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          Hello! This is Rob, welcoming you to another exciting time for ushere at Earnest English Academy!

Parents’ Observation Lessons are in full swing, with the humblehalls of our school bustling in the lively energy of our young elementarystudents guiding their mothers, fathers, and grandparents to each of theirlessons. While some of our students are understandably nervous to be observedby their family, many of our pupils are eager, enthusiastic (and yes—earnest) to show off their fun and engaging lesson time.

For us teachers, we are of course thrilled to welcome parents tothis once-a-year opportunity; we take great pride in the quality of oureducation, the outstanding atmosphere of our classes, and the unique appeal ofour collaborative Dual Lesson system. Parents are treated to the opportunity toobserve their children in both Native Teachers’ and Japanese Teachers’ lessons,and it has been extremely rewarding for me to see their smiling and supportivefaces, laughing mirthfully along with us throughout the classes.

It is a real pleasure to meet so many parents. This time comes onlyonce a year; for my long-term students, it’s a wonderful opportunity to touchbase with familiar faces; for my new students, I am always delighted to make aconnection with the family for the first time. This week, I have beenthoroughly pleased to see some parents joining in with the class, participatingwith rapt attention and eagerness. I can clearly see the support my studentsreceive from home, and am immensely grateful for parents’ efforts to helpfurther their children’s education after school hours. I hope that all parents,inspired by their students’ performance here at the school, will continue tosupport and encourage their young ones’ progress through continued practice athome!

For those families who have already joined us, thank you for yourvisit! To those whose observations are coming this week or next, please lookforward to seeing your sons’ and daughters’ development. We’ll see you soon!

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こんにちは。英語講師の市川です。

 

寒さもぐんと増してきましたが、皆さんいかがお過ごしですか?

特に受験生の皆さん、大切なこの時期、風邪にはくれぐれもお気をつけくださいね。

 

さて、毎年この季節になると、アーネストの小学生クラスを対象とした授業参観が行われます。年1回、保護者の皆様にお子様方の成長を見ていただけるとても大切な機会となっています。

 

授業参観では、日頃のレッスンの様子を見ていただくと同時に、音読の発表の場を設けています。この日の音読発表に向けて、生徒の皆さん一人一人が一生懸命練習を重ねてきてくれました。発表の練習の過程では、「先生、ロールプレイの発表は小物を使ったらどうかな?」、「歌の速さはこのくらいがいいんじゃない?」、「歌の順番はこうしようよ。」、「もっと大きな声を出そうよ。」など、生徒さんからアイデアを出してもらったり、生徒さん同士励まし合ったり、その前向きな、お互い協力し合える姿勢をとてもうれしく思いました。こうして、生徒が主体となる、クラスみんなで作り上げる参観日を目指したいと思っています。

 

今週からいよいよ参観日がスタートします。

 

生徒の皆さん、頑張って練習してきた成果を是非自信を持って、発表してくださいね。そして普段通り、一緒に参観日レッスンを楽しみましょうね。

 

保護者の皆様、お子様の頑張っている姿を是非見守っていただき、この1年間の成果をご覧ください。なお、当日はお母さん、お父さんを目の前に緊張してしまい、なかなか日頃の成果を出しきれない生徒さんもいるかもしれませんが、どうぞ温かい目で見守っていただけたらと思います。

 

アーネスト社員一同、参観日でお待ちしています!

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Hello!! 英語講師の三宅です。

2017
年度第3回英検1次試験対策のコースが始っています。
目標に向かって一生懸命頑張る生徒さんと共に最後まで粘り、いい結果を出していきたいと考えています。


ところで、
2017年第1回の英検より、準2級と3級にライティングテストが導入されました。
それについて
3級コースの保護者様より質問を頂きましたので、自分なりに理解している点を書かせていただきます。

2017年第1回英検3級のライティングテストでは以下のような問題が出題されました。

Where do you want to go during your summervacation?

(夏休みにあなたはどこに行きたいですか。)

これについて自分の考えと理由2つを2535語で書くのが問題になります。私なりに解答すると下のようになります。

I want to go to the sea during my summervacation. I like swimming in the sea very much. Also, I like to eat sushi near the sea.

(私は夏休みに海に行きたいです。私は海で泳ぐのが大好きです。また、私は海の近くで寿司を食べるのが好きです。)

ライティングは、内容、構成、語い、文法への4点ずつの配点で、16点満点で採点されます。得点は英語力の指標となるCSEスコアに換算され、総合点に加点されます。

高得点を取るには、数多くの演習が必要になります。英検コースでは、それぞれの生徒さんが犯しやすいミスをひとつひとつ潰していくよう指導しています。

文章を書くのが一番の勉強になるという本もあります。ライティングテストを通じて、言葉に対する感覚を高めていきましょう。

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Hello again. My name is Joe. I am a foreign teacher here at Earnest. I am a person who really like sports and I try to exercise as much as I can. Now winter is coming. It is quite hard to get up early in the morning to do some exercise. And whenever I get out from my house it is very cold in the morning. I think everyone feels the same.

 

  Exercise is something I grew up with since I was very young. Every sport is interesting for me. It helps me with many things, like giving me good health, socialize with other people, learning about sportsmanship, etc.

 

  The day that I exercise I feel active all day, but without it I sometimes feel lazy and I do not feel that is my day. So when winter is coming I have to push myself harder to get up and get out to do some exercise.

 

  Earnest give me chances to make some sport events with other teachers, so we all can be healthy and get closer relationship between staff member at school. Last month we ran half marathon together at Kita-Shinshu Half Marathon. We all really enjoyed and we had a lot of fun running and also socializing with each other.

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Last week (October 16,2017) we had Earnest Badminton Tournament at Minami Sports Park. 10 teachers joined the tournament. It was very fun for us. Most of them were new to the sport but we were having fun playing and we shared a very good time together.

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Sports give us not only for a good health but many more things come with it. So everyone if youhave a chance even in the winter time, you should try and push yourselves to get out from you bed and do some exercise.


Hello,I'm Matt. Halloween has only recently become popularin Japan, but it has been a major holiday in the West for many years now.  I grew up in America, and I’d like to talkabout my childhood Halloween experiences.

Of course Halloween was most exciting whenI was in kindergarten and elementary school. I remember being Luke Skywalker, the Pink Panther, and a carrot fordifferent years.  I would join a group offriends in the early evening, and we would go door-to-door in our neighbourhoodtrick-or-treating.  By the end of theevening, we would all have a large bag of candy and we would all have a stomachache the next day because we ate too much of the candy.  I think many Americans go trick-or-treatingwith their family, but I don’t have any brothers or sisters.

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Once American kids reach junior highschool, they usually stop trick-or-treating unless they are looking after ayounger brother or sister.  Still, myfriends and I still liked Halloween, so we started making ‘scary’ movies onHalloween.  Our costumes were for themovie and we ran around the neighbourhood filming.

Even adults enjoy Halloween inAmerica.  Offices may have costumeparties with all of the office workers in costume.  Others may go to a friend’s party, or even aconcert, where everyone is in costume. When I was older, I went to several Halloween concerts where both theband and the audience was in costume!

We try to bring you a fun Halloweenexperience at Earnest each year.  It’s alittle different than what we do in America, but as a teacher, I’m excited tosee the students’ costumes, choose my own costume, and play Halloween gameseach year!  Halloween is an excitingholiday for all ages!

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