Reading/Discussion/Presentation
Gearing-up for 20-20
- Expressing Oneself on Issues of 'Omotenashi'
Tue. 1st. Period Simon M. Bedelo
Keywords:
Culture, Discussion, Listening, Presentation, Project, Speaking

In less than three years time, Japan will host the most prestigious sports event, the Olympics. Cities have therefore been gearing up to tackle the issue of how the country should present itself to the rest of the world. Students of this course will explore aspects of Omotenashi for improving their language needs which include reading, listening, discussion and presentation


The course provides an opportunity to improve the way students can communicate their thoughts. At the end of the term, students will be able to argue personal ideas with ease and logic.


Attendance: 10%
Participation in open or group discussions: 20%
Final presentation : 20%
Five speech practices: 50%


1

The Art of Q&A and Preparation for a Primary Speech

Students review the basics of English sentences and how to ask/answer questions.

2

Introducing Oneself and Small Group Feedback

Using a pre-made sample of introductory speech, students practice how to introduce themselves in small groups. The presentations are followed by a feedback from classmates.

3

The Art of Reporting

Students learn the fundamentals of giving a report on the basis of what they have read. 

4

Individual Reports Session (Group 1) 

Using the skills learned in Week 3, students present a report on general aspects of Omotenashi. The reports are followed by Q&A sessions from the audience mirroring skills of Week 1.

5

Individual Reports Session (Group 2)  

Using the skills learned in Week 3, students present a report on general aspects of Omotenashi. The reports are followed by brief Q&A sessions from the audience.

6

The Art of Speechmaking

Students learn how to prepare a standard speech that includes opening, development and closing. 

7

Standard Speech Session (Group 1)

Using the skills learned in Week 6, students give short speeches on topics related to unique aspects of Omotenashi. The speeches are followed by Q&A sessions from the audience to mirror the skills of Week 1.

8

Standard Speech Session (Group 2)

Using the skills learned in Week 6, students give short speeches on topics related to unique aspects of Omotenashi. The speeches are followed by Q&A sessions from the audience to mirror the skills of Week 1.

9

The Art of Arguing an Opinion

Students learn the various elements for arguing and presenting an opinion.   

10

Opinion Speech Session (Group 1)

Using the skills learned in Week 9, students give opinion speeches on the real benefits of Omotenashi. The opinion speeches are followed by Q&A sessions from the audience to mirror the skills of Week 1.

The Art of Conducting a Survey

11

Opinion Speech Session (Group 2)

Using the skills learned in Week 9, students give opinion speeches on the real benefits of Omotenashi. The opinion speeches are followed by Q&A sessions from the audience to mirror the skills of Week 1.

The Art of Making a Power-point Presentation

12

The Art of Conducting a Survey

Students learn how to conduct a survey and to integrate the result in a speech.

13

Final Presentations (Group 1) 

Using all the skills learned in Week 2, 3, 6, 9 and 12 students give their final presentation on Omotenashi topics of their own choosing. Speeches are followed by an open discussion.

14

Final Presentations (Group 2) 

Using all the skills learned in Week 2, 3, 6, 9 and 12 students give their final presentation on Omotenashi topics of their own choosing. Speeches are followed by an open discussion.

15

Final Overall Review and Open Discussion

Students review the various skills they have learned during the term for further improving their skills.


This class is fun. Students need to attend a minimum of 10 classes to be considered for evaluation. (S) is given to those who: 1) have attended all the classes; 2) have handed in assignments on time; 3) achieved 95 percent of overall points and 4) have been active in group discussions.