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 本校では、毎年1学期末に中高の全生徒を対象にした「生活実態調査」というアンケートを実施していますが、今年度の集計結果を見ていると大変興味深い項目がありました。それは、「あなたの好きな教科はどれですか」という項目です。すべての教科の中から、自分が好きな教科を3つまで選ぶことができるという質問です。

質問が、例えば「あなたは、国語は好きですか」という場合は、全員が全ての教科について好き・嫌いを答えることになり、また違った結果になると思いますが、好きな教科を挙げてくださいという問い方になると、答えられた教科はその生徒が特に好きな教科であるということになります。

 この質問項目に対するアンケート結果を見ると、英語を挙げた生徒が昨年の同時期の結果に比べて、中学生は2.9倍、高校生は1.5倍、中高合わせた人数では2.3倍になっていました。この種のアンケートを始めて7年目になりますが、多少の増減はあるもののほとんど変化の無い状態が続いていましたので、1年間で2.3倍になったという大きな変化には驚きました。

 この増加の理由を考えてみた時に、思い当たることが幾つか出て来ました。ひとつは、昨年度から急激に進んだ国際交流があります。中でも、スカイプを使った双方向の授業や交流は生徒たちにとっても好評と聞いています。また、昨年度から始めた中学生の英語暗唱大会、高校生の英語弁論大会など、生徒たちが英語を使う場面を数多く設定したことも原因であるようです。

 理由の二つ目は、今年の4月にニュージーランドから2名のネイティブスピーカーに来ていただいたことです。男女1名ずつの方ですが、英語授業の楽しさはもちろんのこと、2名の方の人柄が素晴らしく、生徒たちにとってすぐ近くにいる外国人として人気者になりました。自分が話す英語が相手に通じる楽しさを実感しているようです。

 先日の学校説明会では、今まで英語が好きではなかったけれども、今では大好きになったという2名の高校生が英語でスピーチをしました。スクリーンには同時に日本語訳を示しましたが、内容もしっかりしたもので、緊張したが自信が付いたという感想でした。

 本校の国際教養コースでは国公立を始めとする難関大学を目指した受験英語を学習して、結果を出していますが、それと同時に、英語が苦手である生徒たちが自然と好きになる楽しい英語学習を行っています。自分で英語を使い、その英語が外国人に通じる喜び・楽しさを様々な手法で感じてもらっています。

校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】”REFORM OF ENGLISH EDUCATION IN SHOIN JUNIOR & SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL”

 Every year, at the end of the first term, we ask all junior and senior high school students to complete a “Lifestyle Survey”. This year, there was a very interesting question included in the survey. The question was, “What is your favorite subject?” When answering, students were able to choose up to three of the subjects they most like from those that they currently take.
 If the question was simply, for example, “Do you like your Japanese language class?” students would answer whether they liked the subject or not, and the results might be different. However, when the students were asked to list their three favorite subjects, the students were able to clearly express which ones in particular they were fond of.
 Upon reviewing the results for this question, the number of junior high school students who chose English was 2.9 times larger than the number who chose English last year. In addition, the number of high school students who chose English was also up, by 1.5 times. Overall, the number of students who chose English as a favorite subject across both the junior and senior high school has risen by 2.3 times since last year. It has been 7 years since I started this kind of questionnaire, but previously there had been almost no change.
 When I thought about the reason for this increase, I came up with a few things. One is that the number of international exchanges students are involved in has risen rapidly since last year. In particular, I heard that interactive classes with teachers abroad and exchanges with students from other countries using Skype have been very popular among our students.
Another reason seems to be the number of opportunities students now have to use English outside of the classroom, such as the English recitation competition for junior high school students and the English speech competition for high school students.
 The biggest reason however is that two native English speakers from New Zealand started to work at Shoin Junior and Senior High School in April of this year. It is not only because their English classes are enjoyable, but also because of their personalities, that they have become close to the students and very popular as native English teachers. It seems that the students are enjoying the fun of communicating with their friends in English.
 On a recent open campus day, two high-school students gave a speech in English about coming to enjoy learning English after initially not doing so. At the same time they were speaking English, a Japanese translation was shown on a large screen behind them. Although they appeared a little nervous in front of such a large group, they steadily grew in confidence and what they had to say had substance.
 In our international liberal arts course, students have been studying English for exams aimed at difficult state and public universities, but at the same time, we are now trying to provide more interesting and fun English lessons so that students who are not good at this subject can enjoy learning English. I’m sure that these students are now having fun communicating with English speakers in a number of ways both inside and outside of the classroom.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno