“We held a workshop entitled, ‘Let’s Introduce Great Things about Our City Gifu in English’ to children ages 10-15 years old. The goal of the workshop was for the children to learn about their hometown and give a presentation in English. We had 43 children who participated in the workshop, and it was quite a success!
Giving a presentation in English was very difficult for the children, but they tried very hard practicing pronunciation, giving eye contact, smiling and doing gestures. They also made beautiful posters of the things they are proud of, like the great Samurai warrior Mr. Nobunaga Oda, the Gifu Castle, Nagara River, fireworks and so on.
We were very lucky to have an opportunity to be on the local radio program FM WATCH 78.5 to introduce PTPI and discuss our activities. Our workshop was also in the newspaper and a cable network TV program. The presentation’s video is on YouTube, our Facebook page and our website as well.
We have received a positive video message from the superintendent of Gifu-City Education Board saying that the children were able to practice skills learned in English and had a real experience of giving presentations. One of the boys who participated said, ‘It was hard, but fun. I was able to learn new things about Gifu.’ We were able to broaden our vision about Gifu in English through this workshop.”
– PTPI Central Japan Chapter
Thank you, Central Japan Chapter, for submitting your fun chapter activity!
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea, China, Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the southwest. The kanji that make up Japan’s name mean “sun origin”, and it is often called the “Land of the Rising Sun”.
Japan is a stratovolcanic archipelago of 6,852 islands. The four largest are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku, which make up about ninety-seven percent of Japan’s land area. The country is divided into 47 prefectures in eight regions. The population of 127 million is the world’s tenth largest. Japanese people make up 98.5% of Japan’s total population. Approximately 9.1 million people live in the core city of Tokyo, the capital of Japan.