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My education experience

Published on June 11th, 2022 | by Miyu

My favorite teacher in my high school tought us ethics. And he has realized that his class does not always work for all students, so he keeps in mind to show his students several studying approaches in a class. For example, he sometimes introduced us to an educational Youtuber, who improved our level of understanding. Actually, I came to interested in ethics through Youtube, so I think everyone has their own way of studying.

My Current Education Experience

Published on June 9th, 2022 | by Mei

It has been almost a year after I started to study about education system of Japan and the method of taking care of children. Last year, I did learned about those methods from textbooks, lectures by professors and lots of assignments. And this year, I joined the activity for elementary school students as a volunteer for the first time. There was a big difference between my knowledge and real children. From this experience, I learned studying in real field not only with textbooks and getting opportunities to communicate with children are very important as well.

My current education experience

Published on June 8th, 2022 | by Keijyu

I have five classes that are all in English now. It is said that English classes in high school should be all in English, but it is too difficult for students to keep up with the classes. Actually, teachers know that, so all English classes in my high school are mostly in Japanese. However, because I entered this university, I have to have some classes in all English. I noticed that if you want to improve your English skills, especially speaking skills, surroundings like that are necessary for English learners. Therefore, You should expose yourself to unfamiliar surroundings, like classes in all English classes, to improve your English skills.

my education experience

Published on June 7th, 2022 | by Rio

We have zoom class online now. It’s useful becuase we can attend class at home. However, it has some bad points too. one of them is we have less opportunity to ask questions. When we are in a breakout room, we cannot chat anyone but people who are in the same breakout room. It’s difficult to make sure what we do. I hope I have all classes in a face-to-face style.

Agree or Disagree: If you are going to own a smartphone, it should be an iPhone.

Published on January 8th, 2016 | by drkathuea


Recently, several students (including GEL students) have replaced or upgraded their smartphones. When I last upgraded my phone (two years ago), I switched from a phone manufactured by SHARP running Android to an iPhone 5c. One of the reasons I switched is that I wanted to know what the big deal was about iPhones. Another reason is that one of our friends helped us find a really good deal on the phones. But I’ve noticed something — no one* switches from an iPhone back to an Android phone.

Here’s some food for thought: iPhones are high status items.

Second piece of food for thought: It’s $687 or so for an iPhone but only $254 or so for an Android smart phone (Forbes). (HT: Yung)

*okay that’s  hyperbole but I see a very strong tendency for people to go from Android to iPhone but not iPhone to android.

Vocabulary I used you might not know

Hyperbole = exaggeration = ことを過剰にする

HT = hat tip = thanks!

Your Assignment

Is this a good thing, a bad thing, or a neutral thing? I want each student to comment as an answer. Use at least 100 words (this is the HW due by 1/15).

What advice would you give to next year’s freshmen who join GEL?

Published on January 7th, 2016 | by drkathuea

Right now, the current GEL freshmen are nearing the end of their freshman year. You will soon be sophomores which makes you sempai to the new incoming class. Now, that you are older and wiser, what advice would you give about how they could spend their freshman year well?

Would you tell them that they should copy you? Should they get a part-time job? Who should they talk to to get the best advice? How should they study English? What major should they pick? Do you have any regrets about the year? Did  you have any great experiences that you think they should know about? Do you have any warnings for them?

Explain why you think what you think in your comments.

(We will do this one during class).


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