筑紫女学園大学 留学・研修現地レポート

筑紫女学園大学 留学・研修現地レポート

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メリルハースト大学

二見 桃子 さん (英語学科 )

加治木高校 (鹿児島)

I experienced many new things in October
Nov . 2015
6 weeks has passed since I came to America. In October, I joined a lot of activities of PIA. We went to Columbia Gorge and Seattle, and had a Halloween party. On weekends, I enjoyed pumpkin patch, and watched a soccer and NBA game with my friend. However, at the same time, we had to prepare for mid-term exam. This time, I’ll write about Halloween and mid-term exam.

First, I’ll write about Halloween. On October 24, I and Yuna joined an event of Pumpkin Patch. It’s not PIA’s activity. We searched the event that we can enjoy and communicate with American people on the Internet. Because we want to speak English not only in a class, and we want to make American friends. We found a group that composed of people who want to speak and improve English skills. There are many nationalities in this group such as American, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. We went to cone and pumpkin field close to Portland, and we enjoyed cone maze and pumpkin patch. I surprised about some of them are able to speak Japanese. In America, I often meet people can speak Japanese. Anyway, it was really fun and meaningful experience because we could make many friends and talk with people who came from many countries.

On October 29, PIA had a Halloween party. Every students and teacher wore own costumes. It was really funny and cute. We enjoyed a costume contest and games in the party. In America, children visit houses calling trick-or-treat on the evening of Halloween, but unfortunately, it was bad weather, so no one came to my house. However, I enjoyed movies with my host mother. I had a good Halloween night.

Secondly, I’ll write about mid-term exam. We usually have many assignments on weekday. In addition, we took the exam in the beginning of November, so it was really hard for us. I’m taking 4 classes: Grammar, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Every class has assignment and test, but the hardest class was Speaking and Listening class. We had to make an eight-minutes presentation about "Cutting Edge" for the mid-term test, and we mustn’t read any script. When I was in Japan, I always make a script for my presentation, but this time, only slides remind me what I should say about my topic. My topic is “Cutting Edge for Pregnancy”. I chose 3D sonograms and some applications of Apple Watch as my topic. To get a high score, we have to make eye contact, use correct grammar and body language, and we need to satisfy some requirements such as length of time and contents. We prepared for this presentation for two weeks. Before the test, I was really nervous, but I finished my presentation without big mistake. Through that, I got a little bit of confidence in speaking English.

This month, I experienced many new things. It was sometimes hard for me, but I really enjoyed American culture and learned many things through these experiences. I’ll keep trying and challenging hard in November, too.

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