“How can I support my child at home?“ Play a game together! Try it today!
These days, many English learners have fewer opportunities to speak English outside of lessons. Providing opportunities to be exposed to English is essential for developing language skills. In place of social activities these days, TV, radio, YouTube, blogs, and the news are all great resources.
We use games to motivate learners. We adapt well known games for our lessons as well as make some of our own. We play these games both online and in person. Here are a couple for your family or your own students to enjoy playing. .
1. UNO Almost anyone can play this game. All you have to do is have a list of challenges that corresponds with the card numbers. You can find words/phrases from books that your child is reading or from a movie they’ve watched. We often make funny sayings together in the lesson.
2. Connect 4: With this one, you can practice a lot more target vocab. We like to mix in new words or idioms that challenge the student and some that spark funny conversation. You can adapt it to any level or age.
How to Play 1.Build up from the bottom by placing a tile or checker in the box. 2.Use the word from the box in a sentence if possible. 3. The first player to get 4 in a row (diagonally, vertically, horizontally) wins.
A video made with one of our students showing how we use “Connect Four” in class.
Here are some examples with a blank one for you to print out to fill in on your own.
If you would like to play the original but don’t have it here’s a link to Connect 4.
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Oil とWaterにAlka Seltzer(Citric Acid とBaking Soda)の反応を楽しむ実験です。 どうしてOilとWaterが混ざらないの？ Why don’t the oil and the water get mixed? どうしてFood ColorはOil にとけないのにWater はとけるの？ Why doesn’t the food color melt into the oil, but melts into the water? 色の泡が浮かび上がってはじけて,でまた下に落ちてくよ。 The color bubbles float up to the top and pop! Then they drop down to the bottom again. わぁ…すっごーい！ Oh my….it’s so incredible! 信じられない。 So amazing. あぁ、だからLava Lampっていうのね。 Oh, that why they call it “Lava Lamp”
実験の締めくくりの、５つの素材のDensityを考える実験も生徒さんの予想を覆します。 Material ⇒plastic, glass, rubber, silver, woodが素材です。 What’s your prediction? Will it float on the oil? Will it float in the oil? Will it sink in the oil? Will it float in the water? Will it sink in the water? どの位置で5つの素材が静止するのでしょう。 自分の予想を書き込み、実際に実験して確認。
生徒さんがThe glass is more dense than the rubber. The wood is less dense than silver. とそれぞれのDensityと関係について意見を交わして終了するレッスンはきっとご家庭でも楽しめるアクティビティですね。
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We are using the photos from our “Photo Challenge” in our lessons. Students are creating videos out of the pictures in which they can be descriptive and creative with their English by writing captions and in some cases even poems. この夏に行ったアクティビティ”Photo Challenge”の写真を日々のレッスン内で活用をしています。ハンズオンアクティビティとし、生徒さんと一緒にビデオを作製をし、叙景的でクリエイティブな英語表現、また詩のようなキャプションを完成させる生徒さんもいます。
Each photo is displayed only for 10 seconds, so it is a challenge to read each caption within that amount of time. Try it and then try it again. Let’s see if you become faster at reading. 1コマの写真には10秒しか時間が取れまず、1コマのキャプションを10秒で読み取るのはチャレンジです。何度もトライしてみてください。速読の力も一緒につけましょう。
During this summer, we had a *remote* activity which every one could participate in from anywhere in the world. The rule was very simple. We gave a list of things to take pictures of. Just like scavenger hunting, but with taking pictures of objects. For example we had these in the list; *A picture of a food of you cooked *A picture of you frozen in the air *A police officer waving *Something that looks like it has a face *Water etc….
Thank you for submitting so many photographs for the challenge! We are amazed at the creativity of everyone. Over 500 pictures were submitted from many students. We have reviewed the entries and decided on who will be getting awards for their participation! Some pics are at the bottom of this blog. Students will be notified during their lessons about the results. 皆さん, Photo Challengeへの沢山の応募をありがとうございました。今回は500枚以上の写真がエントリーされました。参加者の創造力のすばらしさに驚いています。すべての写真に目を通し、Award受賞者を決定しました。このブログ下にいくつか写真を載せます。結果は参加者にそれぞれレッスン中にお知らせします。
The photo challenge is an event that serves a purpose in our students’ development of their English skills.By taking the photos, learners have hands-on experiences they can learn about their surroundings and their communities.Together, we can develop vocabulary, grammar, and conversation skills by describing, commenting on, and talking about everyone’s pictures.As many of those who have experienced living in foreign countries before are experts in communicating in English, this kind of activity provides an emotional attachment which should lead to better memorization of any new language that comes up, so they are prepared to instantly utilize those skills whenever needed.
Mattison English used to hold annual Speaking Contests and Writing Contests. However, under the COVID19 circumstance, we were seeking an event that both student and family members can join while improving their English skills. We are so grateful that so many students participated in Japan and the US. We hope this has been an enjoyable experience for you and your family.Thanks again.
Here comes the sun! As you begin a new school year, we hope you build new trails and seek new horizons.
NY is ready for students to start a brand new school year. Every student is excited yet anxious to see what is about happen. The schools have their own unique learning styles to keep their learners safe and provide the education they need.
We, Mattison English stand by our students and support whatever challenges they may have to face this time of the year.
Stay curious, surround yourself with wisdom…..and let’s accept a new culture and language! No matter what, it’s going to be a great year. Let’s hop on the boat and start the journey!
We hope everyone is well and staying safe during these hard times. コロナウイルス感染拡大によち長期的なロックダウンが続いていますが、皆さんにおかれましては毎日規則的な生活を続け、健康を維持し、学校や地域の再開を待ち望んでいらっしゃることと思います。
Mattison English has been conducting our lessons online. Of course we would prefer to have everyone come over to our house for classes but we all have to work through this together. 感染拡大によりマティソンのレッスンは3月半ばより全てオンラインに切り替わりました。受講生皆さんと直接レッスンができない事は残念ですが、皆さんの健康、地域機関の回復を願い、マティソンも一丸となり皆さんと一緒にこの状況を切り抜ける覚悟でいます。
At this time, our students have fewer chances to be exposed to live English since everything is shut down. We are glad to offer the opportunity for them all to have the chance to speak to a live person albeit online. It is important for them to keep their conversation skills oiled and ready for action so when they do go back to school or back into public they won’t be so rusty. 毎日家の中で過ごす事が長期化する中、家庭内で英語を使う機会が少なくなり不安に思い始めている方が多い中、オンラインでのレッスンをご提供できることを嬉しくまた光栄に思っています。今まで打ち込んでいた目標を維持し、学校、その他の機関が再開した時の準備を整えておくことは大切な事の1つであり、こんな時だからこそ目標を定めコツコツと努力したい、英語力を維持したいという方々を広くサポートしていきたいと思っています。
Something we noticed during online lessons: Students that are used to coming to our lessons feel safe and confident being with us . They are more themselves when they can have privacy when they talk to us online. They can completely focus and be more involved in the lesson if they are not distracted by other people in the room. They need to take chances when they speak English and can depend on us to correct them when it is important or ask us questions. オンラインレッスンを快適に受講するには… 元々2013よりオンラインレッスンを行っている私達にとってオンラインレッスンはあまり難もなく切替える事ができましたが、通学レッスンで講師と快適な信頼関係で結ばれていた受講生がオンラインに切り替わり、レッスン環境の変化に動揺してしまう傾向がみられる場合があります。それは受講生によっては、講師とプラベートな空間を確保できる事でより自分らしさを発揮でき、失敗を恐れず発言でき、結果レッスンに集中できると感じている為だと思います。受講生がお子さんの場合は出来るだけ受講生と講師のプライベートな空間を確保してあげれるようお願いします。
What can you do? As well as talking with us, students and their families could make times when they speak English to each other by playing games, cooking together, looking at art online or just chatting. おうちでできる事 これは通学・オンラインに関わらずいえる事ですが、ご家庭内で「English time」と家族みんなが英語を話す時間を短時間作ってみたりするもの変化があってお勧めです。英会話をしながらボードゲームや料理をしたりするのはいかがでしょう。またEnglish版のオンラインゲームや洋画、洋楽、youtubeなども効率的に用いるのも良いでしょう。
We are all in this together and get through this together. マティソンはこれからもみさなんと共にいます。不安に感じる時は何時でも声をかけてください。一緒に乗り越えていきましょう。