Have you ever heard the expression "A picture is worth a thousand words"? Essentially, it means that no matter how good your written or verbal communication skills are, an image will convey so much more meaning. This month's pro tip: Submit your compositions with images meaningful to you.
The images you submit with your compositions can help stimulate conversation in class. If you submit something personal or meaningful to you in some way, your teacher will likely ask you to tell them about it. In this way, you will have an easier time answering follow-up questions in class.
Alternatively, you can volunteer information about the picture, using it as visual aid during your lesson. Is there a story behind the picture? Is it a picture of one of your favourite things? Why did you choose to submit this particular picture? Speaking about the image will give you more control of the conversation and may even help you answer multiple questions.
It can also be fun finding images, the part of homework preparation that you look forward to at the end of writing your compositions. You can submit compositions with photos from past vacations. You can submit pictures of weddings or other important events you attended. You can even just submit funny or interesting images you have found online.
If you think it is difficult or troublesome to find an image that is meaningful and relates to the topic, don’t worry about it! You can always use the default image if you don’t have one of your own you want to submit. That said, when you look back over your compositions at a later date, it will be easier to recall at a glance what each was about if the image has meaning to you.
So if you don't feel like writing a thousand words, remember that a picture is a handy shortcut to communication. We look forward to seeing the images you submit along with your compositions!
July starts with an inspirational lesson. The lesson is on young women who have been inspired by NASA. After all, space is the final frontier. The dreams of millions of boys have seen them fantasize about going to space and being an astronaut. But what about the girls? Don’t they dream to fly to space and to become astronauts? We will see how NASA is inspiring young women to learn about space and science. Enjoy! In the second week of July, we examine the relationship between The US and Mexico. We all remember that President Trump wanted to build a wall between The US and Mexico. He did not succeed in this plan, but did you know that he wanted to increase tariffs between The US and Mexico so he could pay for it? These tariff increases also failed but what could have happened if they succeeded? Would it be positive of negative for The US? And how about Mexico, what would a wall mean for them? These questions will be answered... Age gives you an edge is an interesting and logical concept, after all, we are all getting older, every second we are getting older! Age can help us in many ways and it can hinder us in a variety of ways too. Is what we think about getting older correct? Do we become more closed minded as we get older or does getting older give us an edge? I know what I think, what about you? Did you know that India suddenly banned a part of its own money? No, really. India did this. In the last week of July, we look at Lesson 15 – Why India Suddenly Banned Its Own Money and we examine how a country bans its own money and why would a country do so? Is it even possible? India, who, in 2016 found a way and banned a part of their money. You will learn how and why India did this, enjoy!
Doing weekly homework is an important part of the learning process. It can be hard to put our ideas and express our thoughts when answering homework questions in a language that is not our mother tongue. Using translation sites and apps such as google translate may seem to be an easy solution, however, there are many reasons why we should avoid it. Firstly, when we compose a sentence directly in English, our brain tries to make sense of the grammatical structures and words that we've learned so far. Mistakes are natural when learning or applying certain things that we wish to master.
Everyone makes it; no one learned how to walk perfectly without falling and stumbling hundreds of times every single day. Let's imagine that there's a machine designed to help babies walk perfectly without falling - a machine that automatically adjusts to one's body and makes the action of walking effortless. Sure, the child may grow up being able to walk with the machine, but they never truly learn how to be independent and walk naturally. I think we can say the same for the case of learning new languages. Using translation websites and apps may give you a big advantage in sounding perfect and accurate, however, you will never learn if you don't make mistakes and understand why they're important to fix. Secondly, synthesizing sentences in English will help you think differently. It helps you understand why English speakers use certain words, which may not be normally used in Japanese. Learning how to write effectively is also learning about different ways of thinking.
Finally, there's a quote that I always remember at times when I feel like I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing. The creator of Honda once said, "success is 99% failure." No matter how many mistakes you make, you're constantly improving so that you can become a better version of yourself.
親御さんは絵を指差して、「What's this?」とお子さんに発言を促します。もし英語ですぐに答えられなくて、でも日本語で答えられたら、「How do you say 〇〇 in English?」と聞いてみてください。それでも英語で言えなければ、「How do you say 〇〇 in Japanese?」と絵をさしながら今度は日本語で言えるかな？と誘導してあげてください。ルールはないので、楽しめたらOKです。
絵本を開いてみて、何が見えるか聞いてみましょう「What can you spot 」（または Waht can you see?）お子さんが自ら言えない時には絵を指差しながら親御さんが先に答えてあげてください。「I can see/ spot 〇〇!」
絵がたくさんある絵本なら、「How many 〇〇 can you see?」同じ動物や物がいくつ見えるか聞いてみましょう。すぐに数が答えられない時も大丈夫。もし答えが3なら、わざと違う数字を言って聞いてみてください。最後にもう一回、「How many 〇〇 can you see?」と聞いてみましょう。
３、How do you say 〇〇 in English または Japanese? でクイズ
目に見えるものを英語で言えるかな？または知ってる単語を日本語で言えるかな？これは、公園や、ドライブの最中、お風呂の中など、何も準備なしでいつでもできます。 自分が英語で言えるものが目に入ったら、「How do you say 〇〇 in English? 」とクイズを出し合って遊んでみてください。