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【国際教育プログラム】オーストラリアから留学生の近況報告(最終号)


 1月27日(金)にオーストラリアに向けて出発した、ターム留学第2期生からのメールレポート第4弾(最終号)を掲載します。早いもので、残すところ2週間あまりの滞在となりました。

 現地到着直後と比較すると、質、量ともにレポートの英文が随分と上達しています。ホストファミリーや学校の先生、場合によっては友人から添削を受けているのかもしれませんが、それもまたコミュニケーションを図る上での一助となっているはずです。レポートの内容も、「現地の人達の倫理観や価値観を帰国する前にもっと学びたい」「市内でF1レースを生まれて初めて見て感動した」「ついにベストフレンドと呼べる友達ができた」など、十人十色。それぞれに充実した生活を送っている様子がうかがえます。

 そして何よりも、この時期になってほとんどの生徒が共通してメールしてくる内容は、「日本に帰りたくない(ずっとここに残っていたい)。」去年の第1期生たちもそうでした。異国の地に長期滞在する中で、悲喜こもごもの体験が、きっと生徒達の心に大きな化学変化をもたらすのでしょう。帰国後、一回りも二回りも大きく成長した彼らに会うことを楽しみに...(*今回のレポートが最終号となります)。

 ターム留学担当へのメールを英語の原文のまま掲載しますので、ぜひお読み下さい(留学生の氏名はイニシャルに変えています)。

Dear Mr.Kamakura and Mr.Saotome、
Hello. This week I report about my activities on weekends.
I usually spend my time with my host family. We went to the William Rickets' Sanctuary 2 weeks ago. It was on the aboriginal artworks of William Rickets、 who spread the aboriginal philosophies. In their thoughts、 all the living things are originally born from the ground. I did knew the aboriginal、 but it was impressive to go to a place like this.
The host parents' grandchildren often come to the house. The host mother likes to play with them、 and I help her playing with them. Yesterday、 her son's parents and children came to the house、 and we played with them.
My time in here is running out. I really think I want to know more about the ethnics in Australia and their sense of value. And I'm still trying to find what or how to do that. We're learning about Judaism and Christianity in the Religion class. I'm trying to know their philosophies.
That's about it for my report. See you next week.
W.N.

Hello、 Mr. Kamakura. How are you going? Nine days ago was a holiday which was Friday、 so I went to Melbourne city and participated in the MOOMBA festival. It was very exciting and very fun. At the end、 I watched the fireworks that were so beautiful. If there is any chance、 I want to go to there again.
To change the subject、 a day before yesterday、 I went to Melbourne city again to watch Australian formula 1 grand prix. I had never watched a grand prix in Japan before. Even though it was raining、 we still went to Melbourne city. Seeing formula 1 in real life was very exciting. It was very noisy and had an energy that was produced by the engine. Surprisingly、 the Japanese car racer who is Kamui Kobayasi participated in Melbourne grand prix. I couldn't see his face because he was wearing a helmet、 but the grand prix was very fun anyway. I am going to come back to Japan after 3 weeks. As the time passes、 I will miss Australia. I don't want come back to Japan (Sob with grief). Anyway、 I am enjoying my time in Australia. Maybe see you next weekend.
Regards、 K.T.

Hi Mr. Kamakura、 how are you doing? I am doing fine. I haven't spoken to you for a long time、 but I don't miss Japan、 because I'm enjoying this life in Australia. I could stay here forever and I'm looking for the next host house. 
I am staying with a family which has a Mother and 2 sons、 my host brothers. Also、 staying here are two Beaconhills Gap Students who are working at the college as teacher coordinator. One is from Canada and the other is from Scotland. Both are 18. The host mother is from New Zealand and both her sons are Australian. The house has many different types of English but I can't tell the difference as they talk very fast.
I have been attending Beaconhills College and I have heard that the Beaconhills students are very clever. I'm certain they get high marks in their exams. I have met many different nationalities at the school such as; Chinese、 Spanish、 American and Philippine. Those students at the school have accepted me well.
There is a very popular music band called 'One Direction' they are from the U.K and they are now my favorite artists. I'm sure they are world famous and I love their songs. There is going to be a concert in Melbourne on the 16th April、 but I'm going back to Japan on the 8th of April. I'm too sad as I just miss out on going to see them. They are like 'Arashi' in Japan which is a very popular group.
I went and saw Australian Rules Football match between Carlton - my host brother Christian's favorite team and another team. I went with the 2 gap students and one another gap student from Germany also working at the school but not staying with us in the same house. The Sport is similar to Rugby and Soccer. The players are able to kick and hold the ball which is shaped like an egg. Of course、 none of us had seen the sport before、 so we were all excited. It was a really good game as the score was very close. The other team only won by 3 points. 
Last Sunday I went to see the movie "John Carter"、 it was an adventure movie like Indiana Jones.
Tomorrow I'm going to the 'Mitchell River' camp which is a rafting and hiking camp、 I am very excited about it although at the same time a bit nervous.
I want to do my best so that I will have no regrets from this experience. I will see you soon and look forward to talking to you about everything.
S.I.

Hello. Mr. Kamakura. I'm sorry that we haven't had school event.
Last Wednesday、 I played suiting game. It was very fun. I had never played suiting game before.
Yesterday、 I saw F1 racing. I had never seen that before. It was very noisy but I like to watch F1 racing. I want to see that again.
I enjoy staying in Australia. I think we will stay in Australia last 3 weeks. I want to enjoy more. 
M.O.

Hello Mr.Kamakura! Sorry I didn't write back sooner. Time flies so fast、 doesn't it? I don't want to come back to Japan. Because it is spring in Japan. It is hay fever season! I have a hay fever. I'll blow my nose many times when I come back to Japan. But I miss you and my family and friends of mine and our teachers.
I enjoy this life. I experienced a lot of pleasant and valuable experience. I really want to live here. But I cannot speak English well. I must learn English more. But I use easy English words every day. Probably my English skill is weakest of Japanese students. Other Japanese students are good at writing English. I know that. I'm impatient little bit. I'll hold out till I finish this program.
It has been one year since the Great Tohoku Earthquake happened. I had a moment of silence at shopping center. I had Japnese food at Japanese restaurant then.
I ran 400m、 800m、 1500m and relay at athletic carnival. I got 2 prices. It was fun. But I thought that I have to build up my physical strength. Sport is great. I could talk with many people. I could make the best friend. He has been a great help for me. And I talk with him well. I could make the best friend automatically. We get along well with each other. We are a close friend. I'm so happy. 
My host parents are really great people. They are a devoted couple. I'm happy to see the merits of the relationship between you. I cannot thank you enough to them and my family and you. Many thanks!!!
I have taken more than a thousand photos. I'll take photos something as ever.
See you.
Kind regards、
R.O.






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