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有時線上課上久了也會無聊,也會想有機會跟人面對面的用英文交流一下,剛好這時候就發現有個研習營、交流會的產生。關於Funday線上課的心得,可以看看我之前寫過的這篇文章

Funday從5月開始展開一連串的實體研習營的活動,目的在於面對面授課、幫助學生在日常生活中實際的將英文運用出來。

研習營的主題有很多,我選擇的是英文思辨研討會,簡單的來說,就是在課堂中用英文跟同學辯論,這個訓練我們有勇氣跟膽量,在面對母語人士的時候可以勇於開口,在開口辯論前我們可以有時間寫下我們要講的話。

上課前需要看一則Ted talk,這幫助我們可以增廣視野,課堂上老師也會找一些補充資料,有時是短片有時是閱讀,所以在辯論課中不只訓練到口語能力,其實聽讀寫都有機會練習到。

Since May, 2020, Funday started a seminar which students can gather together to learn English, the experience is totally different from online learning. There are several courses to choose from. I chose English Debate Workshop. My first choice was Time Magazine. However, I gave up after taking the first class and changed to another course. Time magazine was super difficult. I was zoning out during these 4 hour class….

What do you think when you see the word “debate”? Well… We have to discuss something before making a decision. In this course, we have to watch a TED talk video, finish a worksheet before the class. In the class, we have to bring the worksheet that we finished at home, and we’ll discuss with our classmates. Teacher will collect our paper and correct grammar and vocabulary mistakes.

I put the Ted talk video that we watched in this article. If you’re interested in the topic, you can watch it.

Later I’ll share my opinions and thoughts.

About English Debate Workshop

Why are we here? — from class material

The purpose of this workshop is to develop my independent, creative and critical thinking and expressions in English language. I will take part in a variety of activities that involve daily and modern issues. I am ready to share my values, opinions and experiences in these workshop through speaking and writing based on the notion of political correctness.

Language Wise — from class material

English learning – expose yourself to an English environment

To interact and collaborate ideas with others

To establish concept and share thoughts

Intensive research under pressure

To practice convincing others

To share information from different angles (perspectives)

To reach a consensus with rational communication with others

Brainstorm and practice critical thinking

Practice all language skills (intergration)

Get out of your comfort zone

How the course conduct?

We will have a warm up activity, and it’s different every time. After that we’ll go up to the stage and share our consciousness about the TED talk video. The most important part is debating. We will choose the topic what we’re going to debate and then divide into two groups, affirmative and positive team.

We have to assign our part and also need to discuss the topic which we choose and then try to convince the other team to agree our points. We will also have extra practice in the last hour, watching a video or reading an article. Teacher will find some extra material which match the topic to do supplementary discussion.

05/03 Why you should quit social media?

What have I learned from this presentation?

The speaker tries to convince the audience to quit social media, and he mentions three different views to explain why we should quit it.

Quotes that I like

1. In a competitive 21st century economy, what the market values is the ability to produce things that are rare and are valuable.

2. This objection also is nonsense.

What does this talk make me think about?

I think the reason why I always feel depressed is because I use too much social media. Although it can help me to connect with my friends, it still takes me a lot of time. I’ll check the messages all the time, I’ll expect my friends to reply to my messages as soon as possible (asap). When I hang out with my friends, I still use my phone. I want to try to quit it, but it’s really hard for me.

05/17 Why winning doesn’t always equal success

What have I learned from this presentation?

Sometimes we might think that “winning” is success, but the speaker considers that success should contain our life, not just win others.

Quotes that I like

1. You may be able to dictate your way to win, but you can’t dictate your way to success.

2. I believe that one of the greatest gifts we can give another human being is to silence our minds from the need to be bright or the need to formulate the appropriate response and truly listen when someone else is talking.

3. Simply because she had been heard.

What does this talk make me think about?

The speaker said “winning is really, really, like, really, really, fun!!!” I totally agree. Everyone loves to win. Our parents, our friends, other people want us to win every single thing. But I think, enjoying the process is better than focusing on the winning. For example, last time we had a debate with others in a group, although our teacher wanted us to choose the winning team, I believe that each of us was enjoying the process of how we discussed, how we debated. That’s much more important.

Other remarks

The process is more important than the results. During my studying process, my parent didn’t ask me about what grades I’ve got, which rank have I achieved, etc. They just care about whether we studied hard or not. They cared about the process, not the result.

06/14 The disarming case to act right now on climate change

What have I learned from this presentation?

The speaker knows we already have all the facts and solutions. She said: “All we have to do is to wake up and change.”

Quotes that I like

1.There are no gray areas when it comes to survival.

2.People keep doing what they do because the vast majority doesn’t have a clue about the actual consequences of our daily life, and they don’t know that rapid change is required.

What does this talk make me think about?

We know we should care about our environment, but how? We cannot avoid any action that might hurt our earth. For example, we still need to take buses or drive to work. Although we take public transportation, it still causes air pollution.

She is naive to think that we should start to protect our earth, but it’s not easy to do. I think if we really want to stop damaging our earth, we should stop all our economic activities so that we should live in a self-sufficient life.

06/28 Do schools kill creativity?

What have I learned from this presentation?

During the time we learned in school, we were absorbed in our grades not our “creativities”. If I were a teacher, I would let my students try their best, include their imagination of everything.

Quotes that I like

1.Picasso once said this, he said that all children are born artists.

2. Our education system is predicated on the idea of academic ability.

3. By the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity. They have become frightened of being wrong.

What does this talk make me think about?

I think our education hindered my imagination. I realized that I don’t have any imaginations or creativities right now. What a shame. I feel like my thinking is narrow and limited before I joined this class. TED talk broadens my horizons.

Other remarks

Recently I read a book, A mind for Numbers, which is written by Barbara Oakley. In this book she introduced a psychologist, Robert Bilder. Robert said that he received a poster after he delivered a speech in the headquarter of Facebook. It said “That would you do if you were not afraid?”

Fears will obstruct us to progress, not fight for our right and not want to do what we want.

I think this point is a little bit related to a part of Robinson’s speech. I the little girl was afraid of how people think, she wouldn’t draw the picture of God. There were three kids performing in the Christmas drama. A little boy didn’t feel shame when he pronounce wrongly, which is “Frank sent this.” So Robinson made the conclusion, “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”

Interestingly, according to the research from PISA in 2018, which is Program for International Student Assessment, Taiwanese students are the most students in the world who are afraid of failures. The index of fear of failure in Taiwan is the highest around the world. They are afraid to be worng.

For me, being afraid restricts me to do everything such as speaking English out loud. Also this blocks my creativity to learn new things because of the fear.

I think our education leads to this problem. When I was in school, our teachers punished us when we gave wrong answers on the tests. Because of the spoon feeding education, we don’t have to think about other issues, all we need to do is to take the exam. So I’m afraid to make mistakes and I don’t know what I can do about the quote said on the poster right now.

All of us are adults right now. I think we shouldn’t let mistakes and our educations bind our kids’ imaginations and creativities.

07/12 How generational stereotypes hold us back at work

What have I learned from this presentation?

I’ve learned I need to be patient in my workplace because almost 90 percent of my colleges are different generations of mine. I need to learn their onlyness and appreciate their working experiences. It will help me to coexist with them.

Quotes that I like

1.The boomers came shortly after, born between 1944 and 1960. This is a generation characterized by hard work. In fact, we can thank this generation for the term “workaholic”. They appreciate competition, they love effective communication. And they’re thinking towards retirement, if they haven’t retired already.

2. So to really understand the beauty of the multigenerational workplace, I think we just have to meet people where they are.

What does this talk make me think about?

We all have the stereotype of different generations and don’t know how to deal with this problem in our workplace. However, if we do what the speaker mentioned in the talk to find out the onlyness of our coworkers, it’s easier for us to work with different people of different ages. The elders have their experiences, and the young people have their creativity. I think if we are patient, we can figure out the best approach to work together.

Other remarks

A movie popped up in my mind, The Intern, after watching this TED talk. The movies is talking about how the generation gap disappears between a 70-year-old retired elderly man and a group of teenagers.

Ben, who applies for an internship, works with Jules, the founder and CEO of the company. They become good friends during their work.

Ben discovers how exhausting Jules is, and Jules finds out how wise Ben is. Both of them discover the characteristics of their counterpart. At the end of the movie, they beat the generation gap.

I think this is like what Georges said at nearly the end of the speech. She said, “and suddenly, when you meet people in their onlyness, the spot in the world only they stand, we’re not talking about a generation anymore. We’re working with people.”

07/26 What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

What have I learned from this presentation?

Keeping a good relationship with our family and friends can help us live longer and healthier.

Quotes that I like

1. We forget vest amount of what happiness to us in life, and sometimes memory is down right creative.

2. It turns out that people who are more socially connected to family, to friends, to community, are happier, they’re physically healthier, and they live longer than people who are less well connected.

3. Mark Twain, “There isn’t time, so brief is life, for bickering, apologies, heartburning, calling to count. There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that.”

What does this talk make me think about?

I totally agree with what the speaker said. When I feel happy, that’s because I have a good relationship with my friends at this period of time. In other words, I feel unhappy when I don’t hang out with my friends and have arguments with my families.

08/09 How language shapes the way we think

What have I learned from this presentation?

We speak Chinese so that our thoughts will definitely be different from people who speak English. There is no right or wrong, just the difference between two languages. We can’t say, “Why are you talking like that?” We nee to respect them because they might think we are weird as well.

Quotes that I like

1. So imagine as you’re walking around your day, every person you greet, you have to report your heading direction.

2. I’ve given you a few examples of how language can profoundly shape the way we think, and it does so in a variety of ways.

3. The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is.

What does this talk make me think about?

It’s pretty interesting that there is a tribe that they don’t say hello to each other. So, how will they express their emotions? I’m pretty curious about that.

Other remarks

First, I want to tell you a story that I read before.

Do you know, according to the Bible, at the beginning of human history, which started from our ancestor Adam and Eva, we spoke in the same language? However, after years (I forgot how many years), there were number of people who wanted to break this rule. God wanted human live all around the world, but these people against God’s words and tried to build a tower to make people live together.

God the said: “Look! They are one people with one language, and this is what they have started to do. Now there is nothing that they have in mind to do that will be impossible for them. Come! Let us go down there and confuse their language in order that they may not understand one another’s language.” So God scattered them from there over the entire face of the earth, and they gradually left off building the city. That is why it was named Bable, because there God confused the language of all the earth, and God scattered them from there over the entire face of the earth. – Genesis 11:6-9

So that is the reason why we speak a lot of different languages right now.

Second, this is something that I found and I wanted to share with you. The structure of language will also shape our thoughts. There is a huge different in Chinese and English of describing one thing. For example, we will say “玻璃破了” in a negative way, but in English, we will say “He/She broke the glass” in a active voice.

In 1965, there was a theory from Whorf, which was called “Linguistic Relativity”. It emphasized how language shapes our thoughts. In the past 10 years, many experiments confirmed that our language will affect our recognitive abilities. When we change the way to say, the way we think will change as well.

“It is more meaningful for us to learn language that we learn from recognition and the way we think.”

The feature of our wisdom is that we have the ability to create new things, perceive the world in order to adapt the changeable of goal and environment. One of the result is to make human around the world develop a lot of different kinds of languages. Every language develops their own skills, and contains their unique knowledge, culture, and worldview. Understanding how the language shapes the way we think can help us to understand how another language creates knowledge, build the real life, and the process of becoming mature can help us learn English or second language more easily. It will help us not to always translate in our mind when we are learning the second language and just stop at speaking level.

“Learning English can enhance our competitiveness in the national world.” It’s not the best conclusion. After understanding the relationship between language recognition and the way we think, we have more motivation on learning other languages. It will help learners to have the different thought of knowing the world.

Recourse: http://lera.ucsd.edu/papers/sci-am-2011.pdf

Video of my presentation

活動花絮

米雅的心得

對於這次的研習營的活動真的獲益良多!從一開始的戰戰兢兢但後來的侃侃而談,我真的覺得我進步不少!一開始在台上真的身心都在發抖,也都不太敢大聲講話。

到了最後兩三堂課,開始可以很大方的在台上表達自己的意見,甚至講話有條理,用條列式的方式來強調自己的要點,臺風也變得很穩健!而我也發現,我在敘述的過程中,文法的錯誤率越來越低了,我真的很開心!

甚至到了最後兩堂課我還可以在老師講完論點後,直接用英文反駁他,提出自己不同意的觀點,讓老師大吃一驚,覺得我跟第一堂課真的差很多!

因為要實際面對客戶,跟對方介紹自家產品,我覺得這堂課帶給我很大的幫助,讓我可以有勇氣的在人面前開口講英文!

我覺得最大的收穫莫過於自己英文能力的進步,用的單字、學的文法、開口的勇氣等,這些都在這系列的課程中表現得更好;另外也找到了一些學習英文的好戰友,這是線上課沒有的,因為線上課下課後老師就把zoom關掉了,沒有過多的機會可以跟同學來往交流,但研習營不一樣,我們有機會下課後一起吃飯,討論剛才課堂上的內容、聊八卦等等,這也是我很喜歡研習營的一部分!

聽說接下來還有第三波,希望自己還能夠參加,畢竟每次台中台北的來回,成本也很高….這是唯一美中不足的地方!

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