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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クィーンズ大学

八田 明穂 さん (英語学科 )

三潴高校 (福岡)

The first semester has just finished
Dec . 2015
It has been three months since I came to Canada. Recently it becomes cold outside, and it lets me know to come to winter season here. I am afraid of a heavy snow in Canada a little, but I am looking forward to playing winter sports here.

It was a Remembrance Day on November 10. I took part in its ceremony in Queen’s University. People in Canada put red poppies on their chest to express mourning for people who died in war. Poppies are flower which be written in a certain poem. This poem is “In Flanders Field”, which was written by John McCrae in 1915. He wrote this poem in Flanders field. This area was the front where died many people. When he saw a graveyard there, he ached for this situation and decided to write down about that. There were many red poppies in this graveyard, so he wrote “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow” in his poem. Many people read the poem and poppies became the symbol of a Remembrance Day. I was impressed that many Canadian don’t forget this day and meaning. This ceremony was a good opportunity for me to think about war and peace, and I will not forget this ceremony and what I learn from it.

I watched ice hockey game at K-Rock Centre. It was my first time and I really enjoyed myself. Ice hockey is famous sport in North America, Especially in Canada. I was surprised first that different team players hit each other at the beginning of game. Many audiences, however, were so excited when they looked at the fighting. It was a culture shock but I became excited as the game went on.

My first semester has just finished. I could get much great experience in this semester. First, I could get along with friends who came from various countries. I learned different cultures by spending a time with them. Second, I studied the base of writing a paragraph and how to write its outline. To write a paragraph outline helps me to write an essay in the next session.

I have about one month break until the next session starts. My teacher recommended me to keep reading and writing during this period. I would like to do them enjoying a winter vacation with my friends and host family. I don’t waste this period to do my best in the next session.

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