Toyo Gakuen University Interest-based English – Travel: Lesson 5

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Unit 5: Go straight along Seventh Avenue
Today we are going to practice directions. We will practice asking for directions, and listening to directions.
First, let’s practice some vocabulary. Use these links: Travel Unit 5: Directions

More flashcards, word search, and hangman provided by

Now let’s practice using Passport Online
Finally let’s do a practice test.

Toyo Gakuen University IE-12 Music: Project 1 – Music Genres. Lesson 3

Today we will begin our voicethread project. Before we begin our project, let’s watch an interview with Ken Hirai. After you watch the interview, take the quiz.

Now let’s start our project.
If you haven’t decided which genre you want to research, click this link to find lists of music styles:
If you have decided which genre that you want to research, find the wikipedia page that you need. Here are some links for popular musical genres: Rock, J-Pop, Traditional Japanese music, Gospel, Classical, Blues, World Music, Hip Hop, Trance, Jazz, R&B.

Look at the picture below. The picture shows you where to click to see a wikipedia article in Japanese.
Here’s a link to help you find pictures:
You can also find pictures on flickr. Click here:
Also, please read this article about copyright:著作権
Finally, please read this article about Creative Commons licences:

Ok, let’s get started!

Toyo Gakuen University Homestay English Unit 5: Communicating with your homestay family

In today’s lesson we will learn how to communicate with our homestay family. Here are the lesson points:

  • Explaining your gift
  • Explaining your hometown
  • Personal Questions

You will practice explaining your hometown by explaining your hometown to some students in the international Sister Classes Forum.

Let’s get started. Click here to open an Edubloggers’ account:
Click here to see the Sister Classes Forum:

A Model Language Learner: Ayumi Okada

It’s very useful to have a role model. A language learning role model is very useful. Last year, I posted a video interview with Miho on the Daily English Show. Miho is a model language learner. Last April, I wrote about my friend Sanae. Sanae is a model language learner. Today, I’m going to write about another model language learner, Ayumi Okada. Ayumi was a student at Kanto International High School. When Ayumi started at Kanto she couldn’t speak English much at all. She was in the Regular course, not the English course. So, she didn’t have many English classes, and she didn’t have many native English speaking teachers. However, she joined the World School Society. As a member of the World School Society she attended the World School International Forums in Japan and in the United States. She made friends with young people from all over the world.

Ayumi is very very musical. Her dream was to study music in the U.K. So, she asked me to help her prepare for the IELTS exam. I did. She got a great score and she was able enter a college in the U.K. Now she is studying Popular Music and Record Production at Southampton Solent University. She presents a radio programme on SIN Radio. The radio programme is called D.J. Yummy’s Japanese Takeaway. You can listen to D.J. Yummy’s Japanese Takeaway on the internet. Her radio programme is on Thursdays from three o’clock to five o’clock Greenwich Mean Time, that’s 11 pm. to 1 am. Japan Standard Time. Look at the picture below. Click this link: Click “Listen”.

D.J. Yummy’s Japanese Takeaway is very good. I listen to D.J. Yummy’s Japanese Takeaway. I hope you will too.

Toyo Gakuen University IE-12 Music: Project 1 Music Genres. Lesson 2

Today we are going to continue working on our first project.
First, let’s start by watching a Bob Marley video. Bob Marley was a reggae artist. Click this link to see the video: Bob Marley – No Woman No Cry.

Image by “Uh,Clem…”

Look at the picture below. Bob Marley was born in this house.

Image by David E. Waldren

Here’s some information about Reggae:

Reggae was developed in Jamaica in the late sixties. Larry Marshall recorded the first reggae record in 1968. The record was called “Nanny Goat”.

Reggae has these musical characteristics:

  • 4/4 or Swing time
  • Simple chords repeated
  • a hypnotic effect (催眠効果)

Some famous reggae artists are: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, and UB40

Some famous reggae songs are: “I Shot the Sheriff”, The Harder They Come”, and “Red Red Wine”.

The main musical instruments used in reggae are guitars, bass, drums and sometimes horns.

Next, let’s practice some vocabulary. Click this link: Music Vocabulary List 4.
Now, let’s review last week’s lesson.
Now lets begin our project. Click here: Voicethread.

Toyo Gakuen University Freshman English 4 – Semester 2 Test 1 Study Guide

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The time has come. You will take your first test of semester 2 in your next class. Here’s your task:

Roles: Caller, Receiver
Situation: There’s a Hallowe’en Party in the English Lounge
A. Caller

  1. Call your new English friend Chrissie.
  2. When a different person answers your call, ask if you can leave a message for your friend.
  3. Leave a message:

a. Say your name
b. Spell your name
c. Say your telephone number
d. Say the day, time, and location of the party

B. Receiver

  1. Answer the call
  2. Take a message
  3. Check the information: caller’s name, telephone number, details of the message

Click these links to prepare for the test:
Unit 7 – Special Occasions
Taking and leaving a phone message
Pronunciation of “th”

Remember! If you prepare and practice you will get an “A”.

Toyo Gakuen University Interest-based English – Travel: Lesson 4

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Unit 4: Do you have any vacancies.
Today we are going to learn about reserving a room in a hotel. First, let’s review some vocabulary and learn some new words too. Click this link:Travel English E-J .
Now let’s play some games and practice what we’ve learned from the textbook. Click here: Passport Online. Next, let’s research some hotels. Click here: Download the worksheet below. Do the task. Save the document in your folder.

Finally, let’s do a practice test. Click here: Passport Tests.

Toyo Gakuen University IE-12 Music: Project 1 – Music Genres. Lesson 1

Today we are going to talk about music genres.

First, let’s learn some vocabulary. Click the link: Music vocabulary list 2
Now let’s watch two slideshows. I made the first slideshow. Toyo Gakuen University students made the next slide show. Make a coment.
My Slideshow about music genres

Toyo Gakuen Students slideshow about music genres

Here’s a playlist of African music videos.Here’s a playlist of Jazz videos.

Click here to see a playlist of calyspo and soca videos:

Now it’s your turn to make a slide show about music genres.

Toyo Gakuen University Homestay English Unit 3: At Dinner

In today’s lesson we will learn about different kinds of food. Also, we will learn about good table manners.

Japanese eat a morning meal (朝食), a midday meal (昼食) and an evening meal (夕食). Many people in other countries eat these meals too. So three meals a day is common everywhere, but sometimes the food is different.

In Canada, many people skip breakfast on weekdays. Some people only have a very light breakfast on weekdays. For example, some people just have coffee. Some people just drink a glass of juice. Some people eat fruit. Some people have a muffin and a coffee.

A muffin and a coffee is, perhaps, the most common weekday breakfast in Canada. Many people eat breakfast on the way to work. They buy a muffin and a coffee at fast-food restaurants including: Tim Hortons, Coffee Time, and Second Cup.

On weekends, sometimes Canadians eat big breakfasts. Click this link to see some popular breakfasts in Canada:

Britain is famous for it’s breakfast. What kinds of food are in a full British breakfast? Click the link:

Click this link to learn about breakfast around the world:

The midday meal in the United States and Canada is called lunch.
Click this link to read the wikipedia article about lunch in English:
Click this link to read the wikipedia article about lunch in Japanese:

The picture below is a picture of me having lunch at my aunt’s house.

Look at the table. Many Canadians serve each dish in a separate bowl or on a separate plate and put the dishes in the middle of the table. Everyone serves themselves. This is very convenient. You can take the dishes that you like.

You can see the dishes I chose in the picture below. Click the picture. What kind of food is on my plate?

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Lunch, originally uploaded by mick62.

Now, let’s learn about dinner.
Dinner is the main meal. In Canada, people eat dinner in the evening. In some countries, including Trinidad, people eat dinner in the afternoon. In England, dinner is called tea.

Finally, let’s learn about table manners in America and some general etiquette in Canada and the United States.

Bon Appétit