参加国も、ハンガリー、台湾、モンゴル、インドネシア、パレスチナ、アメリカ、マレーシア、 中国、トルコ、エジプト、バングラデシュ、タンザニア、タジキスタン、ボリビア、ケニア、ウク ライナ、と非常に多岐にわたり、企画をした教員自らも「グループに入って、いろんな文化の ことを教えてもらいたい」と思ったほどでした。（ただ、生徒の英会話の時間を奪わないよ うに、じっと我慢をしましたが・・・）
多くの生徒が書いてくれた事後アンケートでは、英語が通じてうれしかった経験、逆に 通じなかったので次回こそはがんばってみようという反省など、今後の英語の授業に対 して前向きに取り組みたいというものがとても多かったです。
Thank you very much for today! I also very enjoyed talking with the girls,
this is a good opportunity for me to understand the people and hear what
they want to say to us foreigners. Maybe they want to learn from us, but
for me it is actually me who learn a lot from them. I really appreciate
this chance, thank you.
This is actually my first time joining this kind of program and it was
actually very fun! I think the program is very nice and should be
continued, so the students will have more confidence in speaking English.
Here some things that might be able to help improving the program:
-The preparation from the student’s side is already very good. The second
grade students gave me various answer on the question I asked before coming
to school, some of them also prepared game which is very interesting and
gave a good mood during the talks. So it was mostly the student who gave us
the flow on conversation. On the other hand, there are some things I
haven’t really understand before I came to the school. I think the
explanation for the ambassadors (like the purpose of activity, what kind of
activity we should do, the schedule, how many students we will handle in
one period/in a group, manners and other tips) should be given in a brief
email, rather than in separated mail. This will ensure all of the
information is given already, avoid missed communication and for the
ambassadors to think how should they spend the given time effectively.
-This is my first time having a free-style conversation with the Japanese
girls so to be honest, I can’t really compare the ability between the girls
in your school and other schools. The students understand a lot of
vocabulary. Second year students were maybe still not very comfortable to
speak English, so they used a lot of Japanese and a bit shy to speak. I
think the third year students were more confident in speaking English than
the second years, as they able to speak more freely. In my opinion, this
program is meant to give the chance for the girls to speak, so I gave a lot
of question to them. As I try to speak slowly, they were able to understand
what is the main idea of my question and able to answer the question pretty
well. When they forgot what word to use, they discuss together and they
look very happy when they were able to answer the question, which I think
is a very good experience.
I also have an experience in difficulty of learning English before, so I
understand what they might feel.
Since we live in a non-English speaking country, we also have trouble in
English too. In primary schools, I was given English lessons in classes but
did not get a lot of chances to speak and practice English. By the time I
graduate from University I realized that every time I tried speaking
English to foreigner, I become very nervous and always thinking ‘what if I
make a mistake?’ or ‘what if they don’t understand what I am talking
about?’ or ‘what is the word for this?’. In the end, I couldn’t speak to
them because of this feeling. Since then, my friends and I (4 persons) make
a group for speaking English for at least one and half an hour per day,
talking about the topic we already decided beforehand. Everyone should tell
their opinion about the topic, and give feedback to others. By the time of
2 weeks, we realized that English is not difficult anymore; we gotten used
to speak and tell our ideas without thinking too much.
So here is my tips for the student: The most important one is be brave;
think less and just speak. Even though you made a mistake, I am sure the
other person still understand what you’re trying to say, and they will
always try to understand. Speak a lot, make it routine, and then you will
able to speak English in no time. You can do it!
For the comment and picture, I don’t mind for showing the students and
upload them in the website. I will be waiting for the similar event in your
Once again, thank you very much Inoue-san.