Presentation Contest

Every year Nanzan students enter competitions like this below, and every year we have at least one student who wins something. Of this competition below, a former student of mine won first prize two years ago. Please start entering these competitions (big and small ones), get experience, so you too could win this big one, one day. 


Class party

Sometimes Andrew’s classes will have a class party. If we have a class party, it’s for four reasons. One, students have worked hard and have achieved a lot, and should be rewarded. Two, to practice and rehearse attending office and staff parties and events. Three, to develop informal social-linguistic skills. Four, get experience in how to host informal events at work.

Usually, the parties will be in the morning, so they will be brunch parties; half breakfast, half lunch. If you can, please bring food or drink to share at the party. You may need to bring paper plates, plastic knives, paper cups, tissues, whatever. Please avoid buying cheap sugary food from convenience stores, because most people prefer healthier options. Not everyone has time to prepare something, and not everyone has the money to spare to make or get something. Consequently, if you can, bring extras; if you cannot contribute this time, please bring extra next time. Don’t know what to bring? Google search “brunch food” or “brunch recipe” for morning parties, and “healthy snack recipe” for afternoon parties. Please avoid sugary foods.

What to do & rules for class parties:

  1. DO NOT bring smelly or difficult-to-clean-up food & drink. Imagine if it spills, can it be be cleaned up easily?
  2. Use only English. If Andrew hears any Japanese being spoken, the party will end immediately, and he will give everyone grammar worksheets to do.
  3. Move some tables to the middle of the room, and push all the chairs to the sides. Put the food and drinks (opened) onto the middle tables. Keep bottles in the centre.
  4. Cooking in the classroom is (sadly) not allowed
  5. Small talk with people. Talk about summer/winter/Christmas plans, an extensive reading book, part-time work, club activities, about the food at the party, about an article we discussed in class, anything.
  6. Do not stand silent talking to no one; always mingle. If Andrew sees anyone not mingling the party will end immediately, and he will give everyone grammar worksheets to do.
  7. Small talk with people you don’t normally talk to. Avoid talking to friends and your normal class partners.
  8. Selfies with friends is ok, but ask first. Also, if you post photos to social media, ask first and ONLY say nice things about people.
  9. ALL the food must be eaten. Otherwise, it makes cleaning up difficult.
  10. Clean up. Find an empty bag so everyone can use it as a rubbish bag. Clean up any spills immediately. EVERYONE must help clean up in the last ten minutes.
  11. If the party goes well, we may have another.

OC & CS classes: During speaking tests

Don’t waste time during speaking tests. Use the time wisely. Use ONLY ENGLISH. You can adjust the air conditioning any time as needed.

  • Practice & prepare for your speaking test
  • Review articles & vocabulary
  • Review conversation strategies / conversation gambits
  • Review pronunciation (especially of key vocabulary)
  • Do Word Engine study
  • Do your extensive reading
  • OC classes: Bring your laptop and work on your final report
  • OC classes: Do Orbits Unit 12
  • If we have a class brunch party, plan what you will bring. Remember that not everyone can bring something.

Battle for the Net is today!

Today is a very important day for the internet. Net neutrality is vitally important to us, and to you. The concept relates to our digital rights as published by the Global Trust Centre. Net neutrality, they say, is our access to information (see Rights and Responsibilities for Citizens in the Digital World). Net neutrality was never really embodied in law in many countries around the world, as it was just assumed by default, but it was enshrined in law in some countries including the US. However, some governments have censored the internet and the most famous is the “Great Firewall of China”. The United States government is considering ending net neutrality, and allowing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to slow or even block traffic from particular websites. This is effectively allowing commercially decided censorship in the United States. The ramifications are that websites like Winjeel.Com could be blocked if US based ISPs wanted to demand a ransom. Ending net neutrality would also set a dangerous precedent, where other countries may follow suit.

Consequently, the Fight for the Future and Demand Progress digital rights groups, and over 70,000 internet-based companies are protesting the US process of ending net neutrality. If you support net neutrality, I strongly urge you to add your name to this petition on the Battle for the Net.

Giving compliments

You cannot give compliments on looks alone. You should also compliment people for other things like their skills, achievements, and effort. Sometimes it’s even wrong and insulting to ignore people’s achievements, skills, and effort. The resources mentioned in class:

Here are some ideas to get you started. Please use these, and more, in class.

Ideas of compliments to give.

Ideas of compliments to give.

Also, for the ones that were a bit…  Could say, “Wow! Your vocabulary is great. I guess you’ve been using WordEngine a lot”, and “Your conversation skills have really improved. I guess you’ve been going to the World Plaza a lot”.

OC Class: During pronunciation checks

For my oral communication classes. While other people are doing their pronunciation checks, do not waste time doing nothing. Do the article discussion.

1. What to do: For the first one or two partners, start from question one. From your third partner, choose any question to begin with.  If there are any difficult points, ask your partner for help, and help your partners understand the article more. This topic could be used in the final speaking tests, so do practice this sincerely.

Changes: Change partners every ten minutes. After five partner changes, do the next activity.

2. Preparation: Use this time to properly prepare for unit 10. That means checking vocabulary pronunciation for the Dialogue list, and writing the pronunciation and simple-English meanings for the Article list. If you finish early, do your WordEngine study.

Note: Next unit we will do video recordings so you can prepare for your next final report. You should also have done extra research, so you can have more interesting conversations.