9月スケジュール ~~マムズ~~

This is our upcoming English session.

Day and Time: the 12th September 10:00~12:00

Participation Fee: ¥500 a participant (Due to the fact there will be a native English speaker attending. When there is no guest speaker, the fee is normally¥200 a person.)

Place: In Onojo city, Fukuoka. Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room1 (2F)

We have been endeavoring to improve our English. We discuss the topic or article prepared by a leader. (We alternate the leader each session.)

Giving my English Workshops

Oh......It has been ages since I posted the last entry.....lol

Well, things are rolling along nicely and have kept me busy. I like being busy, so I am blessed with the things I have dealt with.

I started my short-term English lessons as a volunteer at my son's school last month. The lessons are like workshops, which local people can take as well.
I took on the sessions as an assistant last year, so I thought I would be like that this time. However, a teacher called me and said, "Could you please take on all lessons this time?"........It wowed me a lot because it was an unexpected offer. I was a little worried, but I was pleased to take it on.

The first challenging thing I encountered was to set "the level". All students from the 2nd and 3rd year had requested their five choices. Some might be their first choice about my class, others might not. What's more, some may be very good at English and want to improve their skills, others may be poor at English and would like me to give lessons for beginners. For that reason, my first lesson was very simple: To introduce each other and exchange greetings. This purpose was to see their English level; how much of what I said in English they could understand.

The second challenging thing I faced was how I let them react. It means they are liable to be being taught by their teachers, which means teacher-centered lessons all day long and to clam up even when I ask if they are ready to do some activities..... They are too shy or less enthusiastic than I had expected...Maybe, they don't know how to react in English or they are still reading the atmosphere: They tend to avoid standing out among the other students.....


Anyway, this seems challenging, but I have to enjoy a whole lot and hope my lessons would make a difference to them...

7月スケジュール ~~マムズ~~

These are our upcoming English sessions.

Day and Time: the 4th and the 18th July 10:00~12:00

Participation Fee: ¥500 a participant (Due to the fact there will be a native English speaker attending. When there is no guest speaker, the fee is normally¥200 a person.)

Place: In Onojo city, Fukuoka. Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room1 (2F)

We have been endeavoring to improve our English. We discuss the topic or article prepared by a leader. (We alternate the leader each session.)

This is the article for the session on the 4th

This is the article for the session on the 18th.

6月スケジュール ~~マムズ~~

These are our upcoming English meetings.

Day and Time: the 6th and the 20th June 10:00~12:00

Participation Fee: ¥500 a participant (Due to the fact there will be a native English speaker attending. When there is no guest speaker, the fee is normally¥200 a person.)

Place: In Onojo city, Fukuoka. Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room1 (2F)

We have been endeavoring to improve our English. We discuss the topic or article prepared by a leader. (We alternate the leader each session.)

This is the article for the session on 6th

This is the article for the session on 20th.

What Do You Think?

When I watched the following news, I was pissed off and sighed: A sumo referee ordered a few women to leave the ring during emergency.

I understand sumo is considered our national sport and has a long history, not to mention how sacred the ring is and how important our tradition belief is. This time, however, it is high time to rethink our mindset.

A mayor suddenly collapsed on the ring during his speech. His hands and legs were cramping. It obviously seemed emergency, but every staff was upset and they didn't seem to know how to perform basic life support. A few minutes later, a woman rushed to the mayor and conducted cardiac massage. According to the news, she is a nurse and that makes sense. She knows what to do when an emergency happens. Following by the woman, a few more women rushed to the ring to help him. At the time, a sumo referee ordered the women to leave the ring because women are forbidden to enter the ring. A majority of the audience might not be able to believe the announcement during the emergency. Some might think that is a taboo in our culture, women must not enter the ring and we should follow it.

Some news seem to stir our feelings and a women mayor seems to lump women's rights in with this case, though,
don't get me wrong. I don't mean women shouldn't be forbidden to enter the ring or I don't mean we should break the long taboo. I mean we should think flexibly, depending on the situation like this emergency.
     
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