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Summer in JAPAN 2013 Summary

English Writing Seminar

Basic Writing
Four Workshops
Final Presentation

Touch and Feel Japan

Japanese Cultural Workshops (Tea Ceremony, Flower Arrangement, Japanese Class)
Cultural Experiences (Japanese Cuisine, Hot Springs, Temples and Shrines, and Sightseeing)

Events

Guest lecture by Norio Murakami – How to Survive Global Era
Lecture and Film Screening of “”Hana no Ato”” by Movie Director Kenji Nakanishi
Sumire Hirotsuru and her Harvard Friends ~Summer in JAPAN 2013 Classical Concert
 -Concert Program

Movie: Summer in JAPAN 2013

English Writing Seminar 8/1(Fri)~8/7(Thu)

 

 

The one-hour cultural exchange program at the end of the day was very impressive. The Harvard students’ presentations about their best trips were wonderful. I hope I will be able to see many different places in the world in my life.
ーShoma N.

At first, I was very anxious about whether I could debate in English because I had no experience in debate even in Japanese. I was worried when I was not able to think of any good ideas or how to discuss issues. But through the suggestions of my student teachers, I was able to give a presentation with confidence on the final day. The Public Speaking course was very useful for me.
ーMomo G.

I had a rare opportunity of listening to a professional editor. The student teachers kindly taught me in a manner that was easy to follow. This program was a precious experience for me.
ーHaruki Z.

I enjoyed writing and creating stories together with other students. I was happy to have opportunities to speak in English because I seldom had such chances. I had a good time. I want to learn English more and would like to join SIJ again.
ーYukine K.

Out of the four workshops, I chose to join Drama Script. The Harvard student teachers taught me how gesturing and facial expressions can help me to communicate when I am having trouble making myself understood in a foreign language. In preparing for the final presentation on the last day, I learned how to organize a drama. The seven-day seminar was so fulfilling. It is an experience that I will treasure throughout my life. I would like to keep in touch with the Harvard student teachers and to improve my English.
ーYuriha N.

Touch and Feel Japan 8/8(Fri)~8/12(Tue)

 

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Summer in JAPAN 2014 Summary

English Writing Seminar

Basic Writing
Four Workshops
Final Presentation

Touch and Feel Japan

Japanese Cultural Workshops (Tea Ceremony, Flower Arrangement, Japanese Class)
Cultural Experiences (Japanese Cuisine, Hot Springs, Temples and Shrines, and Sightseeing)

Events

Guest lecture by Norio Murakami – How to Survive Global Era
Lecture and Film Screening of “Hana no Ato” by Movie Director Kenji Nakanishi
Sumire Hirotsuru and her Harvard Friends ~Summer in JAPAN 2014 Classical Concert
 -Concert Program

Movie: Summer in JAPAN 2014

English Writing Seminar 8/1(Fri)~8/7(Thu)

 

I performed scientific experiments in English using various things like the air, erasers, and other things. It was difficult for me to understand the teachers’ English. But the Harvard students helped me in an easy-to-follow manner. Not only did I learn English but also I was able to learn in English.
– Seventh Grader

The Harvard students were so cheerful that I had a very positive experience in the classes. They taught us that we have to catch the audience in our presentations, not just talk to them. We have to have the audience concentrate on our speech. I could make my speech easy to understand by using PowerPoint.
– Seventh Grader

This time, I chose to join the Academic Writing class because I wanted to strengthen my essay writing skills. I had to make full use of my brain and ingenuity to think of many different expressions to make many people want to read my writing. But, I ultimately was able to get through writing my essay “I Can’t Live My Usual Life Without Books” using many great suggestions from my kind peers and the Harvard University students. This essay gave me a big sense of achievement. Also, writing our essays and going to karaoke together strengthened our ties. I must not forget those seven days and the important friends I made in the AW class.(原文)
– Eighth Grader

I was inspired by the other group members’ English language skills, aggressiveness, and bright and fluid thinking. A decisive difference between the other members and I was vocabulary. I will try to learn more words. I also learned that level-headed self-analysis is the key to making other people open to me, so I would like to understand myself more deeply. 
– High School Freshman

Learning at SIJ was a good experience for me because at BW4, we got to learn how to debate for the first time, and actually learned how to write a science essay. In PS, we learned how to make and use an note card in a presentation. Harvard students are very active, caring, and always smile. By working with the Harvard students, my mind changed in a good way and think to work harder. I wish to come again next year too.
– Elementary School Student

Touch and Feel Japan 8月8日(金)~8月12日(火)

 

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Summer in JAPAN 2015 Summary

English Writing Seminar

Basic Writing
Four Workshops
Final Presentation

Touch and Feel Japan

Japanese Cultural Workshops (Tea Ceremony, Flower Arrangement, Japanese Class)
Cultural Experiences (Japanese Cuisine, Hot Springs, Temples and Shrines, and Sightseeing)

Events

“Study in the USA” in collaboration with American Consulate in Fukuoka
Sumire Hirotsuru and her Harvard Friends ~SIJ2015 Classical Concert
 -Concert Program
“Medical Forum” in collaboration with Aso Iizuka Hospital

Movie: Summer in JAPAN 2015

English Writing Seminar 7/30(Thu)~8/5(Wed)

 

I appreciate that I joined the most fruitful and productive week that shook my concept of English to its foundation. In BW4 class, Harvard students taught how to write critical essay, narrative story and scientific report in English, which consequently improved my ability to communicate in English as well. Advice from staff members and friends I made during seminar also helped polishing up my English comprehension. The seminar was a good opportunity to think about my college life and possibly a study abroad in the future. I will make use of this time’s experience and keep studying for my future.
– College Freshman

It was the very first time to learn the essence of good presentation. In PS class, I learned how to deliver a good presentation through learning the presentation skills such as gestures, posture, volume and some more. After one week, I was able to apply those skills to my presentation. I am sure that these skills and the experience I had will do good in my future career as a doctor.
– College Freshman

At my third time SIJ, I liked the workshop with Team Lab members the best. We students asked many good questions to them and from their answers we learned a lot of things. How we wish we’d have more opportunities to hear from business people who contribute to society. This may be my last SIJ as a student but hope to join again as a staff member next time!
-High School Student

At my first SIJ, not only did I learn English but also many more things, for example, to speak out my own opinion. I learned that there is not always one right answer and you don’t always have to reach an agreement. This is quite contrary to the class in Japan where students are always passive. I was nervous at first but gradually I got used to express myself and had a great time. I felt like I was studying abroad, speaking English with Harvard students as well as with other participating Japanese students I made friends with at SIJ. I’d love to join next year too.
-Junior High School Student

The next was our play titled “POD.” I was a Queen in a red dress. When I stood on the stage, I saw everyone’s faces and felt quite nervous. The lines came out as I practiced. Scene 5 went smoother than we practiced and I really enjoyed acting. I feel grateful to my teachers. I want to join again next year.
-Junior High School Student

Touch and Feel Japan 8/8(Fri)~8/12(Tue)

 

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Summer in JAPAN 2016 Summary

English Writing Seminar

Basic Writing
Four Workshops
Final Presentation

Touch and Feel Japan

Japanese Cultural Workshops (Tea Ceremony, Japanese sweets workshop)
Cultural Experiences (Japanese Cuisine, Hot Springs, Temples and Shrines, Art island, Sword museum, and Sightseeing)

Events

English Presentation and Writing Course for Adult Learners
SIJ2017 Classical Concert, Sumire Hirotsuru and her Harvard Friends
The Harvard Approach Seminar for teachers and parents
Cultural Exchange
Kunisaki × Harvard

Summer in JAPAN 2016

Intesive English Seminar July 30 – August 5

 

I learned different types of writing everyday, and now I can use them properly for different purposes. Thanks to the teachers who taught me kindly and gave me good advice, I learned many things.

Even for a student like me, who does not have a good command of spoken English at all, the Harvard students interesting and innovative teaching method was not only easy to understand bun also highly captivating. They were real masters in lecturing and giving presentations, which were absolutely thought-provoking and engaging. I am more than glad to have been part of this class.

Thanks to the teacher’s’ advice, I was able to challenge myself to write different types of sentences and ultimately my own essay. During our final presentations, I took part in a debate involving cooperation closely with my teammates to come up with a lot of strategies.

Everyone made the scripts together and we were able to develop our English vocabulary.

In this seminar, block construction was offered as an exciting hands-on study method. I really enjoyed it, and it will be useful for my programming in the future. With a myriad of programming languages being involved, this method will be a solid foundation for me.

Touch and Feel Japan, August 6 – 10

 

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Summer in JAPAN 2017 Summary

7-day English Seminar in Oita

Basic Writing
Four Workshops
Final Presentation

4-day Summer in JAPAN OKAYAMA~English Workshop in Okayama

Three Workshops
Final Presentation

Touch and Feel Japan

Japanese Cultural Workshops (Tea Ceremony, Japanese sweets workshop)
Cultural Experiences (Japanese Cuisine, Hot Springs, Temples and Shrines, Art island, Sword musium, and Sightseeing)

Events

– Cultural Exchange / Instructors’ presentations
American university student instructors share their lives with the participating students and their parents at the end of the day.
– The 3rd Outreach Education Program “Kunusaki×Harvard”
– The 5th SIJ Classical Concert, Sumire Hirotsuru and her Harvard friends feat. Ansonia Quartet from the Juilliard School, NY

Summer in JAPAN 2017

7-day English Seminar August 2 – 8 in Oita

 

I learned different types of writing every day, and now I can use them properly for different purposes. Thanks to the teachers who taught me kindly and gave me good advice, I learned many things.

In the public speaking class, we used TED talks. We also learned how to warm up before a presentation. Eric and Jeff observed each student individually and gave each of us good advice. We are so lucky to have had them as our instructors. We had a lot of time to discuss things together, which deepened our understanding.

Through analysing reports and speeches, I learned how to grab people’s attention and how to structure my ideas. Therefore, I will be able to make the most of this knowledge in my future discussions

I was able to perform dance and theater with a confidence I have never had before. At first, I felt it was challenging not only to speak in English, but also to express myself with gestures. Eventually, through practice, my confidence grew a lot. From now on, I will take advantage of this experience and will express myself in public.

In the computer science class we learned about programming. The most interesting thing for me was making games with my new friends. The most challenging part was making the characters and backgrounds in my game move, but the instructors were very friendly and helped us overcome these challenges.

Summer in JAPAN OKAYAMA; 4-day English Workshop July 26 – 29

http://okayama.summerinjapan.com
Organized by Ishikawa Foundation
Co-Organazed by Summer in JAPAN, Okayama University, Stripe International Inc.

Our Panda class students wrote and presented their own original stories using speaking techniques, such as hand gestures, volume, and tone. They improved so much over the four days, and their presentations were amazing.

Our Musical Performance students wrote three wonderful plays based on fairy tales, and learned the words and dance moves to the “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid. It was great to see all of our students grow more confident and watch them work together as a group. We are so proud of them and all their hard work over this week!

Our students worked in groups to design computer games. All seven groups made phenomenal games, which they finished in only one day! They also wrote their own speeches to explain their games, making their presentations twice as impressive. We could not be more proud of our students and can’t wait to see what else they can do with CS!

Touch and Feel Japan July 30 – 31, August 9 – 11

 

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