the nikku

reflecting on ESL/EFL and its relation to faith

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

point cards

after three years, i have about \1000 or $10 worth of ito yo points. what should i get? 〓

Monday, July 27, 2009

what i did this afternoon

first bowling, then purikura and DDR.

these students graduated last year. it was really great to c them again

Sunday, July 26, 2009

immortalized at cafe jeeba

yesterday the patron artist of cafe jeeba draw a picture of me. she's a seiai grad too. who knew? N

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

fans from my 3rd grade HS class

they wrote g'bye messages on these

this is maybe the best present i've gotten yet

my g'bye flowers from school

this is a bouquet 花束 はなたば

in a vase 花瓶 かびん

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Gospel Concert in Aomori

Last night I also went to Aomori to see a gospel concert.

The speaker was a famous Korean pastor.


And we ran into some of the boys from Youth Live at Zion Church in Hirosaki.

School Festival Day 1

Well, the events have started, so I'm trying to keep up. Here you go.

On Friday, I got a surprise exchange student from Boston. She'll be here for about a month.

She asked me, "What's the point of the school festival?" And I think the answer is to have fun. Get friends, family and community members to see the school, and maybe make a little money on the side.


Students show off their skills and type to sell fun junk. It's kind of like a carnival mixed with an open house.


The flower club.
Some kids who have a band.

A maid cafe selling ice cream.
The cafeteria ladies.
Second year English course students going into the haunted house.
More on Monday from the "Stage Show" day. Bye for now!

Friday, July 17, 2009

job related drinking

On Sunday night, a certain teacher who is famous for drinking, K-sensei, went out drinking with another male teacher, S-sensei.

On Monday morning S-sensei had a car accident that put him in the hospital this week. He wasn't drunk, but he was probably hung over. 

On Tuesday the principal made K-sensei write a formal apology and deliver it to the entire staff at the morning meeting.

On Wednesday afternoon, K-sensei came into the teachers' office and asked M-sensei if he wanted to go out drinking after work.  M-sensei replied that he might, but he doesn't want to get into a car accident after work. 

Since he has been so quick to revert back to drinking on a weekday, it seems that K-sensei's apology was insincere.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

my g'bye card

...and manga. from the "worst" class this year.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

My first last class

...was maybe the hardest.

Yesterday was my last class with a class of freshman who I've been teaching since they were in junior high.  They're pretty good at English, and we've talked about how I'll write to them after I leave, etc.  I passed a notebook around and they signed their emails and stuff so we can stay in touch.  We watched Hannah Montana.  They've been asking for that since last year.

When I dismissed them, they refused to leave!  I almost cried when I saw their faces.  I got them to leave by promising them I'd spend extra time at their stand at the school festival (which I will do). School festival will be pretty hard too.  Great, but hard.  You know what I mean.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

c point plus

aji is the place to b this weekend! stop by and c nozomi, the yasudas, and my friend odagiri from cafe Delina

also, the elliots r having a special service