第198回英語例会

Blog for the meeting on April 5th 

“Let’s stay at home for everyone” 

That’s the phase on the top page of famous research engine. 

Usual venue for the meeting are temporally closed to curb corona virus from spreading, so we had the 198th regular meeting online. We were worry about our first whole online meeting at first, but thanks to all member’s corporation, we were successful in holding the meeting.   

On top of that, we welcomed six international guests at the meeting.      

■Today’s word:respect

At the beginning of the meeting, one of participants announces “today’s word”. Speakers can build up practical vocabulary by trying to use today’s word in their speeches. 

 

■ Prepared speech session

A prepared speech is made based on the speech manual written by toast masters international. Speakers have to make a speech along purposes in the manual such as “logical speech” and “effective way of speech”. The manual gives us specific advices.  Achieving the purposes step by step allows you to improve your speaking skill.  

 (TM T-san)  Title : Dis-communication  

He explained meaning of dis- communication with concrete examples and gave us a good way to avoid dis- communication, it’s “saying I know your feeling” 

(TM L-san) Title : Follow your heart.

Citing Chinese old stories in which men followed their hearts, she called for importance of following your heart.

■Table Topics session

Table Topics is impromptu speech. A facilitator for Table Topics gives a title of speeches and assigns a speaker. The speaker have to organize his/her idea and make a two-minute-speech on the spot. Quick response ability can be improved through the Table Topics speech.  

Title

1 Please tell us your plan from morning to night.

2 Please recommend two movies to watch and why?

3 You are YouTuber and want to make a good short movie to make people happy? 

What are you going to talk about?

■Evaluation session

In the evaluation session, evaluators previously assigned describe good points and area for an improvement and encourage speakers to make more effective speeches. Evaluators have to listen to the speech carefully and are qualified the ability to analyze good points and area for an improvement quickly. Even if you are not evaluator, evaluator-like- listening is a good training to be a good speaker.   

■Award session

The best speaker of each session, prepared speech, table topics and evaluation, is chosen by all participants voting and is awarded for his/her best speak. Congratulations!      

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