Friday, November 18, 2016
On 13th August, people who participated in the study tour of Angel Aid Association taught our students again.
Students learnt how to wrap in Japanese way, the historical relation between India and Japan, designing hand fan, fun games, and a teacher who teaches 6th grade in Japan had a class in 6th grade in our school.
She showed Japanese letters written by Indian ink on a Japanese paper, and she asked students "Is there anybody who can read this?"
Then, one of the students replied "shi ta i no!"
(It means "I want to do".)
It was very close!!!
The correct answer was "ta no shi i".
(It means "It is fun".)
In Japanese way, especially writing with ink , we read vertically and start reading from the right hand of the upper side.
The student had read it horizontally and had started reading from the left hand of the upper side.
She taught students about the importance of efforts to achieve their dreams with a song "Moshi Moshi Kameyo", from a story of race by a rabbit and a turtle.
She also taught making flowers by folding colorful papers called Origami in Japanese, and made students to write their dream on the flowers, so that they can see their dreams always by hanging them on the wall of their house.
In the class of historical relation between India and Japan, the teacher (who teaches History in Japan) was surprised that 8th grade students have known the history very much than 10th grade students who took the same class last time by him.
About the history of world second war, a student answered "He was the man who joined Subhash Chandra Bose in fighting against England!" when he saw a photo of Hideki Tojo.
He said that he recognized his face because he saw his face on a book of history before.
People in India respect Subhash Chandra Bose very much who was a leader of Indian National Army.
He is evaluated as high as Mahatma Gandhi or more for his contribution to India's independence.
Most Indians gratitude to Japan that Japan helped INA to fight against British army to get freedom from colonization.
I have some friends who come from Imphal in Manipur where the battle held between British army and Japanese army with INA.
And they told me that they respect Japanese army very much still now.
The teacher of history asked "Where can you find the model of this building near here?" while showing a photo of "Goju no tou"(Buddhist stupa) in Nara.
Then, most students answered "It's Thai temple!".
Maybe it looks like Thai temple because of the design of its roof.
In fact, he revealed that the model of "Goju no tou" was Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya.
The teacher said that there were many monks who wanted to visit Bodhgaya where Buddha attained great enlightenment in ancient time but they couldn't do, so they built the temples in their countries by making them in similar design with their earnest wish for the Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya which was located very far away from where they lived in the world.
Buddhism was conveyed to many countries from India and the design of the temples has been transformed into the local design in each country.
I learnt many things from this class while I was interpreting.
Ms.T and Ms.M were interviewed by a reporter from ANI.
You can understand how the students enjoyed each class with Japanese when you see the photos!
I thank all members of Angel Aid study tour very much for having the classes to our students!
Saturday, September 10, 2016
I have a good news for you!!!
2 of my students C and N passed N4, and 1 student V passed N5 in the Japanese language proficiency test (JLPT) held in Delhi in July.
Next JLPT test will be at the beginning of December. We only have 3 months till the next test!
I have already made the study schedule for September, October, and November.
For about 3 months, we will concentrate and study Japanese everyday.
We've already started our study. I teach them by using text books for N3 like Nihongo Sou Matome (Kanji, Vocabulary, Grammar, Reading, Listening), and Nihongo Kanzen Master (Kanji, Grammar, Reading, Listening).
We have to study at least 12 pages of the text books everyday.
I hold sample tests every Sunday.
I hold Japanese class for students for N5 and beginners on every Sunday morning, so while I am teaching them, the students of N3 and N4 can take a test. I would then check their answers and explain to them in the afternoon.
We played a game in the class on Sunday in August.
Ms.T and Ms.N participated in our class as volunteer teachers from Angel Aid Association.
We played a game in which two groups of the students competed to get Hiragana cards and make Japanese words with the cards.
We explained how to play the game to them, but they weren't used to play such games, so they broke the rules many times, and we had to explain again and again.
It was unexpectedly fun!
From now, the students who are aiming to get N3, N4, and N5 have started to study seriously.
If you support our activity and cheer them up, it will help us a lot. Thank you!
Some members of the study tour requested that they would like to visit a private school besides Surya bharti school, so we visited DPS (Delhi Public School) which is a famous private school in Gaya, on 12th August 2016.
The school buildings looked like luxury hotel.
The buildings had 4 stories with toilets on every floor and the class rooms were very spacious.
Principal sir guided us around the school.
He showed us the classes of nursery, elementary, and junior high.
We greeted teachers and students in some classes.
Students in an elementary class were painting pictures related to Independence day of India.
There were bulletin board in every class.
Group lists, students lists for buses, pictures painted by students were pasted on it.
It had very unique colors.
We found white boards which were connected to computers beside black boards.
There were projectors attached in every class.
We saw Taekwondo (martial arts in South Korea) in a sport class.
Hundreds of students were watching magic show on the ground floor.
This school holds various events around 15th August every year.
There was a ground and a park with facilities like slides in Japan.
Principal sir brought us to show a swimming pool which was under construction.
A member of our tour asked him, "What kind of swimming suits will your students wear?".
He replied, "We are planning that it will be with long sleeves not to show their skin and boys and girls will have swimming classes in different times."
He later explained about the plants planted in the school.
He said that there are more than 1200 kinds (maybe 12000?) of plants, and they are applying to register in Guinness World Record.
Lastly we talked with principal sir about lots of things in his office.
He said that the Motto of the school is "Service before Self". They teach students the importance of serving others before thinking about oneself.
This school accepts students with various religious backgrounds.
It is recognized and affiliated with CBSE (education system given by Indian government) and provides high quality education of the same level as in private schools in Delhi.
The teachers teach students in English for all subjects except Hindi and Sanskrit.
There are 3 languages that are taught, which are - Hindi as mother language, English as second language, and Germany as a third language.
Principal sir said that he and the board members of the school are thinking about introducing Japanese as a fourth language in the future.
DPS was established in 2013, and it has been only 3 years since then.
I had met vice chairman of this school in a train just after the opening of the school.
He said that they don't use AC in classes because it is bad for health.
Through the discussion in the train, I found that he has very firm ideas of education system for the school.
I'm very happy to know that this kind of school has been established in Gaya,
Though our Surya bharti school can't compete with this school in terms of its buildings, I think that it has good quality education no less than this school.