June 14, 2017

JET Teacher Teresa's June 2017 Blog post!

From this May, my role as an English teacher expanded! How you may ask? Wonderful question! In addition to teaching English classes, I am now a Seiritsu student. Specifically, I am now a Seiritsu art student!


In Seiritsu, we want to expose our students to more English-speaking opportunities and environments. We are tackling the first part with the introduction of native speakers and the revamp of conversation classes. Even so, Seiritsu made a jump towards the overall goal of supporting English fluency by having me join their classes as a student.

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Teresa's work!


Teachers are always trying to keep an eye on about seven things at once in class, so having a proper one-on-one conversation for more than three minutes with students is difficult. As a student, an art student in particular, I am seated with a group for the entire class and we chat leisurely while sketching and painting flowers. Nothing is forced and grades are not factored in. There’s no pressure and English just becomes a means of communication, rather than a means to graduate.


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The students I am classmates with are now more open to speaking with me compared to other students. In the morning, they loudly greet me with a smile and “Good morning.” In and out of class, they would happily shout some combination of English and Japanese, and they are not at all nervous or made fun of for doing so.


Overall, I am having a lot of fun talking with students about many things, like their recent sports day as well as their weekends, etc. I can see how my students have grown comfortable with using and learning English through conversation. Personally, I really enjoy getting to know more about my students.


Cheers,

Teresa

June 7, 2017

Teachers Must study too!

The school year is going fast! Incredibly, it's June already. Seiritsu has already had its first set of exams, Sports festival, and the second year high school students are now away on their week long trips to Okinawa, Hokkaido or France. Two international students have also gone to Okinawa with the school, and we are looking forward to hearing about their time there.


Outside of Seiritsu a major event for foreign residents who are studying the native language is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, or JLPT, which will be held on Sunday July 2. We always encourage our international students to take the test as it is a government recognized exam and a good benchmark to how much your Japanese has improved. In Japan, the test takes place twice a year, but there are annual tests in centers across the world.


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This year not just the international students, but interns staff too will be testing themselves! JET teachers Laurence and Teresa are challenging their first JLPT, while Peter will be trying N2 for the first time.


For those studying for the test we recommend daily bursts of kanji testing (a great thing to do on the train!) then a longer period of study for reading, listening and grammar. Take a quick break after every hour of study and drink water, instead of sugary drinks, to keep your concentration.


Good luck to everyone taking the exam!


Peter Williams
International Department Coordinator

May 24, 2017

Our students

Seiritsu Gakuen has been steadily increasing the academic level of all of our classes. We really want our students to do well. At the same time, we also encourage our students to pursue their dreams in whatever field they are interested in. Our athletes are a good example of this.

When most people think of Seiritsu athletes, they usually think of soccer and baseball. However, we also have many other athletes studying with us. Basketball is big. We currently have two international students here just for basketball. (And one other international student is on the team as well!).

But did you know we also have boxing, boating, gymnasts and swimmers? There are others too.

One of these students had her pro debut the other day. She is a boxer. here is the Japanese blog post about it:

http://www.seiritsu.ac.jp/articles/-/2502

And here are two students who were in Germany for their sport:

http://www.seiritsu.ac.jp/articles/-/2487

We are very proud of our students. Way to go!

May 23, 2017

Emilie's April Blog!

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In the beginning of April my brother and my mom and I went out to eat for my birthday. In the morning I and my mom went to this festival thing. I don't know what it's called but these are some of the picture that day.

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I went for ohanami. Ohanami is where you have picnic under cherry blossoms.
My cousin and I also my aunt went near their house. Their house is by the river and the Sakura was so pretty.

On another day my cousin and I went shopping. We bought a lot of clothes and also I have bangs. I just wanted something new. So I got bangs!

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These are some of the pictures I took of the beautiful sky in April. I wanted to include these pictures because it's really soothing for me. My heart feels warm even though it's cloudy or beautiful bright orange at 4:42 pm.

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May 22, 2017

An April Blog from Meg!

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On April 3rd I went to cheer for my school's baseball team.
The game started at around 11am so I got to the station at 10am.
I didn't know the way to the baseball stadium so I followed some baseball guys there.
When I finally got to the stadium I was surprised and shocked at the same time.
The teachers of the athlete classes were there to cheer for the school but other then that there were no other teachers there to support the school's baseball team.
And I was the only student there that came to cheer for Seiritsu's baseball team.


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The score of the game was 10-8 and Seiritsu lost by two points but it was a good game. After the game finished a few of the baseball guys said to me that they will promise to win in the summer. So I'm very excited for this summer's baseball game. And I'm going to make a strap for the baseball team members to put on their bags as a charm to win this summer's game.
At this summer's baseball game I'm hoping to see more teachers and students cheering for their own school. Two is better than 1 and I think that the more people that come to cheer for the game, the more the players would get fired up.

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On April 6th I went to see a baseball game with Mai. We both like baseball so it was really enjoyable. We headed to the baseball ground early in the morning to watch baseball. The team that we were cheering for is a school called Jyousaidai Jyousai.
The team that we were cheering for lost the game but every one in the baseball club was trying very hard.

One thing that I like about this team is their song to cheer for their teammates.
It's different then Seiritsu's song for baseball.
And they have a brass band so it sounds very loud and I really enjoyed it. Without a brass band and having a brass band has a big difference so I thought Seiritsu should ask the brass band for help as well.


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May 20, 2017

JET teacher Laurence's May 2017 Blog Post!

This month, we received a massive shipment of new books for our Extensive Reading Program! If you haven’t heard of it yet, Extensive Reading, (or 多読 in Japanese), is a program our school implemented in the last year in a half. Its main goal is to help raise our students’ English skills of course but there are also many other benefits. For instance, reading in another language will expose them to other cultures, increase their vocabulary and maybe spark an interest for reading outside the classroom.


It can be hard for a student who comes into a room full of books written in their second language to choose a book to read. This is why every book we own has a coloured sticker on its side, which indicates its difficulty level. This way, the students can easily choose a book that will suit their reading level and make them feel confident about reading.



We also have all kinds of books and some comics too!


Finally, while some of our books are brand-new, most of them actually come from second-hand bookstores (like Book Off). Despite being second-hand, they still look very good so along with saving money, we are giving these forgotten books a second life too, here at Seiritsu.


The members of the international department have been working very hard to make this project come together and we hope it continues to strive in our school for a long time.


How about you? Have you ever heard of extensive reading before?


See you next month!

May 19, 2017

New Seiritsu International Student, Gaoussou's Introduction

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Hello!
My name is Gaoussou. I'm 16 years old. I'm an African. I came from Mali.

I have lived in Japan for 2 months and half. I am a high school student at Seiritsu Gakuen now and I play basketball.

[Good luck, Gaoussou! And welcome to Seiritsu!]

May 12, 2017

March Blog from Emilie

In the beginning of March we had our last tests of the year. This year we had to do all the tests and it was very tough but I made it through.

Me and my family went to Atami. Atami is located in Shizuoka prefecture. It was about 2 hours with Shinkansen from Tokyo. We went sight seeing - especially to see the Sakura. I went for a morning walk. I woke up at 5 in the morning and went. These are some of the pictures.

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I went back to Philippines for a week, because my great grandmother had passed away. She was 96. She lived a very long healthy life.
The last time I visited Philippines was 2 years ago for a month. I felt like this time was more fun and more heartfelt. I got to see my family - not everyone but most and I am glad I did. I'm going back in 2018 for my birthday, because in Philippines they have a thing called debut. It is when you turn 18 you get celebrated like sweet 16 - as they do in Canada and also America.

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May 9, 2017

Peter's update

Hey guys Peter here again,

Unfortunately due to injuring my knee, at the end of February I returned to Australia to get my knee sorted and healed. It was good to return home for a bit seeing all of my family and friends again. It was also exciting spending my birthday in Australia with my friends which I enjoyed a lot! I ate a lot of my favourite foods once again which made me feel at home again immediately.


I am now back in Japan to hit the ground running at training and seeing my classmates again. After being away for 2 months I'm sure it will take my some time to get into routine but it's a challenge I'm willing to face!

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Overall I'm excited to be back and see what else Japan has to offer for me!!


May 2, 2017

Ikebukuro Life Safety Learning Center

Every year, the international department takes international students out for a few excursions. Some excursions are used to introduce or review topics related to Japanese history or culture. But some trips are used to introduce important aspects related to living in Japan. Today's trip was one of the latter.


We took the students to the Ikebukuro Life Safety Learning Center which provides visitors with a variety of experiences. Visitors start with a movie that highlights what a major earthquake is like. They have made a new much more story-like movie. It was quite interesting!


After the movie, there are several courses and different paths to take. There are sections on using fire extinguishers and types of fires, dealing with smoke and a smokey maze experience, AED training and more. The highlight is the earthquake simulator. We could feel what a level 7 earthquake feels like.


If you have a little time, we highly recommend visiting the Life Safety Learning Center. As the one character in the movie states, you'll be glad you had it should something happen.


PS
We also took them out to several book stores in the area where they could find books for their JLPT and other studies.


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毎年、国際部は留学生のために、色々な所へ遠足に行きます。日本史や文化をもっと深く理解するための遠足や、日本での暮らしや生活のための遠足もあります。今回は暮らしに関係するものでした。


池袋防災館に行き、地震についての勉強を更にレベルアップ。映像が終わったらすぐ体験をすることが出来ました。6年前の東日本大地震と同じくらいの大きさ(震度7)を体験出来ました。


是非、皆さま防災館に行って、この様な体験をしてみて下さい。とても良い経験になりますよ!


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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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