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Experience of "Japan in the Schools"

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Feb 25th 2014、JASSWのインターンシップ生として、Japan In the School(JIS)のプログラムに参加してきました。今回は私にとって初めてのJISだったのですが、普段けっして経験することがないことをたくさん経験することができ、一日の終わりにとても充実を感じています。今回のJISでは、シアトルから車で1時間ほどのタコマ市にある、Washington High Schoolで授業を行いました。JISではいつも授業に合わせたスーツケースを持っていき、その中に入っている日本特有のものを使って授業を行います。今回のJISでは日本の“custom”, “shopping”, “restaurant”という設定にそって文化を学びながら日本語の勉強をしました。
 
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日本語を習い始めてまだ1年目のクラスで行いました。1年目なのでわからない単語も多く、発音にも慣れていない様子でしたが、みんなとても一生懸命“日本の先生(ボランティア)の家におじゃまする”という実演をしていて、きちんと玄関のドアを開ける音である「ガラガラガラ」や、チャイムの「ピンポーン」までも楽しそうに言っていてこちらが嬉しくなりました。

Shopping
2年目のクラスで行いました。この授業では最後に生徒たちが、郵便局、コンビニ、本屋、おもちゃ屋に行って買い物をするのですが、スーツケースの中に入っているマンガやおもちゃ、おかし、またお金に興味津々の様子で、最後はそのおもちゃで遊んでいました。日本の高校生よりまだピュアさが残っていてかわいかったです。また、それぞれのお店に置いてあるものの発音を、日本語のネイティブであるボランティアが発音し、生徒がそれに続いて発音するという練習をしたのですが、いつも英語の授業などでネイティブをまねる側であった私が、ネイティブ側になり、お手本になるというのがとても不思議で、貴重な体験でした。
 
Restaurant
3年目のクラスで行いました。このクラスは少人数で、3年目ということで単語も漢字もだいぶ読めていました。最後に生徒たちみんなでレストランに行きご飯を食べる実演をしたのですが、みんなそれぞれまったく違う食べ物を注文し、みんなが「おはしをください」と言う練習をしている中、自分が頼んだのはピザだから大丈夫、という子もいて、本当にアメリカの子たちは自分を持っているのだな、と実感しました。

私たちにとって当たり前の日本の習慣が、アメリカに住む高校生にとっては不思議な体験であるというのが見ていてよくわかりました。スクールバスの関係で朝早くからの授業ではありますが、普段は入ることのできないアメリカの高校におじゃまし、日本語を教える先生という立場から“ザ・異文化交流”をすることができ、またアメリカの生徒たちとふれあえ、今後得ることができないであろう、貴重な体験をすることができました。

                                            
 
               Feb 20, 2014‐Mar 14, 2014までのインターン生   
                青山学院大学 文学部英文学科 品川実菜
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Hello,I'm Chihiro Narita

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Hello,I'm Chihiro Narita
Hello.Nice to meet you.
I'm Chihiro Narita.
I'm from Tokyo,in Japan.

I've been JASSW as an intern from February18th 2014,
and I'll stay here for 3 weeks.

I enjoyed life in Seattle.
Because my host family and JASSW staff are very kind
for me.

I'm a Toyo university student,in Japan.
I study global economics at my school.
I want to do office work in connection with economy
in future.

So,I think that the work I am working by JASSW is helpful to my future.

I am happy to work here.

Thank you.


Chihiro


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Hello, I'm Mitsuyo

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Greetings JASSW viewers,

My name is Mitsuyo. I was recently offered this opportunity to work as an intern
at the JASSW.

This is an official OPT opportunity in the US related to my coursework in my major, which is Business.

I decided to join the JASSW since I wanted to know how it built and developed the relationship between Seattle and Japan.

Currently, the JASSW hosts and promotes activities as a bridge for Business, Educational and Cultural exchanges between the State of Washington and Japan.

It give me great pleasure to be involved in these activities with JASSW.
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Hello, I'm Artina Daniels

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Hello, I'm Artina Daniels who studies at the TAF Academy.

As an intern, I expect to be pushed to my full language learning abilities. I also expect my knowledge of Japanese and American culture to be expanded and to better understand how these cultures cooperate together.

I am interested in how Japanese and American culture is combined in your society. I want to better understand both cultures and how they have been presented to the public.

I would like to bring my knowledge of not only Washington state but of other state's and county's cultures to the Japan Society.


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Hello,I'm Torri Judith Brown

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Hello,I'm Torri Judith Brown who studies at the TAF Academy.

I expect to get an insight on a Japanese run company and possibly learn more about their culture and language. I hope fully will be able to practice the language during the internship.

I am interested in the cultural events and programs that they have to offer. I would love to participate in one of their events. I am also interested in the visit to schools that JASSW has. I think it is interesting that they share Japanese culture with students.

A group where high school students can represent Washington to visit other high schools in Japan. I think that is a great idea because we can learn from each other the different ways. Classes are taught and get an idea of what the education system is like Japan.
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Hello, I'm Mina Shinagawa.

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Hello, I'm Mina Shinagawa.

Hello. Nice to meet you. I'm Mina Shinagawa. I'm from Kanagawa prefecture, in Japan. Kanagawa prefecture is famous for Yokohama city.

I've been JASSW as an intern from February 20th 2014, and I'll stay here for 4 weeks. I decided to apply for an internship at JASSW, because I wanted to experience working abroad, and I'm very interested in cultural exchange.

I just finished my sophomore in Aoyama Gakuin University, and I will be a junior next semester. I major in English American Literature there, and I often enjoy learning foreign culture by reading books or watching musicals.

I will do my best to contribute JASSW during my stay in Seattle.

Thank you.

Mina
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Hello, I'm Alex

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Hello JASSW viewers!

My name is Alex Smith, and I started working at JASSW as an intern on October 31st. I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.

I recently graduated from Willamette University with a degree in Japanese Studies, and studied abroad at Tokyo International University. While I attended Willamette, I assisted in tutoring and mentoring Japanese exchange students in adjusting to American life.

I decided to join JASSW because I would like to help deepen and strengthen the relationship between Japan and Washington State.

It is a pleasure to meet you.
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JSG Microsoft Tour

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JSG Microsoft Tour
JSG (Japan Students Group) attended Microsoft Tour on 6th December.

It is meaningful for attendees to tour office and talked with members of the company.

Members told us company, attitudes toward business and their personal history.

Please visit our facebook page for photos of our Microsoft Tour!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Japan-America-Society-of-the-State-of-Washington/134769239869360
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Hello, I'm Yusuke.

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Hello, I'm Yusuke.
Hello, I'm Yusuke. I started working at JASSW as an intern on November 20th.

I grew up in Yamaguchi prefecture.
I graduated from Waseda University this past March. In university, I majored in Sport Sciences and I studied Sport Business.

The reason that I decided to work as intern in JASSW is to improve my working and English skills. So I'm looking forward to working with my fellow staff and contributing to JASSW.

I'm here only for a month but I'd like to experience a lot of things in this internship.

Yusuke Sumitomo
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Hello, I'm Sanae.

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Hello, I'm Sanae.
Hello.

I'm Sanae Yorozu, a senior student of Hokkaido University.
I’ve started working at JASSW as an internship position from October 24th 2013.

The aim I came to Seattle is to join JS and JLCV volunteer.

In my university, I'm on a tutor work for international exchange students. I teach students Japanese language, custom and culture so on. Helping them is my pleasure to find there are many people abroad interested in and love Japan. This experience made me think of “how is Japan they love in their country?”

JS and JLCV program is perfect to know how is Japan abroad, and through it I can be involved with those who are interested in Japan.

And luckily, I got a wonderful opportunity working at JASSW office too. Much appreciated to Ms. Olson offered me to work here.

I'll be here only about two months, but do my best and make a contribution to those who love Japan in Seattle and JASSW.

Nice to meet you.


Sanae Yorozu
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