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Mar
2017

Exchanging opinions on education with Toyama University students.

Monday, May 22nd 2017

Exchanging opinions 126 of the third grade students in the Course for inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences visited Toyama University, and discussed education in Japan, the U.S.A. and the Netherlands with 14 overseas students in the Faculty of Human Development, 12 from Leiden University and 2 from Hawaii.

In groups of 5 to 7 students, they considered other country’s education systems through an English Q and A session on each country’s educational environment, faculty/curriculum, class style, school rules, and bullying issues.

Students’ comments

Exchanging opinions 2 ‘I realized how poor my English communication skills were. I thought that the Dutch students would speak clumsily like us because English is not their mother tongue. However, the reality surprised me and I was impressed by how high their English education level is and realized again how necessary it is to acquire useful English skills which have been the challenge in Japanese English education.’  – Mr. Y.

 ‘My impression was that the major difference between Japanese and Dutch education was that in the Netherlands, discussion style classes are dominant while lecture style classes dominate in Japan. I expect that discussion style classes from an early age would increase the opportunities for students to express their own opinions, and as the result, it would make them less shy in expressing their own opinions in front of people. In our future society, presentation skills of speaking in front of an audience will be required. I felt that we need to increase discussion style classes in Japan, too.’ – Ms. T.

Mar
2017

Debriefing on the “The 3rd Overseas Training”

Debriefing Photo 1On March 14, 2017, in Keisetsukan Hall, a debriefing session for the 3rd Overseas Training was held. The first grade students of the Research Science Course, along with others who wished to join, participated in it.

After an introduction of the schedule and training summary by the teachers, each group presented what they had learned, what they had discussed with the Harvard University students, and how to present effectively in English for two minutes. Then the report session was done in groups of 2 to 3 students with one Overseas Trainee.

Students’ comments

Debriefing Photo 2‘I clearly recognized what I had acquired by speaking it out loud. What I wanted to say came out one after another, and I realized that my overseas training has been truly fruitful. I promised myself to use what I experienced this time in my future life after graduation.’ – A 2nd Grade overseas trainee

‘Since I was wondering whether to participate in the next overseas training or not, it was a great opportunity for me. My seniors all spoke English confidently. I saw that they had become capable of holding the audience’s attention after going through the overseas training and all the associated preparations’. – 1st Grade audience member.

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Mar
2017

SGH Koshien (SGH competition), Kansai University, March 19th 2017

SGH Koshien Photo 1At the “SGH Koshien”–the nation’s largest theme research presentation event–all of Japan’s SGH appointed and SGH associate high schools met and competed with each other on their theme research achievements.  

From our school, three teams participated in poster presentations (five from the Course for Inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences, and three from the Course for Inquiry on Natural Science).

Students’ comments

 SGH Koshien photo 2‘I was truly amazed by the sharpness of the questions that were asked during our theme research presentation. I was also impressed to discover so many high potential students my own age. I realized that everyone who is genuinely and highly talented must always be open to new ideas.’ – Mr. K.

At first, I was a bit worried about whether our presentation was good enough for the session, but as we repeated our presentation, we could perform it well keeping in our mind what we intended to communicate and what the audience needed to understand. It was a great opportunity for us to realize that the process of the theme research itself would influence our future study and life. – Ms. N.

Mar
2017

Student Presentations from the 3rd Overseas Training 2016

Please click below to read student presentations.

Group Report (PDF)

Mar
2017

The 3nd Overseas Training

Diary from Overseas Training 2017

Day 1: March 2nd  “Departure”

Day 1 Photo 1 What a long day! Today, we experienced many things. First of all, for many of us, it was our first journey going abroad. We had some troubles before our flight to the U.S. Some realized they had forgotten something in their home, another lost his scissors. After our long flight, we arrived in America. In Minneapolis Airport, we had an entering assessment. We experienced time differences. There is a 13 hour difference between   Minneapolis and Japan, so we could not guess what time it was. Today, we had about a 40 hour day. It is so long! So, we were very starving. We had our first shopping in the U.S. Some went to Dunkin Donuts, the most major donut shop in Boston, and others went to Burger King. We were very surprised at the size of the drinks at the shop. Furthermore, we were surprised at the very high prices of commodities. Surprisingly, a bottle of water costs three dollars (360 yen). Today we could know a lot of new things. All of them were very interesting and exciting. We were looking forward to other schedules in America.

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Day 2: March 3rd

Day 2 Photo 1 On March 3rd, we gathered at 6:00 a.m. and left for the local high school, although the school which we were going to go to was changed the day before. We arrived at 7:15 and met our buddies. Then, we joined our buddies’ classes, such as history, math, biology and physics. After that, we ate lunch with our buddies, and the introduction group showed their presentation at 1:00 p.m. Many students questioned them and we enjoyed their presentation. After we took pictures, we left the school.

Day 2 Photo 2 On March 3rd, we gathered at 6:00 a.m. and left for the local high school, although the school which we were going to go to was changed the day before. We arrived at 7:15 and met our buddies. Then, we joined our buddies’ classes, such as history, math, biology and physics. After that, we ate lunch with our buddies, and the introduction group showed their presentation at 1:00 p.m. Many students questioned them and we enjoyed their presentation. After we took pictures, we left the school.

Day 3: March 4th

  Today is March 4th, on Saturday. It was a cold day. The highest temperature was 22 F and lowest temperature was 7 F in Boston. Some students were late because this was the first gathering by themselves. However, we could gather at Harvard Square Station. We went to Harvard University in the morning. In Harvard University, we learned 8 parts of speech from our teacher, Julia. We talked about fairy tales with Harvard University students. We made our unique fairy tale. Finally, the SNS group played their fairy tale. The story was the love of a fairy and a horse. At lunch, we had three options; sandwich, Mexican food, or hamburger.

   Students of Harvard University were very friendly, so I could talk to them easily. In the afternoon, we had the students of Harvard University guide us. We walked outside, so it was very cold.

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Day 4: March 5th “Happy Weekend!”

I went to the church with my host family in the morning. I found that there were two basket goals there. I learned that American people liked basketball very much. People in the church welcomed me kindly. I was glad to welcome kindly and join in the teenager group, but I felt sleepy, because the English which the speakers spoke was very fast. I thought that I had to study English more.

  My host mother took me to Rever Beach which is American’s first public beach. It was very beautiful view. I could learn American history there. After that, we went shopping. We enjoyed walking around in the mall. I found a shop of Japanese items. It seemed that Japanese culture was really popular there. Then, I had to go to my home by myself by bus, because my host mother had to go to work. On the day, I had valuable experiences.

Day 5: March 6th

Today we gathered at Harvard Square Station at first. Then, we ate Dunkin’ Donuts. The donuts were good. It began at Boston, so there are a lot of Dunkin’ Donuts in Boston. Next, we went to Harvard University on foot. It took fifteen minutes to get there. After that, we learned about how we should put stress in context, and practiced our presentation. Our leader gave us some advice kindly, so we could improve our presentation. We were taught the importance of having our own opinion. In addition to this, we talked about PROS or CONS in city or countryside. At the end of this lecture, we had some homework about the problem in the city in the future.

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Day 6: March 7th

Did our presentation in front of our discussion leaders. After that, they gave us some important advice for our presentation.

  1. To make connection between speaker and speaker.

  2. To attract audience’s interest in our presentation.

  3. To join in discussion by responding to speakers as audience.

 Day 6 Photo 1  Then, we reconstructed our presentation according to the advice. Our leaders always helped us when we had difficulty in this reconstructing. Later, we finally did the presentation for everyone.

At noon, we said good-bye to our discussion leader. It was sad for all of us. We took many pictures with them. We miss them even now.

   After we left Harvard University, we went to JEOL (Japan Electron Optics Laboratory) by school bus. We ate lunch there and we made our lunch by ourselves. It’s so tasty and delicious. While we ate lunch, the staff of JEOL did a very interesting presentation about their company for us. We knew how to live in foreign countries through it. Then, two scholars taught us about the microscopes that they produced.  The microscopes can be used by touching panels.

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Day 7: March 8th 

 We had to leave our second home on that day. Now we have a lot of memories with our host family because we talked a lot with them and had a good time. We also talked with the driver and he said, “You have to speak English!” I had been told the same thing before, so I felt as if I had returned to the first day of our home stay. I learned the importance of both oral language and body language. We can’t tell our feelings without them. After that, we moved from Boston to New York by bus. While moving, we enjoyed talking with Mr. Maki, who has lived in America for a long time. He knew not only America, but also how to communicate with others, so we could learn a lot from him.

   In New York, we went to see Trump Tower, The Empire State Building, and a big shopping street. The day when we visited New York was International Women’s Day. We wanted to go to see the Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero, but we couldn’t go there because there was no time. We only went to the United Nations and Times Square. Many people from many countries walked, talked, and looked at a lot of advertisements. We took many pictures of the wonderful scenery.

Day 7 Photo 1   After our sightseeing in New York, we went back to the hotel and had dinner with our seniors who are now working in Americ, and we did our presentation in front of them. Through this program, we learned many essential factors for a good presentation from college students. By combining them, we could make the best presentation. After that, we had a nice time with them, talking about our school life, dreams, and goals. All of us enjoyed the last day of this program.

Day 8 and 9: March 9th and 10th

Day 8 Photo 1Day 8 and 9 was the day we left for Japan. We gathered at 3 a.m., at the hotel lobby, and rode on a bus to the airport. We flew to Haneda via Minneapolis for about 13 hours. During the flight, many students looked so tired and fell asleep, so some students missed the breakfast.  After we arrived at Haneda at 2 p.m., we rode on a Shinkansen for about 3 hours. Finally, we arrived at Shintakaoka at 9 p.m.

 

Day 8 Photo 2   At the disbandment ceremony, Uemori-kun said, “We could improve our presentation skills, thinking of more effective presentation. On the other hand, in discussion, I felt my English was poor. I really appreciate my family, who gave me the opportunity to take part in this training, and the teachers, who supported me.” After Mr. Kometani, our principal talked at last, the 3rd overseas training ended.

 

Feb
2017

Intercultural Understanding Class in collaboration with JICA for the 2nd year in the Course for Inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences and Course for Inquiry on Natural Science

Intercultural Understanding Class 1On the 2nd of February, 48 students of 2nd year in the Course for Inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences and Course for Inquiry on Natural Science interacted in English with 6 trainees from JICA-Hokuriku (Burmese in the training program at Kanazawa University).

 In the interaction session, the trainees introduced themselves and their country. They watched a video together of a Burmese sport called Chinlone which is similar to Japanese Shukyu, enjoyed spicy Burmese cuisine, and read aloud the Burmese alphabet. All served to deepen their understanding of Myanmar.

 Intercultural Understanding Class 2The students explained to the trainees about “Outline of Japan, its history and great men”, “Japanese food”, ”Japanese language”, “Tourism spots and festivals”, “High school life and education”, and “Kimono”. At the beginning, they were all nervous, but started to smile and relax as the session progressed, and were very active in asking questions. Though the students had some difficulty understanding the Burmese accent of English, it was a fruitful time with lots of lessons.

Jan
2017

Pre-training has started for the upcoming overseas training!

oversea training 1On the 12th of January, 32 candidates of the “The 3rd Overseas Training” in the 2nd year of the Research Science Course interacted with the instructor, teacher Molly who lives in Boston, through a Skype pre-training session.  The interaction consisted of teacher Molly’s self-introduction and her quiz on Boston, and the candidates’ questions of what she would recommend for Boston souvenir. The conversation was very active. Then they introduced Toyama prefecture, Takaoka city and Takaoka High School, followed by their presentation of their research on ocean garbage problems. She gave them her suggestions, such as “smile more and speak more slowly.”

over ser training 2Other groups also gave her the abstract of their presentation theme, and asked her for advice for improvement. The major advisory points were, 1. speak slowly due to the esoteric themes, 2. pay attention to natural intonation, 3. speak with dignity and a smile, and 4. ask specific questions.

They are to improve the issues that Ms. Molly has pointed out by the next Internet session with her.

Dec
2016

Three School Joint Research Presentation Session

Three School Joint 1On Saturday the 17th of December in Toyama Prefecture Takaoka Bunka Hall, the joint theme research presentation session was held among three schools: Toyama High School, Toyama-Chubu High School, and Takaoka High School. On top of the 240 students participating from the Research Science Course, a total of 900 1st year students of the Research Science course, teachers and parents of the three schools, and students of other Toyama schools and all over Japan came to the hall. The posters session was so crowded that it was even difficult to move.

Three School Joint 2At the opening, the representatives of the three schools made a presentation. Toyama High School presented on “A message from Dazai—the quest for the theme of ‘Run, Melos!’”, Toyama-Chubu on “Gamma Function”, and Takaoka High School on “Considering the impact of SNS on language activities among high school students”, respectively. In the following Q and A session, students asked questions and discussed their research at a very high level.

Three School Joint 3Later in the morning and afternoon, the poster sessions followed. They made 3 minute presentations on their past year’s research, and explained more profoundly in the following Q and A time among the presenters. There were very sharp questions on the research methods, not only from the students, but also from the general audience. This opportunity greatly encouraged the presenters to further improve their research. 

Three School Joint 4During the closing ceremony, after comments by representatives of the three schools, a lecture by the principal of Takaoka-Minami high school, Seichi Hayashi followed, titled “To think and express scientifically.”

He explained in an easy to understand manner through a Q and A session about the skills required for being excellent members of society and for university qualification exams.

This was the 6th year of the three school joint presentation. We expect that the present 1st year students will learn from their seniors and define their themes to do their own research.

Dec
2016

Intra-School Theme Research Presentation for the 2nd year in the Course for Inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences and Course for Inquiry on Natural Science.

Research Presentation 1On Tuesday the 13th of December, the Intra-School Theme Research Presentation was carried the out by 80 students in 19 groups from the 2nd year Course for Inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences and Course for Inquiry on Natural Science. 1st year students of the Research and Science Course and 2nd year students of the General Course, along with teachers from Toyama University, Toyama Prefectural University, and Takaoka High School, attended.

The students had been working on the theme for 9 months since April, being advised by the University teachers and NPEC staff. The presentation was done in poster session style. Each group presented the abstract of their research in a concise time, followed by a Q and A session. All discussions were very active.

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Dec
2016

The Intercultural Understanding Class for the 2nd year General Course

Intercultural 1On Monday the 12th of December in Keisetsukan Hall, the Intercultural Understanding Class was carried out for 200 of the 2nd year students in the General Course. This year, 9 Toyama University students and overseas ALTs from Thailand, Myanmar, China, Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Spain, Albania and New Zealand were invited as instructors and they interacted with the students in English.

Itercultural 2In groups, our students made an introduction presentation on Japanese education or culture and presented it to the foreign instructors. In the Q and A session that followed, they had the chance to ask about the similarities and differences in each instructor’s country, and the instructors asked them questions concerning their presentations.

They all enjoyed the interaction with international students in English, and deepened their understanding of different cultures from outside Japan.

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Nov
2016

Rediscovering Japanese culture through the Ecchu Manyo Class

Echu Manyo ClassOn Friday the 25th of November, the “Ecchu Manyo Class: Manyoshu and Ecchu province” was held for 1st year students. Inviting Mr. Nobuyuki Sakamoto, the Director of the Takaoka Manyo Historical Museum as the lecturer, they learned about the “Manyoshu” or“The Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves” which is the first major anthology of Japanese poetry, and is related to Takaoka.

Through appreciating “Zakka”, “Somonka” and “Banka” poetry together with a related video, they had the opportunity to rediscover the Japanese spirit passed down from ancient times to the present.

Nov
2016

Internet Interaction Experience Program for the 2nd year in the Course for Inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences

Internet photo 1On Monday the 14th of November, in the Super Global seminar class, 26 students from the Course for inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences experienced a conversation with Canadian Prof. Chris Tsotsos, living in London, through a Skype session.

The theme was “The skills required for global human resources and the challenge of acquiring them”.

Everyone was expected to think about the required skills and discuss their ideas. In groups, they constructed a speech and questions, taking the preceding class, ”Questioning Skills on the international stage”, carried out by London resident Ms. Ayako Sano, into account.

Internet 2They assigned roles within their groups, such as MC, speaker, questioner, and responder, and on the day of the Skype session, exchanged their opinions and questions with the professor. They cooperated together and interacted with the professor entirely in English. Although they were nervous, they were happy to be communicating successfully in English. At the same time, the experience helped them recognize the limitations of their English skills and inspired them to study even more.

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Oct
2016

English Debate Competition and English Presentation Contest

dabate 1On Sunday the 25th of September in Toyama University, the 6th Toyama High School English Debate Competition was held, in which 3 teams consisting of 15 students participated from our school. In addition, 4 of our students assisted by serving as chairperson or time keeper.

This year’s theme was the difficult topic, “The Japanese government should adopt a social security system that provides a basic income to all Japanese citizens”. The students prepared and practiced until the last moment before the session, and performed their best in the competition.

debate 2On Saturday the 29th of October in Toyama Shimin Plaza, the 18th Toyama High School English Presentation Contest was held, in which 1 team of 4 students participated in the research project section, 3 students in the recitation section, and 2 students in the speech section, with 9 in total from our school participating. In the recitation section, the student who proudly recited “President Obama’s speech in Hiroshima, Japan” won the 3rd place. In the speech section, the student who presented her views on the election system and voting rights with the title “Taking the first step to become a responsible adult”, won the encouragement award.

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Oct
2016

Interim Research Presentation of the 2nd Year in the Course for Inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences and the Course for Inquiry on Natural Science

Presentation1On Sunday the 2nd of October, 80 2nd year students in the Course for Inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences and Course for Inquiry on Natural Science gave their interim presentations, on which they had been working  since April, in a poster session.

Instructors from Toyama University and Toyama Prefectural College were invited and gave them lots of suggestions on the content of their work, poster creation methods, and presentation skills, which would serve to improve their further research.  

Presemtation2Since it was held on the School Festival day, many students both from our school and others, parents, and nearby residents came to see it. The audience gave them comments and encouraging words, such as, “it would have been even better if the presenters had spoken out louder without looking at their papers”, “it was interesting to hear about something close to ourselves,” and “I look forward to seeing what will come next in their research”.

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Aug
2016

The (Environment)Global Leader Training Operation Program for Northeast Asia Youth(2nd year students in the Course for Inquiry on Natural Science)

photo1On August 19th (Friday) and 20th (Saturday) , the Global Leader Training Operation Program for Northeast Asia Youth was carried out in the Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service International linguistic school. From our school, three students of the NOWPAP group who had been researching on the theme of marine garbage attended.

   The purpose of this program is to develop people who would work on environmental preservation activities in the Northeast Asia Region, through international experiences, photo2such as exchanging opinions and experiencing environmental preservation activities. This year, 60 primary, junior high and high school students attended from eight organizations in Japan, Russia, China and Korea, who have been acting with their high consciousness on the environmental issues. 

   Day 1: The program was started with a keynote speech by the Director of the Laboratory of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Mr. Andrianov Andrew and Prof. Hristoforova Nadezhda of the Far Eastern Federal photo3University and Chair of the UNESCO course in Marine Ecology, followed with the presentations and reports on the activities of each organization. In the afternoon, the poster session was carried out, and everybody mutually asked questions to each other in English. Also, they all participated in the Environment Preservation Workshop and made the posters cooperating with the students from each country.

   Day 2: They visited the biology laboratory and the botanical garden of the far eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of photo4Sciences, and deepened their knowledge of the Russian marine flora and fauna by looking at those creatures and plants. In the evening session, there were presentations on their country with each participant’s singing and dancing, they socialized over the language barrier, and all enjoyed their time.

Aug
2016

Global Challenge, Empowerment Program (1st and 2nd year students)

photo1  On August 15th (Monday) to 19th (Friday), the Global Challenge, Empowerment Program was carried out in our Keisetsukan Hall and the canteen, and 97 volunteers of the 1st and 2nd year students were challenged by the “English Only” training session.

   This program was introduced this summer for the first time, intending to provide an opportunity to know the required talents in the global society and to inspire the students to be future global leaders through  communication with overseas college students in English. The students were organized into a group of four or five students with one overseas collegephoto2 student as the leader, and they carried out the discussions and presentations in English for five days.

 

 

 

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