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English Seminar
« on: January 12, 2011, 12:20:30 PM »
My school is holding an English seminar for our first year students next month.  The activities are planned by the JTEs, so you don't need to bring anything other than your smiling face and maybe something to show for your self-introduction.  We need three or four ALTs to come help out.

Date: February 11th (Friday)
Time: 8:15-12:30ish
Pay: 5,000 yen plus some snacks
Activities: jeopardy, cultural comparisons, and a (simple) debate

The seminars are a lot of fun! My kids are a little shy, but many of them are really interested in speaking English.  If you are interested or have any questions, please comment or send me a PM.

Thanks!   :-D

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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2011, 12:21:49 PM »
Who agrees to do debate with you now that I'm not there?
There.  Now everything goes together.

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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2011, 12:24:04 PM »
Who agrees to do debate with you now that I'm not there?
I could make Hellburger do it with me as he's done it in the past, but I don't think that's a good a idea because we bicker with each other all the time.  The kids think it's funny though.

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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2011, 10:37:24 AM »
I forgot to mention where my school is.   :|

My school is Kofu First HS near Kofu Station. It's easy to find/get to.  You can also be picked up from the station.

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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2011, 01:20:50 PM »
I'm down (unless it was specifically requested that I not come back following the last seminar's commercial/skit things).

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Shin: Jiro was smiling at three o'clock, but now he's crying.
Ms. Green: Good.
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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2011, 02:07:29 PM »
Im interested,

im currently the ALT at Hatta JHS in minami alps, if that matters as all.

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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2011, 02:21:13 PM »
Im interested,

im currently the ALT at Hatta JHS in minami alps, if that matters as all.
Nope, anyone is welcome.  Thanks for signing up!

My school will contact your school to ask if you may participate. If you can PM me your full name and your school's phone number, that would be great.

I'm down (unless it was specifically requested that I not come back following the last seminar's commercial/skit things).
I haven't seen your name on the ALT non grata list, so you're okay.  :-D

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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2011, 02:35:59 PM »
Is there an actual list?
There.  Now everything goes together.

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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2011, 02:39:54 PM »
Is there an actual list?
Only in my mind.

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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2011, 02:40:24 PM »
There.  Now everything goes together.

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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2011, 02:48:57 PM »
Is Hellburger on it?
No, because any money he earns, I can spend. Also, my kids think he's really cool. I have no idea why they think that, especially after meeting him.

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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2011, 03:50:28 PM »
I haven't seen your name on the ALT non grata list, so you're okay.  :-D

*Translator's note: "non grata" means "unwelcome."
Shin: Jiro was smiling at three o'clock, but now he's crying.
Ms. Green: Good.
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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2011, 11:16:03 AM »
Here is a more detailed explanation of the activities. This is for the kind ALTs that agreed to help out. This way you can think about what you'd like to do, but we can always switch what activities we lead.

Jeopardy

It's what you think it is. You read questions and the two teams try to ring in as fast as possible and answer. Two ALTs can do this. Jeopardy may end long before the 50 minutes are up, so you may have to come up with something on the fly to do at the end. ALTs that are good at joking around are the best for this activity.

Cultural Comparisons

A group talks with the ALTs about life in their home countries and the ALTs ask the kids about growing up in Japan. There are worksheets too. I think one has the names of countries and nationalities that the kids can fill-in. Another has ideas for questions. You guys can either work by yourselves with one group, or pair up the groups and work together. Some groups can be really quiet, so it's hard to get them to talk. Chatty ALTs are good for this activity.

Debate

The students have been learning how to debate in their English class (at least most of the kids that will be there have). You don't need to teach them how to do it, but it's good to give the groups a few pointers before starting; like what makes an effective argument and that they should also come up with counterarguments. There are worksheets for them to write on. The debate topics will be very simple, like cats vs. dogs and living in Yamanashi vs. Tokyo. The ALTs help the pro and con side come up with arguments and put their arguments together. Then, toward the end of class, the two sides debate, with the ALTs keeping track of time. The students need a lot of help with this to do well in 50 minutes. An ALT who has experience with debate, or if you like debating,  :-P is good for this

About the self-introduction: if you have anything from your home country, or pictures or something, you can bring that to show the kids. You don't have to, but it's more fun that way. :lol:

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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2011, 11:52:31 AM »
Is this the event that my name was on a tentative list for?

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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2011, 12:06:35 PM »
Is this the event that my name was on a tentative list for?
Yeah, as of right now, enough people have signed up, but sometimes things happen and an ALT can't make it.

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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2011, 01:16:18 PM »
Would it be kosher to bring my big piko-piko hammer?
Shin: Jiro was smiling at three o'clock, but now he's crying.
Ms. Green: Good.
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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2011, 01:18:08 PM »
Why...?

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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2011, 03:06:53 PM »
Security.
Shin: Jiro was smiling at three o'clock, but now he's crying.
Ms. Green: Good.
          -NH 3:3

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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #18 on: January 26, 2011, 03:23:20 PM »
Security.
15 and 16 year old girls are pretty rough.

Would you please give Cameron a smack on the head for me? It will be obvious who he is if he is in your group.

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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2011, 04:47:26 PM »
Thy will be done.
Shin: Jiro was smiling at three o'clock, but now he's crying.
Ms. Green: Good.
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Re: English Seminar
« Reply #20 on: February 04, 2011, 02:53:24 PM »
Hey all!

Just wanted ask if you guys know how to get to my school and if anyone needs directions.