NILS had a graduation trip for Dazaifu tenmangu shrine.
Students learned the history of Japan’s cultural and interactions with Asia and Europe, and also they felt the olden Japanese culture there. May their future be full of success and happiness!!
NILS had a graduation trip for Dazaifu tenmangu shrine.
NILS had a tanabata festival! Students enjoyed making various wishes – ” May pass N1!” “May improve my Japanese skills!” “May my family be happy!” We hope students’ dreams will come true.
Also students made origami paper crane. Though it was a bit tough…, teachers helped and students managed to make it.
Here is a student’s comment :
“Today we learned about Tanabata and made origami! Had lots of fun and would recommend this experience to anyone looking for a good time!”
今月の初め、卒業生は、「大宰府天満宮」という神社に行き、学業のお祈りをしました。 ここは、学業の神様の神社として日本で有名です。 特に12月～2月は、日本では受験シーズンなので、受験する日本の学生がたくさん祈願をしに来ます。 NILSの学生も卒業後は、ほとんど日本の学校へ進学するので、一緒にお参りをします。
Our graduating students visited a shrine called, “Dazaifu-Tenmangu”, which is well-known as a place in where a god of study is, and prayed for their study success in the future. Not only our students, but also many Japanese students who would take the test for next school come here to get pass.
3月5日、NILSは、卒業式を行いました。 日本の学校では、入学式・卒業式、共にとても厳粛な形式で行われます。 NILSも例外ではありません。 式の後は、会場を変え、卒業パーティを行い、卒業生・先生・来賓みんなで卒業をお祝いします。
We had a graduation day on 5th March. Most of Japanese schools have entrance and graduation ceremonies in quite formal way. So NILS is no exception. After the ceremony, we changed the venue. Graduated students, teachers, and some quests have a graduation party to finish the day!
We had an event called “学習発表会（Gakushu hapyo kai）”. This is a presentation to our teachers and students in order to show the current issues by using Japanese which they have learned so far.
Hello! We had a speech contest at the end of last month at NILS. Students made speech on various topics about their countries and family memmbers, their experiences in Japan, etc. Teachers scored their speech with some criteria such as its content, grammars used in the speech, fluency, and so on.
This year’s winner was Sabina Shrestha from Nepal.
The following is her speech in Japanese.
It makes me smile when I think back my first day of Japan. Because there were many things i had to follow and it was also tough time for me.
The one of the most difficult things for me was a bicycle. I had never ride a bicycle till i came to Japan. I had to ride because of commute to the school and a part-time job after the school.
I was very scared of riding but i encouraged myself in practice.It was getting better day by day.
Another thing, of course it is Japanese language. I believe everyone feels the same.
I still have to learn more harder but my Japanese was so terrible when I began. When I had a job interview, it was terrible because I could not understand what I was asked. I was bummed out.
Since then, I studied very hard.
At the job, my colleague showed to how to work, what i should do but I could not understand their Japanese. Not only Japanese but also I was tensed and felt uneasiness.
But they always encouraged and helped me, said “You can do it , do your best”
Recently, they say “Sabina, would you do this?” I think I improved a lot and i am happy to be asked.
Compared to the previous year, I realize many difference. I can ride a bicycle. I understand in Japanese what I was asking. I can communicate with Japanese people. I am speaking Japanese in front of everyone now!
I tried to do my level best so that I could make it. Please you also do your level best.
[Small things add up to make a big difference.] This is what I learned recently in the class.
I hope you will also get good result like I’ve got.
NILS offers calligraphy and origami in our cultural program “Tanabata” in early July to get familiar with Japanese traditional culture. Most of our students had no experience in such cultural activities. In the calligraphy lessons, students started learning such a basic thing like how to hold a brush. It is different from how to write in pen/pencil, so they practiced writing simple lines repeatedly to get used to brush writings. At the end, they wrote their favorite word(s) on a piece of paper. Origami is one of the Japanese cultures they have never experienced before. we can create various forms such as animals and flowers by folding square paper without using glue or scissors. Origami was difficult for many students, but they enjoyed these Japanese cultures (^^)
As Tanabata is coming soon on July 7th, NILS students at Ogori Campus wrote their wishes on strips of colored paper and hanged them on bamboo grass. Lots of students wish for higher Japanese language skills. Now, we would like to introduce some of their wishes.
|I wish to be an astronaut. —Puri, Nepal||I wish I can enjoy working in the future. — Stanley, US|
|I wish I can study at a university
in Japan. —Nguyen, Viet Nam
|I wish to be a nice guy and to get married with a wonderful lady. —Khadka, Nepal|
|I wish I can go on to a vocational school in Tokyo. —Panta, Nepal||I want to be a Japanese language teacher. —Rijal, Nepal|
We made the tree like this!
Isn’t it beautiful? Join us 七夕(たなばた) festival next summer!
We wish all of our students can make their wishes come true!
We held the 2015 NILS Commencement and Graduation Party at Hotel Bientos in Saga Prefecture. Schools typically plan their commencement ceremonies in March to commemorate the successful completion of all requirements at schools. This year, 140 NILS students graduated, and this was their very last school event after studying 1.5 to 2 years at NILS. Surrounded by classmates, teachers, the Mayor of Ogori, and other distinguished guests, these graduates participated in the ceremony concluding their work. After NILS, many go on to work or begin college, graduate schools and/or professional schools.
Comments from Teacher
The graduation season is upon us. Every year, I feel very proud and happy for our graduates, but at the same time, I cannot help feeling sentimental to let them go. I hope they visit us and keep in touch as we all wish them the best and think of them just as much even after they graduate from NILS.
At our Commencement, graduating seniors and current students exchange songs. They must have practiced a lot this year as we heard beautiful voices; some graduates were crying, too. Some reminisced how these songs brought numerous memories of the fun and new experiences they had in Japan.
After the commencement, we hosted a graduation party. We enjoyed a delicious buffet at the hotel while students entertained the crowd with music and teachers put on follies on the stage. This was an event “not to miss” because this was where normally very strict teachers expose their humorous side. After the entertainment, each class and the teachers gave speeches. After many tears, the ceremony ended.
Comments from Students
“My Thoughts on the Commencement”
Two years flew by in a flash, and there I was at my commencement. Our teachers and staff hosted a grand ceremony for us. Our teachers, who taught us the Japanese culture in detail, again showed us how to attend a commencement ceremony – how to step up onto the stage, bow, and space ourselves on the stage. The current students sang a song called “By Meeting You”, and we were all so touched and overwhelmed with emotions. Everyone sent us off in a roar of applause after the song. After the ceremony, we attended a reception. We enjoyed delicious food and watched funny shows put on by our teachers. With deep gratitude, we said good-bye to all our teachers. I will forever remember this commencement. —Gui Jingjing from China
The graduation ceremony was very formal and well organized, just as you would expect from a Japanese ceremony. It was very fun and it was a great way to spend the last time with my classmates. Also, after the graduation ceremony, there was an after party that the teachers and staff organized. We chatted a lot with the teachers, and our classmates, and also enjoyed a play that was put on for us by the teachers. I am very thankful for the time they put into everything and it was a lot of fun. Those were my last moments at NILS, and I will keep them with me forever. I am very grateful to NILS—my Japanese has become very conversational thanks to a lot of the teacher’s help. —Stekelenburg John Isaac from the U.S.
On February 17 (Wednesday) and February 18 (Thursday), we held Student Presentations at NILS. The purpose of this competitive event is to demonstrate how well students have mastered their Japanese language skills. The students do this by acting on a stage. Students in the beginners level select a certain situation, learn the appropriate phrases, and carry on a conversation. In addition to acting, the intermediate and advanced level students simulate formal presentations that they are likely to use in college or professional situations.
Comments from Teacher
This year’s Student Presentations were very interesting and they covered a variety of topics. Students in the beginners’ class did a role-play activity in which one student acted as a travel agent showing different tourist spots in China, Spain, and Canada while the other student acted as his/her customer. There was even a very unique drama where a tourist encountered a bear during his trip to a hot spring.
The intermediate and advanced level students performed both stage acting and formal presentations. Such activities involved discussing the types of professional fields in which Japanese people like to work, a sales presentation where students compared desktop and notebook computers, and a data analysis of international marriages between Japanese and non-Japanese people. All of these topics were very interesting and taught me a lot. Students needed to memorize long and complex sentences, but I believe the students were able to remember the grammar for the long term due to the requirement of physically acting and performing these tasks.
Comments from Students
A “Student Presentation” typically involves reciting long verses from memory in front of an audience. Last week, Student Presentations took place at our Japanese language school, NILS. Even though some students felt shy and somewhat hesitant, the students performed very well. It is not easy to perform in front of an audience, but I found it to be a good venue to express my views and emotions. This type of event should take place at all schools. Doing presentations is helpful for students to practice speaking and it ultimately improves one’s social abilities. (Kaur Mandip)
“A Good Practice”
On the day of the Student Presentations, all my classmates were a little nervous. It might have been because all of them wanted to do their best. We weren’t nervous because we wanted to win—it was because we wanted our classmates to be proud of us. Overall, it was a beautiful experience. It was also a great way to improve our speaking skills, as we had to memorize correct grammar structures. I’m sure we will all become more skilled thanks to the presentation. Ganbarimasho!! (Ramos Jaume Aguilo)
“International Marriages: Difference Values”
Our annual Student Presentations took place on February 17th. I think this year’s topics were more difficult than the last year’s. Our teacher decided on the theme, and we students came up with the script and charts. It was a challenging task since it was only three of us working on it. However, our teacher was very thorough and we were very happy with our final product because of our teamwork. It was also my first time to present as the MC. I was very impressed with everyone’s excellent pronunciation and fluency this year.