ホームSGH(English)

平成28年度(2016)

Second Graders Practice their Presentations
February 22nd, 2017
Today, in the first period all of the second graders gave their English presentations to their classmates in small groups of five or six people. They each gave their presentation and chose the best speaker from each group.
In the next period, the chosen speakers gave the presentation again in front of the entire class. The student audience evaluated all of the presenters and chose a representative from each class. Next month, the representatives will give their presentations to all of the second graders. This will be the last SGH class this school year.
For most of the students, this was their final SGH activity, and they worked diligently to finish their presentations. We are proud of their hard work this year and continue to be impressed by their dedication and effort.


Presentation Advice for Second Graders
February 15th, 2017
Today we welcomed Dr. Raymond, from Gifu University, to instruct our second graders for their English presentations. This was his second visit, so he understood our students’ English abilities quite well, enabling him to effectively teach our students how to make English presentations. After learning presentation skills from him, one representative student from each class demonstrated his or her own presentation in front of their class members. They looked so nervous at first, but all did a great job! We are grateful to Dr. Raymond for his time and effort.7
Next week, all students will give their presentations to other class members in small groups. Finally, they will choose the strongest students to present at the end of the year. We look forward to seeing the success of all their hard work!


Reasearch Groups Combine Ideas
February 3rd, 2017
First graders were divided into groups with members of the same SGH fields to make their English presentations. For their Japanese and English essays, students had to draw their own conclusions for their research. Now, students had to share their ideas with each other to present their research together. They knew it was important to effectively and clearly express their ideas.
Today they prepared what they want to say during their speeches, and prepared drafts of the information they want on their PowerPoint slides. Hopefully they will find it easier to transfer their ideas when they use the computer rooms next week. Teachers will be there to guide them to figure out the best way to present their SGH research.


Second Graders’ Help from Graduate Students
February 1st, 2017
Today second graders used the computer labs to type their hand-written essays. About two weeks ago, their hand-written essays were sent to native English speakers in graduate school around our region. They corrected the essays for grammar and spelling, and gave the students feedback on how to improve their writings. The students thoroughly reviewed the feedback, and continued developing their ideas when typing their essays in English. Many students did an impressive job with this challenging activity!
Next week, they will continue preparing their English presentations. They performed very well when they made their Japanese presentations last December. We hope they will continue to improve in the future!


Second Graders Preparing Presentations
January 25th, 2017
Last week second graders finished their handwritten research essays. Today, they started making English slides for their PowerPoint presentations. They made PowerPoints for their group presentations when they were first graders. Now they are presenting individually but they had no trouble making the slides. They easily added pictures and graphs to make their presentations more persuasive.
Other students focused on their Japanese essays using their dictionaries to help translate their ideas. Although it is a challenge, we hope all of them will do their best and make wonderful presentations.


First Draft of English Essays
January 18th, 2017
Today all our second graders finished their hand-written English essays. Each essay must be at least 800 words based on their own research. Students were focused while making translations with their dictionaries, and using SGH vocabulary in their writing. English teachers were also present to support students.
Afterwards, we sent drafts to the foreign exchange students at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies. The university students will correct any grammar and spelling, while giving the students individual feedback about how to improve their writing. We look forward their valuable advice!


Transition to English Essays
January 27th, 2017
Now it’s time to wrap up this year’s SGH studies. First graders finished writing Japanese essays on January 13th. Through this writing processes, they integrated all the abilities they have acquired throughout this year such as computer skills, critical thinking, and paragraph writing. We are grateful for all the volunteers and teachers who have helped students reach this point.
Since January 20th, students have begun writing English essays based on their Japanese essays. At first, they found it difficult to translate their ideas, however, they became so absorbed in writing that there was nothing but the sound of moving pencils in classes. Soon, they will adapt their English essays into presentations. We are looking forward to seeing the final products of all their hard work!


Final Day of Japanese Presentations
December 14th, 2016
Last week, eight representative second graders were chosen among their SGH themes of International Development, International Business, Environmental Energy, International Medical Treatment, and Comparative Education. Today these students presented their Japanese research to all the second graders.
The presenters looked a bit nervous at first but soon became confident after they began expressing their ideas about their research on the stage.
We also chose forty eight students last week. They performed their presentations with their research paper PowerPoint slides. They also looked very energetic sharing their research with their audience.
We had a wonderful day today. In January, students will start writing their English essays on their own. Good luck!


Guiding Research Goals
December 9th, 2016
Today, first graders had interviews with graduate students and professors from Nagoya University, Gifu University, and Shiga University. This is the last step before writing their essays. They were given a lot of advice to improve their research. Students discussed ideas such as narrowing research topics, comparing data, research question goals, supporting topics with data, database searches, and how to compose essays.
Next week, students begin writing their essays in Japanese. We hope this experience helps them have a strong foundation for their research!


Second Round of Japanese Presentations
December 7th, 2016
Today representatives of the second graders, who were chosen among their research groups, presented their Japanese research to students sharing the same SGH themes such as International development, International Business, Environmental Energy, International Medical Treatment and Comparative Education.
All the presenters looked confident expressing their ideas and sharing their research. Many of them had improved their presentation skills since last week.
We also chose fifty-six students as the best presenters in the five themes. Eight of them will conduct their presentations on the stage next week. Forty eight students will show their presentations on their poster boards. We hope they will do their best!


SGH Theme Interviews
December 2nd, 2016
Today, first graders had interviews with exchange students from various countries. This time they were divided into groups decided by their research topics. They had similar interviews with exchange students in September, however, this time they seemed nervous because topics or themes were a little more difficult and complicated.
One of the international development groups discussed the issue and solution for traffic jams. By listening to the personal experiences from various countries, students were motivated and eagerly asked questions for a lively discussion.
Sometimes exchange students questioned the first graders. Even though the students expected this kind of situation, they became speechless at first. We, teachers, wanted to help them but waited. After only a moment, they started to speak! We again realized that the important thing in communication is not only fluency but also the motivation to share their opinions.
Through these interviews, they got several ideas for their essay. Next week, Japanese graduates will give them advice for their research.


First Round of Japanese Presentations
December 1st, 2016
Today the second graders performed their Japanese research presentations to their group members one by one.
At first some students seemed very nervous while practicing their presentation, however all of them did great jobs expressing their ideas and sharing their research.
The students have researched for almost one year and taken some classes about how to improve presentation skills, so they were able to use their new abilities. The students also looked greatly fulfilled when finishing their presentations.
Next week students who were chosen as a best presenter among each group will give their presentation again to students in the same theme. We hope they continue to improve!


Finishing Japanese SGH Research
November 2nd, 2016
Finally, most second grade students have finished their Japanese essays. They have spend about eight hours over the last four weeks writing their SGH research. Some students had a difficult time expressing their opinions, but almost all of the students were able to successfully finish their writing.
Next week, we’ll welcome Mr. Daisaku Yoshida, who is an expert on presentation skills. He will help our students understand the techniques they need to make engaging presentations. We’re excited for this opportunity to see what students can learn from him.


Choosing Research Topics: Beginning with Business
October 21st and 28th, 2016
For two days, first graders joined entry courses to decide which of five fields they intend to study. There are seven courses; International Development, Comparative Education, International Business, Environment and Energy (reproductive energy, city environment and agriculture) and International Medicine. For each area of research, students will not only listen to lectures but will engage in active discussions and debates.
In the International Business course, they are given a particular situation and some tasks, such as a business meeting, to decide management policies. After discussing in groups, they chose which policy they could agree on. Finally, they debated over the advantages and disadvantages. We were amazed by how eagerly they participated in this debate and how seriously they worked on the problem. We hope they are on their way to choosing a field of interest.
In November, they are going to enter the final phase of preparation for writing essays.



Approach to Paragraph Writing and How to Use Statistical Data
October, 7th, 2016
Today, first graders struggled with many numbers, complicated sentence structures and a lot of information.
In the first period, they learned the basics of paragraph writing. In the last five minutes, they evaluated their own Japanese essays they wrote on September 23rd. After that, they exchanged their writings and discuss them with each other.
In the second period, they tried to make SGH reports with using statistical data. The purpose of the course is to practice using data and create reports for the coming Japanese papers.
Some students who are not familiar with computers found it very hard to make reports, but they were able to do with their friends’ help. We hope they’ll make good use of today’s knowledge to improve their contents of Japanese papers.


Cultural Understanding Seminar
October, 7th, 2016
28 students who will participate in our overseas fieldwork in Vietnam and Cambodia this December started their training after school today. This time a guest trainer from a travel bureau came to our school to hold a seminar about understanding different cultures.
The participants listened to her seriously to get various details from the seminar to prepare them for travel. The lecture was really interesting, which kept the students active and positive in class.
Until the overseas fieldwork, they have a lot of things to learn, but we expect them to have more interest in not only Vietnam and Cambodia, but also in other foreign countries.


First Day of Research Writing
October, 6th, 2016
Today, second graders began writing their Japanese drafts of their research topics. Some confidently started writing their essays and easily expressed their opinions. Others seemed to struggle at the beginning, but the teachers in charge of their research work gave some helpful advice to guide them.
The students will have their papers finished by November 2nd, which means they will have six more class hours to finish their writings. We truly expect them to make wondeful papers on their own!


The Conclusion of Phase 2:
Finding their own purposes for SGH study

September, 23rd, 2016
Today, first graders wrote Japanese essays. The theme of SGH essay is “What is necessary for us Japanese to live together with South Asians and solve problems”. There are three topics: what they discovered through the SGH activities, several issues they found through their research questions and activities, and their opinions toward these issues.
Some students had already prepared the memos and drafts, others tried to find the right words and expressions for what they felt.
Judging from the what they wrote, most of them seemed to have decided what to study next for SGH study. Their next step is to determine the field of study from five fields; International Depelopment, Comparative Education, Environment and Energy, International Education, and International Businesses.


ZEMI with Visiting Teachers
Sep. 14th and 21th, 2016
About 15 teachers came to our school from universities around the area to instruct our second graders about how to proceed with their SGH research papers.
After this class, in October, all the students will start to write their papers individually, and this was their last chance to learn how to proceed with help from university teachers.
There is a mix of students who already have great research, and students needing further study, however all students are doing their best to gather information for their essays. We are excited to see the efforts of their research!


SGH Interview with International Students
September 9th and 16th, 2016
Almost 50 students were talking enthusiastically about global topics in their homeroom. On both days, 32 students in total came to Ogaki Kita High School. They are mainly from Southeast Asia and belong to Nagoya University and Gifu University.
1st graders had read a book about the hunger and other global issues during summer vacation. 8 groups had prepared 10 questions to ask international students.
At first, they introduced themselves and asked simple questions. As the time passed, the questions were developing into difficult ones. On the first day, they were a little shy and didn’t know what to say next, also they felt it would be rude to interrupt when international students were answering questions. After that, they had reflections by themselves. They understood that they needed to ask detailed and specific questions. They also struggled with thinking of following up questions. On the second day, they knew what to do, so they were able to ask and answer more detailed questions. They were talking about envioronmental problems, political issues and so on.
On September 23rd, they have to write Japanese essays. We can’t wait to see how they felt through these interviews.


Active Learning in the Final Days of SGH
July 31st, 2016
Today was the final day for the third grade students taking the SGH Research Work class. All students made English presentations about their research. We also had a guest speaker, Dr. Shinichi Mizokami from Kyoto University. He gave us a wonderful lecture on how to proceed with “Active Learning” through daily classes. About 70 teachers all around Japan gathered to listen to his lecture and our students’ presentations.
We are grateful to Dr. Mizokami for giving us ideas about active learning. Many teachers were intrigued with how to teach students through this method. We greatly appreciate his enthusiastic lecture.
The students who took the class significantly improved their presentations through this lecture combined with their prior practice and research. The students looked greatly fulfilled when finishing their presentations. We also give our gratitude for the hard work of Mr. Ryan, who led the class for the last four months as well as the students who never stopped challenging themselves throughout their three years of SGH research.


ZEMI with Visiting Teachers
July 13th and 20th, 2016
About 15 teachers came to our school from universities around our area, and six teachers came from Aichi and Shiga to instruct our second graders about how to proceed with their SGH research papers.
Our students made groups of three to six people called “ZEMI” from the English word “seminar”. The university teachers helped each ZEMI group to discuss their research. Some students seemed nervous at first, but in the end they enjoyed working on their SGH topics with the teachers.
They learned a lot about how to do their research and write their papers through this program. We send our gratitude to all the teachers who helped students heighten their academic level.


SGH Field Work: Conclusion
July 1st, 2016
Today, 1st graders are finishing their reports. Some students have brochures and others have pictures. Some students struggled with summarizing their reports.
First, in groups, they re-checked themes, purposes, and methods for their research.
Second, they started writing about the results of their reseach.
One student said, “it’s hard to summarize the report. It’s not about how we write it, but how clearly we write.” On the back of their reports, they can put memos, brochures, pictures and other data such as graphs and tables.
Another student said, “I’m wondering how we put data on it, hmm…”
We are looking forward to reading their brilliant reports!


SGH field work: Ready, Set, Action!
June 24th, 2016
Finally, 1st graders arrived in Takayama City. They were looking forward to researching in groups. We reached Takayama Betsuin around 10:30, but we could only see a few tourists on the street, so teachers were worried if there would be enough foreigers for students to interview with.
However, our concerns were dismissed as soon as we saw them working on the street. Many of them were able to ask tourists some questions. At first they felt nervous, though they could ask questions they carefully prepared in advance.
One Ogaki Kita teacher was spoken to by a tourist from Germany. The tourist said to the teacher, “your students are very polite!” We were very happy to hear that. One student said to their classmates, “I’m so happy that they(the tourists) told me my English is good!” We are sure that their language abilities have grown.
Along with their English abilities,their communication abilities are also growing fast. One student made an appointment to interview a city official. She asked about tourism internationalization and how they tackle the challenges. They absorbed so many things from this field work.
Their potential for SGH will be revealed by their following reports -let’s see how they do!


SGH field work: Preparation in groups
June 17th, 2016
Last week, students were given instructions for field work which will be held in June 24th. Today is a Preparation Day!
They started to come up with ideas for setting their goals of field work. Now they are going to set specific goals and complete their planning reports.
Last time we could see smiles on their faces and talked with each other about the coming day, however, today they looked more engaged and more serious for their tasks.
After they elected their leaders of the groups, they divided the roles of the field work.
Person A said,
Hmm… your idea is good, but what about the aspect of internationalization? Or industry?
Person B said,
Isn’t it a little bit difficult to collect information?
Person C said,
I’m not sure we can make it perfect….
Person D said,
It’s okay that it doesn’t have to be a perfect one, just try together!


SGH field work: Introduction
June 10th, 2016
How do you feel about the field trip? How about the field work? The field work of Ogaki Kita High School is not JUST an excursion.
Ogaki Kita High School first graders have a higher goal.
Today, students learned about what they are going to do in the field work. They’ve acquired the procedures: Preparation, Action, and Review.
When they were asked the meaning of the field work, one student answered “it means that we feel the importance of the issues when we visit the place in person.” Another student answered that “it means we’ll have some ways to contribute the results of our studies after the investigation.”
There are three things to do:
First, students have to set their goals.They need to clarify what they want to discover or reveal. “Be specific” is the motto.
Second, students must do a preliminary investigation. They need to know information in advance.
Third, students need to collect information. The information, which investigators themselves collect, holds its own unique qualities.
In the second period, the list of group members are presented to the students. After introducing themselves, they started to collect information about Takayama City to have some ideas for setting goals.


SGH Program Continues to Grow
June 6th, 2016
In the fall, all second grade students will write research papers on global issues in 5,000 Japanese characters. Today students used our computer rooms to plan their papers. Last year, as first graders, they gained experience writing essays on global issues of their interest. Many students were comfortable and planned their essays more smoothly than expected. Some students, who struggled with their ideas, were able to have support from their teachers.
In the third year of our SGH program, it is a pleasure to see how teachers have also grown along with students in their skills conducting global issue research.


Learning About Development Aid to Developing Countries
May 31st, Jun 1st, 2016
We invited some staff of the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Japan Overseas Cooperation Association to our school, and workshops were held to learn how to face international issues for 2 days from May 31st.
Our students were divided into six or seven people and considered development support to a fictional village (in a developing country) from 10 items, such as "to maintain a road" or "to prepare the water environment". Moreover, they listened to the experiences of the JICA staff who had played an active part improving the educational environment and learned how to carry out the actual development support for countries in need.
Many students were keenly aware of the complexity of the development support, which looks simple.
From now on, 2nd grade students are going to push forward a study under the theme of development in Asia and write a paper in both Japanese and English.


Techniques for making SGH essays
May 27th, 2016
How difficult it is to express our ideas clearly! Today, we learned how to use languages effectively to convey messages in writing essays in Japanese.
Today’s lesson is composed of understanding concepts, working in groups, describing objects, and conducting interviews. At first, students thought that the goals were too difficult to complete, but they enjoyed asking and answering questions each other and in the end they achieved the goals.
A flexible way of thinking helped them to achieve the goals. One student used English translations to understand difficult Japanese sentences, another asked various questions to obtain further information in the groups.


Finally, Presentation Day has Come!
May 20th, 2016
Students have prepared their presentations for almost a month. Finally, the day has come. They gave presentations about something special, like their hobbies, to their classmates.
There are about 5 students each in 8 groups. After taking turns showing their presentations, one representative in each group was chosen. The 8 students who came to the front were very nervous but their presentations were beyond our expectations. Their themes were unique and diverse. One student was talking about her favorite film, the other student was talking about her favorite national songs. Students were not only listening and watching, but also taking memos and thinking about what they can do to improve their presentations.
They will have a lot of opportunities to give presentations in SGH studies. We hope they will use the knowledge and techniques they have been acquiring to make brilliant presentations.


Think of Asian Urban Problems - Explore solutions such as poverty -
May 18th, 2016
On Monday 18th, we welcomed Mr. Koichiro MORI, a professor of International Center at Shiga University. All the second graders participated in the workshop-type class to think of global challenges. Urban issues in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, made them deepen their learning. The students were divided into groups and considered the urban development to improve the level of the satisfaction for the people who lives in Jakarta. Some expected problems such as poverty and an environmental issue were enumerated. They gave thoughts whether to develop urbanization such as development of high-rise building or to advance the community building for which the power of nature was left.


SGH lecture meeting: SGH Focus on International Development
May 13th, 2016
On May 13th, we welcomed Mr. Tetsuo UMEMURA, a professor and vice-dean of the Graduate School of International Development at Nagoya University. Mr. Umemura is an expert in the study of sustainable development which Ogaki Kita High SGH advocates. He gave us an excellent lecture.
The purposes of this lecture meeting were to raise awareness of the existence of global problems and understand the importance of studying international development. Mr. Umemura said his studies are also based on his experiences of studying in Fiji and working in foreign countries.
We all need to remember that we can’t solve problems as a single country. Cooperation is the key to the international development.
After the lecture, we had a question and answer session. Although there are so many students raised their hands to ask questions to Mr. Umemura, three students were able to hear responses due to the short time.
The questions are like that below: Are there any ways to help drug farmers in complicated positions besides agricultural alternation? What can we do to prevent and eradicate terrorism? The discussion and friendship between countries are very important for international cooperation, however, the current situation doesn’t seem to be going well. What should we do to restore friendship and improve international development?
This year, the first graders are going to work on unsolved problems with no clear answers to determine their opinions. We hope they were inspired by today’s lecture.


Kick-Off for SGH Research!
May 12th, 2016
Today the second graders heard Mr. Kitamura from Tokyo University give a lecture. Each year, Mr. Kitamura is able to explain issues like the “Realization of a Sustainable Society” to our second graders, and help them open their minds to potential SGH topics. He has often given his support to our school and has helped us prepare studies for our SGH program.
Many students expressed feelings such as, “My view towards global issues has clearly opened,” and “I am really convinced about what I should do for this SGH research work!”
This marks the official beginning of the second graders’ SGH research for this year, and we expect they will do their best!


Conclusion Skills and Developing Discussions
May 7th, 2016
Today we had another SGH3 class with Mr. Ryan. The first half of the class was spent learning about presentation techniques as usual. They mainly focused on how to conclude a presentation. The students are learning about making presentations step by step, and improving an area of their presentation skills in each class.
The second part of the class was studying about “Drinking Water.” They discussed how to improve sanitation systems in the Gaza Strip to get safe water. Most of them have been to Cambodia and Vietnam through the SGH program, so they applied these experiences to develop and express their opinions.


Conversational Strategies with Global Literacy
April 23rd, 2016
Today we had the second SGH3 class with Mr. Ryan. The first half of the class was spent learning about presentation techniques. They mainly focused on how to begin a presentation. Students were able to easily express what they wanted to say.
The second part of the class was a bit more challenging. They talked about “Education and Gender”, the first unit of their Global Issues Towards Peace textbook, which is intended for university students. Although the material was difficult, students actively tried to understand the contents.
For the last portion of the class, students engaged in discussion. In pairs they discussed the prompt, “How can we contribute to global literacy?” Even in their native language, it can be tough to express opinions about such a complicated topic, however, students were able to share their ideas in English, using conversational strategies.


Practicing PowerPoint Skills
April 22nd, 2016
This week, the first graders learned PowerPoint basics and started making presentations. Their assignments for May 20th are to introduce their hobbies for three minutes using PowerPoint.
First, they have to keep in mind that presentations are just one of the useful tools to clearly express their ideas. Second, they have to keep their presentations simple and easy to watch and understand. Lastly but not in the least, they need to explain the contents by themselves.
They worked so hard that almost nobody talked during the classes. Even in the break time, they continued making their presentations. We ( teachers ) are looking forward to watching their presentations. We can’t wait!



Getting started with global English
Apr. 16th, 2016
The SGH Research Program 3 for the third year students has finally started today. Twelve students who signed up for the Saturday class got together to learn more about global issues in English. Mr. Ryan, who is a native English teacher from Canada, is in charge of this class with Japanese teachers until the end of July.
At first, the students looked quite nervous to have the new teacher and class, but they quickly opened up their minds and enjoyed communicating with Mr. Ryan and their classmates in English.
After introducing themselves they learned about communication techniques through various activities. Some comments after the class were, “That was a wonderful class.” “The teacher was awesome,” or “We really have fun learning and using English.”
After next week, they will start to use their textbook “Global Issues Towards Peace” to learn about global issues. We hope they all enjoy the class and expand on their understanding of the world. Good luck!


The Start of SGH Skills
April 15th, 2016
All the first graders have started the study of 2016 SGH. In the series of four classes (April 15th, April 22nd, May 6th and May 20th), they are going to learn how to use computers efficiently and safely to clearly convey information. The classes includes typing practice, using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. On the first day, they looked nervous, but eagerly engaged. The PowerPoint skills help them to express themselves properly. They are fast leaners, so it’s promising.
Fight, students!



New Skills for a New SGH Year
Apr. 13rd, 2016
Today the second graders have started the SGH Research Program of this school year. In our computer labs, students learned about using Microsoft Excel, because they will make graphs to present their research for their SGH papers in fall. These computer skills are one of many 21st century skills that will help them in the future.
Many students enjoyed making graphs from various data with Excel. All of the second graders will have three more classes about using different software through May 25th.


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Presentation Day is Here!
Mar. 22, 2016
The day has finally come for the first and second graders’ final English presentations! As for the first graders, one representative group from each class gave their group presentations to all the other first graders. For the second graders, one representative student from each class gave their presentations to all the other second grade students. Every group and each speaker did wonderful jobs to communicate their research to their classmates, especially the second graders, who have studied a lot through their SGH subjects. Except for a few students who will take the subject SGH 3 next school year, this was their last SGH session. They listened to the presentations very diligently. The first graders have studied about SGH 1 for one year, we hope all of them have their own motivations to continue SGH next year. Overall, great work from all the representatives today!



Final Presentation Practice
Mar. 17, 2016
Today, each class of first graders gave English presentations to their classmates. Groups of three to five people shared their research while their classmates scored each presentation to vote for the strongest. Next week, the elected representative groups from each class will all give their presentations to the entire first grade. Most groups gave wonderful presentations today and their hard work has paid off. We’re looking forward to their best performances next week!


First Graders Preparing Presentations
Feb. 26, 2016
Today first graders started their presentation materials with PowerPoint in our computer rooms. Each student will make twelve slides to express what they want to explain about their research. Some were very good at using PowerPoint, and could make stunning slides. Others took time to navigate the program and convey their information. Either way, it was a challenging experience for all of them to make materials using software, and develop their technology skills.


Second Graders Practice their Presentations
Feb 24, 2016
Today, all the second graders gave English presentations to their classmates in small groups. In groups of four or five people they each gave their presentation and chose the best speaker from each group. Next the chosen speakers gave the presentation again in front of the entire class. At last, they chose the very best speaker from each class. Next month, the representatives from each class will give all the second graders their presentation. Some students were natural at presenting, others seemed nervous to use English, but all of them tried diligently.


Last English Communication Course with NUFS
Feb. 20, 2016
Today we had the third English communication course here at Ogaki Kita High School. It was the last day of the three-session communication course. They practiced English with the conversational strategies just as they had done since the first course, but they had grown increasingly more comfortable using the skills they had learned. Towards the end of today’s course, each student was recorded with an iPad while they were talking about “food waste” in English. The teachers will make a DVD of this video, and the students will have the opportunity to review their English. The course with NUFS was very fruitful for the students and they grew very confident with their English!


First Graders’ Last Day of Writing
Feb. 19, 2016
Today the first graders finished typing their English essays. Each student concentrated to complete them in our computer rooms. They did a wonderful job meeting the challenge of writing long passages in English. We hope this experience will improve their writing skills. Next week they will make their English presentations materials with Power Points of important information from their essays.


Presentation Advice for Second Graders
Feb 17, 2016
Today we welcomed Dr. Raymond, from Gifu University, to instruct our second graders for their English presentations. After learning presentation skills from him, one student from each class demonstrated his or her own presentation in front of their class. They looked so nervous, but all did a great job! During the end of this month, all students will give their presentations to other class members. We look forward to their wonderful presentations!


First English Essay for Most First Graders
Feb. 12, 2016  
Today first graders typed their hand-written essays they had previously completed. They have written English sentences at school, but that seemed to be their first time in their lives to write complete English essays. Though most of them looked very rough when they wrote the essays, they seemed to be satisfied with their efforts when they finished. The other day native English speakers in graduate school corrected the essays for grammar and spelling, and gave the students feedback on how to improve their writing. The students thoroughly reviewed the feedback, and continued to develop their ideas when typing their essays in English. Try hard, first graders!


Second Graders Preparing Presentations
Feb. 10, 2016
Today second graders finished typing their hand-written essays for the first half of class. Then for the second half, they prepared their English presentations. Some wrote their English manuscripts, others practiced speaking English to tell explain their ideas. Next week, a native English speaker and professor from Gifu Univ. will come to our classes to teach about the important points of making English presentations.


Second English Communication Course with NUFS
Feb. 6, 2016
Today we had the second English communication course here at Ogaki Kita High. The same English native teachers from Nagoya University of Foreign Studies as the last time came our school to teach English conversational strategies while talking about “Food Waste.” That was the second time for the students to learn English from them, so all of the students seemed to be more relaxed and enjoyed their time. The last time, they learned how to use the strategies like “follow-up questions”, ”reactions”, and “shadowing”, but this time they added “giving explanations.” They could gradually speak more English with the strategies.


Preparing manuscripts for Presentations
Feb. 5, 2016
Today, all the first graders wrote the manuscript for their English presentations next month. Last week they finished writing their English essays, and now they are preparing the visual aids for their English presentations. It seems to be the first time for most of them to make an English presentation, but they managed well, asking each other or teachers for help. We are looking forward their wonderful presentations in March!


Second Graders’ Help from Graduate Students
Feb. 3, 2016
Today second graders typed their hand-written essays they had previously completed. About two weeks ago, the hand-written essays were sent to native English speakers in graduate school. They corrected the essays for grammar and spelling, and gave the students feedback on how to improve their writing. The students thoroughly reviewed the feedback, and continued to develop their ideas when typing their essays in English. Many students did an impressive job with this challenging activity!


First English Communication Course with NUFS
Jan. 30, 2016
Today six English native teachers from Nagoya University of Foreign Studies came our school to hold an “English Communication Course.”Eighteen first and second year students participated in the course. The students made six groups of three people, and each teacher took charge of a group. There was an excellent atmosphere for the students to learn English. They enjoyed talking about their introduction, what they are doing in their free time, and so on, with each other. All of them looked very satisfied with the course when finished. We will have two more courses on Feb. 6th and 20th.



First Grade Turns Essays into English
Jan 29, 2016
In December, 2015, all the first grade students began Japanese essays for a field of study about Asia. Every student needed to use at least 2,000 Japanese letters for the essay. They completed writing the essays last month, then started writing them in English today. They carefully wrote the essays with help from electronic dictionaries and English teachers to describe their thoughts in English. The class was very quiet because all of them were writing very intensively, which was really nice. After completing the English essays, they’ll prepare for English presentations.


Dr. Kawase’s Presentation Skills
Jan 27, 2016
All the second graders have finished writing essays in both Japanese and English. They needed to write 5,000 Japanese letters and 2,000 English words to finish the essays. Today they learned presentation skills from Assistant Professor of Gifu University, Dr. Kawase. Dr. Kawase engagingly advised students so they could understand how to improve their presentation materials. After the lecture, all the students started to make their own materials with support from our ALT and English teachers. This month, they are going to give their presentations to other students in groups of five, and we will choose the best student in each class. Then the eight representatives of each class will give a final presentation at the Presentation Competition.


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