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July 2018

Here is the July “Komo’s English Class@Sanriku” activities recap.

  • Participants : 30
  • Volunteer coaches : 15 (Total Participation 9, Partial Participation  6, New Participants 2)

Our English class has undergone several schedule changes for various reasons in the past. Recently while we see a reasonable number of attendees on Friday evenings, Saturday mornings/evenings and on Sunday mornings, we find that the Saturday afternoon class which was always very full is now sparsely attended.

 

It has been 7 years and 4 months since the disaster. We think that circumstances of the local people change in a six months cycle and this appears to have been the case for the last 6 and half years.

Preparation for the summer festival is making progress. Ms. Omori, one of the committee chair members, arrived at Rikuzentakata on her motorcycle! Ms. Fumiko Osaka, Ms. A, Ms. O and the festival committee went over the program details and each worked on their English conversation.

 

Ms. A and Ms. O are tasked to show the area to the SCOA counselors from the U.S. when they arrive for the “Summer Festival in Rikuzentakata” The two ladies are preparing the tour very diligently. Also, Ma. Osaka, who normally acts as the local facilitator for Komo’s English is scheduled to host a half day welcome event on the day before the festival. She spent both Saturday and Sunday on the event preparation.

Few of this month’s participants reminded us of an extent of time passage since the beginning of Komo’s English Class.

Ms. Y, a high school senior, who has been coming to the class since the very first day of Komo’s English (she was in 5th grade then), was talking with us about not only English study but also her future in general.

Ms. S has resumed her participation to the class this year after a 6-year absence. She is now in the upper class at her elementary school.

Another student, Ms. M, is also in the upper class at an elementary school. When we first met her few years ago, her energy level was so high that she had a hard time concentrating on her studies.  As she matured with her age, her concentration ability improved so that now she has no problem retaining difficult words.

Ms. T was looking for a member who is familiar with the subject she is writing a report for. It seems she is getting many benefits from the classes.

Each mature students are also making solid progress.

We are having the “English Summer Festival” next month. We are really looking forward to seeing you all!

(Komo&Hiroko)

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