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On Friday, June 29,  I had  my students who successfully completed the 15-session early morning Boot camp over at my apartment for get-together.  We began the Boot camp on June 4 and met at 7:00 a.m. to learn critical thinking, communication in English by using articles, video archives, English podcast, etc. in a variety of format.  We tried role play, discussion, debate and presentation of book review.  Each student had a writing assignment as well once a week.

I was not sure whether all 13 students would survive the boot camp or not when I began, but all did. (We had one that missed two sessions–once due to health, and the other as he overslept! and another who missed due to the family health issue.)    I was very impressed with their dedication and commitment.

So we decided that the celebration is in order.  It was quite a challenge preparing drinks and food for 13 young people. (In fact, I began planning about a week before and started cooking the night before. I catered some and bought some prepared food)

wbootcampJPGmwpresentBy the time all students showed up, it was close to 9:00 p.m. (Almost all came around 7:00, but two students had the class until 7:30 or so.)  Towards the end, they gave me the portrait of the Beatles which all 13 students signed.  They also gave me the apron for cooking.

We had a great time together, as you can tell from the photo.(on the left)   Around 10:00 p.m., I showed them around my apartment as promised (they wanted to see my closets!)  and we shared left-over food and bags I receive at conferences.

Though it was sometimes tough to get up at 4:00 a.m. to do the session at 7:00 p.m.  I am glad that I ran this course.  I am  sure that the students had a hard time  coming all the 15 sessions, but they did.  It was such a great experience to share time with young people, learn together and argue back & forth.  I feel so fortunate to have these young people who are dedicated and committed to develop their skills.  The dedication, perseverance and commitment to continue learning is what is required in the 21st century.

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    • Keijiro
    • July 1st, 2012

    Thank you Yoko sensei for preparing the great celebrating party!

    I already miss your dishes, especially your curry (It was really really delicious)!!


    >We had one that missed two sessions–once due to health, and the other as he overslept!

    I laughed at this part.

    Anyway, again, thank you so much for the early morning sessions!! It was tough, but a lot of fun!! and I noticed I should learn and speak English more.

    Have a nice holiday in Canada 🙂

    • Yoko Ishikura
    • July 7th, 2012

    Hi, Keijiro, thanks for your kind words. I am delighted that you enjoyed our get-together (in particular, my curry!)
    Let us continue our journey together to create the better future!

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