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第156回例会(英語例会)

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Rainy season was over earlier than usual. It's burning hot almost every day. My 84-years mom called me and asked how to operate air conditioner. I worry about my mom suffering from heat stroke illness and encouraged her to use air conditioner properly. Be careful not to get heat disorder, everyone. On that summer day, we enjoyed hotter and more exciting speeches than the mid-summer sun.

■Table Topics
Table Topics is a style of instant and impromptu speeches. The Table Topics master gives the audience a topic and assign a member as a speaker. The speaker MUST speak about the topic about two minutes. It's a good practice to develop quick response skill.
In this session, the Table Topics master gave us two topics as shown in below. Today's TT master has been in teaching practice at school and got precious experience from it.
1. What is your special memories in school.
2. Who is your memorable teacher in school.
3. Same as above
Comment: First speaker talked about her memory of creating dry flowers when going to the next grade from junior to high school.
Next speaker told her high school teacher who had recommended her to join Toast Masters club. Third speaker talked about strict but lovely teacher who forced students to wear a white pair of sox at P.E education. The topic reminded me of teacher loving chorus at elementary school. We students song Moon on the abandoned castle, "荒城の月" together.

■ Prepared Speech
Prepared Speech is a speech according to manuals published by Toastmasters International. A speaker shall speak a speech based on the objectives on the manuals.
In the meeting, we had three prepared speakers.
1. Role models in language learning
2. How to open a lid of jar
3. Two birds with one stone
The first speaker talked about two important qualities of role models in language learning. One is to set researchable goal. That means we should set feasible goal and make efforts for it. She cited her senior in school who had won speech contest and she straggled to approach senior's skill. The other is to learn with people with common background; close level of speaking skill in foreign language. We can naturally share passion and worry with them on learning.
The second speaker told memory of trip, citing how to open a lid of jar.
He travelled to Beijing and bought Chinese rice wine for souvenir. The container for the liquor has ceramic lid. He had difficulty opening the lid but finally made a hole using carving knife and could enjoy drinking.
The last speaker talked about her overseas travelling, she tripped alone to Spain, France, Italy and other countries. In her speech she introduced impression of each county, high sky of Spain, hospitality of France and Italy and others. We understood she loved travelling a lot, which make us want to go overseas.

■ Evaluation
In Evaluation session, the evaluators pointed out strong points of the prepared speeches and gave suggestions to the prepared speakers to make the speeches more effective.
I evaluated the first speech. I endeavored to speak what I think from the bottom of my heart. This role is so beneficial to sharpen the skills to listen to speeches carefully and to summarize the points in limited time.

■Other roles
The following roles are assigned to attendants in the meeting, which allowed us to acquire skills for leadership
 ・Toastmasters of the day (Moderator)
 ・Today's word
 ・Timer
 ・Vote Counter
 ・Grammarian
 ・Ah-Counter

■ Award Presentation
All attendees selected the best speakers for each session by voting and the MC gave the awards to the best speakers. Congratulations to all!