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Japanese students appreciate one year learning experience at OCDSB

   


 Brookfield High School Principal Krista McNamara with four of the students from Osaka Gakugei School who attended OCDSB schools throughout 2016. Read more about these students and their experience in Ottawa on page 5.


Last January saw the arrival of students from Osaka, Japan, for a yearlong educational excursion to Ottawa. For the first few weeks the 23 students attended OCENET’s Young People’s Language School (YPLS) for its High School Foundation Program before moving in groups of 4-5 to one of five local high schools: Bell, Brookfield, Gloucester, Ridgemont, or Woodroffe. At their new schools, the Japanese students enrolled in a variety of subject areas and focussed on improving English language skills. The Japanese students found their Canadian classmates to be welcoming and friendly, and appreciated their Canadian teachers using humour and story-telling in teaching. Not used to speaking up in class or making presentations to fellow classmates, the Japanese students were shy at first, but soon came to be more confident and outgoing. Many of the Japanese students participated in school clubs and on sports teams which helped them to make new friendships and to feel connected to the school community.

   

On January 10th, just a few days before their return home to Osaka, the Japanese students organized a special farewell celebration at OCENET’s Young People’s Language School (YPLS) to express their appreciation to YPLS Director of Studies Greg Duggan (front, centre right) and school liaison Chikae-san (front, centre left) for their support throughout the students’ year in Canada. There were numerous games and activities as well as a gift presentation. There were also many mixed emotions as the students looked forward to reuniting with their family combined with having to bid farewell to new Canadian friends.

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