Please gather in each group.
Please introduce yourself quickly and talk about your present situation one by one.
You can continue talking and discussion. You can talk about any topics. If you don’t have any topics,
you can use my topics that is “Christmas Eve or New Year Eve”


[Step. 3] Dialogue (10〜15 minutes)
I distribute a number card. One person having your same number is your partner.
Let’s talk freely each other.


Hirokazu Sakai

2018年11月30日

🍁Kyoto NHK ESS レポートNo.6🍁

ESSのみなさま

こんにちは。
10月、11月の後半プラクティスレポートです。
長くなりますが、思い出しながら読んでくださいね。


10月6日 富久田さん
「Domestic trip」
各都道府県にそれぞれの魅力が盛りだくさん。灘の男酒、伏見の女酒、今晩はどっちの気分?
おかえりなさい!矢内さん。


10月13日 スタッフ
「Talk & Discussion」
この時間はしっかり自分のこと、話せます。そして聴くことも。春夏秋冬、あなたの ”いとをかし” ことは・・


10月20日 岡さん
「News of receiving an award」
物理学、化学、生理学、医学、文学、平和及び経済学で過去にノーベル賞を受賞した日本人は26名。ESSメンバー皆と、偉大な先人たちを語り合いました。


10月27日 田中さん
「Get the inbound tourists」
海外からの観光客数ワースト4は島根、高知、福井、岩手だそうです。これら4県の観光課職員になりきって各テーブルからのプレゼン。「ようこそ 〜県!」


11月3日 スタッフ
「 Talk & Discussion」
健康で長生きするためには
① 運動や食事よりも ”読書”
② 子どもと暮らさず 、アクティブに ”一人暮らし” これホント⁈


11月10〜11日 ESS 合宿


11月17日 田畑 (夫) さん
「52 small changes for the Mind」
”他人との比較はむなしく満たされない気持ちを生むことが多い。周りに影響されることなく、自分が心から望むことを一番に考える” ですよね〜 、これ52の習慣のたった1つ!


11月24日 森さん
「Let's focus on lesser known places for tourism」
日本人の意外と知らない隠れた名所、数々あるんですね。へぇ〜、天空の城ラピュタはあそこから!・・
亀岡に歴史ある出雲大神宮。 出雲の祭祀の謎は奥深い・・


あっという間に今年もあとひと月ですね。
何かと忙しくなりますが、みなさんの英語学習は順調に進んでいますか。
" a jurney of a thousand miles begins with a single step "
「 千里の道も一歩から 」


またお寺で会いましょう!


2018年度 スタッフ一同

2018年11月24日

11月24日プラクティス

Dear ESS member,

Let me introduce the contents of the practice scheduled
for November 24th

Recently, we have seen the lesser known place became
the fastest growing destination for tourism, thanks to
the SNS. Let’s focus on such a place.

【Brief Explanation of Procedure】

17:40: Make some groups.

(Section 1)
Until 17:55: I will give you some quiz about a little-known but good
place in Japan.

(Section 2)
Until 18:25: Talk about a little-known place of your recommendation
in each group. There are no specific procedures or guidelines
that I need you to follow. Any place is fine either in Japan
or abroad. Famous sightseeing place can also be acceptable.

18:25: One member of each group make a short presentation.

Have enjoy!
Natsuko Mori

2018年11月17日

11月17日プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members.

Hello, here is the announcement for the practice on November 17th.

I’m sorry for late annnouncement.

(1) Genre: Talk
(2) Title: “52 small changes for the Mind”
(3) Description:

1. Making some groups

2. I distribute the sheets which the list about “52 small customs” are written on.

3. Read the list and check on what you would like to try , or you have already done.

Ex. Keep diary , Laugh as often as possible, Thank for small things,
Spend money on experiences than things、Don’t compare with others ,
Don’t blame yourself ・・・・

4. Share the check list in your group and discuss.

5. If you have another unique custom or your routine or what you keep in mind to do,
tell other members in your group.

6. The presentative of each group will tell other group members
what you talked about in each group.
 Don’t be too serious and just enjoy it.

A. Tabata

Reference

“1週間に1つずつ。毎日の暮らしが輝く52の習慣” 著者:ブレット・ブルーメンソール

https://day.watamemo.com/post-12748/
https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/479931923X?_encoding=UTF8&isInIframe=0&n=465392&ref_=dp_proddesc_0&s=books&showDetailProductDesc=1#product-description_feature_div

“52 Small Changes for the Mind : Improve Memory * Minimize Stress * Increase Productivity * Boost Happiness” ”
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24395606-52-small-changes-for-the-mind


2018年11月03日

11月3日プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK-ESS member

This is the information about the practice on November 3.

1. Genre: Talk & Discussion

2. Title: Talking about the present situation

3. Description

[Step. 0]
Make some groups and make pairs in each group. If you don’t have partner, please find a partner in other group. If there is no partner in all groups, I will become your partner.


[Step. 1] 1 minute to speak (5〜10min)
This is a 1 minute to speak. You talk about a topic for 1 minute. Your partner just listen. After your talking, exchange a speaker. I’m a timekeeper. I choose topics below.
English, Japanese, Mountain, River


[Step. 2] Free conversation (35〜45 minutes)
Please gather in each group.
Please introduce yourself quickly and talk about your present situation one by one.
You can continue talking and discussion. You can talk about any topics. If you don’t have any topics,
you can use my topics that is “How to learn English?”


[Step. 3] Dialogue (10〜15 minutes)
I distribute a number card. One person having your same number is your partner.
Let’s talk freely each other.


Hirokazu Sakai

2018年10月27日

10月27日プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

This is an announcement of the practice on Oct. 27th.

Genre : Presentation

Title : Get the inbound tourists

Many foreign tourists have visited Japan these days.
Most of the prefectures are enticing foreign tourists to visit there toward "40 million inbound in 2020".
A prefecture that had the most inbound in 2017 is,
1st Tokyo 2nd Osaka 3rd Chiba 4th Kyoto...
and the fewest inbound in 2017 is,
1st Shimane 2nd Kochi 3rd Fukui 4th Iwate....

At present, the 60% overseas tourists are repeater to Japan.
They are also looking for a new spot where they can experience with Japanese, flower arrangement,
farm work, Ninja and suchlike.
Each prefecture has considered what leads to the attraction of inbound tourists.

Please imagine that you are in Shimane, Kochi, Fukui or Iwate prefectual employees place.
Let's make an impressive presentation as a group in 3minutes !

So before the practice, I would recommend checking the sightseeing of them by the Web.

I hope that you will spend an exciting time there.
thank you,

Ryuich Tanaka

2018年10月20日

10月20日プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

This is an annoucement of the practice in the latter half of ESS meeing on Oct. 20th.

1. Date: Oct. 20th

2. Genre: Talking

3. Title: News of receiving an award

It was the time when Nobel Prize news became the topic this year. As all of you already knows, a Japanese won the Nobel Prize in the field of physiology and medicine this year. It was Tasuku Honjo, a professor at Kyoto University who elucidated mechanism of the cancer outbreak and developed medicines controlling cancer outbreak. I was interested in Japanese Nobel prize winner in the past and gathered their informations in the table. Today, I would like to talk about them with you, and at the same time, I want to share with you your interesting prize you have received so far ( rare funny prize is better ) .

4. Description

1) Please make 4-5 groups

2) I will distribute a paper written about Japanese who received Novel Prize.

3) Please read it and fill the blank in the table with talking about Novel Prize in your group.

4) Next, as I will distribute another blank paper, please write down the prize you have received in  the past.

Ex: In my case, I have received the prize about "very healthy tooth" in my elementary school days and received the prize on the

"perfect attendance in my elementary and junior high school days "


5) Then, introduce and talk about your exciting prize in your group.

I hope you will enjoy the practice.

Masahiko Oka

2018年10月13日

10月13日プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK-ESS member
This is the information about the practice on October 13.


1. Genre: Talk & Discussion
2. Title: Talking about the present situation
3. Description

[Step. 0]
Make some groups and make pairs in each group. If you don’t have partner, please find a partner in other group. If there is no partner in all groups, I will become your partner.

[Step. 1] 1 minute to speak (5〜10min)
This is a 1 minute to speak. You talk about a topic for 1 minute. Your partner just listen. After your talking, exchange a speaker. I’m a timekeeper. I choose topics below.
Autumn , Spring , Book , School

[Step. 2] Free conversation (35〜45 minutes)
Please gather in each group.
Please introduce yourself quickly and talk about your present situation one by one.
You can continue talking and discussion. You can talk about any topics. If you don’t have any topics,
you can use my topics that is “What is your hobby?”

[Step. 3] Dialogue (10〜15 minutes)
I distribute a number card. One person having your same number is your partner.
Let’s talk freely each other.

Hirokazu Sakai

2018年10月06日

10月6日プラクティス

information on October.sixth about the latter part practice.
Genre,talk
Theme,Domestic trip
At first all members will be divide in to some groups and talk about some prefecture.

2018年09月30日

🌾Kyoto NHK ESS レポートNo.5🌾

ESS の皆さま

9月の後半プラクティスレポートです。

9月1日 酒井さん
「Talk & Discussion」
知ってるつもりのESSのあのメンバー、まだまだ知らないあなたの季節、趣味・・ヘェ〜 じっくりペアで話し合いましょう!


9月8日 岩井盛一郎さん
「Present your opinions and discuss about the articles from the Japan times」
厳選された5大ニュース、1番人気は”観光公害” でした。目標とされる外国から日本への観光客数は、一年間に4000万人ですって! 地元の人と観光客が一緒にできることは⁇


9月15日 佃さん
「How do you survive without electricity」
災害時。<水、電気、ガス>がストップしたらどうやって生活する?
トイレ対策、お風呂対策...水ストップの対策 で 多く出た意見は、
「鴨川に行く!」でした。


9月22日 今井さん
「Current Digital Technical Terms」
”シンギュラリティー” って聞いたこと、あります? 人工知能(AI)が人間の能力を越える転換点って、2045年までには大変換⁉︎


9月29日 奥さん
「Letter from an ESS Leadership Candidate」
最近のアメリカの中間選挙、沖縄の知事選挙に乗っかって、やってみました「 ESSリーダー立候補演説」 ”リーダーにはならないけど私に投票してネ!” そんなお茶目な立候補者もいました!


さて、皆さま、来月はいよいよESS合宿がやってきます。秋の葉の彩りが深まるよう、皆さまと一緒に楽しみましょう!

2018年度 ESS スタッフ
田中 隆一

2018年09月22日

9月29日プラクティス

Hi! everyone.

This is the announcement of Second Practice on September 29, 2018, next
week.

Sorry for the lateness of this preannouncement but I hope you prepare well
for the next week.  Akira Oku.

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Election season is coming or has been passing, e.g., the midterm election in
the US, gubernatorial election in Okinawa, and the election for the
presidency of the LDP in Japan.

Like the citizen judge system in Japan, we the members of Kyoto NHK ESS will
or shall be asked inevitably sooner or later to take part in the staff board
as obligation. Therefore, why don’t we play a candidacy speech in
preparation for that chance?

Composition and Speech

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Example: < Letter from an ESS Leadership Candidate >

Dear ESS Member,

I promise to be very brief, so please do not ignore this message.

My name is Zengyo-Inn Yeses and I am seeking your support and vote for
Leader of the Kyoto NHK ESS Society. I am honored to be a nominee and if
elected, I am determined to be a strong advocate for English learning,
communication and innovation. I believe that I am uniquely qualified to
represent our membership and to be effective in this position because of my
broad and diverse background that includes social, business, academic, and
human relation experience. For more information about my qualifications and
accomplishments, please check my
http://www.zengyoinn-yeses.org.

If elected, my main goal would be to educate ourselves in our discipline
about the significance of nationwide communication through English.

In conjunction with my many years of experience, my recent experience
uniquely prepared me to persuasively articulate the importance of English
communication for the prosperity of our personal life and the society. As a
voluntary group comprised of a variety of people with expertise and ability,
our ESS group has potentiality not only to solve member’s personal problems
but also to participate in social issues such as health-consciousness and
control of climate change.

Please allow me to work with you to accomplish these goals and to fulfill
our volunteer mind to make this world better.

I promised to be brief in the beginning, so let me end this message by
asking again for your support and for your advice. Together we can really
make a difference anywhere.

Sincerely yours,

Zengyo-Inn Yeses
Member of the Kyoto NHK ESS

(Mimicked from ACS newsletter)

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Procedure:

1. First of all, read the letter above as an example of candidacy letter
for the position of ESS leadership. (10 min)

2. Suppose you were to be nominated as a candidate for the leader (or
subleader) of the Kyoto ESS group.

3. Write to prepare your candidacy letter by help of group discussion. If
it takes time, you may just modify or change the phrases underlined in the
above example. (30 min)

4. Hope you play brave to give speech in front of all. (20 min)


Needless to say, I would highly recommend you to prepare the speech in
advance of the day. See you!


Appendix: For Recitation and Singing

Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

Stephen Foster

I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair,
Borne, like a vapor, on the summer air;
I see her tripping where the bright streams play,
Happy as the daisies that dance on her way.
Many were the wild notes her merry voice would pour,
Many were the blithe birds that warbled them o'er:
Oh! I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair,
Floating, like a vapor, on the soft summer air.

I long for Jeanie with the daydawn smile,
Radiant in gladness, warm with winning guile;
I hear her melodies, like joys gone by,
Sighing round my heart o'er the fond hopes that die
Sighing like the night wind and sobbing like the rain
Wailing for the lost one that comes not again:
Oh! I long for Jeanie, and my heart bows low,
Never more to find her where the bright waters flow.

I sigh for Jeanie, but her light form strayed
Far from the fond hearts round her native glade;
Her smiles have vanished and her sweet songs flown,
Flitting like the dreams that have cheered us and gone.
Now the nodding wild flowers may wither on the shore
While her gentle fingers will cull them no more:
Oh! I sigh for Jeanie with the light brown hair,
Floating, like a vapor, on the soft summer air.


2018年09月13日

9月22日プラクティス

Informations on the latter part practice of Sep 22nd are as follows.

Genre : Explanation & Discussion
Title : Current Digital Technical Terms

Now, we are in the computerized days and we can not stop
admitting any fields of modern society is supported by computer.
In short, we can understand and recognize more deeply modern
society through knowing the Current Digital Thecnical Terms.
Let’s enjoy foretelling near future through understanding Current
Digital Thecnical Terms.
Y. Imai

2018年09月08日

9月15日プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK-ESS members

I am Yuji Tsukuda.
I am glad to announce the practice on Sep 15.

Genre: Talk

Title: How do you survive without electricity.

Description :

1. Making some groups
2. Talk1:How do you live without electricity?
3. Talk2:How do you spend your free time without electricity?


The powerful typhoon Jebi and the big earthquake in Hokkaido cause the power cut.
I spent a few days without electricity, and the life was more terrible than I had imagined.
That’s why I choose this topic.

I am looking forward to seeing you on the day

Thank you

2018年09月07日

9月8日プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS members

This is the announcement of the practice on Sept 8 2018.

Genre: presentation & discussion
Title: Present your opinions and discuss about the articles from the Japan Times.
Description

Step1: Separate into several groups. Each group consists of 3 to 5 members.

Step2: I distribute papers containing the articles extracting from the Japan Times.

The articles cover five controversial issues. Please choose three topics out of five and
   decide the order to discuss as a group.

Step3: If your group decides the topic to discuss first, read the article concerning the topic
   ( 5 to 7 minutes).

Step4: Each member presents your opinion concerning with the article in the group
   (1 to 2 minutes).

Step5: Exchange the opinions in a group concerning with the article (10 to 15 minutes).

Step6: Follow the same order above concerning with other two topics your group chose.

The topics on the practice are as follows:

1 . The number of foreign tourists is boosting for recent several years. The foreign tourism has vast impact on Japanese economy. On the other hand, the serious problem has emerged something the media has calling “kanko kogai” “tourism pollution.”

2. Development of AI (artificial intelligence) is tremendous. It is predicted AI will totally
change our life from medical field to driving vehicles autonomously.

On the other hands, it is predicted that 50 percent of white-collar jobs will be replaced by the computers.

3. Tokyo Medical University deducted points from the entrance exam score of all female
applicants to keep the ratio of female students at the university at about 30 percent.
The unfairness against female applicants lies on avoiding a shortage of doctors at affiliated hospitals.
The medical college believed female doctors often resign or take long leave after getting married or getting pregnant.

4. Prime Minister Abe characterizes integrated resorts (IR) as key to his growth strategy. IR refers to casino resorts
Abe administration expects IR will be a key component to bring in more wealthy travelers to Japan and help boot economy
On the other hand, promotion of official casinos would encourage to make worse the problem of gambling addiction.

5. One of the news to move people around Japan is the discovery of a 2 year old boy who had been missing for three days in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
The volunteer Haruo Obata, 78, found the boy only in 30 minutes despite a search effort involving 380 police officers and rescuers as well as drones within thermal imaging cameras. Since media covered this news every day,
Mr. Obata becomes national hero and volunteerism has come into limelight

Thank you very much. I hope you enjoy the practice.

Seiichiro Iwai.

2018年09月01日

9月1日プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK-ESS member
This is the information about the practice on September 1.

 1. Genre: Talk & Discussion
 2. Title: Talking about the present situation
 3. Description

[Step. 0]
Make some groups and make pairs in each group. If you don’t have partner, please find a partner in other group.
If there is no partner in all groups, I will become your partner.

[Step. 1] Break the Ice (5〜10min)
This is a 1 minute to speak. You talk about a topic for 1 minute. Your partner just listen. After your talking, exchange a speaker.
I’m a timekeeper. I choose topics below.
Summer Winter Sport Music

[Step. 2] Group Talk (35〜45 minutes)
Please gather in each group.
Please introduce yourself quickly and talk about your present situation one by one.
You can continue talking and discussion.

[Step. 3] One to one talk (10〜15 minutes)
I distribute a number card. One person having your same number is your partner.
Let’s talk freely each other.


Hirokazu Sakai

2018年08月31日

🌻Kyoto NHK ESS レポートNo.4🌻

今年の夏は酷暑、大雨、台風、何かと凄まじい日々でしたね。皆様お変わりありませんか。
7月、8月の後半プラクティスレポートです。


7月14日 西村さん
「Message without words」
アメリカのゼスチャークイズ、片手で現す ”I Love You” 覚えてますか⁉︎
みんなのゼスチャーゲーム、猫とライオンが名演技でした!


7月21日 サマーパーティー


7月28日 石崎さん
「 English Haiku/ Senryu 」
少ない単語で状況を的確に表現する日本語の俳句と同じですね。人生初めて、英語の俳句を創った〜 いい経験!


8月4日 辻さん
「 Let's talk about mysteries」
”2014年墜落したマレーシア航空機はいったいどこに消えたんでしょうか⁉︎ ”
”縄文時代、青森に造られたというストーンサークル!”
なんとも奇妙で不可思議な出来事、風景・・ 暑気払いにぴったりのプラクティスでした!


8月18日 北浦さん
「 About this Summer」
みなさん、楽しそうなお盆休みを過ごされたんですね〜 ”蕎麦にゴマ油⁉︎” ” タコ焼きにチーズ⁉︎” 本当に美味しいんですかあ〜〜


8月25日 田畑誉子さん
「 ”fake news”, ”post-truth”, and ”media literacy” 」
世界中で最近、なんでfake newsってよく聞くんでしょうか⁉︎ 情報の真実をとらえること、だんだん難しくなってきてますね。 とっても勉強になりました!


プラクティス担当の皆さま、それぞれに味のある楽しい時間をありがとうございました!
残暑もまだしばらく続きそうですが、お寺の涼しい風にのって、みなさんと一緒に英語を学んでいきましょう。

2018 Kyoto NHK ESS スタッフ一同

2018年08月14日

8月25日プラクティス

Dear ESS members
This is the announcement for the practice on Aug. 25th, 2018.

Genre: Discussion
Title: “fake news”, “post-truth” and “media literacy”
Description
1 Make 4~5 groups.
2 First every member read through all the materials by yourself. Then
exchange your opinions in your group on each question below.

(1)That man fanned a “lion scare” with false tweets after the Kumamoto earthquakes
was arrested three months later for allegedly obstructing
the zoo’s operations but avoid indictment. What are your thoughts on this issue?

(2) Did you know “Russiagate”? And do you think Russian government resorted to acts
   that would favor the Trump campaign in the 2016 U.S. presidential race?

(3) How would you define “fake news”? Please explain your answer.

(4) Do you often get your news from social media? Why ?Why not?

(5)Why do you think”fake news” spreads so quickly on social media?

(6)What news organizations do you consider to be trustworthy? Why?

(7) In your opinion ,what should be done to stop the spread of “fake news”? Please explain
your answer.

(8) Would you argue that “fake news” is damaging to democracy? Why? Why not?

3 Introduce your group summary to other groups (from around 18:30).

If you need more information, please take a look at the attached link.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5ay192

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5atjqb

I hope you enjoy it!
M.Tabata

2018年08月06日

8月18日プラクティス

This is an announcement about the practice on August 18.
Genre: Discussion
Title: About this summer
Please talk with each other about what you enjoyed or felt in this summer. I suggest two topics below.

(Topic 1) Unusual heat
What did you do to avoid the heat?
How often did you use air conditioner?
Did you do some sports during this heat?
Please tell us whatever episodes relate to this summer.

(Topic 2) Your memories of this summer.
What is the most impressive thing or event during this summer?
Summer festival, family gathering, swimming pool, eating shaved ice (Kakigoori), whatever…

Let’s enjoy talking!

G.Kitaura

2018年08月01日

8月4日プラクティス

This is an announcement about practice on 8-4
Genre: talking
Title: let's talk about mysteries.
Please tell us about your strange
experience. for examples , you saw
UFO, UMA, Paranormal Phenomenon.
If you have no ideas,tell us legedary stories,or introduce mystery novels.
I hope many goosebumps stories.

Kenji Tsujl

2018年07月19日

7月28日プラクティス

Kyoto ESS Practice

This is an announcement of practice on July.28

Program:English Haiku /Senryu

Time table
17:40-18:00 Read below instruction of English Haiku
18:00-18:30 Make your Haiku (Senryu)
18:30-18:35 Present within your group and choose best three in your group
18:35-18:40 Present best three Haiku

See you soon
Hiroaki Ishizaki

以下はThe Japan times STより引用しました。
英語俳句の作り方
日本語の俳句にルールがあるように、英語俳句にもルールがあります。表現上注意すべき点、または工夫してほしい点について簡単に紹介します。

1. 文頭であっても大文字は用いず、文末にピリオドを打たない
固有名詞や I 以外は、すべて小文字で表記します。また、文末のピリオドは不要です。

2. 3行で書くこと
日本語俳句は1行で書きますが、英語俳句は3行で書きます。

3. 3行それぞれの音節は2-3-2くらいをめどにすること
日本語俳句は「5文字 7文字 5文字」の計17文字で作られますが、英語俳句ではそれぞれの行の音節の数は「2-3-2」くらいがよいとされます。ゆえに音節の少ない、短い単語を使用するのがよいでしょう。
(音節とは、母音または母音の前後に子音を伴う、音声のひとまとまりこと。辞書ではpen・cilのように、・や - で区切って示される)

4. 一句の中に切れ字を入れること
切れ字とは、日本語俳句に見られる、感動や詠嘆を表す「かな」や「けり」に相当するもので、英語俳句では行末に ――(ダッシュ)や : (コロン)を置いて感動の余韻を表します。

5. できるだけ "I" を使わない
英語俳句では何より客観的な描写がよしとされます。作者が作品の中に登場してしまうと、作品世界の広がりが限定的になってしまうからです。同様に、固有名詞も作品のイメージを限定してしまうため、使用を避けた方が無難です。

6. be 動詞、冠詞、前置詞は省略してよい。表現を簡潔にまとめることになり、作品が散文的になるのを防ぐことができます。

7. 時制は現在形を用いる
英語俳句では、「いま、目の前にある情景」を「一枚の写真で切り取った」ような表現を重視します。ゆえに動詞は未来や過去ではなく、現在形を使います。

8. 正確な文法に必ずしもこだわらなくてよい
5と関連しますが、いわゆる文法にこだわっていては、作品が散文的になってしまいます。文法よりも、名詞を中心にした明確なイメージを持つ1行1行を積み重ねていくことを考慮してください。

9. 季節感を盛り込む

 以上の要点をまとめれば、英語俳句を作る上では、 「文法にあまりこだわらず、いま、目の前にある情景を写真でとらえるように、それぞれが短い3行の英文で描写する」ことが大切です。

2018年07月05日

7月14日プラクティス

Here is an announcement of the practice on July 14.
Genre: Nonverbal Communications
Title: Message without words

Nonverbal communications, such as facial expressions, voice tone, gestures, appearance and posture are all essential aspects of our daily conversation for building the relationship among us. When we attempt to communicate with another person, we use both verbal and nonverbal communications. Nonverbal messages are “messages without words” or “silent messages.” We have conducted a variety of practices at Kyoto NHK ESS so far to try to make our ability better for verbal communications. This time I would like you to challenge for the improvement of our nonverbal communication skills.

17:40 – 18:00 Test of our knowledge on American gestures

The test paper with having several illustrations of American gesture will be distributed. You are requested to answer the meanings of these gestures.

18:00 – 18:40 Game “Message without words.”

You will be divided into groups. One representative from the group will play the game of the “Message without words” in order to convey a certain information to other members of the group. The performance of the representative is limited for only 3 minutes. If the group members can make a good guess on the information, they can get the point. A competition among the groups.

Makoto Nishimura

2018年07月01日

7月7日プラクティス

Informations latter part practice of July 7th are as follows.

Genre : Explanation & Discussion
Title : Current Digital Thechnical Terms

Now, we are in the computerized days as we can not stop
admitting any fields of modern society is suported by computer.
In short, we can understand and recognize more modern society
through knowing the Current Digital Thecnical Terms.
Let’s enjoy foretelling near future through understanding Current
Digital Thecnical Terms.
Y. Imai

2018年06月30日

🎋 Kyoto NHK ESSレポートNo.3 🎋

蒸し暑い日が続きますが、お変わりありませんか。
6月の活動内容を報告させていただきます。

<後半プラクティス>

6月2日 南橋さん
「定年退職制を禁止すべきか 否か」
おなじみ南橋氏によるディベート大会。
会社での経験をもとに、深い議論が繰り広げられました。


6月9日 岩井さん
「completing scripts (Rakugo stories)」
時そば、初天神、落語好きにはたまらない英語バージョン。みんな独創的なサゲを考えてました!


6月16日 武居さん
「Imperial / Royal Family Systems 」
何かと話題の英国王室、日本皇室 。
麗しきセレモニー から ゴシップネタ にいたるまであれこれ話し合いました。


6月23日 鈴木さん
「Japanese School Lunch」
みんなが持ってる給食の思い出。揚げパンおいしかった、のっぺい汁懐かしい〜・・あの男の子はいつも牛乳の一気飲みしてましたね。


6月30日 大石さん
「Try to solve the questions」
”人気マンガの初版部数は400万部だった”
”今回のワールドカップの優勝候補は〜”
なるほど、そこ、英語ではそう言うんですね〜!


ここ数日は経験にないくらいの大雨でしたね。みなさま、無事で元気に過ごされていますように。

2018 Kyoto NHK ESS スタッフ一同


2018年06月24日

6月30日プラクティス

Genre---- Speaking
Title ---- Right way to express yourself in English.
I will give you more than 20 sentence-examples and you pick up the right one from each sentence example. Have a good time.
Masahiro Oishi

2018年06月23日

6月23日プラクティス

Hi, everyone!
This is an announcement of the practice on June 23.

[Genre ] Talk

[Title ] Japanese School Lunch

Have you eaten school lunch?
Most Japanese people say,"Yes,of course !" When we were elementary school students,we ate school lunch together with our homeroom teacher and classmates.
Japanese school lunch doesn't mean just a meal,but also a part of education.
Please remember your school days and talk about school lunch you might miss.


Takako Suzuki

2018年06月16日

6月16日プラクティス

Dear ESS members !

This is an announcement of the practice on June 16.

Genre:Discussion
Theme:Royal family or Imperial family

The royal wedding of prince Harry and Meghan Markle was held last month and great many people around the world viewed the event broadcasted live.
Here in Japan, the Emperor’s first granddaughter announced to postpone the wedding of which her fiancé’s family problems drew people’s attention.

This may be a timely topic of our practice to talk about, but for the practice you can talk anything as long as it is about Royal family or Imperial family around the world, including Emperor’s abdication, princess Aiko’s not being able to become female Emperor( Empress?) despite of being a first child of crown prince, and so on.

I hope you enjoy this practice.

Kumiko Takesue


2018年06月09日

6月9日プラクティス

Hi, everyone.

Here is the announcement for the practice on the June 9th.

[Genre] completing scripts( These are for plays based on Rakugo stories, and to be performed by more than two people)

[How to] 1 I want you to be divided into 4 or 5 groups as usual.
2 Read through a script(5min.).
3 There are blanks in the last line. In your group, discuss what expression would fit (10min.). And then a representative announces the
answer as a group.
4 Listen to the play(5min.).
5 I’ll hand out another script. Repeat from 1 to 4 .

You don’t have to find the right answer. There could be some expressions.
And I don’t want you not to speak Japanese as possible as you can.
First of all, I hope you’ll enjoy the sense of humor.

Megumi Iwai

2018年06月02日

6月2日プラクティス

Dear ESS members
This is the announcement for the practice on June 2nd, 2018. Everyone, please prepare for your own opinions.
Genre: Debate
Proposition: Japan should prohibit mandatory retirement age system. (日本は定年退職制を禁止すべきである)
Please notice that this debate is nothing but a practice with one type of game, and not necessarily connected with your own standpoint, merits and demerits of you as an independent individual in your social life. Therefore, do your best to win the game as one good way to enrich your experience to present better debate practice in our ESS activity.
Description
1) Make some groups so that each group would consist of 3 members. If 2 members were left, MINAMIHASHI would join the group. If 1 member were left, I would ask the leader to be a special additional judge for 1 group. Be your timekeeper within your group for each of you.

2) Write and prepare major points, advantages and disadvantages of the proposition within 3 minutes, based on the assumption that the proposition would be adopted as actual nationwide policy in Japan.

3) In your group, decide your order to be Affirmative, Negative and Judge. The Affirmative must sit right side of the Negative and left side of the Judge.

4) If you are the Affirmative, argue that the Affirmative policy has great advantages and little disadvantages. If you are the Negative, argue that the Affirmative policy has fewer advantages and greater disadvantages. If you are the Judge, compare the initial link of advantages and disadvantages of the Affirmative policy, whether those points are certainly caused by the Affirmative policy or not and which would outweigh the other. Articulation and grammar, logical persuasiveness would be also important when a comparison of advantages and disadvantages were difficult. However, any argument in the rebuttal speech that was not presented during the constructive speech must be regarded as “new argument” which should not be counted for the decision.

5) Start debate match in the following order. Be the timekeeper for your group and announce the beginning and end of each time. Be sure to take note of your flow sheet while listening to other’s speech.
Affirmative Constructive Speech……………1 minute(肯定側立論1分)
Cross-Examination by the Negative……… 1 minute(否定側による肯定側への反対尋問1分)
Preparation Time………………‥……………1 minute(準備時間1分)
Negative Constructive Speech ………………1 minute(否定側立論1分)
Cross-Examination by the Affirmative……・1 minute(肯定側による否定側への反対尋問1分)
Preparation Time……‥………………………1 minute(準備時間1分)
Affirmative Rebuttal Speech…………………1 minute(肯定側による反論1分)
Cross-Examination by both sides……………1 minute(双方による反対尋問1分)
Preparation Time………………………………1 minute(準備時間1分)
Negative Rebuttal Speech・……………………1 minute(否定側による反論1分)
Decision & Reason by the Judge ……………3 minutes(ジャッジによる勝敗の判定及びその理由3分)
(Go through “step 5)” within 13 minutes.)(「ステップ5)」を13分でやって下さい。)

6) Turn the role clockwise in your group.(時計回りに肯定側、否定側、ジャッジの役割を変える)

7) Repeat the process of 5) with the different role in your group for 13 minutes.( 「ステップ5」を前回と異なる役割により13分で繰り返す。

8) Turn the role clockwise in your group once more.(もう一度、時計周りに肯定側、否定側、ジャッジの役割を変える)

9) Repeat the process of 5) with the other role that you haven’t played in your group for 13 minutes.
(「ステップ5)」の役割でまだやっていない残りの役割を13分でやる)。

10) Discuss overall debate on the proposition.(ディベートの試合の感想を一言ずつ述べる)。

11) Decide the best debater in your group by voting.(自分のグループの多数決でベストディベーターを決める)。

12) Report briefly to all the members the result of the 3 debate match and who won the best debater in your group.
Let’s enjoy debating and have fun with taking 3 roles of the debate on the propositions.
なお、お時間のある方は、具体的にどういうAdvantage, Disadvantageがあり得るか、考えて、書いておかれるようお勧めします。頭の体操になります。ただ、プラクティスの時間が55分、1試合13分と短いので、今回は、evidence(証拠資料)は使わないことにします。ディベートのスタイルには、この他にも様々なバリエーションがある事も覚えておいて下さい。
詳しくは、参考文献などをご参照下さい。Amazonで入手可能です。

参考文献:
小西卓三・菅家知洋・Peter J. Collins, 『Let the Debate Begin! Effective Argumentation and Debate Techniques〔Teacher’s Edition〕-―英語で学ぶ論理的説得術――』、東海大学出版会、2007
松本茂・鈴木健・青沼智、『英語ディベート 理論と実践』、玉川大学出版部、2009
この他に、入門書として、以下がお薦めです。
安井省侍郎(著)Debate Forum出版会監修、『初心者のためのディベートQ&A』、第4版、Debate Forum出版会発行、2004
西部直樹、『「議論力」が身につく技術』、あさ出版、2003
小西卓三・菅家知洋・Peter J. Collins, 『Let the Debate Begin! Effective Argumentation and Debate Techniques―英語で学ぶ論理的説得術――』、東海大学出版会、2007(学生向け)
武田顕司、『ネコと学ぶディベートの本 日本一やさしいディベートの教科書』、デザインエッグ株式会社、第3版、2017
武田顕司、『ネコと練習するディベートの本 日本一やさしいディベートの問題集』、デザインエッグ株式会社、2017
専門書としては、以下などがあります。
ジョージ・W・シーゲルミューラー、ジャック・ケイ著、井上奈良彦監訳、『議論法 探求と弁論 第3版』、花書院、2006
The Editors of IDEA, 『The Debatabase Book: A Must-Have Guide for Successful Debate』, 6th ed., Introduction by Robert Trapp, International Debate Education Association, 2013.
Debbie Newman, Ben Woolgar (ed.), 『Pros and Cons: A Debater's Handbook』, 19th ed, Routledge, 2014.
Austin J. Freeley, David L. Steinberg, 『Argumentation and Debate: Critical Thinking for Reasoned Decision Making』, 13th ed., Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014
(追記 Additional suggestion for better ideas, arguments and responses.)
・Imagine what would happen if the proposition were actually adopted as a national policy of Japan from the actual standpoint of yourself, your family, your friends, your job, your community, other individuals, other companies, other groups, other regions, Japan as a whole and the other countries.
・Imagine actual advantages and disadvantages, impacts, process, obstacles, root cause and effects from the viewpoint of your and others’ daily practice, economy, business, politics, human relations, social welfare, traditions, customs, social career, education, securities, mental health, physical health, moral, ethics and so on.
・Imagine what would be the actual impact of your arguments for yourselves, family, community, job, regions, Japan, and the world.
・Think about what kind of impact, link the argument would have from adoption of the proposition as a national policy of Japan and to what extent it would be significant, whether it be economic, social, medical, mental, physical, vocational, technological, legal, ethical, educational, cultural, regional, domestic or international.
・Imagine and clarify what would be for actual 5W1H after the adoption of the proposition; who, what, when, where, why and how.8W6H might also be good; Why, What, Where, When, Who, Whom, Which, Whose, How, How much, How many, How long, How far, How often
・Compare your own ideas and thoughts with the others'. If you feel your arguments are superior or inferior, clarify the reasons. If you do think that the others’ ideas are superior, don’t hesitate to imitate those so that your arguments would be improved.
I expect fruitful debate practice for June 2nd!
(ヒント)
・具体的に、個人レベルで、各家計で、企業として、産業界として、地域として、国全体として、国際的にみて、どのような結果が起こり得るか、それぞれ考えて見ると、頭の中でこの政策の採否の影響をイメージしやすいです。
・自他の議論の因果関係(リンク)や質的量的影響の大きさ(インパクト)を考えると、肯定・否定の議論の比較衡量がしやすいです。
・政策のメリット(advantage), デメリット(disadvantage)、インパクトの大小、実現可能性、波及経路、根本原因、政策実現への障害と抜け道の有無と程度、代替政策の有無・是非と定年退職制度禁止との両立の可否、コスパ等を考えて見て下さい。
・各分野別の影響の有無と程度を考えて見て下さい。具体的には、日常生活、経済全体、個別企業、政治、人間関係、社会保障、伝統,慣習、個々人の経歴、教育、治安、国の安全保障、心身の健康、モラル、倫理等。
・政策の採否の影響を5W1H(Who, What, When, Where, Why and How)で考えるのも、1つの方法です。8W6Hという人もいます。Why, What, Where, When, Who, Whom, Which, Whose, How, How much, How many, How long, How far, How often
・自他の議論を比べてみて下さい。その違いと違う理由、どちらがより説得力があるか、優れているか、考えて見て下さい。そして、本当に他の人の議論の方が優れていると思ったら、その優れている点を自分の主張にどんどん取り入れてみて下さい。上手い人を真似る事は上達への一つの良い方法です。具体的な議論の例は、可能ならば、例会当日にお配りします。長文失礼。

Osamu MINAMIHASHI(南橋 理)

2018年05月20日

☆Kyoto NHK ESS レポートNo.2☆

いよいよ梅雨入りしましたね。
みなさん、いかがお過ごしですか。
さて、先月の後半プラクティスの報告をさせていただきます。


5月5日 間嶋さん
「あなたのrecommendationは?」
東京の銘菓、淡路島の美術館、活版印刷の年賀状、子どもの頃からの夢、乗馬・・ みんなの前で「私が伝えたい”オススメ” 」を話してもらいました!


5月12日 安田さん
「 Mother's Day 」
母の日って、世界中でいろんな形で祝われてるんですね。みなさんの母の日の思い出を聴けて、ほのぼの気分をいただきました!


5月19日 吉田さん
「 Let's tweet in English」
”私がもらった最高の贈り物とは・・”
”私の人生を振り返って、一つだけ変えることができるならば・・ ”
大きな車座を作って一人一人にtwitter してもらいました。えっ〜〜それってマジですか⁉︎


5月26日 口中さん
「 結婚についての概念」
”あなたの可愛い娘さんが、アメリカ人男性と結婚したいと言いました。うーむ、 国際結婚・・ ”
どう思いますか。みなさんの意見、いろいろでしたねぇ。


各プラクティスを通して、みなさんのいろんな面を垣間見れましたね。担当者の方々、ありがとうございました。
6月も雨ニモ負ケズ、楽しく一緒に英語を学びましょう!


2018 Kyoto NHK ESS スタッフ一同

2018年05月13日

5月26日プラクティス

Practice 5.26

Title: Notions of marriage (結婚観について)

1)Divide our members into 4 or 5 groups.

2)Discussion

 〇The notion of marriage means only a young couples’ matter and never be his and her families’ matter. (agree or disagree)

  〇Americans’ notions of marriages look like couple’s long journey. 

That means “Not life-long events”.

〇If you would have a young daughter (or your sister) and she said to you “I want marry an American guy.”, will you accept her or not?

                            by Takeo Kuchinaka

2018年05月10日

5月19日プラクティス

Hello, there:

This is an announcement about Practice on 2018-05-19.

Genre: Speaking / Composition
Title: Let's Tweet in English

Have you ever used Twitter?

In this practice, you’ll have an opportunity to "tweet" to others.

My definition of a "tweet" here is a clear-cut short English paragraph
which consist of a few sentences (single sentence will be OK too).

I'd like to make it a rule that every tweet should have a single idea
to deliver. That's it. There is no other rules. Just relax and
tweet whatever you want!

Let’s have fun :-)

Cheers!

Masakazu Yoshida

2018年05月07日

5月12日プラクティス

This is an announcement about the Practice on 12 th May.

Genre : Speaking
Title : Mother’s Day

We have Mother’s Day on 13th May in Japan. Let’s talk about your memory of Mother’s Day.
Before that, I may prepare some tiny quiz about Mother’s Day.

1 Make several groups
2. Simple Quiz(17:45~18:00)
3. Talk about your memory or episode of Mother’s Day(18:00~18:40)

Just relax and freely talk about your memory.
(You also can tell your friends’ funny story about it.)

Let’s have fun
Kazumasa Yasuda

2018年05月05日

5月5日プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members

This is an announcement of the practice planned on May-5th.

Genre : Public Speaking
Title : Let’s recommend something interesting to others.

< Description >
Wikipedia explains “Public Speaking is the process or act of performing a speech to a live audience.
It is structured with three general purposes : to inform, to persuade and to entertain.”
In this practice, you will be recommending anything interesting to others such as a book, a movie, a drama, a travel, a sport, a restaurant, an exhibit, a spot, etc.

< How to>
First, you have 5~10 minutes for preparation,
Then, make a big sitting circle with all attendants.
Coordinator will assign a speaker in turn and accept questions for the speech.
The speaker stands up and make a speech about his/her recommendation.
Time management will be done by the coordinator.

Note: You can bring in anything to show during your recommendation speech.

Hope you enjoy it !

Isamu Mashima

2018年04月25日

☘ Kyoto NHK ESS レポート No. 1 ☘

新緑の季節となりました。
皆様 いかがお過ごしでしょうか?
最近の活動内容 を 報告させていただきます。

<前半プラクティス>

♠︎初級班
教材:英会話ラジオ
今年度から講師も内容も一変しました!
ダイアログを繰り返し読み、丁寧に文法の語順 を 確認していきます。

♠︎中級班
教材:高校生からはじめる「現代英語」
最新のニュースを読み進め、現代英語の習得に励んでいます。
特に反訳トレーニング(日本語から英語へ訳す)は、英語の筋力アップに役立ちます!

♠︎上級班
教材:「実践ビジネス英語」
最新のトピックにふれながら、初めて目にする単語を学び
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<後半プラクティス>

♦︎4月7日 (福田さん) Title : Antonym Caruta
ESS新年度にピッタリのかるた対戦!
反対語は何だ⁉︎ 頭フル回転。

♦︎4月14日 (田畑さん) Title : " Who is honest” game
正直者は誰だ⁉︎ 周りのウソにくじけず、惑わされず・・

♦︎4月21日 (野口さん) Title : About Face
何かと頭の痛い 「北朝鮮問題」
「TIME」の記事をもとに白熱した議論が飛び交いました!

♦︎4月28日 (山本さん) Title: Lies a part of human nature
悪いイメージのある「嘘」。
テキストをもとに話していくうちに 不思議と「嘘」の概念が変わっていきます。

☘5月も皆様と楽しい時間を過ごしましょう!ご参加お待ちしております!

Kyoto NHK ESS スタッフ一同

2018年04月22日

4月28日プラクティス

This is an announcement about my practice on 2018-04-28.

Genre: Speaking / Reading
Title: Lies a part of human nature
Please read the following passage in advance.

Everyone lies. In fact, research shows that in the average ten-minute conversation, two acquaintances will lie several times. The reason? The mixed messages everyone receives as children might be one reason. Although we are told never to lie, we see our parents lie about Santa Claus or the death of a pet. Parents say "thank you" when receiving a gift, even when it's unwanted.
Psychologist Paul Ekman explains that we lie for many reasons. For example, we lie to stay out of trouble, to feel better about ourselves, to receive a reward, to protect someone, or to control information. Everything from an exaggeration to a small lie falls into one of these categories.
A New Year's resolution can also be considered a lie, because we generally don't plan to keep the promise. We have only deceived ourselves. Or how about when a friend or colleague asks, "How are you? That person doesn't want to hear that you're tired, overworked, or have other problems. We lie and say "I'm fine" because of social rules. Although lies are an important part of society, we can only catch a lie about fifty percent of the time. Some experts suggest that lies actually hold society together.

I want you to think about lies. What are lies? What are they like?

Masahiro Yamamoto


2018年04月14日

4月21日プラクティス

Hello.

I hope this text message finds you well.

Here is the announcement of the latter half activity on April 21.

Genre : discussion

Title : About Face

North Korean leader Kim John Un , last year, successfully , launched ICBMs and declared his country a nuclear state.

This year , however , he did an about-face on his declaration.

US President Donald Trump warned , last year , that North Korea would be met with " fire and fury like the world has never seen ".
And talking to Kim John Un is ' a waste of time'.

This year , however , he also did an about-face : he is planning to meet Kim.

We are talking about what will actually happen .

I hope you will enjoy it.

T. Noguchi

2018年04月07日

4月14日プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

Hello, here is the announcement for the practice on April 14th.
(1) Genre: Game
(2) Title: “Who is a liar” game
(3) Description:

This is the game you try to guess who is telling a lie in the opposing team.
The process is as follows.

1. Make 3 or 4 member groups.

2. Prepare the quiz
  Each team chooses one topic.
Each member prepares to give a quiz about the topic your team chose.
Decide one person who tells a lie. The other people will tell truth.
Maybe it is easy for the liar to change slightly from the true story.
Funny or tricky quiz is desirable.

3.Each group (Group A) make pairs with another group (B group) . (A vs B, C vs. D・・・)

4.Start the Quiz. A group goes first.
 Each member of A group speaks about each story of the topics in order.
 (Only 1 person tells a lie).
 *Speaking time for each person is around 1 minute.
 *The person who tells a lie, try to deceive the other group.

5.Question time
 Each member of B group can ask only one question in order to find out who the liar is.
Members of A will answer the questions, but don’t tell too direct answer.

6.Answering time
 B group members guess who a liar is.

7.Tell the right answer (who told a lie).

8. Change turns. This time B group gives a quiz and A group answers it.

9.Repeat with other topics.

<TOPICS examples>

* How did you spend last weekend?
* The best present you have ever received?
* Mischief you had ever done (including in childhood.)
* Have you ever told a big or funny lie to someone? What was it like?
* Your (or your friend’s) strange experience you have ever had.
* Embarrassing story.
* Favorite food?
* Favorite TV program.
* The most strange food you have ever had? (ex. Worm, insects)
* No experience (ex. I have never been to ・・・)
* The most impressive place you have ever been to?
* The most famous person you’ve ever met?
* Important factor to learn English
*The dangers you have passed in your life.
*The things you are thinking a lot recently
*The techniques of saving money
*The plan of your next summer vacation
*Favorite movies
*Failure story
*Heroic episode(武勇伝)
*What if you have more money than one will ever use?
・・・You can make any other topics

I hope you will enjoy that.
Thank you for reading.

Akihiro Tabata

2018年04月05日

4月7日 プラクティス

4月7日のプラクティス担当の富久田です。複数の方からアンコールのお声をいただいて反意語カルタで遊びます。五組に分かれて五回行い点数を競います。よろしくお願いいたします。

2018年03月25日

3月31日 プラクティス

Hello evryone.

I'm going to distribute the information about practice held on March 31th.

We will discuss our experience and desire about visiting World Heritage Site(WHS) in the world.

Firstly we are devided into several groups as usual.
it's desirable that a group consists of 4
or 5 members.

In each group members tell their experience to visit WHS in turn, following below steps.

1 What is your best WHS inside Japan that you've visited?
Please tell this with your reasons.

2 What is your best WHS outside Japan that you've visited?
Please tell this with your reasons.

3 What is your WHS inside Japan that you want to visit the most in the future?
Please tell this with your reasons.

4 Want is your WHS outside Japan that you want to visit the most in the future?
Please tell this with your reasons.

If you have no experience to visit WHS, please tell something regarding to No 3, 4.

Finally if we have more time, we will have some quiz time I'm preparing.

See you on March 31th.

Best Regards,
Takehiko Sakai

2018年03月15日

3月24日

Here is the announcement for the practice on March 24th.

Genre : speech

Title : One minute speech No.4


More than three and a half years have passed since we did this practice.

I hope both experienced members and whom for the first time can enjoy a little taut moment.


The process is as follows.

1. Make 3-member groups.

2. Each group has 20 pieces of paper with a topic on each.

3. The person 1 turns over the paper on top and speaks anything about the topic for one minute.

Then the person 2 speaks about the same topic.

The person 3 follows.

4. After all members finish speaking about the first topic, the person 2 turns the next paper and starts speaking.

Repeat the same routine.

5. Next, the person 3 turns the next paper and repeat the same procedure.


You don't need to consider the topic seriously but speak swiftly about what hits your mind.

Keep emitting as many words as possible for one minute without consulting a dictionary.


Regards,

Fujio Hirao

2018年03月07日

3月17日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

Hello, everyone.

This is an announcement of the practice planned on March 17th.

Following materials of practice are kindly prepared and provided by Ms. Miyazawa.
Unfortunately, she cannot attend, so Ms.Tabata will be a moderator on that day.

Here is the announcement from Ms. Miyazawa.
I hope you will enjoy it!

Regards,
Yuko Tanihara


I'm sending this to let you know the contents of the upcoming practice on March 17th.

[Genre: ]Discussion

[Theme: ] double topics about current sports issues
《 Sports and budget 》--25min,
1. Should Japan spend more budget to increase the number of Olympics medalists?
2. What should Japan do for its athletes to achieve better results?
http://time.com/5168048/norway -olympics-medals-winter-games- skiiing/

《 Sumo scandal 》--25min.
1. Who should be blamed most ?(e.g. Harumafuji,Takanohana,the Asso ciation,or anyone else)
2. What can JSA(Sumo Kyokai)do to reduce the series of violent incidents?
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/n ews/2017/11/19/national/crime- legal/sumo-scandal-deepens-con flicting-accounts-alleged-assa ult-emerge/#.Wpqw6B3FIy4

[Outline:]
1) Make some groups.
2) Read the material; 2 paras for each.
(*If majority of your group don't need the reading,just skip it and allot more time for talk.)
3) Discuss the agenda
4) Summarize the discussion by one member of each group.---5min.

Thanks for your cooperation in advance.

2018年03月04日

3月10日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,


Hello, everyone.
I'm sorry to be late for my announcement.

This is an announcement of the practice planned on March 10th.

Genre :Quiz, Game

Title: Let's play sugoroku speech!

At first,please make some groups to have 4-6members in each group.

Part 1: (Warming up) English vocabulary quizzes (17:40-17:55)

This game is guessing the English word
from the definition of Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
One of your group member read out the definition on card.
Other members guess and answer the word.
Then, next person turn the card and read out the definition on card.
Other members guess and answer the word.
Please repeat this work by rotation.


Part 2: Sugoroku speech(17:55-18:40)
I'll prepare sugoroku sheet and question sheet for each group.
The rules are same as usual, and you should answer the question as same number on the square you stop.

I hope you will enjoy it! See you on Saturday.

Best wishes,
Yuko Tanihara

2018年02月20日

3月3日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

Here is an announcement of the practice we will enjoy on March 3.

Date: March 3, 2018
Genre: Listening Comprehension & Dictation
Title: A fill-in-the-blank questions of English song lyrics

Your outstanding abilities of listening comprehension will be challenged at the upcoming practice. Lyrics of several English songs will be prepared on a piece of papers, but it is half-baked. There are a number of blanks on the sheet. You will be requested to fill in the blanks by carefully listening to English songs.

Description of the practice:
1) 3 to 4 groups will be formed.
2) The sheet with incomplete English lyrics will be provided to the group.
3) The songs will be played only three times.
4) For the first time, just listen to it very carefully.
5) For the second time, take a dictation to fill in the blank parts of the lyrics without asking advice from other members in the group. You can use dictionary if it’s necessary.
6) Before listening to the third time, make a group consensus on the blanks of lyrics as a group solution.
7) For the third time, while listening to the song, check your group’s solution. Make corrections to perfect it if necessary.
8) The sheet of answers will be given to your group.
9) The group with the most correct answers will be praised.

To ensure fairness in the game, new and old English songs will be adopted.

Makoto Nishimura

2018年02月15日

2月24日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,


This is an annoucement of the practice in the latter half of ESS meeing on Feb.24th.

1. Date: Feb.24th

2. Genre: Talking

3. Title: Winter Olympic Games.

The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Games began on February 9 and it is now in full swing. Everyday, we can watch exciting wonderful games through TV. I was interested in Winter Olympic Games this time and checked the history that when and where it was held until now. And also I checked who won a medal among Japanese players. Then, I'd like to talk with you about Winter Olympics Games not only Pyeongchang Games this time but also other games in the past.

4. Description

1) Please make 4-5 groups

2) I will distribute a paper written about Winter Olympic Games.

3) Please read it and fill in the blanks.

4) Next, I will distribute another paper filled in the blanks

5) Then, introduce and talk about your exciting memories about games, scenes, players and so on in your group.

I hope you will be able to enjoy the practice.

Masahiko Oka

2018年02月07日

2月17日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

Good evening!
I am Yuji Tsukuda. I would like to announce the practice on February 17th.

Genre: quiz & talk
Title: hot spring

The theme is “hot spring” which is one of the greatest culture of Japan.

Firstly, you try quizzes regarding hot spring for warming up.
After that you recommend your favorite “hot spring ” to your group members.

I am looking forward to seeing you on the day.

Thank you
Best regards,

Yuji Tsukuda

2018年02月03日

2月10日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members

I am sorry that the announcement is delayed.

This is the announcement of the practice on Feb 10th.

Genre: talk and discussion

Title: GRIT

Grit is the combination of passion and perseverance.

Passion is the consistency of goals held over long periods of time. It is NOT intensity or enthusiasm held for a brief moment. It is endurance.

Perseverance is the ability to overcome setbacks, put in hard work, and finish things you’ve started.

Grit predicts success, even when controlling for talent or IQ. That is, between two people of the same talent level, a grittier person will enjoy more success.

Life satisfaction and grit correlate strongly.

Procedure

・Make some groups.

1st stage (15-20minutes)

・I distribute memo pads.

・Start with the Grit Test.

・Please write as follows one by one.

· Have you been experiencing any activity for more than one year? What is it?

· Why were you able to continue the activity?

· How do you think to improve grid?

Etc...

2nd stage (35-40minutes)

・Share it to your group.

・Discuss how to improve grit.

・Other members advise the speaker.

Please repeat as above by rotation.

I hope you will enjoy the practice and it will contribute to improve your grit and satisfaction with life.

Thanks,

Sorry but I can't come to the Zngyoin today.

Yusuke Ueno

2018年01月24日

2月3日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS Members,

Let me introduce the contents of the practice for Feb.3rd below.

[Genre] variety

[Title] “Let’s enjoy balloon art!”

[How to Do]

1 Make some groups according the number of participants.

2 Balloons are provided to each then I’ll explain the tips about balloon twisting.

3 I’ll demonstrate and teach you how to make a dog balloon that is very easy and simple one.

4 If you master a dog balloon twisting, for the next step, I’ll lecture some other animal balloons such as a swan and a giraffe.

5 And finally let’s try to make your original Dharma balloon, if we have enough time.

Please bring your scissors and oil-based maker pens if you have.
And if you want to have imagery rehearsal beforehand,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFwxQ-qDcn8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEzqoeJ1zx0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDDk8OipL1I

I hope you enjoy it!


M.Tabata


2018年01月22日

1月27日 プラクティス

Dear ladies & gentlemen in Kyoto-ESS,

Firstly, let me apologize for my delay in posting the practice in this weekend.

Also, allow me to announce the contents as follows:


Introduction

New technology always changes our life. Imagine life before Electricity, Life before the Automobile, life before the Telephone, life before the Computer, and life before the Smartphone.,etc. in the coming table, in the coming practice, let’s discuss technology & your life.


Theme: How does new technology affect your life?

Date: 1/27/2018

Type: Talking/discussion.

Detail:

1) In the first half, discuss the following topics in each groups.

- Which technology/application have most influenced on your life in the past 20 years? eg.. Internet, PC, Smartphone, tablet, GPS, LED-light, electric assist bicycle, VR (virtual reality), some sort of new drug etc.

- How have they changed your life?

- The technology has changed your life better or not? Are there any side-effect?


2) In the second half, discuss the following topics.

- Which new technology/application are you interested? why? Any side-effect?

eg. AI, Gene-editing/designer baby, Cell therapy, Robot suit/powered exoskeleton, autonomous car/self driving car, wireless power supply, Quantum computer etc.


- Based on the new technology that you choose, imagine the society of future, by using of it.

Best.


K.Murota.

2018年01月11日

1月20日 プラクティス

Dear, ESS members


Happy new year!!

I wish your happiness and peaceful new year!!


How are you?

Sorry for long time no see.

I hope we can meet at new year party!

Today I would like to inform you about first practice in 2018.

During new year holiday, you must eat many delicious foods.

So let's share your recommended dish.


We can accept any menu in the world, of course Japanese dish also. But please explain how to prepare in English and what kind of integrant do you use, when did you eat ? what the meaning of food? any story of dish, etc.


Procedure of practice 20th Jan 2018

1, Let’s make 5-6members group.

2, Please introduce your recommended dish among group members with one paper.

(5min preparing time)

(15min sharing time)

→What is the name of dish?

→Why do you like? When do you eat?

→Which countries food?

→What are integrant?

→How to cook? etc

3, Please decide best of dish in group presenter.(5min preparing time)

4, Please present and share your recommendation dish with in 3min for other group members.

(15min sharing time)

5, Let’s decide most favorite dish in ESS.(5min)

6, Award to Best dish group…..


I'm looking forward to see you.


Thanks and best regards


HiromiSegawa

2017年12月16日

12月23日 プラクティス

Dear kyoto NHK-ESS members,
This is the anuouncement of the practice on December 23th.

Genre: Talk
Title: What is your favorite book?
Please intoroduce your favorite book.

Description:
1. Make 3 groups.
2. Each member gives a talk about
'' My favorite book''.
3. Other members can ask some questions
to the speaker.
Each of you have about 10 minutes
including Q&A.

I hope you will enjoy the practice . Thank you.

2017年12月05日

12月16日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS members,


This is an announcement of practice on Dec 16.


Program

This is a consensus game, rule is very simple.

First of all, make several groups. And choose a presenter in your group.

Please read the sentence and put priority on items listed in the sentence. After you decide your opinion, discuss within your group and make your group’s opinion. Please try to make a unanimous opinion as possible as you can. One thing which to be keep in mind is when you decide your opinion, please think the reason/ground in English and try to explain at the discussion.


Time table

17:40-18:00 Read and make your own answer

18:00-18:30 Discuss and make consensus in your group

18:30-18:35 Present an answer of your group and the reason(why?).

18:35-18:40 Model answer

See you soon

Hiroaki Ishizaki

12月9日 プラクティス


Hi, everyone.

Here is the announcement for the practice on the December 9th.

[Genre] interpretation

[Subject] radio commercial

[How to] 1 I want you to be divided into 4 or 5 groups as usual.

2 I want each group to select a representative.

3 Representatives will get together and do “rock-paper-scissors” and decide the order to pull a sheet of Japanese radio commercial scenarios.

4 The first winner pick up one from those sheets which are placed up- side down. And the second , the third , and the rest do the same thing one by one.

5 The representatives show it to their members.

6 Each member interpret the scenario into English by oneself.

You don’t have to stick to the Japanese, you can also arrange the expression as you like, you can change the name of the company at your convenience.

7 Around at 6:00pm, read aloud and show what you wrote one by one, and select the best scenario among the group to make a presentation. Or you can mixture your works. And also select representatives to perform.

8 Around at 6:20pm, presentation starts from group No1.

(1)First, I will ask the roles of the representatives, and then perform your works in English..

(2)Second, perform the original Japanese scenario to make the listeners easier to understand .

(3)Third, perform your English scenario again.

9 Other groups make presentations as the same as above.

I hope you can enjoy the simple humor of those scenarios. And make sure to listen carefully as you listen to a radio.

Thank you,

Iwai Megumi

2017年11月29日

12月2日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members
This is Shigeo HORI in charge of December 2nd practice in Hitomachi

Title: On OSAKA
Genre: Discussion (with qiz)
Description: We'd like to discuss the various things about Osaka.
First I'd like to give you a small quiz on Osaka. Good answer person
may get a present.
Then we will divide in several groups and talk about Osaka.
The points are cultural difference between Kyoto and Osaka, inbound
tourism, etc.
I hope you to discuuss the matters of a big city neighboring to Kyoto.

Thank you.


ps. Sorry that my computer was damaged and can't send you some
sophisticated setences.

2017年11月23日

11月25日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS Member,
Let me introduce the contents of the practice for November 25th below.
Step 1:
Make some groups. Some materials (paper slip) on the practice are
handed out.
Step 2:
Decide the order in each group.
Step 3:
First person picks up a paper slip in which a question about Japanese
culture or customs is written in.
Step 4:
First person asks the other members to answer the question
as if the first person doesn’t know the answer.
Step 5:
The next person takes turns.
Step 6:
One member summarize the conversation in each group and
give a presentation in front of everyone.


I hope you will enjoy the practice.
Have a nice day!
Natsuko

2017年11月14日

11月 18日 プラクティス

Hello, Ecc members,

I'm Tamaki Murase. Long time no see. How are you? ……I'm fine, thank you. Yes, this is the announcement of the practice on Nov. 18.

I thought about the idea of the practice, but I could'nt come up with a good idea. But one idea poped up on my mind when I was taking a shower last night. So, I decided to stick to that idea, which is 「Love Letter Reading」.

Genre: performance

How to do:
① make several groups.

②a sheet of paper is provided to each.

Write a short love letter. Imagine that you are in love with someone passionately. It may be easier to think of a particular person such as your favorite actor or singer or anime character or wife or boyfriend or whoever. The length of the letter is within 2 minutes when you read it.

③Read your letter emotionally in the group.(You are an actor or actress !)

④ Select the representatives(a male & a female) in each group.

⑤Make random pairs among the representatives.

⑥A pair stand face to face each other making a performance of love letter reading one by one. (You can change the words adopting the person in front of you.)

⑦The audience decides which reading is more passionate and touching.

⑧Finally, the audience select the best performer of love letter reading.


That'it.
I think it will be fun.

「世紀のラブレター」by Kumiko Kakehashi is a reference book.

See you then.

2017年11月08日

11月11日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS members

This is an information of the practice to be held at the latter half of November 11th by Shimon Nakamuara.

This information might have been a little late for announcement because I was fearing that my practice might not overlap any practice held on the Camp on 4th and 5th to which I attended.

1) Make some groups according the number of participants.

2) Create your original and unique favorite motto in English (自己の座右の銘)for 15 minutes.

If you have such a noble mind-decision policy, it is superb. If you have not yet it , create it today.

It will surely bring you a successful and constructive life.

3) Make an impromptu speech by any topic shown in a separate paper (about 30) which I will hand out on that day. All topics are simple and easy to speak thereabout off-the-cuff.

It is recommended for any attendee to pick up 2 to 3 topics and make an impromptu speech for each topic in your group.

Any question for such a speech should be acceptable and you have to answer it.

Please continue it until the end of time.

I was very busy in this week after coming back from the Camp and could not prepare enough consideration to this obligation, 

but I hope you will enjoy this practice. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Shimon Nakamura

2017年10月31日

合宿(11/4〜11/5) プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS member,

This is summary of the announcement of practice in English Camp.


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Genre: variety

1st stage: Democracy game
13:15-14:30 Practice①75分 Ms. Tanihara
Genre :Quiz, Translation and Play

Title: Let's answer the questions of science or social studies and play in English!
At first,
please make some groups to have 4-6members in each group.

Part 1: (Warming up) Questions of science or social studies (13:15-13:25)
At first,please read and try to answer these questions by yourself.
Then, shall we share these answers with your group members?

Part 2: English Theater
2-1. Preparation(13:25-14:10)
I'll give each Japanese famous story for each group.
At first, please translate Japanese into English.
Then, develop some unique story after this.
2-2. Presentation (14:10-14:30)
Please play and share the story of your group with all members.

I hope you will enjoy it! See you on next Saturday.

Best wishes,
Yuko Tanihara

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Genre: variety

1st stage: Democracy game
Guess the most answers in each theme.
2nd stage: Pictionary
Guess the word from the picture.
3rd stage: Spelling Chain
Write many words connecting the last letter and the first letter.
4th stage: Mastermind  
  Guess the 4-letter word.

I’ll explain that in detail on that day.
I’ll hope you enjoy that.

Best wishes,
Akihiro Tabata


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16:10-17:30 Practice③80分 Mr. Mashima
“Debate:”

Genre : Debate

Prepositions A : NHK should be privatized.

B : Schools should be " Coeducation " .

First of all, this debate is not very much formal one.

Affirmative and Negative debaters will exchange rebuttals after the opening
remarks by both team leaders.

The chairperson is responsible for steering the debate.

Procedures and time allocations.

1. Make Affirmative and Negative teams for the given preposition ( 2min
).
2. Team preparation time ( 5 min )
3. Each team leader gives affirmative and negative opening remarks
respectively ( 2min each ).
4. Exchange rebuttals ( less than 1 min each ) like
Aff.=>Neg.=>Aff.=>Neg.=> ( 28min )
5. Judgement ( 1min )

.

Please develop your perspective for the given prepositions.

Isamu Mashima

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20:30-21:30 Practice④60分 Mr. Yoshida
Genre: Listing Comprehension

Title: What's going on there?

Perhaps listing skill is one of the hardest things to acquire for
none-native English speakers. Let's face the fact :)

This year, I'd like to you to watch some video clips, then answer
questions (what's happening). To make it interesting (or hard) for
you, I'm going to choose videos from collections of comedy and sci-fi
DVDs. Of course, they are for adults!

Since this Practice is the last of day one, let's kick back and enjoy
the ride!

Cheers!

Masakazu Yoshida

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11月5日(日)
9:00-10:15 Practice⑤ 75分 Mr. Masayama
Genre: Quiz

Title: Riddle me a riddle, what’s this?

How to play:

① Make teams in which each one consists of four to five members.

② I’ll ask you riddles posed in order of low to high-rank.

③ Every team has a discussion time for two to four minutes to solve a
riddle according to its difficulty, and I’ll ask your team the solution in
turn when the discussion time is over.

④ Your team will be able to ask me for a hint by raising a hand during
the discussion time if it can’t find out a clue to solve, but in this case,
your team will get only half a point it can get without the hint even if it
hits the correct solution.

⑤ Each obtained point by your team will be added to your team score and,
I’m going to announce the total scores of each team at the end of the game.

I also hope all of the participants will enjoy the game and become
clear-headed through it. Sorry if the game makes your hangover even worse!
:) .

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10:25-11:25 Practice⑥60分Mr. Minamihashi
ommunication is a must for us, either for expressing ourselves or
listening to the others’ stories. So, I planned this practice to boost
communication for all of us.
1)Date: Nov. 5th,
2017 ―10:25―11:25
2)Genre: Talks
3)Title: Communication
through brief comments on 140 topics!
4)Description:

10:25-10:30
A) Count 1 to 10 so that we would have some groups of 2 to 3 members.
B) Have your own material with 3 pieces of paper, which would be distributed
to all.
<PART 1> 10:30-10:50 Light-hearted topics
Decide the first speaker in your group, choose your topic one by one
from 70 topics in PART1, and make brief comments on the topic in turn clockwise
until 10:50.
NOTICE: Please remain silent
except on your own turns so that even shy members can speak out on their turn.
<PART 2> 10:50-11:20 Serious topics
From 10:50 to 11:20, choose your topic from PART2, which is on the
other side of the paper.
<Share Impressions
with your group members> 11:20-11:25
From 11:20 to 11:25, share your general impressions of your group,
topics and ESS English Training Camp 2017 as a whole.

Let’s
maximize our communication!

OSAMU MINAMIHASHI

2017年10月20日

10月 28日 プラクティス

Hi, everyone. This is Octane announcing the 2nd practice on October 28.

Are you ready to come on the day to earnestly enjoy and learn English and some of the United Nation’s activity? I promise you have an electrified experience within the 60 min of practice together with me.
Following you will see a part of the content in the practice on the day. I hope to see you at the temple.
できれば、前もって少しは準備して調べといてね、そしたら当日は楽しいし。

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2015, seventeen SDGs goals are proposed by the UN as the obligation of all member nations to be achieved before 2030.
Purposes of the goals are briefly described in Sheet 1, but not in the right order to the original one. In the sheet they are arbitrarily numbered by alphabets A‾Q.
In Sheet 2, although incapable to show today in this RoundTable, to my regret, each of the seventeen goals has its own logo mark designed by the UN to symbolize specific activities.

PRACTICE:
Procedure 1. Read Sheet 1 to study 1) what are serious world problems, 2) what is the purpose of UN’s SDGs: first by each and then in the group.
Procedure 2. Take a deep look at Sheet 2 and connect each logo with one of the descriptions in Sheet 1 (group work). If needed in advance, you can find the logos by the internet.
Procedure 3. Presentation time for opinions and impressions for SDGs.

< Sheet 1 > Seventeen Goals of SDGs.

Goal A. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal B. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal C. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal D. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal E. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal F. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal G. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal H. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal I. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal J. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal K. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
Goal L. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal M. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal N. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal M. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal O. Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal P. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal Q. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

< Sheet 2 > will be presented on the day


10月21日 プラクティス (予告 No2)

Hello, Dear Kyoto(NHK)ESS Members !
Some additional announcement and information for Oct.21 practice are as follows.

Genre : Discussion

The title of the practice is
“ Which head (minister etc.) of ministry in the new cabinet do you choose ? ”

After dividing members into several groups, each member can study about
jobs of the ministries of the cabinet reading reference papers. Each member should choose the minister in the cabinet(the group; suppose it as the cabinet) within 20 min.
After discussion for 20~30 minutes the prime minister of each group will
Announce policy of each minister in the group.

Expecting heated discussion, see you coming saterday.
Y. Imai
( Refer attached documents)

財務省
財務省
財務省の権力は省庁の中でトップクラス。というのも、各省庁の予算を決めているから。
仕事内容
• 健全な財政の確保
• 適正で公平な課税の実現
• 国庫の適正な管理
• 通貨に対する信頼の維持
• 外国為替の安定の確保  など。
平たく言うと、

• 予算の作成
• 税金の仕組みを考える。
o 税金を集めるのは財務省に属する国税庁。
o 脱税を取り締まるのは国税局査察部(いわゆる「マルサ」)
• お金を作る。
o 実際に作るのは、独立行政法人の印刷局と造幣局。

外務省
外務省ホームページ(日本語):トップページ
外務省は人員不足。
戦後、公務員の大リストラが必要になったとき、外交官出身の吉田茂総理が他省庁の反対を押し切るために率先して外務省の大リストラを行ったため、それが尾を引いているといわれている。
仕事内容
• 平和で安全な国際社会の維持に寄与
• 良好な国際環境の整備
• 調和ある対外関係を維持し、発展させる
• 国際社会での日本国と日本国民の利益の増進  など。
平たく言うと、

• 外国との交渉の窓口
• 海外の情報収集
• 大使館などの仕事
ポスト
• 大使
o 大国の大使は事務次官経験者から選ばれる。小国や発展途上国の大使は、嫌がる人が多く、他の省庁から派遣された人に任せることもある。
o アメリカ大使:外交官の最高のポスト。
法務省
法務省
仕事内容
• 法の番人として刑法、民法、商法などの重要な法律を管理
• 法務大臣の所管に検察庁があるので、各省庁が裁判のときに検事を貸す(レンタル検事)
• 法務省の事務次官は、最高検察庁長官になるためのポスト。法務省は検事の力が強いので、最高検察庁長官が頂点の存在。
• 法務大臣は、最高検察庁長官を通じて、検察の捜査に意見できる(指揮権)。
• 刑務所の運営。

厚生労働省
厚生労働省
仕事内容
• 国民生活の保障と向上
• 社会福祉、社会保障、公衆衛生の向上と増進
• 労働条件や労働者の働く環境を整えること
• 職業の確保
• 引き上げ者、戦傷病者、戦没者遺族、未帰還者留守家族などの援護と、旧陸海軍の残務の整理  など。
平たく言うと、

• 社会福祉と医療
文部科学省
文部科学省ホームページ
憲法で保障された教育(すべての国民は、法律の定めるところにより、その能力に応じて、ひとしく教育を受ける権利を有する)を国民に行う。
仕事内容
• 教育の振興
• 生涯学習で豊かな人間性の人材育成
• 学術、スポーツ、文化の振興
• 科学技術の振興
• 宗教関係の事務  など。
ちなみに、スポーツ振興くじtotoの胴元。

国土交通省
国土交通省
仕事内容
• 国土の開発と保全
• 社会資本の整備
• 交通政策
• 気象
• 海上の安全と治安の確保  など
無駄な公共事業が発生する仕組み
• 政治家は選挙で選ばれる
• 政治家の熱心の支援者は建設業者が多い
• 自分の選挙区に公共事業を国や地方自治体から持ってくる
• 次の選挙での当選につながる
農林水産省
農林水産省ホームページ
仕事内容
• 食の安定供給
• 農林水産業の発展
• 農山漁村と中山間地域などの新興
• 森林の管理
• 水産資源保存と管理 など
競馬の胴元は農林水産省。
食料自給率が低い理由
畜産で使う餌(飼料)の小麦や大麦の自給率が11%しかないから。
飼料を輸入してそれを肉や豚の餌にし、それを肉にして食べるから食料自給率が低い。

• 食料自給率が低いことの問題点
o 相手貿易国が不作だったときに、売ってもらえない可能性がある。
o 相手貿易国が戦争などに巻き込まれた場合、食料が輸入できなくなる
o 開発途上国の食費が、日本の食料輸入で上がる(日本が高い価格で海外の農産物を買うと、値段が上がり、開発途上国の貧しい人が食べ物を買えなくなる)。それにより、国際社会から非難を受ける可能性がある。

総務省
総務省
色々なことをやっているので、財務省と同じくらい権力があり、公務員志望者の人気が高い。
仕事内容
• 行政制度の管理
• 地方自治の実現
• 民主政治の確立(選挙)
• 自律的な地域社会の形成
• 国と地方公共団体などとの連絡役
• 情報通信政策
• テレビなどの電波事業の管理
• 郵政事業
• 消防
• 行政評価  など
防衛省
防衛省・自衛隊
仕事内容
• 日本の平和と独立を守る
• 国の安全を保つ
• 陸上自衛隊、海上自衛隊、航空自衛隊の管理
• 在日米軍の事務管理 など。
自衛隊の最高司令官は、内閣総理大臣。
自衛隊の組織
• 内閣総理大臣
• 防衛大臣
• 統合幕僚監部(総司令部)
• 自衛隊員

経済産業省
経済産業省のWEBサイト / Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
• 産業政策
• 貿易や中小企業対策
• 競輪とオートレース

環境省
環境省へようこそ!
• 環境問題に対応するための総合的な省庁。
• 地球温暖化対策など

2017年10月16日

10月21日 プラクティス

Hello, Dear Kyoto(NHK)ESS Members !
Some announcement and information for Oct.21 practice are as follows.

Genre : Discussion

The title of the practice is

“ Which head (minister etc.) of ministry in the new cabinet do you choose ? ”

Suppose you have enough political power , and under strong support by citizens, you can not run away from it.


内閣官房(*)
Cabinet Secretariat
http://www.cas.go.jp/
内閣府
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
http://www.cao.go.jp/
 宮内庁
the Imperial Household Agency
http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/
 国家公安委員会(*)
National Public Safety Commission
http://www.npsc.go.jp/
  警察庁
the National Police Agency
http://www.npa.go.jp/
 防衛省(*)
Ministry of Defense
http://www.jda.go.jp/
 金融庁(T)
Financial Services Agency
http://www.fsa.go.jp/
総務省(*)
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
http://www.soumu.go.jp/
法務省(*)
Ministry of Justice
http://www.moj.go.jp/
外務省(*)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
http://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/
財務省(*)
Ministry of Finance
http://www.mof.go.jp/
文部科学省(*)
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
http://www.mext.go.jp/
厚生労働省(*)
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
http://www.mhlw.go.jp/
農林水産省(*)
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
http://www.maff.go.jp/
経済産業省(*)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
http://www.meti.go.jp/
国土交通省(*)
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
http://www.mlit.go.jp/
環境省(*)

Ministry of the Environment
http://www.env.go.jp/


We will have 4~6 members in each group. It is recomendable a prime minister should
exist in each group. In the last announcement of each group, the prime minister shall
tell us the outline of the discussion.

Additional information will sent later.

2017年10月10日

10月14日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

This is the announcement of the upcoming Practice.

1. Date: Oct.14th.
2. Genre: Discussion
3. Title: Story of Mistakes (Failure) and lessons you learned
4. Description:

(1) Make some groups.

(2) Please talk about your story of mistake you made in the past and
what you learned from it within your group.

(3) Select one presenter in your group and share some of impressive stories with everybody.

I hope you enjoy it.

Thank you.

Y.Atsuta

2017年09月21日

9月30日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

This is the announcement of the Practice.
1. Date: Sep.30.
2. Genre: Discussion
3. Title: Suggestions to solve social problems
4. Description:
(1) Make some groups.
(2) Please talk about the following three social problems and make some proposals to solve them in the group. (15min. for each problem)
a. Plastic garbage
b. Food loss
c. Long hour work
(3) Present the suggestions of your group to other members. (15min.)
I hope you to study for the problems beforehand and have a lively discussion on the day.
Let’s talk a lot and enjoy the practice.
Thank you.

G.Kitaura

2017年09月19日

10月7日 プラクティス


親愛なるESSの皆様へ
Practice :Improve your English vocabulary by using Longman E-E dictionary
Title : Can you guess what it is. Use Longman Advanced Dictionary 
If you wish to improve your English skills, by using Longman E-E dictionary.
I have often used this dictionary after that I could memorize some expressions in it.

Divide our members into 6 groups
Each group member answer assigned question.
Considering time 20 minutes
Translate the English sentences into Japanese.
Guess the Answer. (nouns only)
I will prepare 30 questions to the members.

Ex) a small animal with four legs that is often kept as a pet or using for catching mice
訳)小さな動物で4本の脚をもちペットとして飼われ、
或いはネズミを捕るために飼われている。
Answer) cat (ねこ)
Questions are very easy ones, don’t hesitate to joining us.

TAKEO KUCHINAKA

2017年09月15日

9月23日 プラクティス

Dear kyoto ESS members

Let me announce the practice on september 23

GNERE : A ward association game

Description: I will prepare chinise
Character cards. then choose two cards, and conect both words.
As you know 'when a gust of wind blows, box maker makes a lot of money. ' It's called the butterfly effect! Please make your original composition.

I hope you enjoy the game.

Kenji Tsuji September 7

9月16日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

This is an announcement of the practice on September 16th.

Genre: Translation

Title: English neologisms and speeches

I’ll divide members into some groups.

1. Try to translate some new English words into Japanese

2. I've prepared six stirring speeches in English. Choose one of the speeches which was already translated into Japanese. Each member tries to translate it back into English again and share it in the group.

I hope you enjoy it.


Shiho Nakashima

2017年09月03日

9月9日 プラクティス

Hell everyone,
This is the practice announcement on Sep. 9th.

Genre : Presentation
Title : Research Project in this summer

Did you have a good time in this summer holiday?
When you were an elementary school student, didn't you do summer holiday- homework called
research project (自由研究)!?
Did you make a money box or insect collecting?

Anyway, we have a saying "Study Lifetime"
so could you tell everybody what you learnt,
what was interested for you in this summer?
This is kind of a presentation even if it is trivial things for your 「大人の自由研究」.
Please bring your money box or insect collecting if you need!

Let's enjoy listening their research project!

Ryuichi Tanaka

2017年08月27日

9月2日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK-ESS member

Hello everyone.
I'm sorry to be late for our announcement.

Genre: Discussion & Presentation
Title: Guide tour
Description
[Step. 1]
Make groups to be 4‾5 members in each group.

[Step. 2]
You are a tour guide. You have to guide rich American couple around Kansai area, and they don’t satisfied with famous tourist spot, like Fushimi inari, Kiyomizu Temple etc.
So please determine the Itinerary.

1 Write down three your recommended tourist attractions and reasons. (10 min)

2 Introduce your recommended tourist attractions to your group. (15 min)

3 Make two days Itinerary for American couple. One group one Itinerary (20 min)

4 Present your group's tour to the other group. (10 min)

We hope you will enjoy it! See you on Saturday.
Best wishes,

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Segawa Hiroshi

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2017年08月20日

8月26日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS members

Let me announce the practice on Aug 26.

GENRE: translation

Title: Let`s make script from the movies!!

Description:

We will work to complete the blank scripts from two movies `` Roman
Holiday`` and ``Back to the Future.``

1. Make groups to be 4‾5 members in each group.

② I will hand out papers the script from one scene from ``Roman Holiday.``

③ Some dialogues between Princess Ann(Audrey Hepburn) and Joe
Bradley(Gregory Peck) are blank.

④ Please fill in the blanks to complete dialogues(20minutes).

(First, you try to fill in the blanks by yourself. Next, you discuss scripts
to fill in in the group.)

Japanese translation helps what sentences or words should be inserted.

⑤ I will hand out the complete script of ``Roman Holiday.``

⑥ Representatives from each group recite the script by turns in
front(10inutes).

Please play as you would be Audrey Hepburn or Gregory Peck.

⑦ We will do the same routine concerning with ``Back to the Future.``

I hope you enjoy the world of the movie !!

Seiichiro Iwai

2017年08月17日

8月19日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

Hello, everyone.
I'm sorry to be late for our announcement.

Genre: Talk

Title: How about your summer vacation?

At first, please make some groups to have 4-6 members in each group.

Talk style:
Step 1.Person X provides a topic of conversation.
Step 2.Other member in same group asks each in turn on a given topic, and person X answers each question.
*Please change the person who provide a topic, then repeat steps 1 and 2.

Contents:
Part 1:This summer vacation (2017)
Did you visit somewhere?
How was the climate?Did you feel the changing climate, e.g. "tropical night" and "heat-filled day"?
Do you have any idea to enjoy hot summer days?

Part 2: Past summer vacation (memories)
How was your summer vacation in your school days?
Is there any impressive memories, e.g.grandma's house, summer session or fire-works?

Part 3: Future summer vacation (hope)
What would you like to do your summer vacation in future, e.g. travel abroad or summer resort?
How do you think the custom of summer vacation in abroad?

Let's share various memories or hope of summer vacation!
We hope you will enjoy it! See you on Saturday.

Best wishes,
ESS staffs of 2017

2017年07月25日

7月29日 プラクティス


1, discussion and description

2, I will give you a lot of topics such as sports ,seasons,food,family and so on.

3, discuss and describe each topics in your own way.

M.Ohishi

2017年07月15日

7月 22日 プラクティス

I hope this text message finds you well.

What we are going to do is :

Appreciate Literature

1) Japanese poems

2) English poems

T.Noguchi

2017年07月07日

7月15日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK-ESS member
This is the information about the practice on July 15.
.
Genre: Talk & Discussion
Title: School Days & Education
Description

These days I have some chances to meet my old friends. They remind me of my school days. You have some memories of school days, don’t you? You have some opinions about education, don’t you? Let’s talk and discuss about those.

[Step. 0]
Make some groups and make pairs in each group. If you don’t have partner, please find a partner in other group. If there is no partner in all groups, I will become your partner.

[Step. 1] (30〜40 minutes)
I will give you a topic to be related to school or education. Please ask a question about the topic each other for about 8 minutes. I’m a timekeeper. About 8 minutes later, I will request to change your partner and give you another topics again. Please start conversation again and repeat like this style.
I’ll choose topics below
Subjects (English Japanese Science Mathematics Art Favorite subject ・・・ )
Teacher(Male/Female teacher Kind teacher Strict teacher Charming teacher ・・・)
Examination(Entrance exam Regular exam Cheating ・・・)
Event(School trip School festival Sports festival Graduation ceremony ・・・)
Friend(Boy friend Girl friend Good friend Bad company ・・・)

[Step. 2] (20〜30 minutes)
Please gather in each group.
Please answer the following questions one by one and discuss about each opinion.
Q1. These days some companies introduce an internship program. Is it useful for students? Why/Why not?
Q2. The number of student studying abroad is decreasing. Should the Japanese students positively try to study abroad? Why/Why not?

Hirokazu Sakai

2017年07月03日

7月8日 プラクティス

The practice on July 8th is as follows;

2017.7.8 (Sat.)
Made by Matsumoto Ryuhei

Translation Training(J→E)

✓ Make five (A, B, C, D, E) groups.

[Part 1] 30min.(10min. for translation, and 20 min. for presentation of the 5 jobs)
✓ Each group translates some different Japanese sentences on the following five themes into English as a group work.
1)Buddhist images(如来、菩薩、明王)
2)martial arts(空手、剣道、柔道)
3)something to do with a shrine(破魔矢、手水舎、絵馬)
4)Kimono(振袖、紋付、浴衣)
5)Japanese architecture(合掌造り、寝殿造り、書院造り)

✓ Each group will show its translation work from 1) to 5).


[Part 2] 15min., when time allows
✓ Representatives from the five groups will move to the front, and pick up a piece of paper(only in Japanese) from ① to ⑤.

✓ They make an impromptu translation from Japanese into English in the numerical order.

✓ Evaluated by the other participants randomly.

✓ Repeat the above process three times at most.

From Matsumoto

2017年06月23日

7月1日 プラクティス

Dear mebers of the Kyoto ESS members.

I am Akira Hashimoto from the Kyoto ESS. I will be in charge of practice on next week, so I would like to make an announcement for what I am planning to do.

Since this is the first day of the summer season (month), I would like you to discuss about what do you want to do for this summer.

Date: 1st of July, 2017
Genre: Talk
Title: What do you want to achieve in this summer?

4:Description
At first, members will be divided to 5-6 groups depending on the number of attendant.
Then, people in the groups will share what they want to do during this summer (holidays).
What you are planning to do can be anything, from personal matters to the business/academical matters.
For example, where you want to make a visit, who you want to meet, what event you want to attend, etc.
Please feel free to exchange your thought.

Best regards,

Akira Hashimoto

2017年06月16日

6月24日 プラクティス

Hi, everyone.

Here is the announcement for the practice on the June 24th.

[Genre] impromptu speech(即興スピーチ)

[Subject] things what we use or see in our daily life, such as stationaries, household appliances, parts of a house and so on (ex: socks, ball-point-pen, microwave, bag, ceiling).

[How to] 1 I want you to be divided into 4 or 5 groups as usual.
    2 I will hand out a pack of cards to each group.
    3 In your group, put those cards upside down.
   4 Decide the persons, who would do first, and who would be a timekeeper.
   5 The first one take one from those cards.
    6 The timekeeper time 30 seconds and the first speaker constructs a rough story within 30 seconds .
.   7 Then the timekeeper calls “ Start “ and he or she starts their speech.
Make sure to use simple expressions and short sentences to be understood by everyone,
If you feel difficulty, you can speech looking at the [Hints] .
  8 The speech would finish within one minute to two minutes.
The speaker can stop talking when 1 minute passes, and can check the time when he or she wants to finish .
 9 When the time passes 2minutes and still the speech is continuing, the timekeeper must say , “ Finish”.
  10 The audience can ask questions to the speaker if they want to.
  11 When the first one finishes, do the same thing from the 5 in clockwise until 20:10.
  12 When you want to change these rules, you can do as you like.

[Hints] You can talk about the history or your attachment for some specific one, or your opinion on general ones . Here are some hints to make your speech .
1 What does that remind you of?
   2 How many those things do you have ?
   3 What kind of that is your favorite one ?
   4 Do you have some memories about that ?
   5 Do you have any opinion about that ?
   6 How long have you being using that ?
   7 Do you want to use that from now and then, and why ?
   8 Do you want to buy a new one, and why ?
These are only hints . You don’t have to try to answer them. You can tell anything about that . I wish you can enjoy the speaker’s opinion , idea ,or memories about the thing .

Regards
Megumi Iwai

2017年06月07日

6月17日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members

This is the announcement of the practice on June17th.
The title is Word Construction and Letter Building.

The practice will be carried out as follows.

You will be divided into some groups as usual according to the number of participants on the day.
You will compete with other groups by forming as many words as possible using given letters within 5minuits for each sheet and those words created will be counted after the game.

While you are discussing within the group, use only English and you can use your dictionary for word construction but not for letter building.

I hope you enjoy the game.

Kumiko Takesue

2017年06月04日

6月10日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

Hi, everyone!
This is the chairperson of practice on June 10, Motoko Tabata.
I'm so happy to announce the practice for the second half activity on June 10.
Here is the contents of my practice.

1  Date: June 10, 2017
2  Genre: Discussion
3  Title: ”女子力”?”男子力”?
4  Description:
  Recently I often hear such expression like “女子力高い”
What is ”女子力“?
Cooking ability? kindness? thoughtfulness・・・?
Then how about “男子力“?
I’d like you to discuss”女子力”,”男子力” and gender equality in this practice.

  ☆ Make 5~6 groups.
☆First every member read through all the materials by yourself. 
And please write down 3 items of your image on “女子力”and ”男子力”and share your lists with your group members.
☆ Exchange your opinions in your group on each question below.

(1)What do you think of ”女子力”? Good meaning or bad meaning?
Have you ever heard of”男子力”?
And which type do you belong to a ”女子力高い” person , a ”男子力高い” person, or none of them?
(Just self judgement is enough. So please don’t take it seriously.)
And what are ”女子力低い”behavior and ”男子力低い”behavior for you?

(2) Do you agree or disagree so-called “lady’s day(レディースデー)”? And why?
And do you think the sham tears(女の涙) privilege of women?
Are women-only passenger cars acceptable to you?
It’s fair or unfair?

(3) According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2016, Japan slid to 111th ranking in the World Economic Forum gender equality rankings.
What do you think about this?

☆Introduce your group summary to the groups (from around 18:30).

Let’s have fun!!
M. Tabata

2017年05月30日

6月3日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

It is my pleasure to announce the practice for the second half activity on June 3.

1. Date: June 3, 2017
2. Genre: English Game
3. Title: 20 Questions

Description;

20 Questions is a classic game that has been played since the 19th century. To play 20 Questions, one person thinks of an object and others playing can ask 20 questions in an effort to guess what it is. This can be a great game as a vocabulary expansion game for language learner.


I hope that a lot of members will be joining this game of fun.


Makoto Nishimura

2017年05月18日

5月27日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members .

This is the announcement of the practice on May 27th .

1 Date : May 27th . 2017

2 Genre: Role play

3 Title : Let's play Kamisibai ( Picture-story show)


Description

1. Make some groups .

2. Decide your part in the story .

3. Translate your part into English .

4. Practice the Kamisibai in your group.

5. Let's play and show the Kamisibai to all .


I hope you will enjoy it !


Akiko Matsui

2017年05月15日

5月20日 プラクティス

Hello Kyoto NHK ESS members,

This is the announcement of the practice on May 20th.

Genre: Talk

Title: Bucket list (a list of things you want to do before you die)

You may have many things to desperately do after you retire from work
or before breathe your last breath.
Let’s list them and share your unique ideas.
It is OK to put things you eager to do them again on the list.

Ex. Swimming with dolphins
Writing your life story
Seeing the northern lights

You might want to take time to ponder what you want to do in advance.
Thanks,

Fujio Hirano

2017年05月10日

5月13日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS members,

Sorry to be late announcement.

I'm in charge of latter half practice on this Saturday.


1 Date: 13th May. 2017

2 Genre : Talk

3 Title: How was your experience in this holidays?

4 Description:

During the long holidays, some members might have relaxed in your hometown,
or travel, or utilized for this holiday for study, or read some books
or enjoyed some movies or some amusement park, and so on.

If you couldn't do for some reasons,
It is OK to tell your future plan for next holidays.

First, we will divide several group.
Let's talk your experience and exchange some information with your
group members.

If you have some photos or leaflet if you visited some places, please
show us some.

please enjoy to exchange information with your members.

See you on Saturday.

Regards,

Itsuko Hori

2017年04月27日

5月6日 プラクティス

1. Date: Saturday, May 6th, 2017
2. Genre: Presentation and Talking about
3. Title: What does Global English look like?
4. Description:
Global English can be defined as one of English(s) which enables native and non-native English speakers to come across beyond;
① Cultural;
② Linguistic, and
③ Phonetic differences
such as English which has been spoken in UN, EU, ASEAN, Kyoto NHK ESS and you name it.
Following the definition above, We’re supposed to think about focusing on;
① The reason why the Global English has got prevalent;
② The advantage that the Global English has brought us, and
③ The kernel that the Global English as a means of communication represents.

Hope to see you soooooon with a biiiiiiig curiosity there and then.


Making the best and most imaginative city for the world

土岐 泉

2017年04月24日

4月29日 プラクティス

Dear ESS Members

Please find below the practice planned on April 29th..

It is a twofold one, Game and Case Study.
The detailed descriptions will be shown at the temple. No pre-study is required.
Why don’t you start your GW by joining ESS on 29th !! 

Date : April 29th
Genre-1 : Game ( Time : 5:40 ~ 6:00 )
Genre-2 : Case Study ( Time 6:00 ~ 6:40 )
Title for the Game : Word Association
Title for the Case Study : Akkie’s Case ( Fiction )
   
Descriptions :

Make some groups for the Game and Case-Study.

< Game>
Someone in a group starts with a single word xxxx.. Then, the next person follows in turn with the specific phrase “ That reminds me of yyyy because ……. ”
“ That reminds me of zzzz because …….…. “ …. this continues…
( note : xxxx and yyyy , also yyyy and zzzz are associated words ).

< Case Study >
This is a group study. You will read Akkie’s Case and discuss how to answer to her questions. Then, summarize the study for your team presentation.

Hope you enjoy it !! Isamu Mashima

2017年04月13日

4月22日 プラクティス

Hello, Kyoto NHK ESS members! It’s already April 2017, when my term as the Treasurer for ESS has already ended.

Then, why am I writing another announcement to this Round Table? Of course, this is an announcement for the practice on April 22nd, 2017.

1) Date: April 22nd, 2017

2) Genre: Game

3) Title:Persuade to be “Great Communicator!!”

4) Description:
A) Choose 3 or more statements from 49 statements attached to this documents.

B) Within 20 minutes until 18:00, write whether you agree or disagree with these statements you have just chosen and also write one to three or more specific reasons and examples to support each of your opinions.

C) Choose your partner.

D) Share one of your opinions, that is, whether you agree or disagree with the one specific statement you choose and try to persuade your challenger to support your opinion.

E) The challenger would tell whether he or she agrees or disagrees with your opinion based on one or more specific reasons.

F) If the challenger agrees with your opinion, you get one point.

G) Switch the role and repeat D) to G).

H) Choose another partner to continue the game.

I) A person who could persuade the most people will get most points and will be the winner, and the title “Great Communicator” will be given.

※Of course, you can modify your opinions or imitate others opinions afterwards flexibly to win the game if you really think those opinions are persuasive.

Attached documents would be available as your source of options for 49 statements. 

Choose three or more statements and write one or more reasons for each of your choices.

Let’s have fun!

OSAMU MINAMIHASHI

PS: I really do agree that 49 statements are too much, but you can also use them for your future practice on English. Good luck!

☆Statement No. (   )

I agree/disagree with the statement No. ( ), for following reason(s).

Reason (1)


Reason (2)


Reason (3)


Reason( )


Therefore, I agree/disagree with the statement No. (   )


☆Statement No. (   )

I agree/disagree with the statement No. ( ), for following reason(s).

Reason (1)


Reason (2)


Reason (3)


Reason( )


Therefore, I agree/disagree with the statement No. (   )

☆Statement No. (   )

I agree/disagree with the statement No. ( ), for following reason(s).

Reason (1)


Reason (2)


Reason (3)


Reason( )


Therefore, I agree/disagree with the statement No. (   )

Agree or Disagree(同意するか否?)
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Use specific reasons and/or examples to support your answer.

1) People are never satisfied with what they have; they always want something more or something different.(物欲に際限はない。)

2) People should read only those books that are about real events, real people, and established facts. (フィクションよりノンフィクションを読むべきである。)

3) It is more important for students to study history and literature than it is for them to study science and mathematics. (理系よりも文系の科目を学ぶ方が重要である。)

4) All students should be required to study art and music in secondary school. (中等教育では美術と音楽は必修であるべきである。)

5) There is nothing that young people can teach older people. (若者が年長者に教える事の出来ることはない。)

6) Reading fiction (such as novels and short stories) is more enjoyable than watching movies. (読書は映画など動画鑑賞より楽しめる。)

7) Some young children spend a great amount of their time practicing sports. .(子供はスポーツの練習に多くの時間を費やすべきである。)

8) Only people who earn a lot of money are successful. (沢山のお金を稼ぐ人だけが人生の成功者である。)

9) A person’s childhood years (the time from birth to twelve years of age) are the most important years of a person’s life. (生まれてから12歳までの子供時代が人生で最も大事な時期である。)

10) Children should be required to help with household tasks as soon as they are able to do so. (子供が家事・家計を助けられるようになったら、直ちにそうすべきである。)

11) Playing a game is fun only when you win. (ゲームは勝った時しか楽しくない。)

12) High schools should allow students to study the courses that students want to study. (高校は生徒が学びたい科目を好きに学べるようすべきである。)

13) Decisions that people make quickly are always wrong. (人々が急いで下した決断はいつも誤った判断である。)

14) People behave differently when they wear different clothes. Do you agree that different clothes influence the way people behave? (人はその時々に着ている服によって違ったふるまい方をする。)

15) Parents are the best teachers. (子供の両親は常に最良の教師である。)

16) Schools should ask students to evaluate their teachers. (教育機関は学生に教師を評価させるべきである。)

17) “When people succeed, it is because of hard work. Luck has nothing to do with success.” (成功は努力の賜物であって、運不運は成功とは無関係である。)

18) Universities should give the same amount of money to their students’ sports activities as they give to their university libraries. (大学は付属の図書館の予算と同等の額の予算を、学生のスポーツ活動に与えるべきである。)

19) It is better for children to grow up in the countryside than in a big city. (子供は大都市よりも田舎で育てるのが良い。)

20) People should sometimes do things that they do not enjoy doing. (人はイヤな事でもやってしまうべき時がある。)

21) Television, newspapers, magazines, and other media pay too much attention to the personal lives of famous people such as public figures and celebrities. (テレビ、新聞、雑誌その他のメディアは公職にある人物やセレブなど有名人の私生活に注目しすぎている。)

22) Businesses should hire employees for their entire lives. (企業は終身雇用制を採用すべきである。)

23) Attending a live performance (for example, a play, concert, or sporting event) is more enjoyable than watching the same event on television. (演奏会やコンサート、スポーツなどのイベント参加は同じイベントをテレビの前で鑑賞するより、もっと楽しめる。)

24) Progress is always good.(進歩は常に良い事である。)

25) Learning about the past has no value for those of us living in the present.(過去について学ぶことは現在を生きている我々には無価値である。)

26) With the help of technology, students nowadays can learn more information and learn it more quickly. (技術の進歩によって、現代の学生は、過去の学生よりもより多くの情報を、より迅速に学ぶ事が出来る。)

27) The expression “Never, never give up” means to keep trying and never stop working for your goals. (「決して諦めるな」という表現は、「努力を続けろ、目標を目指して努力する事をやめるな」、という意味である。)

28) Face-to-face communication is better than other types of communication, such as letters, email, or telephone calls. (直接、顔を見ながら会話する事は、他の手段、例えば手紙や電子メール、電話などよりも、良いコミュニケ―ション方法である。)

29) The most important aspect of a job is the money a person earns. (仕事で一番大切なのは、人がいくらお金を稼げるかである。)

30) One should never judge a person by external appearances. (人を外見で判断してはいけない。)

31) A person should never make an important decision alone. (人は重要な決断を決して1人で下すべきではない。)

32) Games are as important for adults as they are for children. (ゲームは子供にとってと同様に大人にも重要である。)

33) Parents or other adult relatives should make important decisions for their older (15 to 18 year-old) teenage children. (両親や親戚の大人は、15歳から18歳の10代後半の子どもに代わって重要な決断を下すべきである。)

34) Most experiences in our lives that seemed difficult at the time become valuable lessons for the future. (人生で苦労した経験のほとんどは、以後の人生で貴重な教訓を与えてくれる。)

35) Classmates are a more important influence than parents on a child’s success in school. (学業で良い結果を出すためには、同級生の影響の方が、両親よりも重要である。)

36) The best way to travel is in a group led by a tour guide. (旅行にはツアーガイドに連れられたグループで旅行するのが最良の方法である。)

37) Children should begin learning a foreign language as soon as they start school. (子供は学校に通い始めると同時に外国語学習を始めるべきある。)

38) Boys and girls should attend separate schools. (男子と女子は別々の学校で教育を受けるべきである。)

39) Technology has made the world a better place to live. (技術の進歩で世界はより住みやすい場所となった。)

40) Advertising can tell you a lot about a country. (広告は、一つの国について、多くの事を教えてくれる。)

41) Modern technology is creating a single world culture. (現代の技術は、単一の世界の文化を創り出しつつある。)

42) Telephones and email have made communication between people less personal. (電話と電子メールは、人々のコミュニケーションをより個人的ではないものにした。)

43) Dancing plays an important role in a culture. (ダンスは、1つの文化において重要な役割を担っている。)

44) Teachers should be paid according to how much their students learn. (教師は、教えている生徒がどれだけ学んだかに比例して報酬を与えられるべきである。)

45) It is better to be a member of a group than to be the leader of a group. (一つのグループの指導者になるより、一人のメンバーでいる方が良い。)

46) Playing games teaches us about life.(数々のゲームをする事は我々に人生について学ばせてくれる。)

47) Watching television is bad for children. (テレビを見る事は子供たちにとって良い事ではない。)

48) A zoo has no useful purpose. (動物園は何ら実利的な目的を持ったものではない。)

49) Borrowing money from a friend can harm or damage the friendship. (友人から借金をする事は、その友人との友情を傷つけ、損なう事がある。)

2017年04月09日

4月15日 プラクティス

Hi, everyone!

This is the announcement of the practice on April 15th.

[Genre ] One minute speech

[Theme] Things that you want to do.this spring,

[Description]
In this session, you `ve going to give a very short presentation.
It`s shorter than 1 min.
The theme is "Things that you want to do this spring."
You have 15 minutes to prepare for the presentation.
After 17:50, the presentations will start.

I hope you will enjoy it.

Takako Suzuki

2017年04月04日

4月8日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members,

Hope everyone has been doing well in perfectly sunny spring days.
Sorry for the delay in announcement about next practice on 8th April.

Let me explain what activity we will do in that day.
This time what we are going to do is very very simple.

I'd just like you to talk about yourself with a partner.

First we will be divided into 6 groups.
Then please make a pair with a person next to you
and talk with his/her on the topic which I show.
After we have finished the last topic, please someone in your group voluntarily share with us what you talked.

The main theme I'd like you to talk is "Love", what you love to do, what you feel great excitement, happiness, fun, and passion for.

Let's train our English muscle just by talk, talk and talk!
Looking forward to seeing all of you this Saturday.

久しぶりの参加ですみません、
どうぞよろしくお願いします!
Thank you very much in advance and best regards,
Chiaki Namba

2017年03月26日

4月1日 プラクティス

Hello, Kyoto ESS members !

It's still chilly in the morning and at night, but we certainly feel spring just around the corner, right?

Tamaki Murase is announcing the practice on April 1st at Hitomachi.

As you know, April 1st is the day you can lie openly as “April Fool”, so I'd like to take this opportunity for us to tell lies as much as we want ! and train ourselves to distinguish truths from untruths.

(I know Mr. Kurusu presented a lair game the other day. Sorry for the duplication of the subject.)

Genre: game

Description:

➀ 
Think of both true stories and fake stories.
Fake stories have to sound like true ones, and vice versa.
Prepare at least 3 of them in 20 minutes.


Make a couple.


Tell one of your stories to the challenger who judges whether it is true or not.


If the challenger could tell it correctly, you would lose.


Swich the role.


Make another couple to continue the game.


The person who could deceive the most people will be the winner, to whom the title “Great Liar”
will be given ‼

Since the word “post truth” is becoming to widely spread recently, we way come across the sceans where we have to stop and think what the truth is. Could this game contribute to our preparation for the untruthful society coming up ???

Let's enjoy !!!

Tamaki Murase

2017年03月23日

3月25日 プラクティス

Hello everyone in Kyoto ESS!
Title: What is your opinion

In this practice we should make 5 or 6 groups.
Then I'm going to provide 3 questions.
Each member can choose one of these questions that you prefer.
And describe your idea regarding the question that you select.
We will have 20 minutes to prepare your answer.
After 20 minutes each member tells the answer to the others in each
group.
It should be desirable that your answer is over 100 words.
If we have enough time finally, please decide a presenter that you
recognize the best and the presenter would show the idea as a group
representative.

Question 1
Space exploration is much too expensive and the money should be spent on
more important things.
What is your opinion?

Question 2
The internet has transformed the way of our communication style and
information is shared and consumed, but it has also created problems
that did not exist before.

What are the most serious problems associated with the internet and
I'd like to announce the next practice on 25th March.


what solutions can you suggest?

Question 3
The free movement of goods across national borders has long been
controversial issues.
Some people argued that it is necessary for economic growth, while
others claim that it damages local industries.

Consider both views and give your opinion.

That's all, thanks

T. Sakai

2017年03月12日

3月18日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members,

It's been for a while since I last participated in the weekly activities of the Kyoto NHK ESS Club...I am worried that most of you have already forgotten my face. Could you forgive me for my recent lazy attitude?

Today, I am texting to you as the Practicing planner on March 18th.
Because I am heading to Washington, D.C. in a couple of days and return to Kyoto just a few days before the Practice day, please let me give you a brief announcement now even though it seems too early.

Date: 18th March
Genre: creative thinking and presentation
Title: Intercultural Events Planner
Description:
1. Make groups as usual
2. Imagine you are working at a university as a planner of intercultural events for local students and international students. Your task is making unique opportunities for students to find friendship beyond nationalities and various cultural backgrounds. (Ex. Monday's lunch break chat event, special hiking event on Sunday) You have about 20 minutes to plan an event and make a poster.
3. Show the poster to your group members and make a short presentation about the event. Then, select the best plan in your group.
4. Share

Furthermore, I'd love to talk about what I will have learned and experienced in the United States.
Thank you very much as always and I am looking forward to seeing you.

Minamo Akiyama

(Btw, my 20th birthday is 9th March. It means finally I will join the ESS club activity as an adult!! The first day I joined you was just a week before my 17th birthday…How fast three years has gone!!!!)

2017年03月06日

3月11日 プラクティス

Dear our ESS members!
Youji Imai

Here are the advanced informations on Practice of March 11th.

As they said, last year was very remarkable to Japan because of ex-President Mr.Obama’s visit to Hiroshima and Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor. It goes without saying that Pearl Harbor was the symbol of the Pacific War’s start, Hiroshima was it’s end. In other word, the Pacific War was started by Japan’s surprise attack then it was finished with Japan’s Unconditional Surrender.
Last year was the year of the end of the big historical span named “ After World War Ⅱ“.
Shouldn’t we recognize correctly fruits and losses brought by perfect defeat in the Pacific War?
Why don’t we confirm what we lost and gained as Japanese with the World War Ⅱ ?

The practice on March 11th will be a sort of group study.

We will make 5 or 6 groups, a reporter will be appointed in the beginning.
The reporter shall ask questions and summarize his members answers.
Lists of questions are to provided in advance.
After restudy and discussion on the list, each reporter announces it’s
summary to other groups.

Even though there must be hard and delicate titles and questions, don’t be hesitant nor passive in discussions, I hope.
An important hint is , without doubt, the Japan Constitution is one of main issues.
Thank you.

2017年02月28日

3月4日 プラクティス

Hello ESS members.

This is Shigeo HORI, from Kashiba City and I'd like to inform you the latter part of March 4th.

1. Date: March 4th, 2017.
2. Genre: Discussion.
3. Title: Male Affluent Society
4. Description:
Today in Japan, unmarried men outnumber unmarried women.
Between the age of 20 to 50, the number of unmarried males is larger than females by 300 million.
What we call male affluent society or male surplus society (Otoko Amari Shakai) is one facet of contemporary Japan.
I hope you discuss this matte from the following procedure;

a. Presentation form Hori, with several data and issues on this topic.
Some materials are written in Japanese though.
Some kind of quiz will be included.
b. Make several groups.
c. Read the materials and discuss the topic.
d. The leader of each group will show us the results of the discussion.

And one more, personal attack to some members is prohibited and don't ask private matters too much.
You don's have to speak your personal or private matters if you don't want to speak the matter.
This is just a social topic.

I hope all of you discuss this urgent social problem and see today's society from a little different angle.
Thank you.

Shigeo Hori

2月25日 プラクティス

Genre: Recitation of a Poem and Discussion
Title: “Youth” by Samuel Ullman
Procedure:

1) Read two materials A and B (15 min)
2) Recite one of them, which you prefer, to fascinate the audience (3 min for each)
3) Explain the reason why you prefer it for the other (2 min for each)
4) Talk and discuss on the ideal image of your “Youth” (20 min)

“Youth” (A) by Samuel Ullman, original script.

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.
Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.
Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being's heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what's next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the Infinite, so long are you young.
When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.


“Youth” (B) by Samuel Ullman, the Reader's Digest version
Youth is not a time of life ― it is a state of mind; it is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over love of ease.
Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; people grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair ― these are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust.
Whether seventy or sixteen, there is in every being's heart the love of wonder, the sweet amazement at the stars and the star-like things and thoughts, the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing childlike appetite for what next, and the joy and the game of life.
You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear, as young as your hope, as old as your despair. So long as your heart receives messages of beauty, cheer, courage, grandeur and power from the earth, from man and from the Infinite, so long you are young.
When the wires are all down and all the central place of your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then you are grown old indeed and may God have mercy on your
soul.
Given to Doug MacArthur years ago by John W. Lewis. This is based on a poem written by the late Samuel Ullman of Birmingham, Ala.

Akira Oku

2017年02月13日

2月18日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members, welcome to our party(TEIAI group.)
This is the letter of invitation to the Hell or the Heaven on Feb.18th,2017.

Genre:Game
Title:Liar game
Procedure:
Please image,you all are in the casino on the ship( Espowar Ship :ESS.)
① No groups.
② I will hand out the token paper to each.
token paper:代用貨幣.ここではperica.
③ A:challenger B:Receipient
A has to find out B and propose to challenge to B.
B cannot refuse it.
④ Bet.(No limit.)
⑤ A writes T orU on the back of token paper.
T:True story U:Untrue story
⑥ A talks about T story or U story in English.
⑦ B hits on Lor U.
⑧ The winner can get the bet.
⑨ Change.

This is the simple game.
The winner will go to the Heaven and get the big hands.
The loser will drop to the Hell and have the penalty.
Please enjoy.

Ref.:Commik book 「Kaiji」


Thanks. Makoto Kurusu

2017年02月06日

2月11日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS members,

I am pleased to inform you on the upcoming practice as follows:

1.Date: 11th Feb. 2017
2.Genre: talking and discussion
3.Title: Optimistic characters and Life
--- Candide, Bakabon and other people ---

Attached is the material for this session. Please go through if you have a chance.
I hope it will help for your better discussion; Since this material is based on fictional settings, it could be a bit tricky.

4.Description
a)Please make 5-6 groups and select a presenter in each of your group.
b)Read each materials and then discuss. Feel free to make stories as foolish as possible. There is no right answer indeed.
c)In the last 10min, or so, share your opinions with us.

See you then. Have a nice week!

Kaori Ishikawa

2017年01月29日

2月4日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members

Please be informed of the practice held on Feb. 4th at Hitomachi.

1. Date: Feb.4th, 2017
2. Genre: Talking
3. Title: Advice Column

An advice column is traditionally presented in a newspaper, though it can be delivered through internet now.
A reader writes to adviser with a problem in the form of question and adviser provides answer.
It is interesting to know universal problems and good to learn evryday English, too.
I will provide some of example of Advice column for you to talk on them

4. Description
a)Please make 5-6 groups and select a leader/presenter in your group.
b)Read materials
c)Pick up columns that interest you and exchange thoughts if you were adviser.
d)In the last 10min,or so, show us some of your answer or tell us how you felt about them.

For your ref., I took material from the following column
http://www.uexpress.com/dearabby/topics
and will post the material as soon as it is ready.

Yoshitsugu atsuta

2017年01月22日

1月28日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

I am Yuji Tsukuda who is in charge of January 28th practice.
I am sorry for my late announcement.

1.Date:
January 28th

2.Genre:
Game

3.Title:
Negotiation between a student and a teacher regarding mid-terms paper grade

4.Discription

(Outline)
A student wrote a mid-terms paper with his heart and soul.
However the grade of the paper was C-.
The student and his teacher discuss the grade of the paper.
The student doesn't know the background why the teacher gave C-.
The teacher also doesn't know why the student poured his much energy into the paper.

(Procedure)
1. Dividing you into 5,6tables as usual

2. In each tables, you are allocated to student team or teacher team

3. I hand out each teams each information sheets
(Student teams only receive student information sheet. Teacher teams receive only teacher information sheet.)

4. In each teams, making strategies.
(The student purpose is to get as high grade as possible. The teacher's purpose is to give fair grade)

5. Starting negotiation with the opposite team in you table.

6. After finishing the negotiation, exchanging each team's information and, if possible, presenting the result of the negotiation.

I hope you enjoy my practice.

Thank you for reading.
Best regards,

Yuji Tsukuda

2017年01月18日

1月21日 プラクティス

1/21 lesson information
Kenji Tsuji  
1)Date  21.January 2017
2)Genre discussion
3)Theme The speeches of President Donald Trump 
A) What do you expect from Donald Trump as president in your Japanese position?
B) What do you expect to America or the rest of the world?
C) What are your thoughts on how the new presidency will play out in the next four years?
D) Do you think the first 100 days will go smoothly?
E) Will we be seeing a new Donald Trump?
F)How is he different from all the past presidents?
4)Please make 5 or 6 groups
And please discuss the theme

2016年12月29日

2017 1月7日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members

I’d like to share with you the practice to be discussed on Jan.7th, 2017 as follows:

1. Date: Jan.7th, 2017
2. Genre: Talking
3. Title: Events during new year season

As you know, various traditional events shown below are held in Japan at the beginning of new year from the end of previous year. Then, please choose several events, and talk about them in your group including the memories of your past day and your childhood.

1) General house cleaning (大掃除)
2) Year-crossing noodles(年越しそば)
3) Mochi pounding(餅つき)
4) Year-end party(忘年会)
5) New Year’s Eve bells(除夜の鐘)
6) Worship of the first sunrise of a new year(初日の出参拝)
7) First shrine or temple visit of the New Year(初詣)
8) Written oracles(おみくじ)
9) Lucky charm(お守り)
10) New Year’s card (年賀状)
11) New Year’s gift(お年玉)
12) New Year dishes(おせち料理)
13) First dream of the New Year(初夢)
14) Soup with rice cakes and vegetables(雑煮)
15) Seven-herb rice porridge(七草粥)

4. Description
Please make 5-6 groups and select a leader/presenter in your group.
Then, choose several events, and talk about them in your group from the following point of view, for example.

a) What were you involved in ?
b) When and where were you involved in that event ?
c) Whom did you enjoy the events with ?
d) What was the most impressive or funniest point of the event ?, etc.

After the group talking, please show us the funniest story of your event by a presenter.

Rough time schedule:
Material reading/understanding:5min
Talking within the group:40min
Introduction of funnist story of your group: 10min ( about 2 min from each group )

This is the first ESS meeting of new year and I expect a lot of funny story from all of you. Let's enjoy the practice.

Masahiko Oka

2016年12月15日

12月24日 プラクティス

Dear kyoto ESS members
This is an announce of the practice of Dec,24th.

[Gera] Discussion
[Title] 1. What are the most significant events of 2016 ?
2. What are the most memorable yours episord of 2016?
[Description] Make some group (6people)and dvide group into 2 teams
Let's talk about some events or yours episord for 45 minute
Choose a presenter in your group ,and make a 3 minute
presentation. [For reference]
Major World Events→Britain's Ext from the EU,Zika Virrus
spread across US, Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro Brazil,
34killed 151 wounden in Brussels Terror Attacks,
Panama Documents,Donald Trump Elected as US President,…et
Maior Japan Events→The kumamoto earthquake that occured in April,
The Hiroshima Carp's first pennant in 25 years,The SMAP
break-up,Niigata culls 540,000 chickens over bird flu,…et

I hope you will enjoy the practice.
Thank you,

Best Regards,
Masako Mori

2016年12月10日

12月17日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS members

This is the announcement of practice to be held on Dec. 17th at the
Hito-Machi by Shimon Nakamura.

Genre: Make an impromptu speech in English

Have you improved your English ability in this year? Most companies in
Japan encourage their employees to boost their English power in business so
as to negotiate with their clients smoothly in English. English, although it
is no more than a tool to communicate, will be most effective in business
use.

Rouse up to break out of your shell and speak actively English, especially
applicable for new comers and fresh members.
Do not hesitate. English speaking here is not a privilege of old pushing
faces.

I will prepare about 30 topics or more which are all familiar to you.
For instance;
1) What is the most important thing (only one) except your life?
2) What plan do you have to live for your next ten years?
3) Death from over-work
4) Community chest
5) Advice to young person for marriage

The prepared sheet will be handed out to you at the site.

Time schedule: (Making some groups depending on the participant's number)

17:40-18:30 Every one is required to pick up two topics at least in your
group.

18:30-18:40 Presentation of topics discussed in your group by a new comer or
fresh member, preferable.

Hoping you to have an active time, I am.
Shimon Nakamura

2016年12月06日

12月10日 プラクティス

Dear members of Kyoto NHK ESS

I’d like to inform you about the practice on Dec. 10, as follows;
1. Date: Dec.10, 2016
2. Genre: Discussion
3. Title: Social problems
Suppose you are a civil servant or a legislator in a city, please make suggestions to solve the following problems.
(1) How to prevent traffic accidents by elderly people?
(2) How to encourage bachelor boys and girls to marry?
(3) How to increase birthrate in your community?

4. Description
Make 6 groups. Discuss these issues in the group and make a few proposals to solve the problems.
Choose someone as a presenter for your group and let he/her present your proposals on one of the problems to the audience.

Time schedule:
Discussion: 10 min. for each problem. → 30min.
Choose a presenter and the problem you should present: 5 min.
Presentation: 3 min. each → 18min.

All these problems are common in every local government now and also very serious and critical, especially in the remote communities.
I hope you could work out concrete, feasible and unique proposals and enjoy the practice.

Giichi Kitaura

2016年11月28日

12月3日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS members,

Let me introduce the contents of the upcoming practice on December 3rd.

[Genre: ] Discussion
[Theme: ] 2 short articles, see below
1. Happiness Increases with Age, Study Says 
2. Japanese Schools to Adopt Computer Programming Education

[Outline:]
Program summary
Make several groups. And choose MC and/or presenter in your group. There are 2 topics below. Please read and discuss within your group. Each topics includes discussion points. After the discussion, a presenter summarize and introduce discussion of your group within 3 minutes.

Time table
17:40-18:30
Reading and discussion
18:30-18:40
Presentation

 I hope you have enjoyable time. 
See you at the temple.

H Ishizaki

2016年11月20日

11月26日 プラクティス

[Genre: ] Talking / Discussion
[Theme: ] Oh! Trump wins.

After making some groups, let's talk about the following topics.

a) Did the result surprise you, or, not? Did you predict Trump's victory? Did you believe Clinton's win? Why, or, why not?

b) Why did not votes to Clinton grow? Why could Trump get support from the majority in the U.S?

c) Many mass media seemed to miss the forecast. Why?

d) Do you know mass media or critics, who successfully predict the election's result?

e) Do you support Trump, or Clinton? Why?

f) Do you think that the relationship between the U.S and Japan is expected to be largely changed with Trump's administration? Why, or, why not?
(e.g. National security, economy including TPP, power balance of Asia, etc.)

g) Is the birth of Trump administration good news or bad news for Japan?

h) Do you think Trump can do his pledges? (I will offer the list of his pledges in the practice).

After finishing the discussion, a representative of each group is expected to make a short presentation for all members, within the last fifteen minutes.

I hope all of you can enjoy


Murota.

2016年11月16日

11月19日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members,

This is Masayama writing.
I’m writing this to inform you of the second half practice scheduled on Nov. 19th.

Genre: game
Title: “Find the word”
Purpose: Vocabulary building & composition ability training

1. Preparation for the game
All of you will be divided into two teams. Each team has to make a waiting list to decide one’s turn in order to provide a quiz for their other team members. Each presenter of the quiz will have only one minute to get a correct answer from their team members.

2. Outline of the game:
We are trying to play a kind of word association game like the 連想ゲーム. I prepared three large envelopes in which have 120 cards of word classified into three levels according to the degrees of difficulty to acquire. On each card it has a word in English, core definitions of the word in Japanese and a score you will get when the correct answer is responded. All the scores and definitions were are brought in the cards from the Weblio English-Japanese Dictionary.

In order to kick off the game, if you are the first presenter of the quiz, you will have to come up on stage: in the front of the learning room; to pick up a card in a the large envelope you chose, then you have to explain the word in other English words to your team members as in an easy way as possible so that they can give you a correct answer soon. I hope you will explain it in a sentence or sentences form as perfect as you can. For example, this is an adjective which means “domestic”, but it is sometimes used for describing not beautiful person, because most many people hesitate to say this “ugly” to one’s face, The answer is “homely”.

As I wrote earlier, each envelope has a different level of word cards. So if you choose the envelope labeled “Easy”, it will be easy for you to get a correct answer from your teammate, but you would get only 1 to 5 points even if the quiz was correctly answered. On the other hand, if you choose the envelope labeled “difficult”, you might get 11 points or over. The choice is yours! If you want your team to win on the competition, I recommend you to choose the envelope labeled “difficult” as many times as possible. Every member of the teams will be given a chance to present the quiz at fewest. I’m looking forward to seeing the competition to be a close match!!

I hope you will be engrossed in this game. See you soon!

K. Masayama

2016年11月09日

11月12日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members,

Today’s practice is  “ How to improve our Japanese style school days’ English.”
I’ve got a book written by Mr. David Sein. He said that Japanese school English is quite uncommon. Those expressions are hardly used their daily conversations.
We should consider our school days’ English and correct them.
Eg; “ What time is it now? ” (今は何どきでござるか) ジョン万次郎時代の英語
1) I divide us with 6 groups.
2) Each group select a chairperson.
3) Talk about the contents of the paper.
4) Correct our Japanese school days’ style expressions.

By Takeo Kuchinaka

2016年10月30日

11月5日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS members,

Let me introduce the contents of the upcoming practice on November 5th.

[Genre: ]Talking & Making a Story


[Outline:]


Make some groups.
-Talking for the first half
About the following topic, please imagine and talk about it in the group.
a) If you put on costume at Halloween party, what character would you like to be?
b) If you were a woman/man, what kind of job would you like to
take?


-Making a story for the second half
1) Three words areb given for each groups.
2) In the group, the first person begins to make one sentence using one word
choosing from the three words.
3) Second person adds one sentence to the first person's sentence
using one word as well.
4) Please try to relate to the sentence before.
5) One member from each group summarize the story.



I hope you will enjoy the practice!!


Natsuko Mori

2016年10月26日

10月29日 プラクテイス

Hello Kyoto NHK ESS members,

This is the announcement of the practice on October 29th.

Genre: Vocabulary Building

Title: Word Quiz part 2

There are many words that you believe them English.
But some of them might not be real ones.
I hope this quiz help you reconfirm your vocabulary.

Thanks,
Fujio Hirano

2016年10月16日

10月23日 合宿プラクテイス

Practice -5

Genre :  Debate
Title :  Two propositions are given.

Proposition-A: Are you For or Against Pokemon-GO ?
Proposition-B: Are you For or Against accepting immigrants in Japan ?
Facilitator :  Mr. Mashima


This debate will be an informal and a simple one.
Affirmative team and negative team will exchange rebuttals each other.
The chairperson will lead the debate so that everyone will join it.

Procedure :

1. Make Affirmative and Negative team for the given proposition.
2. The leader of each team will give an opening remark.
3. Continue Affirmative speaks and Negative speaks.
4. Judgment of the debate

Please develop your perspective in advance considering advantages / disadvantages of the given propositions.


Practice -6
Genre : Game & Team Building
Title : Quiz & Talk
Facilitator : Mr. & Ms. Segawa

Step 1 :   Make Groups of 5~6members

Step 2 : Quiz of around the world ( 10 min )

Step 3 : Sharing knowledge of elder society
of the world ( 20 min )

Step 4 : Games of prevention of dementia ( 10 min )

Step 5 : Cognicise ( Cognition & Exercise ) with memorizing English vocabulary ( 20 min )

10月22日 合宿プラクティス

Practice -1

Genre   : Quiz
Title    : Quiz!Quiz ! Quiz !
Facilitator : Mr. Noguchi


Stage1 : Listening Quiz

Stage2 : Pictionary

Stage3 : What s/he writes

Stage4: Pakkun Eiken

Bonus Stage:?


Practice -2
Genre : Case Study
Title : An International Marriage
Facilitator : Mr. Yamamoto

Hanako is a 22-year-old Japanese student who is spending her senior year at an American university in Los Angeles. She has met a special man named Mohammed. Read her diary and find out: What is she trying to decide?
Dear Diary,
Tonight Mohammed asked me to marry him! I knew he would. I love him so much. It is hard to believe that we have known each other for only eight months.
But as much as I love him, I don't know what to do. My parents would be angry with me for marrying a man from India. They want me to marry only a Japanese man. My mother has told me that good Japanese marry only Japanese.
And that's not all. There are so many other problems. I mean, where would we live? I think it would be very hard for me to live in India. Would I fit in to Indian society? I don't speak any Indian language. I would have a difficult time finding a job. And I don't want to be just a housewife!
I don't think Mohammed would fit in to Japanese society, either. He doesn't speak Japanese. He sounds so funny when he tries to say a single Japanese word! It would be impossible for him to find a job in Japan. Besides, he doesn't even like Japanese food!
Maybe we could stay in the United States. Both of us will finish our studies in May. I wonder if we could get work visas here. That might be difficult. But even if we could stay here, I don't know if I want to live away from Japan. I would miss my family and friends and everything.
And what about our children? Children of mixed marriages might have a difficult time. Would they be Japanese or Indian? What? It is all so confusing.
The more I write to you, dear diary, the more problems I see. I know that marriage is difficult. More and more marriages end in divorce. And I think that international marriages are even more difficult!

Give your opinions.
(1)What are some of the advantages of an international marriage?
(2)What are some of the problems of an international marriage?
What is the best choice for them? Choose one and give the reasons.
□ They shouldn't make a decision about marriage right now. They should visit each other's country. There is a lot of time to think about what to do.
□ She should marry Mohammed and live in the U.S. That's fair for both Mohammed and her. Both of them could visit their home countries sometimes.
□ She should marry Mohammed and try living in India. It could be a really good experience for her.
□ Hanako should break up with Mohammed. There are too many problems to continue the relationship.
□ She should marry Mohammed and live in Japan. More and more foreign people are living in Japan, so Mohammed will be accepted.

Introduce a trouble you have now. If you don’t like to or have any, it’s all right to make up a story. Write the trouble in the square below in English, cut it off and put it in the center of the desk. After all the papers are collected, deliver each to each member at random. When one gets one’s own, then exchange it with the one which another member has. After all the members get one, each member will in turn read the passage and give the solution in English. If time permits, one from each group is supposed to introduce the trouble and solution.

Practice -3

Genre : Variety
Title : Fun ! Fun! Fun !
Facilitator : Ms. Tabata

  I prepared various games, brain twister riddles, mental exercises, cartoons, cross word puzzles and so on.
All you need is your intuition, knowledge, sense of humor,
flexible mind, guess-guess work….
And the most important one is the teamwork in your group.

Firstly, please make some groups.

( About 30 min )
  Let’s enjoy some quizzes!
I’ll write down various quizzes on the white board.
You can talk with your group members.
Please guess the answer.

( About 50 min )
Let’s enjoy cartoons!
(E.g.) I will give you a scene of a cartoon to each member in your group.
Please try to explain the scene without showing it to other members in your group.
And after that, guess the order of these scenes and make up the whole story.
  (E.g.) I will give you another cartoon which have no lines to your group.
Please corporate to create the funny story.

<おまけAdditional session> ( About 10 min )
Let’s enjoy cross word puzzles.


Practice -4

Genre : Listening comprehension
Title : The Joy of Listening (part II)
Facilitator : Mr. Yoshida


Description:

For some, this session may be easy; all you do is just listening to audio-books (not as a whole, of course), and answering questions on what you have just listened.

I probably pick two or three from the followings:

- “Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman!”
(Chap. 17: Testing Bloodhounds) by Richard Feynman
- “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (Introduction) by Douglas Adams
- “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft”(Forwards) by Stephen King
- “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats

Not worried too much. Kick back and enjoy the ride!

I hope you will find this interesting.

2016年10月04日

10月15日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

This is an announcement of the practice on October 15th.

Genre: Talk

Title: Health

Make some groups as usual.

Talk about your experiences or opinions related to health or disease .

These are sample questions .

1 Do you usually take a medical examination every year ?
(Under the Industrial Safety and Health Act, employers must make a chance to take a medical examination every year for their employees.)

2 What disease are you afraid of most ?

3 Have you ever been hospitalized ? In that case, for what disease or injury and how long were you hospitalized ?

4 To keep in shape , do you do anything special ?

Let’s learn some technical terms and try to use them , and enjoy conversation !

Megumi Iwai

2016年10月02日

10月8日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members

Hello! This is K.Yasuda, and would like to inform my practice here.

This is the announcement of the practice on October 8th.


(1) Genre: Presentation
(2) Title: Guide
(3) Description: I’d like all of you to guide a tourist practically in Japan

Here is a nice gentleman from UK. He said,” I want to visit Japan. It is first time for me to visit Japan.
I want to see several world heritages in Japan this time.”

I expect all of you to guide him some beautiful places in Japan.
He has 10 days in Japan and he would like to enjoy Japanese nice scenery ,food, culture, and so on.

◆Procedures:
1) Make 4~6 groups as usual.

2) Please decide the area your group will guide him around.(within 10 minutes)

3) Please discuss how you will explain him about the good points in your area in each group.(around 30 minutes)

4) Finally please guide him practically by turns. Each group has around 3 to 5 minutes.(From 6:20~)

*You can choose one or two or several members to explain your favorite area.
*Practical guide order is to be decided by the guy from UK.
*Candidate places are below. You can also choose other area in Japan.

A Kyoto(temples shrines and so on….)
B Hiroshima(Itsukushima,PeaceMemorial……)
C Himeji Castle(Hyougo)
D Hokkaidou(Shiretoko…)
E Gifu(Takayama,Shirakawakyou….)
F Yakushima(Kagoshima)
G Nara(horyu-ji, other monuments)
H Nikkou(Tochigi)
I Mount Fuji(Shizuoka,Yamanashi)
J Okinawa(Gusuku sites and others)

I hope you enjoy it.
See you soon!

*Sorry but I can't come to the OTERA on 1st Oct.

Kazu Yasuda

2016年09月28日

10月1日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

Hello everyone,

This is the practice announcement on Oct. 1st.2016

Genre: Game & Talk

Title : house-egg (Game) & I have something to tell you (Talk)


First, you are going to play some word's games.
Play simple word's games with your group members.
The victory or defeat is determined by time limit!
(20minutes)

As for the latter half, you are going to tell your group members.
Tell your incidents, events, what happened these days.
I suppose that you have been having various emotions in your daily life.
You can choose one emotion among KI-DO-AI-RAKU feelings.
So let's start with “I have something to tell you.”
(40minutes)

Hope you will have fun!
Thank you,
Ryuichi Tanaka

2016年09月19日

9月24日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

This is an announcement of the practice on September 24th.

Genre: Talk
Title: Stress Management

Make some groups as usual.
First I would like you to listen to a CD .
Think about the ways you currently manage your stress and how to cope with it in your life.
I’ve prepared some questions.
Focus on what makes you feel relaxed and in control.
I hope you enjoy it.

Shiho Nakashima

2016年09月10日

9月17日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

Hello, everyone.
This is the chairperson of practice on Sep. 17, Yuko Tanihara.
I'm sorry to be absent from ESS activities these days.

Here is the contents of my practice.

Genre: Talk, Discussion and Drawing

Title: Let's try to do Design Thinking!


At first, please make some groups to have even-numberd members (e.g.4,6,8,・・・)in each group.

Warming up part(About 25 min);

1)Please make pairs.
2)Ask what frightens your partner(2 min for each).
3)Draw the horrible monster what frightens your partner(3 min).
4)Explain how horrible and your intentions(3 min for each).
5)Partner give some comments on the monster(1 min for each).

6)Improve your drawing on another sheet by reflecting comment of your partner(more horrible)(3 min).
7)Explain how horrible and your intentions(3 min for each).
8)Partner give some comments on the monster(1 min for each).

Main part(About 25-30 min);
I will give you a question for each group.

Shall we discuss and find solutions using Mind Mapping with your group members?

I hope you will enjoy and feel how exciting and useful tool Design Thinking is!

See you on next Saturday.

Best regards,
Yuko Tanihara

2016年09月07日

9月10日 プラクティス

Dear KYOTO NHK ESS members

This is the announcement of the practice on Sep 10th.

Genre: Talk
Title: Your favorite music

Music is always around us. Everybody has favorite songs and musicians.
Everybody has unforgettable songs, which make you remind of your youthful days.
In this practice, we share favorite songs and musicians.
Let`s introduce your unforgettable songs, and talk about stories how these songs are special to you.

Procedures:
1) Make some groups as usual.

2) Talk about your favorite songs and musicians.
What songs do you listen when you inspire yourself?
What songs do you listen when you relax?
What songs do you listen when you are depressed?

3) Talk about your unforgettable songs.
What scenes do you remember in your life when you listen to certain songs?
Do you have songs which affect you in the turning point of your life?

4) Please introduce your favorite songs and musicians in each group.

*Please bring your favorite records,CDs and related goods if they are available.

I hope you will share music and scenes of your life through music beyond generations.

Thank you!!

Seiichiro Iwai

2016年08月27日

9月3日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members

This is the announcement of the practice on Sep 3rd.

Genre: talk and discussion
Title: Thinking about happiness

Procedure
・Make some groups.

1st stage (10-15minutes)
・I distribute memo pads.
・Please write as follows one by one.
・What is important for your happiness?
・What is the happiest story that you have ever had in your life thus far?
・When your well-being assumes one hundred a best score, how many points do you give it?
Etc...

2nd stage (40-45minutes)
・Share it to your group.
・Discuss how to become happier.
・Other members advise the speaker.
Please repeat as above by rotation.

I hope you will enjoy the practice and it will help you to become happier.

Thanks,
Yusuke Ueno

2016年08月21日

8月27日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS actors and actresses,

I would like you to take on the challenge of a English Drama for the upcoming practice on August 27.

Genre: English Drama

Practice Points: Put your feeling, emotion and passion into words and phrases with facial expression and body actions.

Attached with this e-mail is a script of “The Battle Between the Monkey and the Crab” that we are going to perform.
However the script is composed with 9 acts, we will play only the first 4 acts because of a time limitation of the practice.
In those 4 acts, there are 5 roles, Narrator, Monkey, Mother Crab, Kid Crab A and Kid Crab B. So I want to make several
groups to be consisted with 5 members basically for each. If the group is happened to be made with more than 5 members,
6th or 7th member can switch a role with other member during the play.

Most of the time will be consumed for having a rehearsal, but I would like to pick up one group at random and
ask them to play for us at the end of the practice.

Nishimura

2016年08月18日

8月20日 プラクテイス

Dear ESS members

This is the announcement of the practice on August 20th.

◆Genre: Group talk

◆Topic: What gives you spark joy(tokimeki)?

Do you have something to make you happy?
If you are a stylish person, you will be happy and excited just to wear
your favorite clothes.

Let's talk about what is tokimeki items for you and why they give you spark joy.
Bring your tokimeki items if you can!

◆Procedures:
1) make some groups as usual.
2) discuss in each group
3) please show us your own tokimeki items at least one person in each group.

I hope you will enjoy it.
See you soon!

Kaori Tsujii

2016年07月24日

7月30日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members

This is an announcement of the practice scheduled on July 30th.

Coordinator: R. Matsumoto
Genre: Discussion
Title: Analysis of social trends
Descriptions: We will read some impressive topics in the former half of this year. Thereafter, the team leader will summarize the talks in each table.

[How to proceed]
✓ First of all, make several groups to recall some impressive events in the first half of this year.
✓ And then leaders in each group will summarize the most impressive topic for less than five minutes in the end.

[Materials]
Nikkei hit ranking for first half of 2016 defined by thrift(質素・倹約)

With Abenomics sputtering and hopes for an escape from deflation dim, Japanese consumers are back to counting pennies this year. The Nikkei Marketing Journal's ranking of popular products for the first half of 2016 underscores this preference for bargain-hunting.
The table is split into east and west divisions. Taking the yokozuna slot in the east was "cheaponomics" -- a return to thrift as consumers reversed course from a boom in premium products spurred by Abenomics. Fast Retailing's price hikes on its Uniqlo casualwear were a bust while rivals boasting low prices drew more buyers. Restaurants added cheap offerings to their menus. Four years after discontinuing pork bowls, Yoshinoya Holdings brought them back in April, pricing them 50 yen (46 cents) lower than beef bowls. It sold 10 million pork bowls in just two months -- half the annual sales target.
The Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal -- Busta Shinjuku for short -- ranked second in the division, taking the ozeki title. The new hub at Shinjuku Station consolidated 19 once-scattered bus stops and taxi stands in one place -- a godsend for frugal travelers going by highway bus rather than pricier planes or shinkansen bullet trains.
Next in the east division, snagging the sekiwake ranking, is minpaku, or renting rooms to travelers. Some 1.3 million guests booked accommodations through the American home-rental website Airbnb last year. Usage was up 280% on May 1 from a year earlier.
Topping the west division is demand created by negative interest rates. Consumers have found upsides to this unconventional monetary policy. Total new mortgage applications at eight major banks jumped 15% on the year to around 127,000 for the February-April period as rates fell. About 73,000 people refinanced mortgages, a 2.6-fold increase.
The west ozeki title went to Ise-Shima and Hiroshima. The recent Group of Seven summit in the Ise-Shima area spotlighted such attractions as the Ise Shrine. Foreign lodgers in Mie Prefecture will likely swell fivefold from the 2014 figure to 900,000, by some estimates. Hiroshima saw the sharpest rise in hotel reservations during last month's Golden Week holiday, according to Rakuten Travel. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the designation of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Itsukushima Shrine as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The city also got a significant boost from a recent trip by U.S. President Barack Obama.
The west sekiwake title was taken by artificial intelligence, which has made great strides of late. A system developed by Google defeated a grandmaster of the ancient board game Go in March.
The komusubi slots in both divisions reflect an accelerating shift in leisure spending away from physical products in favor of unusual experiences that people can gush over on social media. The Hokkaido Shinkansen bullet train line, which began service in March, and the Genbi Shinkansen, a train on the Joetsu Shinkansen line that displays modern art, were grouped together as "northern bullet trains" in the east division.
The Kyoto Railway Museum, which exhibits 53 railway vehicles, including one of the largest steam locomotives operated by the old Japanese National Railways, saw 111,500 visitors during Golden Week.
Lower in the ranking are doya-kaden -- high-end devices that owners like to brag about. Even financially troubled Sharp has come out with such popular items as an air purifier that can catch mosquitoes and an automatic cooker that requires no water.
(6月16日 日経英語版より入手)

R. Matsumoto

2016年07月15日

7月23日 プラクティス

Hi there!

This is a notice of the practice session on July 23, 2016.

Genre: Listening comprehension
Title: Joy of Listening (part I)

Description:

For some, this session may be very easy; all you will do is just
listening to some audio-books (not as a whole, of course) and answering
questions on what you have listened.

I will choose an audio-book or two from books for kids. So not worry
too much. Kick back and enjoy the ride!

I hope you will find this interesting.

Cheers!

Masakazu Yoshida

2016年07月12日

7月16日 プラクティス

Hello Kyoto NHK ESS members,

This is the announcement of the practice on July 16th.

Genre: Vocabulary Building

Title: Word Quize

I give you a rather unique test that will surely enrich your vocabulary.
The scales will fall from your eyes after this.

Thanks,
Fujio Hirano

2016年07月06日

7月9日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

This is the announcement of the practice on July 9th

Genre: Discussion

Title: Election for House of Councilors 2016 Special

Description:
The next day of this practice(July 10th) is the Voting day of the Election
for the House of Councilors (参議院選).

In this practice I'd like you to discuss various current topics & election.

I am preparing the information about the commitments of each party.

Choose the interesting issues and discuss freely.

The members who are very interested in politics will be expected to help the ones who are not familiar with politics to understand the commitments and decide to which parties one should vote.

I’ll try to make discussion easier and not too serious.

See you!

Akihiro Tabata

2016年06月25日

7月2日 プラクティス

This is the information about the practice on July 2.
1. Date July 2, 2016
2. Genre Discussion
3. Title Significant news and events during the past 6 months for you
4. Description The first half of the year 2016 has already passed. Time flies.
I will ask each member to pick up 3 pieces of breaking current news
and one unforgettable personal event from the month of January to June.
I will prepare briefly past major events of the world for reference.

Masahiro Ohishi

2016年06月12日

6月25日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK-ESS members
This is the information about the practice on June 25


Title: What do you do in this situation ?

Genre: Game

I will prepare easy questions .

1. Make some groups .
2. Read the question and answer in your group .


Matsui Akiko

2016年06月07日

6月18日 プラクティス

Hello.

I hope this text message finds you well.

Here is the announcement of June18 "Practice "(the latter half activity).

Title: Steve Jobs

Genre: Reading and Talk

Read the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple Computer.

Then, talk about "What do you think?" " How did you feel?"

Thank you.

T.Noguchi

2016年06月02日

6月11日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK-ESS member
This is the information about the practice on June 11.

1. Genre: Talk & Discussion
2. Title: Japan’s weak points
3. Description

Japan has some weak points. What do you think Japan’s weak points are? There are a lot of different opinions.
Let’s talk and discuss about that.

[Step. 0]
Make some groups and make pairs in each group. If you don’t have partner, please find a partner in other group.
If there is no partner in all groups, I will become your partner.

[Step. 1]
I will give you a topic to be related to Japan’s weak points. Please ask a question about the topic each other for about
8 minutes. I’m a timekeeper. About 8 minutes later, I will request to change your partner and give you another topics again.
Please start conversation again and repeat like this style for about 30 minutes. Please obey the following rules.
1. At first, one person asks one question.
2. The other person answer and explain his/her answer and ask one question.
3. You must not dominate conversation by your only talking.
Step.1 is a warming –up. Therefor you don’t need to stick Japan’s weak points in your conversation. You can freely talk about topics.

I’ll choose topics below
Food or Food self-sufficiency (Japan’s is about 40%)
Energy or Natural energy or Fossil fuel or Nuclear power or Energy self-sufficiency (Japan’s is about 4%)
Natural disaster or Earthquake or Tsunami or Typhoon or Volcanic eruption
Declining birthrate or Aging society or Depopulation in local area or Overpopulation in urban area
Language barrier or Unique language(Japanese) or Japan surrounded by sea

Example. Topic : Food
A “Do you know that Japanese food is intangible cultural heritage?”
B “Yes. I think Japanese food is healthy. Nutrient balance is very good. I like it very
much. How about you?”
A “I also like it especially Sushi by using fresh fish. But my foreign friends cannot eat
raw fish. Can you eat raw fish?”
B “I can. But, I like spicy food. Have you ever eaten original Indian curry?”
A “I have eaten it while staying in Malaysia. So hot! I got drenched with sweat.
I recommend Japanese curry, which is tasty. Have you eaten it?”
B “Yes, I have. But it’s not spicy. Japanese curry is for children. ・・・・

[Step. 2]
Please gather in each group.

[Step. 2-A]
All member give a speech about Japan’s weak points for about 1 minutes. Please choose one of them and tell the reason of choice.
And tell a method of strengthening it in your opinion. That is not discussion, it’s a kind of short speech. If it’s difficult for you
to choose and talk about Japan’s weak points, you can choose your family’s weak point or your weak point.

Example. I choose language barrier.
Japan is surrounded by sea and ancient Japan was isolated. Japanese language developed in isolation. That is why it’s difficult for many foreign people to learn Japanese.
Some good engineers and students want to learn Japanese high technology, but they cannot help giving up their intention due to the language barrier. Therefore excellent persons pass over Japan for other countries, usually US or European countries.
We should not require foreign people to speak Japanese even in Japan. I want to welcome foreign people, especially engineers, scientists and scholars. They bring knowledge, creativity and stimulation that cause the growth of Japan.
I think that many Japanese should be able to speak English in order to welcome foreign people. Lectures in some universities should be held in English.・・・・・・

[Step. 2-B]
After giving a speech one by one, let’s start a discussion on the basis of each member’s speech.


Sakai Hirokazu

2016年05月24日

6月4日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS members,
This is an announcement of the practice on June 4.

(1) Genre: Presentation
(2) Title: Show and Tell about Your Hobby
(3) Description:
What do you do in your free time except for learning English?
Show and tell about what you are interested in to the members.
If your hobby is photography, take some pictures you have taken.
If you took up handcrafting, take a piece you have completed.
Any object can be used if you have interesting information to present with it.
For example, a concert ticket, a book, and a recipe you cooked,
Whatever they are, you must have been particular about them.

Something unique would be preferable.

Please be sure to bring some objects to show. Maybe Photos on your phone will do.


Takada Kumiko

2016年05月23日

5月28日 プラクティス

Hello to the member of Kyoto NHK ESS.
This is an announcement of practice on May 28th, 2016.
I would like you to have a little chat about issues among the education system in Japan, from kindergarten to University.

Title:
Date: May 28th, 2016
Genre: Discussion
Presenter: Akira Hashimoto

Procedure:
1: Make 6 groups as usual
2: Presenter will read out the topics and give you some tips about each of them.
3: Choose one of the following topics about Japanese education, and discuss within the group. Handout will be given to each group.
4: In the end, summarize and present what you have discussed to the rest of the class.

Here are the topics:

1: One of the criteria for “highly ranked world university” includes a lot of international student/stuff/faculty within the University. Having said that, do you think Japanese university should be aiming at “highly ranked world university”? (In other words, should we participate more and more foreign people to live in Japan?)

2: There is high demand among young couples to increase the number of kindergartens available for new pupil. On the other hand, some people just don't want to have another new kindergarten in their backyard. In this contradictory situation, what would be the most suitable solution?

3: Some immigrant with religious background (e.g. Muslims) have strict rule to obey in their everyday life, such as prohibition of eating pork, girls wearing Hijab (scarf for Muslim women), etc. In some areas of Japan, there are increasing numbers of their children who are attending to Japanese public school. Should we, as the Japanese, accept Muslim’s tradition within the Japanese public school, or should we just say to them, “when in Rome, do as Romans do”?

Hope you enjoy the practice.

Akira Hashimoto

2016年05月18日

5月21日 プラクティス

ESSの皆様

5月21日のプラクティス案内をさせていただきます。

 Genre: Grammar & Vocabulary
 Title: Quizzes of Grammar & Vocabulary

80題程の英文法や語彙に関しての問題を考えていただきます。
程度は中程度です。

山本

2016年05月09日

5月14日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members:

Sorry for the late announcement. This is Kumiko Takesue who is in charge of coming practice on May 14th.
The practice will be as follows.

Genre: Talking
Title: Decision Making

Make some groups consist of 4members and talk about the given topics.



Decision Making

Activity 1 | Vocabulary and Expressions

• resolution -‐‑‒ a firm decision to do or not to do something
• inevitable -‐‑‒ certain to happen; what you cannot prevent
• psychological -‐‑‒ related to the mental state of a person
• inescapable -‐‑‒ unavoidable
• toss -‐‑‒ throw something lightly or casually
• instinct -‐‑‒ natural tendency for people to act based on the knowledge and abilities that they were born with; a feeling that makes you do something or believe that something is true
Advanced ⅼ Article Discussion Lesson 08
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Activity 2 | Article
Decision Making
Each of us has our own stories to tell. Life is like a roller coaster, at times it goes up and at times it goes down, this means life rotates in different directions both advantageous and disadvantageous. But of course we can always choose how our life will turn out to be by making decisions.
Decision making is reaching a conclusion, judgment, or resolution after thinking about what is the best thing to do. We all inevitably have to make decisions at times. It is a constant psychological exercise that we inescapably do every single day. When we find it difficult to decide we seek for advice from another individual. There are times when we don’t know what to do but still do not feel the need of help, we toss a coin or just choose whichever. But most of the time we trust our instincts and decide all by ourselves. However, regardless of the effort put into decision making, we need to accept that some decisions will not always be the right and best choices. Some people often make decisions while experiencing strong emotions and therefore such decisions most of the time result in failure.
No one will ever be able to make the best decision all the time because all of us make mistakes.
To avoid choosing wrong we need to dissect problems into simpler forms and create solutions for them, weighing the risk involved, considering pros and cons, choosing advice from people who have more experience on the matter, and lastly come up with the best decision accordingly.

Activity 3 | Question and Answer
Directions: Answer these questions about the article.
1. According to the essay, what does decision making mean?
2. What does the phrase “Life is like a roller coaster” mean?
3. What are the things we need to do to avoid wrong decisions?

Activity 4 | Summary
Directions: Make a summary of this article, focusing on the main topic.
Copyright © since 1998 DMM All Rights Reserved.

Activity 5 | Thoughts
Directions: Exchanging thoughts about this article.
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Activity 6 | Free Conversation
Directions: Answer these questions related to the topic of the article. Have a free conversation about it.
1. Do you trust yourself or other people more when it comes to decision making?
2. In your opinion do you make more of advantageous or disadvantageous decisions?
3. Is there any decision that you regret making?
4. Does it take you long to decide what to buy when you are shopping?
5. How important is decision making to you?

K.Takesue

2016年05月01日

5月7日 プラクティス

Dear all: This is Akira Oku.
The announcement of practice on May 7 is as follows.
Genre: Composition.
Title: Frugality and Health.
Remark: In-advance preparation is recommended. You are encouraged to prepare a draft of answers to the activity appearing in the following announcement.
・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・
Kyoto NHK ESS: Practice Manager A. Oku: 2016.5.7
Frugality and Health

Genre: Composition for fostering the value of life
Game procedures:
1. Make 5 or 6 groups.
2. Read sections (A), (B) and (C) shown below. Choose either combination (A) + (B) or (B) + (C), write the answer to facilitate group discussion.
3. Present the typical answer(s) in the group to (A) + (B) or (B) + (C).

Section (A). Poverty or Frugality
Do you like these Danish-style proverbs?
1) Possessing less are not but wanting more are the poor.
2) Those who demand less are blessed whereas demand more are damned.
How to play today with (A). By mimicking them, create your proverbs on a similar theme and discuss. (15 min)

Section (B). Manifesto of the Frugality Party(by H. Shingu)
A spectre is haunting in the World, the spectre of consumerism. All the powers of the World, all the countries on earth, have entered into a holy alliance to exercise the doctrine of this spectre, to buy more, to waste more.
Where is the country which has not been enticed to the consumerism? Where is the voice of keeping the world wide traditional way of frugal life that has not been silenced under the branding reproach as hindrance to the social progress.
Two things result from this fact:
1. Frugality is the only way for the human being to survive continuously on this planet earth. This simple fact is understood by every people world over at least deep in mind.
2. Frugality must openly, in the face of the whole world, be talked, published and appealed through every available method, for its necessity, its consequences and the reason why it has been in the past, it is now and it will be forever, the principal philosophy of happy life. Now is high time to have the spectre of consumerism be contained and ostracized from the world.
To this end, following Manifesto of the Frugality Party has here been written, in the Japanese and English languages, to be publicized.

節約党宣言 (和訳)
妖怪が世界を牛耳っている . 消費主義の妖怪が。世界中の国々が同盟を結んだように、この妖怪の行動規範すなわち消費活性化を一致団結して押し進めている。現在、消費を奨励しない国が世界のどこにあるだろうか?太古から世界のどの場所でも続いて来た伝統的な倹約の社会を守ろうという声は必ず、文明の進歩を妨げるという一言で、時代遅れ、の烙印が押さるのである。
二つの事があきらかである。
1. 節約主義は、それ以外に人類の存続を守る方法がないことを、心の中ではすべての世界の人々から認められている。
2. 節約主義は、過去も、現在も、そして未来においても、常に世界で第一の生活哲学である。いまこそ堂々と、この心の奥の声を、なにはばかることなく広く主張し、出版し、あらゆる情報手段を用いて、これが再び世界の常識になるように、節約党宣言を発表すべき時である。消費主義の妖怪は即刻とらえて世界中の社会から放逐せねばならない.
この目的のために、節約党宣言が日本語と英語とでここに起草された。

How to play today with (B).  (35 min)
After reading the above manifesto, select one political party out of four candidates shown below. Make a draft of its manifesto of declaration in less than 150 words. Work time = 25 min, group discussion = 10 min.
Party Names:
1. Party of Uncovering False Environment-Benignancy.
2. Defense Party of Gyoza-no-Ohshou.
3. Farewell Manifesto to Automotive Society.
4. Manifesto of An-Hour-A-Day Smartphone Party.

Section (C). More Apples a Day! (from TIME)
The great cholesterol controversy that has waged incessantly for the past decade was beginning to wane last week. As the American Heart Association held its scientific sessions in St. Louis, even onetime skeptics were prepared to concede that abnormal quantities of fatty material in the blood should be regarded as one of the major factors in producing heart-artery disease. Thirty-two papers were presented on the subject; the evidence seemed overwhelming. Said Minneapolis Physiologist Ancel Keys: "No one can say that the maintenance of a low level of blood cholesterol will positively prevent development of artery disease. We don't know that this is the answer in whole or even in large part. But it's like a person with hypertension; we can assume he'd run less risk if his blood pressure were lower."

One piece of evidence was offered by Keys himself. Intrigued by the fact that Italians enjoy a far lower rate of coronary disease than Americans, Keys decided to find out why. Last week he suggested a possible answer: the Italian diet. Noting that Italians eat more leafy vegetables and fruits than Americans, Keys reasoned that some ingredient in these foods restricted the level of cholesterol and other fatty materials in the blood.

The Key ingredient turned out to be pectin, a carbohydrate well known to many U.S. housewives: it is the substance that makes jelly jell. Keys found that taking 15 grams of pectin daily for three weeks lowered blood cholesterol levels by an average of ten milligrams—"a modest but significant amount." For Americans who want to keep the doctor away, Keys added a familiar note: his 15-gram daily dose corresponds roughly to the amount of pectin found in two ripe apples.

How to play today with (C).  Write the diagnosis or prescription as the answer to the questions 1 and 2. (15 min).
Question 1. Three apples a day keep --- what?
Question 2. More than four apples a day keep --- what?
Have a ball!

2016年04月15日

4月30日 プラクティス

Dear KYOTO NHK ESS members

This is Osamu MINAMIHASHI from Kyoto City.
I would like to inform you all about the latter practice on April 30th, 2016

Date: April 30th at Hitomachi from 16:30
Genre: Impromptu speech
Title: “What" Questions
Description and procedure
1. Make 8 to 12 groups or more so that each group has 3 members.
If one member were left, I would ask him/her to be the 4th member of the last group.
If two members were left, I would ask them to add me as the 3rd member of the group.
2. Read the following example and answer so that you would get some ideas on how to answer the following questions
3. Two persons shall answer to the questions below as you like within 30 seconds to 2 minute each.
4. The other one shall choose next question. He/she and another member shall start, in turn, expressing one’s own answer.
5. Your impromptu speech shall follow the order as below.
A) State your conclusion briefly
B) Explain your conclusion with 2 or 3 reasons.
C) Repeat your conclusion in somehow different expressions.
5. Your group may choose any of these questions below as you like.
6. Make speech on these questions as many as you can until 18:30.
7.From 18:30, youngest member of each group shall introduce most notable speech to all the members within 30 seconds.
Example:What do you think is the best way to stay healthy?
Answer:
A)Best way to stay healthy is eating moderately or exercise regularly, or both.
B)The reasons are as follows
1) There are many ways to remain healthy. Different people pursue many of them. They may take large amounts of vitamins or tonics. Some blindly believe in some diet or other.
2) These method may be commercially appealing but not medically tested.
3) Nonetheless, good health starts with weight control.
C)Therefore, despite of either vitamins or tonics or various diet, good health is achieved greatly through eating moderately or exercising regularly, or both.

Words:
・pursue : try to attain or accomplish (sth)
• tonic:(sth) that improves (sb)’s health, strength, or confidence
• blindly:without thinking or paying attention to what one does
• diet:regulated selection of foods, as for medical reasons or cosmetic weight loss
・commercially:considering whether a business or product is making a profit
• appealing:attractive or interesting
• nonetheless:despite what has been said
• give up on (sth):admit failure and stop trying
•command of (sth):knowledge of (sth), esp. a language, or ability to use (sth)
•prenuptial agreement:agreement made by a man and woman before they marry about how they will divide their money and property if they get divorced

Other “What” Questions:
1. What do you usually have for breakfast?
2. What do you usually have for lunch?
3. What is your favorite snack?
4. What do you want to be in the future?
5. What do you want your kids to be in the future?
6. What do you think about giving up on English?
7. What do you think are the advantages of having a good command of English?
8. What do you do to improve your English?
9. What do you think about prenuptial agreements?
10. What made your parents get married?
11. What makes you feel happy?
12. What do you do to make your parents happy?
13. What do you usually do if you have a cold?
14. What makes you feel sad?
15. What do you do to make your friends happy?
16. What can you do to help the poor?
17. What do you think about buying lottery tickets?
18. What is your favorite season?
19. What do you think about women smoking and drinking?
20. What is the best movie you've ever seen?
21. What is your favorite food?
22. What is the most important thing for you to do this year?
23. What are you going to be doing at 10:00 pm tomorrow?
24. What do you think is the most important thing in life?
25. What are your future plans?

Notice: My intention is to enable each member to express one’s own idea briefly, logically and persuasively with impromptu speech.

I hope all of you would enjoy this tough, interesting and exciting practice thoroughly, of course, at last, from the bottom of your heart!

Sincerely yours,
Osamu MINAMIHASHI

2016年04月07日

4月23日 プラクティス

Dear members:

It's my pleasure to inform you all of what I'm supposed to talk about on Saturday, April 23, 2016 as follows.

1. Realm: Presentation and discussion
2. Title: Singaore's challenge

3. Procudures:
a. All participants are devided into 3 classes, such as advanced, intermediate and beginner based on ones's own judgement.
b. One group in each class is recommended to consist of 6 persons at most. We may have more or less 7 groups.
c. Each group is requested to choose one chiar person and one rapporteur.
d. A presentation about Singapore is given by Izumi toki.
e. Questions and answers are admitted after and during the presentation.
f. One specific issue is made clear, about which all participants talk in each group.
g. Two or three sum-ups by rapporteurs are made public.

4. Chair-person: Izumi Toki, Master of International Relations/ Urban Policy Making
5. Reference: See the attached

Hope to see you all soooooooon with a big smile.

Best regards.
Izumi Toki

4月16日 プラクティス

Dear all,

On behalf of Uchidate san, let me introduce the practice on April 16th.

The material of the practice is attached.

Date: April 16

Genre: Read & Talk

Facilitator: Atsuta & Uchidate

Procedure:
1) As usual, be divided into 5 or 6 groups

2) Each member of group read one paragraph aloud and put it into Japanese by turn.

3) After going through one article, talk and discuss on the article within your group.
Questions:
-What did you think of the article and its topic?
-Is there anything else you can add to the topic? Anything is OK.

4) If you have time, move on to another articles whichever you like.

5) Finally, one of each group introduce summery of your groups talk to all.

Thank you,

Y. Atsuta

2016年04月02日

4月9日 プラクティス

Dear all,

This is an announcement of practice on April 9.

There are many cases to persuade someone not only in business situation but in daily life. In this practice, I would like you to experience developing and presenting persuasive ideas using a role play scenario. This is the first time for me to facilitate practice, but I hope everyone will enjoy it.

Date: April 9
Genre: Role play
Theme: Persuading someone (maybe in business situation)
Facilitator: Masako Kushimoto
Procedure:
1. Making groups;
Firstly make 5 or 6 groups, and then divide each group into 2 teams (let's say A and B).
2. Thinking time;
Discuss in teams and generate ideas to persuade another team of the same group based on a scenario I will distribute.
3. Role play;
Firstly A team will tell their idea to B team and B team will just listen and check how persuasive the idea is. After that, B team will tell their idea to A team and A team will listen and check.
Lastly, I would like to shortly ask how persuasive ideas are.

Thank you,
Masako Kushimoto
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2016年03月24日

4月2日 プラクティス

Hello ESS Members,
The cherry blossom season has begun. You may go cherry blossom viewing. But please come and join the ESS, too.

This is the announcement of practice on April 2, 2016.
I hope all of you will enjoy talking on the common topic.
Title: Meals
Date: April 2, 2016
Genre: Discussion
Facilitator: Keiko Yamaizumi
Procedure
Make some groups. A handout will be distributed to each participant.
1. Reading the script.
2. Thinking. (The script and the questions could be hints to think.)
3. Discussion.

Lastly, summarize and announce the notable speech of each group.


Sincerely,
K. Yamaizumi

2016年03月23日

3月26日 プラクティス

Hello there, ladies and gentlemen ! (^.^)/
This is the announcement for the latter session on Mar. 26th.

Presenter: Inoue Motomi

(1) Genre: Translation

(2) Title: “Lucky items (Engimono) 2”

(3) Description:
1. Make some groups.

2. I will hand out material of some Japanese lucky items.

3. Translate it in your group.
Maybe you should translate it in turns, but if you have another
good idea, it is OK to do in your way.

4. Present a part of your translation before all.

I hope you all enjoy the session.

Cheers !

★☆Motomi☆★

2016年03月08日

3月19日 プラクティス

Hello everybody.

This is Shigeo HORI from Kashiba City.

I'd like to inform you all about the practice of March 19th.
Date: March 19th at Hitomachi, from 18:00.
Genre: Discussion (with a short time presentation)
Title: Who is a good leader?
Description and Procedure:
1. First I'd like to introduce some leadership theories in the field of social psychology and business management.
2. Make 5 or 6 groups.
3. Discuss the topic of leadership according to AGENDA.
I hope you do not attack personally in this discussion.
(Examples of the contents of AGENDA)
a. Who do you think is a good leader (socially)? For example, Obama, Shokatsu Koumei, etc.
b. Why do you think that person is a good leader?
c. What is the important points for being a good leader? In the fields of business management, politician, sports team, ESS, etc.
d. Difference between good leader's points between business/political leader and ESS leader?
4. Announce your group's good idea of leadership to all members.
I hope to experience a good and interesting discussion.

Thank you.

3月12日 プラクティス

Hello everyone!

This is the announcement of practice on March 12, 2016.
I wish all of you would think about the future of Japan.
Title: The depopulation of Japanese and the aging problem in our society
Date: March 12, 2016
Genre: Discussion
Facilitator: Hideyuki Tanaka
Note: I am worried about the declining population in Japan.
This time we will discuss and focus on the aging problem in our country, which is unavoidable.
Procedure
1. Make some groups.
2. Express and discuss each members’ own opinion in your group.
The first subject: What do you think about the aging problem in Japan?
The second subject: What is your plan to cope up with the aging problem in Japan?
3. Summarize and announce the notable opinion of your own group
I hope that we would feel glad to have been born Japanese.

2016年02月25日

3月5日 プラクティス

Hello everyone!

This is the announcement of practice on March 5, 2016.
I wish all of you will enjoy the practice.

Title: WE ARE INVENTORS!
Date: March 5, 2016
Genre: Problem solution
Facilitator: Akiko Yoshioka

Note: To bring your own scissors is highly appreciated.
*****
Blue-LED, iPS cells, smart phones, pharmaceutical preparations, etc. etc.

There are a lots of great inventions in the world.
Actually not only exceptional genius but also we can invent something useful.
Let's enjoy creating an invention!
*****
+ Phase I: What is the problem?

I will suggest a simple situation to you.

[Group discussion]
What is the problem of the situation?
Identify the problem.

+ Phase II: How do you solve the problem?

[Work]
Draw your ideas to solve the problem.
Write the key points of your ideas in English.

[Group discussion]
Brainstorm possible solutions.

+ Phase III: What is your invention?

[Cooperative handicraft]
Let's realize your idea!
Build a model or prototype in teams.
Refine the design.
Share the inventions.

To bring your own scissors is highly appreciated.

*****
I am really looking forward to seeing your inventions!
Thank you very much for giving me this precious opportunity.

Cheers!
Akiko Yoshioka
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2016年02月21日

2月27日 プラクティス

Hello everyone!

This is Takehiko Sakai.
I'm called Take-chan in Kyoto ESS to distinguish me from another Sakai-san called Great Sakai-san.
Now I would like to inform you about the practice on February 27, 2016 in Kyoto ESS.

Date: February 27, 2016
Genre: Learning Korean language
Title: Let's Hangul

The topic of this practice is to introduce how to use Hangul character (Korean alphabet).
So let's learn how to write and read Hangul character. We would write our own name in Hangul character after this practice.
I have to tell you how to write and read it with my English explanation.
I think it's an experimental practice and big challenge for me but I would try.

Hangul character was established by Sejong the Great(世宗王 1418-1450) in Korea.
It consists of 21 vowels(母音) and 19 consonants(子音) and it's expressed by the combination of these vowels and consonants.
Please see the attached file.

So I'm trying to apply Hangul character into Japanese syllabary (The 50-character kata-kana syllabary) for us to learn them easier.
I'm going to show the basic vowels and consonants according to this kata-kana syllabary for you to write your own name.

Procedure
1. Make 5 or 6 groups.

2. I show the basic combination of the vowels and the consonants according to kata-kana syllabary like あ to お,か to こ and so on.
In this case I think it's enough to use about 12 vowels and 15 consonants.

3. I tell you basic rule of Hangul using my name "Sakai Takehiko" for example.
Some consonant characters (か行, た行 etc.) are pronounced in different way depending on whether they are at the beginning of the sentence or not.
I mean some pronunciation is changing such as か -> が, た -> だ, ち -> ぢ, ぱ -> ば.

4. You are expected to write your own name in Hangul following my explanation.
If you have something that you don't know or understand well, please feel free to ask me.

5. In each group each person should show the name written in Hangul to other people.

6. At the end of the practice one of the person in each group should show everyone how you wrote your name in Hangul.
In addition please say how you feel about learning Hangul.

7. If we have more time I would tell you basic Korean phrases and try to translate them into Japanese meaning.

I expect you to widen your view.
See you on next Saturday evening!

Best Regards
Sakai
https://d.docs.live.net/9021160707901d25/Documents/Basic%20of%20Hangul.docx

2016年02月13日

2月20日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members

Here is summary of the last practice on Feb. 20th.
We used talk material Minamihashi san happen to have. (Thank you Minamihashi san)

Each group discussed on various subjects shown in the material and introduced one of the most
interesting one to all.

Group1:
Question: Women are ready to do anything to look beautiful ?
Answer: Basically agreed. But, do not commit crime even if you can do anything.

Group2:
Q: Some people treat their pets better than they treat their neighbors.
A: It is common. But we do not know pets like to wear pants or do special hear cut.

Group3:
Q: We do not have to learn foreign languages thanks to translation machines that will be avilable in a decade.
A: Yes, it could be useful for simple message but what about emotion ? We still need face to face communication.

Group4:
Q: He sees someone drowning. What should he do ?
A: Do not dare to help her. He will be drowned together. Better to throw a swimming ring.

Group5:
Q: His daughter wants to move in with her boyfriend. What should he do?
A: Why not grab him !

Generally, it turn out to be a pleasant practice.
Thank you for your cooperation

Atsuta

2016年02月06日

2月13日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members:
I kindly notify the ESS members of the following subjects:
1. Date: Saturday, 13 February at the ESS;
2. Genre: Sharing what we've learned;
3. Title: Getting new words at one's fingertips; and
4. Description: See below.
The practice entitled "Getting new words at one's fingertips" is constituted by:
1. To sum up what we’ve learned in each group by talking one on one for ten minutes.
Each male attendee is kindly asked to choose each female partner to have “one on one talk” within the respective groups, and so does each female attendee. Ten minutes are given for summing-up;
2. To list up at least 10 new words by yourself respectively including amazing words, idiomatic expressions and you name on your each textbook for ten minutes;
3. To write some scripts by making use of the listed words.
Each attendee is kindly requested to make some scripts by using the ten listed words for ten minutes;
4. To choose a partner and express own script each other for ten minutes; and
5. To choose a partner and sum up what each attendee has learned with a partner for ten minutes.
The chair is supposed to be taken by Izumi.
That concludes a practice entitled "Getting new words at one's fingertips".
Regards
Izumi Toki

2016年01月30日

2月6日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS members

This is the announcement of practice on Feb. 6th.

Date: Feb. 6th
Genre: Discussion
Title:
1. What personality or occupation did you want to get in your early days?
2. What do you want now to be in the future?
3. With how much income are you satisfied qua the present status?

They seem to be severe themes to talk about. But take it easy. In the beginning of the year, Dai-Ichi Seimei (第一生命) insurance company annually announces the result of their survey (census) on " What do you want to be in the future?” Typical top 10 answers are as follow.
[boys]
1. Football player
2. Baseball player
3. Policeman, Detective
4. Mate, Chauffeur
5. Carpenter
6. Doctor (Physician)
7. Food store owner
8. Scholar, Doctor
9. Space-pilot, Fireman
10. Piano-teacher

〔girls〕
1. Food store owner(食べ物屋)
2. Kindergarten teacher
3. Nurse
4. Doctor (Physician)
5. Teacher
6. Singer, Entertainer, Talent
7. Fancier, Pet-shop owner, Animal trainer
8. Designer
9. Store owner
10. Pianist

Contents : As usual, make 5 or 6 groups.
After discussing each title, each group leader reports content of discussions.

Expecting vivid discussion and talking. See you next Saturday evening.

Regards,
Y.Imai

2016年01月27日

1月30日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS members
This is an announcement for Practice on 30th, Jan. 2016

Genre: Game
Title: Scrabble(A kind of crossword game)

Steps:
1. Make 4 members’ groups.
(I’ll hand out each group a set of the crossword game which has a grid-printed paper and alphabet letter tiles.)

2. Turn all the letter tiles face down at the side of the grid-printed paper and each member draws 7 pieces of the letter tiles at random and turn the letter tiles face up in front of each

3. Determine the first player in a group in any way. After the first player, play passes to the left. Thus, each player’s turn comes around clockwise.

4. The first player combines two or more of his/her letter tiles to form a word and place them at the center of the grid-printed paper explaining his/her word in other words, Of course, in English. After that, the player counts his/her points on the letter tiles and writes it down on another paper to record.

5.Any dictionaries or materials are available in the Practice. You can also ask questions to other players in a group such as “ Is this a word?”, “Is this a correct spelling?”, but do not ask a whole word. If you can’t find any word to place, you will be able to say “Pass” and get 0 point. I hope the whole Practice shall be managed by communications in English!

6 Two pieces of no letter tile are included in each set of the alphabet letter tiles. You can use them as any letter tiles when you get one of them or both, but you will get no point when you place it on the grid-printed paper as neither point is printed on the tile.

7 A player complete a turn by drawing as many new letter tiles as played, thus always has to keep seven letter tiles in front.

8. The next player repeats the same operation above, but has to place his/her word to touch another letter tile already placed on the grid-printed paper. All letters played in a turn must be placed in one row across or down.

9. When all the letter tiles are used up, the game will be over. Sum up points you’ve got in your plays. A winner will be the highest point earner in a group!

I hope you will enjoy this game!

K. Masayama

2016年01月16日

1月23日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS members

This is an announcement for the practice on January 23, 2016
Genre: Study and Talk
Title: Tumor(Cancer/Neoplasm)
Steps:
1 .Make several groups as usual (One group consists of 5 members).
2. First of all, I would like to explain about cancer.
3. Please talk about the following themes.
①If you have been diagnosed with cancer, do you hope the notification? Why?
②If your family have been diagnosed with cancer, do you hope the notification for your family? Why?
③If you have been diagnosed with terminal cancer, do you hope for further treatments? Why?
④If you don`t hope ③, do you hope the palliative care and hospice? Why?
4. Comprehension test
A little difficult but please enjoy my practice.

See you again at the temple!

                       Makoto Kurusu

2015年12月24日

1月16日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members
This is an announcement of the practice on 16 January.
Date: 16 January 2016
Genre: Translation (Japanese to English)
Title: How to translate Japanese to English
We divide our members into 5 or 6 groups.

When we translate a difficult Japanese sentence to English one,
we sometimes recognize the cultural difference between the West and Japan.
Anyhow I prepare 9 sentences.

e.g., 優柔不断な男 ⇒ 決断力のない男 (やさしい日本語に置き換える)
 ⇒ a man who cannot make a decision by himself.

あなたのその帽子は暖かいですか? ⇒ その帽子はあなたを暖めますか?
 ⇒ Does your cap keep you warm ?  (主語が私ではなく帽子)

By Takeo Kuchinaka (the third oldest carrier member of ESS)

2015年12月19日

12月26日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS friends,
This is an announcement of the practice on December 26th.
Date: December 26, 2015
Genre: Discussion
Title: Talk about the events you have experienced in 2015
Description:
Since this is the last practice in the year, please tell us your happy or unfortunate moments you have experienced this year.
I will prepare some questions so that you can recall the events easily.
Procedure:
・Make small groups of 5 or 6.
・Talk your stories by answering to each question.
・Choose someone in your group as a presenter.
・Presenters should summarize the talking in your group and present it to others.
I hope you will enjoy talking.
G.Kitaura

2015年12月09日

12月19日 プラクティス

Hi, ESS everyone

This is the announcement of practice to be held on December 19th by Shimon Nakamura
Date: December 19, 2015
Genre: Speech
Title: Make an impromptu speech in English
Description: Dec. 19th will be the penultimate meeting in this year. At any time in ESS, we are requested to make an impromptu speech in English or it is important for us to begin an off-the-cuff English talk. At this time I’m listing as many easy subjects as 100 or more for you to start to speak in no time. The subject will be, for instance, Tokyo Sky Tree, Year-end jumbo lottery, Windows 10, Emperor, garbage selection and the like. I will hand out several sheets of papers showing all the subjects. Let us make a vivid talk. Hoping that you will have a really enjoyable practice at the last meeting but one, I am.
Shimon Nakamura (中村 史門)

2015年12月01日

12月12日 プラクティス

Announcement of the practice on Dec.12th

Genre: game
Title: card game [Karuta]
Make 5 groups.
Detail is secret until the game.

Hisako Fukuda

2015年11月28日

12月5日 プラクティス

Hi, there!

This is the announcement of the practice on Dec 5th.

Genre: Game
Title: Daily phrases game
Description:
1. Make three groups.
2. Form three lines.
3. I call a daily phrase in Japanese,
4. You, three persons in the front, are asked to write it on the white board in English.
(Time limit: From 30 seconds to 1 minute)

5. The judge (I will choose someone) checks the answers.
6. The winner will get a prize!! !
I hope you will enjoy this practice.

Takako Suzuki

2015年11月21日

11月28日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members

Hello! It’s my honor to plan the Practice on Nov. 28th.
I’m supposed to share my experience in Canada, aren’t I?
Actually, studying in Canada as a high school student was absolutely great experience for me.
Wish I could tell you everything what I learned, found, felt, and tried in Canada!!!
Unfortunately, however, it may take me more than 2 weeks to tell you all.
So, I’d like to focus on my experience of Canadian high school English class.
The grade12 English class, like analyzing Shakespeare was totally difficult for me to join.
(You are not going to do Shakespeare, simply because I can't!!!!)
I’ve picked up a class from Dec. 7th 2014.
It was a quite interesting class for me.
Hopefully it’s gonna be an interesting practice for you as well!

Date: Nov. 28th
Genre: Reading and discussion (or Canadian high school class!)
Title: ELA30a (English Language Arts 30a) class experience
1. Make several groups as usual and I’ll give you an article.
2. In the article, “The 99 reasons why it’s better to be Canadian", you will find 99 reasons why it’s better to be Canadian than to be American. You'll have about 10-15 minutes to read through it, choose 25 favorite quotes and write reasons for 5 of them.
3. Share your opinions. Which one was your favorites and why? What did you think about the article? Do you think Canadian is better than Americans? Any opinions are welcomed!
4. Maybe there will be not much time left, but I’ll talk a little bit about my experience in Canada. Ask me whatever!! I’ll be more than happy to share my experience.

I’m really excited! Thank you so much :)

Sincerely,
Minamo

2015年11月14日

11月21日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

This is the announcement of the practice on Nov.21

☆Genre: Talk

☆Title: Okayu(Rice porridge)

☆Description:
I guess that everybody has tasted "Okayu" many times in your past life.
   Since "Okayu" has good digestion and it's able to make the body warm, we often eat it at the time when we suffered from diseases like a cold. And a lot of people eat "Okayu" as breakfast in the morning and also it is sometimes served for breakfast at hotel restaurants.
   "Okayu" is said to be often eaten in China, Korea, Vietnam, each Southeastern Asian country including Singapore as well as Japan. In this practice, I would like to talk about "Okayu" with the members.

Discussion
(1)The words "3分粥"、"5分粥"、"7分粥" "全粥" are well known. Please discuss the source and the content of those words.
(2)It is said that there is difference in the cooking style between "Okayu" of Kanto and "Okayu" of Kansai in Japan. Please discuss its difference.
(3)There are many kinds of "Okayu" in the world like "Cha-gayu" and "Imo-gayu". The name of the "Okayu" derives from a kind of ingredient to put. Please tell us the name of "Okayu" in the world that you know, and introduce the content in detail.
(4)What is your most impressive "Okayu" you have eaten in the past (tasty one or tasteless one). Please introduce it to us. And when and where did you eat it?
(5)It is said that recently we can easily buy canned and other forms of instant "Okayu". How often and why do you eat "Okayu” for health?

Please enjoy the practice.

Masahiko Oka

2015年11月04日

11月14日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

Hello, everyone.
This is the announcement of the practice on Nov. 14.

☆Genre: Talk

☆Title: Happiness is…

☆Descriptions:
1. Make 5~6 groups.

2. First every member tries to answer "happiness check" and share your result with your group members.

Then we’ll have a talk about your ideas "what happiness means to you?"

Examples of questions
(1) What's your happiest event lately?
(2) What's your most surprising (or upsetting) experience recently?
(3) Do you have any disgusting happenings these days?
(4) According to the survey World Happiness Report 2015, which country is the happiest for you to live in?
(5) Let us know what happiness means to you.
(6) You can discuss any topics on happiness.
I hope you will enjoy it!

Best regards,
Motoko Tabata

2015年10月30日

11月7日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members

This is the announcement of the practice on Nov 7th.
Genre: talk and discussion
Title: Learning plan for English
Procedure
・Make some groups.
1st stage (10-15minutes)
・I distribute memo pads.
・Please write as follows one by one.
・Why do you learn English?
・What is your goal to learn English?
・What do you do to attain your goal?
・Are there any tasks that you must resolve?
Etc...

2nd stage (40-45minutes)
・Share it to your group.
・Discuss how to attain the goal.
・Other members advise the speaker.
Please repeat as above by rotation.
I hope you will enjoy the practice and it will contribute to attain your goal.

Thanks,
Yusuke Ueno

2015年10月20日

11月1日 プラクティス⑤~⑥

Hello ESS members,

This is the announcement of the fifth practice of our English training camp.
It will be on the second day, November 1st.

We are going to play a game called "charade". It is a word guessing game by originally acting out a word or phrase. But we will make it verbally this time.

《 procedure》
① Players sit on a chair making a half circle.

② One player selected as a guesser stands in front of the others.

③ Coordinator holds a slip of paper , unseen from the guesser, on which a word or phrase is written.

④ The other players give hints to the guesser to be successfully able to guess the word or phrase.

Time limit will be set.
When the time comes, whether the guess is right or not, the next guesser will be designated.
Coordinator will record the each answering time.

The fastest and the most unsuccessful guesser will be commended !!!

Tamaki Murase


Hello, ESS members,

This is the announcement of the last practice of our English training camp, on the second day, November 1st.
Genre: Talk
Title: Our lives in 2025 (future)

Forget about your age, and let's imagine what the world will be like in about 10 years’ time?
Here are some examples of topics.
1. Robotics
- What kind of Robot do you expect to live with or wish to have in future?
- Do you welcome Translator robot? (This makes English leaning unnecessary)
- Could Artificial Intelligence be a threat to us?
2. Automobile
- Automatic Driving will be common? (Do you personally like it?)
- Clean energy cars like EV and Fuel-Cell Vehicle will prevail?
3. Energy
- Will Gas station be replaced by Hydrogen station?
- What kind of Energy source will be common? Or you want to use in future?
- Will nuclear energy be a thing of the past?
4. Smart phone
- How will smart phone in the future look like?
5. World
- Which country will be prosperous?
6. Aging society/Medical advance
- What kind of medical progress can be expected?
- Can we foresee expanded life expectancy and more active seniors?
7. Business
- What kind of business will grow in future?
8. In general
- Can we live in the happier world? Or not?
9. What’s more??
- Anything you want to talk
Atsuta


10月31日 プラクティス④

This is the announcement of the fourth practice of English Camp.(before special practice !)

Genre : game

Title : Who are you ?

1. I deal papers with imaginary character's name.
(Animation-character , Monster, etc.)

2. One member introduces oneself as the character . (But don't say character's name.)

3. Other members guess the name of the character .

Let's enjoy Halloween night !

                   Matsui Akiko

10月31日 プラクティス①~③

Practice① for Oct 31st

Hi.

Here is an announcement on the very first activity of ESS camping.
Genre : variety
1st stage: Adjective , Adjective , Adjective !

2nd stage: Quiz Competition

3rd stage: Quiz Competition

4th stage: Quiz Competition

T.Noguchi


Practice② for Oct 31st
Hi, there!

This is the announcement of my practice session on October 31st, 2015.
To be precise, it's going to be the second practice on the day one of
Kyoto ESS English Camp.

Genre: Discussion
Title: Good Thinker's Toolkit

Everyone carves to be a good thinker, doesn't she? It's not only
vital to success in any fields, but also it helps to win good friends
who may have a good influence on us.

But it's easier said than done. You need practice.

In this session, we're going to discuss things which interest us by
utilizing "Good Thinker's Toolkit". It is said that, at elementally
schools in the US, they teach children how to think effectively. [1]

This "Good Thinker's Toolkit" is actually a set of templates and
guidelines you are encouraged to stick when you're discussing.
The following is the contents of the toolkit:

- What do you mean by...
- True? Is it factual? How do we find out?
- Reasons; support your opinion
- Examples; Evidence; to support a claim
- Counter-examples; check the truth of a broad statement
- Assumptions - make them known when they underlie discussion
- Inferences: "If ... then"; Implications

Here is the approximate session timetable:

(1) Make discussion groups. (five minutes)

(2) Write topic cards and throw them into "`I wonder ...' bottle".
(Ten minutes)

(3) Pick a topic from the bottle and discuss until the time is up.

That's all for now.
See you soon.

Cheers!

Masakazu Yoshida
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Reference:

[1] Island Life - 小学校ではこうやって議論のやり方を教える...
http://blog.practical-scheme.net/shiro/20150925-thinkers-toolkit


Practice③ for Oct 31st
Dear Kyoto ESS members:
This is the announcement for the practice on Oct. 31st 2015 at our English training camp.
Presenter: Osamu Minamihashi
Date: Oct. 31st, 2015、16:10~17:30 (80 minutes)
Genre: Debate
Title: Should Japan adopt English as the second official language?
Description and Time table on Oct 31st.
16:10 1) Make some groups so that each group has 3 members. If 1 member were left, I would ask the leader to be a special additional judge. If 2 members were left, Minamihashi would join the group. In any case, Minamihashi would be a time keeper.
16:15 2) Please confirm within each group that this is a kind of game for English practice that would not directly have any impact on our real world. And then, fold each 3 pieces of A3 paper 3 times so that there would be 8 parts.
16:16 3) Read the material Minamihashi distributes.
4) Discuss and write your major points of possible speech as the Affirmative, the Negative and the Judge.
The Affirmative must argue it is advantageous for Japan to adopt English as the second official language.
The Negative must argue it is disadvantageous for Japan to adopt such policy.
The judge is expected to decide the winner of the match for some persuasive reasons.
5) Decide the order to be the Affirmative, the Negative and the Judge so that your group consists of 3 little groups.
Present all ADs and DAs during AC and NC.
Be careful so that each member would take 3 different roles in turn.
6) Prepare your flow sheets to take note during the 3 debate matches.
16:30 7) Let each speaker start his speech in the following order and time frame. (20分で1試合)
1st Round
16:30 Affirmative Constructive Speech(2minutes, 肯定側立論2分)(AC)
16:32 Cross-Examination by the Negative(2minutes, 否定側から肯定側へ反対尋問2分)(Cross-X N⇒A)
16:34 Negative Constructive Speech(2 minutes, 否定側立論2分)(NC)
16:36 Cross-Examination by the Affirmative(2minutes, 肯定側から否定側へ反対尋問2分)(Cross-X A⇒N)
16:38 Affirmative Rebuttal Speech(2 minutes, 肯定側による反論2分)(AR)
16:40 Cross-Examination by both sides(2 minutes, 双方による反対尋問2分)(Cross-X A⇔N)
16:42 Negative Rebuttal Speech(2 minutes, 否定側による反論2分)(NR)
16:44 Decision & Reason by the Judge(4 minutes, ジャッジによる勝敗の判定とその理由、4分)(Decision)
16:48 Turn the role clockwise in your group and prepare for 2nd Round.
8) 2nd Round
16:50 AC
16:52 Cross-X N⇒A
16:54 NC
16:56 Cross-X A⇒N
16:58 AR
17:00 Cross-X A⇔N
17:02 NR
17:04 Decision by the Judge
17:08 Turn the role clockwise in your group once more and prepare for 3rd round.
9) 3rd Round
17:10 AC
17:12 Cross-X N⇒A
17:14 NC
17:16 Cross-X A⇒N
17:18 AR
17:20 Cross-X A⇔N
17:22 NR
17:24 Decision by the Judge
17:28 Comments from Minamihashi
17:30 End of the debate practice
Let’s enjoy debate!

2015年10月16日

10月24日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS members
This is the announcement of a practice on Oct 24.

Genre:Group talk
Title:Discussion on current news
Program summary:
Make several groups. There are 2 short news topics.
Each topics includes discussion points. Number of discussion topic(s) 1 or 2 is up to your group.
Please enjoy talking!

1)Kyoto is the world’s best city to travel to, a survey by Time Inc. revealed

2)EU Continues to Receive Increasing Number of Refugees

See you at the temple
Regards
Ishizaki

2015年10月08日

10月17日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS members
This is the announcement of the practice on Oct 17.

Genre: Group talk
Title: What is important to you?

(1) Make some groups.
(2) Talk about what is important to you in your group.

I hope you will enjoy this practice.

Best regards
Satoko Okubo

2015年10月02日

10月10日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

This is an announcement of the practice on October 10th.

1. Let’s play the word association game.
First member says one word, for example “June.” Next member says a sentence “That reminds me of rain because we have a lot of rain in June." The reason can be very personal.
The word leads to another word that should be connected in some way.
It continues on until someone can’t make a connection anymore.

2. I prepare some pictures. You can bring some pictures by yourself.
Choose one picture and describe what you see in the picture one by one.
I hope you will enjoy it.

Shiho Nakashima

2015年09月24日

10月3日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

Hello, everyone.
This is the chairperson of practice on Oct. 3, Yuko Tanihara.

Here is the contents of my practice.

Genre: Vocabulary quizzes with discussion

Title: Let's talk about beauty of nature and taste of Japan in English!

At first, please make some groups to have 4-6 members in each group.

Warming up part;
I picked up some words of seasonal ingredients.
At first, please try to answer these questions by yourself.
Then, shall we share these answers with your group members?

Main part;
This game is guessing the English word of explanation of seasonal events/tastes.
One of your group members reads out first question.
Other members answer the word of first question.
Then, next person reads out second question and others answer the question.
Please repeat this work by rotation.

This practice will be good chance to know how to explain Japanese culture, especially foods.

I hope you will enjoy it! See you on Saturday.

Best regards,
Yuko Tanihara

2015年09月19日

9月26日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members,

This is the announcement of the practice on 26th.
Genre: Talk
Title : Autumn Holidays (Silver Week)
People say autumn is the season for reading books and enjoying sports in Japan.....
1, How do you spend good days in autumn season? 「 ~の秋 」 for you
2, In these consecutive holidays (Silver Week),
     What did you do?
     Where did you go? etc...
Let's talk about it with your group members with making an impression card !
Enjoy your nice autumn days!

Thank you,
Ryuichi Tanaka

2015年09月08日

9月19日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members

This is the announcement of the practice on 19th.

The genre is "talk to explain"

The theme is “Describing very Japanese thing”

1. Make 5 groups and talk about the words written in Japanese which are unique to Japan or common in Japan.
If you feel the task is too much, you can choose five of them.

2. Then write them down to describe or explain those words on the back of the paper.
You need not explain them in detail but they should be enough to make foreigners get the images.

3. After completed, one member of the group presents them in front of other groups.

Each group will be given different themes, and sometime later I will distribute model explanations except to the group which has to present them, so that you will see the group in charge could do a good job.

Enjoy!

Kumiko Takesue

2015年09月05日

9月12日 プラクティス

Dear ladies & gentlemen of Kyoto ESS

For the practice on September 12, I am preparing for the following exercise.

Title: Something in Common

Agenda:
1. Divide into small groups
2. Introduce yourself briefly in the group
3. Find anything in common with your group members!
4. Share your universal points to the whole participants

If you have any questions, please contact me without any hesitation.


Best Regards,
Yuko Kotera

2015年08月22日

9月5日 プラクティス

Hi, there!

This is the announcement of the practice on September 5th, 2015.

Genre: Talk
Title: Talk based on five-line essay method

Have you heard of five-line essays[1]?
Five-line essays are an easy way to say something persuasively.
Literally they consist of five sentences.
Let me show you an example:

1: I believe five-line essays are good for your English.
2: First of all, they give you a basic template of how to think in English.
3: It also makes you sound more logical and understandable.
4: The format is very simple so that anyone can learn in no time.
5: So what are you waiting for? Let's practice five-line essays!

As you can see, in the first sentence,
you just state what you want to say, the conclusion.
Then, in the following three sentences (2 to 4), you will give
evidence, examples, or anything that support your claim.
The last line is a repetition of the first sentence;
you can simply restate the conclusion or rephrase it as you like.

That's all for now.

See you soon.

Cheers!

Masakazu Yoshida

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Reference:

[1] Aono, Chutatsu. 'The Harvard-Style 5-Line Essay Method', 2015.

8月29日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members
This is the announcement of the practice on Aug 29.

Genre: Group talk & 言葉 当て Game

Group talk
(1) Make some groups of 5 or 6 people.
(2) Each group is divided into two or three people.
(3)Talk about [What's new] or [How's your summer vacation] .

言葉 当て Game
I'll prepare some cards for each group.

I hope you will enjoy this practice.
森 ipad

2015年07月20日

8月22日 プラクティス

Dear, everyone.

Today’s topic is the pet problems in an apartment house.
Do you have dogs or cats? Do you love them so much?

Title: Pet problems (We divide our members into 6 groups)
Nowadays some elderly people keep dogs or cats. I think they are very pretty animals for their owners. But they sometimes make many troubles with their neighbors.

For example
① When they feel loneliness, they bark in daytimes or nights.
② Big size dogs sometimes threaten young kids.
③ In an apartment condominium, some owners keep their dogs or cats.(illegally)
④ Some owners leave dog’s oops outside of their rooms.
⑤ Some of the residents detests cats and dogs.
⑥ An very old man keeps a large-size young dog, even though his physical condition is serious by his age. After his death, nobody would be able to keep it.

When I had been in an apartment house, we argued about the pet problems at the residents’ meeting. Keeping dogs and cats were prohibited there.

Even now, estimated more than 30% of the residents keep dogs or cats illegally.
Some residents annoyed that a large number of the residents keep them.
Under such situations, nobody can say that keeping pets are illegal, but I said that.

Discussions
1.Do you have any good ideas about the apartment-condominium pet problems?
2.Pets lovers cannot easily release their lovely pets. Even though, if you were living in a volcanic island like Miyake-jima or Kuchinoerabu-jima., you would have to leave your pets.

Ending (3 minutes each)
3. Representative of each group talk about your lovely memories with your pets.

By Takeo Kuchinaka

8月8日 プラクティス

Hello, ESS members
The atmospheric pressure is unpredictable again today.
I'm sending this email to inform all members to confirm appointed practice mainly..
Appointed date: Aug. 8th, 2015
Genre: Economy
Titles : Japan Economy, quo vadis? 日本経済いずこに
subheading: Beyond pros and/or vis-a-vis adopting the American Standard
アメリカンスタンダードを取り入れるかについて賛否を超えて
                following procedures ; see below please...
1.Make some groups 5 or 6 members . (It might depend on numbers of participants.)
2.I'm going to distribute pieces of my writings on economic issues I drew up to each team.
3.Decide a leader out of each group.
4.Read and make a discussion on contents, proposals, and 2 questions on distributed handouts.
5.Chosen leaders of each group answer 2 questions.(on distributed handouts)

What-if some newcomers who have a different verbal operational capability show up?
All things considered, I would be supposed to prepare 日本語解説と日本語説明
to facilitate understanding in regard with them, with preparing for the worst.
 Anyway, let me post on our ESS round table by text messages for further details to be on safe side around Aug. 1st.before fixed date 8th.
                         I really appreciate it.
                         Masaya Fujiki.
プラクティス当日諸般の事情を考慮して、日本語表記の説明文と日本語での説明を加えます。


******************************************************************************
Hello, to registered ESS members
RECONFIRMATION
I'm sending this email to inform all members to reconfirm appointed practice on..,
Appointed date: Aug. 8th, 2015
Genre: Economy
Titles : Japan's Economy, quo vadis? 日本経済,いずこに
Subheading : Beyond pros and/or cons vis-a-vis adopting the American Standard アメリカンスタンダードを取り入れるかについての賛否を超えて
as noticed beforehand,
            Let me perform it following procedures 1-5;
See below please..,
1.Make some groups 5 or 6 members . (It might depend on the numbers of participants.)
2.I'm going to distribute sheets of my writings on economic issues I drew up to each team.
3.Decide a leader out of each group.
4.Read writings and then make a discussion about contents, proposals, and 2 questions on distributed handouts (accompanied by several sheets of Japanese translation &c ).
5 Chosen leaders by each group answer 2 questions.(on distributed handouts)
I'd like to put the following way;
See also,
What if some newcomers who cannot afford the latest information might show up. I’m afraid they might meet unexpected circumstances.
Therefore, all things considered, I would be supposed to prepare 日本語解説と日本語説明 to facilitate understanding of contents in consideration of them (newcomers).     プラクティス当日諸般の事情を考慮して、日本語表記の説明文と日本語での説明を加えます。
I'm giving the finishing touches to writings indicated above right now.
It's been an abnormal climatic weather. Let's be careful of heat stroke.
That'll be all.
I appreciate it a lot.
Masaya Fujiki.

8月1日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members
This is the announcement of the practice on Aug 1.
Genre: Discussion and creative work
Title: ``Let`s make your own words``
Procedure:
・Make some groups (3 to 5 people for each group)
1st stage (20-30 minutes):
・I distribute the paper listed sayings spoken by famous people.
Please discuss about those sayings in your group.
・How do those sayings connected with their careers and the historical backgrounds in which they lived?
・What messages did they want to convey through those sayings?
・Are you sympathetic or unsympathetic to those sayings ?
2nd stage (30-40 minutes)
・Please write your own remarks within three sentences like the sayings spoken by famous people.
Any genre is OK. Remarks shall be based on your creed, your wish, and slogan such as advertisement
(Example ``NO MUSIC, NO LIFE`` slogan by Tower Records).
・Please introduce your remark to other members in your group.
・If you have extra time, please go on to write another remark.
I hope you will enjoy the practice.
Thanks,
Seiichiro Iwai

2015年07月11日

7月18日 プラクティス

Hello, everyone.

I hope this text message finds you well.

This is the announcement about the activity on July 18.

Title: Movie Subtitle

Genre : Talk and Translation

I have a few experiences of getting involved in the translation of movie subtitles.

The passages I will prepare for the latter half activity are about Toda Natsuko. She is one of the most famous subtitle translators in Japan.

And then, I would like you to try some movie translations.

Thank you.

T.Noguchi

2015年06月21日

7月11日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto-ESS members

This is the announcement for the practice on July 11th.

Genre: Creation

Title: Let’s make a story and fill in the blank phrases in comic strip.

Methods:

① Make several groups so that each group has six members.

② Each of group members chooses the comic sheets
(from first to fourth frame).

③ Make a story and fill in the blank phrases
(in ten minutes).

④ Each member presents his/her story( three minutes for each).

⑤ Once the process is finished, shuffle the comic sheets and repeat.

⑥ Finally, let’s draw your original comic.

Sorry, my practice looks like Murase-san’s a little by accident.

As I have made the comic sheets, I cannot change the practice contents. I ask your pardon.

I am looking forward to enjoying my practice with you.

Makoto Kurusu

7月4日 プラクティス

Hi, everyone,

I believe all of you are doing well.
Let me announce the practice on July 4.

Genre: Talk
Title:Self-review on the first half year in 2015.
It has been half a year since you made New Year's resolution at the beginning of this year. Have you gone smoothly along with your resolution?

Let's try to self-review your activities on the first half year in 2015, recalling your New Year's resolution.

Steps of the practice
1. After making several groups with even numbers of members, you are going to pair with partners.

2. One tells another your New Year’s resolution and self-review of the first half year. One also tell whether he/she can keep his/her resolution or not, and, how to go through on the next half year. After finishing one's talk, change the role of the pair.

3. Each of a pair presents his /her partner's talking to the group members.

I hope you can enjoy.

Regards,
K. Murota.

2015年06月19日

6月27日 プラクティス

This is the announcement for the practice on June 27th.

Hello, ESS members

It has been rainy and humid....
Why don't we refresh ourselves by using the different part of our brain?

Genre: game
Title: make a story

〈 procedure 〉
1. Make some groups of 5 or 6 people.

2. Picture cards, distributed to each group. Shuffle the cards, and put them turned back.

3. The first participant picks a card, then start making a two-minute story containing the word on the card.

4. The second picks another card to continue making a story followed by the previous one.
The rest follow in the same way.

The entire story must be a narrative making a kind of sense.

5. Each group presents it's own story to everyone.

Let's have fun to make a funny and touching(if possible !)story with our full imagination.

Tamaki Murase

2015年06月11日

6月20日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK-ESS member

This is the information about the practice on June 20.

1. Genre: Talk & Discussion
2. Title: Jobs of the Kyoto NHK-ESS staff
3. Description
Have you ever been in charge of staff in Kyoto NHK-ESS? Do you want to try it? Let’s talk and discuss about that.
[Step. 0]
Make some groups which consist of previous leader, previous staffs and unexperienced people.
[Step. 1]
I will give one sheet to each table. Please write down your name on the suitable line.
[Step.2]
Please introduce your job briefly when you were staff.
Question for unexperienced persons: Which role will you choose if you are in charge of staff? Why?
Question for present staffs: Which role will you choose if you are in charge of staff again? Why?
[Step.3]
Please talk about impressive events and good memories when you were staff.
Questions for unexperienced persons and present staffs: What is the best talking for you? Why?
[Step.4]
Some staffs became burnout syndrome(燃え尽き症候群). They had been so active. How do you prevent this situation? Please discuss about that.
[Step.5]
What method does the new-comer retention rate increase? Please discuss about the method to increase the retention rate.

2015年06月06日

6月13日 プラクティス

Military intervention against ISLI, Israel - Gaza Conflict and Syrian Civil War… Wars are happening right now! Africa, which occupies only 15% of the world population, is starving. Every one child out of nine loses their lives before getting 5 years old in sub-Saharan area. Perspective on realizing summit conference between two political leaders of Japan and Korea has been in a fog due to uncompromising issues on recognition of history and territorial opinion about Take-Shima or Dokudo. We are surrounded with full of sadness, danger, fear, hunger and risks.

June 13 practice encourages us to discuss a big item. “Can all the people on earth live in peace sometime in future?”

1. Make a few groups for discussion.
2. Choose one person from group members as chairman for the discussion.
3. Exchange variety of opinion on the agenda.
4. Conclude “YES” or “NO” consensus to the question of “Can all the people live in peace sometime in future?”
5. The chairman from each group shares the group consensus with other Kyoto ESS members.

I hope to see all the members participating in the discussion actively at the practice on June 13.

Makoto Nishimura

2015年05月30日

6月6日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK-ESS member

This is the announcement about the practice on June 6th.

Genre: talking
Title: praise other members
Description:
1. Make 5 to 6 groups.
2. Each group is divided into two or three people.
3. Ask many questions as possible each other to find out her or his charm points or good points that should be praised. (10minutes)
4. In the group, praise your buddy in front of other members one by one. (30minutes)

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5月30日 プラクティス

This is the announcement of the practice on May 30th.

Nowadays Origami is known in foreign countries as the plastic art.
Let's study how to fold Origami so that you can show it to foreigners.

Genre: game

Title: Origami

1. Make some groups.

2. Separate A team and B team in each group.

3. I will distribute the explanation for how to fold Origami (in English).

4. Translate and try folding Origami in each team.

5. A team teaches B team how to fold Origami of A. (Don't show the explanation.)

6. B team teaches a team how to fold Origami of B.

Let's enjoy Origami!

Akiko Matsui

2015年05月16日

5月23日 プラクティス

Hello 京都NHK ESS members.

This is an announcement for the practice on May 23rd.
Genre:Talk
Title:Compare, pick and explain

In our daily life, we face a lot of situations we have to choose any one from among options.
From casual ones like which TV program to watch, what to have for lunch or where to go for お花見 to serious ones like which university to go, what career to choose or whether to quit the job or not.

I’d like you to choose either of the two topics and explain why you take that one for two minutes.

No more than or no less than two minute.

You don’t need to think the topic seriously but try to talk smoothly about what you think of.

Please keep talking as much as you can for two minutes.

I expect you will be tired but hope you would enjoy this practice.

Thanks,
Fujio Hirano

2015年05月10日

5月16日 プラクティス(追加)

Good morning, everyone,

This is an announcement about a second half session on 16th, May.

In the session Mr. Raleigh Gosney is going to give you an English lesson reading you some stories and asking you many questions about the stories. For example, he will ask you questions as follows.

“What did he reply to her?” “Why was she so sad?” “Why is this story funny?”

I hope you enjoy his lesson.

Kisei Masayama

5月16日 プラクティス

Hello! Everyone,

This is a preliminary announcement about a second half session on 16th, May.
I’m going to invite Mr. Raleigh Gosney to our second half session again to give you his English lesson on the day upon approval of our staffs.

Although I exactly know it is our common practice that the sessions are managed by ourselves which means “no teacher” in the sessions, I think it a good exercise to have a native English teacher in the session at times because we can learn correct English grammar, pronunciation, syntax and idioms from him. I hope you enjoy his lesson, it gives you a good motivation to keep on your English learning and it helps you brush up your English skills. Please don’t hesitate to give him back your answers immediately when you are asked. His lesson will be carried out in an interactive way.

No lesson fee and preparation are required, just to be sure.

Kisei Masayama

2015年05月02日

5月9日 プラクティス

This is an announcement of the practice planned on 5/09.

Genre : Group Talk
Title : GW ( Golden Week )

Your GW holidays will be over on 5/10. I guess many of you, especially active people, enjoyed your holidays by leisure-traveling, attending events, eating family dinners, reading books, watching movies, visiting theaters, etc.

Let’s share in the team how you spent your GW holidays.

Interesting stories, failure stories, getting in troubles or any good/bad experiences are welcome.


Make some groups (less than 10)

Each member talks about his/her GW holidays in rotation
.
Q&A’s are always welcome during a talk.

Please enjoy talking and listening to the interesting stories.

Isamu Mashima

2015年04月24日

5月2日 プラクティス

Announcement of the practice on May 2nd
Genre: game
Title: The Shiritori in English
Procedure:
1. Make 3 or 4 groups according to the number of participants.
2. Let’s say some word and the spelling by turn in Shiritori style.
3. I'll explain the details before start the practice.
Hisako Fukuda

2015年04月18日

4月25日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members,

Let me inform you of the latter half of the practice on April 25th below.

Time: 17:40-18:45
Genre: debate
Title: family matters
Procedure:
Make 6 or 7 groups according to the number of the participants.
Start debate from any topic. Make sure to decide your position, pros or cons for topic a. and b.
Summarize the debate and make presentation at the end of the practice.
Topic:
The pros and cons of separate surnames for married couples.
The pros and cons of arranged marriage.
Causes and effects of increasing divorce rates.

Sorry for the debate again (third time around this month), but I hope you will enjoy it.
See you soon!

Natsuko M.

2015年04月17日

4月18日 プラクティス(改訂後)

Hi! everyone:

I have revised the text for tomorrow’s practice as follows. I would like you read this in advance and prepare to talk about cooking mysteries which you surely enjoy.

Octane (Akira Oku)
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2015-4-18, Kyoto NHK ESS Practice prepared by Octane
Kitchen Chemistry, (partial revision of ACS materials)

Hello, everyone. Welcome to the practice program on April 18.
Do you like cooking? Sure you do, so, we shall look at some chemical transformations that take place when you cook. Cooking is essentially a chemical process, and the change in chemical properties in the materials changes the physical nature of them.

Today’s procedure.
(1) Read as many sessions A through D as possible (15 min). Recommended is that you finish reading the following recipes for sweet potatoes, meringue, boiled eggs and French fries before that day so that you can save reading time.
(2) Figure out the chemistry involved in the cooking procedure (10 min).
(3) Just imagine you are a skilled chef and prepare answers to the question below.

Questions: (Answer at least two questions to the people in your group.)
1. Regardless you like it or not, you are supposed to cook sweet potatoes by any mean such as boiling, whipping, baking or the combination. Read session A and explain the chemical change that occurs during the cooking of your choice.

2. If you are nuts about shortcake, you sure love its sweet and foamy cream. Read session B first, then, explain what you understand about the chemistry or else how to make a fancy meringue cream on top of the cake.

3. Which do you like fried eggs, boiled eggs or scrambled eggs? Actually I love scrambled, but today, just imagine you prefer boiled eggs. Read session C and explain how you can cook the best boiled eggs based on what you have learnt about the chemistry involved there.

4. Did you ever challenge cooking brown French fries like McDonald’s? To find out the mystery of McDonald’s, read first session D. Then, explain to your colleagues orally how you can make McDonald’s French fries or alike by extending your chemical knowledge you have just learnt.

Session A. Sweet sweet potatoes

I love sweet potatoes baked, boiled (not really, for reasons to be seen), and even whipped and seasoned. My most liked method to cook them is just to scrub them with a nylon net scrubber, wrap them in foil, and bake them. Sounds simple, right? It is not.

Sweet potatoes store energy as starch in the tuber, and as it cooks some of that starch is converted to sugar by enzymes. The problem is that the enzymes that convert the starch to sugar are extremely sensitive to temperature extremes. This enzyme starts becoming active at about 135 degrees F (57 ºC), and is destroyed at around 170 degrees F (77 ºC, temperature conversion: C = (F – 32) x 5/9).

This has serious cooking implications. "Regular" potatoes are usually baked at around 205 ºC, or boiled at 100 ºC at sea level, and we unfortunately have copied that technique for sweet potatoes. Since very little starch is converted to sugar when cooking regular ones, fast cooking is fine. Not so with a sweet potato, but that makes the preparation take longer. Here is what to do.

To bake them, put them in an oven preheated to as low as your oven will allow. My oven has 77 ºC as its lowest temperature. I say preheated because during the preheat process, local temperatures can rise well above the dialed in setting. Scrub and wrap in foil your sweet potato and place it in the 77 ºC oven, or as low as it will go, and keep it there for an hour, give or take, depending on how thick it is, and then ramp the temperature up to 205 ºC until it is soft. I know that I said that the enzyme is denatured at 77 ºC, but because heat transfer is so slow with the dry heat of an oven, it takes a LONG time for any part of it to reach that temperature.

If you are "boiling" them, do not. Do not even simmer them. You need a kitchen thermometer to do this well. Take a pan of water, whatever size you need depending on the amount that you are cooking, and bring the water temperature to 65 ºC. Then add your sweet potatoes and hold the temperature there for half an hour. Since water transfers heat much more efficiently than does the air, half an hour is enough. I prefer to cook mine in their jackets to prevent loss of sugar into the cooking water, but you can peel and slice them first if you prefer. It is a matter of taste. For peeled and sliced ones, 15 minutes will do. Then crank the heat up to a simmer (a rolling boil is just too hot), and simmer until tender. Thus you will have as sweet as a sweet potato as can be had, UNLESS you make the mistake of storing them in the refrigerator.

Session B. Copper and Meringue

This one is factually correct. It turns out that copper ions interact with the protein in egg whites to make an easier to fluff mixture. It turns out that the proteins in egg white, aka albumin, is rife with sulfur bridges that tend to keep them integrated, rather than making a nice foam. Copper "caps" those disulfide bonds, thus breaking them, making the molecules a bit smaller and more amenable for air incorporation. This is not really a big deal now with power mixers, but if you use a whisk makes a difference.

My personal experience indicates that it really does not matter if you use a power mixer, even a cheap hand held one. The action of those to incorporate air overcomes the slow process of ion migration. If you insist on using a hand whisk, you will probably find a difference. With that said, I would add the following. Copper bowls are EXPENSIVE and hard to maintain. Instead of a $100 copper bowl dedicated to making only egg foam, I would invest $10 in a hand held mixer that I could use with my stainless steel bowls instead.

Session C. Green Boiled Eggs

That is the first problem. Eggs in the shell should NEVER be boiled! The simmer stage is quite enough, and they should be finished steeping in the hot water until the proper amount of time elapses. I will not be so presumptive to know how you like your eggs cooked, but from soft cooked to hard cooked the method is the same, only the time in the hot water is different.

You have to understand some basic biology here. Remember that an egg is the spaceship that an embryonic bird occupies, and it has to supply EVERYTHING, except air (eggs are porous, so oxygen can infiltrate, but commercial ones are usually treated to plug the pores so that they keep fresh longer), that the little bird to come needs. That means proteins, and lots of them. It also means water, and iron to form new red blood corpuscles.

Just as in the last piece, many of those proteins contain sulfur. When overcooked, boiled eggs denature proteins and release hydrogen sulfide, a toxic gas that smells like rot. Rotten eggs are full of it, but hardly anyone sees them anymore. It turns out that the white of the egg has lots of sulfur in it, and the yolk has lots of iron. When iron and sulfur react, harmless but unattractive iron(II) sulfide forms, at the interface of the iron rich yolk and the sulfur rich albumen. To prevent this, do as I said about simmering and holding time, then immediately when the time elapses pour off the cooking water and flood the vessel with cold tap water. Keep the tap water running, slowly, until you cannot tell much difference betwixt the incoming and outgoing temperature, then cut it off, pour out some of the water in the vessel, and add ice. Since I have been following this procedure, I have never had a green yolk nor a tough egg.

Session D. Brown French Fries

Baking prepared French fries give you nothing like a good French fry. To make a good fry, you have to use fresh potatoes. The russets seem to make better ones than red potatoes do, and that has to do with the nature of the molecular structure of the starch in them.

To make good French fries, take your potatoes and slice them into whatever thickness that you prefer. Be sure and slice them into a bowl of heavily salted water to keep them from going brown, and also to draw some water from them. Then put them aside for a while. If you like to peel them, that is fine. If you prefer to keep on the peels, just scrub them well.

Take your deep fryer or skillet, and heat up some oil or fat. Beef tallow is by far the best frying oil for potatoes. It also gives a flavor like nothing else. McDonald's used it for a long time, but has been forced to use other fats these days. Soy oil or canola are OK, and some folks rave about peanut oil.

Heat up enough oil to cover the potatoes. NEVER crowd them in whatever cooker that you use. As the oil heats, dry off the potatoes (a salad spinner works well, but clean kitchen towels are fine, and can be reused). Once your oil is at about 182 ºC, add some of the potatoes, and cook until they are just light brown. Take them out and put more in until all of them are ready.

Now, and this the McDonalds trick, refrigerate the partially cooked ones until they are quite cold. You can freeze them if you want. Now, take these cold and aged partially cooked fries and put them into fat at around 190 ºC, and cook until they look brown. Drain them on newspaper on a flat pan covered with clean paper towels or, cheaper, opened napkins. Before they cool, salt them with regular iodized salt that you have ground in a mortar and pestle.

The chemistry is not really understood, but my thought is that very fresh oil does not contain catalytic agents that accelerate the browning reactions. This has not been studied very much, but from empirical evidence it is known that oil that has been used a time or two previously makes more nicely browned French fries. It also tends to keep burnt remnants that have broken off the potatoes, and thus makes new ones sort of bitter. Here is the resolution.

Use a coffee filter and a strainer, and pour the still hot oil into the filter. Let it stand overnight and after one or two frying events you will have oil that will brown the French fries properly. As it gets bad, replace it with new oil (keeping at least 25% of the old) and almost as by magic you will always get tasty, well browned French fries.

2015年04月11日

4月18日 プラクティス

Hi! Everyone, this is the announcement of the practice scheduled on April 18, next week.

Genre: Presentation and talk
Title: Kitchen Chemistry
Requisite: Preparation in advance is required by reading the text attached here.

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2015-4-18, Kyoto NHK ESS Practice prepared by Octane
Kitchen Chemistry (cited/modified from ACS Webinar)

Hello, everyone. Welcome to the practice program tonight.
Do you like cooking? Sure you do, so, we shall look at some of the chemistry that occurs when you cook. Cooking is essentially a chemical process, and the change in chemical properties in the materials changes the physical nature of them. We shall talk a bit about biology as well, because of the possibility of food poisoning and other biologically mediated afflictions.
Today’s procedure:
(1) Read as many sessions A through D as possible (15 min). Recommended is that you read the text in advance so that you can save the time on that day.
(2) Understand the chemistry involved in the cooking procedure (10 min).
(3) Imagine you are a good chef. Explain your recipe to make the best answer to the questions below (35 min).

Questions.
1. Regardless you like it or not like, did you ever cook sweet potatoes in any mean such as baked sweet potatoes? Read session A and explain chemical changes that occur when you cook it.

2. If you are nuts about short cakes, you sure love their creamy foams. Read session B and explain what you understand now about the chemistry how to make a fancy meringue cream on top of cakes.

3. Which do you like fried eggs, boiled eggs or scrambled eggs? Suppose you prefer boiled eggs. Read session C and talk about how you can cook the best boiled eggs based on what you have learnt about the chemistry involved there.

4. Did you ever challenge cooking brown French fries like McDonald’s? Read session D to find it is now an easy way to get the goal. Write a recipe how to cook McDonalds French fries based on your just studied chemical knowledge.

Session A. Sweet sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite vegetables. I love them baked, boiled (not really, for reasons to be seen), and even whipped and seasoned. My most liked method to cook them is just to scrub them with a nylon net scrubber, wrap them in foil, and bake them. Sounds simple, right? It is not.

Sweet potatoes are actually morning glories with an edible tuber. Most of the energy is stored as starch in the tuber, and as it cooks some of that starch is converted to sugar by enzymes. The problem is that the enzymes that convert the starch to sugar are extremely sensitive to temperature extremes, being almost inactive at room temperature and completely denatured. This enzyme starts becoming active at about 135 degrees F (57 ºC), and is destroyed at around 170 degrees F (77 ºC, temperature conversion: C = (F – 32) x 5/9).

This has serious cooking implications. ℃"Regular" potatoes are usually baked at around 400 degrees F (205 ºC), or boiled at 212 degrees F (100 ºC at sea level), and we unfortunately have copied that technique for sweet potatoes. Since very little starch is converted to sugar when cooking regular ones, fast cooking is fine. Not so with a sweet potato, but that makes the preparation take longer. Here is what to do.

To bake them, put them in an oven preheated to as low as your oven will allow. My oven has 170 degrees F as its lowest temperature. I say preheated because during the preheat process, local temperatures can rise well above the dialed in setting. Scrub and wrap in foil your sweet potato and place it in the 170 degree F oven, or as low as it will go, and keep it there for an hour, give or take, depending on how thick it is, and then ramp the temperature up to 400 degrees F until it is soft. I know that I said that the enzyme is denatured at 170 degrees F, but because heat transfer is so slow with the dry heat of an oven, it takes a LONG time for any part of it to reach that temperature.

If you are "boiling" them, do not. Do not even simmer them. You need a kitchen thermometer to do this well. Take a pan of water, whatever size you need depending on the amount that you are cooking, and bring the water temperature to 150 degrees F. Then add your sweet potatoes and hold the temperature there for half an hour. Since water transfers heat much more efficiently than does the air, half an hour is enough. I prefer to cook mine in their jackets to prevent loss of sugar into the cooking water, but you can peel and slice them first if you prefer. It is a matter of taste. For peeled and sliced ones, 15 minutes will do. Then crank the heat up to a simmer (a rolling boil is just too hot), and simmer until tender. Thus you will have as sweet as a sweet potato as can be had, UNLESS you make the mistake of storing them in the refrigerator.

Session B. Copper and Meringue

This one is factually correct. It turns out that copper ions interact with the protein in egg whites to make an easier to fluff mixture. It turns out that the proteins in egg white, aka albumin, is rife with sulfur bridges that tend to keep them integrated, rather than making a nice foam. Copper "caps" those disulfide bonds, thus breaking them, making the molecules a bit smaller and more amenable for air incorporation. This is not really a big deal now with power mixers, but if you use a whisk makes a difference.

My personal experience indicates that it really does not matter if you use a power mixer, even a cheap hand held one. The action of those to incorporate air overcomes the slow process of ion migration. If you insist on using a hand whisk, you will probably find a difference. With that said, I would add the following. Copper bowls are EXPENSIVE and hard to maintain. Instead of a $50 to $100 copper bowl, dedicated to making only egg white foam, I would invest $10 in a hand held mixer that I could use with my glass and stainless steel bowls instead.

Session C. Green Boiled Eggs

That is the first problem. Eggs in the shell should NEVER be boiled! The simmer stage is quite enough, and they should be finished steeping in the hot water until the proper amount of time elapses. I will not be so presumptive to know how you like your eggs cooked, but from soft cooked to hard cooked the method is the same, only the time in the hot water is different.

You have to understand some basic biology here. Remember that an egg is the spaceship that an embryonic bird occupies, and it has to supply EVERYTHING, except air (eggs are porous, so oxygen can infiltrate, but commercial ones are usually treated to plug the pores so that they keep fresh longer), that the little bird to come needs. That means proteins, and lots of them. It also means water, and iron to form new red blood corpuscles.

Just as in the last piece, many of those proteins contain sulfur. When overcooked, boiled eggs denature proteins and release hydrogen sulfide, a toxic gas that smells like rot. Rotten eggs are full of it, but hardly anyone sees them anymore. It turns out that the white of the egg has lots of sulfur in it, and the yolk has lots of iron. When iron and sulfur react, harmless but unattractive iron(II) sulfide forms, at the interface of the iron rich yolk and the sulfur rich albumen. To prevent this, do as I said about simmering and holding time, then immediately when the time elapses pour off the cooking water and flood the vessel with cold tap water. Keep the tap water running, slowly, until you cannot tell much difference betwixt the incoming and outgoing temperature, then cut it off, pour out some of the water in the vessel, and add ice. Since I have been following this procedure, I have never had a green yolk nor a tough egg.

Session D. Brown French Fries

First of all, baking prepared French fries give you nothing like a good French fry. To make a good fry, you have to use fresh potatoes. The russets seem to make better ones than red potatoes do, and that has to do with the nature of the molecular structure of the starch in them.

To make good French fries, take your potatoes and slice them into whatever thickness that you prefer. Be sure and slice them into a bowl of heavily salted water to keep them from going brown, and also to draw some water from them. Then put them aside for a while. If you like to peel them, that is fine. If you prefer to keep on the peels, just scrub them well.

Take your deep fryer or skillet, and heat up some oil or fat. Beef tallow is by far the best frying oil for potatoes, but it is sort of hard to find now. It also gives a flavor like nothing else. McDonald's used it for a long time, but has been forced to use other fats these days. Soy oil or canola are OK, and some folks rave about peanut oil.

Heat up enough oil to cover the potatoes. NEVER crowd them in whatever cooker that you use. As the oil heats, dry off the potatoes (a salad spinner works well, but clean kitchen towels are fine, and can be reused). Once your oil is at about 360 degrees F, add some of the potatoes, and cook until they are just light brown. Take them out and put more in until all of them are ready.

Now, and this the McDonalds trick, refrigerate the partially cooked ones until they are quite cold. You can freeze them if you want. Now, take these cold and aged partially cooked fries and put them into fat at around 375 degrees F, and cook until they look brown. Use a slotted spoon and drain them on newspaper on a flat pan covered with clean paper towels or, cheaper, opened napkins. Before they cool, salt them with regular iodized salt that you have ground in a mortar and pestle (or take the packs of very fine salt that McDonalds uses).

The chemistry is not really understood, but my thought is that very fresh oil does not contain catalytic agents that accelerate the browning reactions. This has not been studied very much, but from empirical evidence it is known that oil that has been used a time or two previously makes more nicely browned French fries. It also tends to keep burnt remnants that have broken off the potatoes, and thus makes new ones sort of bitter. Here is the resolution.

Buy a cheap pack of coffee filters and a strainer large enough to hold them, and pour the still hot oil into the filter. Let it stand overnight, and after one or two frying events you will have oil that will brown the French fries properly. As it gets bad, replace it with new oil (keeping at least 25% of the old) and almost as by magic you will always get tasty, well browned French fries. =Period=

2015年04月06日

4月11日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members

This is the announcement for the latter activity on April 11th 2015.

Presenter: Osamu Minamihashi

Date: April 11th, 2015
Genre: Debate
Title: Japan should provide some assistance to redress overpopulation in developing world, instead of expensive programs such as space development.
(日本は費用のかかる宇宙開発などの代わりに、途上国の人口問題を是正するために、何か援助をすべきである。)
Description:
Make some groups so that each group has 3 members. I would ask the leader to be special additional judge if 1 member were left. If 2 members were left, Minamihashi would join the group.
Please confirm within each group that this is a kind of game for English practice that would not directly have any impact on our real world.
Read the material Minamihashi would distribute.
Discuss and write your major points of possible speech as the Affirmative, the Negative and the Judge
The Affirmative must argue it is advantageous to provide the assistance, while the Negative must advocate it is disadvantageous to provide the assistance. The judge is expected to decide the winner of the match for some persuasive reason.
Decide the order to be the Affirmative, the Negative and the Judge so that your group consists of 3 little groups. Be careful so that each member can take 3 different roles in turn.
Prepare your flow sheets to take note during the 3 debate matches.
Let the each speaker start his/her speech in the following order and time frame. (13分間でこの項目を1通りやって下さい。)
Affirmative Constructive Speech( 1 minute, 肯定側立論1分)
Cross-Examination by the Negative(1 minute, 否定側から肯定側への反対尋問1分)
Preparation time (1 minute 準備時間1分)
Negative Constructive Speech(1 minute, 否定側立論1分)
Cross-Examination by the Affirmative(1 minutes, 肯定川から否定側への反対尋問1分)
Preparation time(1 minute, 準備時間1分)
Affirmative Rebuttal Speech(1 minute, 肯定側による反論1分)
Cross-Examination by the both sides(1 minute, 双方による反対尋問1分)
Preparation time(1minute, 準備時間1分)
Negative Rebuttal Speech(1 minute, 否定側による反論1分)
Decision & Reason by the Judge(3 minutes, ジャッジによる勝敗の判定とその理由、3分)
8.Turn the role clockwise in your group.
9.Repeat the process 7. with the different role in your group with 13minute
10.Turn the role clockwise in your group once more.
11.Repeat the process 7. with the other role that you have not played in your group with 13 minutes
12.Discuss overall debate on the proposition within your group.

Let’s enjoy debate!

南橋 理(左京郵便局)

2015年04月02日

4月4日 プラクティス

NHK-ESSのみなさんへ
                     今井

 4月4日のプラクティスについてお知らせします。

 Debating Contest( 簡易版 )をします。

[ テーマ ] 
 
 ”同性結婚を認めるべきか?”

 ここで言う ”同性結婚”の定義は以下の通り。

   法律上(戸籍などの身分登録上)の成人の同性カップル
   が男女の夫婦と同様の性的な親密さを基礎として、継続
   して社会的及び経済的にパートナシップを築き、それを
   維持することである。
   国や自治体等が同性結婚を認めるということは、同性の
   カップルの結婚届けを受理して、男女の夫婦と同じく、
   社会的・法的な保障・保護・権利(財産相続権など)を
   認めることである。

[ 参考事項 ]

 1.今日(3月31日)、渋谷区の区議会で ”同性カップルに
   対して証明証を発行する条例 ”が可決された。
   ( 同性カップルの届けは今月(3月)上旬にすでに渋谷区
   役所で受理されている。)
    この証明証は同性カップルを ”結婚に相当する関係 ”
   と認める証明証である。

 2.日本の民法では 男女間の結婚の規定しか無く、同性同士の
   婚姻を想定していないので、同性カップルの婚姻届を通常は
   受理しない。前項:1は 我が国で初のケースである。

 3.同性結婚の問題点;
   ・同性結婚が増えれば 子孫繁栄による人類の継続と発展に
    反することになる。これは ”種の存続 ”を危うくする。
   ・道徳的、倫理的規範を乱さないか?
   ・LGBTで総称される同性愛者を Spoil して、精神的な
    健全性を損なう可能性が大きい。
   ・同性愛者を増加させることになり重大な社会問題を引き起
    こさないか?

 4.関連用語
   L:Lesbian 女性同士の同性愛
   G:Gay     男性同士の同性愛
   B:Bisexual  両性愛者(LまたはGであり且つ異性愛)
   T:Transgender 性転換症、性同一性障害者
   
Homosexuality 同性愛
same-sex mariage  同性愛
Gay mariage    同性愛結婚
Gender Identity Disorder 性同一性障害
 
[ 進め方 ]

  ・Chairman, Judge を指名
  ・4グループまたは6グループを編成
  ・各グループを Afirmative または Negative に指定
  ・各グループで Debating 準備打ち合わせ(議論)
  ・Afirmative グループと Negative グループのペアで
   Debating する。
  ・Judege の講評を聞く
  ・Judge と Chairman で勝者判定をする。
  ・Chairman の総評を聞く

  その他の詳細と関連資料は当日に説明または配布。

Debating は一種のゲームなので、勝敗の結果や細部の delicate な
部分にあまり拘らずに Fair で Heated な Discussion を楽しみ
ましょう。

2015年03月24日

3月28日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members

This is the announcement of the practice on March 28th.

Date:March 28th, 2015
Genre:”Time” Reading and Discussion
In this practice I’d like you to read some articles from TIME magazine, and
talk about one article you get interested in with others. Each article is
too long to read through in a short time, so I’ll pick up several
paragraphs from each one.

Description:
1. Read articles.
2. Choose one article you want to talk about with others.
3. Make groups based on the chosen articles.
4. Have discussion in the group.

I hope you enjoy this practice and get a lot more interested in TIME
magazine’s articles.

Kiyoshi Tamura

2015年03月14日

3月21日 プラクティス

To all
In the next practice, I'd like you to try some works of translation out of both Haruki Murakami's original text and Jay Rubin's English version published in the wold,using material from this NHK radio program https://cgi2.nhk.or.jp/gogaku/english/yomu/
Hope you will be able to get as many idiomatic expressions out of the work as possible.
 
Date;March 21st
Time;17:40-18:45
Content: Translate literature
Procedure:
1.make groups
2.dictate Murakami's text ”Tony Takitani”
3.translate some parts of it
4.share each translation (&corrections or impression etc..) in your group
5.choose the best one of the group & present it in front of all of us
6.listen to some model answers by the NHK radio program.

thanks for your corporation in advance.
Miyazawa

2015年03月09日

3月14日 プラクティス予告

Greetings to all Kyoto NHK ESS members,

I am Akira Hashimoto who is in charge for practice at 14th of March, 2015.
This e-mail describes how the practice will be held. This is about my
recent personal interest.

Genre: Discussion
Title: Difficulty of keeping “Male line” emperor (男系天皇) in Japan.

Instructions are as follows:
1: Make 6 groups as usual
2: Handout will be distributed to give background knowledge
3: Discuss different opinions
4: Select one member to introduce some opinions from your group to
rest of the groups.

I know this is kind of tricky as well as very political matter. I hope
the practice will be held nice and peacefully.

Best regards,

Akira Hashimoto

2015年03月01日

3月7日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

Hello, everyone.
This is Motoko Tabata and let me inform you my practice on March 7th.

★ Genre: Discussion

★ Title: THE LOWERING THE LEGAL AGE OF ADULTHOOD FROM 20 TO 18 IN JAPAN

The voting age for national elections will be lowered to from 20 to
18 starting with the next Upper House election in summer 2016.
And also they are still considering to revise the Civil Code and
Juvenile Act.
This trend will affect the age at which people can legally drink
alcohol or smoke and so on.
Nowadays most countries set the age of majority at 18.
We know all adults have both rights(freedom) and responsibility.
“Do you think it's too young in Japan?”
Let's discuss “Should Japan lower the age of adulthood 20 to 18 ?”.

 
★ Procedures:
1. Make 5~6 groups.
2. Exchange your comments in your group on the questions below.
3. Introduce what your group discussed to other groups (from around
18:25).
 
Questions:
(1) Do you agree to grant the people aged 18 and 19 the right to vote at
national/local elections and referenda?
And why?

(2) Do you agree to grant full legal capacity to make commercial/civil
contracts including marriage (without parental consents)?
And why?

(3) Do you agree to limiting the application of the Juvenile Act to
juveniles under 18?
And why?

 (4) What do you think on other related legal subjects such as lowering
the smoking/ drinking age?

(5) Talk freely about related topics (ex. car driver’s license, playing
pachinko, late-night work, R-18(restricted)) .

       
I hope you will enjoy it !
See you on next Saturday!

M. Tabata

2015年02月23日

2月28日 プラクティス


Announcement of practice on Feb.28

1. Genre Reading and discussion
2. Title "Advice column"

1) Divide the whole members into 6 goups
2) Reading (15 minutes )
3) Group discussion about the settlements of troubles
( 40minutes )
4) Each group presents the summary of the group discussion
( 10minutes )

Various kinds of advice columns in American newspapers are very interesting and useful for us Japanese, because they tell us what kind of problems American society has, and we can learn their way of thinking, their culture and habits. Of course we can learn how to express ourselves in English.
Here, I’ll carry six American’s daily troubles from the Asahi Weekly. They are adapted and simplified. More detailed ones will be delivered at the next session.

Please try to shoot troubles beforehand by yourself.

1 How to protect our garden from mischievous children who live in our neighborhood.

They walk through our flower gardens and climb on our newly planted trees.

2 A couple in our social circle blow their noses at the dinner table every time they sit down. How can I stop their habits.

3 My son has got married recently. The couple’s eating habits are atrocious. His wife cooks nothing but high fat and sugar food. I want to help them. How can I develop better eating habits for them? How should I advise her?

4 Is it OK to plug your cellphone into an outlet at a restaurant, grocery, department store, etc.?

By MR.Oishi

2015年02月13日

2月21日 プラクティス


I am a sento-lover.
Even now I love sento very much. Without sentos ,I cannot live.
Sento history begins in the 6th century. It was the time Buddhisum arrived in Japan.
Some early temples had baths for the cleaning of Buddhist statues, or for the monks themselves to use. A few centuries later temples began to allow the public to use their baths. Bathing became popular among common people. At the end of 12th century bathing facilities began to open as private business. This was the beginning of sento.
Sento became popular during the Edo era. (1603-1868) Building of the private baths was prohibited as a measure to prevent fires in the city of Edo.
Many senntos were built. Sentos remained popular after the Edo Era. Many families continued to use sentos until around the 40th year of Syowa .(1965~1974)

Title: I am a sentou-lover.

Discussions
1) How often do you go to sento?
2) Talking about the episode about sento.
3) Nowadays a large number of sentos closed, and I remember those happy days in Syowa era. Sentou-owners are usually old. Should we protect our culture, sentos?
4) Do you know Hunaoka Onsen? (船岡温泉、八雲食堂:2000円民宿+居酒屋)


Procedures:
1) make some groups as usual.
2) discuss in each group
3) please make a presentation about interesting story
by representatives of your group.

BY Takeo (Staff)

2015年02月10日

2月14日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members

This is the announcement of the practice on St.Valentine's Day.

Even if we are not Christian, so many people enjoy Valentine,
Halloween and Christmas as seasonal events in Japan.
On the other hand, we like to go temples and shrines not only
for praying to God but also for sightseeing. Don't you think it is
strange that various religion is adopted in Japan?

Let's talk about religion in your daily life!


◆Genre: Discussion

◆Topic: Religion in your daily life

examples of subject
・Do you believe in any religion?
・Do you have any religious custom?
・Have you experienced religion except Buddhism and the Shinto?
・Do you have any religious custom or event that you want to try?
And why?
・What kind of action or thinking makes you realize that you are a Buddhist or something?
・What do you think about religious taboo?

◆Procedures:
1) make some groups as usual.
2) discuss in each group
3) please make a presentation about interesting story
by representatives of your group.

The instructions as follows.
※Please DO NOT criticize a member of the other religion in your group.
※Please DO NOT persuade a member to get religion.

I hope you will enjoy it.
See you!

Kaori Tsujii

2015年02月04日

2月7日

Hello there, ladies and gentlemen! (^.^)/
This is the announcement for the latter activity on Feb. 7th.

Presenter: Inoue Motomi

(1) Genre: Ttanslation

(2) Title: “Lucky items (Engimono)”
(3) Description:

1. Make some groups.

2. I will hand out material of Japanese lucky items.

3. Translate it in your group.
Maybe you should translate it in turns, but if you have another
good idea, it is OK to do in your way.

4. Present a part of your translation before all.

I hope you all enjoy the practice.

Cheers! (^^)/

2015年01月31日

1月31日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members,

Let me inform you of the practice on Jan.31th.

Genre: debate
Title : Logical argument
1. Make some groups.
2. The debate topics, which can be seen below, are distributed to each group.
3. Decide your position (pros cons, or which you prefer?)
4. Start the argument from topic a.
*Why you choose the position. What is the advantage/disadvantage and so on.
5. And then, go to next topics.
*If you want to focus on one topic, no need to go to next one.

(topic)
a. Which you choose for your pet? Cats or dogs?
b. Which is better for junior high-school children? School uniforms, or plain clothes.
c. Which you prefer for newspaper? A paper material, or an electronic version.
d. Should a big budget be used for space exploitation while severe famine is still continued?
e. Now that 70 years has past since the end of world war II. Is it high time to reconsider the permanent
membership of U.N. Security Council?

I hope you will enjoy the practice.
Sincerely yours,
Natsuko Mori

2015年01月13日

1月17日 プラクティス

“Practice " on Jan. 17th
Happy New Year!

May this year be happy and fruitful .

Here's the announcement about the Jan. 17th activity.(Yes! 'Activity ' is the appropriate word.)

Genre: talk

Title: New Year's Resolutions

T.Noguchi

2014年12月22日

12月27日 プラクティス

Dear members,
At the end of this year , you have a lot of stress with your daily life.
Please say something that you cannnot say in your houses or companies.
After that you can see a happy new year life.

Genere: Discussion
Title; We should get angry at the matters around us in 2014.

We divide our members into five or six groups.
Each group has different topic.
Please discuss about these topics below.

Prime minister Abe and L.D.P.(野党は無いに等しい)
Well-known TV entertainers and also politicians. (猪木,ヤワラ, 橋本聖子,橋下)
Chisako Kakei’s sequential murder case (どうしたらこんなおばさんの悪事を未然に防げたか?)
U.S. army bases in Okinawa. (要るの要らないの、どっち?)
 How to increase the birth rate of Japan? (究極の選択、どうする?)
Sumo wreslers should be Japaneses. Expel foreign Sumo wrestlers.(外人に国技はおかしい)
Shall we need the English classes at primary schools ? (小学校で学んだら、中学はもっと高度になるはず)

presented by Kuchinaka. (the third old-carrier member in tradition)

担当者  口中 武夫さん

2014年12月13日

12月20日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

Hello, everyone.
Let me inform you my practice on Dec.20th.

Genre: Talk
Title: Synchronicity (Between former Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy)

For a half century, Americans have marveled at the incredible list of similarities and coincidences between former Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. While the majority of this impressive and eerie list has been circulating for years, including the dirty joke at the end, fans of the two Presidents continue to add more incredible items.
I hope you will enjoy talking about those coincidence based on the list of each similar item.


Description:

1. Exchange your comments in your group on each item which shows [ Similarities and Coincidence] between both presidents.

2.You may have your own story which is similar to that story.
Tell us your original interesting experience.

3. One representative may tell us below please

� How do you think about those similarities between them? Is it mere coincidence?
� Tell us your experience.


I hope you will enjoy it!
                            See You Soon    Yasuda

2014年12月02日

12月13日 プラクティス予定 

Here is an outline of the practice we will be enjoying in the afternoon on December 13th, Saturday.

.ANX Genre: Fun Talk in English regarding Hypothetical Question

NX Title: Want to be Adam or Eve?

NX Introduction:

According to the Bible, God shaped Adam, the first man on the earth, from dust and places him in the Garden of Eden where he is to have sovereignty over the plants and animals. Then God places a tree in the garden which he prohibits Adam from eating. Eve, the first woman, is created from one of Adam.FN"s ribs to be AdamN"s companion. Since then, the world has been constituted with two species, man and woman.

Here is the hypothetical question to trigger our fun talks in English conversation.

“If you are given a special privilege to reincarnate three times, do you want to be a man or woman at your third existence?”

.ANX Procedures:

I. Divide us into a few groups.

II. Quiz for wakening up our brain cells. (10 min.)

III. Individual preparation for sharing your own opinions on “Want to be Adam or Eve?” (10 min.)

1. The reasons why wanting to be born again as a man

2. The reasons why NOT wanting to be born again as a woman

3. The reasons why wanting to be born again a woman

4. The reasons why NOT wanting to be born again as a man

IV. Animated conversation with your group members. (25 min.)

V. Introduction of the discussion by your group representative. (15 min.)

Best regards,

Makoto Nishimura
担当 西村 誠さん(英語スピーチはまさにプロ顔負け)

2014年11月22日

12月6日 プラクティス予定

1. Genre: Talk & Discuss

2. Title: Looking back on 2014

3. Introduction:

The December, the last month of this year has already started.

How was the year 2014 for you?

Look back your 2014 and enjoy having a talk with other members!

4. Procedures:

(1) Divide the whole members into five or six groups.

(2) Tell what you did most in 2014 about following questions to other members in the group.

Choose some questions freely and talk in the group freely.

What surprised you most?

What pleased you most?

What made you laugh most?

What made you angry most?

What made you sad most?

What embarrassed you most?

What did you tried hard most?

What did you accomplished most?

What excited you most?

What did you start?

What was the worst failure?

What was the biggest event (personally)?

What made you crazy about?

What scared you most?

What is the best movie or book for you?

What would you try next year, even though you couldn’t do this year?


(3) One person representing each group tells other groups what you talked about.

Thank you.
Akihiro Tabata

担当 田畑 昭弘さん(合宿のカメラマン)

2014年11月21日

11月29日 プラクティス予定

Dear ESS members,

This is an outline for the practice on Nov. 29
1. Genre: Reading and Discussion

2. Title:” The World’s Oldest First Grader”
One reading material entitled “The World’s Oldest First Grader”
shall be given to all the participants.
3. Procedures:
Part1: Reading (20 minutes)
(1) Let’s divide the whole members into five or six groups.
(2) Let’s read a passage while listening to the model reading of CD.
(3) Let’s try a shadowing of the same passage
(4) One person representing each group reads one paragraph aloud.

Part2: Group discussion based on the reading (40 minutes)
(1) Discussion questions (25 minutes)
㈰ What do you think about the life of Maruge, the world’s oldest first grader?
㈪ What do you think each of these sayings means? Are there similar sayings in Japanese?

a. You’re never too old to learn.
b. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
㈫ Which one do you agree with the most? (generally)
㈬ Which one do you agree with the most? (if you focus on English learning)

(2) One person representing each group presents the summary of the group discussion
to the whole members.
(15 minutes)

Thank you.
Hirofumi Kukimoto   
担当 柊元さん(アメリカ在住歴有 武道十数段の強者)

2014年11月18日

11月22日 プラクティス予定

1. Genre :Talk


2. Title :Time Management


3. Description :


How do you spend your time each day? How do you manage your time?


I'll prepare some questions about time management.


Let's talk about them in your group.


I hope you'll enjoy this practice.


Thanks,


Takako Suzuki


担当  鈴木 貴子さん

2014年11月15日

11且15日 プラクティス予告

Genre: talk and discuss
Title : What's Japanese 「~道 (do) 」 


Part1 Let's talk about  「~道」 with your group members. ( 20 mins )


Have you ever heard 武道(budo) or 武士道(bushido) ?
Why many foreigners have interests in 武道, such like 空手、剣道、合気道、and
茶道、華道、書道、as well ......

Why 武道 (柔道or剣道or相撲) has started as a compulsory subject for junior high schoolboy students.

Have you ever experienced 「~道」or Do you have any 「~道」 which you want to try in the future?

In Japan, there are also many life styles called 「~道」
for example, 野球道、ゴルフ道、ラーメン道、パチンコ道、麻雀道・・・・
  Why many Japanese like this way to say !
What's the difference beteen "baseball" and 「野球道」 ?・・・・


Part2 Let's make up sentences what's your 「~道」 ! and tell group members what you wrote down.
Can you imagine what you want to tell foreigners about  「~道 」・・・   ( 35 mins )


I hope you will have interesting time in the Practice!
See you on Saturday.

Thank you,
Ryuichi Tanaka

2014年11月02日

11月08日 プラクティス予定

Dear ESS members
This is an announcement of the Nov.8 practice.

Genre: Talk & Discuss

Title: O-MO-TE-NA-SHI

Introduction:
One of big attraction for forein visitors to Japan is its hospitality, O-MO-TE-NA-SHI .
Now, suppose you are to host a couple from North America and have to entertain them for one whole day.
I want you to make one day attractive plan mainly in Kyoto or suburbs.

They had been in Kyoto before and know major famous places, like Golden pavilion and Kiyomizu temple.
So, try to make unique and a little surprising plan.

Procedure:
1. Make 5 or 6 groups
2. At first, each of you make your own plan and think how it attract them. (10min.)
3. Exchange your plan within the group and discuss which one is attractive and interesting. (20min)
4. In the mean time, choose one person as leader and presenter.
5. Create the one best plan as the group. It can be combination of each plan. And write it down on piece of paper (5min.)
6. Leaders present the Itinerary and explain to all how it is attractive. (20min.)
7. Closing (5min)

Note:
Your Itinerary may contain a couple of place to go, things to do, what to eat and what you recommend to buy for souvenir, if possible.

< Some key words >
IZAKAYA, Yakiniku, Yakitort, Ramen, Washoku
100yen shop, Convenience store, Nishiki-ichiba
Sake brewing
Dressing in kimono
Manga Musiam
Hot spa, Public bath
Zen tera, Temple lodging,
Love hotel, capsule hotel

Just for your reference:

*Things to do in Kyoto from ‘Trip adviser’:
The follows are some of popular thing to do by ‘Trip adviser’ 
1. Fushimi Inari
2. GEAR-Art Complex 1928
3. Samurai Kenbu Kyoto
4. Monkey Park Iwatayama
http://www.tripadvisor.ie/Attractions-g298564-Activities-Kyoto_Kyoto_Prefecture_Kinki.html

*Is Japan cool? –All Nippon Air
https://www.ana-cooljapan.com/contents/traditions/
https://www.ana-cooljapan.com/contents/shopping/
https://www.ana-cooljapan.com/contents/discover/
*Japan talk
http://www.japan-talk.com/jt/new/kyoto
*Time out
http://www.timeout.jp/en/kyoto

Thank you

Yoshitsugu Atsuta

2014年10月05日

11月2日 合宿でのプラクティス

10時から  松井さん

This is an announcement of the first program for the camp on November 2.

Genre: Talk

Title: Dream


Description

1. Make 6 groups.

2.Talk about your dream in your group.
The dream is not future dream but seen at night.
(for example: dream of last night.
: worst or best dream you had. etc)

3.Choose the most impact dream in your group and announce it.


Let's talk to cure for drowsiness!

Akiko Matsui

11時15分から 宮沢さん

TITLE :dictating cooking English & speech of your recommended recipe.

In the first half of the practice, we have a dictation session,using DVD of Jamie Oliver who is one of the most famous chef in the world. http://www.jamieoliver.com/videos/
I'd like you to dictate some parts and pick up useful words & phrases in all over the footage.
And then in the second half, you'll be divided into some small groups and introduce your favorite cooking recipes and as usual, choose one best recipe to make a presentation to all.

So would you please PREPARE one script of your recipe beforehand?
Here is a culinary glossary found on the internet, just for your reference.
http://www.sweetnet.com/cook.htm
please use it for your writing if you need.

Sorry for this belated announcement.
Looking forward to your nice recipes!
Miyazawa

11月1日 合宿のプラクティス

13時から  谷原さん
Genre: Reading and Writing with discussion
Title: Let's answer the questions of science or social studies and write E-mail in English!

At first, please make some groups to have 4-6 members in each group.

Part 1: (Warming up) Questions of science or social studies
I picked up some questions of science of social studies from 'Test Yourself Against an American Kid'.
At first,please read and try to answer these questions by yourself.
Then, shall we share these answers with your group members?

Part 2: E-mail in English

I'll show you some cases for E-mail.

Please choose one case by each member of the group.
At first, please write the E-mail in English by yourself.
Then, share and discuss these E-mail in your group.

I hope you will enjoy it! See you on Saturday.

Best wishes,
Yuko Tanihara

14時30分から 南橋さん

1. Date: Nov. 1st, 2014
2 .Genre: Self-introduction and discussion on health.
3 .Title: Do you think “health first” is right?
4 .Description:
Make 6 groups
Decide and write your group name. Our group name is 〔 〕
Fill in the blanks of list of members
Write your own definition and rough idea of health.
“Health is・・・・・

Let me distribute today’s material for each of you.
Introduce yourself with your comments on health.
Look at the charts and materials delivered.
Read the following sentences.
World Health Organization (WHO) provides the definition on health as follows.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
「健康とは、病気でないとか、弱っていないということではなく、肉体的にも、精神的にも、そして社会的にも、すべてが満たされた状態にあることをいいます。」(日本WHO協会訳)
With this definition, WHO tackles problems not only of medical field but also of broad affairs to assure peoples’ healthy, safe and secured living.
Discuss following sentences. Do you agree, or disagree?
“You don’t appreciate good health until you lose it.” “Good health is a lifetime treasure.”
“No one can deny any person’s right to live.” “Health is better than wealth.”


Read the following lines and express your own opinion on option you would like to choose:
①Take care of your health for 20 years by
・watching TV programs on health,
・reading books on health,
・taking some physical exercise,
・preparing and taking healthy meal.
・Although these take about 3 hours a day, namely 2.5 years during 20 years in total, these result in 2 years of longer life, in other words, spend 2.5 years for 2 years of longer life during your precious 20 years’ of remaining life
Or
②Spend your precious 20 years for whatever you like and feel happy without spending 3 hours per day, namely without 2.5 years, for keeping health, and die 2 years earlier than the person above
Or
③Any other options you would like to present and hope to choose


Decide your group conclusion with at least 3 reasons. (Ex. live longer for children, partner and lifework, OR, any interruption of lifeworks means nothing to be gained, and so ……)
Group〔       〕`s conclusion on health is
Reason 1
Reason 2
Reason 3

With last 10 minutes, announce with your own way loudly and briefly the conclusion and its 3 reasons of your group to all the members. Take notes on other groups’ conclusion and their 3 reasons. This is also a practice of speaking and listening.
Group 1〔       〕`s conclusion on health is
I hope you would deliberate on your health and enjoy the practice with other members! J
参考:名郷 直樹、『健康第一は間違っている』、筑摩書房、2014(特に、p.238)、NHKの「クローズアップ現代」2014年10月15日放映、「“百寿者” 知られざる世界 ~幸せな長生きのすすめ~」
Thanks
Osamu Minamihashi (Sakyo Post Office) E-mail: ccl52920@yahoo.co.jp
PS: I would welcome orders for purchasing New Year’s Card from Oct 30th, 2014~Jan. 9th, 2015. Just ask me for detail. 年賀はがき注文受け付け中!(左京郵便局 南橋 理)


16時から    間嶋さん  ディベート
This notice is to introduce the debate program on Nov 1.
This debate will be semi-formal.


1st debate : Time 16:30 - 17:15 Team-1 vs. Team-2
2nd debate : Time 17:15 - 18:00 Team-3 vs. Team 4.

Propositions : To be announced on the day. No preparation is needed.

Proposition A : Beginners Level
Proposition B : Intermediate Level

I would like to make 4 teams based on your choice or chairperson's coordination.
Hope you enjoy it !!

Isamu Mashima


18時30分から    吉田さん

Please note that the practice is allocated after the dinner of ESS
English Camp 2014.

Genre: Listening
Title: Listening to Fun Stuff

Since everybody feels tired a little bit after the dinner, those
practices (especially before drinking parties) should be easy ones.
And this one is no exception :-)

The practice consists of two parts.

Firstly, you are asked to listen to audio and tell what it says.
The material will be picked up from TV shows, songs and audio books.

In the latter part, you will be listening to the introductions of
various good old TV shows. All you need to do is guess the names of
TV shows, and share what you know about them.

Let's have fun!

Cheers!

Masakazu YOSHIDA

2014年09月30日

10月25日 プラクティスの予定

Genre: Writing
Title: Introduction to the TOEFL test


Guideline
The TOEFL test is the most widely respected English-language test in the world.
In this practice, an Integrated Task in the Writing section will be prepared.
This task includes reading, listening and writing, which means total English skills are required to solve.

Procedure
1. Receive papers on which Directions and a sample question are written.
2. Read Directions to understand how you answer the question (about 5 minutes).
3. Read a passage about an academic topic written on the distributed paper (3 minutes).
4. Listen to a lecture about the same topic (about 5minues).
5. Write a response to a question.

Schedule
18:40 Opening & Grouping (6 persons/group)
18:45 Instruction
18:50 Start of TOEFL Writing trial
19:20 Finish of the trial and distribution answer examples
19:35 Closing

I hope this practice will stimulate people who want to take TOEFL or to go study abroad.

Best regards,

Hiroshi Fukumoto

担当 福本さん

10月18日 プラクティス予定

Dear ESS members:

This is an announcement of the practice on October 18th.

Genre:Talk
Title :What would you do?

Here is the process.

1. Make some groups.
2. I will give you some questions.
3. The first speaker chooses one question and speaks about it.
4. Then the other members speak about the same question one by one.
5. The second person chooses a new question after all members finish speaking about the first question.

Then start the second round and continue the same way.

I expect you will enjoy this practice.

Thanks,

Shiho Nakashima

担当 中島 志保さん

10月11日 プラクティス予定

This is an announcement about the practice.
1. Date : 11th October,2014
2. Genre : Game
3. Title : KARUTA game that is wrote good words with cat.
4. Description :

1) Making 6 groups.

2) You play KARUTA game.
This KARUTA is read card(yomi-fuda) is English, Picture card(tori-fuda)
is japanese.

3) When finish the KARUTA game,Please discuss about card's word,
or talk about your motto or aphorism in your group.

Thanks :)

Enokki担当 榎園さん

2014年09月05日

10月4日 のプラクティス

This is the announcement about the practice on October 4th.
I am in charge of practice for the first time in ten years.
I am a little nervous but let`s enjoy it.


Genre: Small talk
Title: Current news topics

Description:
1. Make 6 groups.
2. I hand out cards on which recent news key words written.
3. Decide the order to draw a card.
4. First parson who draw a card talks about the news for 2minites.
5. Talk together about it for 5minites .
6. Second parson draw a card and talks in like wise.
7. Repeat from 4 to 6 until 18:25.
8. Select the best news of your group and announce it


Looking forward to seeing you at the temple.


N.Morimoto


担当 森本 直樹さん

9月27日 プラクティス

Let me introduce the practice planned on 9/27/2014.

Genre: Talk
Title : My favorite proverb, motto or phrase

The practice is talking and discussion on your favorite proverb, motto or phrase. May be you have met many and some of them mightrelax you, encourage you, smile you, heal you, assist you and so on. Please teach your favorite proverbs, mottoes or phrases which are/were useful in the situation below with some experiences or background information if possible. Please keep in your mind, these are not limited to popular one or words of celebrities. Your original and unique mottoes or phrases are welcomed!

1) When you want to relax.
2) When you need courage.
3) When you have to decide something
4) When you are in a trouble
5) When you want to make your dream come true


Looking forward to seeing you at the temple


H.Ishizaki

担当 石崎 宏明さん

2014年09月01日

9月20日 プラクティス

This is the announcement about the practice on September 20th.
Genre: composition
Title: love letter to a famous person

Description:
1. Make 6 groups.
2. I hand out cards on which names of famous people are written.
3. Play rock-paper-scissors (janken) and decide the order to choose a card to write a letter.
4. Choose a card you want to write a love letter.
5. Write a love letter. (10min.)
6. Read aloud your love letters to other members.
7. Repeat from 3 to 6 until 18:20 .
8. Select the best letter of your group and announce it

・・・・・<><><><><>Megumi Iwai<><><><><>・・・・・
megumukimura1968@yahoo.co.jp
担当 岩井 恵 さん

9月13日 プラクティス

This is an announcement of the practice on 13th September.

Genre: Role playing game

Title: Let’s play doctors and patients!

I guess any of you has experience playing doctor once or twice in your childhood.

But was it in English? This time, I’d like you to play it in English in more practical situations.

I’ll attach some materials to this email in advance that explain how to complain your symptoms

to your doctor and the names of diseases.

I hope this practice will help you see a doctor when necessary over the sea.

Description:

17:40-18:00

1 Make 4 to 6 groups. (Each group has even numbered members)

2 Make pairs in a group.

3 One plays a doctor and another plays a patient in a pair.

4 Change your partner when you finish your roles, both of a doctor and patient. 

18:30-18:40 

5 Give a presentation to all the members which was the most interesting or funniest dialog in your group.

I hope all of you enjoy this practice.

Masayama Kisei
担当 昌山さん

2014年08月25日

9月6日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK-ESS members,
This is an announcement of the practice on September 6.

Genre: Talk
Title: My ways to learn English

All of you must have your own means in learning English.
What do you do to maintain and improve your ability in listening , speaking,reading,writing in English?

Please share your original,unique,remarkable and recommendable ones with other members.

Description:
1 Make 6 groups
2 Each member gives a talk about "My ways to learn English".
3 Other members can ask some questions to the speaker.
Each of you have about 7minutes including Q&A.

I hope all of you enjoy and learn from this practice.

thanks,
Takada Kumiko

担当者 高田さん

2014年07月29日

8月30日 プラクティス予定

This is the announcement of the practice on Aug 30
Genre: Making A Story
Contents
1. Divide into 5 or 6 groups. Each group has 5 or 6 members.
2. Practitioner gives you some start sentence
3. The first role of each group has to choose one start sentence and
improvise and add on one sentence.
4. The second to the fourth role of each group add on one sentence.
5. The fifth role of each group conclude the whole story.
6. Next game start from the second role person of each group.
Same thing to do the first role person conclude the sentence.
(continue until the time permit )
I will give you some start sentence just before practice.
I hope you to make drastic, happy, comical or romantic stories.

Hosako Hukuda


担当者 富久田さん

2014年07月19日

8月23日  サマーパーティ

 会話練習 プラクティスもありません。

 お酒を飲んで騒いで お互いの友情を育みましょう

場所は 四条烏丸 地下鉄降りてすぐの KOKONビル地階 老香港酒家 

 

8月16日 プラクティス

Discussion
Theme: What is your suitable job?
1. Divide 6 groups
2. Discuss about your jobs.
Independents (自営独立)
Company employees (会社員)
Civil servants (公務員)

Q1: What kind of job in the future you wanted to be at age 13 to15 ?

Look back your life and you probably engaged some jobs.
Q2: Are those jobs suitable for you?

Q3: What kind of jobs did you do as a part time job?

Q4: Did you try to get other job?

Presented by T,Kuchinaka
担当 口中

8月9日 プラクティス

Hi , there!

Here's the details of the 'Practice'.

We are going to have 'bibliobattle'.

Each of you have to bring your favorite book relating to English .

O.K.?

Then,

1) Divide into 5 or 6 groups.

2) Take turns introducing other members to your favorite book.

3) Decide one person who makes a 3-minute presentation. S/he cannot use ' power point' or 'slides'.

4) Take a vote.

I hope you will be a strong bibliobattler.

Let's not forget to bring your recommendable book.

T.Noguchi

担当 野口 忠彦 会長さん

8月2日 プラクティス

Hello! Dear  KYOTO ESS Members

This is the announcement for members about the practice on August 2.

Genre:Entertainment
Title: Ogiri(Shouten)

Contents
1. Please make some gropes as usual and choose the emcee(chairman).
2. The emcee have to decide the theme (Odai)and other members have to
think over the funny and witty answers on Odai for ten minutes.
3. The emcee please leads other members and other members announces
the answers by Ogiri style in front of other groups by turns(Time limit
of one group is about ten minutes ).
4. The person taken the most cushions will be presented the good
prize(True?).


Ex.
1.(Theme)Something for Naoki Hanzawa never to say
(Answer)If whoever hits you on the cheek,offer him the other for peace.
2.(Theme)The unpleasant World Cup game
(Answer)The game that there are many supporters for the beaten team.

I expect many interesting and witty answers and hope you will have
pleasant time.
See you again on the Otera!

Makoto Kurusu

担当 久留主さん

2014年07月04日

7月26日 プラクティス

Dear ESS members,

This is the announcement for the practice on July 26.

Genre: Presentation

Title: Let`s make your own story with key words.

Process:

1. Make 6 groups.

2. I distribute a bundle of cards for each table. One word is written on each card.
One member distributes five cards for each member in the group. So, each member gets five key words.

3. Each member makes his or her own story with key words in five minutes and makes a presentation in the group.
Any topic is OK if these key words are contained in the story. The length of the story is up to each.
One to two minutes presentation would be adequate for one story.

4. After all members in a group make a presentation, another member collects the cards, shuttles them and distributes fives cards for each.
The procedure is the same above

5. Please go on the same process as long as time is allowed

Please try to make your own story with originality and the sense of humor!!

Best Regards,
Seiichiro Iwai

担当 岩井 誠一郎さん

2014年07月02日

7月19日のプラクティス

This is an announcement of practice on July 19.
Genre: Discussion

Title: Where do you want to live?

Questions;

1. What country do want most to live other than Japan?

2. What country do you want most to visit for a tour or a short stay other than Japan?

This may be the questions that you often asked to others or are asked from others. However, this time, I'd like you to make your answers into one group answer and with at least 5 reasons. OK? The answer may not include Japan. Some conditions may be added to your answers. And finally, I want you to recommend the place to other members in the room just as a tourist guide.

Talk about the place you like maybe with your good memories on its scenery, good welcome of people or whatever even its history, political situation. I hope you will enjoy the practice.

G.Kitaura

担当 北浦さん

7月12日のプラクティス

Genre:Speech
Title:One minute speech No.3

This is my third time to carry out this type of practice.

Let’s train your reflex power in a talk.

Here is the process.

1. Make groups with 3 members in each.

2. Each group has 20 topics written on pieces of paper in a holder.

3. The first speaker draws one piece from the holder and speaks about the topic for one minute.

Then the second person speaks about the same topic.

Next, the third person follows.

4. The second person draws a new piece after all members finish speaking about the first topic.

Then start the second round.

5. The third person continues the same process.

You don’t need to think the topic seriously but need to speak smoothly about what you think of.

Please keep speaking as much as you can for a minute.

I expect you will be tired but hope you would enjoy this practice.

担当 平野さん

2014年06月30日

7月5日 プラクティス

Genre: Talk & Discussion

Title: Globalization

Description

[Step. 0]

Make some groups and make pairs in each group. If you don’t have partner, please find a partner in other group. If there is no partner in all groups, I will become your partner.

[Step. 1]

I will give you a topic. Please ask a question about the topic each other for about 5 or 8 minutes. I’m a timekeeper. About 5 or 8 minutes later, I will request to change your partner and give you another topics again. Please start conversation again and repeat like this style for about 30 minutes. Please obey the following rules.

At first, one person asks one question.

The other person answer and explain his/her answer and ask his/her question.

You must not dominate conversation by your only talking.

I’ll choose topics below

International business language or English

Travel

Japan or Japanese

Transportation or Air plane

Communication technology or Cellular phone

Olympic or World Exposition (EXPO)

Race or Language

8. Knowledge or Science or Technology(Engineering)

Ex. Topic : English

A “Did you like English lesson when you were in junior high or high school?”

B “No, I didn’t. Because Japanese education emphasize reading writing and grammar.

They were boring for me. How about you? Did you like English lesson?

A “Of course, I liked it very much. Because my English teacher was a young female

teacher. She was cute and clever. She spoke English so fluently like native speaker

and taught English very well. Do you use English in your business? ”

B “Yes, I sometimes have to read a thesis or paper written in English. And I have some chances to discuss technology with foreign engineers. Have you travel foreign countries in your business?”

A ・・・・・

[Step. 2]

Please gather in each group. There are some effects of globalization on the environment, culture, the economy and human well-being and so on. Choose one category and talk about effect of globalization under your choosing category. I hope that you explain both positive and negative effects. You can choose the sample categories below. But you don’t need to stick to the samples.

Environment Culture Economy Human well-being Education Religion

Science Sport Art Music Literature etc.

Ex.

I choose economy.

Positive effect: More companies are now able to sell their products in foreign countries.

Negative effect: Weak industry in each country is beaten by foreign country.


I hope you enjoy.

Hirokazu Sakai

担当 酒井さん

2014年06月21日

6月28日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members.

Let me introduce the practice planned on 6/28/2014.

Genre: talk
Title : Let’s enjoy “warp” ( time-travel ) !!
( Note : “warp” means traveling in the time-machine. )

Do you remember a movie called “ Back to the Future “ , “Terumae Romae” or TV drama “ Jin” ?
In this practice, you will warp in the future or warp back into the past in the time-machine.
Theoretically, you can’t warp back in the past. But in this practice, you can warp back with a couple of conditions.
1. Grandfather paradox is not allowed ( you can’t change you who you are today )
2. You can’t bring anything with you. Just meet and talk. If possible you can do anything to change the history.

Please talk about the following situations in your team ( ~ 6:20 )
1. What year in the future do you want to warp ? Why?
2. What do you see in the future? ( as much detail as possible )
3. What year/age/era do you want to warp back in the past? Why?
4. Who did you meet and what did you talk ?
5. What did you do to change the history? Then, what could be the new history you have changed?
( please continue as time permitted )

At the end of the talk, please pick out a couple of warp stories 1) In the past 2) In the future in your team and
introduce them to all. ( 6:20-6:40 )

Enjoy warp with your imaginative power !!

Isamu Mashima

担当 間嶋さん 

2014年05月18日

6月21日 プラクティス

Genre: Talk
Title: Mysterious Matters

“Do you believe in the existence of the spiritual world?”
”Have you ever seen a ghost?”
There are lots of mysteries in our world.
I would like you to talk about something horror, psychic, paranormal around
us.

Description:
1. Make several groups.
2. Exchange your comments in your group on each question below.

Questions
(1)Are you interested in fortunetelling, horoscope, the sixth sense,
intuition etc.?
Do you carry any lucky charms with you now and do they work for you?
Are you often concerned about superstitions(験を担ぐ)and the jinx?

(2) Have you ever visited the power spots or the mystery spots?
Have you experienced any psychic, paranormal phenomena?
Ex)kanasibari(金縛り)、dejavu(デジャブ)、musinosirase(虫の知らせ)

(3)Have you ever seen a ghost or a psychic photo?
Do you believe in the existence of the Sprit and spiritual world?


(4)Talk freely about scary stories, unbelievable experience and horror
movies(books).

I hope you will enjoy it!

Motoko Tabata


担当 田畑さんご夫妻

6月14日 プラクティス

This is Shigeo HORI, and I'm happy to inform you my Corner on June 14th.
Genre: A Sort of Discussion
Title: Golden Section
Description: "Golden Section(黄金分割)" is one of the qualities many people feel that the ratio of the two is very beautiful. This ratio was and is used for beautification.
In this practice, I would like you to discuss this topic from our daily lives.

I have used this type of practice many years ago, but I'd like to change the items this time.

Thank you.

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担当者 堀 薫夫さん

6月7日 プラクティス

This week"s topic is "health".

(1) Give the definition of this word, "health". Answer this question by

just one sentence.

(2) Give three conditions to keep the "health" and also give the reasons

to each condition.

(3) If some of you do something to keep your "health", please tell us.

(4) Share your group's opinions about above three questions with all

members.

I've talked with many patients who have various diseases in my work.

Surprisingly, some patients seemes to be so energetic or positive while

they are under heavy stage of each disease. On the other hand, young people,

who don't have any problem physically, face mental problem.


What is health? Please give your opinion.

Thank you very much.


Miyako Kusaka


担当者 日下さん

2014年5月31日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

Hello, everyone.
This is the chairperson of this weekend, Yuko Tanihara.
I'm sorry to be late for my announcement.

Genre: Translation and discussion

Title: Let's translate telephone conversation and J-Pop music into English!

At first, please make some groups to have 4-6 members in each group.

Part 1: Telephone conversation
I picked up general telephone conversations.
At first,please try to translate these sentences into English alone.
Then, shall we share these answers with your group members?

Part 2: J-Pop music
Please fill in the blank to complete the English lyric of J-Pop music.
Finally, let's sing a song together in English.

I hope you will enjoy it! See you on Saturday.

Best wishes,
Yuko Tanihara

担当者 谷原さん

2014年05月17日

5月24日 プラクティス

Dear Kyoto ESS members

I am so happy to have a chance of planning a Practice. It is difficult for me to give you an exciting time, however, I want to do my best.

Date: 2014.5.24

Genre: Listening game

Title: My favorite songs

Description: I would like to introduce my favorite songs. (I don’t want to tell you the title of them until the Practice day to enjoy listening game.) I hope that you will enjoy the game.

1. Make some groups as usual.

2. I will give you question sheets and answer sheets.

3. The question sheets give you part of the lyrics which contain blanks. The answer sheets show full lyrics of songs.

  ※Do not see the answer part.

4. I would like to tell you the reason why I like the song and some episode of the song. After my short introduction, you listen to a part of the lyric and fill in the blanks of the answer sheet.

5. Check your answer by seeing the answer sheet.

6. Again, listen to the song. Please check your answer and enjoy listening to the song.

7. Repeat 1-6 for the other songs.


担当 若さあふれる17歳高校生 秋山みなもさん

2014年05月07日

5月17日 プラクティス

Dear ESS Members:

Hi, everyone! This is Akira Oku.
I’m very sorry for this slow announcement, but I haven’t forgotten my duty of working on the practice of this week.
Please open the document attached and read to prepare for it in advance, I hope.
Genre: Discussion and Talk
Title: Discussion on the phrases quoted from famous scientists.
Language: English only

For the people who can’t open the attachment, same document is pasted below.

Prepared for the ESS Practice on 2014.5.17 by A. Oku

Discussion on the phrases quoted from famous scientists.

Many distinguished scientists, politicians and novelists are also great philosophers. They have left to us a lot of interesting, impressive, instructive and sometimes puzzling phrases. Their sayings are usually short and deeply sighted so that people often quote their words for intellectual stimulation.

In the following, more than several sayings quoted from those people are listed. The phrases may not be well-known but suggestive ones. Today’s practice shall flow as follows.
1. I would like you to read these sayings quickly and carefully (10 min). Hopefully, you are encouraged to read them in advance before this Saturday.
2. Pick up one phrase which you like most and explain, in any word, what the person wants to tell you in his/her message (< 3 min).
3. After finishing your presentation, start the group discussion on that quoted phrase from different points of view, I hope (< 7 min).
4. Analogous presentation-discussion shall be repeated by each of the group members on different phrases (total time: (3 + 7) x 4 person < 40 min).

Repeat this process till the end. You sure will be a highly sophisticated person and make your own witty “quote -- unquote”. Enjoy!
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1. "But still try, for who knows what is possible." by Michael Faraday

2. "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood." by Marie Sklowska Curie

3. "The secret of all inventors is to consider nothing impossible." by?

4. "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that do not work." by Justus Freiherr von Liebig

5. "Science is facts. Just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts. But a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science." by Jules Henri Poincaré

6. "A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth." by Albert Einstein

7. "I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy." by Marie Curie

8. “Pursue your lofty dream with eternal optimism.” by Eiichi Negishi

9. "10% of what I say is true. You have to worry about the other 90%." by William G. Fateley

10. "Let us learn to dream, gentlemen, and then perhaps we shall learn the truth." by August Kekule

11. "The great tragedy of science, the slaying of a beautiful theory by an ugly fact." by Thomas Henry Huxley

12. "Scientists are explorers. Philosophers are tourists." by?

13. "The true scientist never loses the faculty of amazement. It is the essence of his being." by Hans Selye

14. "Science is a wonderful thing, if one does not have to earn one's living at it." by Albert Einstein

15. "I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students." by?

16. “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny ...." by Issac Asimov

17. "Facts are the air of scientists. Without them you can never fly." by Linus Pauling

18. "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less." by Julius Sumner Miller

19. “People who never have any time on their hands are those who do the least." by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, German scientist

20. “The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding." by Leonardo da Vinci, Italian artist, scientist and writer

21. “Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working." by Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist

22. “I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night." by Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer, philosopher and physicist

23. “The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." by Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, mathematician and historian

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担当 奥 彬さん

2014年05月05日

5月10日 プラクティスの内容

Game : CROSS WORDS PUZZLE

We prepared 4 differnt types of CROSS WORDS PUZZLES
Enjoyable, interesting and instructive games

Hello, everyone
Please prepare your own dictionaries.

担当 武居さん

2014年04月29日

2014年5月3日 プラクティスの内容

Date:May 3rd, 2014
Genre:Talk and Grammar
Title:Your favorite person in your junior high school days
(Who did you really like when you were a junior high school student?)

Description:
1. Make 5~6 groups depending on the number of the participants.
2. Tell other members who you really liked as a junior high school
student (or a teenager) and give a brief explanation about the person;
your favorite singer/actor/TV personality/teacher/friend/family
member, etc.
3. Other members ask questions about the person.
4. Each member should have a chance to tell their junior high school
days favorite person.
5. Have good conversations in the group.

In this practice, I’d like you to pay attention to one thing about
English grammar: the tense (verb form). You are supposed to talk about
something in the past; your junior high school days, so basically the
past tense of verbs should be used.

I hope this practice is enjoyable and meaningful.
Kiyoshi.T

担当 田村 潔さん

2014年04月12日

2014-04ー26 プラクティス

Genre : debate
 2themes : “The Japanese government should abolish the death penalty."

"The Japanese government should decommission all nuclear power plants."

Description :
*Make small groups . Each group has 3 persons.
Everyone prepare for your own opinions.

担当  南橋さん

 

2014-04-19 プラクティス

Genre : debate
3themes : “We should accept the death penalty or not.”
“Japaese elementary schools should accept Englisah language education from 1st grade. ”
“We need Nuclear Power Plants or not. ”

Description :
*Make small groups . Each group has 3 persons.
Everyone prepare for your own opinions.


担当 南橋さん

2014年04月05日

2014‐04‐12 プラクティス予告

Genre : discussion (or creation)
Title : “create a story”
Description :
*Make a group as usual.
1. about a central character ; age, gender, occupation, hobby. special skill, family members, and other features・・・
2. about his or her family members
3. about some important persons ; one of his or her friends, co-worker, boss, lover, witch, killer, etc.
4. genre and outline of the story ; mystery, horror, fantasy, old tale, love story, etc.
*discuss 1 – 4 in the group
5. each group member make an episode
6. join episodes together
7. finally, one person of each group presents the finished story briefly.


I hope you enjoy creating stories by yourself

Emi Hibino

2014年03月31日

2014‐04‐05 プラクティス予告

Hi ESS members,

I hereby announce the practice which will be held on 5th of April.

Genre:
Talk
Title:
Technology innovation
Summary:
The electronic devices around us, such as mobile, PC, TV, gaming console etc, have changed so dramatically in past few decades.
In this practice, I want you to decide your favorite device (no matter how modern or outdated the device is) in your group and introduce us a little bit.
The group will be departed to 6 as usual.

Best regards,
Akira Hashimoto

2014年03月25日

2014-03-29 プラクティス予告

Dear ESS members.

This is the announcemento for the practice on March 29 2014.

Genre:Discussion

Title:Deliberation and Discussion

1,Make some groups.
2,Diside a leader of your group.
3,Deliberate and Discuss some questions.

I hope you have happy time.

Thank you.
Chikako Morita

2014年03月19日

2014-03-22 プラクティス予告

Dear ESS members.

This is the announcement for the practice on March 22nd.

Genre : Game: Role playing game
Title : Press conference

I offer you to hold press coference on different topics.
For example, New product release, Scandal and Explanation for a faulty product .

How to do?

1. Make 4 groups and select your roles Jornalist or interviewer
2. Makes questions to interviewer and witty answers to Jornalist.
3. Hold the press conference.
4. Summary


1. You are about to interview a top politician/company and are keen to expose he/she as being inadequate for the job they do.
2. This is your big chance to enhance your reputation and further your career. Please write down whole of conversation between a Journalist and interviewer.


1. One day after you gave a speech on the importance of parents to teach their children morals your son was convicted for selling drugs.
2. When you were younger you were a supporter of pro-choice.
3. In a debate on the future of race relations in the US you said, 'We need to forget about the past and move forward.'


1. You talk about the importance and good standard of state schools
but both your children attend private schools.
2. On a visit to a school in a depressed area in Alabama you were
quoted as saying 'I've never met so many ill-mannered children; they should be placed in a juvenille detention center.'


1. You talk about the need for people to stop smoking due to healthcare costs but smoke yourself.
2. When asked about the ever increasing waiting list for medicare patients needing operations, you were quoted as saying, 'Well, it's not my fault that people keep getting sick!'

メディケア(英: Medicare)は、高齢者および障害者向け公的医療保険制度です。


1. Your company sold a blonde hair dye that turns your hair blue
2. Over 100 customers complained and want to refund.
3. If you refund all of them, it will cost 1000,000 yen at least.
4. Explain the product and its defect.

*I use “Lesson Plan - Press Conference By Lindsey Newhall” on All about for reference.http://esl.about.com/od/conversationlessonplans/a/press_conf.htm


I hope this geme will be fun and usefull to practice speaking, listening and dictation skills.

Thank you,
Yoko Iida

2014年03月12日

2014-03-15 プラクティス予告

Dear ESS member.
I introduce May 15 practice.

(1) Genre :Game
(2) Title:Taboo character
(3) Process

(a)I indicate taboo character. 1 character at once. Taboo character start from “z”.If we can, we play game to “a”.
(b)You dictation my present English sentence. And you guess either used taboo character or not.
(c) I say correct answer and I hand out script.
(d) I present English sentence one more time. And you check it.
(e)When 5 minute before finish, I ask to you answered many pieces correctly.

I hope you'll enjoy this practice.

Masakazu Nakatani.

2014年03月07日

2014-03-08 プラクティス予告

Hi All,

This is an announcement about the practice on March 8th, 2014.

1. Date (March 8th)
2. Genre (Discussion)
3. Title (Let's talk about the universe in a scientific way)
4. Description

You might have once asked the following questions. How the universe was born? What is the fate of it? How large is it? It is difficult to give clear answers to these question, but we can study the universe in a scientific way and the recent research has given a lot of knowledge on the universe.

In this practice, I would like you to talk about the universe in a group and to feel the atmosphere of the study of the universe. I will give you problems about the universe which are interesting and solvable even for non-experts. Please solve the problems through the discussion in your group!
(I will try to make the practice as easy as possible.)

This is how the practice goes.
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1) Making 4-5 people groups
2) A problem to solve is given.
3) Discussing in a group to solve the problem
4) Sharing each group's solution among all
5) Repeating 2) to 4)
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I hope you enjoy this practice.

All the best.
Kazuyuki Sugimura

2014年02月26日

2014-03-01 プラクティス予告

Dear ESS members.

This is the announcement for the practice on March 1.

Genre : Discussion
Title : Spring has come !

I prepare some questions .

1. Make some groups.
2. Talk about them in your group.

Q1 By seeing what , you feel that spring has come?
Q2 By eating what, you feel that spring has come?
Q3 What scent or smell makes you feel that spring has come?
Q4 What sound or noise makes you feel that spring has come?
Q5 By touching what , you feel that spring has come?

Let's talk about your sense and enjoy it .

Akiko matsui

2014年02月18日

2014-02-22 プラクティス予告

Hi! Everyone!
This is the announcement about the practice on February 22.

(1) Genre : Talk

(2) Title : Personal Space

(3) Description:

Personal space is the area space that closely surround our bodies. It is space that we often like to keep to ourselves.

I'll prepare some questions about personal space.

Let's talk about them in your group.

I hope you'll enjoy this practice.

Thank you.

2014年02月12日

2014-02-15プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto ESS member

This is an announcement of practice on Feb.15
Title is "Your hero or heroine"
Genre: talk

You have met, known, seen, watched, thought, felt or listened about many people.
There were many people who had good effect on your life. Let's talk about your hero or heroine.

For example
Your family or relative: Father, Mother, Grand-father/mother, brother/sister etc
Work place: Boss, president
Anime/TV: Ultra-man, Kamen-rider, Sarry-chan, Akakage, Anpan-man, Doraemon
Movie: Stive Maceen, James deen, Harison ford,
Athlete: Nagashima, O, Honda,
Historical person: Ieyasu, Nobunaga, Hideyoshi
Politician: Shigeru yoshida, Lincorn, Mandela,
Other:

Part 1
Please name your hero or heroine at each life stage and tell why do you or did you think so.

1-1: Hero or heroine when you were a child
1-2: Hero or heroine when you were a high school/university student
1-3: Hero or heroine now

And more.......

Ishizaki

2014年02月06日

2014-02-08プラクティス予告

Practice
Junle:Talk
Title:What a coincidence!

“All the members in the group are the same in something or have something in common.
That is the definition of a coincidence here in this activity.”

【Example】
All the members were born in December.
All the members have no brother or sister.
All the members have been to the USA.
All the members have a relative over 100 years old.
No member was born in Kyoto.
All the members have been to Disneyland in Tokyo.

The more coincidences the group has and the rarer the coincidences are, the better.
Later a judge (judges) will decide how many points each group can get.

Example of scores (A full score is 5)):

Coincidence Score
All the members have a relative over 100 years old. 5
All the members were born in December. 4
No member was born in Kyoto. 3
All the members have been to Disneyland. 2
All the members have been to the USA. 1
No member likes spiders. 0
All the members like beefsteak. 0

By Masahiro Yamamoto

2014年01月31日

2014-02-01プラクティス予告


Hi everyone!

This is the announcement about the practice on Feb 1, 2014.

Genre: Game

Title: What is this word

Description:

I ll give you some cards. You explain to group members about the word in the card.However you can not use the word in your explain. Group members think about the word from your hints. The person say the answer first get 1point. And then the person get most many point is winner!!

I hope you enjoy this game

Mayumi Onishi

2014年01月20日

2014-01-25プラクティス予告

Hi there!

This is the announcement about the practice on January 25, 2015.


Genre: Talk

Title: Making wish lists

Description:

This is a group talk. In this practice, you are going to make wish
lists, and talk about them.

What do you have in your list? Why do you wish to have or do them?

The budgets will be ranging from 10,000 JPY to 100,000,000 JPY.


I hope you enjoy a virtual shopping :)


Cheers!
--
M.Yoshida

2014年01月14日

2014-01-18 プラクティス予告

Happy New Year!

May this year be happy and fruitful .

Here's the announcement about the Jan. 18th activity.(Yes! 'Activity ' is the appropriate word.)

Genre: talk

Title: New Year's Resolutions

T.Noguchi

2013年12月26日

2013-12-28 プラクティス予告

Dear ESS member,

This is the an announcement of the practice of Dec.28.

Genre: Discussion
Title: Good-bye 2013

All the practice is required to be relateed to the passing year 2013.
Roughly, all the discussion is to be divided into the following twoparts.

A. The events you have personally experienced in 2013
(events, the overall impression about 2013 etc)

B. The events you haven`t directly experienced
(news, social atmosphere, overall trend, your own interpretation about 2013 etc)

Theme A. Choose one from the following 4 themes

1. Grade yourself in 2013 on the basis of 100 and explain to others how you evaluated your achievement.

2.The most valuable event yoiu have encountered in 2013.
(an forgettable event, person, book , etc)

3. Your original method you`ve come up with this year, so as to make your life more meaningful.

4. Your original habit you`ve intentionally formed or the one that have lasted this year.

Theme B;

1. Events or trend that you haven`t been directly involved in.
(Japanese news, world news, how you interpret the overall trend 2013 etc)

It is more desirable to discribe them putting an emphasis on the viewpoint how it has much
significance to you.

2.最近の社会に関して、どうも理解できないこと。
「なんか変だな」と思うこと。

Thanks
Best  Regards

Yamamoto Keiichi


2013年12月20日

2013-12-21 プラクティス予告

Dear ESS members,
This is an announcement of the practice of Dec. 21th.
Genre: Talk
Title : Talk about Christmas!! 
The Christmas is coming soon.
I will prepare some questions about Christmas.
Let's talk about it in your group.
I'll make some groups.
Hope you will enjoy it! Thank you,
Best Regards,
Satoko Ohkubo

2013年12月12日

2013-12-14-プラクティス予告

Dear ESS members,

This is an announcement of the practice of Dec. 14th.


Genre: Game and Talk

Title : Association Game (連想ゲーム) 

Do you know the TV program called "連想ゲーム” ? 
NHK used to broadcast the program in my childfood.
We will enjoy by imitating the program using English !

Description : 1, make 6 teams
2, decide a captain in your team
captain will be a Key-person who is going to give "association words"
to your team members
3, play games with your opponent team and decide which team to be
the winner
4, after the game, separate 6 groups and talk using the Answer-cards
5, if the time permits, a presenter of each groups give a presentation
about a Topic in 1-minute to everybody

Hope you will enjoy it! Thank you,

Ryuichi Tanaka

2013年11月28日

2013-11-30-プラクティス予告

Hi, everyone of Kyoto NHK ESS club

I once forwarded this information last night but it was through attachment and accordingly
I fear that someone cann't open it.
Hee is the second nonattached information with the same contents.
Thanks.

This is to announce the practice of November 30th to be held by Simon Nakamura
Discussion about
Marriage, including International Marriage before and after

1) Some lessons
a) Get correct usage of “to marry” and  “to get married to”
b) Learn the proverbs

妻を娶らば 才たけて、身目美わしく、情けあり ==Translate into English
結婚は人生の墓場だ ==Translate into English
Marry in haste and repent at leisure ==Translate into Japanese
2) Raise 3 basic points for you to decide to marry

3) How do you think about “Same-sex marriage”
Can you accept the world-wide prevailing trend of Same-sex marriage?
Is the same-sex marriage acceptable in Japan ?
If not, what factors do you think ?

4)Can you accept straightly the decision which the supreme court decided on the inheritance rights of illegitimate children ?

5)Can you accept Hague Convention on the Civil Aspect of International Child Abduction ?

The practice may be a little long but I hope you will enjoy the matters in relation with marriage.
Unless otherwise, divide the themes to 2 or 3 occasions.
Simon Nakamura

2013年11月20日

2013-11-23 プラクティス予告

Hello 京都NHK ESS members.
I am glad to announce the contents for the practice on Nov 23.

Genre:Speech
Title:Challenge “One minute speech No.2”

This practice has come for the first time in a year.
At real talks, you need to response swiftly to keep a conversation going, having no time to
translate what you are thinking about in Japanese into English.
Let’s train your output power in a talk.

Here is the process.
1. Make groups with 3 or 4 members in each group.
2. Each group has 20 topics listed on a sheet of paper.
3. The first speaker chooses one topic from the list and speaks anything about it for one minute.
Then the second person speaks about the same topic.
Next, the third person follows.
4. After all members finish speaking about the first topic, the second person picks a new topic
and starts the second round until all members finish speaking.
5. The third person continues the same process.

Do not think the matter seriously but speak promptly anything you think of.
Please keep talking as much as you can for a minute.

I expect you will be good kind of tired on your brain after this practice.

Thanks,

2013年11月07日

2013-11-16 プラクティス予告

Dear
Kyoto NHK-ESS member,

This
is the announcement of the practice on November 16th.
Genre:
talk
Title: Happening while traveling,
Description:
1. Make 5-6 groups.
2. Please share the happening story
of your journey. A happy accident, lucky accident, anything is OK.
3. You can discuss the possible
solution(s) for the accident, if any.
4. Each representative announces the
summary of the group talk at the end.

Enjoy!

Nastuko
Morino

2013-11-09 プラクティス予告

Dear all,

I'm sorry I'm late in announcing the next practice theme.
This is my first time so I couldn't decide it until now...

++++++
Date: 9 Oct. 2013
Genre: Discussion
Title: The best place to be (re)born

Description:
A birthplace determines too many things in our lives but nobody can choose it.
If we couldn't be born in countries like Japan, it might be difficult to access foods, jobs and information.
However, I believe you don't think anywhere is good to be born in Japan; some people like big cities and others prefer countryside.
And there are disparities (格差) and discriminations (差別) , even in Japan.

Please exchange opinions for following two questions in a group,

- Where do you want to be reborn?
- Where is the best birthplace for your children?

You can choose any places in the universe as long as you have clear reasons.

In the last 10 minutes, I'd like representatives to share COMMON ideas in a group and some interesting points in a discussion.

++++++

I hope you will enjoy it ;)

Best regards,
---
Atsuo Inoue

2013年10月18日

2013-10-26 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members

This is the announcement of the practice on October 26th.

Date:October26th, 2013
Genre:Talk
Title:Cooking&Foods
Description:
1. Make 5~6 groups.
2. Exchange your opinions in your group on each question below.
  3. Presentation time


(Q1) Do you cook regularly? And how often do you cook?
    Are you good at cooking?
    What dish do you cook best?
Please introduce the recipe for your specialty.

(Q2) What do you like to eat? And what’s your favorite food?
     And what’s the food which you don’t like? And why?

(Q3)Is there anything that you keep in mind when you go shopping to the
supermarket?
   Ex. Choose goods at bargain prices
Research fliers before go shopping
Choose domestic products

(Q4)Do you do care about food additive(food coloring, food preservative
etc.)?
What do you think of genetically modified crops?

(Q5)You can discuss any topic on Cooking&foods.

see you!!
Motoko TABATA

2013年10月17日

2013-10-19 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members

This is the announcement of the practice on October 19th.

Date:October 19th, 2013
Genre:Game
Title:NG Word Game

Description:
This is a game between two people or groups.
Both sides recieve a card which their NG words are written on.
They cannot know their own NG words.
Then, they start conversation freely.
If one side says one of its own NG words, the side loses and the other side wins.

See you in the next week!
Hiroshi Fukumoto

2013年10月10日

2013-10-12 プラクティス予告

This is an announcement for the practice on Octo.12

1.Genre: Presentation/drawing a picture

2. Topic : Let's drawing a room of dream

Please drawing and decorate your dream room freely
If you like a big animal or monster place it in the room
Then present the drawing of your ideal room!

Procedure:

1.Make 5 or 6 people groups.

2.Please draw a room packed with what you like in the paper that was distributed. You have 10-minutes to draw.

3. Show your drawing room and tell about it in your group one by one.

4 Choose the person who painted the best room in the group
Please select a representative.
.
5. The Chosen representative announces the room at the end.

I hope you all enjoy this practice.

sae morishima

2013年09月27日

2013-10-05 プラクティス予告

Hello! NHK ESS members,

This is an announcement for the practice on Oct. 5.

1. Genre: Discussion

2. Topic: Topics will be announced at the temple.

Description
1. Please make 6 groups as usual.
2. I will prepare three questions for you to discuss.
The questions will be disclosed one by one in about every 20 minutes so that you can focus on one question at a time.
The questions will be difficult, easy and moderate one respectively.
For each question, discuss it and try to draw a conclusion in your group.
3. When you finished the third question, choose someone in your group for a presentation.
4. The presenter will present the conclusion or anything you have discussed in the group.

I hope you will enjoy the practice.

G.Kitaura

2013年09月26日

2013-09-28 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members
The information of the practice on Semptember 28th
Genre Free Talk
Title The Olympic Games
Description Make some groups 4…5members

Please discuss about memory of The Olympic Games
Do you remember ?
1964 October 10…24th Tokyo / Miyake(Weightlifting)Tuburaya(Marathon Race)Nakaya(Judo)Kasai…(Volleyball)Endo…(Gy mnastics 体操)
1972 February 2…13th Sapporo / Kasaya,Kanaya(Ski Jump 70m)Jannet Lynn(Figure Skating)
1998 February 7…22th Nagano / Satoya(FreeStyle)Shimizu(Speed Skate)Nisitani(Short Trac Funaki(Ski Jump)

1968 Mexico 1972 Munich 1976Montreal 1980 Moscow 1984 Los Angeles 1988 Seoul 1992 Barcelona 1996 Atlanta 2000 Sydney 2004 Athena 2008 Beijing 2012 London……

2012 July 25th…August 12th London / Uchimura(Gy mnastics)Murata(Boxing The Midleweight Division)Yonemitu(Wrestling 66kg Division)Yoshida(Wrestling 55kg Division)Kitajima…(Swimming Race100×4 Medley)Sawa…(Football) Bolt(100mRace) Fukuhara(Table Tennis)Ohta(Fencing)Murofusi(The Hammer Throw) ……etc.


Let's talk about memory and enjoy it. Thank you.


Masako Mori

2013年09月18日

2013-09-21 プラクティス予告

Dear,Kyoto NHK ESS members

This is the announcement of the practice on September 21th.

Genre : Card Game
Title : 1.My grandmother went to market
2.Who am I?

Description

Members use 5 category's card(animal,fish,fruit,vegitable,etc)
for these 2games.

My grandmother went to market 19:00-19:30
1.Make 5 or 6 people groups.
2.Put card on the table
3.1st player pick the top card,and if the card is 'Apple',
the player says
'My grandmother went to market and she bought apple.'
4.2nd player pick the next card,and if the card is 'Grape',
the player says
'My grandmother went to market and she bought apple and grape.'
5.If the player forgets the word or mistakes the turn,the person is disqualified
goes out from a game.
6.The winner gets 1point per 1game.
7.Final winner is the person who takes most points.

Who am I? 19:30 - 20:00
1.Make 5 or 6 people groups.
2.Assign 1 member as timekeeper
3.Put card on the table
4.1st player pick the top card without checking and held up it to the head.
and try to confirm through the questions to the other members.
5.Other members can answer only ' Yes' or 'No'.
6..Time limit is 3minutes.
(example)
Card is 'monkey'...
- Am I alive?
- Am I human?
- Am I living in sea?
7.The player is winner if confirm within the time limit,and get 1point.
8.Final winner is the person who takes most points.

I wish all of you enjoy.


T.Kawakami

2013年09月12日

2013-09-14 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members

This is the announcement of the practice on September 14th.

Genre:group talk
Topic:your recommendations in your hometown.


As for the coming season,it is good for sightseeing. Do you have a
favorite place to sight in your town? When your friends come from
other countries or prefectures, what do you recommend to them? Please
tell us about good places and good things in your hometown.

examples of subject are below.
1)where do you want them to visit for sightseeing?
2)what do you want them to eat or drink?
3)which crafts or products do you recommend for souvenir?
4)which event do you enjoy?
5)what kind of trial experience do you want to do?

I hope you enjoy it!

Kaori Tsujii

2013年08月31日

2013-09-07 プラクティス予告

Good evening, everyone!

This is an announcement of the practice on Sep, 7.

1. Genre : Debate

2. Topic : "Japan is comfortable place to live for foreign people or not ?"

Description;

17:30 - 18:00

1. Make 5 or 6 people groups.
2. Each group is more divided into two groups, pro and con camps.
3. Exchange your views and opinions on this topic with the menbers of each pro and con group
for about 10 minutes.
4. Debate the pros and cons of the topic for 15 minutes.

18:00 - 18:20

Express your conclusion in each group at the end of the practice.

I'm pleased that you will enjoy this practice.
Thank you!

Best wishes,

Kuniko Furukawa

2013年08月28日

2013-08-31 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto ESS members,

This is the announcement about the practice on 31st August.

1 Genre: Discussion
2 Title : Mt. Fuji
3 Description:
Divide into several groups and discuss some question about Mt. Fuji.
If you have some good impressions about Mt. Fuji, please share your opinions in your groups during the discussion.
I would like you to give your short presentation in each groups in the end of the practice.

See you on Saturday.

Best wishes,

Itsuko Hori

2013年08月07日

2013-08-17 プラクティス予告

Dear ESS members.
Hi! I'm Enokki!
This is an announcement of practice on the 17th of August .

① Genre
Game.

② Title
Find the different point of picture.

③ Description
1. Make some groups,and make 2 team in group.
2. Each other team get the picture that has some different points.
Each member don't show the picture to another team.
3. Team member ask about picture to another team,and another team answer.
This action take several times by turn. And find the different point of picture.
4. When you finish that found the all different points, discuss how we find different point more quickly,
how we play this game more enjoy or anything else...
5. Group member hands up to me. I pass the new question.

I hope you enjoy this practice :-)

Best regards
Yuki ENOKIZONO.

2013年08月01日

2013-08-10 プラクティス予告

This is the announcement of Practice on the 10th of August.

Genre: Mindset
Title: Old habits“dye”hard.

I assume there have been some habits which you recognize as good or bad.
You must have gotten some of them to make practice perfect or vanish, and
others in vain.
In this Practice, I would like you to review your trial-and-error
experiences that led you to conquer yourself, handling ones.
And I wish you wrote down the ones you want to keep or banish.

1. Make some groups.
2. Write down your current and old habits.
3. Talk about how they are created, and maintained or banished.
4. And discuss your ideal ones you are tackling unless you hesitate to.
5. In the last fifteen minutes, one member of each group is recommended to
show us your own struggling story, which is concerning ones for what you
are now as honestly and accurately as possible.

Viewpoints, such as below.---which may help you think.
How well you are developed, or how well your excuses are developed.
Others’ habits that encourage or discourage you.
Do you find the food for thought from others’ experiences?

Do relax to think about your habits, but I do not mean to say “have it
your own way.” (i.e. at the risk of belabouring the obvious, I suggest
that you listen warmheartedly.)

Best regards,
Yamaguchi Takeshi

2013-08-03 プラクティス予告

Hi! I'd like to inform you of the topic for the practice on 3rd Aug here.

Genre; Discussion
Theme; about “herbivorous boys ”(草食系男子 in Japanese)
Questions;
Q1. Have you met or dated this type of boy?
Q2. Do you personally prefer herbivorous or carnivorous 肉食系 boys (girls)?
Q3. Do you think this phenomenon is really happening? / If yes, Why?
Q4. Social impact of growing number of herbivorous boys (negative/positive, solutions)
Q5. (If time allows….) Please discuss about another related buzz words; such as ” carnivorous woman” or “Bento danshi” (the boys who pack a lunch to save money),or Ryori danshi" etc…

Procedure;
1. 17:30~divided into some groups
2. 17:40~discuss about Q1 to Q5 (about 10min per Question)
3. 18:20~each group selects a presenter & announces the summary to all.

The end of last year, I had a chance to chat with a guy in his 20’s and learned he and his friends never had a big obsession to spend with girl friend on Christmas eve, and some of them have a home party with friends instead.
I thought that's decent & reasonable compared to the older "Bubble" generation spent more flamboyant Christmas time manipulated by media, though the word “herbivore boys” is often link to negative aspect like a declining birthrate or etc…
So the buzz word "herbivore boys”seems to have pros and cons which is a key to speak as much English in the heated discussion as possible.
That’s the reason I chose this topic.

These English article& video are for your reference to pick up some words and phrases
http://carnalnation.com/content/13442/4/herbivorous-boys-latest-japanese-metrosexuality

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DztZNZgv2L0
and to share the basic information in Japanese   
http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E8%8D%89%E9%A3%9F%E7%B3%BB

Please check out at least the difinition of "Sousyokukei Danshi" in Japanese beforehand, because it's so hard to start off any discussion without it.

Your lively discussion would be appreciated.
Best Wishes,

Miyazawa

2013年07月24日

2013-07-27 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto ESS members.

This is an announcement of the practice on July 27th.

Genre:Talk
Title:The memories of summer vacation

Let's talk our memories of summer vacation!

Description
1,Make some groups.
2,Please talk about your memories of summer vacation.

(1)What was the most enjoy memory for you?
(2)What was the most impressive memory for you?
(3)What was the worst memory for you?

For example,the beach,pool,grandparents house,camping,trip,the homework,firework,etc...anything is ok!

I hope you enjoy my practice.Thank you.

Risa takayama.

2013年07月17日

2013-07-20 プラクティス予告

Dear ESS members;

This is the announcement of the practice on July 20th
Gene; Discussion
Title; Election for the House of Councilors 2013 Special

Description:
The next day of this practice(July 21th) is the Voting day of the Election for the House of Councilors (参議院選).
In this practice I'd like you to discuss the election issues freely.

Parts of the subjects for the discussion are as below;

Do you support the policies of Democratic Party of Japan and other parties?
Which issues are you interested in most?

Economics (Abenomics)
Re-operation of the nuclear power plants &energy issues
Revision of the constitution
Diplomacy&national security
TPP
Others

I am preparing a large amount of information about the commitments of each party
and English translations of important words for your help .

Hoping everyone enjoy it !

Akihiro Tabata

2013年07月10日

2013-07-13 プラクティス予告

Dear ESS members,

This is the announcement about the practice on 13th July.

Genre: Talk & discussion
Title: Let's translate the salaried workers' Senryuu into English !

1. Divide yourselves into several groups as usual.
2. Translate the latest top 10 titles of salaried workers' Senryuu into English by yourselves, first.(for 30 min),
which were published by Daiichi mutual life insurance Co.
3. Discuss about your works to make each of them better in your group, and chose only the best work for the presentation.
4. Repeat the operation above from the 2nd to the 10th title.(for 20 min) 5. Make presentation of the best works in your group..(for 10 min)

The latest top 10 titles are bellow.

1いい夫婦 今じゃどうでも いい夫婦
2電話口 「何様ですか?」と 聞く新人
3「辞めてやる!」 会社にいいね!と 返される
4風呂にいた ムカデ叩けば ツケマツゲ
5ダルビッシュ 一球だけで 我が月給
6スッピンで プールに入り 子が迷子
7人生に カーナビあれば 楽なのに
8すぐキレる 妻よ見習え LED
9ワイルドな 妻を持つ俺 女々しくて
10何かをね 忘れたことは 覚えてる

There are several examples which were already translated into English, which are called Senglish now.
I'll show you them bellow.

君がやれ 俺が 報告しとくから
You finish this work
I'll be too busy making
Our progress report

地球より 家庭に欲しい 温暖化
Rather than the globe
My family could use some
Overall warming

プロポーズ あの日にかえって ことわりたい
My proposal day
I'd seek a cancellation
If I could go back

『ゴハンよ』と 呼ばれていけば タマだった
"O.K., I'm coming."
I answer the dinner call
But it's for Tabby

It seems to me there are some tips to translate them better.
I'll tell you them at the beginning of the session.
I hope you enjoy the translation & discussion.

Kisei Masayama

2013年06月28日

2013-07-06 プラクティス予告

Dear ESS members
This is the announcement for the practice on July 6th.
Genre: Speech
Title: How to make a good speech in English
Discription:
The speech contest will be done maybe in this Autum Camp.
For some preparation, I try to promote
some speech practice this time.

Even though I searched many about the theme how to make a good speech,
I could not find best key points for it. But, I think those points are important for us
to deliver good speech.


1 Choose atractive topic which can get the attention of the audience. 
2 Inform clealy with four category of ( introduction, development, climax, coclusion)
3 Main points should be within 2.
4 Consider using a touch of humor in your speech or put your own story somewhere in the presentation.


1 Be energetic in delivery with big voice in good posture.
2 Use eye contact with some gesture
3 Please be aware of intonation and speed. If you want to deliver strongly, you tell the portion loudly or slowly or repeat it. Or you can use some picture or sample.
4 Don't use Japanse(e-to,nandakke-,etc). Don't read memo.

So, with reference of those points, please make your own speech
before you attend this day's practice(6July) as much as possible.

Title is free. Duration time is approximately 2 min.

Steps:
17:40 -17:45 Make groups of 5 ~7 people.
17:45 -17:55 1 Check your prepared speech again or
2 Make your own speech soon
(For those who did not prepare the speech)

17:55-18:20 In your group, practice your speech one by one.

And select representative speech in your group.
             
18:20-18:40 Demonstration of representative speech 2min*6(=12)<20min.
Hope all of you may enjoy this practice.

Regards Kazumasa Yasuda

2013年06月25日

2013-06-29 プラクティス予告

Dear ESS members,

This is the announcement about the practice on 29th June.

Genere: Talk
Title: Let's translate Hailk into English !

Do you know "The old mere! A frog jumping in The sound of water" or "The ancient pond A frog leaps in The sound of the water." ?
Both of them are one of famous Haiku written by Matsuo Basho. First one was translated by Masaoka Shiki. The other one was by Donald Keene.

Please translate Haiku created by great writers !
I hope to see great works.

P.S. Please bring a 筆ペン if you have.

Fuji Masako

2013年06月19日

2013-06-22 プラクティス予告

Dear ESS members

This is an announcement for the practice on June 22nd.
Genre: Discussion
Title: The memories of your part-time job

We will discuss our part-time job experience.
Through some of job, we could make a lot of friends,and you could also find a life partner in the workplace. Maybe some people had a precious experience which affected your way of living.
I will give you several subjects for discussion:

(1) What was the most impressive part -time job for you?
(2) What was the most surprising happening in your job?
(3) what was the most profitable experience in your job?
(4) What was the worst experience in your job?

Let's talk about your memories and enjoy it.

Best regards Keiko Onoe

2013年06月11日

2013-06-15 プラクティス予告

Hello, there, ladies and gentlemen,

This is an announcement for the practice on July 15th.

Genre: Discussion (Group work)
Title: The Cruiser Story

Steps:
1. Make groups of 5 ~ 7 people.
2. Read the story you are given and rank the characters from 1 (best) to 5 (worst).
3. In your group, create a ranking that best represents the opinions of all the members of your group.
As you do so, discuss your reasons for giving a particular person a high or a low ranking.
4. Present your group's rank and some points of deciding it before all.

I hope you all enjoy it,

Cheers !

Motomi

2013年06月02日

2013-06-08 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto ESS members
This is the announcement about the practice on June 8.

(1) Genre : Talk
(2) Title : The average middle-aged Japanese men and women

Can you guess? Who is he?
*1. He works about forty hours a week!
*2. He does about thirty minutes of exercise a week.
*3. He has about eight good friends.
*4. He thinks he is a good driver!
*5. He weighs about eighty-two kg!
*6. He has one point eight children.
*7. He can cook about four kinds of meal.
*8. He owns about three TVs.
*9. He is married.
*10. He has twenty-two pairs of socks.
The answer is → He is the average middle-aged UK men.
Let’s image the average middle-aged (age from 40 to 59 age) Japanese men and women like these. (*1~*10)
And talk about them.

(3) Description
1. Make some groups. (17:35~17:45)
2. All of members think about the topic.
3. And write down ten ideas (for example, office hours, holiday, appearance, hobby, belongings and so on) of the average middle-aged Japanese men and women on the A4 sheet. (17:45~18:05)
4. Talk about them and choose the best ten ideas in your group.
After that, write them down on a large sheet. (18:05~18:30)
5. Each group gives a brief presentation. (18:30~18:40)


I hope you’ll enjoy this practice.
Thank you.

2013年05月22日

2013-06-01 プラクティス予告

Dear ESS members;

This is the announcement of the practice on June 1st
Gene; Discussion
Title; A turning point

I would like to discuss about 'a turning point' in our life.
Our life is often affected by a small thing, for example by usual talk with friends,
suggestion from parents or teachers, an impressive word you found in a book, etc.

I set several subjects for the discussion as below;

(1) What was the most impressive book, song, or TV program in your life. How did it change your mind?
(2) Who was the most influential person (including historical person) on your life?
(3) What was the most significant event in your life, enabling you to see things in a way you hadn't ?

Hoping everyone enjoy it !

Best wishes,

Munenori Numata

2013-05-25 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

This is an announcement of the practice on May 25th.

Genre: Talk
Title: Communication among neighbors

Everyone has neighbors, and where there are neighbors, there can be problems.
Do you have some memories of your neighborhood?
Share your stories in your groups.
I hope you can enjoy it.

Shiho Nakashima

2013年05月10日

2013-05-18 プラクティス予告

Dear kyoto ESS members.

This is the announcement about the practice on May 18.

1.Date:5/18(sat)
2.Genre:Game
3.Title:Become a funny illustrator and reporter!
4.Description

We are going to do a game. The game title is "mysterious animal TV".

We'll become an illustrator, draw illustrations of a mysterious funny animal character!Then, we 'll become an reporter, we report the animal which we've draw. The game process is as follows.

1.)Make a group consist of 4-7 members.
2.)one of the members pick a card of "illust theme"."illust theme" card is written the information of mysterious animal. Ex. Building monster
3.)Then all the members draw illustrations of the animal according to the theme by using blank sheet.Enjoy using your imagination!
4.)All the member finish to draw the animal, then turn the sheet back and someone collect the sheet.Then shuffle the sheets and hand out each of the members.
5.)one of the members pick a card of "report theme"."report theme" card is written the information of how to report the mysterious animal. Ex.Suddenly shown up in large quantities!
6.)Then in turn, the group member report the animal according to the "report theme"(alloted time: 40 second per person).Enjoy reporting the animal funnily and amusingly!
7.)Lastly, we vote the best iilustrator and reporter!No.1 illustrator and reporter get 2 point.No.2 illustrator and reporter get 1 point.
8.)Enjoy playing this game as much as time allows. Then time is over, someone who get the most point is the winner!

Imagination and playful mind is important. Have fun!

2013年05月04日

2013-05-11 プラクティス予告

This is the announcement about the practice on May 11th.
Genre: Discussion
Title:  My own rule

We talk about our own rules.
For example; When you get up, what do you do at first?  Who takes bath at first in your family?  Do you leave the toilet seat up or down? And why?

Discription:
1. Make some groups.
2. Talk about one`s own rules one by one in each group. Please don`t forget explaining the reasons.
3. Choose and announce the most interesting rule in each group. (18:20-18:40)

Megumi Iwai

2013年04月28日

2013-05-04 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto NHK ESS members,

This is the announcement of the practice on May 4.

(1)Genre: Talk

(2)Title: The most impressive, shocking, happy, sad or important thing for you
recently. Your trip, news, accident, event, movie or book - anything is
OK!!

(3)Description
Step 0: Make some groups.

Step 1: Decide a time keeper and divide the time for each member in the group.
The time is variable depending on the number of the members in the group.

Step 2: Each group decides the speaker. The speaker talks about one`s topic in
two or three minutes. After that, other members ask the speaker some
questions, and the speaker answers for them. Every member must be the
speaker one by one. We enjoy group discussion!!

 Step 3: In the last ten minutes, all attendance announces just the title of one`s
topic.

Thanks,
Hisako Fukuda

2013年04月23日

2013-4-27 プラクティス予告

This is the announcement about the practice on April 27.

Dear KYOTO ESS members.
Genre: Quiz
Title : [ Guess who I am ]

we are going to do simple quiz. (I wonder somebody has done this game before but this must be good practice.)
Bring an English-English dictionary if you have one of those.

How to play the game
step1 : make a group consists of 4 or 5 members.
step2 : Choose one player(a person who prepares questions). The player decides an answer(Who you are or what you are).EX: animal , stationery , fruit whatever. It is not necessary to be human’s name. The answer must be unknown to the others.
step3 : The others ask questions one by one to the player. (Do not ask a name which the player is pretending to be!)
step4 : Everyone asked a question then, check your answer. If nobody hit the correct answer, return to step3.(The player can give a small hint then. Such as, “I’m a kind of animal.” “I live in the ocean.”)

Take turns to play the player.

(EX)
Person A “How large are you? Player “You can hold me in your hands”
Person B “What color are you?” Player “My skin is generally red, but some of us are green. Inside of me is white.”
Person C “Are you cubic?” Player “No, I’m spherical.”
Person D “Can I eat you?” Player “yes you can. So, who do you think I am?”
Person A “Are you an APPLE?” Player “yes I am!”

This is very basic training. Let’s give it the shot!!

K.Imada

2013年04月17日

2013-4-20 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto NHK-ESS member

This is the announcement about the practice on April20.

Genre:Groupwork

Title: Poster message

Description:
 There are many posters in Japanese and you always watch in commuting, shopping,
and many situations. 

 They have strong message which is few words.
 So, in this practice, we consider about posters message.

M.Takai

2013年04月05日

2013-4-13 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto NHK-ESS member

This is the announcement about the practice on April13.

Genre:Discussion

Title: Love

We discuss about love; ``What is love? Do you believe love makes us change the world?``

Description:

1.Make some groups.

2.We discuss about love in the group based on below questions.(17:40-18:20)

(1)We have many kinds of love; love for men and women, love for family and love

for friends, and love for mankind. When do you feel `love` in your daily life?

Please talk about love based on your experience.

(2) We enjoy love from your surrounding; family, friends and so on in the daily

life. On the other hand, lots of people suffer from poverty, discrimination

and abuse in the wprld. Many people die in the poverty, sacrificed one`s life

for the war and commit suicide. Is it possible to save those people by the power

of love? Conversely, it is just ideal, it is impossible for us to save them.

What do you think of it?

(3) Religion is rooted deeply in our society. Love is the important creed for each

religion. One of the important doctrine for Buddhism is forgiveness and mercy.

Shinran(親鸞)taught even if you are evil, belief in Buddha leads you to

salvation. The center creed of Christianity is love to neighborhood. This is

unconditional love. Even though you give love to others, you would not expect

giving back it. If we act based on religious belief, we would achieve no

war, no hatred, no crime and no discrimination. But, we have not accomplished

yet so far. Do think our deed being loyal to the religious belief can solve

those problems?

3. We discuss about love as a whole. (18:20-18:40)

Especially, we discuss upper two propositions; The first one is `is it possible

for us to save people in the all over the world by the power of love?` The another

one is ` Does being loyal to the creed of religion lead people to salvation from poverty

and suffering in the world?`

Seiichiro Iwai

2013年03月29日

2013-04-06 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto NHK-ESS member
This is the information about the practice on April 6.

(1) Genre: Discussion

(2) Title: Interview with historical persons

(3) Description:

This practice is how to ask your original questions, unique questions and funny request for historical persons. I guess you studied history and you are interested in history. You know a lot of historical persons. Do you want to meet them? Who would you like to meet if you could meet them? Would you like to ask any questions? Would you like to request them to make their performance?

[Step. 0]

Please make some groups.

[Step. 1]

Who is your favorite historical person? Please introduce your favorite historical person. A historical person is defined as a real dead person. Other member can ask any questions about this introduction.

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Ex.

I introduce 西本幸雄.

He was a manager of professional baseball teams,毎日,阪急 and 近鉄. He won pennant race 8 times in Pacific League. Bu he has never won in Japanese series. Therefore he was sometimes called a tragedy general. But I don’t think so. His accomplishment was so great. He took over a weak team and trained players and made the strong teams. And he developed famous player, for example 山田, one of the best underhand pitchers, 福本, stolen base champion in Japan. And he made an impressive match scene, for example 近鉄 vs 広島, which is well known as 江夏の21球. ・・・・・

Q. I knew that his performance as manager was so great.

How was his performance as a player?

・・・・・・・ **************************************************************************************************

[Step. 2]

If you could meet a historical person and ask a question, who would you like to ask? What question would you like to ask? What answer would you expect? If the others of your group can imagine an answer, please discuss the answer. At first please introduce your choosing person briefly

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Ex.

I would like to meet Isaac Newton.

He was a scientist, born in UK. Almost all know him. His accomplishment was so great, for example he discovered the law of gravitation and made classical mechanics, ・・・

My question is following.

“ I heard that you had discovered gravity and the law of gravitation by watching a falling apple. Didn’t you discover gravity by watching cherry blossoms falling in the wind? Why not? ”

I imagine his answer as following.

” Falling cherry blossoms is so beautiful. I forget everything during watching the scene. But I have few chances to watch them because there are not so many cherry blossoms in UK compared to Japan. If I had watched them many times, I might have gotten interested in drag, lift, turbulence, viscosity about air. And I might have made the more accomplishment to be related to fluid dynamics.・・・“

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[Step. 3]

If you could meet a historical person and request them to make their performance, who would you like to meet? What performance would you like to request? What performance would you expect? If the others of your group can imagine a performance, please discuss the performance. At first please introduce your choosing person briefly.

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Ex.

I would like to meet 坂本竜馬.

Almost all Japanese know him. He was born in土佐. He established 海援隊 which was a trading company and a political organization. He contributed to the return of political power to the Emperor by the Tokugawa shogunate. But he was assassinated at 31 years old. He couldn’t see Meiji Restoration. ・・・

My request is following.

“I would like to request you to implement an energy policy in present Japan.”

I imagine his performance as following.

“I will stop nuclear power plant in 5 years. I encourage nuclear engineering how to treat with nuclear waste and how to decommission reactors. I insist that there are a lot of natural phenomenon in Japan. And Japan has been making progress in technology. I emphasize development of alternative energy by using natural phenomenon, such as wind power, tide power, solar power, geothermal power and so on. I keep our beautiful country・・・”
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Sakai Hirokazu

2013年03月23日

2013-3-30 プラクティス予告

Date: March 30, 2013.

Genre: Talk, Discussion and Presentation.

Title: Let’s discuss our ESS for reviewing this year's activities and proposing ideas and personal opinions for the next year. Preparation in advance is recommended.

Procedure:

(1) Make 4 - 5 groups.

(2) <17:40-18:20> Discuss our ESS on such topics as:

1. How many people, you think, can be accepted at a time in the temple?

2. What do you think about the present informing system in the ESS?

3. What is your impression on the member’s etiquette and cooperation in the temple?

4. Are you content with the present textbooks and the class scale?

5. Do you think the present ESS policy is acceptable of encouraging members speak English as much as possible during the class hour?

6. Do you have any new idea of unprecedented types of practice?

7. any others.

(3) <18:20-30>

Summarize the reviews and proposals in each group.

Write the summary in a reporting form and submit it. It will be of great help for the new ESS staffs.

(4) <18:30-40>

Select two opinion(s) or/and proposal(s) and give a speech to all.

(coordinator: Oku, Akira)

2013年03月16日

2013-3-23 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto ESS members,
This is the information of the practice on March 23, 2013.

Genre: “ Talk ”

Title: “ Impressive phrase ”

Do you have an impressive phrase that have been said to someone recently?
I've been said to someone.

“ Make a lot of failure.
Make a lot of shame.
It is important to challenge without fear.”

I was glad to hear that.

So please tell members about your impressive phrase.
I hope you enjoy my practice!!


☆ Keiko Nakata ☆

2013年03月08日

2013-3-16 プラクティス予告

Dear ESS members,

Genre: Discussion
Title : Stress Management

Description:
1. Make 5~6 groups.
2. First every member do a simple self stress check and share your result
with your group members.
Then we'll have a talk about your own way of stress coping in your group.



(Q1) Do you feel stress in your daily life?
and what kind of stress is it?
(Q2) How do you manage your stress?
and what do you do for a change?
(sport? drinkig with close friends? singing karaoke? shoping? eating?
travel?)
(Q3) How do you d spend your leisure time?
(Q4) You can discuss any topcic on stress,leisure, relax and self care.

I hope you enjoy my practice.

M.Tabata

2013年03月04日

2013-3-09 プラクティス予告

Genre Talk
Title : Complete the sayings

Description

Do you know the TV program [世界は言葉でできている] ?
It is a kind of game.
I chose some sayings of one great person.
But there are some blanks.
You try to fill in the those blanks.
Please make your original sayings !

Example :

Hunger is the best [ ].
(Hunger is the best spice. by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

example answer : sauce, agony, feeling, etc.

1. Make some groups.
2. Fill in the blanks by your self.
3. Present your answers and discuss them in each groups.
4. Each group present the best saying .

I hope you enjoy the practice .

Akiko Matsui

2013年02月25日

2013-3-02 プラクティス予告

Date: March 2, 2013
Genre : Talk
Title : Heisei
Presenter : Y.Sugihara
Description:

Heisei goes into the 25th year, stretching a quarter of a century. Now Heisei has such a long history that you may not remember - may not be born - when Showa closed and Heisei began.

In Heisei,
the bubble economy peaked in its 1st year, just to burst soon. Restructuring (ri-su-to-ra) has become a daily life. A hard time for job seekers, employment "ice age", continues. The Internet and mobile phone practically debuted, resulting in Galapagos Japan. Two killer earthquakes struck Kobe and Tohoku. And yet. The minimalist mindset of Zen may have inspired Steve Jobs to design iPhone. "Mottainai" spirit has been promoted by a Nobel Peace Prize Winner. Sushi goes truly global. Amid these pains and gains, Kyoto NHK ESS turned 50.

In practice, you are encouraged to talk your Heisei, which events or phenomenon in Heisei impress you, what you like about Heisei society, at which places you feel Heisei in Kansai, and so on.

Procedure is as usual, participants divided into small groups to talk, finishing off with each group's presentation to other groups.

Salud!

2013年02月15日

2013-2-23 プラクティス予告

Hello, everyone.

I hope this text message finds you well.

Here is the announcement of the Feb. 23. activity.

Genre and Title-Debate

Description-

The topics are secret.

You don't have to make any preparations for them.


It's still freezing in the middle of February .

Don't worry.

We're going to have ‘heated’ debates.

Thank you.

T.Noguchi

2013年02月06日

2013-02-16 プラクティス予告

Dear ESS members

It is my pleasure to have this opportunity with you. In the session we will enjoy Haiku in English. At first I will explain basic rules or concept of Haiku and show you some example of Haiku. But take it easy, because our session is not formal one, and just enjoy it. If possible please think about some moment/situation which you want to express in Haiku in advance.

Schedule and procedure

17:30-18:20
1. Make 5-6 groups
2. Members in each groups create Haiku in English and present it within the group
3. At the presentation of Haiku in English, please explain about some background information, your feeling, your memory and so on.
4. Have conversation on these topics. And repeat this one by one in each groups.

18:20-18:30
5. Please chose best Haiku in your group.
6. Representative person present your Haiku and some background information to attendants.

See you soon!

H.Ishizaki

2013年02月03日

2013-02-09 プラクティス予告

To ESS members
It's my pleasure to inform you of the theme for the meeting on 9th of Feb, as follows,

Genre: Discussion & short speech presentation
Theme; Sports
Point to discuss;
Q1. What is the most impressive sports scene you’ve ever seen?(speech style 1-3min per each)
Q2. Who/ What is your favorite athlete/sports?
Q3. Can sports encourage the national vitality? (if yes, how?)
Q4. Should Japan spend more tax money to achieve better results on the sports field?
Q5. Are you for or against the hosting 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games?
(if time allows….)
Q6. Do you think the way media cover sports is fair and well-balanced?
(NOTICE !) If you can, please prepare your speech note only about Q1 beforehand.

Procedure;
1. divided into some groups
2. every member is required to give a speech about Q1 in about 1 to 3 minutes.
(and each group is supposed to vote the best presenter to announce to all in the last part of practice.)
3. discuss about Q2 to Q5 (Q6)
4. presentation by selected one in front of all.

Thanks for your cooperation in advance.
Best wishes, K.Miyazawa 

2013年01月27日

2013-02-02 プラクティス予告

Hi All,
This is an announcement of the practice on Feb 2.

1. Genre : Translation(Japanese to English) and Free talk
2. Title : Future problems about our aged society
3. Description :

Divide members to 6 groups
Each group willl try to translate 9 Japanese sentences to English (15min)
After that each group will discuss those of our future problems .

1.65歳以上の高齢者が3千万人を突破した。
  Aged over 65 exceed more than ...
2 . 全国平均が45.1%なのに東京圏は77%である。(高齢化率が)
  The average ratio of Japan is 45.1 while Tokyo’s 77%
3. 高齢化率4割程度の自治体がずらりと並ぶ。
  There are many local governments..... population of aged people
4.都心から遠く離れてマイホームを求めたのである。
  Far from the Tokyo metropolitan area ..... their own homes
5. 団塊ジュニア以後の世代は、親の時代とは違って 未婚 晩婚が進んだ。
  The generations after Dankai Jr. period ..... the unmarried or late married
6. 大三次ベビーブームは起こらなかった。
  The third baby booming .......
7. ますます若い世代にとって魅力のない街となる悪循環だ
  The youth ..... fades out her appeals ...... vicious spiral
8. 修繕もできず、老朽化した住宅に住み続けざるを得ないといった高齢者も増えるだろう
  Without renewal...... have to settle down the old residents
9. やがて東京郊外にゴーストタウンが出現するであろう。
  On the next stage ...... the outskirts of Tokyo would appear

T. Kuchinaka

2013年01月21日

2013-01-26 プラクティス予告

Hi All,

This is an announcement for the practice of Jan 25.

Genre: Role playing
Title: Your recommendation

Purpose of this practice is to speak a lot of English in virtual daily conversation.

Suppose you have a lunch with a person from abroad who has started to live in Japan, and he/she asks your recommendation about something(food, sightseeing spot, etc.).
It's a good chance to speak English!

Description:

1. Make 3 or 4 people groups.
2. Choose one person who plays a role of a person from abroad.
3. Choose a topic of recommendation(I distribute a sheet with examples
beforehand)
4. Start conversation with a question by the "foreign person" about recommendation.
5. After 5-10 minutes of conversation, choose different person as a "foreign person" and go back to 3.

If you are "foreign person", please pretend to know very little about Japan and ask many things.

I would like you to enjoy this practice.

Best wishes,

Kazuyuki Sugimura

2013年01月09日

2013-01-19 プラクティス予告

The information of the practice on January 19, 2013

Genre;
“Free Talk”
Title;
“Let’s develop your potential!!”.
Procedure,
1. All the members are divided into several groups.
2. Every member is required to draw some unique and funny invention. (20min.)
3. Each group is supposed to choose the best work of all the inventions in the group. (20min.)
4. Someone in the group will draw neatly in the thick paper.
5. Another should explain about that work.

M. Yamamoto

2012年12月27日

2013-01-05 プラクティス予告

Hello! beloved Kyoto-ESS members,

I hope that you will enjoy not only new-year holidays but also the first practice in 2013.
I cannot serve real dinner, however, I would like to present the rich feeling of great restraint aboard.

Genre;
role-playing game regarding communications between a waiter and guests in restaurant abroad.

The title;
”Welcome to Chinese restaurant in San Francisco”.

The game proceeded is the following,

1. After dividing all members into six sub-groups, I will give you a certain Chinese restaurant’s menu. Please look at the menu. If you have unknown words, do not hesitate to look at a dictionary.

2. Please decide your favorite dishes.
NOTE; you should choose AT LEAST one dish form each category in the menu.

3. Make a pair in the sub-group. Let’s role-play! One will be a waiter and another will be guest.
NOTE; A waiter has to recommend his favorites and a guest will be expected to ask the reasons of the waiter’s recommendation.

4. In each sub-group, discuss and decide the best order sets in the menu. Then the rep of each sub-group will make a presentation to all ESS members.

Be my guest!

K.Murota

2012年12月18日

2012-12-22 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto ESS members,

Please be advised that the last ESS practice of 2012 will be held on December 22. For the special day, Mr. Keiichi Yamamoto well-prepares the practice and I would like to send out the announcement on behalf of him as follows. For those who are able to open the attached PDF file, more details are available with it since Yamamoto-san submitted as his original handwriting papers with a graphic on. I recommend you to refer it in advance for your further understanding.

Hope the entire participants can end this year with lots of wonderful memories and smiles through Yamamoto-san's practice which can be called one of "the annual events" of ESS.

Best Regards,
Kotera

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2012年12月22日の課題
山本圭一

2012年に関して(過去数年に関していても良い)、大きく下記の2つに分けます。
A: 自分自身が直接経験したこと
B: 直接には関係していないこと(世界・日本の出来事)

【分類A】
まずこの1年間のあなた自身(自分の成果など)を100点満点で評価してください。
70点以上を合格とします。
1. その評価を自分に与えた理由を説明してください。
2. 来年(2013年)評価を限りなく100点に近づけるにはどうすれば良いと思いますか。
3. この1年間で自分自身にとって最も価値のあったことや、感銘をうけたことを話してください。
以上、上記1~3の事柄を適当にMixさせて話してください。

【分類B】
自分自身が直接には関係していないこと(日本・世界の出来事)に関し、自分自身にとって意味を持つ出来事を取り上げ、どういう点において自分自身にとって重要かを踏まえて話してください。

2012年12月14日

2012-12-15 プラクティス予告

ESS PRACTICE on December 15, Saturday

Practice owner : Y. Kotera
Genre : Free Talking
Title : Election and Japan's future
Descriptions: Group discussion on Japan's future through the 2012 Lower House election.

2012年12月04日

2012-12-8 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto ESS members

This is Masayma, writing. an announcement for the practice on Dec 8th.

Genre; Planning (discussion) & Presentation
Title: Let’s make the BCPs (Business Continuity Plans)

First of all, divide all of you into 6 groups as usual.


You are working for a manufacturing company.
You are all executives.There are going to be some serious situations
by which your company/factory may be damaged.
Now you are in need of updating the BCPs against the serious situations.
I’ll give you some fictitious and serious situations below which you have
to handle them well when they occur.
And I’ll also show you an example of the BCPs against a serious situation.
Please, make the BCPs more than 4 plans in each case.
I expect a representative in each group makes a presentation of the BCPs
only on a case in the last 15 minutes. The case # of your group presentation
will follow the number of your group.
Please, make the BCPs with the same case # as the number of your group
at first.


Case #X : Bird-flu
The situation: Bird-flu is spreading in some part of Japan.
Only 5% of workers are reporting to take time off from their work.
So far, there has only been a slight decrease of 3% in production.
What can you do to avoid a big damage?

The BCPs :
①To give out facemasks to all employees to prevent infection
②To provide free vaccines to all employees and their families.
③To purchase thermometer sensors to check health conditions of workers.
④・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・.
⑤・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・.


Case #1 : Cyber attack
The situation: Cyber attacks have been spreading all places in Japan.
This is a new threat! The data in your company/factory might be attacked.
The analysis in your company/factory has determined that a cyber attack
is a serious risk . What can you do to avoid a big damage?

The BCPs : ①②③④⑤and more plans if possible.

Case #2 : Typhoon
The situation: A typhoon of the lowest pressure in this year is
approaching your company/factory.
The electricity supply might be down and there is no prospect for
restoration.
The emergency power (electricity) supply system has not been installed
in your company/factory yet.
Your communication network might be cut off and the data system
might be down. What can you do to avoid a big damage?

The BCPs : ①②③④⑤and more plans if possible.

Case #3 : Strike
The situation: There is probably going to be a big strike in your
company/factory in a week . Workers are possibly demanding a 20% pay raise.
They may be also demanding hiring more workers to reduce their overtime
work. Please, don’t make a lot of concession to workers.
What can you do to avoid a big damage?

The BCPs : ①②③④⑤and more plans if possible.

Case #4 : Earthquake
The situation: The Meteorological Agency reported yesterday
that there was a possibility of an earthquake stronger than M7 in a
week in the region where your company/factory was located.
The emergency power (electricity) supply system has been already installed
in your company/factory. Are there any measures to meet the situation?
What can you do to avoid a big damage?

The BCPs : ①②③④⑤and more plans if possible.

Case #5 : Flood
The situation: The Meteorological Agency reported yesterday
that it was going to be heavy rain on the day after tomorrow,
which should bring us about 100mm of precipitation an hour.
Your company/factory is located near by a big river.
Please, think about not only the continuous operation,
but also commuting of employees and other problems.
What can you do to avoid a big damage?

The BCPs : ①②③④⑤and more plans if possible.

Case #6 : Supply shortage
The situation: your company/factory is making some devices to attach
them into” i-phone 5”.
You need a lot of rare metals. And you are importing them from China.
But they are recently reducing the export of their products.
What can you do to avoid a big damage?

The BCPs : ①②③④⑤and more plans if possible.

I hope you'll make preparations enough for the practice and enjoy the
discussion making the plans.
Please, don’t forget your group presentation after the discussion.
Thank you for reading!

2012年11月20日

2012-12-1 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto ESS members,Hello, this is an announcement for the practice on December 1th.
Genre : Discussion
Title:ACHES&PAINS
Description:Make some groups as usual.
Each group has a sheet of paper.
Please talk about“ACHES&PAINS”
For example,A sore throat,A cough,Dizzy

I hope you'll enjoy this practice.

Tokunaga

2012年11月18日

2012-11-24 プラクティス予告

Hello 京都NHK ESS members.
I am glad to announce the contents for the practice on Nov 24.

Genre:Speech
Title:Challenge “One minute speech”

Let’s train your output power in a talk.
You need a quick response to keep a conversation going at a real situation, having no time to translate what you are thinking in Japanese into English.

Here is the process.
1. Each group has 20 topics listed on a sheet of paper.
2. Choose one topic from the list and the first member speaks anything relating to it
for one minute.
3. Then the second person speaks about the same topic.
4. After all members finish speaking, choose a next topic and take the second round.
5. Repeat the same procedure.

Do not think the matter seriously but speak promptly anything you come up with.
Please keep talking as much as you can for a minute.

I am sure many members feel one minute short, but it is long for some.
So, a timekeeper is placed in each group to share time equally.
Topics are familiar words for everyone such as Apple, Bike, China, Dog, Exam, etc.
But I am sorry to say that there will be other entries on the very day.
I expect you will be good kind of tired on your brain after this practice.

Thanks,
Fujio Hirano

2012年11月13日

2012-11-17 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto ESS members,
This is an announcement of practice November 17th.

Genre; Discussion
Title: New Year's Greetings

Description:
I will give you 2 stages.

[First stage]
I prepare some topics about New Year's greetings.
For example,
・What is your best way to do new year's greeting.
Traditional post card? Or E-Mail? Or no special message?
・Do you like to get the New Year's card with a family photograph?

[Second stage]
Let's talk about your groups’ best way of New Year's Card for 2013.
Real message card with big snake's picture? New Year’s message by Facebook?
Please decide best way by each group, and make a presentation at the end of the practice.

I hope you'll enjoy this practice.
See you soon!

Mutsumi (Kimura)Naito

2012年11月07日

2012-11-10 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto ESS members,

Good evening.

This is an announcement of practice Nov.10th.

Genre: Discussion

Title: About Japan and our history

Description:
I will give you several questions about Japan and history.
And I would like you to divide some groups to discuss about it in each other.

Best regards,

Itsuko Hori

2012年10月28日

2012-11-03,04  合宿 プラクティス予告

<11/03>

Dear Kyoto ESS members.
Hello, I'm Yuuho MASUDA.
This is an announcement for the practice in a training camp on Nov.3rd.

1. Genre: The four skills
① listening
② understanding & imaging
③ translation
④ reading aloud & story-telling

2. Title:
"Let's play KARUTA and enjoy it together !"

3. Description
Make some groups as usual.

Card-playing party
(KARUTA-TORI )

After that,
Let's read aloud & tell that story!
(STORY-TELLING)

Y. Masuda
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Dear Kyoto ESS members

I’m Shimon Nakamura (中村史門), Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto.

Genre: Discussion (speaking and replying to questions)
Title: Speak your own experiences in school days
Description:

This is an easy and small but important practice for speaking English just before 31 participants in the camp without looking at any English written slip.
Make your speech by your own words so as to make them understand what you said
You know best what experiences you had in school days and will be able to speak memories freely.
No preparation is needed except some memo in Japanese.
If you feel reluctant to do so before all participants,
you may do so in the separated group.
Please enjoy participant’s surprised talks
Thank you.

S. Nakamura

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Dear Kyoto ESS members,

Hello, I'm Takanori Hayashi.
This is an announcement for the practice on November 3rd&4th(Camp).

Genre : Discussion and Presentation
Title: Japan-US cultural comparison
Description:

-1 Make some groups
-2 Pick up the differences between Japan and US from the several points of view
-3 Categorize for each item in Culture, Custom, View, Philosophy, Rule, Life Style and so on
-4 Explanation and discussion for these items in each group
-5 Presentation as selected item by presenter in each group in order to share the most interesting item.

I'd like to ask you to prepare for collecting the differences between Japan and America from the several point of view.
These differences may consist of several categories which are experienced by your own or information which you've had in the past.
Please share and explanation among us for each difference in order to understand mutual nations.

-2, -3,-4
The style of Picking up, categorizing and discussion in each group is free,
For example:
- Brainstorming (Open discussion)
- Analysis meeting
- KJ method
- Mind Map
- Lightning talk which has been introduced by Yoshida san,20th.October.
(Yoshida san, Thank you for your interesting introduction as effective presentation style.) and so on.

Thank you

T. Hayashi

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<11/04>


Dear Kyoto ESS members.

Hello,this is an announcement for the practice in a training camp on Nov.3rd /4th .

Genre:Talk and presentation
Title:(Have a break!) Boast of your birth prefecture (home town)
Description:

Please choose one theme in the next themes (I will show some themes in that day)and boast about it in your birth pre.(home town)one by one.(However except Kyoto.If you are born in Kyoto,please boast it in your parents or relatives or friends ….
Except Kyoto everything is O.K.Foreign stste of course (O.K.)
Make some groups as usual.You are allowed five minutes for your speech.Question time is also.
Finally please choose the best interesting boast in your group and someone present it in front of us in two minutes group by group.Enjoy your talking.
Thanks.

M.Kurusu

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Hello everyone. I'm Isamu Mashima.

Here is my practice planned for 2012 ESS Lodging-Together in Nov.

Genre : Debate Match
Introduction :

Debate is to argue about the given proposition taking either Yes or No position.
You are requested to articulate your remarks as much logically as possible.

Propositions :
1. Japan should host Tokyo Olympic in 2020.
Yes (Affirmative)
No (Negative)
2. Japan should improve Food Self-Sufficiency Ratio(自給率)
Yes (Affirmative)
No (Negative)

We will make two teams, the affirmative and negative, against each proposition.
I will announce team members and a leader just before we start the game.
A single debate duration will be 30min and total practice time will be 70min.
Until then, please prepare yourself !! See you soon.

I.Mashima

2012年10月21日

2012-10-27 プラクティス予告

Janre: Presentation and Talk
Title: Your goals

Time flies indeed! Looking at a calendar, we only have less than 3 months before closing the year 2012
Have you set clear landmarks, or specific plans for year 2013 yet?
In this lesson up coming on 13th October, we are going to discuss on individual goals for the second half of the fiscal year.
Let’s have a brainstorming and share what we are going to achieve in the following 6 months.

Questions:
What would you like to achieve by the end of March 2013?
1.
Vision: “ “
Goal: ” “
Action plan “ “
2.
Vision: “ “
Goal: ” “
Action plan “ “
3.
Vision: “ “
Goal: ” “
Action plan “ “
4. *Please be more creative and set your own subject.

Vision: “ “
Goal: ” “
Action plan “ “

Thank you for your cooperations in advance.

Cheers,
Ayumi Shimoda

2012年10月15日

2012-10-20 プラクティス予告

Hi there

I'm happy to make an announcement about Practice on October 20, 2012.


Genre: Presentation and Talk
Title: "Lightning Talks"

Description:

In this session, I want you to give very short presentations. Some people (in Japanese ITC community) call it "Lightning Talks".

You're going to be split into groups, and present your ideas in turn.
Don't forget this is a "Lightning Talks" so that the time slot given for each of you will be, say, less than three minutes.

There should be creative ways to present ideas in a very short time. No worry! If you aren't familiar with the format, just stick to this orthodox one:

1. State your core idea in a single sentence.

2. Give three reasons, or examples to support your idea.

3. Repeat your idea, and conclude your presentation.

You might find it interesting to talk about what presented. Great!
Please go ahead.

Note: You can present whatever you want. If you have nothing to talk at all, I'll give you some hints.


Cheers!

Yoshida

2012-10-13 プラクティス予告

Dear all,

As Shimoda-san who was originally planning to lead Practice for this week has just informed to Round Table, her turn was shifted to October 27 due to her emergency task to be handled this weekend. Since she decided to absent from ESS this week, I am more than happy to be incharge of tomorrow’s Practice instead of her.
Please find the details of my Practice giving on October 13 as follows:

Genre: Talk
Title: Self-Introduction with positive impact

“Self-Introduction” is considered one of the most important presentations in our daily life. What we have to make sure first of all in this situation is: giving an impression to the encounter person that “I am an open-minded and easy to talk to.”
Since “apology” can be considered as a good manner in Japanese culture, some Japanese people express their sorriness about the lack of their English ability. However; it doesn’t matter in the English speaking countries. Moreover, this kind of excuse may be taken as your weakness, no-confidence, or something like negative images.
In order to give positive impact about ourselves, some preparation in advance will help us a lot. And also, please don’t forget that the open-posture can be very beneficial approach; such as with moderate eye-contacts and smile, not with crossing your arms in front your chest or keeping looking down.
Why don’t we find out the best way of the self-introduction today, and know more about the other members!

1. Separate into groups
2. Filling up “Self-introduction Preparation Sheet” and preparing for your turn
3. Exchanging self-introductions each other in your group

If you have any questions, please feel free to clarify with me at Otera tomorrow.
I appreciate your kindly cooperation in advance.

Best Regards,
Kotera

2012年09月30日

2012-10-06 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto ESS members,

Hello, this is an announcement for the practice on October 6th.
1. Genre : Discussion
2. Title: Choices and discussion
3. Description:
You have two choices, choose one on each question and discuss it in your group. Please talk about backgrounds, related experiences, stories or whatever, regarding your choice.

The questions are;
1. If you could reborn, you will be
A. Male B. Female

2. Which of the invention of “DORAEMON” would you like to have?
A. Dokodemo Door B. Take Copter

3. If only one thing you can have, you will have......
A. Personal computer B. TV

4. Which character would you like to be?
A. A person who is disliked by everyone but smart. B. A person who is liked by everyone but stupid.

5. Which way will you choose to marry?
A. Arranged marriage B. Love marriage

Make some groups as usual.
Choose someone in the group and report your talking for about 2min.
The questions are all familiar one, so please enjoy your talking.

G. Kitaura

2012年09月24日

2012-09-29 プラクティス予告

Dear Kyoto ESS members,

Hello, I’m Yoshio Miwa. I’m very sorry for the late notice, as I had to manage Daigo English Share House and attend TED Kyoto Conference at Kyoto University last Sunday.

This is the announcement for the practice on September 29th
Do you know what the Japanese English Communication level is in the world and in Asia?
Surprisingly, we are so lower level; lower than China, Korea and we are almost the same as North Korea. I’m really afraid that we hardly survive as a leading nation in the world from now on. Please consider the following:

1. Genre: presentation
2. Title: How to teach English Communication Skills to Japanese people, especially young students, to improving our position?
3. Mission: suppose you are asked by the president of English School to teach such a subject and establish a new course for improving our English skills. Then, how do you make a unique and interesting plan, for motivating, encouraging and providing goals.