When you are taking an Express Yourself! lesson, do you have your composition with you so you can refer to it as needed? Do you just listen to the questions and answer without ever looking at your composition? Or do you read from it like it's a script? This month's pro tip: Try to do more than just read your composition in class.
If you don’t feel confident enough ust yet to answer the questions without reading from your composition, that's okay! That is part of what lesson preparation is for. However, if you always read from the script, you aren't truly practicing conversing in English.
Think of it like training wheels on a bike – they are a great help in the beginning but eventually you need to be able to do it without the help. In the real world, you don’t have a script to help you through every encounter! Remember that the classroom is a safe space and so is the ideal place to practice speaking off the top of your head.
Keep your composition close if you need to refer to it from time to time but try to answer questions without just reading what you have written. Practice making eye contact while answering. Paraphrase what you have said in your composition. In fact, it’s perfectly fine to give a completely different answer on the day of your lesson!
Some of the most interesting parts of the in-class conversation are the answers to follow-up questions. It is difficult to prepare these in advance and so you have to think of something to say on the spot. As a teacher, I really enjoy this part of the lesson. Responses feel so much more natural and fun. The entire conversation could be like this if students are willing to be less dependent on their notes.
Challenge yourself to try this in your next EY! lesson. Answer one or two of the main questions without reading directly from your composition. You will quickly realise it feels more like a conversation, improving your ability to communicate using English and also your enjoyment of your lesson. Good luck!
This year’s Native Media course is almost at the half way stage. In September there are three interesting and diverse lessons to experience. In Lesson 19 we ask the question of “Have you ever heard of a “secret” city in modern times? After all, we can all imagine that there were secret cities and other secret places centuries ago – well before the invention of satellites. But secret cities in the sixties, seventies, eighties, and even nineties? Really? This is in fact, TRUE! And daily life in these “secret” cities are very surprising. In Lesson 19 we find out more about one such “secret” city in Russia and what daily life is really like.
There are many traditional tales from Japan. These range from Momotaro to Kaguyahime, Kintaro to Bunbuku Chagama. Japan has a wonderfully diverse range of tales. In Lesson 20 we will look at the myth of the Trickster Racoon. Have you heard of this story? It is a fun and enjoyable tale – I hope you enjoy it!
In the final week of September, we take a look at sharks. A lot of people find them to be terrifying but some people love them, and then there’s Christina Donato! She absolutely adores them! In Lesson 21 we see an interview with Christina where she shares her love for sharks. You won’t believe how she interacts with the them!
October is approaching fast, and you know what that means... it is time for Halloween! From Tuesday, October 26th to Saturday, October 30th both Kashihara and Tawaramoto will have Halloween themed decorations throughout the schools. The Kashihara café will be closed during this week as it is needed for games that students will have fun participating in. Everyone is welcome to wear a Halloween costume, but unfortunately EP cannot loan any costumes due to Covid-19 policies and procedure. Parents, you can also wear costumes if you want. So, pick out your costume and enjoy Halloween at English-Please!
Some say that the more you know your teachers, the better your learning experience will be! Last month, we learned some interesting things about Jim, Jon, Kamille, and Gail. This week we will learn a little more about Jim, Jon, Kamille, Andre, and me! Here are 10 things that you might not know about us:
Jim likes fantasy and hard science fiction books and movies. (If you happen to be a science fiction fan, talk to him about it!)
The two songs that Jim likes to sing when he's alone are "American Pie" by Don McLean and "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meat Loaf.
Jon is a New Zealander, but he was actually born in England.
Jon enjoys Gordon Ramsay's cooking shows. He laughs a lot when Ramsay gets angry! (I wonder how he'll react when Ramsay gets angry at him)
Kamille likes to sing "Heart Station" by Utada Hikaru when she goes to karaoke.
Kamille and Jon's mom share the same name! Their names are Susan. (Perhaps it was a popular name during their parents' generation).
Andre likes going to the gym. He set different goals to reach the ideal body shape that he wants.
An American snack that Andre really likes is Mrs. Freshley's "Jumbo Honey Bun."
Antonio has a little sister. Her name is Antonia! (it's ironic how similar our names are but in terms of personality, we're polar opposites!)
Antonio used to have coulrophobia. That's right. I was extremely scared of clowns. (I probably still do now, although the fear is not as worse as before). During my friends' birthday events, I would cry my eyes out when clowns come on stage to do magic tricks.
If you want to know more about any of the facts above, do not hesitate to ask us! We're more than happy to talk to you about it. Which ones caught you by surprise?