Foreign Language Exchange and Homestay Division
Theme：Regret and Gratitude
Heavy rain due to the typhoon stopped for a while, we luckily proceeded with the lecture without any inconvenience.
Even though the theme for the lecture ‘Regret and Gratitude‘ seemed difficult, the lecturer developed each step well, picking up daily examples to help us to understand the points easily.
Then I realized, the lecturer and participants were working hard on the theme together, as in group work. She asked appropriate questions so that all the participants engaged in the lecture.
Now I suppose that many of us feel a real affinity with our friendly lecturer.
Theme：Malaysiaー Diversely Unified
The Malaysian scholarship student at Kisarazu Techno College gave his story about the history and the background of Malaysia as a multicultural county.
Actually to us, those who live in such a homogeneous society like Japan, it was valuable for knowing crosscultural communication（tolerance, etc.) by listening to his story.
We wish his great success in future!
The annual event shown the right pictures was also held this Summer by help of the two English instructors from ALT, which is said to have been conducted for 18 years. As usual the two young English instructors were attending the children who want to learn English by means of using materials, such as cards with pictures drown on them, some balls and so on.
With the use of these materials, their aim is to attract children’s attention, that is, they don’t get bored and feel like playing the games, while learning English.
They are sure this method helps the children to develop or improve their faculty for English more and more. They are enjoying learning English as if they were playing the games.
Our program hopes it will lead to their intention to learn English continuously.
Also, with English education of an earlier age by the encouragement of the Ministry of Education, it will come soon when English is one of the compulsory subjects from the grade 5th in the elementary school. So the number of children who attend this class will increase. We are looking forward to taking more part in this program than ever.
The lecturer was an international student of Chiba University from northern Mexico.
In the first half of the lecture he taught us about the history of Mexico in plain English from the Mayan civilization era before Spain rule, the Spanish rule era, and the revolution to the present.
In the second half, the lecture was advanced in response to a wide range of questions from many participants including President Trump' s Mexican border wall, Maya where chocolate originated, Tequila, Tacos, Mexican music, Mexican racial makeup .
I can't believe that two hours passed by so quickly. Time sure flies.
The lecture started with her self introduction, then she talked about her story so far, including the background that led her to study abroad. She spoke in fluent English like a native speaker throughout the lecture.
It was a brilliant success story of a young lady, who takes an active role in her present position as a business person, using not only language skills but political and economic knowledge from experiences acquired by studying abroad.
The lecture was so impressive that many people in the audience asked her one after another how she achieved such a great work.
Among many people who went to study abroad, she seems to be one who has returned to her hometown in glory.
I really recommend that young people listen to this kind of lecture.
The class was so exciting and fun as always.
Our teacher is a great unique performer.
Some advanced members always join this class and the teacher handled all learners very well in teaching us.
Everyone really wants level-up more than now.
We were able to converse with each other in English.
Theme:My Country Nigeria
Having a Nigerian lecturer, twenty-two participants had a precious time to know more about Nigeria.
The pleasant young man talked about many kinds of his country like foods, languages, natural resources and his big family of 37 members in polygamy.
Later he received a lot of questions about the last topic and politely answered them.
His eager explanation successfully helped us to feel closer with Nigeria.
In rough weather because of approaching typhoon, a lecture on AUTISM was presented by a pleasant young man who is an ALT and a special support education master from the Philippines.
On the character of the theme , many difficult technical terms were used. But thanks to his lucid and eager explanation, we could understand a lot about AUTISM.
We learned a view of it, and how to deal with it.
We have shared a productive time.
Theme:The Netherlands also known as Holland
The content of the lecture was introducing of the Netherlands from a wide point of view, for instance the historical background of the country and the relationship with Japan, the feature of the land such as polders, canals, boat houses, the number of the pump-stations and so on, the food culture such as dairy products and the relationship with people’s physique, major enterprises such as Shell, Phillips, Heineken and famous artists such as VAN GOGH, REMBRANT, VERMEER.
The limited lecture time that was two hours was passed through fast due to the positive question and answer sessions from the many participants.
All of the participants must be more interested in the Netherlands than before.
It was overcast and rainy, when we held the 'KIFA English class for kids', with ALTs
( Assistant Language Teachers).
In spite of the weather, it really warmed our hearts learning English all together.
The teachers managed their class very well, using a method that appeals to kids.
It's a shame not to be able to see the lovely kids till next summer vacation.
In the meantime, we keep in mind this wonderful time, looking forward to seeing them again.
Theme：“Leadership Lessons from the U.S. Army”
What a surprise! A man in military camouflage clothing suddenly appeared from the back door behind us.
In the midst of participants' excitement, the lecturer's presentation started.
The video he showed us was mainly about US military life that he had spent for 27 years as a senior officer.
His experience was consequently helpful for him to be a life consultant.
His teaching seems to aim at creating a happier and more successful life.
Firstly, we have to know specifically what we really want or do not want, then make a practical plan to reach a goal. To illustrate his point, he quoted Benjamin Franklin,
"A goal without a plan is just a wish."
All participants enjoyed the presentation and appreciated the lecturer very much.
We learned a little about Coaching and hope to make a good use of it.
Theme：Get to know Malaysia
On a hot day like one in summer, we had an opportunity to get to know Malaysia with a Malaysian young scientist who works at a Japanese company as a researcher.
He gave us an honest and open lecture about Malaysia, including topics such as its race, religion, culture and eating habits. As we discovered some of these facts for the first time, we enjoyed the talk very much.
In addition, the lecturer brought for us the sweets he had made himself and served it during the break. Such a lovely surprise!
After his lecture, there were so many questions, which showed the interest his audience had.
While picturing Malaysia, a multicultural country rich in nature, we could not help but be attracted by the scenery in the photos we saw throughout the lecture.
We spent a rewarding afternoon together.
More people than we had expected attended this class.
Our teacher, an expert on teaching English, motivated and relaxed them by saying "Don't be shy" and "Don't stop trying to talk even though using gestures".
Thanks to it, most of them enjoyed practicing English conversation each other.
Their questionnaires say that all of them enjoyed studying English and some are looking forward to having the next class.
Our lecturer gave us a basic orientation about tour guides on the first day.
Two weeks afterward at Odayama Park, we practiced what we had learned from the first day.
Each one of the participants practiced giving a tour guide for one of three tourist spots: Old Anzai Family House, Kimisarazu tower, and the panoramic view of the city.
They all performed an impassioned practice guide for their chosen places, and it was interesting to hear quite different guidance even for the same place.
At the end, the lecturer gave his comment on their guidance, which was quite positive and specific.
All of them did their best and were motivated to study through this course.
We were fascinated with a lot of photos of “Germany-then and now” focused on a small village called Mekenheim in south east of Germany.
our lecturer had spent very happy childhood there in 1960s. At that time many people in the small village had a mostly self-sustained life, which required them to work hard and yet lead a full life. Since then a half century has passed, and the country life style has changed dramatically, especially in farming with an introduction of mechanized devices. But her home town being a small village has kept its natural beauty.
To our surprise, we were served a homemade German plum cake “Zwetschgenkuchen” at tea break.
Everybody enjoyed it and were grateful to her and her husband, a great collaborator, for the interesting lecture and delicious cake.”
22 kids aged 6 to 12 learned English from two enthusiastic teachers .
Some kids looked like getting nervous to start with , but soon began to relax through songs, games, etc.
We really appreciate their sincere efforts made for the kids.
Have little children joined the class? They are learning how to say the time.
This lecture contained the variety of languages, mathematics, information technology, yoga, meditation, Indian Caste system, and religions, which amazed the participants as per the Theme, Incredible India. In reply to the request by some attendees who want to know more about India, we'd like to hold the session like that again. Looking forward to having many participants attend.
We practiced self-introduction and learned how to maintain the conversation.
Then we asked each other about our everyday life.
We also learned expressions of positions and directions.
Practice makes perfect.
Theme：4 major sports in America
He gave us a lecture on 4 major sports in America:
baseball, basketball, football and ice hockey.
Rules and history of each sports interested us a lot,
so we listened attentively.
And the pop quiz he prepared for each sports made the lecture more entertaining and easy to understand.
It was such a fun to see him quickly change his clothes to his favorite teams’ uniform like a magic show.
We all had an amazing time and learned a lot from his lecture.
We accepted a total of 18 foreign exchange students from Chiba University.
The students and the host families enjoyed the game called Chinese whispers at the meeting ceremony and we took photos at the end of the ceremony.
I'm sure that the all students had great two days with their host families.
We enjoyed role-playing, how to guide in easy English this time.
What's the next subject ?
We can't wait for the next class in March!
The theme of this workshop was “Hospitality in plain English for Tokyo Olympic 2020.”
The 36 participants enjoyed it very much !
Theme：The culture of India
We appreciated the culture of India. This class was a good chance to know it.
We realized Indian cows are different from other countries' cows. We learned a lot.
We really thank the speakers.
Theme：Photographing Japanese nature and countryside
It was very interesting talk indeed.
We learned a lot of things about Japanese nature and countryside from the talented lecturer this time.
The photos were so beautiful and impressive.
His career was also interesting. We respect him.
Theme：My 4 years stay in Ethiopia
We enjoyed today's lecture on his four years experience of rendering agricaltural support to Ethiopia with NERICA RICE (New Rice for Africa).
Ethiopian serve coffee to guests with burning aroma tree.
Surprisingly they bow in greeting and treat foreigners from their poor pockets just like Japanese!
The best teachers in Kisarazu taught kids English. The kids enjoyed it and their parents looked very happy.
We accepted a total of 14 foreign exchange students - 11 from Chiba University and 3 from the Kisarazu National Institute of Technology.
This year, The students and their host families all met up in front of Kisarazu Station and went to Yatsurugi Hachiman Shrine to enjoy the festival there.
It was a good way to learn about the culture of Japanese festivals, and to see one of the largest “Ohmikoshi” (Large Portable Shrine) in the Kanto area.
The exchange students were very excited to see the Portable Shrine and everyone was taking many pictures - not only the students, but the host families and staff too!
Everyone had a great time together and it was a great experience that everyone will treasure for a long time.
He talked about baseball and showed us his large baseball collections.
The following is the comments from the participants.
"I'm not familiar with the baseball, but I enjoyed his story very much. "
" I'm very astonished that he had a lot of autographs of baseball players"
The lecturer talked on Special Education for the Special Children and Youth.
The following is one of the comments from the participants.
"I've been working at a special support school for a long time.
I think we have a lot of difficulties in special needs education.
Today's topic was really good for me."
Some international students of Chiba University stayed with Kisarazu residents for 2 days.
The students met their host families at Chuo Community center, and they played a game called STREAMS. The students and host families communicated naturally.
They said that they had a wonderful time with their host families.
The lecturer from Oklahoma introduced the history and some singers of American country music. I was interested that trucks and trains are often themes of country music.
Some international students of Chiba university and Kisarazu technical college stayed with Kisarazu residents for 2 days.
The students were very polite. They’re willing to learn Japanese culture.
The happy memories will last forever.
We had the 15th annual event of "KIFA English class for Kids” this summer.
30 children, aged 5 to 8, really enjoyed learning English from passionate Kisarazu ALTs, while singing, dancing and playing games.
A relatively small class size helped children be relaxed and focus on English learning.
At the end of the event, they all loved the event and were looking forward to the next event.
We were introduced to a brief history of old and modern English literature.
We also talked about Japanese literature.
I was interested to learn about the archaic Anglo-Saxon language, although it was too difficult for me.
I want to read some of the books that the lecturer and the other participants introduced.
According to his talk, Ghana’s sanitation is very bad. It causes many diseases and high infant death rate. He was very impressed with Japanese rubbish collecting system.
He would like to introduce this system to Ghana.
There were many questions about the lecture. We enjoyed it very much !
The lecturer talked about Pompei, Italian festivals, Italian food, Italian people and so on.
I think I must go to Italy as soon as possible.
Do you know Capoeira? It looked like dancing, but it's a Brazilian martial art.
The lecturer talked about Martial Arts today.
What's the most interesting and coolest one? Of course, Iaido is.
Kids from 5 to 10 years olds enjoyed English.
Japan is globalizing, so KIFA is trying to make opportunities for kids to have fun with English speakers.
The lecturer says that Nigeria is a tourist and investment haven.
We learned everyday conversation in Korean.
An-nyung-ha-se-yo. (Good morning. Good afternoon. Good evening.)
On the last day we had a small party. We chatted over Korean dishes.
They were delicious!
We didn't know where he was from and he had worked. He gave us hints so that we could guess the countries.
The answers are that he was from Scotland and he worked in England, Ireland, Iceland, the Czech Republic, Norway and South Korea. Now he works in Japan.
He gave us some tips on learning English.
15 people on average attended this English course.
They brushed up their English starting with easy, simple sentences.
They also had a relaxed time of word puzzles, games and group talking.
Some people were enjoying chatting with their teache just after finishing each lesson.
Students from Malaysia had a good time with Japanese families. They also visited Kisarazu National College of Technology, Kiyomidai kindergarten and Kazusa DNA Res. Inst.
I was impressed he knew about ghosts and monsters, even Japanese ones.
We also created new monsters and showed them each other.
It was so interesting.
I wanted to know the welfare system in the UK.
This lecture gave an answer to it.
"A mother of nine children could receive almost ￡30,000 in benefits."
"Even millionaires get child benefit!"
"Those receiving a pension, on average, get ￡102 a week."
Our stereotypes about Colombia changed after we listened to this lecture.
The people are easygoing, the weather is mild, there are lots of festivals and so on.
It sounds an attractive place, though there are some problems.
Chiba University students from abroad
stayed with Japanese families in Kisarazu.
Ｑ．Where are they from?
Ａ．China, USA, canada, Germany, Thailand,
Hungary, Finland, India
Ｑ. Any comments from the host families?
Ａ．I was glad he played with my children.
I was impressed he spoke Japanese with
all his might.
I was worried about my family's health condition
as it was cold.
KIFA had a Jamaican cooking class at Kisarazu chuo community center. Our teachers from Jamaica, taught us how to cook traditional Jamaican cooking simply. We enjoyed learning English as well as lovely colorful dishes.
KIFA made an English begginers club after this class so that the participants can keep studying with the teacher.
It was difficult for some participants, but one of them said that he decided to join the club. He wants to tarvel in English at least once.
Others enjoyed practicing English with other participants and singing.
12 college students from abroad stayed with Japanese families in Kisarazu.
Ｑ．Where are they from?
Ａ．Ethiopia, Thailand, Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia,
Ｑ．What did they do with their host families?
Ａ．They had food parties, demonstrated their country's cooking,
spent time chatting, and sightseeing ( Kururi Castle, Kisarazu City Tour,
Aqua Line, Tokyo German village, Kamogawa Sea World, Nokogiri Mountain,
Sakuma Dam Park, Hishikawa Moronobu Museum, etc.)
Ｑ，What were some comments from the host families?
Ａ．We enjoyed talking in Japanese.
We can always find something new.
We wish it had not been so hot.
The student was polite.
The student was very family minded.
We learned the culture and the home style cooking of the student's
I got new information such as each state has its own license plate and quarter design.
Thank him for speaking plain English slowly so I understood his story very well.
The lecture talked about Iran and played the santoor.
The mellow sound of the santoor was very fascinating.
The American novelist and artist visited Kisarazu city on Saturday
Feb 19th to give us KIFA‘s English Lecture.
We enjoyed having his interesting lecture about Minnesota and his novel
"The Touch of Our Sleeves-The Shrines of Chiba Prefecture".
After his lecture, his autograph session was held.
19 college students from abroad stayed with Japanese families in Kisarazu.
Ｑ．Where are they from?
Ａ．China, Egypt, Indonesia, Finland, Canada, Germany, Syria, Thailand,
Ｑ．What did they do with their host families?
Ａ．sightseeing, grocery shopping, karaoke, wearing Kimono, spinning tops,
displaying dolls for the Girl's Festival, cooking, chatting
Ｑ．What did they eat with the families?
Ａ．Tempura, handmade Sushi rolls, Okonomiyaki, Miso soup, Pickled ume, etc.
The lecturer from Senegal talked about his country on Jan. 30.
His intelligence impressed us. He broadened our horizons.
We practiced the following situational conversations.
- at customs
- at a cafe and a restraurant
- in a taxi and on a bus
It was very interesting.
Ghanaian life sounds wonderful.
I want to go to Ghana and eat raw cacaos.
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