Native Language @ ISB

Student Publishes Essay in Mainichi Shimbun

May 21st, 2019 · 1 Comment

A student in ISB’s MS Native Japanese class has published an essay in the Mainichi Shimbun, a premier national newspaper in Japan. The student, Yuiko, wrote about how watching two famous figure skaters inspired her to keep working hard as a flutist.

Yuiko drafted and submitted her essay along with all students in MS Native Japanese, taught by Kahoru Nakamachi, in a Media and Culture unit. In this unit, student worked on articulating their opinions with a particular media outlet, audience, purpose, and style in mind.

Some students submitted their essays to Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper, in which two ISB students published essays last year; other students submitted to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper. Yuiko chose the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper because her grandparents in Osaka subscribe.

In her essay (published March 31, 2019), Yuiko expresses what the word ganbaru (頑張る) means to her, including self-motivation and follow-through, referring to the careers of Mao Asada and Yuzuru Hanyu.  

Thoughtful reflection about one’s learning, as well as writing for an authentic audience, are key tasks for multilingual students and highly valued at ISB.

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Letters to Loved Ones for Respect for the Aged Day

September 17th, 2018 · No Comments

Many multilinguals at ISB will observe special days this week, from Yom Kippur to Respect for the Aged Day. Students in ES morning Japanese enrichment, an activity led by parent volunteers twice weekly, wrote letters to older relatives recently for Respect for the Aged Day. Parents mailed the letters from the ISB Bookstore afterward, and the letters arrived in time for the holiday today, September 17. My children in the program got a big thank-you on Skype last night from a grandparent, who also conveyed thanks from a great-grandparent.

Using language for authentic purposes is a great way to keep multilingual children motivated. Kudos to all parents at ISB who find ways to help kids read, write, and speak with real people in their lives, using language for love. 

Photo above: Notes and envelopes prepared during ES morning Japanese enrichment. The note at upper left says, “Dear Grandma Satoko, Happy Respect for the Aged Day. How are you? Always be well.”

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Students Earn Accolades in Chinese Essay Contest

June 5th, 2018 · No Comments

Four students in ISB’s MS Native Mandarin class have earned honors in an essay contest for teens. The students—Amandine, Darcy, Emily, and Shea—wrote on this year’s theme, “my friend” 我的朋友. One of the judges for the contest, now in its 18th year, was the internationally known Chinese author Cao Wenxuan, whose novel Bronze and Sunflower is in the ISB libraries. 

The teacher of MS Native Mandarin this year has been Cao Shujuan. 

Congratulations to all!

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Students Publish Essays in Asahi Shimbun

April 26th, 2018 · 1 Comment

Two students in ISB’s new MS Native Japanese class have published essays in the Asahi Shimbun, a premier national newspaper in Japan. The students, Nemi and Yuki, wrote comparatively about their experiences in Japanese schools and at international school in Thailand. 

Nemi focused on life skills classes in Japanese schools (March 30, 2018):

Yuki wrote about class discussions at international school (April 22, 2018):

These students drafted and submitted essays along with all students in MS Native Japanese, taught by Kahoru Nakamachi, in a Media and Culture unit.

High School students in Native Japanese I and II have similarly drafted and submitted essays in class, with students Mai and Yui publishing their essays in late October 2017. 

Comparative reflection about one’s cultures, and writing for an authentic audience, are key tasks for multilingual students and highly valued at ISB.

 

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