Real English Victoria is quiet this week.
I don’t mean totally; I mean relatively.
From July 31st to August 8th, 20 students from Musashino Joshi Gakuin, a high school near Tokyo, descended on Victoria to investigate the differences between education, environmental protection, and nutrition between Japan and Canada.
The spaces at REV were perfect for small collaborative groups where students practiced their English in discussions and project-related activities, while Canadian buddies and experienced teachers helped students use English in more powerful ways.
Collaboration & Project Management
During their 8 days at REV, students from Musashino Joshi Gakuin collaborated with Canadians to create informational displays that reflected the things that they thought were important for each day of the project.
Students planned and executed their project schedules effectively and were easily able to describe the process, as well as recount useful information relevant to later decision-making.
Students encouraged each other to work hard, despite jet-lag, and to use English as much as possible. Each evening, students asked their homestay families questions about the students’ research topics and told the group about it the next day.
Everyday, students created a collaborative map to assign roles for research writing, observing/recording, and media design. Students exchanged roles throughout the project to experience the responsibility and empathy towards their peers. As a part of the program requirements, the students planned 2 afternoon trips with their Canadian buddies, in order to deepen their understanding of the project topic and assist them in the creation of their final presentations.
Analyze, Evaluate, and Apply
Japanese students talked with REV students, but also initiated brief interviews with local Canadians at other locations around the Victoria area. They spoke with merchants, employees, and others to find out as much as they could about their topic from face-to-face encounters, and then express their own opinions about the Japanese and Canadian systems.
Creativity & Concentration
The last 2 days were spent creating visually-compelling presentations that were presented to homestay families and REV teachers. While it was often difficult for students to remember to focus on English during some of the research outings, they did a fantastic job reporting on their work and making their comparison, demonstrating their knowledge of the subject.
To accomplish these things in a native language is remarkable enough, so it was impressive to see it accomplished by high school students from Japan…in English!
Well done, Musashino Joshi Gakuin. We know you’ll use your English for great things!