Shotoku Global Day
Shotoku High School held its annual Global Day on Tuesday, 26 November. It began with a full assembly, with about 15 invited speakers each giving a short self-introduction. Speakers came from various universities, NPOs and other institutions; Kyorin University was represented by P. Snowden of the International Exchange Center. Then followed separate sessions with students who had already selected which special two-hour lesson they would attend.
Snowden chose as his topic “The Man Who Made the First English-English Study Dictionary”, and in the weeks leading up to the event, a student representative helped with preparing materials., so that the contents and conduct of the two-hour session would meet the needs of the students. Attendance was a total of 33, with many more boys than girls, though three girls sitting near the front were easily the most attentive; no teachers attended the whole session, but three or four stayed for a few minutes each. Students were surprised to know that the man in the topic title had been an English teacher in Japan: A.S. Hornby at Oita Commercial High School in the 1920s and 1930s. Towards the end of the class, talk turned to language games and discussion of how grammar is actually a reflection of the culture and needs of the society where that language is spoken.