Interview ５ Part ８ 21st-Century Skills (Ben Nelson)
▶︎８月は Ben Nelson さんとのインタビュー。
– 2005年 Snapfish(写真共有サービス)のCEOに就任
– 2014年9月に Minerva Schools at KGI (ミネルバ大学)を解説
▶︎And I’m Jenny Silver.
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Words and Phrases
● notion ▶︎概念
– An idea or concept, a belief about something.
Mr. Shibata mentioned existing notions or widely-held beliefs
about campus-based universities.
● take 〜 by storm ▶︎〜に旋風を巻き込む
– To take something by storm means to have a great success.
It happens quite rapidly and leaves an impact.
– For example, social media has taken the world by storm.
In other words, social media had a very big rapid impact like
a big storm.
– This usually has a positive connotation.
● stimulating ▶︎刺激的な
– Sparking interest or enthusiasm. To excite.
Something that awakens or activates.
– For example, people have different opinions on how to stimulate
or boost the economy.
– In the discussion, I said that it would be stimulating or exciting
to live in different cities.
● distinctive ▶︎独特の
– Characteristic or feature of something or someone.
Something that stands out or is unique in a way.
– Mr. Shibata talked about the distinctive feature of Minerva
or the feature that Minerva is well-known for.
● equip 〜 with … ▶︎〜に … を身につけさせる
– To add or attach.
To provide or prepare with something necessary.
This is also used as to equip with knowledge or to give
someone the knowledge they need.
– Mr. Shibata said that Minerva equips students with practical
knowledge or provides students with practical knowledge.
● flipped classroom ▶︎反転授業
– A flipped classroom is a style of learning at school where
students are introduced to materials or content at home, and
then practice working through it in the classroom.
It’s almost as if traditional forms of homework and classwork
● endorse ▶︎是認する
– To give support or approval, usually declared publicly or
– Endorsement can help build trust or consensus about
– For example, the majority of doctors has endorsed the new
medicine. In this case, the majority of doctors approve of
the new medicine.
● aptitude ▶︎才能
– Natural ability or skill, talent.
– Mr. Shibata said that it’s important to have an aptitude or
skillset for dealing with complex problems.
● implication ▶︎示唆
– In this case, an implication or implications means an effect
that something would have in the future.
– For example, we still don’t know the full extent of the implications
or facts that the pandemic would have.
● pragmatic ▶︎実用的な
– Sensible, and realistic, not theory or principles. Practical.
– For example, we have a pragmatic boss who tends to stick
to the facts. He’s sensible.
● fundation ▶︎基礎
– A foundation is a base or basis.
This is similar to backbone in that it provides a basic support system.
A foundation is what supports the building from underneath.
We use this image of the support system in a more general sense.
● get the best out of 〜 ▶︎〜の能力を最大限引き出す
– Getting the most effort or best work from someone.
Someone who puts in their best work for another.
– Mr. Shibata talked about how to get the best out of students
or how to get students to give their absolutely best.
– This is not to be confused with “get the best of,” which means
to win as in “she got the best of me. I lost the game to her.”
▶︎ So where did you go to college?
▶︎ I went to Western Michigan University in Kalmazoo.
Michigan is located in the northern upper mid-western part of
the United States.
– Kalmazoo is about a two and half hour drive to either Chicago or Detroit.
▶︎ Michigan is rich in nature known for lakes, forests and timberlands, isn’t it?
So how large is the university?
▶︎ My school was big with almost thirty thousand students at the time.
There were multiple campuses around Kalmazoo and even outside of this city.
▶︎ It’s big indeed. What kind of campus life do students have?
And how was your student life?
▶︎ Well, usually freshmen and international students would live
in dorms initially. But many of them decided to live in apartments
with roommates after their first year, which I did.
– And it’s easy to make friends that way.
I also tutored international students, had a part-time job, joined
a few clubs.
▶︎ Wow, you were involved in different kinds of activities outside
the classroom. Could you share your experience with
tutoring international students?
▶︎ Sure. We had a large international student population.
I tutored some students in English both individually and in groups.
My students were mostly from Japan, but there were also students
from other countries.
– I really enjoyed the group sessions where we would talk about
adjusting to university life in the US and also interest.
I’ll never forget them.
▶︎ Great! Sounds like you had a fulfilling college life.
Interview ５ Part ８ は終了です。