Friday, 11 August 2017

Aug 16/17 Blog!

I hope you are all having a great week!

Here is the topic for today.

Please click on this link...



...and watch the video as many times as you must until you understand. I think that watching the first four minutes or so will be enough for discussion.

I will not be posting the discussion questions here, so it is really important that you understand the main points of the video.

Good luck and see you on Monday!

Matthew

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Aug 9, 2017 Blog Topic

Time for the battle of the sexes! Get your opinions ready.

Please read the article below and then read the questions too. Remember to read the article more than one time. The first time, do not use a dictionary or worry about unknown words. The second time, it is a good idea to look up the unknown words.
When you read the questions, please make sure you understand their meaning and are ready to discuss them on Wednesday.

Thank you!

Matthew

His and Her Diary from the Same Day
Her Diary:
Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a nice restaurant for dinner. I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment on it. Conversation wasn't flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn't say much. I asked him what was wrong; He said, 'Nothing.' I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset. He said he wasn't upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry about it. On the way home, I told him that I loved him. He smiled slightly, and kept driving. I can't explain his behavior I don't know why he didn't say, 'I love you, too.' When we got home, I felt as if I had lost him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore. He just sat there quietly, and watched TV. He continued to seem distant and absent. Finally, with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed. About 15 minutes later, he came to bed. But I still felt that he was distracted, and his thoughts were somewhere else. He fell asleep - I cried. I don't know what to do. I'm almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else. My life is a disaster.

His Diary:
Motorcycle won’t start…can't figure out why.




Discussion questions
1.    Do you think this was posted by a man or a woman? Why? What point do you think that he or she was trying to make?
2.    Who do you sympathize with most, him or her?
3.    Have you had similar misunderstandings with your significant other?
4.    Why are men and women so different?
5.    Is it possible for a men and women to really understand how the other thinks?
6.    Would you like to be able to think like a member of the opposite sex? Might there be any advantages in being able to do so?
7.    What does your significant other do that really infuriates you? What are the most frustrating habits that men/women have?
8.    Do you have any advice on how to understand and get along with the opposite sex better?
9.    Imagine you could switch gender for one day? Would you like to try it? What would you do? What would you like to find out?

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Aug 2/17 Blog Topic

This week is a little bit different. I'd like you to do a little research all by yourself. That's right, there is no article to read this week.

Please search for Canadian inventions. What products did Canadians invent? Please search for this information on the internet. You can do it!!

Also, please search for some products invented in your home country. Please be ready to discuss these topics.

We'll be discussing Canadian and inventions in class today. Wheee! We will also discuss some inventions from your home countries.


See you in class.

Matthew

Friday, 21 July 2017

Wed, July 26/17 Blog Topic

Here it is! Enjoy! Also, get outside and enjoy the weather while you can!


1) Is it important to students/children to be physically active?
2) Do you think physical education class is more important or equally as important as some other subjects? Which ones? No? Why?
3) Does exercising or just taking a walk help you to study better?
4) How much TV or internet do you watch each day?
5) Which is more important, physical health or high academic achievement (good grades)?
6) How many hours of physical activity each day do students in your country get? Is it enough? How many hours do you think they should get?

7) What are some negative consequences of children not getting enough physical exercise? 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

July 20, 2017 Blog!

I think you might find this article and video interesting, odd, or maybe super awesome! Please make sure you understand the vocabulary and the main idea of the article.

Article link:
http://www.boredpanda.com/heart-beat-ring-hb-thetouch/

Product link:
http://www.thetouchx.com/index.html

Questions:
1) What was your first reaction to this product?
2) What do you think of the price? (Go to the product link.)
3) Would you use this product? (I'm really curious about Yoko's opinion.)
4) Do you think this product will be popular? Is it better than SNS?
5) What do you think of how the rings look?
6) Giving rings before marriage seems to be more common in Korean and Japanese culture than here. Do you think these will be really popular in Japan and Korea?
7) Do you think these rings could be used for medical purposes?


Sunday, 2 July 2017

July 5, 2017 Blog Topic

July 5, 2017 Blog Topic!!! Kids and Safety

Before you watch the video below, please think about these questions.

1) What dangerous things did you do when you were a kid?
2) What activities did your parents allow you to do when you were a kid?
3) Does doing dangerous, but fun, activities help children become better adults?
4) Is today's world worrying too much about children's safety?

Now please watch the video



5) Do you agree with this presenter?
6) Would you want your children to attend his camp?
7) Which activities do you really disagree with and think would be too dangerous?


See you in class!
Matthew


Sunday, 25 June 2017

June 28, 2017 Blog Topic

Please watch the video below:


What would you do if you found a wallet on the ground? Would you return it? 

What if it had the owner's identification in it? 

What if the wallet had $5,000 in it? Now, what if you'd just lost your job and you needed it to pay rent and buy food? Now, what if you had a child?

What do you think is the right thing to do? Would you even be tempted to take the wallet?

What do people usually do in your home country when they find something that does not belong to them? How is that different from other countries you have visited? 

Do people in your home country respect others' belongings? 

What kind of social experiment would you like to try? (This video is an example of a social experiment.)