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September 2015

Here we report the activity of “Komo’s English Reading Club” in Sanriku area that was held in September of 2015.

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[Dates and venue]

Rikuzentakata:

  • Friday, 11th September: Night  at “Riku Café” and  “Mobilia Temporary Housing Meeting Place”
  • Saturday, 12th September: 9am until 5.30pm at “Araya Mama House” *
  • Sunday, 13th September: 9am to 12pm at “Araya Mama House”
  • The number of Participants: 34 people (A total of 35 people if we count those who participated for a second time)

Kesennuma:

This month’s class was cancelled as Toryo High School was temporarily closed due to the bad weather. The number of Participants: 7 people

[Volunteer coaches]

14 members (among those, 8 members participated the whole time and 6 partly participated) (1 new members)

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1.Being strong during bad weather
2.Murmuring English!
3.BBQ Gathering (the 3rd time of this financial year)

2015-09 TEAM

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1.Being strong during bad weather

In the aftereffect of the extensive damage from the heavy typhoon in Tochigi and Ibaraki areas, Miyagi through to Iwate areas were urged to evacuate and Tohoku highway was closed to traffic in the morning. So, Kesennuma English Reading Club at Toryo High School was canceled due to the high school’s temporary closure. Our volunteer coaches departed Tokyo three hours later than usual and Rikuzentakata English Reading Club was held normally. They came up to the north just like following good weather, so by the time they arrived in Rikuzentakata they could see blue sky with a sunset. We could hold our club at the normal time in the evening on Friday. Watching the affected area of Tochigi and Ibaraki, quite a few of our people felt for the suffering people from similar disasters remembering the tsunami they experienced. September’s club was held in such a situation.

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2.Murmuring English!

K is learning freely spoken English conversation phrases a little bit each time. This time, we tried ‘murmuring English’ while talking with volunteer coaches. Murmuring English is… an English practice when you talk alone without anyone. To try to speak English when you murmur something in your daily life such as ‘Oh no, I slept in.’ ‘Oh no, my hair is untidy.’ ‘Aw, I’m tired.’ ‘It seems good, doesn’t it?’, etc. For English conversation, you do need another party, but you can practice by yourself with this. It seemed like a fun session as I could hear member’s laughing outside the classroom. There are a variety of options to learn English depending on what you come up with.

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3.BBQ Gathering(the 3rd time of this financial year)

The annual BBQ gathering that has been held yearly in every odd month from May to September was held as the third one of this year. It was a clear and sunny day from the morning to the evening the whole time on Saturday the 12th September, so we could hold a BBQ with no problems. We started the BBQ at the same time as the club finishing at 5pm and had a greeting speech at about 6pm. The peak time was around 9pm and the party went all the way to 10pm as members left when they wanted. In our BBQ gathering party, we always have seasonal local ingredients and this time was of course saury! Also, Yonesaki apples already! Both of them are brought by everyone from this club out of courtesy. Meats were supplied by Niwano and so on from the Kayak team ELF this time again. I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you so much for that. As an addition, there was a ‘stove cooked’ rice that uses a wood-burning stove to cook rice.

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Also, ‘Springtime in the North’ English version was performed and sang by K and S who have been practicing singing since this spring. It became a night where we felt again that ‘Practice makes perfect’ and ‘What one likes, what will do well in’.

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