June 22, 2016

JET teacher Teresa Talks about lesson planning!

To everyone teaching students either in classrooms or in a less rigid setting;

We all know organization is key. Organizing yourself and your many class materials is hard, but when you combine the busy schedules of many JTEs (Japanese Teacher of English) into the mix, keeping in touch to confirm lesson structures can be a challenge


To help calm the fire, Google drive and many, many online folders are your friends!!

We all know communication is key for all relationships: lovers, family, friends, and yes, even your JTEs.


Now, how do we do this? With Google Drive!


Instead of creating documents that only I could edit on my laptop, I create and share Google documents so that my JTE coworkers can help manage and plan our shared classes. On those Google documents, we could add comments as well.


I use Google Drive, but if your office has a shared cabinet [or other cloud networking function - PW] on your computer, you can use that too!


If you are a young JET or ALT struggling with class management and planning, please give this a try to share responsibilities between teachers.


Happy planning, educators of the world!


Teresa Fong
JET Assistant Language Teacher

June 17, 2016

Laurence talks about lunch at Seiritsu

Hello! Laurence here.


Not to boast or anything, but I would say I am a pretty good homecook. Even though I miss my big Canadian oven very much, I am trying my best to use Japanese ingredients and cooking tools to cook balanced and nutritious meals and lunches. That being said, we all have days when we forget our lunch or just feel too tired to pack one the day before.


So I’m really glad we have the cafeteria upstairs to help us out. You can get a rice bowl with toppings for 250 yen, and if you have room for more the cafeteria usually has sides on sale too. My personal favourite is the karaage. They make it from chicken breast here and it makes for a really nice lunch on top fresh cabbage and hot steamed rice!


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The Menu board tells you what is for lunch today. Best practice your Kanji!


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You can buy meal tickets at the vending machine..


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... Or you can order directly at the counter.


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Athlete students typically preorder their food, so they can eat quickly and go to training as soon as they can. It's a mad rush when it they all collect at once!


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There are a number of sauces and condiments available. All are popular, though Ketchup and kara-age is usually looked on as odd, for some reason..


It also doesn’t have any onions in it…did I mention that I don’t like onions already?

I am an adult but I still have some foods I’m picky about…maybe one day I’ll be able to eat them and enjoy more foods from all over the world. Maybe.


Laurence Dube
JET Assistant Language Teacher

June 14, 2016

Gab's May blog post

Hey Gab again,


This month has been a pretty special one as my parents as well my brother came to visit me, it was really as it had been 4 months since I last saw them. During our time together we did lots of sight seeking a places such as Shibuya,Akihabara, Asakusa, Kamakura and many others.


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As well it gave my parents a chance to see what life was like here, they also came to see me train and as well play a couple of games. Sadly their time here had to end but was really good to see them and was great fun.


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This month we also had our exams so a lot of the soccer boys would spent a lot of our time studying after training. Many of us would be very tired as we would be consistently working making the dormitory very quiet, with no noise after 10. The annual Seritsu sports festival is coming up too, so we had to attend some training sessions for the day.I look forward to festival and next month's adventures.


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Regards, Gab

June 3, 2016

New Seiritsu Student! Welcome Miu!

Hi!

My name is Miu.

I'm from an International school. I just came to Seiritsu this year.

It was so different from a Japanese school, I get a little confused!

I had sports day last week. It was fun.

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At the end of one of the Sports Day relays there is a costume portion. Truly hilarious.-cc

Thank you!

June 3, 2016

What's been happening at English Conversation Club, Laurence?

Hello! Laurence here.


When we asked the members of our English conversation club (ECC) what they wanted to do more this year, they all said “watching more movies!” So, we decided to take a break from speaking-oriented games and take two meetings of the club to watch Wall-E. Do you know the movie? It’s about a friendly but lonely robot going on a crazy adventure in space!


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The first part of the movie has very little dialogue in it but the animation is done in a way that anyone can understand what is happening with very few words. Watching movies in English is a bit intimidating for Japanese students, but I hope that by starting with movies that focus a bit less on complex dialogue, our members will feel less intimidated and will want to watch more movies in English in the future.


We will start to meet again next week, so I hope lots of our members will join us and try their best during the games!


See you next time!


Laurence Dube
JET Assistant Language Teacher

May 30, 2016

Please Welcome New Seiritsu Student, Plink!

I'm Plink, a Chinese student. My Japanese name is 泓玥(Hirotuki).

I loved Chinese classical literature when I was a child. And Japan saves it better than China——it's the reason that why I came to Japan. I hope to make more friends in Japan and study Japanese more quickly.

I came to Japan more than a month ago. My teachers and classmates are very kind and helpful. Although their English communication is not very good, they also try to make goodwill in other ways. Because of them, I need to study Japanese more harder.

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In the coming days, I will make more good memories with my classmates <|・∀・|>

May 17, 2016

Melissa's Farewell Message - thanks for coming, Mel!

Mel here!


So here is my last entry regarding my time studying abroad at Seiritsu, Japan.
My last month, March, was a month full of mixed emotions. I met up with lots of people from my class that I had never managed to find the chance to meet up with outside of School before, mainly because I knew I only had a few weeks left and wanted to make memories with everyone! My favourite trip was going to an Arcade called 'Round 1' with my friends Yuuna, Minami and Emilie. There was a sports centre on the roof so we played baseball, mini golf, zorb football, basketball and volleyball! We then of course took Purikura, because it seems that's what you do when you hang out with friends in Japan! They really need Purikura machines back here in England!


I had also decided to tick off what was remaining on my 'Japan bucket list' and this included seeing my favourite Singer Kradness live. I had almost given up hope on this one because tickets were fairly hard to get hold of, however my Homestay mum had a special 'Lawson convenience store' card and so managed to get hold of some tickets for me! I went with my friend Emilie and I'm so glad she came because when the singer asked the audience who had come from far away Emilie pushed me to put my hand up and yell 'England!' Whilst other fans were shouting far places in Japan such as 'Okinawa' ...when I shouted 'England' this obviously meant a lot of confused faces turned to stare at me and caused much embarassment on my part... However this singer (called luz) had a little chat to me about how amazing it was that fans could appreciate music no matter what the language.


Next on my bucket list was to have a Sleepover, however it seems that is not as normal a thing to do here in Japan and other people in my class never even really visited each others houses... However my friend from Tea Club (Yuna) invited me and Yuri to her house for a Sleepover! It was so much fun, we sat in her kotatsu and ate Shabu Shabu! [Shabu shabu is a popular Japanese hotpot of meat and vegetables - PW] Then we all read Shoujo manga up in her room which made me weirdly emotional because I realised how much my kanji reading ability had improved compared to when I started at Seiritsu!


Finally there was my last day off School. In the morning I received my certificate and a handshake from the principal. Then I started receiving many letters from people in my clubs/classes with contact details and promises to meet again. This brought on the first set of tears.... Then there was the School choir competition! I was very nervous as I had somehow ended up right in the middle and my blonde hair made me stand out a lot but luckily I knew all the words from endlessly practising the song with everyone after school! All the classes were so good and you could tell how much hard work everyone had put into they're performances. My class came 2nd!! I was so happy, it felt like all our hard work had been rewarded and it was a lovely note to go off on. However the final performance made me cry... Finally we all went up to our classroom and had some snacks and played games with a final farewell speech from Seta Sensei! I then met my friends from Tea club who gave me (a rather expensive looking) goodbye present and we all hugged and cried and it was all so happy and yet so sad! But we promised to all meet again!


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I am so grateful for my stay at Seiritsu! Words can't describe it really, I've been through such a roller coaster of emotions. I really recommend taking part in a High School exchange programme to anyone interested, it has been such a rewarding experience and I have made friends for life! And I definitely have to give a big thanks to all the teachers in the International Department! You always made lessons fun and interesting and where always funny and easy to talk to and were always there for me if anything happened! Now I just can't wait to improve my Japanese at University and then I can finally talk to my friends in proper Japanese! I will definitely come back soon, be prepared!


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Thanks so Much for coming, Melissa. It was a pleasure to have you here, and the very best of luck with your university life. Please come back and visit! - PW


Mel came to study and improve her Japanese for six-months on Seiritsu's Gap Studies programme, before going to university. Our programmes allow for single day group experiences, all the way up to a whole year of improving your Japanese and experiencing life in a Japanese school! Why not come and try yourself? download our application form here!

May 16, 2016

Gab's April Blog post

Hey Guys, Gab again!

April has been a relatively busy month for me with training (as always) and now going back to school. I'm in class 1A. It has been particularly smooth couple of weeks of school with just settling in with my new class, new timetable and meeting the teachers. All the students are athletes so I'm quite close with them already so everyday is a laugh.


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Training on the other hand not much has changed still a lot of work, still a lot of running practice and ball practice and a lot of games and am loving every minute of it.My fitness levels are very high now and I can feel it which is great as well. I am experiencing less soreness after each session.


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Life at the dorm not much has changed. Everyone's pretty relaxed and very happy as always. I'm very happy at the dorm, I feel right at home now and always look forward to dinner as it's very delicious or should I say"oishi".


This month as well was one of the dorm member's birthday so most of us went out to traditional Japanese restaurant where we were given small portions of varieties of meat to cook on a fire and was a really good experience.


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My Japanese is progressively getting better as I'm trying to fit more time to study and I'm still continuing my extra core and running training.At this point I couldn't be more happy at the dorm and with soccer.


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I look forward to the next few month
Regards
Gab
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May 10, 2016

Seiritsu's Brand-New Extensive Reading Program!

Last year a few of us English teachers decided to promote the idea of adopting a new reading program. Research has shown that reading programs can benefit students in a variety of ways. So, we chose to adopt a program called ERP. It stands for Extended Reading Program. It is used at two schools that Brent used to teach at. With some help from these schools, we were able to get the okay to start a trial run here at a Seiritsu.

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The preparations are keeping us quite busy but it is an exciting process. We are all looking forward the getting the classes started!


Here is a picture of some of the books.


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JET staff Laurence and Teresa have spent a lot of time helping get everything ready. Thank you for all your hard work!


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Brent Regan
International Department Leader

April 30, 2016

JET teacher Teresa's Late April Blog Post!

Teresa here!


My last April post detailed my vacation, but this post details the start of school till now. Even though the term started in the beginning of April, my classes will officially begin on May 9th. The first couple weeks of school gave the homeroom teachers and the other teachers time to get to know the students and explain how the school functions.


During that time, Laurence and I have been burning endless amounts of calories by running from one task to another. From creating vocabulary puzzles for different textbooks to scanning, printing, laminating, and cutting a variety of materials, we have worked really hard to complete the tasks given to us. We even had the enormous task of photocopying hundreds of Kanji flashcards (I’m not kidding), scanning them into the system, and filing them properly in a folder.


Laurence and I spent the last week or so dedicating our time to the Extensive Reading Room, or the 多読. The cycle repeated: we printed, cut, laminated, and pasted decorations and signs throughout the room. Additionally, we wiped and cleaned books the school ordered for the room. I even called the Embassy of the United States in Tokyo for any free materials. They did not disappoint; they sent me nine English mangas as well as free promotional materials, such as pencils, stickers, and post-it notes! In total, we have 246 books, which we electronically filed.


I am so proud of us for completing these tasks! The Extensive Reading Room is also almost done and I’m sure a picture of it will be posted soon. With a week left before our classes, we are also currently trying to prepare for classes. These tasks were/are fun, but we are looking forward to Golden Week!


Cheers,

Teresa

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