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This Week in NELP

2010.10.28

This week in NELP students read stories and articles to prepare for Halloween.

The First Grade NELP students read an article about the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California. Sarah Winchester was the wife of William Wirt Winchester, heir to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company that made the famous Winchester Rifle. After the tragic deaths of her husband and infant daughter, Sarah consulted a spiritualist who advised her to buy a house, and told Sarah that Sarah would live as long as work on the house continued. As a result, work continued on this very unusual and unique house for the next 38 years.

The Second Grade NELP students read an article about the Dyatlof Pass Incident in Russia in 1959, in which 9 hikers mysteriously and tragically died during a ski-hiking tour at a pass in the Ural Mountains.

The Third Grade NELP students read a short story by H.P. Lovecraft called "In the Vault" in which an unlucky undertaker is inadvertently trapped in a vault with the dead.

Next:

The First Graders will read "The Gift of the Magi" by O Henry. I often worry that this story is too difficult. The vocabulary is really daunting for first graders. However my first graders have often told me that this is one of their favorite stories.

The Second Graders will read "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling. It's one of the longest stories in the NELP curriculum, but has been very popular with NELP students each time I teach it.

The Third Graders will read an article about The Christmas Truce of 1914. This was an amazing incident in which British and German soldiers voluntarily declared peace on Christmas morning, 1914. Unfortunately, they were later forced to continue fighting. Still, it's a good incident to read about.

投稿者:nelp

Halloween Lessons

2010.10.28

This week we celebrated Halloween a little early. I decorated the classroom with my usual creepy pictures, pumpkins and Halloween decorations. The students got Halloween candy and we watched scary videos.

The first graders and third graders also told scary stories as one of their speaking assignments.

Here are this year's scary Halloween pictures:

First Grade:

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Second Grade

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Third Grade

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投稿者:nelp

Kurashiki Mayor's Cup

2010.10.28

One of my junior high school third grade students recently participated in the Kurashiki Mayor's Cup Speech Contest.

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Although my student did very well, and delivered her speech very naturally, she unfortunately did not win any prizes. There's a line in her speech "Will the judges get what I'm trying to say?" Apparently not.

Her speech was an inventive 'message' speech about not giving up, even in the face of criticism, difficulty or imperfection. I liked the fact that her speech didn't attempt to bludgeon the audience to DO SOMETHING about a current social issue. Instead, it was about having self-confidence. In that sense, I can understand how the low-key message in her speech might have flown right past the judges, who might be of the opinion that her speech was ONLY about giving a speech.

Still, I'm very proud of my student for her development of her performance and speaking skills.

投稿者:nelp

H.I.H. Prince Takamado Trophy

2010.10.15

On October 10, one of my third grade NELP students and two SELP students went to the H.I.H. Prince Takamado Trophy, the 62nd All Japan Inter-Middle English Oratorical Contest.

Although one of the SELP students who participated in the recitation section unfortunately did not win a prize, the other SELP student got one of the gold prizes in the recitation section.

My third grade student got first prize in the speech section, and so she will go to Tokyo this year for the finals. I'm really proud of her.

Here are some pictures:

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投稿者:nelp