Through out the week, we would be given the opportunity to visit different English classes from grade 1 to grade 5. At least everyday we would attend one English class that was taught by either Jerome or Bruce. Having English classes with grade 1 and 2 were honestly the best because they were so cute and was always bubbly and happy. Some were shy so it took a while for them to open up and approach us. Some were extremely happy to see us as they kept on coming up to us and talking.
One thing that amazes me about Japanese high schools is the amount of respect students have toward their teachers. Every lesson we went to began with "Kiristu (stand up), Kiostuke (stand up straight), Rei (bow to the teacher)" When the student bows they say "Onegaishimasu" which means please teach me. The lesson also ends the say way. However, in the end we say "Arigatou gosaimashita" which indicates thank you for teaching me.
During these classes, the teachers would set out activities and lessons where we got the opportunity to interact with everyone. Some of the activities that we had were quizzes where Jisukan students only had to speak English.It was really cute when we did quizzes with 1st and 2nd grade students because they were not allowed to speak Japanese so they tried their hardest to translate it to me in English. 😍. The students tried their best to get to know us by asking questions. LOTS AND LOTS OF QUESTIONS, such as " Where do you live in New Zealand" , "what is your favourite Japanese food" " what are your hobbies" etc. Not only did we answer their questions, we also got to share things about New Zealand. Many students did not know about New Zealand. They were really interested and intrigued on the things that we were telling them. We shared the Maori culture. Me and Memory did a hongi as a demonstration. It was funny how the students were shocked and amazed at the same time.
... I was really grateful for the students in all of these classes who were always helping me out and just talking to me. Getting out of my comfort zone, I had met lots of new people from the ages of 12 to 17, making lots of memories with them. 😁😁😁
こんにちは Hello, my name is Esha Naidu, a year 13 student who will be making her way from New Zealand to Japan. This blog will show all of my experiences and adventures on this exchange over 2 weeks. I hope you enjoy