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 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 Skills-based English – Conversation: Talking about the past

Today we are going to practice talking about the past. For example, we are going to talk about we did on holiday, what we did yesterday and what we did a long time ago. The video is from PodEnglish.

This video is from Real English. Watch the interviews and listen to the answers. Enjoy!

Here’s another video from Real English. In this video, many people answer the question, “Were you good at school?”

Let’s practice some more. How about you? Were you good at high school? What did you do yesterday?

Toyo Gakuen University Interest-based English 12 – Lesson 3: If I had a million dollars by the Barenaked Ladies

Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

Today we are going to listen to one of my favourite songs. The song is called, “If I had a million dollars”. If I had a million dollars is by a Canadian pop band called The Barenaked Ladies. The Barenaked Ladies are from my hometown, Toronto.


I love the sound of taiko. Taiko drums are often heard in summer in Japan. We hear them at festivals that we call matsuri.

The first taiko performance I ever saw was in Asakusa, near the famous temple we call Sensoji. I was very impressed by the performance. All the drummers were very small women. They had so much energy.

We can see taiko concerts too in summer too. I attended a great concert given by Amanojaku on the thirteenth of August at the Nerima Cultural Centre. The concert was a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Brazil. The concert was fantastic. I was very tired and sleepy but I did my best to keep my eyes open because it’s important to SEE taiko as well as hear taiko. A taiko performance is like a dance!

This video is from Amanojaku’s DVD called The Soul Beat of Japan. I hope you enjoy this example of traditional japanese culture as much as I did.
Do you like Taiko? Do you play Taiko? Please leave a comment?

Toyo Gakuen University Open Campus Lesson: Learning English through Music

Hello! Welcome to Toyo Gakuen University. Below is a video we’ll watch in our lesson. Here are some cool links too:
First, a link to a playlist I made on YouTube of videos with lyrics and subtitles:
Next, a webpage made by Clair Taylor, a Toyo Gakuen University teacher:
Finally, a website about J-Pop in English:

Toyo Gakuen University Interest-based English 12 – Music PowerPoint Presentations

Students in the Interest-based English 12 (Music) class have finished their presentations! They worked hard and did a great job.

These presentations are profiles of musical artists. Each student chose an artist that he or she liked. Then they found photos on flickr and on artist fan sites. After that, they did research using wikipedia, and other websites. They used three wikipedias: English, Simple English and Japanese. After they got the information they wrote the key points on their PowerPoint slides. Then they changed the key points into sentences and recorded a narration. If you want to learn more about this class and this project please read my EFL Classroom 2.0 blog post. All the students said they enjoyed making the PowerPoints very much. I’m very proud of their work. Enjoy!

Please reward these students’ hard work by posting a comment. I’m sure that they will appreciate it.

Toyo Gakuen University Homestay English 2008 Final Exam Study Guide

The final exam is on Wednesday, the 9th of July 2008. The format will be the same as the midterm exam. The final exam will have 3 parts:
Part 1: Vocabulary. Study the vocabulary using wordchamp
Part2: Multiple choice questions about Units 7 – 12 in your textbook.
Part3: A short paragraph answer type question based on the videos below. You will be asked to:

  1. List 2 good points about each homestay
  2. Choose which homestay you’d like to do.
  3. Give 3 reasons for choices.

The first is a video about a homestay programme offered by the International Education Program at the University of California Riverside.

Next, a video by the South China Morning Post about a homestay family in Beijing.

Next a Japanese student talks about her homestay in New Zealand.

Study hard and Good luck!!

Shibaura Institute of Technology Listening Comprehension 2008 Assignment 2

Here is your second assignment. This assignment is due on Tuesday, the 8th of July 2008. Download the worksheet for this assignment here:

Watch the video and answer the questions on the worksheet.
The video is about a ski trip. The video was made by my friend Paul Carr. In this video, Paul goes on a ski strip to Niigata in Japan. Enjoy the show!

There are some useful words and expressions to learn below.

jump on ~ get on a bus or train

feline ~ cat like or like a cat

idiot ~ a foolish person

kids ~ children

prepare ~ to get ready

Making a Date

Recently we have been learning about dates and time in the FE4-Speaking Class at Toyo Gakuen University. For the next test you will have to make a date to go to a movie. Here’s a video from EF Education First to help you. The video talks about polite ways to make a suggestion in English. There are various ways to make a suggestion including:

  • How about….?
  • Would you like to…?
  • I was wondering if…?

Which of the ways above do you think is the most polite? Watch the video and find out.

Here’s another video about making dates. This video is an animated video. My friend Paul made this video. Paul has a video podcast called ESLpodTV. It’s a great podcast. This video is about an English man called Ed. U. Cator. He calls his new friend to invite her to his house. You can learn more about making suggestions, invitations and polite requests (丁寧語、招待) in this video. here’s some vocabulary to help you:

guy – person, usually a man

anytime – whenever

nothing special – nothing different or unusual

accent – the way your voice sounds shaped by where you’re from

housewarming party – special event celebrating moving into new home

neighbours – the people living nearby

got nothing on – not doing anything at that time

few – a small number of something

funny – strange

I was wondering if… polite expression requesting somebody do something

If you’re free… – expression often used to ask for a date or request favour

Educator Diaries 3 from kibishipaul on Vimeo.

When we make a date in English we need to be able to say dates. For example: June 11th, August 30th, December 25th. We need to be make to make the “th” sound. You can watch some videos about making the “th” sound by clicking here.

When we make a date in English we need to be able to talk about time as well as dates. Here’s a video from Real English about time.

Here’s another video that talks about prepositions of time. This video comes from JenniferESL

For your next test you will have to make a date to see a movie. Good luck!