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Feeling the necessity of English ability through intercultural experience.

On June 22nd during 5th and 6th period, our 2nd year junior high school class had the outreach program lessons. Each class had a pairing of a Japanese students and exchange students from various countries, who then gave a lesson using quizzes and games to introduce the exchange student’s home country and culture. In our lesson first we were asked to introduce ourselves in English to a hip-hop rhythm. We had to say our name and something we liked, which for me was volleyball. I was really nervous but I think I did pretty well. Next was a quiz. It was a multiple choice quiz with 4 choices, but we didn’t need to raise our hands, instead we all had to move around the class and stand behind certain desks to answer. After that we had the final activity, “Simon Says”, which is a popular game in English-speaking countries. In this game, when the leader says “Simon Says” then gives a command, you have to do the command, however if the leader says the command without first saying “Simon Says” then you must not do it. This was used to catch a lot of players out and make them lose the game. I got caught out too. In the end, only about a quarter of the class was not caught out.

In this outreach program of course it was a lot of fun learning about a different culture; however it also changed my view of English a bit too. I found it impressive how smoothly the Japanese student who taught our class with the exchange student was able to translate between English and Japanese. It made me want to study hard so that I have the same ability to translate English when I become a university student. I was also impressed by their presenting abilities too. They were able to give information to everyone in a fun way, and their timing made everyone more energetic and the class more enjoyable. It made me want to take part in an Outreach Program next year and have the chance to learn about another country’s culture.

Waseda University Junior High School 2nd Year Student – Tsukahara

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