Here are the latest pictures from NELP:
First, the new Language Development Curriculum is now finished!
There are 53 worksheets with a total of 265 vocabulary exercises including more than a thousand vocabulary words from the 2nd Grade, Pre-1st and 1st Grade Eiken STEP tests. The Language Development sheets are purely voluntary. Students don't have to do them, but if they do all the worksheets for a given section, they'll get a bonus on their participation and final score in English B.
I've only got one picture of my new junior high school first grade NELP class. They've had some absences recently.
My poor first graders have been SO busy. They've only had me for SEVEN lessons, but we've already had an assessment test, a listening quiz, a discussion, our first homework, a reading comprehension quiz, a grammar quiz and our first class presentation! The student are now working on their first essay and their first book report! We do work fast in NELP!
This week, we studied the poem "For Sale" by Shel Silverstein, and the students did a great job. Next week, we're going to have our first debate: Should We Change the School Uniform! My students always enjoy this topic!
Here are my third graders!
The third graders have just finished reading "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost. The symbolism gave them some trouble, but they were very good sports about it. Next week, they're going to do a debate. Their topic will be "Should Seishin Have Teachers that Are Not Popular?" This is a good topic to get the students to think about attitudes and learning, and the difference between what one wants and what one needs.
I unfortunately didn't take any pictures of the second graders. They just finished reading "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. They also just had a debate this morning. Their topic was "Should Seishin Become a Co-Ed School". I SO wish I had recorded it. They're debate was brilliantly done. They put so much heart and effort into it, and they all participated SO well.
Here are some pictures of my high school first graders:
In these pictures they are preparing arguments for their debate. Their topic is "Should We Ban Whaling?" Their arguments are inventive and interesting. Their approach to the debate is definitely novel! All of the students are doing a really super job! I'm so proud of all of them!
In our oral communication classes, the first graders first worked on listening techniques. Tomorrow, we're going to work on speaking techniques, including volume, tone, pace and word grouping.