Oral English--I/IIa
Think, Write, and Discuss

http:// www3. agu. ac.jp / ~jeffreyb / oral / index.html
rough machine translation ... [ Eng=>Jpn ]

What do you think? ... How do you feel? ... What do you know?
Your Thoughts, Feelings, and Knowledge in Your Own English



入学 お目出度う ご蓙います。
Good-bye, high school
Welcome to My School ... 愛知学院 University

Blairと 申します。... My name is Jeff Blair.
I teach English COMMUNICATION.

The most important thing is to RELAX and
use your IMAGINATION.

[assign seats]

You have been studying English for 6 years.
Do you like English? ... Can you speak it?
Maybe your answers are "no" ... 嫌い ... 話せない
其れは 陶然 だと 思います。
Because ... you have been studying ... TEST English.
Learning how to fill-in blanks
and choosing between (a), (b), (c), and (d)

試験の為に 科学の様に 勉強した、 でしょう。
多くの学生は 文法が 機械的に 考えています。
しかし、communication is not a science, it's an art

言語は 音楽の様に 踊りの様に 習った方が 良い。
文法は 規則では無くて、 pattern です。
基本のpatternから、 意識しながら 練習する べき です。

Here is a very useful pattern in music:

G  D  Em  C


踊りのstepは 4(よ)つ又は 8(や)つの部分に 分ける。

[dance time] Let me show you ...


そう したら、説明しやすく 成る。
英語の文も 日本語の文も 4(よ)つの部分に 分けましょう。
英語は 名詞ー動詞ー名詞ー名詞のpattern です。
日本語は 名詞ー名詞ー名詞ー動詞 です。

Let me show you ...
My brother  ate  some delicious sushi  with 2 friends
                        at a small restaurant.


Is my Japanese perfect? ... Maybe not,
しかし ... 分かれば、 ... 充分 です。 
目標は TEST Japanese では 無くて、
Japanese communication である。
学生は 教室で 3つの段階で 英語の練習する。

段階1)黙って、 自分の話の内容を 考える。
段階2)黙って、 簡単な日本語に して、 
   4つの部分に 分けて、 紙に 書く。
段階3)部分を 1つ1つ 英語にしながら、
   英語の声を 出して、 話す。

Let me illustrate this process on the board:

Here is your brain ... 脳
You think of what you want to say it Japanese ... SーAーOーV
Then you write it with your hand ... 手
You look at each part with your eyes ... 目
最初 ... 最後 ... 逆方向
and say it out loud with your mouth ... 口

But what are you going to talk about? ... 話の内容は?
How about a STORY? ... How about History?
僕の教養 seminar は ... Watching History on YouTube です。

歴史の勉強を しない よ!
歴史的な videoについて 英語で 話す事 です。
学生は 其のvideoを 家で  見る よ。
教室で 話し合う事 です。

つぎは 話の相手。

How do children learn their first language?
Do they listen to adults? ... really? ... Well, a little bit
But they use language ... mostly ...
When talking to other children ... as they play together
楽しく 使いながら、 脳が 言語の patternを 身に つける。

Good (morning/afternoon) team. I am your coach and I have 9 teams. This is the (team name) team. Do you like baseball?

I don't like baseball. Standing out in right field, waiting for the ball, and then dropping it is a drag. But ... I like to bat and I want to pitch.

You are my players and the "game" is English communication. My players don't just "take" communication. They communicate. They listen AND speak.

To become a good batter you have to practice. You have to

There are four kinds of words that you need to be able to distinguish:

Using these symbols will help us to analyze and talk about word order (ie. grammar) and how it affects meaning. We will use several different 4-slot grammars to explain how to go from Japanese (thoughts and feelings) to English (speaking and writing).

Activities for practicing communication:


This class gives students an opportunity to use their own English for social purposes (see topics below).


Last updated February 2011
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