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2018年8月13日「モバイル英語学習」第559号(英語のエッセイ): Taking English Tests

Notes:
EIKEN 「英検」は正式名称を「実用英語技能検定」といい、年3回実施され、年間受験者数約230万人の国内最大規模の英語検定試験です;
motivating 動機を与えた;
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Many readers said that they took the EIKEN. One reader passed the first part in high school but couldn’t take the second speaking test because it was on the day of his school trip. Now, many years later, he is looking forward to taking it again, this time with his two teenage daughters. For some people, the listening section is more difficult. For others, the reading part is harder. A couple of teachers said that they needed to take the test for their jobs. One teacher said that it keeps her studying English. However, another teacher said that just studying for a test isn’t very motivating. (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
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2018年5月4日「モバイル英語学習」第551号(英語のエッセイ): Universities at Golden Week

One university I teach at has classes on May 3 and 4. Fortunately, I don’t teach there on Thursdays or Fridays, so I only had to work on May 1 this year. Regarding the holidays, there seem to be three types of university. Type 1 offers classes according to the calendar. Type 2 offers classes every day. Type 3 closes from the beginning to the end of Golden Week. I wish all universities would follow Type 3. Until 20 years ago, the only schools that offered classes on holidays were cram schools. I feel that universities are becoming more and more like cram schools. (Written by a reader)
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2018年3月14日「モバイル英語学習」第445号(英語のエッセイ): A Tour Guide’s Story (Part 2)

Note:
conductor 車掌
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The guide tried to stop the train by hitting the window with his hands, but it didn’t stop. Instead, the police arrested him after seeing him on the station camera. He told them that he had to get back to his group on the train, but they didn’t believe him. They called the Cassiopeia, and luckily the conductor said that he was telling the truth. But how did the he get back to the train? A police officer took him to Fukushima by Shinkansen. When the Cassiopeia came into the station, he got back on. It was still early in the morning, so no one on the tour ever found out! (by Prof. Doulas Jarrell)
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2018年3月7日「モバイル英語学習」第444号(英語のエッセイ): A Tour Guide’s Story (Part 1)

Note:
Cassiopeia JR東日本の寝台列車;
luxury 豪華;
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There was a tour guide who loved trains. He was very happy a few years ago when he had a chance to take a group on the Cassiopeia, an overnight luxury train from Sapporo to Tokyo. The train made a stop in the middle of the night, probably to take on food and drinks. Because it was so late, the train doors opened quietly. The tour guide got off wearing just a sweat shirt and sweat pants and brought his cell phone with him. He went to the front of the train and took a picture. Just then, the doors closed and the train started to move. (Read Part 2 in No. 445. By Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
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