■カテゴリ: Cross Culture
We will do our best so that everything will get back to normal as soon as possible.
4月14・15日の熊本地震で、九州ルーテル学院大学のキャンパスにも大きな被害が出ました。しかし、5月13日から授業も再開し、以前のような活気のある学生生活が戻りつつあります。We will do our best so that everything will get back to normal as soon as possible.
■カテゴリ: Campus Life
“Pre-College” at KLC
On Saturday, 12/19, seven students in the Career English major made presentations for an event called “Pre-College.” At this event, high school students who have gained admission to KLC came to campus for a morning of orientation. At the event, for the Career English major, six freshmen (first-year students) and one sophomore (second-year student) gave presentations in English to help explain some aspects of the college and the major. Topics included academics, class schedules, club activities, events, the library, and cross-cultural practicums. One Career English major student, Miss Tanaka, spoke about opportunities to travel to various countries to use English and experience cultural differences.
■カテゴリ: Extra Activities
Study Abroad in the UK (2)
The follwing is Shiho Yoshida’s report.
I’m Shiho Yoshida and I’ve received a Murasaki sports scholarship. I’ve been in the UK for 3 months studying English and I’ve been having a lot of fun and valuable experiences. Today, I’d like to talk about my life in England which is made up of my college life, my host family with my flatmate, and my holiday.
I’m studying English on an ESOL course. There are three Japanese students and seven Korean students in the class. It is quite a small class, so I can ask my questions easily and I’m learning English steadily. What’s more, I have lots of opportunities to speak, read, listen and write during the classes. I learn grammar, pronunciation, and about English culture as well. I have progress tests almost every week. Taking these tests makes me clear about what it is I don’t understand, and so they are very helpful to me. Moreover, I have lots of opportunities to have conversations with my classmates. As you know speaking in English is hard, but I enjoy talking with them and it is very good for me to learn and understand new words and phrases.
My host family and flatmate are very kind. My host mother is from India and my flatmate is from Korea, so I can learn some of the cultural differences between the UK, Korea, India, and Japan. I like spending time with them. It is a very important time when we have conversations while we are having dinner together. When I speak in English to them, I struggle with expressing my thoughts. Nevertheless, I enjoy having conversations with them.
I’ve been to Manchester, London, and Bath. I watched a football game in Manchester, and I saw the beautiful view at night in London, especially of Big Ben. However, the most impressive thing for me was that I visited the Jane Austen Centre in Bath. This was one of my goals during my stay in the UK. I’ve had an interest in Jane Austen since I learned about her during English literature classes in Japan. I was also very attracted to the historical period when she was alive. I learned about her family, her life, and how she wrote her novels whilst in central Bath. I could experience the time when she lived. It was very precious for me to learn about her.
As you can see, I’m having lots of fun in the UK. I have only one more month to stay in England and, to be honest, I don’t want to go back to Japan yet. I’m looking forward to spending my time in the UK meaningfully until the end of the program.
■カテゴリ: Cross Culture
Study Abroad in the UK (1)
Two students of Career English Major received Murasaki Sport Scholarship, and now study abroad at Burton and South Derbyshire College, in the UK. Fuyuko Ide wrote about her experience in the UK
I’m Fuyuko Ide. I’m a junior and now I’m in the U.K. to study English. I received a Murasaki Sport Scholarship and I’ll stay here until next month.
Mostly, I have classes from 9:45 to 15:30. We have a lot of opportunities to speak during class. It’s good for me because speaking is one of my weak points. Our teacher always checks our grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, so I improve my skills. Recently I took an IELTS practice exam. It was really difficult for me, but it confirmed that my English skill has improved when I received that result.
My class isn’t too big, so it’s easy to ask questions and speak. In my class, there are seven Korean and three Japanese, so we learn each other’s culture. This month, we cooked Korean food together. It was really fun.
I live with host parents, a Korean student and a dog. My host family is very kind and funny. We laugh all the time and they love us as real daughters. My host family takes us to a lot of places. In November, British people have “Bonfire Night”. They took us to two bonfire festivals. I saw beautiful fireworks. Moreover, my host sister cooked Christmas dinner for us and we got presents from her family, because we are leaving before Christmas. I love my host family, so I don’t want to leave.
Studying abroad isn’t easy, but now I know my strong points and weak points. I think it’s important to study English. Actually, since I came here I noticed my vocabulary and speaking skill are really poor. So I’ve tried to improve my vocabulary with a word book and by reading books.
I can have a lot of experiences which I can’t have in Japan. I’m deeply grateful for my time studying here.
■カテゴリ: Cross Culture
Guest speaker’s special session
Ms. Sara Brown came to KLC and talked about her cross cultural experience to college students who will participate in the Cross Cultural Practicum next spring. Ms. Brown is a native of New Oreans, Louisiana, the United States of America, and currently teaches English as an assistant language teacher at Kikuchi Senior High School. She advised students not to judge people in foreign countries according to stereo type perspectives. Students posed many questions in English on her cross cutural experience in Japan.
■カテゴリ: Cross Culture
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Can you speak Gaeilge?
The English Speaking Society (ESS) had another visitor this week. She spoke to ESS members about some of her experiences in Kumamoto. She also talked about the culture of her home country.
AnneMarie Ichiki grew up in the country of Ireland. There, not only English, but also Gaeilge, that is Irish, is spoken. English and Gaeilge are the two official languages. AnneMarie demonstrated by introducing herself in the Gaeilge language. It was fun to hear! It made me think of when Elves speak in the movie “Lord of the Rings.” Ireland is called “Eire” in Gaeilge. See the map below for other location names in English and Gaeilge.