自習室から!

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今回、学習者の自習室からブログを書いています!なぜかと言うと部屋のWiFiはあまり届かなくて、ロビーはとても暑いです!そうなんです!日本の夏はとっっっっっっても暑いですよ!(笑)34度か35度超えてしう温度はそんなに珍しくないです。8月になると大変なことになるかもしれないです。。。

もう書きましたけど、もう一度言います。この夏短期研修に参加することができて、ホンマに嬉しく思っています。総合日本語が始まった時、先生から、ポートフォリオをもらいました。ポートフォリオと言うことは日本語国際センターですることや学んだことや勉強になったことを一緒に集まります。毎週、日本語や日本の文化について考えているこや、驚いたことや、文化または社会のことについて日記を書いて、クラスメートと一緒に話し合います。やっぱり色々な国から来た人々いますので、色々なことや意見が出て来ます。その話し合う時間を楽しみにしていますよ!

昨日、先生から1週目の日記をもらって、もう一度その久しぶりに日本にいるワクワクドキドキ気持ちを感じました。ここにも書きますよ!

  • 埼玉県に着いた後すぐ国際共通語として日本語を使わないといけないことになって、思ったより話せますが、やっぱりちゃんと自分の言いたいことが伝える時と全然伝えない時があることと分かりました。ですから、この二か月の中に一所懸命がんばってもっと伝えるようになりたいです。多分、一番大切なことははっきり発音することだと思います。
  • 日本に着いて、埼玉県での生活が始まって面白いことに驚きました。それはエスカレーターの使い方です。以前来たとき、滋賀県に住んでいて、エスカレーターを乗る時、右側に手すりを持って乗りました。一歩、埼玉県でエスカレーターを乗る時、左側に手すりを持って乗ります。関西地方と関東地方の一つの違いをこれで分かりました。

面白いことに、今朝、あるニューズ番組を見たとき、エスカレーターの話したがでました。最近日本では、「安全のために手すりを持ちましょう」のキャンペーンが始まりました。それはなぜかというとエスカレーターを足で登ることは禁止なんです!びっくりしました!そんなことが知りませんでした。ライブアンケートを答えた皆さんも知らなかったらしいです。急いでる人に対してコメンテーターの方からの意見はその場合なら、階段の方が良いです。

今朝は2週目のポートフォリオの締切で、いっぱい書きました。歌舞伎を見に行ったり、久しぶりに滋賀県に行ったりしましたので、書きたいことが山ほどでした!こんな感じで書きました:

  • プロジェクトワークについて話した時、やっぱり文化が主なテーマになることが分かりましたが、その文化に対しての考え方を見直しました。「どうして」「何のために」などについてさらにもっと考えたり、学習者と話し合ったりして、自分の文化と比べることもできますが、その新しい観点を身に付けるかもしれません。もう一つのは授業に役に立つための方法は写真の撮り方です。接写しすぎるとその写真はどこで、何のために、どんな使い方など分からなくて、うまく使いませんので、あのことを考えながら写真を撮るといいです。
  • 先日、ちょっとホームシックになった時がありました。ちょうどその時、別の研修を受けている研修者と偶然に出会って、三階にあるカラオケ室に誘ってくれました。2時間ぐらい一緒に歌ったり、話したりして、めちゃ楽しかったです!面白くて、優しい三人ですので、ホームシックのことを忘れることができて、元気が戻りました!感謝しています!

では、これまでです!次回のブログはホストファミリとの素敵な三連休です!

ほんで、さいなら。(^_^)v

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This time I`m broadcasting from the Self Study Room! Unfortunately the WiFi in my room does`t work super well, and the lobby is so hot! That`s right! It`s sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo hot in Japan right now! (haha) It`s not abnormal for the temperature to be well over 34 or 35 degrees Celsius. (That`s 93 – 95 degrees for you Fahrenheit folks!) We`re in big trouble when the true summer heat waves get here in August…

I know I`ve said it once, but I am going to say it again. I am so happy that I have the chance to participate in the Summer Training Program this year! One of the coolest things we`ve gotten was given to us on the first day of Japanese class. Our sensei gave each one of us a portfolio to keep track of all of our papers and goodies that we get during our time here. Every week we write a diary-style entry about what we have seen or done or were surprised by in Japan or the Japanese language and culture. Then, we share what we wrote about with our classmates in a short roundtable discussion. As you might expect, there are a lot of different things that we all notice because all of the teachers here come from such a wide variety of places in the world. I look forward to the time we share what we wrote each week quite a bit!

Yesterday I got my Week 1 entry back from our teacher and had the chance to look back at what I wrote and re-experience the excitement of that first week. I`ll write a bit from it below!

  • As soon as I arrived in Saitama Prefecture, Japanese became the Lingua Franca of the Japan Foundation Institute. And although I was able to speak a lot more than I thought I might be able to, I still found that there were times I was able to get the meaning I intended across and times that I was not able to do so. So I have made it one of my goals while I am here to work very hard at improving my ability to express myself clearly when speaking to other people. Pronunciation is quite possibly one of the biggest factors in helping get the right meaning across.
  • Upon arriving in Japan and beginning my life in Saitama Prefecture, I noticed something very interesting. It had to do with the way that people ride escalators. During my previous time in Japan, I lived in Shiga Prefecture, where they ride the escalator, holding the hand rail, on the right side of the escalator. However, in Saitama Prefecture, people ride on the left side while holding the hand rail. I realized that I now understood one of the differences between the Kansai Region of Japan and the Kantou Region of Japan.

Interestingly enough, there was a news story about escalators on the news this morning. A campaign encouraging people to use escalators safely by holding the handrail while riding them began recently in train stations throughout the country. I was shocked to learn that one is not actually allowed to walk up an escalator in Japan! (Everyone does when they are in a hurry, so you would never guess it`s technically not allowed!) There was a live poll on the news show and it seems that the majority of the people who responded also had no idea that you are not supposed to walk up an elevator. It was suggested that people who are in a hurry should take the stairs by one of the commentators.

This morning was the deadline for Week 2`s portfolio, and I wrote a TON! We saw Kabuki, I went to Shiga, there was a lot that happened! Here`s a little taste of what I wrote about:

  • While we were discussing the Project Work for the next week, I realized that although culture is a major theme in classes, I needed to revise the way I approached my thought process in regards to culture. It`s about the “Why is it done this way?” and the “For what reason?”, but it also about the thought process for those questions, and discussing those questions with our students. By discussing things, we not only begin to understand the culture we are studying, but also how our own culture relates to that culture. It allows for new meaning to be developed and applied. In addition to this, I also learned more about how important it is to pay attention when taking pictures to use for classes. If they are too close, (or too far away), where you took it, what you want to use it for, and what lesson would it would be best suited for are not clear. So it`s important to keep those things in mind while taking pictures.
  • The other day, I was feeling down and a bit homesick. Just as I was about to go feel sorry for myself in my dorm room, I happened to run into three teachers who are here through a different program. They invited me to join them in the Karaoke room on the 3rd floor. We had fun singing, talking, and drinking for a couple of hours and it was just the best time! They were such a nice group of people that I was able to forget about being homesick and felt a more like my usual self. I`m very grateful to them!

Well, that`s all for now! Next time I`ll share about the three-day weekend I spent in Shiga with my homestay family!

Tata for now! (^_^)v

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