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09:17 pm: Bringing back memories
I've been team-teaching with one of the student teachers in my first-year classes. The first time, the regular teacher stayed in the back of the room to observe, but today he didn't come at all. (Personally, I can't imagine a mentor teacher leaving a student teacher with only two weeks of part-time experience in complete charge of a class...but I guess he figured it was okay since I was there? Then again, this is a country where they think nothing of saying "self-study" and leaving the class to fend for itself rather than get a sub.) The lesson went fine both times.

I believe that next week is when they will have to plan and present their own lessons. They're also going to have a Halloween party with the English club next Thursday before they go.

One of my third-year classes has been assigned to translate Japanese picture books into English as a group project. I half expected that they'd dawdle and drag their feet about it, but they actually seemed pretty excited. They flipped through a sample of picture books exclaiming things like, "Cute!" and "I remember this!" They set about right away dividing up the pages among the group members for translation. One group had a storytelling session, where one member held the book and read it aloud, while the other group members sat on the floor at her feet and listened, giggling over the pictures. I hope their enthusiasm continues.

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From:firesign10
Date:October 14th, 2005 11:10 am (UTC)
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Do they dress up for Halloween? and as what?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 14th, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
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Do they dress up for Halloween?

No...Halloween is only starting to catch on here as a holiday. It has only been in the past couple of years that stores have started stocking jack-o-lanterns and other little trinkets. (When I was in Niigata 5-6 years ago, there was no such thing.) A lot of people have heard of the phrase "trick-or-treat," but not everyone; there are still students (especially the non-English majors) who aren't familiar with it at all.

On the other hand, Nightmare Before Christmas is insanely popular here. Lots of stores carry Jack Skellington goods. Many of the girls bring such merchandise to school--pencil cases, lap-blankets in winter, that sort of thing.
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From:mangaroo
Date:October 14th, 2005 11:44 am (UTC)
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One of my third-year classes has been assigned to translate Japanese picture books into English as a group project.

That's a fantastic idea for a project.
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From:megory
Date:October 14th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)

I'm so jealous!

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I hope their enthusiasm continues.

I do, too. I have never gotten to that point where a class is actually enthusiastic about a task. Every now and again I have a student or two who shows some enthusiasm.

I still haven't found that magic pizazz.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 14th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm so jealous!

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I have never gotten to that point where a class is actually enthusiastic about a task. Every now and again I have a student or two who shows some enthusiasm.

I definitely know what that's like. <sigh>

<wishes student teachers would take over Listening class instead of Oral Communication>
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