Mar 29, 2010

オンライン英会話おためし

掲示板にかこーかなーと思ったけど、
マナー違反な投稿がまだ続いていますので、こちらへ。
(あの掲示板、学生にも紹介したのに、
ネチケット違反の例になりそう、戸惑うばかり。)

今年度は、週一回、S先生の英語授業をお手伝いします。
当然、私も先生として学生さんにアドバイスすることになりますから、
英語との付き合い方を、これからも模索していかないと。

それで、読み、聞き、書くについては、
経験から自信をもってアドバイスできることが増えましたが、
話すだけが、必要性ないだけに、後回しになったまま。
(発音を気にせずに、すっきりしないくどい言い方で、
変な単語を使ってよければ、ガンガン話すほうなので、
切羽詰ったものがないのですね、これが)

と、先日のオフ会で、オンライン英会話を実際に試している人に会いました。
で、翌日には私もお試し。英語しゃべり隊というのです。
グループレッスンでは、しゃべりすぎて敬遠される人には^^;いいですね。
遠慮なしに、話せる。
その結果が、この先生からのコメント、うーん的確なというか・・・
you're very candid at expressing yourself

ただ、フリートークでは話題選びが難しいので、
どんな風にやっていけばいいのかなあ?
体験談聞かせてもらえると、うれしいです。

It came up into my mind if I should make a new entry about this in tadoku.org, but the mess there is still overwhelming, so I just write a bit here.
(You know, I've introduced tadoku.org to some of my students at school, but now I greatly regret that because the threads there can be said one of the worst netiquette violations I've ever came across on the net. sucks)

From April, I'll be helping out Mr.S once a week in one of his English classes.
I myself am recognized as a teacher and expected to give some advice to the students.
I've got to keep searching for the better way to acquire English fluency.

Up until now, I've collected certain amount of ideas regarding the way to learn English reading, listening and writing. However speaking of English is long left unchallenged due to the lack of urgent need in my daily life. Especially because I can manage to speak English as long as I don't need to be super conscious of my pronunciation and I'm allowed to use messy sometimes peculiar expressions. I'll be nervous to speak English only among Japanese...

Then, luckily, one of the members at the off-meeting the other day had already used the online conversation system, and gave me some useful advice to give it a try. The next day, I was already a member of the online conversation class called Eigo Shaberi Tai. ^^ Those online classes are very good for a chatterbox like me, you can speak as much as you content not worrying about the excursiveness of your talk. I got a message after the lesson from the teacher and it was quite an accurate comment to depict my character, I think...

It won't be much fun if I keep having a free talk lesson, so I'd like to know what kind of strategies you are taking to have more comfortable satisfying lessons. Any advice is welcome. Thank you!

2 comments:

chico said...

hi, emmie. it is like a big storm is blowing @ todoku.org, isn't it?
Oh! I'm taking a part of it. I think discussing over something in a ratinal manner such as Ryotasan's is something most of Japanese need to learn instead of saying YES YES YES all the time. It is ok to have a different opinion, you know. It is just how you express what you think without upsetting or insulting. I always feel that most of Japanese are either silent or shouting. It is not the way supposed to be, I think. I've had so-called heated discussion on the net but nobody takes that personally and I believe those were quite constructive and meaningful discussion. I think it is important to have a place to share you opinions openly and ratinally. But it might be too much to ask...
Well, as long as speaking part goes, I've been using some of articles from "Japan today" and "VOA News". We share the story and talk about it. I usually ask questions hoping eventually someone would lead the conversation. For jr. and sr.h students, we play a game at the end of classes for 10 min. the rule is quite simple: the one who tell a story within 5 to 10 lines first is the winner of the game and can go home right away. We have played this so many times that some recurrent simple lines such as "I went to school" "I came home at 5" are not counted anymore. Some lines they came up were hilarious or touching sometimes. The best point is that I can peak at a piece of their lives. Sometimes, if you are lucky, straightforward true voice from teenage boys. I think the fact itself is worth trying. I think I told them my stories for a couple of time till they got some ideas what to do. I don't explain too much. I prefer showing caz that gives us more time for speaking English instead of explaining in Japanese. If students understand what to do from my example, they would do that accordingly. I guess this idea might be called "task-based activity" You, the leader, create a motivation for others to talk. I guess that is quite authentic way of communication.
For total beginners, I use a lot of flash cards that are made by them. First, I ask the to come up with some lines with who did what like "Chico reads books" We use them for a sentece building game. Players come up with some simple lines with those cards in hand. We love it when we get such a weird sentence like "Chico eats Momo" or "TV watches you."
The one who made the crasiest or funniest sentece is the winner. Each one of us vote for the winner. It is quite democratic as well. hahaha
Those activities can be done as group activities as well if you have a big class.
Just a few ideas!
Aloha
chico

Mrs. Malone said...

Hey hey hey! look at this, your comment can't be read without scrolling down again! ha ha I'm seriously envious of you sometimes since you're a genious of handling words, once you open your mouth, there is no end talking!
I totally agree with you that people from English speaking world are trained to have rational conversations or discussions from the very beginnig of their lives and even when people have conflicting oppinions, they don't take them personally. They don't have a grudge against people who express different opinions. They see things differently, that't all.

I'd love to know meaningfull insights based on various experiences about English learning, and some of the members are actually writing them in a decent manner, but those precious messages seem to be clouded by some trash entries. sigh.

Oh, thank you for some advice for online conversation. I've done that again this morning and it was much fun than the last time. Maybe because I've talk with a man, this time. I don't know why but I can relax more when I talk with men than women...(and when I was young, it sometimes caused troubles and I ended up getting sweet words from someone I'm not intended to...hehe) I've got to ask the teacher to give me an article to discuss next time or I will give him some.
hmmm... your lesson can be a nightmare for me. I'm freaked out when I am required to make a crazy or fun senteces. That't what I believe I definitely can't do. ha ha Never know, though.