留学・研修現地レポート Report from Overseas

New School Life

Feb . 2018

 Approximately one month has passed since school resumed. My new class consists of 16 people; however, I am the only one person from Japan. This can be expressed as both fortunate and unfortunate for me. More detailed, 13 people are from China, 1 is from Saudi Arabia and 1 is from Colombia. Students from 4 nationalities are spending time together that sounds very amazing and global. During last session, I didn’t think anything about Chinese students though, I found several things in new class, one is that they are so active that every classes are lively, full of questions, opinions. So does Arabian student. The other thing is that they other than me notice what happens in their own countries. One day, small discussion on our countries’ economy was held naturally. My teacher is very curiosity about each country, so she asks in order. Everyone except me could answer, I was so ashamed of myself knowing nothing. My teacher told me this is because the educational difference. I regret that I’ve never paid attention to the Japanese status quo. On the other hand, I really appreciated to my whole class for perceiving me at this point that I don’t have enough knowledge about my country. Thus, I decided to try to read websites relating to not only Japan but also world economy as much as I can. I will probably become more sensitive to the Japan after I go back to Japan. In addition to difficulty in conversation, tests also have been difficult. At first diagnostic test, we had to write an essay within forty minutes, then at second test, I did complete writing comparative essay in one hour. Just few days ago, a got result of the tests. That was so terrible. I must work on how to organize essay. Our next assignment will be writhing essay, so I’m going to aim at organization of contents and thinking carefully about how the body paragraphs fits to thesis statement. I definitely want to take higher score than I took at last essay test.

 One day, my host father drove a car back home, and he had drunk. It must not be happened in Japan because it’s strictly prohibited by the law. I asked whether Canada has a law on drinking and driving. He said “YES”. However, up to 2 glasses of beer are allowed for drivers even if they were supposed to drive after that. It’s very interesting for me and for you, I guess. Although some accidents might have happened in the past, I feel as if Canadian government trusts residents firmly. I don’t mean Japanese government doesn’t trust people, but after I heard Canadian law, this thought came up in my head.

 These days, my opportunities to speak English are increasing because my surrounding has changed, Japanese friends to Chinese friends. This is the good change for me.