Summer Class Week 10

  I have finished all my teaching jobs for the summer semester! For the last class, I brought some Japanese snacks and juice, which we enjoyed for the last 30 minutes of the lesson. For the past six months, since I started my language courses in January, I have had wonderful experiences in the classes, […]

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Outreach: Japanese culture & language

I delivered five sessions on the Japanese culture and language at a secondary school. A total of 125 students in Year 8 (25 students in each class) joined the session, which was more of an interaction style between us than the presentation style I did last time. I fully enjoyed all the sessions with the […]

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Summer Class Weeks 7, 8 and 9

I came to show lots of contextual pictures and videos to the students, because I realised that it is extremely important to give the students much time to get to know the context, find words and phrases they have already learned, and find out what they do not yet know in the context. The girl […]

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Relaxing Weekend

Having read my supervisors’ feedback on my work, it seems I have managed to get over the first hurdle of my PhD studies. Now I can finally relax a bit. This morning, I read a novel (without a deadline, summary and references!) and ironed our 14 work shirts that were left after washing over the […]

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Weeks 25 and 26

I am writing this with an enormous sense of relief. For the past two weeks, since I came back from Tokyo, I had been concentrating on editing my chapter, although it was a struggle and I had to ask my supervisors for a two-day extension. I finally submitted my work last night at 10 pm. […]

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Week 24

On Thursday morning, I flew to Japan and arrived at Narita on Friday morning. I stayed for two nights and left Narita on Sunday morning. I am back in England. My colleague picked me up at Narita, and we headed to the office. This trip was for doing some work and shopping for food and books to […]

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