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2018/11/01: Andrew先生に代わって、新講師Lovely(ラブリー)先生がこれからLovely's Messageをお届けします。
2018/04/01: Andrew先生は任期を終えましたので、Andrew's Newsは2018年4月号をもって終了します。過去のメッセージは引き続きお読みいただけます。


May,2019

2019/04/26 2:05 に 明美木村 が投稿   [ 2019/04/26 14:02 に更新しました ]

Dear Ace Students, 
I’ve heard lots of wonderful stories from you and other people in the beginning of this school year about how teachers here in Japan get to know their students more by visiting them in their houses during the 1st 2 weeks of classes. That really fascinate and inspire me to learn more about the education and how the teachers build a strong relationship with students here in Japan. As I mention in my April message that students in the Philippines usually finish the school year in April. On the contrary, they enjoy their long holidays from mid-April to 1st week of June. 

Although the spring season is long over in most parts of Japan, May is one of the most attractive times of year for travel. It is an absolutely delightful month to travel with the family and enjoy outdoor activities with warm and comfortable weather. The beginning of May is holiday season here in Japan called Golden Week and every touristic spot gets extremely packed. For sure that we will see lots of foreigners from other countries visiting Japan because Golden week is the one of the most popular travel season of the year and thus extremely crowded. One thing that I love about May is that we do have lots of Festivals in the Philippines. One of it is the “Pista’y Dayat “in my own dialect which means “Beach Festival” which usually held in my own hometown Lingayen on May 1st. This is a day of thanksgiving for bountiful harvests and abundant fishing observed all over Pangasinan on beautiful beaches and fluvial parades.  Fluvial parade is a procession of people celebrating a special occasion riding or aboard in boats or ships. I do enjoy that a lot because I live near the beach in the Philippines.   Traveling is a good way to unwind and to find out more about different places or countries with different traditions and customs. Some traveler prefer to spend in one place just a few days or one day and then leave for another place. This way of traveling allows us to visit more countries in less days.

I hope you all enjoy your Golden week and visit some places that you haven’t been yet with your family.  


Sincerely, 
Lovely 
Fluvial Parade in Lingayen Pangasinan

Sand Sculpting Competition usually held on April 30. 

Fluvial Parade in Lingayen Pangasinan


Sand Sculpting Competition usually held on April 30.






April,2019

2019/04/03 2:50 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE Students,

 

How are you all doing? I hope you all enjoying your spring vacation with your family and friends. I’ve been so fascinated seeing different kinds of flowers abloom everywhere I go. They are truly eye catching. As I mention in my previous message that this is my very first time to experience spring here in Japan and I had never seen such many beautiful flowers.

 

Spring is so closely associated with new beginnings for most of students here in Japan. It’s really exciting to start this school year with hope and enthusiasm. Let’s do our best to learn something new each day.  School year starts in April and ends in March here in Japan. I would like to share with you the education system in the Philippines.

 

Education in the Philippines is offered through formal and non-formal systems.  Formal education typically spans 14 years and is structured in a 6+4+4 system:  6 years of primary school education, 4 years of secondary school education, and 4 years of higher education, leading to a bachelor’s degree.  This is one of the shortest terms of formal education in the world.

In the Philippines, the academic school year begins in June and concludes in April, a period that covers a total of 40 weeks.  All higher education institutions operate on a semester system—fall semester, winter semester and an optional summer term.  Schooling is compulsory for 6 years, beginning at age 7 and culminating at age 12.  These 6 years represent a child’s primary school education. Although English was the sole language of instruction in the Philippines form 1935 to 1987, the new constitution prescribed that both Filipino (Tagalog) and English are the official language of instruction and communication.  After primary school, however, the language of instruction is almost always English, especially in the country’s urban areas and at most of the nation’s universities.

 

Sincerely,

Lovely Ventanilla

 

March,2019

2019/03/21 19:53 に 明美木村 が投稿   [ 2019/03/21 19:54 に更新しました ]

Dear ACE Students,

How’s everyone doing? I hope you are all doing well. 
How lucky we are that spring has come and need not to bundle up this season. 
This is the time that we will be enjoying the beautiful scenery of Cherry blossoms and different kinds of flowers bloom. 
I’ve already seen several Cherry blossoms with their beautiful flowers while traveling on a bus.  
It is really fascinating and a wonderful time of the year to experience the good weather here in Japan contrary to the Philippines. 

The Philippines has only 2 seasons, the dry and rainy season. 
The max-average temperature of the Philippines is +33 °C in March. I bet that lots of foreign people really dream to come to Japan just to see Cherry Blossoms, just like me a couple of years ago. 
I can’t really wait to see them all bloom in reality. 
  
I really feel sorry for those who are having hay fever. 
I just want to share with you something that I know which can help you with preventing from having hay fever. 
You may like to try ginger to mix or put on your dishes or drinks because ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, helpful for reducing hay fever symptoms. 
Garlic contains antibiotic properties and can help prevent sinus congestion.

In addition, I’ve enjoyed visiting some places here in Okayama and tried making different kinds of sushi like Chirashi sushi and Temaki Shushi. 
Also because I have sweet tooth, I have loved learning some Japanese sweets or desserts like Ichigo Daifuku or Strawberry glutinous rice cake. 

I hope you all enjoy the beautiful nature that we have here.

Sincerely,

Lovely Ventanilla

February,2019

2019/02/12 18:44 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE Students, 

It’s been freezing cold recently and I hope you are all doing okay and bundled up. 
I couldn’t be any happier when I saw snow for the very first time of my life here in Okayama a week ago, though it was just few minutes. I’ve noticed that some people have been affected by influenza due to the weather and for us to avoid it, we must eat more healthy foods and always wash our hands if possible.
Hurray to the months of February and for all the students who have done their very best to take their examinations. Thank you so much for all your hard works and they will surely all be paid off. Good luck to those who still have their exams. You can do it!
This month is the time to celebrate lots of Festivals here in Japan and even in the Philippines. So far, I’ve enjoyed learning and experiencing Festivals here. One of the popular events we celebrate this month is the Valentine’s Day which makes me get more interested in learning Japan’s culture. Usually, it is Japanese women who celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving presents to their lovers or any men close to them. After a month, men return the favor on White day (March 14). In a lot of ways, Valentine’s Day celebrations in the Philippines are very similar to those in Western countries that men usually give women sweets and flowers. Though February 14th is not declared an official holiday, you will feel the Valentine's vibe everywhere you go.  In the whole month, Filipinos take the time to tie the knot. There are the “mass marriages,” where hundreds of couples around the country simultaneously say their vows. The local governments arrange these ceremonies for unwed couples who could not afford the costs to get married. Some couples even decide to get married in February, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s because of the sweet atmosphere everywhere and February makes a good time for someone to confess their love or propose to a significant other.  
We can always show our love by our simple actions and it starts in our homes like helping people who are in need like our parents or siblings, smiling to others and be kind to them. 

Sincerely, 
Lovely Ventanilla

January,2019

2019/01/16 17:41 に 明美木村 が投稿   [ 2019/01/16 17:52 に更新しました ]

Dear ACE Students,

 

It’s a brand new start of the year 2019 and I hope you all had wonderful winter holidays. It’s been really amazing experience that I have had here in Japan. I’ve traveled Tokyo, Kanagawa and Yokohama for my winter break. I learned lots of things in 2 weeks and one thing in common with Japan and the Philippines when celebrating the holidays is both countries are celebrating it with the family. In Japan, New Year is one of the most important holidays of the year and it couldn’t be more different from the typical Philippines New Year’s celebration. People return to their hometowns, and families come together for a special meal, send greeting cards, and pray for health and happiness, more like a traditional Western Christmas. On New Year’s Eve, Japanese families traditionally eat a special kind of soba . Philippines has a loud New Year’s Eve and we count down the clock until 12 am January 1st.

 

 It was great that I even had the opportunity to see and hear Emperor Akihito’s last term message to everyone in reality. What a great honor it was for me that I felt like dreaming and  I still can’t quite imagine that I am now experiencing what I dreamt a couple of years ago. I can tell that dreams truly come true. As I always believe what my mother kept on telling me that "If others can why can’t I?”. I just want to share with you this quote which inspire me ; I am where I am now because someone believe in me and we want our future generations to believe in them as well.  ~ Catriona Gray

 

Happy New Year and live life to the fullest.

 

Sincerely,

Lovely Ventanilla

Christmas message

2018/12/05 18:41 に 明美木村 が投稿   [ 2018/12/05 18:58 に更新しました ]

Dear ACE Students,
I would like to extend my deepest gratitude and appreciation for all
of you who have helped me feel the true meaning of love. I always
feel like home and loved whenever I am around you. This will be my
first time to celebrate Christmas here in Japan away from my family.
Christmas makes me think of you. You are all our most precious gifts.
If I think of what I want for Christmas from Santa, what more could
I ask than you.
The most festive time of the year is right around the corner, for the
rest of the world. In the Philippines, Christmas has already begun.
From setting up the decorations and playing Yuletide songs as early as
September. Unlike the United States, Filipino households don’t
exactly decorate for Halloween in October and Thanksgiving in
November. But that doesn’t mean they don’t already begin decorating
by then. Some plastic poinsettias here, some Santa Clause figurines
there, it isn’t strange for the Christmas decor to start emerging
when the first “-ber” month (September) begins. One of the most
exciting activity that children do together on the night of December
24 is Caroling and visit a lot of houses. Nowadays, we often hear
people singing Christmas in English, Tagalog, or some other native
dialect. However, there used to be a time when singing such songs
were done in Spanish. I hope that the holidays will be full of fun for
all of you and and that you can take out some time to do activities
that decree the true meaning of this holiday. Advance Merry
Christmas and Happy New Year.

Love,
Lovely Ventanilla

Novemver,2018

2018/11/08 15:58 に 明美木村 が投稿   [ 2018/11/09 16:42 に更新しました ]

Dear ACE Students,

Mabuhay! How is it going? It’s been months that I’ve
had at ACE and you’ve all impressed me by your eagerness
and passion to learn the English language. I know how hard it is
to be a beginner of a new language but let me tell you that all
expert was once a beginner so keep on going to achieve your
goals. I am indeed so thankful for all your teachers who have
taught you all with love and compassion and I truly admire all of
them.

I’ve been fascinated by Japanese culture,
sceneries and people. I’m so humbled by your examples and
hope that all people in the world are like Japanese people. I can
say that I have enjoyed embracing the Japanese culture by eating and cooking traditional foods like natto and by visiting temples and shrines and learning about their culture.

It’s been really fun experiencing and learning new
things. Being here in Japan is a dream come true. I know that
as we all strive harder we will have a compelling chance to be
an extraordinary person. As teacher Andrew said and I quote
“BE A STUDENT OF LIFE”. I am so thrilled to get to know
better and help you improve your English.
Love,
Lovely

April,2018

2018/04/22 13:14 に 明美木村 が投稿   [ 2018/04/22 13:15 に更新しました ]

ACEの講師を2年半勤めたアンドリュー先生が、任期を迎えます。

アンドリュー先生からの最後のメッセージです。



Dear ACE students,

 

 It’s been an incredible two and half years since I arrived to Okayama. I’ve learned and grown so much with y’all. I hope you’ve learned a lot from me. Whether it was how to write an essay or simply your ABCs, I sincerely hope I’ve made a difference in your growth as an English student and more importantly, as a person.


 Some last minute wisdom I would like to share:


1.Be passionate. Don’t be afraid to express yourself.

2.Be a student of life. Always learn something whether it’s in school or not.

3.Be yourself. Be true to who you are.


 I would like to thank each and everyone of y’all for welcoming me and accepting me. I hope you give the same love to the new teacher Lovely and the substitutes. Please be patient with ACE. Lovely will come soon and be the best teacher she can be.


 I’ve traveled so far from home to be a teacher. One day or so, I’m sure we’ll see each other again. So please don’t be shy if you find yourself in Texas. I’m just a kid from Texas wishing to change and experience the world. Out of all the places I could’ve been, I just so happened to be here with y’all. I hope the best for each and everyone of y’all. It’s been a true blessing and it’s been real.

 

Take care and love always,

Andrew




March,2018

2018/03/13 4:51 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE students,


Winter is almost over! I hope everyone is doing well and had a great Winter Season. 
I don’t know about you but I am ready for Winter to be over.
Spring is right around the corner and it’s time for our egg hunt! 
Last year we learned about Easter and we introduced the egg hunt. 
It was a great success and it was fun learning.

Spring is the time for new beginnings and we should embrace the new changes in our life. 
This is why Christians around the world celebrate Easter during the Spring. 
It remind us of the resurrection of Christ. 

Also, March is known for Saint Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick is the Saint symbol for the people of Ireland. 
Saint Patrick celebrates Irish pride by having big celebrations. Saint Patrick’s day falls on March 17 this year. 
You must wear green that day or you will get pinched! 
Green symbolizes good luck and grassy fields of Ireland. 
It pairs well with the Spring season. So I wish you the best of luck!

Sincerely,
Andrew Galang



エースの皆さんへ

冬はもう終わりです。皆さん冬の季節をお元気でお過ごしになられたと思います。
春はもうすぐです。エッグハントの時期です。昨年イースターについて学び、
エッグハント卵探しをしました。大成功で楽しい学びになりました。
 春は新しい始まりで人生においても新しい変化を受け入れる時です。世界中の
キリスト教徒が春の間にイースターをお祝いするのはこのためです。イースターは
キリストの復活を私たちに思い出させてくれます。
 また3月は聖パトリックの日でも知られています。聖パトリックはアイルランドの
人々にとってシンボルである聖人です。アイルランドの誇りをお祝いします。
聖パトリックの日は今年は3月17日です。その日に緑を身につけないと、つねられます。
緑は幸運とアイルランドの草原を象徴しています。春の季節に良く似合っています。
幸運をお祈りします。

Andrew Galang

February 2018

2018/02/04 22:37 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE students,

 

      Hello ya’ll. I hope ya’ll  are doing well this cold winter.

 It’s been so very cold lately. Surprisingly, even Texas has been cold! 

My home city Houston had snow several times this winter! 


I’ve only seen snow in Texas 2 times my whole life but this winter has been record breaking. It’s funny because Texas rarely gets snow and Texans don’t know what do when it snows. They closed schools and work because of the snow. 

A lot of people laugh at Texans because Texans panic when we see snow.

 It’s been snowing both here and in my hometown. What a coincidence!


    Additionally, it is February now.

 I am challenging all my boy students to give chocolate to girls. 

As I’ve taught y’all before, Valentine’s day in Japan is opposite from America.

Men should give to women but the advertising companies in Japan got it mixed up. Therefore, I’m encouraging my boy students to man up and be kind to women. 

Give a girl a chocolate or flowers.

 If you don’t have a special girl, you can always give something to your mother. 

I’m sure she’ll appreciate it! 


Have a good Valentine’s day!

Happy February,

Andrew


 エースの皆さんこんにちは。
 寒い冬を元気でお過ごしになっておられることを願っています。
最近とても寒いです。驚くことにテキサスでさえ寒いです。
私の故郷ヒューストンでもこの冬数回雪が降りました。
私は今までにテキサスで雪を見たのはたったの2回ですが、この冬は
記録破りです。面白いのはテキサスではめったに雪が降らないので
テキサス人は雪が降るとどうしてよいかわからないのです。
雪のために学校や職場が休みになりました。雪を見るとパニックになる
テキサス人をたくさんの人が笑っています。
ここでも故郷でも雪が降っているのはなんという偶然でしょう。

 加えて今は2月です。私は男子生徒に女の子にチョコレートをあげるように
チャレンジしています。以前お話ししたように、バレンタインデーは
日本はアメリカと反対です。男性が女性にあげるべきなのに、日本の広告会社
は反対にしてしまいました。そこで私は男子生徒に男らしく、女性に
親切にするように勧めています。女の子にチョコレートや花をあげましょう。
特別な子がいないなら、いつもお母さんに何かをプレゼントしましょう。
きっと感謝してくれます。
Have a good Valentine's day!

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