Today the level 5 students were taking part in a trial lesson, part of a bigger curriculum program which could be adopted in the future. The students were tasked with thinking of solutions to the growing demands of food production and how to improve its efficiency and land use. The students were first given a case study, centered on a new company, which incorporated ground breaking techniques and novel ideas. The students were then given the chance to create their own ideas and present them to the class. Critical thinking and research skills were tested, but the students did a wonderful job of creating original ideas and solutions to the problems. A very interesting class!
In this class we did a vocabulary activity as a bit of a break from textbook work, and this is the week following tests, so something out of the ordinary was quite fun for them. It also gives the students the chance to try a little bit of ‘brain exercise’.
The students formed groups and were given a quick task. It is a listening and speaking exercise. Each problem was worth specific points, and the real intention of the activity is to encourage group work as well as quick thinking.
Students in the International Course are getting an early start on their Eiken interview practice. Later this month, all of the first year students who passed the first stage of the Eiken exam will go on to the interview stage. We wish all of these students the best of luck!
So far this year, our students have had some great results on the Eiken, including seven students who recently passed Eiken Pre-1, and two students who passed Eiken Grade 1. Also, more than half of our third year students are graduating with Eiken 2, or higher!
With the start back to school comes many new challenges for all students. The International course students have been busy preparing a speech for a contest that will be coming up in the near future. The contest will be held between Tokai and Kyushu campuses, with an in-house competition for Nagoya this Tuesday.
The two subject areas for the speeches are determined by EIKEN grade; Grade 5-3 “The best features about my hometown” & Grade Pre-2-1 “How can we achieve the SDGs”. As the speeches will be held online, the students were also tasked with making PowerPoint slides to go along with their speeches. Any time doing public speaking is nerve-racking, but the rewards from doing it are huge. We’re looking forward to seeing the students try their best!
Every year, students in the International Course at Nagoya take part in the Big Read contest sponsored by Oxford University Press. After reading a book of their choice, students write a short summary, along with their opinion about the book, and a hand-drawn picture to represent the story. The students have created some great looking posters and we’re hoping that we’ll have the same success this year as we did two years ago when one of our students placed in the top three nation-wide.
A couple of days ago, the Level 5 students from Nagoya conducted some interviews around Hisaya Odori park. Recently, a topic that the students have been researching about has been people’s perceptions of beauty. The students worked in groups to create questions based upon an area of research they wanted to find out. These ranged from ‘whether cosmetic surgery was becoming too common in today’s society’ to whether ‘social media was affecting unrealistic standards of beauty’. Thankfully, the sun was out and it was a great morning to film some street interviews! The students will start to edit the videos this week and create a short news report with the findings. We're really looking forward to seeing the final result!