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General English (Intermediate)_Education

ANSWERING QUESTIONS

I will ask you the following questions. Please answer.

ANSWERING QUESTIONS

1. What is your name?
2. How long have you been going to school?
3. Why did you choose that school?
4. What is your favorite subject?
5. What subject are you not good at?

ANSWER

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

ASKING QUESTIONS

Please ask me the following questions.

ASK

1. What is your name?
2. What did you study in college?
3. Why did you choose that major?
4. What is the most popular major in your country?
5. How many percent of students go to college in your country?

SUMMARIZING INFORMATION

Now, please summarize my responses to your questions.

SUMMARIZE

My tutor’s name is
DIALOGUE READING

Let’s read the dialogue below.
After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

READ

Nicky: My friend from the Philippines is visiting me. Let me introduce her after class.
Kevin: That’s cool. How old is she?
Nicky: She is 17 years old. She is in 4th grade in junior high school.
Kevin: Hmmm? I’m confused. She should be in 2nd grade in high school, right?
Nicky: Their education system is different from that of Japan. They have 1 year in kindergarten, 6 years in elementary school, 4 years in junior high school, and 2 years in high school.
Kevin: I heard the news that the amendment of the education system in the Philippines took place in 2012.
Nicky: That’s right. Previously, they only had 10 years of compulsory education before entering a university. This 3-year difference will make a big change in the Philippine education.
Kevin: I agree. I think education is important in the development of a country.

COMPREHENSION CHECK

Please answer the following questions based on the dialogue.

ANSWER

1. What is Kevin confused about?
Answer:
2. How many years should a student in the Philippines study before entering a university?
Answer:
3. What is important in the development of a country?
Answer:

DIALOGUE PRACTICE

Let’s read the dialogue below.
Complete each conversation by choosing the correct answer.

READ AND ANSWER

1. Tutor: I came to school this morning for Ms. Tracy’s lecture but there was no one in the classroom.
Student: She ____________ us last week that her lecture is cancelled today.
a. asked
b. informed
c. prepared
d. applied
(Answer is in the last page.)
READ AND ANSWER

2. Tutor: Did you finish the report? I had a hard time finishing mine.
Student: Oh no! I ____________ to bring my report. I hope my professor will allow me to give it tomorrow.
a. forgotten
b. forgetting
c. leaving
d. forgot
(Answer is in the last page.)
READ AND ANSWER

3. Tutor: Let’s start our lecture. Is anyone absent today?
Student: Kacy is absent. She is ____________ in a tennis tournament.
a. competing
b. treating
c. indicating
d. go
(Answer is in the last page.)
READ AND ANSWER

4. Tutor: Hi, I didn’t see you in our morning class.
Student: I couldn’t attend the class ____________ train delay.
a. because
b. keen to
c. that’s why
d. due to
(Answer is in the last page.)
READ AND ANSWER

5. Tutor: Professor Tim, do we have a test tomorrow?
Student: Yes. We’ll have a short test ____________ there’s a heavy snow.
a. if
b. as if
c. unless
d. though
(Answer is in the last page.)
EXPRESSING OPINIONS

Please answer the following questions based on your opinion. Give at least one reason to support your answer.

ANSWER

1. Do you think education is expensive?
Answer:
2. Do you think it’s better to start studying at an earlier age?
Answer:
3. What are the advantages of studying with your classmates?
Answer:
4. What subject is the most helpful in your daily activities?
Answer:
5. Why do you study?
Answer:
6. Do you think studying abroad is better than studying in Japan?
Answer:
7. Do you think everyone should have equal rights to education?

ANSWERS FOR DIALOGUE PRACTICE

1. b
2. d
3. a
4. d
5. c

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DIRECTIONS

In this lesson, you will practice delivering a speech and I will ask you questions about it.

PREPARATION

Please choose a topic below and make a speech.
You have 1 minute to prepare.
Your 1 minute starts now.

PREPARE

1. How does global warming affect the world?
2. Is studying arts helpful in our daily life?
3. Should all agricultural chemicals be prohibited?
4. Should everyone study chemistry?
5. Agree or disagree: Having a good education is necessary for success.

CHOOSE A TOPIC

Your time is up. Now, please tell me the topic you chose.

ANSWER

MAKE A SPEECH

Now, you have 2 minutes to deliver your speech. Please give two reasons to support your opinion.
Your 2 minutes starts now.

SPEECH

QUESTION

Now, I will ask you two questions about your speech.
(Please ask two questions about your student’s speech.)

ANSWER

1.
2.

PREPARATION

Please choose another topic below and make another speech.
You have 1 minute to prepare.
Your 1 minute starts now.

PREPARE

1. How does global warming affect the world?
2. Is studying arts helpful in our daily life?
3. Should all agricultural chemicals be prohibited?
4. Should everyone study chemistry?
5. Agree or disagree: Having a good education is necessary for success.

CHOOSE A TOPIC

Your time is up. Now, please tell me the topic you chose.

ANSWER

MAKE A SPEECH

Now, you have 2 minutes to deliver your speech. Please give two reasons to support your opinion.
Your 2 minutes starts now.

SPEECH

QUESTION

Now, I will ask you two questions about your speech.
(Please ask two questions about your student’s speech.)

ANSWER

1.
2.

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INSTRUCTION

Please answer the questions by following the displayed formats. I’ll correct your pronunciation and grammar.

以下の質問に答えてください。表示されているフォーマットに沿って回答しましょう。講師は発音と文法について指摘します。

QUESTION 1

You have 15 seconds to prepare and 45 seconds to answer.
Who is your favorite teacher?

ANSWER

My favorite teacher is ______________________________________.

I met him/her when ________________________________________.

________________________________________________________.

________________________________________________________.

That’s why s/he is my favorite teacher.

QUESTION 2

You have 15 seconds to prepare and 45 seconds to answer.
What is the most memorable event in your life?

ANSWER

The most memorable event in my life is ________________________.

It happened when _________________________________________.

________________________________________________________.

________________________________________________________.

So, _______________________ is the most memorable event in my life.

QUESTION 3

You have 15 seconds to prepare and 45 seconds to answer.
What place do you want to visit the most?

ANSWER

I really want to visit ________________________________________.

I knew this place when _____________________________________.

________________________________________________________.

________________________________________________________.

That’s why I want to visit ____________________________________.

QUESTION 4

You have 15 seconds to prepare and 45 seconds to answer.
Some people think children should listen to their parents. Others think children should do what they want and parents should listen to them.
What do you think and why? Please answer with specific reasons and examples.

ANSWER

I think _______________________________________.

The reason I think so is __________________________.

____________________________________________.

____________________________________________.

____________________________________________.

QUESTION 5

You have 15 seconds to prepare and 45 seconds to answer.
Some people think having a difficult time is necessary. Others think we should avoid having a difficult time as much as possible.
What do you think and why? Please answer with specific reasons and examples.

ANSWER

I think _______________________________________.

The reason I think so is __________________________.

____________________________________________.

____________________________________________.

____________________________________________.

QUESTION 6

You have 15 seconds to prepare and 45 seconds to answer.
Some people like to spend their weekend by doing outdoor activities. Others prefer to spend their weekend at home.
Which do you prefer and why? Please answer with specific reasons and examples.

ANSWER

I think _______________________________________.

The reason I think so is __________________________.

____________________________________________.

____________________________________________.

____________________________________________.

General English (Expert)_Welfare

PASSAGE READING

Please read aloud the following passage. I will check your pronunciation as you read.

READ

Welfare

Welfare is a government program that supports individuals and families in need. Some of the most common welfare services provided are financial, food, and healthcare assistance. People often think that welfare is only about helping people who are socially disadvantaged. In fact, it is not only the provision of one’s basic necessities but also about providing a support system. This involves giving emotional support to achieve a more fulfilling life.
In Japan, welfare is focused on the elderly people because of the aging population. Some become depressed after their retirement. They often feel alone and seem to lose their sense of purpose. Having a healthy relationship with family and friends helps them relieve stress and cope with difficulties in life. This can be attained through building relationships and maintaining communication.

COMPREHENSION CHECK

Please answer the following questions based on the passage.

ANSWER

1. What is welfare?
Answer:
2. What are the most common welfare services?
Answer:
3. Why is a healthy relationship with family and friends important?
Answer:

CONSTRUCTING SENTENCES

Please construct sentences using each word below.

PRACTICE

Words and Expressions Sample Sentences
welfare
retirement
disadvantaged
provision
relieve
EXPRESSING OPINIONS

Please answer the following questions based on your opinion. Give at least one reason to support your answer.

ANSWER

1. What comes to your mind when you hear the word “welfare”?
Answer:
2. Do you think welfare programs are important to everyone?
Answer:
3. What can you say about the welfare programs in your country?
Answer:
4. Do you think people in your country benefit from these programs?
Answer:
5. Do you think the welfare programs in your country are sufficient?
Answer:
6. What other programs do you think people need in your country?
Answer:
7. How can a student like you help in the welfare programs for the elderly?
Answer:

Living Abroad (Intermediate)_Dream

ASKING QUESTIONS

Please ask me the following questions.
Take note of my responses as you will summarize them later.

ASK

1. What is your name?
2. What is your dream?
3. Why did you choose that dream?
4. What is the most popular job in your country today?
5. What was your childhood dream?

SUMMARIZING INFORMATION

Now, please summarize my responses to your questions.

SUMMARIZE

My tutor’s name is

DIALOGUE READING

Let’s read the dialogue below.
After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

READ

Alex: Are you going to attend the career seminar tomorrow?
Bill: Definitely. I’ve wanted to meet the speaker in person ever since I was a kid.
Alex: Really? Who will be the speaker? What is he famous for?
Bill: He is a famous video game programmer. He is the creator of my favorite video game which we played last night.
Alex: Oh, really?! I heard that video game has been a best seller for over 10 years.
Bill: I was so amazed when I first played the game. Since then, my dream is to become a video game programmer just like him. Now, I’m studying programming in college.
Alex: That’s cool! I hope you can make your dream come true!

COMPREHENSION CHECK

Please answer the following questions based on the dialogue.

ANSWER

1. What will Alex and Bill attend tomorrow?
Answer:
2. Why does Alex want to meet the speaker?
Answer:
3. Why is Alex studying programming?
Answer:
DIALOGUE PRACTICE

Let’s read the dialogue below.
Complete each conversation by choosing the appropriate response from the choices below.

(Note to tutor: Please find the answer key in the last page.)

READ AND ANSWER

1. Tutor: I will transfer to another college.
Student: What are you going to study?
Tutor: Business administration. I want to take over my father’s company someday.
Student:
a. You can do it.
b. Not yet.
c. Couldn’t be better.
d. Either will do.
(Answer is in the last page.)
READ AND ANSWER

2. Tutor: What are you going to do during summer vacation?
Student: I will go to San Francisco. I got an internship job there!
Tutor: Wow! You made it! Good luck!
Student:
a. Are you sure?
b. I’ll try my hardest.
c. Lean on me.
d. I’m feeling under the weather.
(Answer is in the last page.)
READ AND ANSWER

3. Tutor: I just got back from my Machu Picchu trip.
Student: Nice! I noticed that you often travel abroad.
Tutor: It’s my dream to travel all over the world.
Student:
a. I’m upset.
b. I feel so fed up.
c. I envy you.
d. I’m peeved.
(Answer is in the last page.)
READ AND ANSWER

4. Tutor: I’ll start working as a teacher.
Student: Congratulations! I remember that your childhood dream was to be a teacher!
Tutor: Yes, finally I made it.
Student:
a. I’m proud of you.
b. I don’t mind.
c. Get well soon!
d. It’s now or never.
(Answer is in the last page.)
READ AND ANSWER

5. Tutor: I’m having a hard time discovering my dream.
Student: It’s okay. I think you just need more time to figure that out.
Tutor: Thanks. Lately, I’ve been thinking about what I really want to do in life.
Student:
a. I don’t think so.
b. Don’t pressure yourself.
c. I hope you can make it.
d. It’s boring.
(Answer is in the last page.)
ROLE PLAY

Let’s do a role play with the given situation. You should mention the items below during the conversation.

PLAY

Situation: Your tutor will pretend as your friend.
You will ask your tutor questions about his/her dream.
Items to mention:
– childhood dream
– dream job
– reasons why you chose that dream
– how you can reach your dream
– place where you want to live
– what you want to buy if you’re a billionaire
– what you want to do if you’re a billionaire

ANSWERS FOR DIALOGUE PRACTICE

1. a
2. b
3. c
4. a
5. b

Living Abroad (Beginner)_Talking About Hobbies

DIALOGUE READING

Let’s read the dialogue below. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

READ

Rob: What do you like to do during your free time?
Miho: Not much. I usually just hang out with my friends. How about you, what do you do during your free time?
Rob: I spend it with my friends. We usually go cycling by the lake. When the weather is not good, we stay at my place and play video games.
Miho: Sounds fun. I miss my friends.
Rob: You can have fun here, too. Why don’t you try something new?
Miho: Like what?
Rob: You can hang out with me and my friends next Saturday. We’ll go around the town.
Miho: I’d love to, but I don’t know how to ride a bicycle.
Rob: We’ll teach you how. You can borrow my old bicycle.

EXAMPLE

Before we start the next activity, let’s discuss the example below.

EXAMPLE

new year

ASKING QUESTIONS

Please ask me a question about each item below.

ASK

new year

Living Abroad (Beginner)_Introducing Japan

DIALOGUE READING

Let’s read the dialogue below. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

READ

Carol: I’d like to know more about your country.
Miho: The total area of Japan is 378,000 sq km. It is just slightly smaller than California.
Carol: Really? I didn’t know that.
Miho: Japan’s population is about 127, 000, 000. Most Japanese live in cities. Around 67% of the population of Japan live in big cities.
Carol: What’s the biggest city in Japan?
Miho: Tokyo. It is also the capital of Japan.
Carol: Could you give me a fun fact about Japan?
Miho: Japan has more than 50,000 people who are over 100 years old. Is that a fun fact?
Carol: Definitely!

EXAMPLE

Before we start the next activity, let’s discuss the example below.

EXAMPLE

new year

ASKING QUESTIONS

Please ask me a question about each item below.

ASK

new year

Living Abroad (Intermediate)_Class

ASKING QUESTIONS

Please ask me the following questions.
Take note of my responses as you will summarize them later.

ASK

1. What is your name?
2. What was your favorite subject in school?
3. Why was that your favorite subject?
4. How often did you study English when you were a student?
5. What was your major in college?

SUMMARIZING INFORMATION

Now, please summarize my responses to your questions.

SUMMARIZE

My tutor’s name is

DIALOGUE READING

Let’s read the dialogue below.
After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

READ

Alex: Are you available tonight? Let’s play video games.
Bill: Sorry, but I have to study tonight. My professor informed us that we will have an exam tomorrow.
Alex: In what subject?
Bill: Basic Mathematics. I’m not good at Mathematics.
Alex: Math is my favorite subject. I won in different Math competitions before.
Bill: Really? Can you help me? I can’t keep up with my class.
Alex: Sure. I’ll see you after class.

COMPREHENSION CHECK

Please answer the following questions based on the dialogue.

ANSWER

1. Why is Bill not available tonight?
Answer:
2. Who is not good at Mathematics?
Answer:
3. What will they do after class?
Answer:
DIALOGUE PRACTICE

Let’s read the dialogue below.
Complete each conversation by choosing the appropriate response from the choices below.

(Note to tutor: Please find the answer key in the last page.)

READ AND ANSWER

1. Tutor: What is our next class?
Student: Our next class is history.
Tutor: Oh, I forgot to bring my text book.
Student:
a. You’ll see.
b. I’ll share my book with you.
c. Take it easy.
d. Don’t mind it.
(Answer is in the last page.)
READ AND ANSWER

2. Tutor: That’s all for today. Make sure to finish all your homework.
Student: Professor, when is the due date?
Tutor: Next Wednesday at noon. Please submit it to me in my office.
Student:
a. Go for it.
b. Noted.
c. Whatever.
d. My pleasure.
(Answer is in the last page.)
READ AND ANSWER

3. Tutor: Have you finished the report in Chemistry class?
Student: Not yet. I’m having a hard time working on it.
Tutor: It is difficult. I’m going to the library later to do some research.
Student:
a. I’ll take over.
b. Do whatever you want.
c. Let’s go there together.
d. I don’t know.
(Answer is in the last page.)
READ AND ANSWER

4. Tutor: What time will our morning class start?
Student: It will start at 8:40. But we should be in the classroom at 8:30 for a short meeting.
Tutor: Hmm… I might be late this morning due to train delay.
Student:
a. Leave the school early.
b. Don’t buy tickets.
c. Never give up.
d. You should explain it to our professor.
(Answer is in the last page.)
READ AND ANSWER

5. Tutor: Did you apply for a special class this weekend?
Student: Special class? I don’t know that.
Tutor: In special classes, senior students help foreign students to catch up on their classes.
Student:
a. That’s a shame.
b. I’d love to join.
c. What is that?
d. Does that make sense?
(Answer is in the last page.)
ROLE PLAY

Let’s do a role play with the given situation. You should mention the items below during the conversation.

PLAY

Situation: Your tutor will pretend as your schoolmate.
You will ask your tutor questions about his/her class.
Items to mention:
– favorite subject
– reasons why s/he likes it
– class s/he doesn’t like
– time of his/her first class
– time s/he goes home
– due date of homework
– date of examination

ANSWERS FOR DIALOGUE PRACTICE

1. b
2. b
3. c
4. d
5. b

Living Abroad (Beginner)_Class in School

DIALOGUE READING

Let’s read the dialogue below. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

READ

Ray: Miho, our next class is Chemistry. We need to go to the Chemistry classroom.
Miho: Do you know where the classroom is? It’s my first time to take that class.
Ray: Yes, I’ll show you. It’s upstairs.
Miho: Thanks. I’m excited because Chemistry is my favorite subject.
Ray: Really? I’m not good at Chemistry. It’s too complicated for me.
Miho: Yeah, that’s what I thought at first. Now, I think it’s fun and easy since we use Chemistry in our daily lives.
Ray: It sounds fun but hard to understand. Can we study together after class?
Miho: Sure! We can study at the library.

EXAMPLE

Before we start the next activity, let’s discuss the example below.

EXAMPLE

new year

ASKING QUESTIONS

Please ask me a question about each item below.

ASK

class in school

Living Abroad (Beginner)_Club

DIALOGUE READING

Let’s read the dialogue below. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

READ

Ray: Hi Miho. Are you interested in joining our chorus club?
Miho: I like listening to music but I’m not good at singing.
Ray: I see. Our chorus club will perform at a charity event this weekend. Would you like to come?
Miho: Absolutely. How many chorus clubs will perform at the event?
Ray: I heard 20 chorus clubs will perform this year.
Miho: That’s nice. I often listen to music to learn English.
Ray: Great. I think you should come to the charity event!
Miho: That’s right. Okay, I’ll come and support your chorus club.

EXAMPLE

Before we start the next activity, let’s discuss the example below.

EXAMPLE

new year

ASKING QUESTIONS

Please ask me a question about each item below.

ASK

new year