Enjoy! English Day 2017

トキワ松学園中学校英語科の2学期最大の行事、English Dayが11月15日に開かれました。中1は日本紹介、中2は英語を母国語としない外国人ゲストを招き、英語でインタビューして学んだ内容の発表、中3はアジアの国々について、文化や歴史・社会問題などを発表する、というものです。

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中学1年生は、“Welcome to Japan”というテーマのもと、日本を10の地域に分け、グループごとに英語でその地域の歴史・文化・名所・名物を紹介しました。観客に伝わる発表にするには、内容だけでなく、声の大きさ・目線・ジェスチャーも大切な要素です。練習しながらお互い意見を出し合って工夫し、当日はどの生徒も自信をもって堂々と発表することができました。

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中学2年生は、エジプトとフランスからそれぞれゲストを授業にお招きし、歴史・文化から日常生活にいたるまで、自分たちで考えた質問をして分かったことをまとめて発表しました。インタビューでは、一度答えていただいたことをそのままメモして終わるのではなく、適切な相槌を打ったり、疑問に思った点についてさらにたずねたりすることも目標のひとつです。なごやかな雰囲気の中、たくさん質問することができ、興味ある内容になりました。当日の発表では、古代エジプト人がどうやってミイラを作っていたかという説明や、フランスでは小学生といえども落第することがあるという事実に、驚きの声が上がりました。

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中学3年生は、インド・カンボジア・ベトナム・バングラデシュ・フィリピン・アフガニスタンという、アジアの国々について、グループごとに発表しました。まず、国ごとの人口や位置、旗などについての基本情報を伝えた上で、歴史や文化を踏まえて、それぞれの国が現在抱えている問題や、日本とのつながりについて発表しました。中1からの積み上げで、人に伝わる発表をするにはどうすればよいかは、しっかり体にしみついています。今回は特に難しい内容をわかりやすく伝えることに重点をおきました。図や表を使って桁の大きい数字を示す場面も多々ありましたが、自信を持ってはっきりと発音し、表現することができました。

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高校に入ると、Global Studiesという科目があり、世界の問題と日本の関係について、さらに深く学習します。ここで学んだことが生徒たちの視野を広げ、高校での学習につながり、一層興味深く学んでゆく土台となっています。

英語科の先生の活躍を紹介します!

トキワ松学園英語科の先生のニュースを2つ紹介します。

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大修館書店発行「英語教育」12月号に、本校の取り組みが掲載されました。タイトルは「ICTを使った協働学習で授業中のインプットを増やす」。電子黒板とタブレットを使ったペアワークやグループワークで、密度の高い、自発的な学習をしている様子を紹介したものです。「英語教育」はその名が示すとおり、英語教育の専門誌で、様々な学校の先生や英語教育に関心のある人が読むものです。本校の取り組みを紹介することで、ICTを使った英語教育に少しでも貢献できればと考え、また、外部の方々からフィードバックを頂くことでさらに発展させたいと思い、今後も研鑽を積んで参ります。

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本校の英語科教諭が、電子辞書活用について全国で講演を行っています。トキワ松の高校1年生の英語授業では、紙辞書と電子辞書を引き比べ、それぞれの長所を理解した上で、電子辞書活用することを行っています。その実践が評価され、これまで東京をはじめ、福岡・仙台など各地でカシオ計算機株式会社主催の教員向けワークショップに講師としてお招きを受けました。先日も富山でも講師を務めました。こちらもまた、様々なフィードバックを頂くことで、今後の発展につなげたいと考えています。

教育ITソリューションEXPOで発表トキワ松の英語教育

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東京ビッグサイトで行われた教育ITソリューションEXPOで、5月19日(金)本校英語科教諭がトキワ松の英語教育についてプレゼンテーションを行いました。CoNETS・光村図書のブースで、電子黒板とタブレットを効果的に使った取り組みについて、グループ学習・ペアワークを経てひとりひとりの生徒が無理なく英語表現を身に付けてゆく様子を、授業のビデオ上映も交えて発表し、立ち見も出る盛況となりました。なお、普段の授業の様子は、光村図書の広報誌「英語教育相談室」(→PDFをこちらでご覧いただけます)にも掲載されていますので、どうぞご覧ください。

A Trip to Tanzania at International Hour

 

 

Did you know that Tanzania was actually two separate states called Tanganyika and the islands of Zanzibar, but combined in 1964 to become “Tanzania” ?

To be honest, I had forgotten that and learned it again yesterday.  Yesterday “International Hour” was held for our Senior 1 girls.  We had guests from Tanzania, Myanmar, Spain and Lithuania!!  Our guest speakers taught us some phrases in their native languages, and the girls enjoyed trying to introduce themselves to their friends and the guest in that language!  “Hola! Me llamo Teresa. Mucho gusto!”  It was much easier trying to introduce myself in Spanish than in Swahili!

The girls learned many new things from the guests about their country and culture and will share it with other students who learned about a different country in a group discussion class next week. I’m sure it was a unique experience for all of the students.  Which country will they learn about next?!

Back from their summer homestays

Welcome back from summer vacation everyone! One week back and classes have begun here at Tokiwa!! Preparations are continuing for Tokiwa’s school festival that will be held Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th.  One can find research projects and posters in progress throughout the school just waiting to be displayed!!

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   This summer we had 3 girls who participated in the Washington D.C., International Relations Study Abroad Program and 25 girls who went to the UK on our home stay program! Last Saturday, September 7th, the girls put on presentations for their parents and teachers to show their efforts of their English studies there. They also told of their exciting experiences and what impressed them the most while in the UK.  Whether it was their travels in London, Oxford or Bath, studying with students from around the world or one of their many first experiences in a whole new environment for them, I’m sure that they had many invaluable experiences there.  I hope this will encourage them to keep using English every day.   Here are some pictures of the girls giving speeches!  

India, Thai & Malaysia-Truly Asia!

 

Namaste..(Hindi)…Sawasdee ka! (Thai)…Apa khabar wanita! (Malay)

All of these phrases are “Hello!” At our International Exchange Club we recently had guests from India and these past fewweeks we had university students from Thailand and Malaysia come and talk to our girls! It was almost like we got to take a trip around Asia!!

We explored the cultures, heard of some famous sites to visit, saw some beautiful traditional dress of those countries and were introduced to some popular, delicious foods to try some day! The girls learned how to write their names in Hindi, Thai and the Malay languages! It made me appreciate how easy writing the English alphabet is!! At the end of the sessions, we were all left hungry!! I even tried to go home and cook some Thaicurry-later only to find out “Wow! Is it spicy?!”

Learning about such interesting diverse cultures was really another wonderful experience for the girls. After exams, we will have students who are studying at a nearby Japanese language school visit and our students will help those students practice their Japanese while talking about their countries and introducing Japan, too!

Getting ready for exams and summer programs!

Hello everyone! We are three months into the new school year and students have settled in their new classes and have made new friends!  The recent humidity reminds me that summer is upon us! I am envious of the girls who are enjoying the beautiful indoor pool we have here at Tokiwa. I am wondering if I can get in, too!?
Students are busy studying with final exams coming up in just one week! Teachers, like me, are busy making the final exams and preparing for the many special classes and events happening this summer at Tokiwa.Some of the 7th grade students will be learning drama in English. 9th grade students will be taking a trip to Kyoto and Shiga prefecture. 25 girls will be headed for the UK and another 3 girls will join in our International Relations study abroad program in Washington D.C this summer. We have club camps as well as study camps, all grades will have intensive study sessions and the 12th grade girls have special lessons to study for university entrance exams.
We have many open campuses planned throughout the year! We will also be holding an English trial class for elementary school girls on August 25th. I hope many girls will stop by for some fun in English! I look forward to meeting a lot of new people this year!! Please feel free to stop by and see our school anytime!!  (Call for more information!)

Have a nice day!  My best regards, Teresa


Last year’s MLS program

People Helping People

 Hello everyone! This week in our tenth grade Global Studies classes, the girls are giving their final presentations of the year! Our topic for this term was “People Helping Others around the World.” Each group had a different NGO / NPO to research. Some of the NGOs/ NPOs that we covered this year were Table for Two, People Tree, International Water Project, Free the Children, Habitat for Humanity, Grameen Bank and Kiva. Whether it is doing something big or small, each and every one of us can make a difference! We took that first step today by understanding and spreading the word on the great work these organizations do to make a difference in the quality of life of others. This is not something unfamiliar to Tokiwamatsu! It just so happens that our students in the student council raise money at our school festival to contribute to the support of a young girl in Guinea-Bissau!! Helping others that don’t have the power or capabilities to help themselves can be educational as well as a rewarding experience! As I write this, I don’t know why, but the song “We are the World” keeps coming to mind. (haha) Till next time, I wish you and everyone around the world-Peace!

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Back to school!!

Welcome back to school!! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!!

The holidays always give us a chance to appreciate the time we can spend with our families and re-establish our priorities.  The New Year offers new hopes and new beginnings for us with the hope that our efforts will pay off in our future. This is such a busy time for students. Some students are working hard to make the last term a good end to the year, while others work hard to get ready for entrance examinations.

                 

I am thankful for all of the opportunities I had last year to meet many new people! I wish you all success in your endeavors! If you have the chance to visit our school, please stop by and say hello. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about Tokiwamatsu! Good luck to the students who will be taking our exam in February!

I really look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to teach you!!

Best wishes in the New Year, from Teresa

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Holiday Greetings from all of us!

Hello from all of us at Tokiwamatsu! It’s my pleasure to introduce a new addition to our TokiLog. My name is Teresa, and I am the full-time Native English teacher here at Tokiwamatsu. We thought it would be interesting if I occasionally introduced some of the special English activities we have going on here and other things that we are doing in our classes in ENGLISH!

This is my first message! Last month we had our International Hour for Senior 1 students. We enjoyed watching presentations by guests from India, Thailand and Denmark. In our International Exchange Club(国際交流部), we had speakers from India, and Vietnam last month, we made Caramel Apple cupcakes for Halloween, and we will be visiting the Russian Embassy school again this week to spend more time with the students there!

Well until next time, I wish everyone a very Happy Holiday season!!!

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