Saturday, August 7, 2010
Just to let any mums and dads reading this that I have just left the boys at Dublin airport and they all checked in safely. You'll be seeing them soon! I was sad to see them leave but proud of every single one of them. They've been great and I think you'll agree that they've all grown up a little. Thanks for lending them to Ireland for 3 weeks. Warmest regards, Patrick
Friday, August 6, 2010
During lessons at ICE the boys are expected to speak English. Although the lessons are sometimes hard, they've been having a lot of fun. There are 15 students in a class which means they have more individual attention than they're used to. And because most of the other students aren't Japanese they have a real reason to speak. As for this picture. Well. I don't know!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
The average temperature in Ireland during July was 16 degrees. That's pretty cool! What was it in Nagoya? About 30 degrees, I think. It's great for the boys to escape from the heat of Japan. They can play outside comfortably every day and sleep well at night.
Monday, August 2, 2010
The best way to improve at English is, of course to USE English! It's wonderful to see our students making friends and, of course they HAVE to speak English. Here is Kuzuya with a European friend getting on the DART. That's the local train that takes students from Malahide into the center of Dublin.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Staying with an Irish family is a really great way to use English for real and get to learn about the way of life in an Irish family. In Malahide the boys also stay in homes where there is another foreign student. Here we can see Eguchi 君 with his host family.
Dublin city center is a lively place, especially in the summer when lots of visitors come from all over the world. In the middle of the city there's a pedestrian shopping street called Grafton Street. There are often street performers there, musicians and so on.
The Tokai groups have all had a chance to go into the city centre a few times. Thanks to Masuda kun for this picture.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Ito 先生 arrived in Ireland yesterday. He has come from Edinburgh in Scotland where he is accompanying 18 Tokai boys at the Fettes College Summer School. You can see some pictures of them here.
In these picture Ito 先生 is presenting the Irish College Of English with a hand-written piece of Japanese calligraphy.
The light of the moon shines on everyone equally yet only those who gaze at the moon can grasp its true beauty.