Do Automobiles Really Make Us Happy?

2011 年 1 月 14 日

         We mankind cannot live without the development of economy. For a long time, mankind has invented a lot of tools for improvements of our life. Thanks to such improvements, we can lead a more comfortable life than before. On the other hand, we have to sacrifice something for them. Let me explain one example.

           In 1769 an automobile was invented in France for the first time. Since then, it has made a rapid progress. Thanks to the automobile, we can move around wide areas. In addition, trucks can carry a lot of things: food, commodities and others. Therefore, it goes without saying that the world economy depends on automobiles.

           They have, however, some demerits. As you know, they cause car accidents.  The number of the accidents is one million every year. Moreover, approximately six thousand people in Japan are killed by them. The number of the casualties is worse than that of victims by murder cases. That is, they can be lethal weapons. This is too unfortunate. Moreover, they cause air pollution. Because of their emissions, some people have respiratory diseases.

           In short, automobiles have both advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, I wonder if automobiles really make us happy.

The Field Trips Are Very Useful for Students

2011 年 1 月 14 日

        Field trips give students precious experiences in addition to classroom learning. In fact, I learned a lot from them in my school days. Let me explain what I learned from them.

        First of all, what I learned from a school excursion in Okinawa include history and environmental disruption. Before this excursion, I took a lot of lessons about Okinawa history. To tell the truth, it was boring for me to study the history. Moreover, I did not know why I had to study the history because I thought that a school excursion was a mere trip. However, my thought was changed when I entered Himeyuri Peace Museum, a memorial tower of a girl student troop in Okinawa. There were on display a lot of terrible pictures on Okinawa during World War . Then, I realized that a war must not break out whatever happens.  We also visited sightseeing places in Okinawa. When I went to a beach, I was extremely moved to see such a beautiful beach for the first time. However, while snorkeling in the sea, I found the coral reef dying. Then, I thought that I should immediately take more actions for environmental protection.

        I also experienced a vocational training at a supermarket for the first time in my life. Before this training, I had an optimistic view of working for living. Then, I felt that I may as well study a lot at school before working in a society. Moreover, I was most grateful to my parents because they worked hard to support me. Therefore, I could learn the value of labor. I also realized how difficult customer service was, by working at a supermarket as a part of the school program. I could not tell the location of commodities when I was asked it by a customer. Neither could I use honorific words to be polite. Therefore, I thought that I had to study Japanese language, especially a lot of honorific words and that customer service was more difficult than I expected.

          I had another precious fieldtrip. It was in my school tour at a TV company. We were fortunate to see the backstage behind popular television programs. Besides, I was surprised that the television settings were moved in from a distance location for every program. In addition, it took us a lot of time to get into the studio because the guards checked all of student’s baggage. Then, I did not understand the reason. However, one clerk explained to us that a TV company should have the stricter security than other companies because the company cannot afford to influence the society. Then, I could assent the explanation.

          In conclusion, I could get a lot of learning and insights from these field trips. Even now, I cannot forget these experiences. Therefore, I recommend that more of such these trips should be adopted in school programs.

My Summer Vacation

2011 年 1 月 14 日

           I went to Canada to study English at Queen’s University this summer. I wanted to improve my English and make sure whether I could make myself understood in an English environment, for I had hardly talked with native speakers. I realized that this experience was helpful for my career after this program although it would be hard for me to do so.

         I learned that I have to study not only grammar and reading more but also speaking and listening as well. When I took a class for the first time in Canada, my teacher told me to introduce myself to everyone in English. Although most of my classmates fluently spoke English and introduced themselves well, I could not do so. To make the matter worse, I could not pronounce in English correctly my department at Kwansei Gakuin University. I simply mispronounced the word “law.”  Then, I did not feel ashamed of it until I realized my mistake later. Moreover, local people there spoke so fast that I could not catch their words. When I took an English conversation class in Japan before this program, I could understand fairly well what my American teacher said. Therefore, I did not worry about listening. However, I was too optimistic. The Canadian people spoke too fast and used too many words. Needless to say, I could hardly catch their words. After this program, I noticed that my America teacher in Japan just spoke slowly enough and used easy words so that we could follow him.

           After this program, I was mortified that I could not make myself understood in English. Therefore, I realized that I should study English more so that I can not only express myself fluently but also understand natural English.

Soccer and Rugby

2011 年 1 月 14 日

          In the old days both soccer and rugby were classified as football. Then, they have no differences. However, the rules of football were different among public schools. In order to unify the rules, some meetings among public schools were often held in England but in vain. After a number of meetings, the rules were divided into two groups in 1850’s. One group in Eton College forbade the use of hands. The other group in Rugby School permitted it. Although the final meeting was held in London in 1863 in order to unify the rules between Eton College and Rugby School, the negotiations broke down. Therefore, both groups adopted their own original rules and the differences between soccer and rugby were made clear.

           Let me explain the differences of rules between soccer and rugby. First of all, soccer players are not allowed to touch the ball, except a goal keeper who can use his hands to defend his goal. On the other hand, all rugby players are allowed to do so. In addition, a soccer team consists of eleven players while a rugby team consists of fifteen. Besides, soccer and rugby use a ball. The shape of a ball in soccer is a sphere, while the one in rugby is an ellipse. In addition, soccer is more popular than rugby. The number of soccer players is as many as 240 million people in the world, whereas the number of rugby players is 3 million. In short, the number of soccer players in the world is eighty times the number of rugby players. Naturally enough, the number of countries which participate in World Cup is quiet different as well. The number of soccer teams is twice as many as that of rugby teams.

          Although soccer and rugby seemingly resemble with each other, there are several keen differences. Despite such differences, both sports have become popular all over the world.

 

Podcasting Contribute to English Education

2011 年 1 月 14 日

        Podcasting is one of the useful tools with which we can download digital media files on website. For instance, if you subscribe the podcasting of radio news, you can listen to the up-to-dated news readily. Moreover, if you have audio player like MP3 or others, you can listen to the news anywhere you want. This is useful for us. Then, some specialists on English education started seeking how to improve student’s English skills with podcasting.

          Most of the Japanese students who study English do not have a good ability to understand spoken English despite long years of hard study because they have few opportunities to listen to natural English in Japan. Unfortunately, English education in Japan focuses on only both grammar and reading. That is, both junior and senior high schools provide half-finished education on listening with students. Therefore, in order to improve such a circumstance, the researchers suggest that Japan should adopt podcasting to English education because students can take a lot of training with podcasting. Moreover, by developing tools like an iPad and a smartphone, podcasting is expected to be more useful than before. Since such tools provide not only audio but also videos with students, podcasting enables them to learn on their own lectures as if they were in class.

           In short, Podcasting has a good possibility of success to improve student’s English skills. If the schools could provide the effective lectures with podcasting for Japanese students, they would be able to brash up their skills.

Jury System

2011 年 1 月 14 日

In Japan, jury system, or saiban-in system, was taken effect in 2009. Under this system, six randomly chosen citizens serve alongside three professional judges to decide cases and sentences for the accused. Although the cases were carried out by only judges before, people felt the gaps of judges’ opinions. Therefore, the Japanese government adopted a new causing jury system of the general public in order to reflect the opinions of them. The present system seemingly looked good at first but problems were beginning to come to light.

The system imposes a heavy burden of judgment on the chosen citizens. For instance, if someone committed a murder, they might have to pronounce a sentence of death on him or her. That is, they can drastically change the fate of a stranger. It is very difficult for them to do so. Moreover, they may not be able to judge fairly for fear that they change the fate of the accused.

Therefore, I think that the system should be replaced with the former system which was carried by only professional judges. Certainly, the people may feel the distance with judges’ opinions as before. However, these gaps are natural because the judges have learned the process of handling the court. Such professionals determine the sentences comparing the precedents. Therefore, the judges, who studied and passed the difficult certifying examinations, should judge the cases and determine the sentences.

In conclusion, we cannot give impartial verdicts to the accused if we do not change and return to the former system. Therefore, I recommend that the Japanese government should modify the present law.

My Soccer Coach

2011 年 1 月 14 日

           My soccer coach was the most skillful and strict man that I have ever seen. When I was a high school student, he came to my school as our soccer coach. At that moment, he told us that we would get a good result if we promise to follow his words. Although we had heard that he had good talents as a soccer coach, his words puzzled us.

           In one month, we were beginning to understand his great talents. We followed his intended practice so as not to waste our time. Gradually we could improve our skills. Since he was a harsh man, he would often rebuke us if we did an idle play while we were practicing. Some of us quit the soccer club because of his hard training. But he enthusiastically taught us how to play soccer. As a result, we could improve our skills greatly thanks to him. Furthermore, we could win the important game.

           In fact, he realized what he told us before. Then, we felt that he was truly a great man. Thanks to his hard training, we could not only win important games but also get a priceless experience. Thus, even now I am grateful to him.

Why I Have Decided to Take This Class?

2011 年 1 月 14 日

           I have decided to take this class because I want to become an English teacher. Before this past spring, I have not intended to become an English teacher. However, when I thought over about my future, I started thinking that I will become an English teacher. Let me introduce two reasons why I have decided to become an English teacher.  

         First, I have been teaching at a cram school for some time. I found it exciting and challenging for me to teach students there. I have been teaching there since I was a freshman. One day, there was a student with a bad score on a test. He came to see me and confessed that he did not know how to study. I showed him how to study English in order to improve his scores. In a few days, he came back to see me and told me how happy he was as he got the high score on the next test. It made me happy, too. I cannot forget his smiling face. At that moment I started thinking that I would seek an English teaching career.       

        Second, I would also like to upgrade and improve the present English education in Japan.  I have studied English since I was a junior high school student. I have learned a lot of English words and grammar. But I cannot speak English yet. I do not think I am an exception, either. I suspect that most of Japanese cannot speak English well despite hard study. This is too unfortunate. Therefore, I know it is not that easy, but I would like to change and improve the English education. It goes without saying that I need to improve my English much more. In the near future, I would like to go abroad to improve my English and study English education systems.

          Now, I do want to become an English teacher. Offering the best lessons for students, I would like to contribute to the development of student’s English in the future. In addition, I would like to improve the present English in Japan. Thus, I have decided to take this class.

 

To Everyone Who Wants to Become an English Teacher

2011 年 1 月 3 日

           Let me explain this class to everyone who wants to take this credit to become an English teacher. As far as I know, this class is the strictest class at Kwansei Gakuin University. The professor Y is too demanding. In short, you have to not only hand in a lot of assignments merely but also rewrite them many times until he approves of your work. Therefore, you will be snowed under with work. If you do not want to do such assignments, I recommend that you should give up taking this class as soon as possible. However, if you really want to improve your English, you will be able to brash up your skills greatly. He will teach you English enthusiastically and expertly.

           As for me, I could improve my English greatly thanks to this class. Moreover, I realized that I have to study English more so that I will become a good English teacher. Therefore, I am grateful to him. But, I never want to take this class!

Do Automobiles Make Us Happy? No.3

2010 年 12 月 1 日

          We human beings cannot live without the development of economy. For a long time, human beings have invented a lot of tools for improvements of economy. Thanks to improvements of technology, we can lead a more comfortable life than before. On the other hand, we have to sacrifice something instead of improvements. Let me explain one example.

           In 1769 an automobile was invented in the French for the first time. Since then, it has made rapid progress. Thanks to the progress, we can move around wide areas. In addition, trucks can carry a lot of things; food, commodities and others. Therefore, it goes without saying that the world economy depends on automobiles.

           They have, however, some demerits. As you know, they cause car accidents.  The number of the accidents is one million every year. Moreover, approximately six thousand people in Japan are killed in the accidents. The number of the accidents is worse than that of murder cases. That is, they can be lethal weapons. This is too unfortunate. Moreover, they cause air pollution. Because of their emissions, some people have respiratory diseases.

           Automobiles have both advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, I wonder if automobiles really make us happy.