Lesson 12: Revisited 10 poems & descriptions

1. My first day at an English language school

At the age of three

I began to go to an English language school

A foreign teacher and 4 or 5 children in the class

We are almost same age

The teacher gives us some cards

We are playing games with smiles

Joyful and cheerful voices echo in the classroom

Everyone laughs,

I laugh, too

2. Getting 3rd prize

In front of audience

Eyes of judges,

Eyes of other speakers, and

Eyes of college students

Their eyes are pressing me

My head becomes completely white

I have no memory y during my speech

I have no idea whether I succeed

The next moment,

A MC’s voice echoes in the hall

“The third prize goes to …

Ren Sakurai”

Released from pressure and tension

Full of happiness and proud are in my heart

3. English club

In a classroom,

Which is usually silent,

Lively voices come out on Wednesday

3 or 4 students and a foreign teacher

Play some games like scrabble,

Talk about their grades

What is unusual is that

Sounds come out from the room are English

It is a place to practice English

It is a place to relax, too

4. Listening to American Music

In my mother’s car

American songs are what I can hear

Bob Marley sings songs

Michael Jackson sings songs

I and my mother become singers

We are Bob Marley

We are Michael Jackson

Joyful concerts are held there

5. Studying Semantics

Reading textbook, reviewing class

It’s difficult

Reading textbook, reviewing class

It’s complicated

Reading textbook, reviewing class

It’s understandable

Reading textbook, reviewing class

It’s interesting

6. Reading Books Written in English

Sometimes feel difficult

Sometimes feel confused

But usually feel interesting and fun

Sharing with my friends

Finding new interesting books

Trying higher level books

All of them improve my English skills

7. My first time to try speech contest

Practicing hard

Feeling heat of summer

Practicing hard

Feeling wind from fans

Practicing hard

Feeling anxiety that whether I will succeed

To live up to expectations of my teachers,

Practicing hard

8. Speech contest in high school

At the qualification of a city

I can get first prize

I can get the ticket to the next stage

I can get proud of my speech

One of the judges talk to me

“Did you live in the USA?”

I can get proud of my pronunciation, too

9. Studying for Eiken

Read, and write, and listen, and speak

Feeling sleepy

Read, and write, and listen, and speak

Inspiring myself

Read, and write, and listen, and speak

Finding difficulty

Read, and write, and listen, and speak

Improving my knowledge enough

To pass the exam

Read, and write, and listen, and speak

10. Studying the histories of English language

Perfectly different pronunciations

Pertly different spelling

Pretty difficult to read and speak

Beowulf, Canterbury Tales, Bible…

Like detective games to decipher them

Feeling interesting and fun

It helps me to understand English well

1

I started to go to English language school when I was 3 years old. At that time, I was really interested in English, but I had not touched real English, that means English used by someone to communicate with others, before I joined the school. Therefore, I was very excited to join the class and touch real English at the first time. This poem expresses my strong feelings that I felt when I touched new world for the first time. There was a wonderful world I had never felt. Everything and everyone in the classroom seemed to be blight, and my world suddenly spread.

2

When I was a second grade student in junior high school, I tried to make speech in English. I was able to be nominated for Takasaki Mayor Cup English Contest. This was my first time to perform such a big hall, so I was very nervous and felt a strong pressure. During my speech, eyes from audience made me become more and more uneasy. This poem expresses my feelings during my speech and closing ceremony. While I was in the hall, this event was only uneasy and uncomfortable. However, now, I think that it was a valuable and impressive event for me.

3

When I was a high school student, I belonged to an English club. It was a small club, it may have been the smallest club in my high school, and only a few students in each grade belonged it. However, weekly activities are very fun and enjoyable. Members of the club always played some games and talked with other members actively, with laugh and cheerful voice. For the members, it was a good place to try to communicate with other people, sometimes native speakers, in English. This poem expresses the cheerfulness and fun from an objective view. The time spent in English club was a good memory of my high school days.

4

Since I was a little child, I often listen to American songs that my mother really likes. There were many types of music in my mother’s CD, such as pops, rock, and reggae. She especially liked Michael Jackson and Bob Marley, so songs of these two artists were always played. Even though I was a little child, I gradually remembered the melody, and I sang something meaningless to the melody, as if I had been a singer. Because of this, I could have fun while I rode my mother’s car. This poem expresses that my mother’s car became a fun and exciting place, and I enjoyed the time in the car.

5

In my university, I studied semantics. This was my first time to hear the term semantics, and study English paying such a lot of attention to it. At the beginning of my study, it was completely difficult for me. However, the more I studied it, the more interesting it became. I could understand what I had not been able to understand and had just memorized when I was a junior and senior high school student. Through studying semantics, I could feel delight and pleasure to know new things. This poem expresses that how my opinions to semantics had changed through studying.

6

During my first year in my university, I read a lot of interesting books written in English. Until then, I had never read any book written in English. Therefore, it seemed to be very challenging for me, at first. However, soon after I began to read, I could find that reading in English was as fun and interesting as in Japanese. Sometimes, especially when I read Japanese stories written in English, I felt that reading in English was more interesting than in Japanese. This poem expresses my positive feeling for reading books written in English. This experience improved my English skills.

7

Before I was nominated for Takasaki Mayor Cup English Contest, I tried to another contest. To be nominated for the contest, I needed to pass a selection in my junior high school. I decided to try to speech contest because my teacher recommended me to try, so I wanted to live up to my teacher’s expectation. However, there were other students who had far better pronunciation or expressiveness than me. Therefore, I had to practice harder than them during summer vacation. This poem expresses my hard effort with my feelings. Even though I could not pass the selection, this experience was very valuable for me.

8

When I was a second grade student of my high school, I tried speech contest as well. As I had been a junior high school student, I made a script and practiced hard to pass a selection of the city. At the day of the selection, I didn’t feel so much nervous or uneasy, so I could performed better than when I practiced. At a closing ceremony of the selection, my name was called as a 1st prize. I could be allowed to go to next stage. After the ceremony, when I prepared to go back to my school, one of the judges spoke to me. She praised my pronunciation. She asked me ” Have you lived in the US?” She also said “It’s unbelievable that you haven’t been to any foreign country.” These words really encouraged me. This poem expresses my happiness to be able to pass the selection, and to be praised my pronunciation.

9

When I was in junior high school, I challenged to Eiken for several time. This poem describes when I tried to pre 2 grade when I was a third grader. For most of junior high school students, pre 2 grade is really hard. Therefore, I should study hard to pass. However, after club activities, I felt really tired and sleepy. It was also hard for me to beet the feelings of tired or sleepy, and concentrate to study. This poem expresses my straightforward feelings that I felt when I studied for Eiken. In the conflict between the emotion to pass and the sleepiness, I struggled.

10

When I was a freshman of my university, I studied the histories of English language. This was my first time to know that how English had become the present style. In the class, I touched many types of English language, such as Old English and Middle English. The older style they became, the more difficult and unfamiliar I felt. In the textbook, there were a lot of literature , written in older days. I felt discomfort, and I could not read correctly. This poem expresses that I felt that it was difficult to study, but it is interesting. Through this study, I could understand English itself well.

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Lesson 11: 3 more descriptions

Hello, world.

Today, I’d like to write 3 more descriptions and complete 10 descriptions.

8

When I was a second grade student of my high school, I tried speech contest as well. As I had been a junior high school student, I made a script and practiced hard to pass a selection of the city. At the day of the selection, I didn’t feel so much nervous or uneasy, so I could performed better than when I practiced. At a closing ceremony of the selection, my name was called as a 1st prize. I could be allowed to go to next stage. After the ceremony, when I prepared to go back to my school, one of the judges spoke to me. She praised my pronunciation. She asked me ” Have you lived in the US?” She also said “It’s unbelievable that you haven’t been to any foreign country.” These words really encouraged me. This poem expresses my happiness to be able to pass the selection, and to be praised my pronunciation.

9

When I was in junior high school, I challenged to Eiken for several time. This poem describes when I tried to pre 2 grade when I was a third grader. For most of junior high school students, pre 2 grade is really hard. Therefore, I should study hard to pass. However, after club activities, I felt really tired and sleepy. It was also hard for me to beet the feelings of tired or sleepy, and concentrate to study. This poem expresses my straightforward feelings that I felt when I studied for Eiken. In the conflict between the emotion to pass and the sleepiness, I struggled.

10

When I was a freshman of my university, I studied the histories of English language. This was my first time to know that how English had become the present style. In the class, I touched many types of English language, such as Old English and Middle English. The older style they became, the more difficult and unfamiliar I felt. In the textbook, there were a lot of literature , written in older days. I felt discomfort, and I could not read correctly. This poem expresses that I felt that it was difficult to study, but it is interesting. Through this study, I could understand English itself well.

That’s all.

Thank you,

REN

Lesson 10-3: Descriptions of 7 poems

Hello, world.

This time, I will write explanations of 7 of my 10 poems.

1

I started to go to English language school when I was 3 years old. At that time, I was really interested in English, but I had not touched real English, that means English used by someone to communicate with others, before I joined the school. Therefore, I was very excited to join the class and touch real English at the first time. This poem expresses my strong feelings that I felt when I touched new world for the first time. There was a wonderful world I had never felt. Everything and everyone in the classroom seemed to be blight, and my world suddenly spread.

2

When I was a second grade student in junior high school, I tried to make speech in English. I was able to be nominated for Takasaki Mayor Cup English Contest. This was my first time to perform such a big hall, so I was very nervous and felt a strong pressure. During my speech, eyes from audience made me become more and more uneasy. This poem expresses my feelings during my speech and closing ceremony. While I was in the hall, this event was only uneasy and uncomfortable. However, now, I think that it was a valuable and impressive event for me.

3

When I was a high school student, I belonged to an English club. It was a small club, it may have been the smallest club in my high school, and only a few students in each grade belonged it. However, weekly activities are very fun and enjoyable. Members of the club always played some games and talked with other members actively, with laugh and cheerful voice. For the members, it was a good place to try to communicate with other people, sometimes native speakers, in English. This poem expresses the cheerfulness and fun from an objective view. The time spent in English club was a good memory of my high school days.

4

Since I was a little child, I often listen to American songs that my mother really likes. There were many types of music in my mother’s CD, such as pops, rock, and reggae. She especially liked Michael Jackson and Bob Marley, so songs of these two artists were always played. Even though I was a little child, I gradually remembered the melody, and I sang something meaningless to the melody, as if I had been a singer. Because of this, I could have fun while I rode my mother’s car. This poem expresses that my mother’s car became a fun and exciting place, and I enjoyed the time in the car.

5

In my university, I studied semantics. This was my first time to hear the term semantics, and study English paying such a lot of attention to it. At the beginning of my study, it was completely difficult for me. However, the more I studied it, the more interesting it became. I could understand what I had not been able to understand and had just memorized when I was a junior and senior high school student. Through studying semantics, I could feel delight and pleasure to know new things. This poem expresses that how my opinions to semantics had changed through studying.

6

During my first year in my university, I read a lot of interesting books written in English. Until then, I had never read any book written in English. Therefore, it seemed to be very challenging for me, at first. However, soon after I began to read, I could find that reading in English was as fun and interesting as in Japanese. Sometimes, especially when I read Japanese stories written in English, I felt that reading in English was more interesting than in Japanese. This poem expresses my positive feeling for reading books written in English. This experience improved my English skills.

7

Before I was nominated for Takasaki Mayor Cup English Contest, I tried to another contest. To be nominated for the contest, I needed to pass a selection in my junior high school. I decided to try to speech contest because my teacher recommended me to try, so I wanted to live up to my teacher’s expectation. However, there were other students who had far better pronunciation or expressiveness than me. Therefore, I had to practice harder than them during summer vacation. This poem expresses my hard effort with my feelings. Even though I could not pass the selection, this experience was very valuable for me.

That’s all.

Thank you,

REN

Lesson 10-2: Explanation of a theme of my poetry book

Hello, world.

This time, I will make introduction of my poetry book.

Theme of the book:

There are 10 poems in this book. All of them are related in my experiences of English learning. Some of them are in my childhood, in my junior and senior high school days, and in my college days.

A theme of this book is to express my “Memories of English Language Learning” in my second language, English.

I want you to read my poems and know how I felt. If you are able to as if you were there or find favorite one, I will be very happy.

Anyway, I really hope that you will be able to enjoy reading my poems.

That’s all.

Thank you,

REN

Lesson 10-1: Self-introduction

Hello, world.

Today, I will write my self- introduction again.

My name is Ren Sakurai. I’m from Annaka city in Gunma Prefecture. Now, I have lived there for almost 20 years.

I am a student of Gunma University, and majoring for English. I study hard to be an English teacher. To be an English teacher is my dream since I was a junior high school student.

I like listening to music very much. Usually, I often listen to Japanese pops and rocks. Sometimes, influenced by my mother, I listen to some English songs as well.

I also like playing and watching sports. I especially like to play tennis, play basketball, and swim, and to watch baseball, and soccer.

That’s all.

Thank you,

REN

Lesson 9: 10 Poems; Complete Version

Hello, world.

I completed to modify my poems.

1. My first day at an English language school

At the age of three

I began to go to an English language school

A foreign teacher and 4 or 5 children in class

We are almost same age

The teacher gives us some cards

We are playing games with smiles

Joyful and cheerful voices echo in the classroom

Everyone laughs,

I laugh, too

2. Getting 3rd prize

In front of audience

Eyes of judges,

Eyes of other speakers, and

Eyes of college students

Their eyes are pressing me

My head becomes completely white

I have no memory y during my speech

I have no idea whether I succeed

The next moment,

A MC’s voice echoes in the hall

“The third prize goes to …

Ren Sakurai”

Released from pressure and tension

Full of happiness and proud are in my heart

3. English club

In a classroom,

Which is usually silent,

Lively voices come out on Wednesday

3 or 4 students and a foreign teacher

Play some games like scrabble,

Talk about their grades

What is unusual is that

Sounds come out from the room are English

It is a place to practice English

It is a place to relax, too

4. Listening to American Music

In my mother’s car

American songs are what I can hear

Bob Marley sings songs

Michael Jackson sings songs

I and my mother become singers

We are Bob Marley

We are Michael Jackson

Joyful concerts are held there

5. Studying Semantics

Reading textbook, reviewing class

It’s difficult

Reading textbook, reviewing class

It’s complicated

Reading textbook, reviewing class

It’s understandable

Reading textbook, reviewing class

It’s interesting

6. Reading Books Written in English

Sometimes feel difficult

Sometimes feel confused

But usually feel interesting and fun

Sharing with my friends

Finding new interesting books

Trying higher level books

All of them improve my English skills

7. My first time to try speech contest

Practicing hard

Feeling heat of summer

Practicing hard

Feeling wind from fans

Practicing hard

Feeling anxiety that whether I will succeed

To live up to expectations of my teachers,

Practicing hard

8. Speech contest in high school

At the qualification of a city

I can get first prize

I can get the ticket to the next stage

I can get proud of my speech

One of the judges talk to me

“Did you live in the USA?”

I can get proud of my pronunciation, too

9. Studying for Eiken

Read, and write, and listen, and speak

Feeling sleepy

Read, and write, and listen, and speak

Inspiring myself

Read, and write, and listen, and speak

Finding difficulty

Read, and write, and listen, and speak

Improving my knowledge enough

To pass the exam

Read, and write, and listen, and speak

10. Studying the histories of English language

Perfectly different pronunciations

Pertly different spelling

Pretty difficult to read and speak

Beowulf, Canterbury Tales, Bible…

Like detective games to decipher them

Feeling interesting and fun

It helps me to understand English well

That’s all.

Thank you for reading,

REN

Lesson 8: 10 poems

Hello, world.

Today, I would like to finish writing my 10 poems.

1. My first day at an English language school

At the age of three

I began to go to an English language school

A foreign teacher and 4 or 5 children in class

We are almost same age

The teacher gives us some cards

We are playing games with smiles

Joyful and cheerful voices echo in the classroom

Everyone laughs,

I laugh, too

2. Getting 3rd prize

In front of audience

Eyes of judges,

Eyes of other speakers, and

Eyes of college students

Their eyes are pressing me

My head becomes completely white

I have no memory y during my speech

I have no idea whether I succeed

The next moment,

A MC’s voice echoes in the hall

“The third prize goes to …

Ren Sakurai”

Released from pressure and tension

Full of happiness and proud are in my heart

3. English club

On Wednesday 3 or 4 students come to a classroom

There is also a foreign teacher

He gives us some games like scrabble

We really enjoy them

He gives us some opportunities to use English

We always do our best

For high school students, English club can be one of the places of rest and relaxation

4. Listening to American Music

In my mother’s car

American songs are what I can hear

Bob Marley sings songs

Michael Jackson sings songs

I and my mother become singers

We are Bob Marley

We are Michael Jackson

Joyful concerts are held there

5. Studying Semantics

Reading textbook, reviewing class

It’s difficult

Reading textbook, reviewing class

It’s complicated

Reading textbook, reviewing class

It’s understandable

Reading textbook, reviewing class

It’s interesting

6. Reading Books Written in English

Sometimes feel difficult

Sometimes feel confused

But usually feel interesting and fun

Sharing with my friends

Finding new interesting books

Trying higher level books

All of them improve my English skills

7. My first time to try speech contest

Practicing hard

Feeling heat of summer

Practicing hard

Feeling wind from fans

Practicing hard

Feeling anxiety that whether I will succeed

To live up to expectations of my teachers,

Practicing hard

8. Speech contest in high school

At the qualification of a city

I can get first prize

I can get the ticket to the next stage

I can get proud of my speech

One of the judges talk to me

“Did you live in the USA?”

I can get proud of my pronunciation, too

9. Studying for Eiken

Read, read, read

Write, write, write

Listen, listen, listen

With emotions to pass

Again

Read, read, read

Write, write, write

Listen, listen, listen

With sleepiness

Again

Read, read, read

Write, write, write

Listen, listen, listen

10. Studying the histories of English language

Perfectly different pronunciations

Pertly different spelling

Pretty difficult to read and speak

Beowulf, Canterbury Tales, Bible…

Like detective games to decipher them

Feeling interesting and fun

It helps to understand English well

That’s all.

Thank you for reading,

REN

Lesson 7-2: 3 More Poems

Hello, world.

I’d like to write other poems.

4. Listening to American Music

In my mother’s car

American songs are what I can hear

Bob Marley sings songs

Michael Jackson sings songs

I and my mother become singers

We are Bob Marley

We are Michael Jackson

Joyful concerts are held there

5. Studying Semantics

Reading textbook, reviewing class

It’s difficult

Reading textbook, reviewing class

It’s complicated

Reading textbook, reviewing class

It’s understandable

Reading textbook, reviewing class

It’s interesting

6. Reading Books Written in English

Sometimes feel difficult

Sometimes feel confused

But usually feel interesting and fun

Sharing with my friends

Finding new interesting books

Trying higher level books

All of them improve my English skills

That’s all.

Thank you for reading,

REN

Lesson 7-1: Revised Poems

Hello, world.

This time, I will little revise my poems.

1. Starting to go to English language school

3 years old

I begin to go to an English language school

There are a foreign teacher and 4 or 5 children in the class

All of them are almost same age

The teacher gives some cards

Children enjoy playing games

There are a lot of joyful and cheerful voices

Everyonelaugh, I laugh, too

2. Getting 3rd prize

In front of many audiences, I’m so nervous

Eyes of judges, other speakers, and college students seem to press me

My head becomes completely white

I don’t have any money during my speech

I don’t have any idea whether I succeeded

My name is called as 3rd prize

I’m released from pressure and tension

I become full of happy and proud emotion

3. Belonging to English club

On Wednesday 3 or 4 students come to a classroom

There is also a foreign teacher

He gives us some games like scrabble

We really enjoy them

He gives us some opportunities to use English

We always do our best

For high school students, English club can be one of the places of rest and relaxation

That’s all.

Thank you for reading,

REN

Lesson 6: 3 poems about my memories

Hello, world.

This time, I will write 3 poems about my memories.

1. Starting to go to English language school

3 years old

I begin to go to an English language school

There are a foreign teacher and 4 or 5 children in the class

All of them are almost same age

The teacher gives some cards

Children enjoy playing games

There are a lot of joyful and cheerful voices

2. Getting 3rd prize

In front of many audiences, I’m so nervous

Eyes of judges, other speakers, and college students seem to press me

My head becomes completely white

I don’t have any money during my speech

I don’t have any idea whether I succeeded

My name is called as 3rd prize

I’m released from pressure and tension

I become full of happy and proud emotion

3. Belonging to English club

On Wednesday 3 or 4 students come to a classroom

There is also a foreign teacher

He gives us some games like scrabble

We really enjoy them

He gives us some opportunities to use English

We always do our best

For high school students, English club can be one of the places of rest and relaxation

That’s all.

Thank you for reading,

REN