Yellow Reading Circle

Yellow Reading Circle

Leader: Emily
Group Members: AyumiTadashi, & Yuki

Main Article:

http://www.ted.com/talks/larry_smith_why_you_will_fail_to_have_a_great_career.html  (you should read the Transcript, the English transcript! ) (It’s long; you guys should only read the first half or so; make your questions based on the first half of the transcript )

Vocabulary:

Other Websites:

http://www.ted.com/talks/larry_smith_why_you_will_fail_to_have_a_great_career.html   (this link is the same as above)  ( after reading the transcript, you can watch the video )

12 thoughts on “Yellow Reading Circle

  1. Comprehension Questions
    1. Why he thought a great career who are going to fail?
    2. Why he thought passion is important to become success factor?
    Discussion Questions
    1. What’s your childhood dream? And Now?
    2. Can you think of a successful person from your own country?? What do they do?

    Vocabulary
    -dismal: not skillful or successful; of very low quality
    -cheery: happy and cheerful
    -undoubted: used to emphasize that sth exists or is definitely true
    -commencement: beginning
    -obsessive: thinking too much about one particular person or thing, in a way that is not normal
    -madness: the state of having a serious mental illness
    -humanity: people in general
    -rational: based on reason rather than emotions
    -merge: to combine or make two or more things combine to form a single thing
    -encounter: to experience sth, especially sth unpleasant or difficult, while you are trying to do sth else
    -enumerate: to name things on a list one by one
    -irrational: not based on, or not using, clear logical thought
    -workload: the amount of work that has to be done by a particular person or organization
    -bloodsucker: a person who takes advantage of other people in order to gain financial benefit

    Other Websites: http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_st_john_s_8_secrets_of_success.html

    • Discussion Questions
      1. What’s your childhood dream? And Now?
      …When I was an elementary school student, I wanted to be a doctor. However, I gave up being that because I wasn’t good at studying science and didn’t like it.

      2. Can you think of a successful person from your own country?? What do they do?
      …I think that my father is a successful person because he likes his work. And because of him, I could come here.

  2. comprehension Q
    1,what does he talk about? what is a topic?
    2,why people fail even they find a passion?
    Discussion Q
    1,have you ever failed anything?
    2,do you think drem comes true if you always dream about it?
    vocublary
    1,dismal-if a situation or a place is dismal, it is so bad that it makes you feel very unhappy and hopeless:
    2,passion-a very strong belief or feeling about something
    3,enumerate- to name a list of things one by one

    • 1,have you ever failed anything?
      I’ve moved to Hawaii because, I have to start everything new. This is too hard.
      2,do you think drem comes true if you always dream about it?
      I believe I work hard and I can get my dream.

    • 1. yes. Before I come to Hawaii, I could not pass the English examination. This is because I never studied hard.

      2. If people kept their mind and made an effort, dreams come true, I think.

    • Discussion Q
      1,have you ever failed anything?
      …Yes. I didn’t get into the university that I really wanted to get into. I tried two times, but I couldn’t.

      2,do you think drem comes true if you always dream about it?
      …I don’t think so. To make dreams come true, we have to do not only dreaming but also taking actions actually, I think.

  3. Comprehension Question :
    1, Even though people know that they have to pursue their passion, why doesn’t they pursue that?
    2, Why does he say that we are going to fail if want to be get a good career?

    Discussion Question :
    1, What do you think that the difference between interest and passion?
    2, Do you have any passion?

    Vocabulary :
    – weird…very strange and unusual, and difficult to understand or explain
    – assume…to think that something is true, although you do not have definite proof
    – excuse…a reason that you give to explain careless or offensive behaviour
    – sweetie…someone who is kind and easy to love
    – comparison…the process of comparing two or more people or things
    – rational…rational thoughts, decisions etc are based on reasons rather than emotions
    – merge…to combine, or to join things together to form one thing
    – evocative…making people remember something by producing a feeling or memory in them
    – ricochet…if a bullet, stone, or other object ricochets, it changes direction when it hits a surface at an angle
    – inscribe…to carefully cut, print, or write words on something, especially on the surface of a stone or coin
    – enumerate…to name a list of things one by one
    – spouse…a husband or wife
    – tombstone…a stone that is put on a grave and shows the dead person’s name, dates of birth and death etc
    – fuzzy…if a sound or picture is fuzzy, it is unclear
    – wimp…someone who has a weak character and is afraid to do something difficult or unpleasant
    – wrap…someone who has a weak character and is afraid to do something difficult or unpleasant
    – ridiculous…very silly or unreasonable
    – mumble…to say something too quietly or not clearly enough, so that other people cannot understand you

    Other Link :

    • 1, What do you think that the difference between interest and passion?
      Interset mean I am feeling some attract my attention and curiosity in contrast, passion mean I love and I can work hard.
      2, Do you have any passion?
      I have passion English now but it improve too slow…

    • 1. I think interest means before people get a passion. Also, passion means after people get an interest, they take an action and make an effort.

      2.I have a passion! I want to work at an airport, so I’m keeping my mind and studying English now.

  4. Discussion Questions
    1. What do you have special talents?
    2. If your child told you, I would become magician. Can you support your child??

  5. http://learningenglish.voanews.com/content/article/1763336.html

    Voca
    -default: failure to do sth that must be done by law, especially paying a debt
    -penalty: breaking a law, rule or contract
    -polarize: to separate or make people separate into two groups with completely
    -uninsured: not have insurance; not covered by insurance
    -tremendous: very great
    DQ
    1. Why is a Government Shutdown? How about your country?
    2. What kind of the biggest political in your country right now??

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