Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.
I have some very exciting news today. The Daily English Show is going to another conference.
Actually two conferences – well two events, a conference and a workshop that are related.
One is the 25th Annual JALT Hokkaido language teaching conference.
JALT stands for Japan Association of Language Teaching.
And it’s a non-profit organisation dedicated to the improvement of language teaching and learning both within Japan and internationally.
And they have chapters in different parts of Japan – and they have one in Hokkaido, called JALT Hokkaido.
And this year their conference is on Sunday the 19th of October. And the day before that, on the 18th, there’s an event called the CALL Workshop. CALL stands for computer assisted language learning.
We’re going to both days which is very exciting. I’ve been reading the schedules online and there are a lot of interesting presentations. There are professors and instructors from schools and universities in Hokkaido and other parts of Japan coming to give presentations – about things like some of the projects they’ve been doing with their classes, which sound really interesting.
And no doubt they know a lot more about language teaching than I do – so I’m looking forward to hearing what they have to say and I’d like to do some interviews so I can share some of their ideas with you.
I’m actually going to meet a couple of the organizers when I go to Sapporo this week to so I’ll be able to tell you more about it after that.
Anyway, if you’re a language teacher in Hokkaido, then check out this site to find out more about the conference and the workshop and if you’re planning to go then I’ll see you there.
Kia Ora, in Stick News today, J. K. Rowling has donated 1 million pounds to a political party.
What does subprime mean?
What does subprime mean?
As in the “subprime mortgage crisis”?
Well, sub means below and prime means best quality. I think a subprime loan is basically … like a dodgy loan.
Yeah. The conditions aren’t very good and the fees are higher.
Why would anyone get a loan like that?
Because they can’t get a better one.
Because the banks don’t trust them, I guess. Because maybe they’ve had financial problems before. Or maybe the banks are racist and they think that they won’t pay the money back because they’re a certain race. I don’t know. Lots of reasons I guess … but anyway, you should probably ask someone else, because I don’t really know much about it.
銀行が彼らを信用していないからだと思う。 もしかして彼らは以前、財政上の問題を起こしたのかも知れない。 または彼らが然るべき人種ではなかったために人種差別的な銀行が彼らが返済しないだろうと判断したかも知れない。 様々な理由があるだろうからよく分からない。 私はあまり詳しくないから他の人に訊いた方がいいかも。
We're going to another conference. This time it's about language teaching.
2008 JALT Hokkaido Language Teaching Conference
By the way, I went to Sapporo yesterday after filming this and found out a few things.
1: You say "JALT" and "CALL" as words, not letters.
2: The conference isn't just for teachers - anyone can come and they encourage students to come. It's a good chance for students to practice listening to English and to learn new skills at the workshops.
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