Today was Far Away University.
I had my physical checkup which they offer for free to the men today and the women last week. I added the prostate cancer check because of my age, but am not too terribly worried due to the previous “vigorous masturbation” admission.
No food after 10pm was rough.
Oh, eye doc said yesterday, after digging around in my eyeball, that laser surgery area looks good but there are several other areas on the retina that are very thin and not held firmly in place so they could tear in the future. I am supposed to avoid boxing, elbows to the eyeball, direct punches to the face from girlfriends or wives, or vigorous rubbing of my eyeball. Other than that I may exercise again and vigorous masturbation is back on the OK list.
I digress. I am hungry.
The students (most) handed in their assignment. I was glad. The first time they completely forgot to do it. All. Of. Them. The second time they just cut and pasted stuff from the internet. Not. What. I. Wanted. So I took responsibility for that one and explained it differently.
Assignment: Think of five topics related to Singapore. Write them in English. Then think deeply about what kind of business you would do in Singapore with those ideas. Write a lot of info in Japanese. Finally pick up important words in your Japanese language idea and write them down in English.
Finally they got it and most submitted. “A lot of info in Japanese” turned out to be one or two bullet point semi-sentences in their own native language. Later on you will understand why I mention this here.
Next I did the following on the fly as I wanted to take it further. Thinking by the seat of my t-back gotch one might say.
I went through their assignments and listed one or two ideas from each page that I found interesting.
Then we voted on the most possible to succeed. Every student could vote a max of four times. Most didn’t raise their hand more than once or twice.
I picked the top three choices and we voted again, most interesting business.
The winner was, as you can see in the image, “Foreign Business Support” business.
And then I took it another step and told them that I will put this on the final exam as a test question. They will have to write five sentences, not just words. There are many more weeks until the final exam so they should have lots of time to research, plan, think, and create their sentences. They should come to me to ask me for advice regarding words, grammar, phrases, logic, etc. On exam day I noted to them all that I therefore expect them to get perfect marks on this exam question.
The second activity was to watch “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, over and over and over. And to conduct several activities related to that simple, simple, simple story. In one exercise they needed to draw lines between pictures and words. One word was porridge and that went to a Bowl of porridge.
I decided to run with it because it frustrates me that so many Japanese people express themselves in one or two words, and rarely go into more imaginative descriptions. I had ENDLESS struggles with this in my previous “real world experience” as well. Explaining things with more creativity just “did not compute”. So I ran with this as well and started to explain that porridge is extremely boring. Hot porridge is marginally less boring. A bowl of hot porridge is getting better. A large, piping hot bowl of steaming oatmeal porridge with whole milk and brown sugar is starting to sound mouth watering and when you make it organic, and add fresh, cut fruit you are finally talking about something that deserves to be eaten. I gave some simple examples and then I described… coffee (see image).
I want them all to understand that once they get in the business world (they are all in the Department of Business Management), just responding at meetings with one or two words. Will. Fail. They need to develop thinking skills. In their own language. Expressing ideas and opinions. In their own language. So many lack that here.
Q: “What do you think about XXX?”
A: “Sou desu ne.”
…….. (end of opinion).
(Most of you know too well how this would drive me nuts).
Finally I talked to two students who do nothing but surf the internet, look at antique Nissan Skyline photos and prices, change their background images to good looking female Japanese tarento, etc. and never listen. A real “man to man talk”. Yep. Man to man-child is much more like it, but I don’t want people to think I’m bragging about my youthful, boyish good looks or anything like that. * wink *
It was a good day.
I love you!
On the train home…..