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海外帰国生の声

様々な国や環境の中で頑張ってきた海外帰国生が、どのような気持ちで文京学院に入学し、そして今どのような生活をしているのでしょうか。それぞれの生徒が語ってくれた声を紹介いたします。

  My family and I lived in Vancouver, Canada for 5 years. I went to the local preschool when I was 3 years old. After that, I went to the local kindergarten and elementary school on weekdays, and I went to the Vancouver Japanese School on Saturdays. After I came back to Tokyo, I went to a public elementary school. Also, I took lessons at a language school to maintain my English skills.   When I started thinking about which junior high school I should choose, I knew I would like a school where I could improve my English skills. It was hard to find a good school, but I found Bunkyo Girls' Junior High School. It has many returnee students, so I thought it would be a good place to learn. Also, our school has an after school English class called Kokusai Juku. It is very interesting. The teachers in Kokusai Juku are very helpful and reliable. They always say, "Please ask any question any time." I was a little nervous at first, but now I enjoy the class very much.   I think that it is necessary to have a lot of opportunities to speak English. I'll try hard to be able to speak English fluently. Also, English skills will be a great advantage for my future. Kokusai Juku is the best way to improve my English.
(中2:カナダ現地校出身)
  I lived in China and the Philippines for six years after leaving Japan with my family when I was in fourth grade. In ninth grade, I came back to Japan and studied in a public junior high school in Tokyo. The English lessons in the school were quite easy for me because I had already learned those things abroad. Honestly, as time passed, I was afraid that I couldn't develop my English skills if I continued studying in Japan.
  When the time came to decide which senior high school to enter, it was very hard for me to find a school that could meet my needs. But, fortunately, I found Bunkyo Girls' Senior High School. I heard that they had started to accept returnee students. When I visited the school and walked around, I felt very comfortable because the facilities and the environment of the school were great, so I decided to enter Bunkyo.
  I'm very satisfied studying in Bunkyo. At first, I was worried about keeping up with the regular Japanese classes, but all the teachers are nice to returnee students and help us whenever we have problems. Bunkyo provides special Japanese classes for returnee students after school if needed. It also has an after school English program called "Kokusai Juku." It's divided into 5 levels so that students can be placed in the appropriate class. In my class, there are many returnee students, so I feel very comfortable. While talking with them, I can learn many new interesting things. The teachers are very friendly, reliable, and fun. Every time I attend "Kokusai Juku," I feel like I'm studying abroad. Although the lessons are difficult sometimes, I think it's a very nice way to develop my English skills. Attending this class also helps me to become more confident in English. I really love this class!
(高2:フィリピン現地校出身)
 中学校を卒業すると同時に、父の転勤先であるシンガポールに行き、現地のインターナショナルスクールで1年間学びました。この1年間の経験は、私にとって本当に貴重なものとなっています。
 シンガポールは多民族国家のため、様々な人種の人びとが生活し、文化や宗教、感性の違いを目の当たりする機会が多くありました。そのような環境の中で、英語が公用語である現地で学べたことで、英語の力がつき、いろいろな国の人たちと交流できるようになったのは大きな喜びと自信につながっています。帰国後も、この経験を忘れたくないと思うのはもちろん、日本人として日本の知識や文化をより多く学びたいと思いました。  文京学院では、毎日の課題であるペン習字、週1回の運針、希望者への茶道・華道の放課後講座など、日本にいても忘れてしまう日本文化に触れるチャンスがたくさんあります。
 私は入学すると同時に、「国際塾」に入りました。Super AdvancedのWritingとAdvancedのListening& Speakingの講座を受講しています。先生方は、全員がネイティブスピーカーであり、授業もすべて英語で行われます。そのため、シンガポールで身につけたListening力、Speaking力を維持でき、より磨くことができます。また、一方的に講義を受ける一斉授業とは異なり、さまざまな友達と意見を言い合いながら授業が進められていくのは、とてもよい刺激になっています。英語力が磨かれていっているのが実感できます。
 このような充実した毎日を送れているのも文京学院に出会えたからこそだと思います。卒業するまでの1年間も大切に過ごしていきたいです。
(高2:シンガポールインターナショナルスクール出身)
 私は中1から中3までの3年間をパナマで過ごしました。パナマの母国語はスペイン語なので英語を使う機会はなかったのですが、日本人学校では、現地校との交流があり、英語を使ってバディと話したり、実際に現地の授業を体験したりしました。バディの子と話す中で、自分の言いたいことが相手に伝わった時は本当にうれしかったです。他には学習発表会で3年間、英語劇を行っていました。中3の時はみんなと一緒に日本語で台本を作り、それを自分たちで少しずつ英語に訳していきました。英語の言い回し等も覚えることができ、楽しかったです。やり終わった達成感は今でも忘れられません。
 帰国後も英語に力を入れて勉強をしたいと思い、英語教育に力を入れている文京学院を訪ね、国際塾の話を聞いて入学を決めました。はじめは不安でいっぱいでしたが、友達と住んでいた国のことや経験したこと等を話していくうちに仲良くなることができました。今は、普段の英語の授業の他に国際塾も続けています。スピーキングに力をいれた英語力を高めていきたいと思います。
(高2:パナマ 日本人学校卒業)
  I returned to Japan this March after living in Singapore for 13 years. I'd gone to an International School for 11 years, so I was really excited to experience a whole different life in a Japanese school but at the same time I was worried that I might forget English. However, Bunkyo had Kokusai Juku, where students study advanced English after school. I wanted to improve my English, so I thought it is good to learn new vocabulary and grammar in Kokusai Juku class in Bunkyo.
  Now, two months have passed since I entered Bunkyo and I have already made a lot of friends. My classmates are friendly. There are returnees who have lived abroad for a long time like me. Therefore, I can often speak English with them so that we all can improve our English speaking skills. I think Bunkyo is a great school for returnees to enjoy school life and study advanced English.
(高1:シンガポール インターナショナルスクール出身)
 私は生まれてから12年間、ルクセンブルグに住んでいました。ルクセンブルグではインターナショナルスクールに通い、いろいろな国の文化と日本の文化との違いを学びました。帰国後、身につけた英語を維持したいと思い、英語を専門とする中学校のクラスに入りました。その後、「日本の勉強もしっかりと身に付け、かつ英語のスキルを上げたい」と思っていた私が入学したのが文京学院でした。文京学院には「国際塾」という放課後に行われる塾があります。私はこの「国際塾」に惹かれました。
 今は英語クラスに所属し、日々の勉強はもちろん、運針やペン習字といった日本の伝統に触れる活動も行いながら、放課後にSuper Advanced(主に帰国子女、高校3年が入る)という「国際塾」のクラスに入っています。授業はほとんど英語で行い、ライティングやリスニングなども基礎から身につけることができます。ネイティブの先生もいらっしゃるので、発音などを丁寧に学ぶこともできてうれしいです。英語が学べる環境が整っているので、安心して、また自身をもって英語の勉強に励むことができます。
(高1:ルクセンブルグ インターナショナルスクール出身)
       
  I lived in Hong Kong from 2007 to 2010 and learned English at an international school there. It was very difficult for me to understand English but my parents, teachers and friends helped me a lot, so now I'm able to understand English better than students in Japan.
  I came back to Japan last year, and I went to a public school in Chiba for a year. Everything was OK except for the English class. It was too easy and I felt really bored during the class. So I decided to move to another school in which I can learn more difficult English. I searched for schools on the Internet and then I found Bunkyo. In Bunkyo, there is an after-school English program called "Kokusai Juku". There are five levels in Kokusai Juku, from basic to super advanced. All the classes are conducted in English so we students have to speak English as well. Thanks to Kokusai Juku, I can spend time using and improving my English.
  I am enjoying my school life in Bunkyo. At first I was very nervous, but all the students are very kind to me so I like this school. Also, I enjoy learning new vocabulary and grammar in Kokusai Juku. I think that my English is better than when I was in Hong Kong. My dream is to enter a university in America. To make my dream come true, I will study English hard in this school.
(中3:香港インターナショナルスクール出身)
  I was in California for 6 years with my family. I went to the local school and learned many things that I would not be able to learn in Japan. I think that I had a great experience having friends who came from different countries like me. Also, I was able to enjoy American holidays and its culture.
  Since I came back to Japan this January, I've kept my English skills but I wanted to improve them. I also wanted to learn more about Japanese culture. Then I searched for schools and found "Bunkyo". "Bunkyo" had "Kokusai Juku", and tea ceremony and flower arrangement classes. I realized that this was the school I was looking for.
  After entering "Bunkyo", I've made a lot of friends. I'm taking an advanced English course with two other returnee students. It is fun because we are able to learn new things. Also, I enjoy tea ceremony and flower arrangement classes.
  In the future, I want to get a job where I can make good use of English.
(中1:アメリカ 現地校出身)
   I was born in Sri Lanka and lived there for ten years in total. There I attended an international school, where I mainly spoke English. However, when my family and I returned to Japan, I did not have many opportunities to speak English. It was upon entering Bunkyo Gakuin that I again had a chance to use my English.
  Among the many programs at Bunkyo Gakuin, there is a program called Kokusai Juku. In this program there are five levels for studying listening, reading, writing and speaking. Having a native English speaker as our teacher, we were able to focus on correct pronunciation and intonation.
  As part of another program, this summer I spent two weeks in the U.K. During my time there, I took English lessons in the morning and visited many places in the afternoon, such as Caernarfon Castle and Slate Museum. It was my first time in Europe so it was a very good and new experience for me. I noticed that all the people there are very friendly and kind. Upon returning to Japan, I noticed a significant improvement in my English ability.
  In the coming year, I will also take part in the Rotary Exchange program. As part of that program, I will spend one year studying abroad. I do not yet know to which country I will be going, but I believe whichever country it will be, it will be a good chance to experience a new culture and give me good preparation for college.
(高1:スリランカ インターナショナルスクール出身)
  For two years I lived in Hong Kong and went to an international school.  At first I couldn't speak English at all, so it was difficult to get used to the school, but I think I had valuable experiences that I wouldn't have been able to have in Japan, such as making friends from different countries and speaking English in my daily life.
  When I came back to Japan, I searched for schools where I could brush up my English because I wanted to keep my English skills as well as improve them. Then I found Bunkyo Girls' Junior High School.
  Our school has Kokusai Juku. I take three classes: Listening & Speaking, Reading and Writing. Also, I take an advanced English course with other returnee students. I enjoy these classes a lot. I think that I'm able to improve my English skills because we can learn new things, and we have a lot of chances to speak English. Since I entered our school, I have made a lot of friends and I am enjoying my school life.
(中3:香港インターナショナルスクール出身)
  
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