Thursday, 12 January 2017

Wed, Jan 19/17 Blog Topic!

The future is here! Do any of you remember watching The Terminator? I do. The technology presented in  the video I have posted really reminds me of this movie.

Please click the link and watch the video. Make sure you understand the vocabulary. Then, look at the questions posted below and plan an opinion for each. You do not have to write down anything, just plan a little in your head.

Also, click some of the links to discover some new stuff!

http://www.businessinsider.com/pentagon-perdix-mini-drones-attack-enemy-swarm-bees-mit-tech-military-defense-2017-1

1. What is your first thoughts about these drones? Do they make you feel safe or uncomfortable?
2. What other things do you think this collective thinking technology could be used for? Can you think of good and bad uses?
3. In the future, do you think humans will fight wars or will only machines fight? Which scenario do you think is better?
4. Would you watch a sport played only by robots?
5. What new robots are being used in your country? These could be personal or business types of robots.
6. Do you think artificial intelligence will solve the human problems of pollution, space travel, war, famine, etc.?

For all of the questions above, make sure to you can also explain your opinion

Thanks!
Matthew

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Jan 11/17 Blog Topic. We are back!

Perhaps this topic is not perfect for this type of weather, but let's pretend it's warm out.

As usual, please click on the link below to find the article we will be discussion. When you do, please read the article or watch the video more than one time. The first time, do not stop to check your dictionary. The second time, use your dictionary. The third time, you may read through or use your dictionary. Thanks!

Also, please consider the questions below. You do not need to write answers. You do, however, need to think about the answers and be ready to discuss the topic in class.

Thanks again!

Matthew


1)   Could you live in van? For a short time? For a long time? What do you think the benefits and drawbacks would be?
2)   Do you trust people who live in their vehicles?
3)   Is this a common situation in Korea/Japan?
4)   Should cities allow vans to park for free in certain areas of the city?
5)   Housing prices are getting very high in many parts of Canada. Do you think the government should get involved?
6)   Do you consider yourself and adventurous or cautious person?
7)   What is something adventurous that you dream of doing? Remember, ‘dream’ mean you might never do that thing.

8)   What changes are happening in Korean/Japanese culture?

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Dec 28, 2016 Blog Post

Remember, this article is for Dec 28th/16, NOT for Dec 21/16.

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?

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Wed, Dec 21 2016 Blog Topic

This one is all about physical activity and fitness. Please read the article and make sure to have an opinion ready to share in class.

See you soon!

Matthew



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?

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Dec 14, 2016 BLOG TOPIC

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?

Friday, 2 December 2016

Dec 7 2016 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

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Nov 30th 2016 Blog Topic!!

Here is the video.



It is about learning English and questions if English should be the world language.

You may want to click the 'cc' button to put on the subtitles, but they are not so great. So, here is the transcript (her words).


Just scroll down the page to find...

Don't insist on English! - Patricia Ryan   

...and click on the transcript link.