Lesson10 : 10 Poems & 10 descriptions

1. The first English lesson

In the elementary school
A new English textbook
I open it slowly with my smiley face
Dotted lines to trace alphabets
Pictures of foreigners
I’ve never seen them in other textbooks
Different from other subjects
More colorful and more friendly
I look the book with shiny eyes

The first poem describes a moment when I took the first English lesson. I was an elementary school student then. We were in the usual classroom, but classmates looked so excited. Before the lesson, we were given a new textbook. The English textbook has interesting pictures of people in foreign countries. In addition, they has new words made with so many alphabets. I’ve never seen contents like them. The textbook was different from other subjects’ ones. It was more colorful and looked so fun. Japanese, arithmetic, science and social studies didn’t have these attractive contents. I was interested in the lesson soon.

 

 

2. Sing ABC song

Sing ABC song in the elementary school
L, L, M?
N, M, L?
L, M, N!
Every time
Can’t sing the part
Too difficult for me!

The second poem describes a moment when I sang ABC song. I knew this famous song when I was an elementary school student, and I sang it for the first time then. ABC song and “twinkle, twinkle, little star” have the same melody, so I was familiar with the song soon. I usually sang it at home and in the elementary school. I liked the song and sang it many times. However, I wasn’t good at singing the part “L, M, N.” It was very difficult for me to memorize the order of alphabets. I didn’t practiced the part very much because I didn’t want to think deeply when I sang exciting songs.

 

 

3. Practice speaking English with easy words

In my English class
Practice speaking easy English words
Teacher says “apple,” we say “apple”
Teacher says “bus,” we say “bus”
Teacher says “cup,” we say  “cup”
Light and loud voice sounds
I find English rhythm

The third poem describes a moment when I practiced speaking easy English words in the English class of the elementary school. I practiced the words, for example, apple, bus, cup and so on. I remember these words whose first letter was from “a” to “z” were repeated two times each. The rhythmical practice continued. Our teacher always said “repeat after me.” I didn’t understand what she said exactly, but we said these words with perfect timing. The atmosphere in the classroom was cheerful at that time. I maybe have mistaken the pronunciation of these words many times, however this practice was very fun for me.

 

 

4. Introduce myself in English

I say
“My name is … Nine to meet you”
I don’t know spelling
I don’t understand meaning of each word
But I know
It’s a special tool
And I believe
It enables me to talk with people in the world

The fourth poem describes a moment when I introduced myself in English for the first time. I was twelve years old at that time. In the classroom, I learned the way of self-introduction. I practiced introducing myself with my classmates. I said “my name is Moeno Yokosaka. Nice to meet you,” and my classmate said “nice to meet you, too.” I didn’t know the meaning of the word “meet,” but I thought “I could speak English and I could communicate in English with my friends!” I only had said easy and short words before that lesson. Thanks to the lesson, I gained confidence.

 

 

5. Practice writing English words

In the English class of the juior high school
I have words’ test every week
For the test
Practice writing English words
Write “study” again and again
Study, study, study …
My hand works hard
I am so tired

The fifth poem describes a moment when I practiced writing English words. When I was a junior high school student, I had words’ test every week in the English class. I must have memorized only about ten words, but it was so difficult task for me. I practiced writing English words for the test. I wrote the same word many times. My notebook changed from white to black. When I practiced writing the word “difficult,” my fingers ached. When I practiced writing the word “study,” my heart ached. The English words’ test gave me the knowledge of the words and patience.

 

 

6. Talk to an ALT

I want to know the good pronunciation
So I have to ask an ALT
Go to teachers’ room to see him
My heart is pounding for anxiety
But I must go
I talk to an ALT
He says “hi!” with a smile
And teaches me so politely
Thanks to him
I smile for the last time

The sixth poem describes a moment when I talked to an ALT for the first time. I was fourteen years old then. I practiced the recitation of my essay for a contest. Through the practice of it, I noticed I couldn’t talk English with good pronunciation. I decided to talk to the ALT and ask the pronunciation. I had to go to the teachers’ room to do it. I encouraged myself, and opened the door of the room. The ALT smiled at me and said “hi!” with cheerful voice. He taught me the pronunciation politely. His kindness helped me at that moment.

 

 

7. Study English for the exam

For the high school entrance exam
I study English hard
I have to read long sentences
Very long sentences
They make me sleepy and confused
I don’t know these words!
When I read them
I always cheer myself

The seventh poem describes a moment when I studied English for the exam. When I was fifteen years old, I studied hard for the high school entrance exam. I wasn’t good at reading long sentences in English, but I must done it. The long sentences had the words I didn’t know. I was confused for these words, and they made me so sleepy. However, I fought them because I would like to enter the high school very much. The high school was fascinating to me. It was difficult for me to pass the entrance exam, so I had to do my best.

 

 

8. Radio English Conversation

In the morning
I turn on the radio
“Radio English Conversation” starts
Exciting music
Cheerful talk
Gentle voice
“Keep on smiling”
I repeated it in my heart

The eighth poem describes a moment when I listened “Radio English Conversation.” I listened this radio program almost every day when I was a second-year the high school student. Listening this program was my practice. I was looking forward to listening it every day because I liked it. I turned on a radio to listen it in the morning. This program starts with exciting music. This opening song makes me happy. The casts of this program always say the key phrase “keep listening, keep practicing and keep on smiling.” This phrase cheered me up when I was tired from studying English.

 

 

9. Find my favorite book

In the school library
Alone and quiet
I walk around
Book shelves look at me
Alphabets surround me
I find a book
My favorite book written in English
Book a little shines
Glad to see it again

The ninth poem describes a moment when I found my favorite book written in English. I went to the library of Gunma University last year. It was quiet there. I walked between book shelves. Then, I found the title of my favorite book “Anne of Green Gables.” I was surprised a llittle, and I looked at the book without moving for a short time. I opened the book. There were some pictures of scenes I knew in the book. These pictures reminded me the story of “Anne of Green Gables.” I borrowed it soon and began to read it in my room.

 

 

10. Make haiku in English

I make haiku in English
In English?
Can I make it?
I’m not good at English
So it looks difficult
I collect my memories to make it
My memories reminds me
Various colors, shapes and feeling
My haiku tells me
English has attractive rhythm

The tenth poem describes a moment when I made haiku in English. I was a first-year university student then. I collected a lot of memories in my life to make haiku. To make a book of haiku, I decided the theme of the book. It was club activities. I remembered various colors, shapes and feelings about my memories of club activities. When I started to make haiku, I thought it was too difficult for me to make haiku in English. However, I could make a book of haiku for the last time. This experience taught me English has attractive rhythm and English is interesting.

 

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Lesson9 : Description of poems

4. Introduce myself in English

This poem describes a moment when I introduced myself in English for the first time. I was twelve years old at that time. In the classroom, I learned the way of self-introduction. I practiced introducing myself with my classmates. I said “my name is Moeno Yokosaka. Nice to meet you,” and my classmate said “nice to meet you, too.” I didn’t understand the meaning of the word “meet,” but I thought “I could speak English and I could communicate in English with my friends!” I only had said easy and short words before that lesson. Thanks to the lesson, I gained confidence.

 

5. Practice writing English words

This poem describes a moment when I practiced writing English words. When I was a junior high school student, I had words’ test every week in the English class. I must have memorized only about ten words, but it was so difficult task for me. I practiced writing English words for the test. I wrote the same word many times. My notebook changed from white to black. When I practiced writing the word “difficult,” my fingers ached. When I practiced writing the word “study,” my heart ached. The English words’ test gave me the knowledge of the words and patience.

 

6. Talk to an ALT

This poem describes a moment when I talked to an ALT for the first time. I was fourteen years old then. I practiced the recitation of my essay for a contest. Through the practice of it, I noticed I couldn’t talk English with good pronunciation. I decided to talk to the ALT and ask the pronunciation. I had to go to teachers’ room to do it. I encouraged myself, and opened the door of the teachers’ room. The ALT smiled at me and said “hi!” with cheerful voice. He taught me the pronunciation politely. His kindness helped me at that moment.

 

7. Study English for the exam

This poem describes a moment when I studied English for the exam. When I was fifteen years old, I studied hard for the high school entrance exam. I wasn’t good at reading long sentences in English, but I must have done it. These long sentences had the words I didn’t know. I was confused for these words, and they made me so sleepy. However, I fought them because I would have liked to enter the high school very much. The high school was fascinating to me. It was difficult for me to pass the entrance exam, so I had to do my best.

 

8. Radio English Conversation

This poem describes the moment when I listened ” Radio English Conversation.” I listened this radio program almost every day when I was a second-year the high school student. Listening this program was my practice. I was looking forward to listening it every day because I liked it. I turned on a radio to listen it in the morning. This program starts with exiting music. This opening song makes me happy. The casts of this program always say the key phrase “keep listening, keep practicing and keep on smiling.” This phrase cheered me up when I was tired from studying English.

 

9. Find my favorite book

This poem describes a moment when I found my favorite book written in English. I went to the library of Gunma university last year. It was quiet there. I walked between book shelfs. Then, I found the tytle of my favorite book “Anne of Green Gables.” I was surprised a little, and I looked at the book without moving for a short time. I opened the book. There were some pictures of scenes I knew in the book. These pistures reminded me the story of “Anne of Green Gables.” I borrowed it soon and began to read it in my room.

 

10. Make haiku in English

This poem describes a moment when I made haiku in English. I was a first-year university student then. I collected a lot of memories in my life to make haiku. To make a book of haiku, I decided the theme of the book. It was club activities. I remembered various colors, shapes and feelings about my memories of club activities. When I started to make haiku, I thought it was too difficult for me to make haiku in English. However, I could make a book of haiku for the last time. This experience taught me English has attractive rhythm and using English is interesting.

Lesson8 : Revised a Poem / Introduction in a Book

Revised a Poem

 

Make haiku in English

I make haiku in English
In English?
Can I make it?
I’m not good at English
So it looks difficult
I collect my memories to make it
My memories remind me
Various colors, shapes, and feeling
My haiku tells me
English has attractive rhythm

(I added the reason why I felt making haiku looked so difficult. And I wrote about the thing I learned from haiku writing.)

 

 

Introduction in a Book of Poetry

 

・Self-introduction

My name is Moeno Yokosaka. I’m from Shibukawa, Gunma. I’m a second-year Gunma university student. I enjoy many things in this university every day. My major is Japanese, and I’m learning about education and Japanese. They are very interesting for me.
My hobby is playing the mandola. A mandola is a stringed instrument which has eight strings. I have played it for four years. I could make good friends through it, so I appreciate it.
I would like to experience a lot of things this year. I especially want to talk with foreign people. I will use English actively and practice speaking English.

 

・Explanation of theme

The theme of this book is experiences of my English learning. I have ten poems in this book, and they show you various English learning. They also show you my history.
I could grow up by studying English, singing English songs, talking with forerign people and so on. Without these experiences, I would be more shy and nervous. Thanks to English learning, I could be positive about communication.
These poems in this book express my history. Some poems were written about the time when I was an elementary school student, and others were written about the things which happened in this three years.

 

・Description of poems

1. The first English lesson

This poem describes a moment when I took the first English lesson. I was an elementary school student then. We were in usual classroom, but classmates looked so excited. Before the lesson, we were given a new textbook. The English textbook has interesting pictures of people in foreign countries. In addition, they has new words made with so many alphabets. I’ve not ever seen contents like these.
The textbook was different from other subjects’ ones. It was more colorful and looked so fun. Japanese, arthemetic, science and social studies didn’t have these attractive contents. I was interested in the lesson soon.

 

2. Sing ABC song

This poem describes a moment when I sang ABC song. I knew this famous song when I was an elementary school student, and I sang it for the first time then. ABC song and “twinkle, twinkle, little star” have the same melody, so I was familiar with the song soon. I usually sang it at home and at the elementary school.
I liked the song and sang it many times. However, I wasn’t good at singing the part “L, M, N.” It was very difficult for me to memorize the order of alphabets. I didn’t practiced the part very much because I didn’t want to think deeply when I sang exciting songs.

 

3. Practice speaking easy words in English

This poem describes a moment when I practiced speaking easy English words in the English class of the elementary school. I practiced the words, for example, apple, bus, cup and so on. I remember these words whose first letter was from a to z were repeated two times each.
The rhythmical practice continued. Our teacher always said “repeat after me.” I didn’t understand what she said exactly, but we said these words with perfect timing. The atmosphere in the classroom was cheerful at that time. I maybe mistook the pronunciation of these words many times, however it was very fun for me.

Lesson7 : Revised Poems / Poetry Writing

1. Revised Poems

Talk to an ALT

I want to know the good pronunciation
So I have to ask an ALT
Go to teachers’ room to see him
Very nervous
But I must go
I talk to the ALT
He says “hi!” with a smile
And teaches me so politely
Thanks to him
I smile for the last time

(I expressed kindness of the ALT more after the revision.)

 

Study English for the exam

For the high school entrance exam
I study English hard
I have to read long sentences
Very long sentences
They make me sleepy and confused
I don’t know these words!
When I read them
I always cheer myself

(I added the description of the long sentences I read.)

 

Radio English Conversation

In the morning
I turn on the radio
“Radio English Conversation” starts
Exciting music
Cheerful talk
Gentle voice
“Keep on smiling”
I repeated it in my heart

(I used key sentences of Radio English Conversation.)

 

 

2. Poetry Writing

Make haiku in English

I make haiku in English
In English?
I’m surprised
It looks so difficult
To make haiku
I collect my memories
My memories remind me
Various colors, shapes and feelings

Lesson6 : Revised Poems / Poetry Writing

1.  Revised Poems

Sing ABC song

Sing ABC song at elementary school
L, L, M ?
N, M, L ?
L, M, N !
Every time
Can’t sing the part
Too difficult for me!

(I changed the last sentences shorter and more emational.)

 

Introduce myself in English

I say
“My name is … Nice to meet you”
I don’t know spelling
I don’t understand meaning of each word
But I know
It’s a special tool
And I believe
It enables me to talk with people in the world

(I added “I” on third and forth sentences to make these sentences more naturally.)

 

Prantice writing English words

In the English class of a junior high school
I have words’ test every week
For the test
Practice writing English words
Write “study” again and again
Study, study, study …
My hand works hard
I am so tired

(I added the reason why I was so tired then. I also added “I am” on the last sentence to emphasize it.)

 

 

2. Poetry Writing

Talk to an ALT

I want to know the good pronunciation
So I have to ask an ALT
Go to teachers’ room to see him
Very nervous
But I must go
I talk to the ALT
He says “hi!” with a smile
Thanks to him
I smile for the last time

 

Study English for the exam

For the high school entrance exam
I study English hard
I have to read long sentences
Very long sentences
Make me sleepy and confused
When I read them
I always cheer myself

 

Radio English Conversation

In the morning
I turn on the radio
“Radio English Conversation” starts
Exciting music
Cheerful talk
Gentle voice
I like all of them

Lesson5 : Revised Poems / Poetry Writing

1. Revised Poems

 

The first English lesson

At the elementary school
Given a new textbook
Open the English book
It has lines of alphabets
It has pictures of foreign people
I’ve not ever seen
Different from others
More colorful and more friendly
I’m so interested in English

初めてもらった教科書の様子について、より詳しく記述するようにした。また、英語が今まで学んできた教科とどのように違っていたかの説明を加えた。

 

Speak easy words in English

In the English class
I speak easy English words
Repeat after teacher
Teacher says “apple”, we say “apple”
Teacher says “bus”, we say “bus”
Teacher says “cup”, we say “cup”
It’s fun for me
I find the rythm English has

児童が先生の発音を真似る部分を繰り返すことで、その部分を強調できるように変えた。

 

Find my favorite book

In the school library
Alone and quiet
I walk around
Book shelfs look at me
Alphabets surround me
I find a book
My favorite book written in Engish
Book a little shines
Glad to see it again

大学の図書館の中で英語に囲まれている様子を、より単純な言葉で表現した。

 

 

2. Poetry Writing

 

Sing ABC song

Sing ABC song at elementary school
L, L, M ?
N, M, L ?
L, M, N !
Every time
Can’t sing the part
Too diffiult for me to sing

 

Introduce myself in English

I say
“My name is … Nice to meet you”
Don’t know spelling
Don’t understand meaning of each word
But I know
It’s a special tool
And I believe
It enables me to talk with people in the world

 

Practice writing English words

In the English class of a junior high school
I have words’ test every week
For the test
Practice writing English words
Write “study” again and again
Study, study, study …
So tired

 

Lesson 4 : Poetry Writing

The first English lesson

At the elementary school
Given a new textbook
Open the English book
It has alphabets and pictures
I’ve not ever seen
Different from others
I’m so interested in English

Speak easy words in English

In the English class
I speak easy English words
Repeat after teacher
Teacher says “dog”
We say “dog”
It’s fun for me
I find the rythm English has

Find my favorite book

In the school library
Alone and quiet
I walk around
Book shelfs look at me
Full of English surround me
I find a book
My favorite book written in English
Book a little shines
Glad to see it again

Lesson3 : Freewriting

1. The first English lesson

When I was an elementary school student, I took the first Eglish lesson. I was given a new textbook. The book has many alphabets and interesting pictures. I was so interested in the lesson.

 

2. Speak easy words in English

I spoke easy English words in the English class. I repeated after our teacher. Our teacher said “dog”, and we said “dog.” This activity is fun for me. I thought English has interesting rythm.

 

3. Sing ABC song

I sang ABC song when I was an elementary school student. The melody of ABC song and the melody of “Kila kila boshi” is the same, so I was familiar with the song soon. I couldn’t sing the part “L, M, N.” It was too difficult for me to sing.

 

4. Introduce myself in English

I introduced myself in English for the first time. I said “my name is Moeno Yokosaka. Nice to meet you.” I didn’t understand the meaning of the word “meet.” I thought why I had to say my family name after my first name.

 

5. Practice writing English words

When I was a junior high school student, I had words’ test every week in the English class. I practiced writing English words for the test. For example, I wrote “study” again and again. Study, study, study …… I was so tired.

 

6. Talk to an ALT

I had to talk to an ALT to ask the pronunciation, so I went to teachers’ room to see him. I was nervous then. However, he said “hi!” with a smile, and he taught me the pronunciation politely. I was so glad.

 

7. Study English for the examination

I studied English for the high school entrance examination. I had to read long sentences. They made me very sleepy, and I was confused with them. I cheered myself when I read them.

 

8. Radio English Conversation

When I was a high school student, I listened “Radio English Conversation” for the first time. DJ of this program spoke gently, so I liked the program very much. I listened it every day then.

 

9. Read my favorite book in Englsh

Last year, I went to the library of Gunma university. I walked around, then I found the tytle of my favorite book “Anne of Green Gables.” I was so glad to find it. I lent that book soon, and read it in my room. I enjoyed the srory of Anne.

 

10. Make haiku in English

It was surprise for me to make haiku in English. I wrote many colors, shapes and feelings of my memories. It looked so difficult, but it was fun. Throgh making haiku, I found the rythm of English words is so interesting.

Lesson 2 : Reading Academic Journal Articles

1.  Understanding of the article

I think this article explains the study about poetry written by second language writers. The author says the aim of this article is to discuss the ability of second language writers to express and communicate traumatic events in poetic form. Poetry has some usages and they are useful to express verious things. That’s why poetry captures the deep emotion of lived experience in a highly compressed form. In adition, poetry can explain “unique biliterate voice”, which second language writers express their experiences clearly. This article tells us the usage of poetry writing as a way to explore personal life experiences.

 

2. The best poem in the article

“Menace of Tsunami” is the best poem for me. I have two reasons.

First, this poem moved my heart very much with simple words. I’m not good at reading and using English, but this poem is easy for me to understand. I think these simple words help me to understand this poem.

Second, I experienced the same thing. I watched the big tsunami many times on TV after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake occured. I was so scared then. I remember that day clearly through this poem. I think the writer of this poem expresses his or her experience exactly. The last three lines of this poem “I lose my words  Can’t speak  Can’t believe it” especially shocked me.

For these reasons, I chose this poem. I think the others are also good poems, so I would like to make poems like them, too.

 

3. 12 memories of English language learning

1. the first English lesson in the junior high school;

2. the moment when I first speak easy English words;

3. the moment when I first introduced myself in English;

4. the moment when I knew ABC song;

5. the moment when I practice writing English words;

6. the moment when I talked to an ALT;

7. the moment when I first took an English test;

8. the moment when I recited an unit of the English textbook;

9. the moment when I studied English for the entrance examination;

10. the moment when I listened “Radio English Conversation” for the first time.

11. the moment when I read my favorite book “Anne of Green Gables” in English;

12. the moment when I made haiku in English;

 

 

 

Lesson 1:Self-introduction

My name is Moeno Yokosaka. I’m from Shibukawa, Gunma. I’m in second year of Gunma university student. I’m enjoying many things in this university. My major is Japanese, and I’m learning about education and Japanese. They are very interesting for me. My hobby is playing the mandola. A mandola is a stringed instrument which has eight strings. I have played it for four years. I could make good friends through it, so I appreciate it. I have some welcome parties for freshmen in April and sports day for faculty of education in May. I would like to enjoy them.