アメリカ研修 At class
Today we will show you what American high school class is like. Mrs. Andrea, one of our host mother, is kind enough to invite us to her class. She is a teacher. She teaches English to international students. At her class, she is in charge of top level 16 Chinese students. Some students have bright color hair, like green or gold. But I noticed soon they were eager to learn English. I realize they really want to enter a university in the U.S.
At the beginning of her class, a student was given 15 seconds to make a speech after a theme was given to him. He had to insist on what he would want to say for 45 seconds in public. After the other students listened to what he would say, they evaluated his speech. I was impressed a lot. I realized, in Japan, we fell short of this aspect of English education.
Today’s her lesson’s last topic is how to write an essay. Essay plays an important part of entrance exams. Andrea used " an Analytical Essay Graphic Organizer ", which is a kind of framework like this: Introduction paragraph, Body paragraph 1,2,3, and Conclusion paragraph. Each section has its own clue. Taking as an example, “Introduction part”. It is divided into three parts; like Hook, Introduce the work of literature, Thesis. Using this organizer, students write an outline of their own essay. Andrea checks their organizers and advises them how to rewrite or gives another aspect. After that, they brush up their own essay. Andrea said, “Every paragraph needs “TREAT”, Topic sentence, Reason, Evidence, Analysis, Transition sentence.” Her lesson is great. It’s useful. I hope in the future, our students will come again to take her lesson.
Q How is your day?
Maki said, “Today is “pie day”, because π（パイ） is 3.14. I learned a recipe from my host mother.”
Yousei said, “My father took us to some places. But I was sleeping in the car. I felt sad.”
Yuuga said, “We got the same classes. We went to Target, a big super market. We bought a new bed“.
Mayuka said, “When we make Japanese food, my host mother was pleased. She said, “I’m happy.” Again and again. I’m very happy, too. So, today was a good day.”
Kei said, “ I could make new friends of Woodstock Academy. I’m glad.”
Kanna said, “I made German Potato with buddy. It’s very fun! I want to do again. We cook dinner for our host family. Dinner is Japanese food. Our host family says, “Thank you” when I was happy!!”
Minori said,”I want to school. I studied math. Math is easy. But I studied Spanish. It is too difficult. Afterschool, I went to Starbucks. I bought a tumbler. It is very cute.”
Ayaka said, “Today I made Japanese food for my host family. I made Ochazuke of Japanese cuisine. The host family saw the first Japanese food and took a lot of the meal. My host family was very pleased. At the end of the meal, I got miso soup. I am glad that everyone’s smile can be seen.”
Touya said, “We went shopping with my host father yesterday. But I didn’t buy anything…Wow I am stupid.”
Kaito said, “Lesson is very difficult. I can’t understand it. I went to a super market after school. I made maple syrup. I am surprised.”
Yoshitaka said, “I went Anock working place after school. It’s very clean. I went to a restaurant.”
Hiroki said, “I did bowling after a long time. It was a lot of fun. We had sushi at the restaurant. It was super delicious.”
Ikuhiro said,” After school, I played billiard and jenga. Today’s dinner is a little bit spicy but very delicious."
Toshikazu said, ”I did my homework. I went to a gift shop.”
Enjoy photos taken by Asako. I'm sure students smiles will make you relieved.