Typical Class Schedule
Wednesdays: 2nd period- meeting with JTE, 4th period- 3rd year Optional English Class, 5th period- 2nd year Reading, 6th period- 2nd year (2-4) Writing
Thursdays: 1st period- 2nd year (2-7) Reading, 3rd period- 2nd year (2-3) Reading, 4th period- 2nd year (2-2) Reading, 6th period- 2nd year (2-6) Writing
3rd year Optional English Class
Every Wednesday I team teach in the 3rd year Optional English Class. Each week we select a different topic to talk to the students about. Some of the topics included: idioms, the differences between British English and American English, the origins of surnames, etc. We have also held holiday parties (Halloween, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas) to teach the students about American Holidays. The JTE and I have conversations and I lead the class in Listening quizzes each week to improve the students’ listening skills.
Foreign Exchange Student
During my free periods I have made time to study Japanese. I took the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) in December. Learning Japanese has enabled me to communicate better with both the students and teachers at school. When I first arrived, the students were afraid to speak English to me because they did not want to make mistakes. Now, the students see me trying to speak Japanese (and making many mistakes) so they are less afraid to make mistakes in English.
After School/Lunchtime English Tutoring
During lunch and after school I helped students prepare for the STEP Test (Eiken) English exam. I also held mock interviews for 3rd year students who had upcoming English University Entrance Interviews. This helped them gain confidence and improve their English speaking ability.
I also met with a 1st year student, who was preparing to do an exchange with a family in Canada. I helped her practice some English conversations that she could use at her home stay. We also talked about some of the cultural differences between Japan and Canada/U.S.
Lunchtime English Conversation
When I am not busy with tutoring, I go to the 3rd year students’ classroom to eat lunch. We speak in both English and Japanese and talk about differences between America and Japan.
Callie’s English Corner
In early November I received permission from the Vice Principal to start Callie’s English Corner. I have a bulletin board in the hallway next to the teacher’s room. Every 1-2 weeks I change topics. I post various news articles, photographs, stories, cartoons, lessons on American Sign Language and more. Some of the topics I have done include: Obama, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
HEC (Hokkaido English Contest)