On November 9th the second KUSUNOKI TROPHY English Recitation/Speech Contest was held with eleven junior high students and nine senior high students taking part. The recitation part of the contest involved junior high students retelling “THE ECHO” adapted from a passage by Robert m. Flynn, Progress in English 21. I thought that it might be a little bit difficult for junior high students to recite such a speech, but I was relieved to see most of the students remembered it almost completely, and were trying to recite it with rich expressiveness and gestures. In addition, many high school students made speeches with feelings of gratitude and friendship by using a lot of impressive slides. Lastly I sincerely express my gratitude to Graig-sensei and Sina-sensei and the teachers of the English department, who gave me assistance in successfully carrying out this event⦅vice-principal  masaki KOBAYASHI⦆


PART 1⦅14:00~15:00⦆

RECITATION ORDER ⦅10 JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS⦆alphabetical order of first name
NO.1      Anna Yoshida               (JH 1st grade)
NO.2      Aoi Sanno                     (JH 2nd grade)
NO.3         Hina Hoshiyama         (JH 2nd grade)
NO.4         Hinano Endo                (JH 1st grade)
NO.5         Mai Watanabe              (JH 1st grade)
NO.6         Miku Morita                 (JH 1st grade)
NO.7         Satsuki Miyahara         (JH 2nd grade)
NO.8         Yukino Ogata                (JH 3rd grade)
NO.9         Yura Sakurai                 (JH 2nd grade)
NO.10       Yuri Kaitani                  (JH 1st grade)

PART 2⦅15:10~16:10⦆

NO.1      Chihiro Ishida              (SH 2nd grade)                  International Law & World Peace
NO.2      Haruka Tanabe            (SH 1st grade)                    Living in Brazil
NO.3      Konatsu Tada               (SH 2nd grade)                  Studying Abroad in NZ
NO.4      Miki Koseko                 (SH 1st grade)                    Rakugo
NO.5         Miu Nakamura             (SH 2nd grade)                 The Shoin ESS Club
NO.6         Moe Ohtsubo                (SH 1st grade)                   Japanese Culture
NO.7         Momo Miyazaki           (JH 2nd grade)                  Learning New Languages
NO.8         Momoka Horio            (SH 2nd grade)                  My Future
NO.9         Rino Matsushita          (SH 2nd grade)                  My School Club
NO.10       Yumena Maeda            (SH 2nd grade)                  Nara

1st place         Hinano Endo          (JH 1st grade)

2nd place          Yuri Kaitani             (JH 1st grade)

3rd place        Yukino Ogata         (JH 3rd grade)

1st place            Momo Miyazaki     (JH 2nd grade)

2nd place          Chihiro Ishida        (SH 2nd grade)

3rd place        Konatsu Tada        (SH 2nd grade)





Good afternoon everyone. I’m glad to see all of you today.My name is Momo Miyazaki.I’m going to talk about studying abroad.
How many languages do you think there are in the world? There are as many as about 6900 languages. Globalization is rapidly progressing here in Japan. Almost every day I hear a few different languages spoken on the street.
I want to tell you about an episode.
I read a book about a war when I was a child. Then I thought that wars would not happen if all the people could be friendly enough to understand each other.
Communication is important to make a lot of friends. We need to know the languages of other countries. So,I began to study English when I was in the first grade in elementary school.
When I was in second grade,I happened to have a chance to talk with people in other countries. I was so happy because I could make myself understood in English. This episode made me more interested in learning English. And I’m interested in other languages too, such as Spanish, Germany and Italian.
I want to learn French the most now because ballet terminology mainly comes from French. I have been learning ballet and using ballet terms since I was four years old but I cannot understand most of them. So, I think that I can understand ballet deeply by learning French.」
I’ll give you an example. The technique is pas de chat. Pas means steps and chat means cats. So that means pas de chat means cat steps in English,that is, light steps like cats. In this way, I can understand more of ballet terms.
How do you study language? We can study at the college, study by using books or using the Internet or staying for some time in an English speaking country.
I want to study abroad some day . I have three reasons.
Firstly, I want to talk directly with people from other countries,not on the Internet.
We can talk with people from other countries by using Skype or other communication tools these days. However, I feel there is a large difference between talking on the Internet and talking in person.
Do you want to listen to your friends in person ? I think that talking on the Internet is easier and more handy but I feel this kind of conversation is lacking in warmth.
Secondly,I want to stay away from Japan and see Japan objectively from outside.
We can notice Japan’s merits and demerits by seeing Japan from other points of view. Then we may find a way to make Japan a more comfortable place to live in.
In the world there are a lot of things we cannot see unless we leave our country.
Lastly,I want to experience a lot of things,such as the local customs,climates and dialects of that country.
Sometimes I can experience what is unique while I am homestaying. And I may be able to discover what is not written on the book.
I not sure what want to do and what want to learn now but studying abroad will be a good experience to enrich my life and expand my horizon for the future.」
I want to study abroad not only for learning languages but also for various purposes. And I want to be a bridge across the world.Studying abroad will be a big step to achieve my goal.
Thank you.