Background Information

1

Studying abroad

This poems describes a moment when I went to Australia as a studying abroad about 3 months ago. The first day of studying abroad. I was in university of Wollongong to take an English lesson. After that, I went to a shopping mall with my friends who is from same university and same major. Then, I went back to the host family’s house. I had a lot of experience in a day. Before sleeping on the bed, I reminded these memories and felt a lot of feelings

2

The first English class in High school

This poems describes a moment when I was a high school student. I was talking a English class. Before I entered the high school, I expected that English class could be very interesting and I would be able to learn a lot of knowledge. Then, the English class started. The teacher started to explain the rules of grammar. I felt that some is different, something is wrong at that time. But I had no idea what is the reason . The class was being done with not finding the reason. The end of the lesson, I could found it.

3

Central exam

This poems describes a moment when I took a central exam. I was in a university alone. I spent a lot of time until now to study, to get high score. I studied every day, of course during summer vacation and winter vacation. I entered the school thinking such a memories. I have to go to a university in order to achieve my goal, and come true my dream. I thought that I must get high high score. There were a lot of people who seemed to be nervous. In such a situation, I felt various feelings, so I wrote about it.

4

Singing English song

This poems describes a moment when I was a elementary school student. I was taking a English class and the class was about to start. All of my class mates were waiting for teachers, especially ALT. Then, the class began. We greeted and answered the questions “what day is it today?” “what is the date today?” “How is the weather today?” After that, we started to sing an English song as a warming up. We could not understand the meaning of the song because we have not studied English grammar, vocabulary not so much. I wrote about such a situation.

5

The first English class in university

This poems describes a moment when I was a 19 years old, a student of the Gunma university. I took placement test at the begging of the first semester. Then, we(students of the faculty of education) were divided into 8 class. I went to the class room with my friends. In this room, there were a lot of students who I did not know yet. I sat down the seat. Then, a teacher came to the class, and the class started. The was a native speaker. I had never taken native speaker’s class,so I was so nervous.

6

Eiken

This poems describes a moment when I was a junior high school student. When I was 15 years old, I decided to take Eiken grade 3. I like English very much so I did. Also, if I can take Eiken grade 3, it would be very useful for entrance exam for of high school. I have only studied English for school exam, so studying studying for other exam was very difficult for me. I had to study details more deeply. At first, I took writing test at my junior high school. Then, about 1 month later, I took speaking test at a university.

7

The first English class of elementary school

This poems describes a moment when I was a elementary school student, about 7 years old. Before I entered the school, I had never studied English. Because I did not go to the English convention class. So I could not understand what teachers said. At first, we(students of my class) greeted. Then, we started to study numbers and colors. It was not so difficult for me because I already knew almost all of them. The teachers made the class understandable in order to enjoy it. All of us were concentrated on the class to study English a lot.

8

The first English class in junior high school

This poems describes a moment when I was a junior high school student. From junior high school, English is changed as the subject. So I was very nervous to study English as a language. I didn’t know almost all the classmates. This fact made me more nervous. I studied English a little bit in elementary school, but I have to study the rules of English grammar and vocabulary. Also, I had a lot of opportunities to write and read English. I was looking looking forward to studying English. Then, English teacher came in the class and started the lesson.

9

TOEIC

This poems describes a moment when I was a university student, last semester. I had already taken the test whose name is Eiken. However, I had never taken the TOEIC yet. So it was the first time to do it. I studied grammar, vocabulary, and how to get high score at reading part and listening part. I think that TOEIC is more difficult than Eiken because former is the test for business. At the pre test, I could not finish all of the questions. I came in the room to take it with feeling a little bit nervous.

10

the first conversation with ALT

This poems describes a moment when I was a elementary school student and 7 years old. Before I entered the school, I seldom see and talk with foreigners. So I was so confused and surprised at the differences between Japan and foreign countries. For example, sizes of body is pretty different, of course language is different. Especially latter was the most impressive and surprising difference for me. I thought that I wanted to talk to him. So I decided to do it. I had expected that foreigners are not so kind at that time. This poem is about this conversation with him.

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Explanation of my theme

The theme of the book is about English language learning experiences

These ten poems is come from all of my English language learning experiences from elementary school to university

I had a lot of experiences about English, and I felt a lot of feeling

For example, I feel happiness, sadness, surprise, disappointment, satisfaction and so on

From these experiences, I chose very impressive memories and wrote poems about them

Of course, I learned English outside of the school, so this book is not only about school, but also other place including outside of Japan

Self Introduction

Hello. My name is Koichi Saito

I’m from Gunma prefecture

I’m twenty years old

I’m a student of English major

I am a student of Gunma University , faculty of education

I have studied English for 7

I belonged to soccer club before I graduated from high school, so I love soccer! And now, I join a soccer society in my university.

Last March, I studied abroad in Australia. This experience was so impressive and valuable. I came to like English more and more after I came back to Japan.

I would like to study and use English more!

Reviced poems 2

1

Singing a English song

I don’t know the meaning

However

So interesting

I feel I can use English

I can do everything

I’m ready to start the lesson

2

The first English class in university

I don’t know these people in this class

I have to talk with them

I feel high wall

I try to climb it

I want to be talkative

3

Eiken

Anxiety

Nervous

Confused

But exciting

I want to show my skill

It’s a show time

4

The first English class in elementary school

A B C D E F G

I don’t know the mean

But all of us smiling

Feel strong power

5

The first English class in junior high school

Study rule

Study grammar

Study pronunciation

Writing a lot

Impression changed

Must be more interesting

6

Taking TOEIC for the first time

Covered with serious atmosphere

Go fast

Time is limited

Couldn’t finish

My brain could not think

7

The first conversation with ALT

Tall, big man

High nose

Here is Japan?

Very kind

Has yellow aura

poem3

1

The first English class in elementary school

A B C D E F G

I don’t know what it mean

But all of us smiling

Feel strong power

2

The first English class in junior high school

Study rule

Study grammar

Study pronunciation

Writing a lot

Impression changed

Would be more interesting

3

Taking TOEIC for the first time

Covered with serious atmosphere

Go fast

Time is limited

Couldn’t finish

Unbelievable

4

The first conversation with ALT

Tall, big man

High nose

Here is Japan?

Very kind

Has yellow ora

下書きのままで公開出来ていませんでした すみませんでした

Poems 2

1

Singing a English song

I don’t know the meaning

However

It is so interesting

I feel I can use English

I can do everything

I’m ready to start

2

The first English class in university

I don’t Know these people in this class

I have to talk with them

I feel high wall

I try to climb it

I want to be talkative

3

Eiken

Anxiety

Nervous

Confused

But exciting

I’m ready to show my skill

It’s a show time

Revised poems

1

Studying abroad

An unknown world

Spread out in front of me

Australia

Only one month

Everything is different

Language Culture Custom Climate

Everyday is new

I feel like reborn

My new life is about to start

(Changed first sentence )

2

High school English

Grammar grammar grammar

Vocabulary vocabulary vocabulary

I don’t know why only grammar and vocabulary

When can I practice speaking

Sitting in a dark cold class room

Losing my goal of studying English

When does this lesson ends?

(Erased last 3 sentences)

3

Central exam

I pile time until now

Confidence and anxiety

Whether pass or not

Big mountain is here

However

I’m not alone

We are friends

I go through gate

I’m ready

(Erased third sentence)

Poem

1

Studying abroad

Go abroad for the first time

Australia

Only 1 month

Everything is different

Everyday is new

I was reborn

Welcome to new world

2

High school English

Grammar grammar grammar

Vocabulary vocabulary vocabulary

I don’t know why

I can’t see goal

Room is black

But

I find a light

I willing go there

3

Central exam

I pile time until now

Confidence and anxiety

Whether demonstrate or not

Whether pass or not

Big mountain is here

However

I’m not alone

We are friends

I go through gate

I’m ready

Significant moment free writing

1.the first English class in

elementary school

When I was 7 years old, I talked with ALT

I studied number, colors

I could not hear what he said

I had a good time

2.the first English class in junior high school

I didn’t go to English conversation class so I could not understand first

My English teacher was very good teacher

I come to like English

Using English was interesting for me

I introduced myself

3.the first English class in university

It was so talkative

I was surprised that teacher was native speaker and class was only English

I had a lot of group work

I enjoyed speaking English

Other classmates were so genius and spoke fluently

I thought I had to study more

4.the first English class in high school

It was boring because I didn’t have chance to speak English

Teacher focused on only grammar

Class was so speedy and I had to take notes a lot

His explanation was not clearly

5.taking Eikan for the first time

I was so nervous

I seldom speak English so second test (speaking test) is hard for me

I practiced many time

First test was easy for me

I could take Eiken 5

6.taking TOEIC for the first time

It was so difficult

Listening part was difficult because I could listen only once

Reading part was also difficult

I think this part was more difficult

I could not get high score

I thought I had to study a lot

7. The first conversation with ALT

I could not hear any information

I used gestures

I played soccer with him

I had easy conversation like greeting

I thought I want to talk with him more

8.Singing songs in class

I sang songs which I already knew

It was so interesting and exciting

I sang let it go

But it was difficult because English songs are so speedy for me

9. Central exam

I was so nervous because it was big exam I had ever taken

Reading part is not so difficult

But listening part was difficult

I needed more time

I could get good score

10.Studying abroad

I went abroad for the first time

I went to Australia last March

English class was so talkative

I could use English every day so my English skills were improved

I visited Sydney

I visited zoo and saw koalas

It was so cute!

Significant memories

1.the first English class in elementary school

2.the first English class in junior high schools

3.the first English class in university

4.the first English class in high school

5.taking Eikan for the first time

6.taking TOEIC for the first time

7. The first conversation with ALT

8.Singing songs in class

9. Central exam

10.Studying abroad