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06:27 pm: Nature's wrath
Nature really seems to have it in for Japan these days. There was another earthquake this morning during the start-the-day teacher meeting. Then all the afternoon classes were canceled and students sent home due to typhoon #18 passing through (though the teachers had to stay until at least 4pm, at which time the vice-principal announced that those who were worried could leave).


Here's a picture of the faculty room, where I spend most of my time. My chair is the one with the green cushion. The blackboard on the wall at the far end of the room has the month's schedule written out day by day. The copy room is through a door in the middle-left, just out of sight in this shot.

Classes have been going pretty well this week. I've been making up various activities here and there. My small class of 11 third-year students was especially cute; the lesson theme in the textbook is "restaurant," so we started the class with a free talk period in which they recommended restaurants to me. English conversation practice for them and useful information for me, a double bonus! Hopefully I'll have a chance to go to some of the restaurants they recommended, and I can tell them about it, so they'll know I'm paying attention to what they're saying.

For the class that I had to make up comprehension questions on the spot, my team-teacher asked if I could provide a different set of readings for alternate classes (that is, for the Tuesday sessions of the Tuesday/Thursday class). Luckily, before coming I had bought an ESL reference book called Open Sesame of folk tales and fairytales well suited to the purpose. We started "Cinderella" today (chosen because they're already familiar with it), and the students seemed to enjoy it.

The one class that had me so frustrated last week is the one that was canceled this afternoon, so no rematch there yet.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 8th, 2004 03:42 am (UTC)

Wow, three earthquakes and 18 typhoons!

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And I remember you were awoken your first night there a month ago by an earthquake.

You might also be hearing that hurricanes are pounding our Atlantic coast, one after the other. The second one just went by, and the third is on the way. They have evacuated many cities in Florida.

What are the typhoons like by the time they get to Moriyama? Are we talking major rain and flooding? Are there still strong winds? Is "typhoon" another word for "hurricane?" What precautions, besides canceling classes, do people make for an approaching typhoon? Do they board up their windows and such? Do you lose electricity?

I like seeing the faculty room. Is there a computer at each desk? Is that a printer in the foreground?

"Cinderella" is a great idea. Do you think you could show the Disney video after reading it?

The restaurant idea sounds great, too. That might be a great regular addition to that class, a chance for them to advise you about things of interest in their town. Then you'll be the best tour guide when we go to visit you! ^-^

Love, Mom
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 8th, 2004 04:36 am (UTC)

Re: Wow, three earthquakes and 18 typhoons!

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Keep in mind that not every typhoon that gets a number actually hits Japan. I'm told that they usually only get hit with about two or three serious typhoons per year. This year is unusual in that so many have hit land...at least four, possibly five since I've been here. (When I first arrived, they were just getting hit with typhoon #10.)

What are the typhoons like by the time they get to Moriyama? Are we talking major rain and flooding? Are there still strong winds?

I'm pretty far inland, so I mainly just get hit with strong winds and rain. While it's annoying in that it prevents me from going out shopping, and when it's raining at night the noise keeps me awake, there isn't any major damage. Closer to the coast, particularly in Shikoku, and in the southern regions such as Kyushu and Okinawa, they have had extreme flooding and landslides. People are evacuated and some trains are canceled (and that's *really* saying something).

What precautions, besides canceling classes, do people make for an approaching typhoon? Do they board up their windows and such? Do you lose electricity?

No precautions that I'm aware of. Not in my area, anyway. I don't recall seeing any boarded up windows on the news, though I wasn't looking for them. Some places lose electricity, though I haven't. The main problem appears to be flood damage.

Is there a computer at each desk? Is that a printer in the foreground?

I don't think there are computers any any of the desks, though some people (like the vice-principal) bring their own laptops. I don't think that's a printer in the picture; it's probably a box or something, though I could check tomorrow.

Do you think you could show the Disney video after reading it?

It's not really appropriate to the class. At least, not as far as what I've seen after one week. It seems more concentrated on improving the students' ability to read and broadening their vocabulary.

That might be a great regular addition to that class, a chance for them to advise you about things of interest in their town.

I will try to bring up similar topics when they pertain to the lesson. But between school and clubs, some of the students don't go out much, and it might make them embarrassed that they don't have anything to recommend. Some already seemed shy because they never eat out at restaurants, though we tried to talk about that just as much. (As in, "Oh, so you usually eat at home? Who does the cooking?")

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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 9th, 2004 03:30 am (UTC)

Re: Wow, three earthquakes and 18 typhoons!

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Update: The object in the picture is a word processor. It looks really old, and I've never seen it used as anything other than a bookstand, though that could be because I never actually look in that direction.
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