2017年03月の記事 (1/1)

英検1級ライティング (5/26の授業より)



澤田塾の実用英語コースでは、
英検1級の二次試験のテーマについて、
まずは、ペアでスピーチとQ&Aをやってもらい、
そのあと、教室に居残って(または自宅で)、
話したのと同じスピーチを書いてもらうことにしています。


先週、5/26の授業では、
17年度第1回の二次試験のテーマを使いました。

今日は、一部の生徒さんの英作文を初めてブログで公開します。


この取り組み自体、始めたばかりですので、
受講生もまだ全然書き慣れていません。
(現状では、授業内でスピーチして終わりで、ライティングまでできていない受講生が半数以上)


最初から僕があれこれ直してしまうことによって、
みなさんの発信欲、自己表現欲の芽を摘みたくないので、
現時点では、一切添削はしていません。

ですので、書いてもらったままの、rawな状態ですw


まずは、英語を書くということに取りかかり始めていただき、
曲がりなりにも、自分の意見を英語で表現することに慣れていくことが肝要だと考えています。


もちろん、文法や語法の間違い、不自然な表現は散見されますが、
そういった部分については、徐々に改善できるようにしていければいいかなぁ、というノリです。

まずは、気軽に気楽に挑戦することが最初の一歩になります。
(スピーキングでも、ライティングでも大事な考え方です)


以下に、4名の生徒さんの英作文をシェアさせていただきます。


Agree or disagree: Technology is undermining the role of teachers in the class room

(賛成意見)
I agree with the idea that technology is undermining the role of teachers.
I’ll show you the examples that using artificial intelligence, AI, in a web lecture improves the educational effectiveness and might replace the role of teachers eventually.

First, scoring such as the confirmation test for a lecture in the classroom can be automated by using AI. To identify where the students find it difficult to understand and mistake in the classroom, the teachers had to decide instinctively from the students’ appearance expressions and scores of the confirmation tests. However, if it is a web lesson, each student counts where the seeing is often stopped (losing interest) and where the viewing is replayed frequently (not understanding or puzzled). It is possible to objectively grasp the problems from the data.

Secondly, based on student's individual learning style, AI has the function of having conversations interactively. Even if teacher's follows does not reach, it is possible to talk to each student individually, which leads to motivation for the students.

Lastly, web lecture using AI makes it possible to provide high level education services at lower cost regardless of time and place. In other words, education will be mobile and flexible.

For these reasons, I feel technology is undermining the role of teachers in the classroom.
(214語)

By Y. I.


(反対意見)
I don’t think technology is undermining the role of teachers in the classroom. There are three reasons why I think the importance of teacher is unchanged in spite of the advancement of technology.

Firstly, technology can’t replace humans in an educational area. Even if technology is advancing and lots of online educational services become available, the human interaction will continue to be required. Especially, when it comes to younger students, they need to learn communication skills in the classroom and teachers are one of their role models. Technology is just a tool and can’t give the human interaction to develop such skills.

Secondly, students needs teachers who help to develop their thinking skills. If students can learn themselves through online services, they need someone who give interesting questions which stimulate their curiosity. Computers can give knowledge to students, however, they are not good at making creative questions to encourage students’ thinking skills enhanced.

Finally, teachers’ abilities are maximized by technology. For example, electronic devices like iPad help students understand complicated mathematical questions by providing 3D models or short movies. That helps teachers conduct their classes more effectively.

Due to the above three reasons, I think the role of teachers in the classroom is not undermined by technology.
(215語)

By M. H.


Would the global economy benefit from having a single world currency?

I disagree with the idea that a single currency would be beneficial to the global economy.
I have three reasons.

First, when we go abroad we have to change money to local currency. The local or international banks receive exchange fee. That is huge market.

Second, if we couldn’t spend all local money we change again. But coins cannot be changed. I always throw coins into UNICEF donation boxes which located on the international Airports. I think it is huge amount of money. If we had only single currency I wouldn’t throw coins.

Third, nowadays we can use credit cards in many countries. So we don’t have to care about real money.
(112語)

By K.T.


Is it possible for developed countries to sustain present standards of living?

I think it is possible for developed countries to sustain present standards of living.
I have three reasons why I think so.

First we, Japanese people, could have kept current standards of living for more than 3 decades though some economic crisis, such as called Japanese bubble, had been occurred. Our economic condition is usually fluctuating, but we can keep a good living comparing to previous our condition.

Second reason is that most of developed countries are even now gradually growing rate of growing GDP, gross domestic product, even though its rate of undeveloped countries such as China and South-East Asian counties have been steeply increasing. So I think economy of developed countries are uneasy to be affected by other countries counterparts. So external influences won’t prevent standards of living in developed countries from being collapsed.

Third reason I think so is because currency of developed countries are very strong and they often affect undeveloped countries economy. Undeveloped countries had been suffering from reign of developed counties for more than 100 years and even nowadays these affections are being continued.

From these reasons I believe that it is possible for developed countries to sustain present standards of living in the future.
(203語)

By K. S.
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