Supporting English Education with RSS (9)

2011 年 2 月 17 日

     RSS is a very helpful tool for us in learning English because we can access podcasting sites to look at a lot of English dialogs and blogs. RSS is a very helpful gadget for us to know the latest programs when we study English.

     Today, there are a lot of sites to help us to study English. We can use RSS in most all of the podcasting sites of the World Wide Web. So, we can study listening and reading by such programs. In short, we can study English with a lot of stories and voices. We can also listen to authentic English by authentic programs and a lot of dialogs in different kinds of situations. Likewise we can read articles and blogs about today’s topics in studying English.

     Moreover, we can study more English with RSS on an iPod or an iPhone. We can study English at any places and any time. We can check favorite programs with RSS easily. If we do not have the time to study English at home and at school, we can study on the trains and buses reading English articles. A lot of English blogs and reports help us to improve reading skills.

     In short, RSS is a good support system for us to study English. We can use RSS soon and help us to study English effectively. We can use this system and start to study English in a new style.

Shall We Make the Delicious Pound Cake? (8)

2011 年 2 月 17 日

     A pound cake is the one of the tastiest cakes. Let me show you how to make the delicious pound cake easily. Let’s try to make it.

     First of all, you need 3 eggs, 1 cup of milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract for 10 servings. You mix these ingredients with an electronic mixer or your hand mixer in the bowl. And then, mix 3 cups of flour, half teaspoon of baking powder, a pinch of salt, 3 cups of sugar and mix slowly about thirty seconds until these ingredients are moistened. Then, you mix them with medium speed again. You can keep a batter keeping in a refrigerator for a while after making it, which is very important to make a delicious pound cake. The reason is that the structure of a batter is firm at this point. After a while, you scrap a batter on the side of baking dish and put the prepared dough into the mold.

     Put a pound cake into an oven and bake for fifty or sixty minutes. You bake the cake until it is golden brown. In fifty or sixty minutes, you prick a stick and see it baked.

     Finally, you remove the pound cake before it is burnt. In addition, you should place a cake to cool down completely. You can serve a slice of the pound cake with the fresh cream and favorite fruits, for yourself as well as your friends and family to enjoy the home made tasty desert.

America and Canada (10)

2011 年 2 月 17 日

     US and Canada are alike but different as well. Both countries are so adjacent that we tend to think that they are similar countries. But they are quite different from each other.

     In 1775 US and Canada were founded. US was founded by the people who are anti British. But Canada was founded by the people who supported British.

     Also, US and Canada are similar in that both are immigrant countries. America is called “a melting pot.” In contrast, Canada is called “a salad bowl.” In addition, US and Canada are composed by different races. In America, most of the immigrants are black and Hispanic people. The black people are 12 percent and Hispanic people are 15 percent. On the contrary, in Canada, Chinese people are 14 percent among the Canadians. Historically, there was much discrimination against immigrants in both countries. Americans discriminated against Indians and black people in employments and education. Similarly, Indians and Japanese were segregated in Canada.

     Furthermore, in politics, US and Canada are a little different. Both countries adopt a bicameral system and there are tensions between state and federal government. But US has a president system and Canada has a cabinet system. Therefore, both countries have different election system for their leaders. America’s leader is the president. On the other hand, Canada’s leader is the queen in England, but Canada’s virtual political leader is elected by an election.

     In short, US and Canada are very alike but yet different from each other. Both have a distinct foundation, a fusion of various races and original politic systems.

Summer Concert in Ooita (9)

2011 年 2 月 17 日

     I went to Ooita with my club members in this summer vacation. We went there to hold the concert for people in Ooita. We took a ferry to go there for the security of our musical instruments. It took us half a day to go to Ooita, and so we stayed one night on the ferry. At night, I saw the Akashi Bridge. It was illuminated by rainbow color lights. It was more beautiful at night than in daytime. I was lucky to see the bridge illuminated.

     We held two concerts in Ooita. They were a family concert for junior high school students and a public concert for the citizens of Ooita. At the family concert, we played music which are popular among children such as animation and movie music. After the concert, we had the time when we helped students to play the instruments. It was the first time for almost all of them to touch instruments so that they cherished such rare opportunities. Although it was difficult for them to play the instruments, they were delighted to touch instruments. So was I. Since this experience I hope that classical music gets more popular among various generations than now.

     On next day we performed the classical music at the public concert in Beppu. We, club members, had been practicing for this for some months. I like the music and I wanted to turn this concert into an impressive concert. When I was playing the music, I was so nervous and concerned in playing that I remembered nothing until I heard claps of the audience. I was so happy and thanked the audiences for listening to our classical music. I got a great sense of achievement.

     Through this summer trip I learned the difficulty of performing the music and as well as the importance of practicing every day. I cannot express how happy and satisfied I was. Of course our performances are not perfect but I want to play the music better in the future. I would like to play a lot of music with my whole heart.

My Father (12)

2011 年 2 月 17 日

     My father is not a typical father. He is eccentric and has a very difficult character.

     He is particular about a lot of the things. Foods are one of them. He eats fried fish every night at any places. He has eaten fried fish for thirty years. If there are no fried fish at the table at home, he complains about the dishes. He is also particular about clothing. He makes it a rule to wear a jacket when he goes outside even if we feel warm in the summer.

     Moreover, my father is strict with me. He always tells me to keep the time and speak correct Japanese. Especially, punctuality is the most important to him. One day, I went out for the dinner with my friends. I told him that I would come back by eight o’clock, but I could not come back home on time only to be late five minutes. When I came home, immediately did he scold me for being late. Additionally, he makes me speak correct Japanese. He hates incorrect words and slang words which are often used by young people. Like this, he makes me keep the time and speak the correct Japanese because he thinks punctuality and the use of correct Japanese should be the base in my life.

     Furthermore, my father has professional mind in many things. He is so much interested in many things that he likes learning what he wants to know. He reads many books and gets a lot of information from the mass media about many things that attract his interests. In short, he is tremendously industrious.

     Thus, my father is atypical person. He has something eccentric but loves his family very much.

My English Goal (10)

2011 年 2 月 17 日

     I would like to communicate with a lot of foreign people and learn many things about the foreign countries in the future. Therefore English skills are indispensable for me to communicate with foreigners smoothly. This class, I hope, would help me to improve my English skills.

     One of the reasons why I want to communicate with other countries is that I am interested in foreign cultures, religions and traditions. Especially American culture impresses me. Today, American dining habits and fashions are very popular among the Japanese. For example, we wear jeans and eat fast foods. In this respect, I have interests in American life style and I want to compare the life styles between Japan and America.

     Also communicating with a lot of people is very fascinating to me. Communicating with foreigners would help us to have a global view. They have different views of Japanese culture, history and other things from us. At the same time, we can reflect our own country. Although we Japanese hardly can understand and be aware of our own country, we can reflect our own country by international communications.

     Nowadays English is used in many places around the world. In short, English is a common language and a valuable tool to communicate with foreigners. Recently, a lot of Japanese companies are advancing to all over the world to expand the market and construct factories. English is necessary in the today’s universal society and global business.

     It is very exciting to communicate with foreign people and study about a lot of things on a worldwide level. A good command of English would surely help me in the future to work in other countries and communicate with a lot of foreigner. I hope to improve English skills through this class.

Shall We Make the Delicious Pound Cake?(7)

2011 年 1 月 6 日

     A pound cake is the one of the tastiest cakes. Let me show you how to make the delicious pound cake easily. Let’s try to make it.

     First of all, you need 3 eggs, 1 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract for 10 servings. You mix these ingredients with an electronic mixer or your hand mixer in the bowl. And then, mix 3 cups flour, half teaspoon baking powder, a little salt, 3 cups sugar and mix slowly about thirty seconds until these ingredients are moistened. Then, increase a mixer with medium speed again. You can keep a batter keeping in a refrigerator for a while after making it, which is very important to make the delicious pound cake. The reason is that the structure of it is firm at this point. After a while, you scrap the batter on the side of mold and put the prepared dough into the mold.

     Put the pound cake into an oven and bake for fifty or sixty minutes. You bake the cake until it is golden brown. In fifty or sixty minutes, you prick a stick and see it baked.

     Finally, you remove the pound cake before it is burnt. In addition, you should place a cake to cool down completely. You can serve a slice of the pound cake with the fresh cream and favorite fruits, for yourself as well as your friends and family to enjoy the home made tasty desert.

Merits and Demerits of the Internet(4)

2011 年 1 月 6 日

     Recently, we use the internet every day and at any time. It is very indispensable in our life, but we tend to forget that the internet has demerits. The internet has both a lot of advantages and disadvantages.

     Firstly, we can think the advantages about the internet. Thanks to it we can get a lot of information about the world. We can learn what happens in the world immediately. For example, we can get news of the calamities and incidents in the world. And another merit is that we can connect with the people who are in different places. E-mail is the most popular tool now. Thus, we can communicate with a lot of people. Also, we can continue to work and study with the internet. If we can’t attend the meeting in the office, we can communicate with other members in the office by it.

     In contrast, the internet has as many demerits points as merits. Especially, there are some demerits for children. For example, they can see a lot of harmful sites on the internet easily. Although we can access the internet easily, the internet causes children to give bad influence too. Also, we cannot see the each other’s faces on the internet. Therefore, someone write the comments which are teased for the particular parson in notice board. Like these bulling and violence are a lot in the internet world now. Moreover, some computer users are so absorbed in the internet that they cannot leave a computer. So, they are not able to communicate with others directly and stay indoors.

     The internet has not only merits but also demerits. In the future, we will use it more than now. Therefore we have to think how to use the internet more usefully and securely than now.

Learning from Field Works(5)

2011 年 1 月 6 日

     Generally speaking, we receive instructions in a class. But they can learn more things outside through field works than in their classes. It is important for students to earn from field works.

     Students can learn a lot of things from field works. They have to research problems by exchanging opinions and ideas among classmates. At this time, it is necessary for them to cooperate with others. Researching together through field works, students can learn how to cooperate with others. In a society the cooperation with others is indispensable because people cannot live by themselves. However, they cannot learn it from textbooks. Students can know the value of the cooperation and partnership with others from field works.

     Also, students can have a lot of questions and find new problems soon. For example, consulting about environment and investigating the pollution of a river. In them students can understand easily problem about an environment. The more they research through field works, the more questions they have. So, they can find new problems which are not found around us.

     Moreover students can learn the way how to answer by themselves. And we can have the original answer to many questions. Not like questions of mathematics we can create different kinds of answers from other people’s ones. In addition, they can get the skills with which they can get an answer to difficulties by themselves in the future.

     Students should learn important things from field work. They are very valuable. Teachers should grant students more times to learn from field works.

Dear Next Class Student

2011 年 1 月 6 日

     This class is very hard class. So, if you think that you take this class, you will question you whether you want to develop your English in earnest. When you answer “Yes”, you may change you in a year. But, your future will expand on you.

     I was as hard as ever lived in this class. Firstly, I have to reconsider my attitude toward English. I think that English is something to pleasant. So then, I did not care grammars and vocabularies. Therefore My English is insufficient and not understood. Moreover, I felt that writing English is more difficult than speaking English. I didn’t know how I write. Also, when my ideas are not perfect, I didn’t know what I want to tell either. At each times, I could not help feeling that I want to give up this class. Sometime I was so disappointed about my English that I cried in this class. But, I am glad that I had the good experience and the time when I face English in earnest. And, this class changed me not only my English skill but also my attitude towered English.

     I want a lot of students who you will take this class to do their bests and they will change them.