Write a paragraph of 75 words or less in English about why you want to go to college.
Imagine that you are now in your second year of college and that you have suddenly been given a scholarship (奨学金) to study abroad for one year. Write an essay of around 100 words, in English, explaining where you would like to study, why you want to study there, and what you want to study.
Many people claim that Japanese like to group together. Do you think this is true? Justify your conclusion with specific examples in an essay of about 100 words in English.
Some students want to study abroad while in university; others do not. Do you want to study abroad? Why or why not? (Answer in English; about 70 words.)
Because of the trouble at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, many people are saying that Japan should no longer rely on nuclear energy. But can Japan really afford to close down its nuclear reaction? Will it not face a shortage of electricity, with possibly enormous consequences for its industry? What do you think? State your opinion in about 100 English words. You can use more of the vocabulary given below if you like.
|火力発電(所)||thermal power (plant)|
|水力発電(所)||hydraulic power (plant)|
|太陽光発電(所)||solar power (plant)|
|地熱発電(所)||geothermal power (plant)|
|蓄電(技術)||electricity storage (technology)|
|～を汚染する||to pollute something|
If you could have dinner with a famous person, past or present, who would it by? Why? Answer in about 70 English words.
How is your generation different from your parents’ generation? Provide specific examples to support your answer. Your answer should be about 100 words in English.
Do you want to learn a foreign language other than English? If so, what is the language and why do you want to learn that language? If not, why do you think you have no need to learn another language? Provide your answer in about 100 words in English.
At many universities nowadays professors often assign group work activities. Do you prefer to work alone or in a group? Provide your answer with some reasons to support it in about 100 words in English.
What do you think? Are we born with talent? Do we develop talent through practice? When it comes to talent, which is more important? Read the following essay. Then, explain your opinions clearly and logically in about 75 word in English.
What accounts for Talent?
What is talent? Are we born with it? In the 1890s, Francis Galton decided to study the families of talented musicians, artists, athletes, etc. He discovered that the children of great artists were likely to be gifted at art, as well. Consequently, people began to believe that we are either born with talent or we are not.
About one hundred years later, experts started to note that many of the very successful people we call “talented” had actually spent thousands of hours working on their so-called talent. These specialists reasoned that practice may be more important than talent. In the 1990s, author Malcolm Gladwell introduced a theory called the “10,000-hour rule.” The idea was that if someone practiced something for 10,000 hours they would become good enough to be called “talented.” He looked at people like Microsoft creator Bill Gates, who spent all of his time programming computers as a teenager. He added up the time someone like Gates spent and came up with the “10,000-hour rule.”
It is clear that very “talented” people like baseball player Ichiro Suzuki, put in thousands of hours of practice. The importance of practice cannot be denied. The question remains… is someone like Ichiro born with special talent, or can anyone of us put in the practice hours and become one of the truly “talented” ones?
Imagine the world 30 years from now.
What do you think will be an important problem confronting us?
State your ideas in about 100 words in English.
- People throughout Japan own smart phones. Smart phones have significantly changed the way humans interact with and see the world. What are some of the positive and negative impacts that you think smart phones have on society? Write one to two paragraphs (about 100 words total) explaining your opinion with good examples.
- You will have to consider many different things when choosing your future job or career. What are some criteria or points that you will think about? Write one to two paragraphs (about 100 words total) explaining your thoughts and reasoning why.