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’ve just finished my fall term
Dec . 2015
Today, I’ve just finished my fall term. I can’t believe that I have no class anymore in PIA. This month, I’ll write about Service Learning program, my classes and Thanks Giving Day.

In PIA, we can take Service Learning class and 6-week volunteer work in organization. If you take this class, you will choice 2 or 3 placements that you are interested in, and you will work in there for 6 weeks. Most of the organizations are non-profit organization. Before you work, you have to take a Service Learning class once a week. In this class, you will learn how to write a business mail, resume and cover letter for your organization. In addition, you can learn what you should answer the question about yourself when you have an interview with your organization. Writing resume and cover letter in English was hard because this writing style is completely different from Japanese style, and we should write these politely. I think these lectures are very useful and helpful when you do job hunting not only in America but also in Japan. We have these classes on every Tuesday and 5 days in winter vacation. Also, last month, we did volunteer work in Meals on Wheels. This organization provide and deliver meals to older people’s home, and it’s very cheap. They had a big meals for Thanks giving when we worked in there, so we helped them, and many people came to the lunch. It was really good experience. I’ll work in Portland Children Museum and Portland Hawthorne Hostel. It would be hard work, but I’ll do my best and enjoy my volunteer work.

I took Grammar, Writing, Reading and Speaking and Listening classes in this fall term. In this week, all of the students in PIA took the final. We had a lot of presentations and essay until the final, and these assignments made me busy every day. Every after school and weekend, I went to library or café to prepare the tests. I believe that my English was improved, especially speaking skills in front of many people. In every speaking class, we had an impromptu speeches. I had never do it in Japan, so it was really hard at first. Even though in my reading class, we had to choose and talk about it in front of my classmates. However, through this term, it gave me confidence to give my opinion to people.

In America, we have Thanks Giving Day on November 26. I spend a good time with my host mother and her children’s family. It was my first time to celebrate it, and we had a special dinner together. I think one of the advantages of homestay is we can experience the foreign country’s culture. Fortunately, while I’m staying here, we have a lot of events, such as Halloween, Thanks Giving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. I want to enjoy not only studying but also culture of America in my rest of stay here.

Next week, I’m going to take Service Learning classes for a week, and then, I have a vacation finally. I would like to enjoy my vacation and do my best in Service Learning program.
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