September 1, 2017

JET Teresa's August Blog Post!

Hello all, Teresa here!


Here's my August blog post.


August has been a painful month in many ways. The most obvious reason why is the heat. I feel like I took the heat better last year. This year though, my skin burned. It’s the first time I have ever burned before! I carelessly applied sunscreen before that time, but now I am mindful as to the appropriate amount I put on my skin. I also religiously wear a cap when I go out for long hours. After all, we have to protect ourselves from UV rays!

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During this month, while I had to cater to my burns, I had to also say goodbye to many of my friends. My friends had finished their contract successfully and had decided that it was their time. It was hard to admit that they were leaving since some of them, I had just met a couple of months before. With the internet and social media nowadays though, goodbyes aren’t as hard and I’ve made many promises to visit them in their home countries!

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On the bright side, I also had many wonderful parties/gatherings with my friends, my partner, and host family. With all the fireworks and festivity in the air, how can we not celebrate summer?


Cheers,
Teresa

August 31, 2017

JET Laurence's August Blog Post!

Hello again everyone! JET Teacher Laurence here.


This summer, I had to say goodbye to a fellow JET teacher and a very good friend of mine who was returning to her country. Seeing your foreign friends leave is a big part of life as someone living overseas. Even though I miss her, I wish her the best in her new life back home.


I also studied hard for the JLPT! It’s a Japanese test for non-native Japanese speakers. You can learn about it here: http://www.jlpt.jp/


The test was very difficult. I was relieved when I found out I passed it recently. Hopefully despite work I can keep studying so I can pass level 2 next July.


On a lighter note, I went to see Mary and the Witch’s Flower during my vacation. The movie was entirely in Japanese with no English subtitles. That being said, I was able to understand most of the story and conversations, so I’m pretty proud of myself.

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Other than that, my summer was pretty uneventful. I’m trying to save money, so I didn’t want to travel. I took some time to relax, worked on personal projects, went shopping with friends, explored Tokyo a little…nothing too exciting! But it felt good to have that time to wind down and rest.


I’ll do my best during this semester too!!


Laurence

August 10, 2017

Extended Reading (Tadoku) seminar

A couple of Seiritsu Gakuen teachers took part in a seminar on Sunday for extended reading. The gentleman that is responsible for spreading Tadoku in Japan holds several seminars every year. This was the sixth annual summer seminar.

Extended reading is held in all different types of languages and all over the world. We had several participants who came from overseas.

One of the cool little ideas that we took away from the seminar was the challenge for students to find hidden objects in the books. The ORT (Oxford Reading Tree) book series has glasses and dog bones hidden throughout their stories.

I have taken a picture with a few pages from a few books. Can you see the glasses?

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August 9, 2017

Shobu's adventure in America

Two weeks ago one of our students, Shobu, started his ten-month study abroad program. He will be living and studying in the United States for the next year.

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We would like to post some of his progress reports here on our international website. Here is his first report after only two weeks...

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It is in Japanese but I have translated it below.

アメリカ合衆国に来て早くも13日が経とうとしています。慣れない生活ではありますが苦ではなく毎日楽しく生活を送れています。しかしやはり英語が大変です。自分は日本にいる時、英語ができる方で英語には自信がありましたがこっちに来て自分の無力さがわかりました。自分の言いたいことも言えないし、自分が喋っている英語がネイティブと全く違う事は自分でもわかります。正直とても不安です。ですが今は何とか周りと仲良く楽しく怪我なく生活を送れています。この間は、湖に行って泳いだりまたナイアガラの滝へ行ったりと毎日が初体験の連続です。

It has already been 13 days since I arrived in the US. I haven't completely adjusted yet, but it hasn't been too hard on me. In fact, I am enjoying every day. However, English certainly is difficult.

When I was in Japan, I was confident that I was pretty good at English. After coming here though I see how lacking my English is. I cannot say the things I want and, when I do speak, it is not like a native. To be honest, I am anxious. But I am currently making friends and enjoying life without any real troubles. The other day, I went and swam in a lake and on another day I went and visited Niagara Falls. I am experiencing new stuff every day.

Good luck, Shobu! You can do it!

July 30, 2017

Open School for Junior High

It's another nice day at Seiritsu. The weather cooperated again today and we had many students come out to participate in our junior high open school event.

We held some club training and some classes for the visitors. Today, Brent and one of the Japanese English teachers led a class on ERP (Extended Reading Program). Not many elementary students can read English but they could enjoy the picture books, the songs and activities we introduced.

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July 29, 2017

Open school

Good morning everyone,

It is a nice day here in Tokyo. There is a typhoon just south of us so it is a little cloudy but the rain has held off. That is a good thing for us as we are holding our Open school today. Students can come and try out various club activities and a few lessons as well.


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Our students come early and help get things ready. They are in bright spirits. (But I think it might be hard to see in this picture...)


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These events can be a lot of fun for us and for visitors. Our English conversation club will be giving a sample session this afternoon. It should be a blast!

July 20, 2017

Plink's Excursion Blog!

On July 13th, overseas students went to The Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居 Kōkyo) together. 皇居 is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo.

It took us a whole morning to visit the Imperial Palace and learn about ancient Japanese history. Brent 先生 recommended a film called "the forty-seven ronin" film to us, which is based on the true story of Japan.

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Then we went to the science and technology museum together and experienced a lot of interesting facilities, I like this hands-on practice very much.

It was a very interesting day, and I hope I can take part in this kind of activities in the future.

Plink is a second-year student from China studying at Seiritsu (cc)

July 20, 2017

JET teacher Teresa's July Blog Post!

暑中お見舞い申し上げます。This is a Japanese summer greeting. I think the best word to describe July in Japan is simply, “HOT.”

The humidity that swallows everything during this month and next is a strong one. Environmentally, using the AC every day is awful. To avoid doing so, invest in a dehumidifier as well as a fan! The difference is amazing.

Also, Japan has amazing cooling products. For example, there are cooling sunscreen sprays, cooling towels with pockets for ice packs, cool sheets to put on top of pillows and mattresses, as well as amazing drinks to hydrate your body.

For those who don’t use sunscreen, please use it every day regardless of weather. UV rays will penetrate your skin unless you protect yourself with sunscreen.

Let’s keep ourselves cool and healthy this summer!

July 18, 2017

Tai's Excursion Blog

Last week we visited the Imperial Palace grounds. It's a very beautiful park. First we can see the walls that used to protect the palace area. Then we went to inside, so it was a park. Mr. Brent and Mr. Coren explained the Imperial Palace’s history and origin of the Imperial Palace.

Then we went to science museum and saw many interesting things. It was so fun. We ate lunch in museum ,but it was not very tasty.

Last, we went to Yasukuni temple, and finished the trip.

I was so happy, but it was very hot and tiring.

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Tai is a third-year student from China studying at Seiritsu (cc)

July 18, 2017

Gaoussou's Excursion Blog

Last Thursday, we went to visit an important area in Tokyo, the main train station, the old palace area and park. We also visited Tokyo Science and Technology Museum. The (original) palace is gone now, but there still is the big gate to protect the palace, and houses for the guards. We took many pictures. It was a hard day because it was hot, but it was fun because we had many things to see. It was my first time to visit the palace area. I want go to again to discover and learn more about this fantastic area! And I want to go with my friends for a good moment.

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Gaoussou is a first-year student from Mali studying at Seiritsu (cc)

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Seiritsu Gakuen is a private co-educational high school created in 1925 and it is located in Tokyo, Japan.

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