Sunday, October 31, 2010

Interview Project 2010

Today I went to Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居 Kokyo) as an assistant of pupils' interview.


To interview with foreigners at the Imperial Palace is one of the annual events that Eigonoie produces.


But this time, happily, more students attended this project than last year.

So we divided them into 2 groups; elementary school students and junior high school students.


This was the first time for most of them to talk to foreigners out of school or class, so they looked nervous a little.

But I hope most of them had a good experience, and that experiences stimulated them to learn English harder than before.










In addition, we have one more annual event on this day.

After the interview project, every time, we go to "分上野藪 かねこ Wakeuenoyabu Kaneko" to eat Soba!!






It tastes soooooo goooood!! (≧▽≦)/

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sexual Harassment Dice

Not only young teachers are crazy!!


The 59-year-old teacher used three dice named "Sexual Harassment Dice" in his class at Ogi Elementary School in Iruma, Saitama.






He had apparently had three dice, one with sides marked with the words "hug" and "forgiven", another marked with "kiss", "snot" and "forgiven" among others, and the third marked with "snot" and "forgiven".

Students who forgot to bring something to class were forced to roll one of the dice.

The teacher has apparently admitted to kissing one boy and acting as if he would put snot on one girl.



"I made the dice while playing with the children. The first two dice were for boys, and the third was for girls." the teacher said.






Schools are in chaos......

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Goodbye Paul

So sad...


Paul the octopus had passed away during the night.



He was 2.5 years old.

Octopuses rarely live beyond two years so his death was not unexpected.



Paul, thank you for giving us dreams.


※I wrote an article about Paul before. If you want to know what Paul is like, go to http://eh-take.blogspot.com/2010/07/paul.html.

Honesty

A bonze sitting next to me in the train is reading a book.


The title of the chapter he is reading now is "法律は金ヅル (Law brings money)".


........


Jesus!! (´Д`;)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Crazy Young Teachers

"The eldest of three sisters committed suicide and her funeral was held.
The two other sisters fell in love with a boy who attended the funeral.
In order for the second-eldest sister to see him again, what should she do?"


Can you believe that question was given to 21 third-graders of Hamadayama Elementary School (Tokyo, Suginami-ward-run elementary school) during a math class on Tuesday by the 23-year-old female teacher?


One of the pupils said,

"She can see him again if she kills the youngest sister (and her funeral is held),"

and the teacher claimed it was the correct answer.





So crazy, isn't she?





And the similar problem occured in Tokai Commercial High School (Aichi, Prefecture-run high school) at the same day.


24-yaer-old male teacher gave 77 third-year students a question about the assassination of its principal as a midterm test on business issues.


That question was like this:
"The principal was found murdered in the faculty room, but he left a clue about his murderer by writing '41124' with his blood. Choose one of seven teachers as the culprit."

The correct answer was the home economics teacher, since the figure '41124', when they are placed upside down, could read 'カていカ (kateika)'.






Exactly it is important for pupils and students to broaden their minds and to have flexible thinking abilities.

But.....those questions must be inappropriate.



Young teachers, please choose dreamful questions!! (≧д≦;)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Japan - The Strange Country

My Speech&Debate class teacher often shows us some interesting videos.


Yesterday he showed this video.


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Surprisingly, this video was not created by a foreigner but a Japanese designer Kenichi Tanaka as a graduation thesis project.



He said he is not a racist, but some Japanese people criticize his work.

Yeah exactly it has some misunderstanding points.


But I think this work wasn't created for introduction to the world.

Rather we Japanese should know what the world's eye toward Japan is like.



Umm.....it's so controversial.


If you want to see its Japanese version, go to http://vimeo.com/9873910.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

As a Pillow

I have the History of the English Language class in the second period today.


Prof. Hotta always lectures with an imposing mien, so I appreciate his class.

But there's one thing I'm not satisfied with is his too long introduction of each lecture.

Today he spent 45 minutes for introduction, which means there was only another 45 minutes left to lecture.

He often use the expression "枕として ( 'as a pillow' which is a Japanese expression meaning 'by way of introduction' )" berore the introduction.

Soon after he begins to speak, most of the students drop asleep.


His makura story becomes a real pillow at this moment. ヾ( ̄o ̄;)

Saturday Night Fever

The baseball field at Orlando, Florida's Gilbert McQueen Park just might be the field of dreams for one couple.


A guy named Ryan Baichain rented out the ball field at the park on Saturday and spray-painted a message into the field that read,




"SARAH WILL YOU MARRY ME?"







Ryan also paid extra money to have the field's lights turned on Saturday night.


He then flew in a helicopter over the field and proposed to Sarah, his girlfriend of three years.






Most guys propose with a diamond, but the words are much brighter.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Esperanza

Mission accomplished!!!


The painstaking process of hoisting 33 miners trapped nearly a half-mile below ground for more than two months in northern Chile was completed Wednesday night, less than a day after it began, ending a saga that gripped a nation that never gave up hope.



Congratulations!!! (≧v≦)/^^




(If you cannot see this picture well, go to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1305350/Chilean-miners-alive-trapped-rescue-months.html)




And happily, most of them seemed to be released from the hospital Thursday afternoon.


Experts said some of the aftereffects of the long stay underground and the quick trip to the surface, especially mental effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or restless nights -- may be felt for years to come.



Cheer up!!

While there is life, there is hope!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Erasers' Break

Erasererasererasererasererasererasererasereraser......

There are many blackboard erasers taking a nap.


Yeah, erasers must be tired of their daily chore.

Today is the Physical Education Day, which is the Japanese national holiday falling on the 2nd Monday of October.


They are in holiday mode, too. (つ´∀`)つ

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Quarrel

I really hate the teacher of the Study of English Education class.


At the week before last, she and I quarreled a little.




At the beginning of the class, she told us her experience in school she had visited during the summer.

That school includes affiliated elementary, junior high, high schools, and even university.



After her explanation, she asked us if we had any questions about the English education in school, and I raised my hand and asked like this.


"I think it is important for students how to receive the English education at very first time. Then, how does elementary school teachers teach English to their students, especially the English pronunciation?"


My real intention was how the teachers help their students form the foundation of communication or practical skill without awarding any grades.



But she got in a bad temper just after my question, and started to tell her thought, which made me so angry, in class.


Her thought was like this.

① All English teachers can speak English well, and must have wonderful or beautiful pronunciation.

② There are a lot of kinds of English in the world, so the teachers should not teach one dialect at school.

③ The main purpose of learning English is to get communication skill, not to get the pronunciation.



I know, of course, there are many theories or assertions toward the primary education.

But I think it is dangerous to teach English to 5th and 6th grade students in terrible pronunciation.


How can I ignore that the taecher and students play some games in Katakana English for 2 yaers in primary significant age?



Unbelievably, she said that teaching pronunciation is NOT needed for the English beginners.





How can I trust her ever after??

Sunday, October 03, 2010

New Mobile

As I told you before (→http://eh-take.blogspot.com/2010/05/fmp_11.html), my mobile phone has been broken.


Then, yesterday I bought a new one!!!! (≧▽≦)/ yeah!!




The former one (N904i) is here.




And my present partner is here!!


"P-03B"






The new one is thinner and simpler.

Furthermore, it looks so adult and inelligent.



Suit me well, doesn't it? (*^。^*)

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Maharaja

Wow!!!!



Egypt again!!









Yesterday I ate "からあげくん マハラジャ味 (Karaage-kun Maharaja taste)" which is now sold in LAWSON.












That taste and flavor reminds me of the trip to Egypt.


LAWSON succeeded after several attempts to make this Arabic taste.

It is used 10 spicies; garlic, cumin, ginger, turmeric, coriander, red pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, clove, and onion.



And the name of this product is so nice.



........"Maharaja"........




Sounds mysterious.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Mushroom Burger

I tried a Freshness Burger's limited menu.


"Vegetable Burger Mushroom"


A big mushroom is used instead of a hamburger.

So unique and tasty.


And I was surprised that the shop was dressed with Halloween decorations.


You'd better try!! ヾ(=^▽^=)ノ