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Quick Write 081111-081511 "BH TOEIC Camp Day 6-10"

QW0811 “BH TOEIC Camp Day 6”

About 90 students are still self-studying in three rooms allocated. I’ve just got back from those rooms after answering lots of questions. I’m now unwinding in my suite room which is literally reminiscent of the world of Harry Potter, which I’ve never seen any, to be honest! (BH stands for “British Hills”.) This is my first day here on BH TOEIC camp, but this is actually the 6th day for the participants. Nonetheless, they show no sign of exhaustion, and maintain quite high motivation on brushing up on their listening/reading skills to achieve their objectives on TOEIC. In the morning, all the students took the mock test in half the scale of the authentic TOEIC test to measure the progress during the past 5 days. Some say they’ve gained more than 100 points from their best score, but some say they were disappointed with the result which turned out to be much worse than they’d expected. I saw some female students shedding tears for their lack of knowledge and skills in the self-study rooms. I encouraged them with every possible word that I could think of. But I’d really like them to reconsider whether (only) 4 or 5 day-intensive learning would really guarantee expected results to anyone. I’d truly like them to have a little more patience until they obtain legitimate results from what they’ve devoted themselves to. Dear crying girls, I know those who can be ashamed of and frustrated by their inability have guts and passion to push themselves further. Study hard. Learn well. Results will come to you in no time! Too much of wishful thinking? Who cares? Keep the faith.

(30 minutes / 274 words)


QW0812 “BH TOEIC Camp Day 7"

My second day on BH TOEIC camp started with a breezy, cozy morning with lots of beautiful sunshine. The fresh morning air energized me who hadn’t slept well the previous night, partly because of the big earth quake at around 3:30 a.m., and partly because that was my first night of the lodging that I’d never stayed.
(Yes, I’m like a bold-looking-yet-very-sensitive-home-loving-cat since birth.) I usually don’t have a big breakfast. A cup of coffee and one or two Walker’s short bread bars are enough for me to kick off the morning. But the fresh air on British Hills might’ve made me feel like one with pancakes, sausages, fried bacons, scrambled eggs, slices of orange and pineapple, and yogurt. Three hour morning class made me hungry precisely at noon, and I again ate a big lunch of slices pizzas and salad. Three hour afternoon class again made me hungry 6 o’clock sharp, and I devoured a big dinner of chicken stewed with tomato sauce and olives, steamed rice, pumpkin and green salad. Why do I get so hungry while losing weight? I don’t actually measure my weight, but surely realize I’m getting slim and curvy. Didn't anybody forget to tell me this is BH Diet Camp? Almost 8 hours of daily teaching and Q&A session should be a good amount of exercise for anybody. Most importantly, there are NO convenience stores around here and there is NO access to ice cream and chocolate. Oh, yes, that should be the most contributing factor for my weight loss which I almost forgot!

(20 minutes / 260 words)


QW0813 “BH TOEIC Camp Day 8”

My third day on BH TOEIC camp started with a breezy, cozy morning with lots of beautiful sunshine just as the previous day, and I couldn’t sleep well just as the previous day, either. After the second day of the camp, I got feedback that made me seriously reconsider how to approach those 48 students who have various skills, objectives, and capacities with significant score gap on TOEIC. When I went back to my room, my head started spinning with lots of thoughts, including not very productive ones, and couldn’t sleep until dawn. I knew it was so silly to be occupied with useless preconceptions instead of just giving them away, deciding to do what I could do and trying to give rest to myself, but I couldn’t do that. Probably, I was overwhelmed by the unique circumstances that the camp has created. I significantly revised to my lesson plans and approaches to students. And I realized that those revisions worked well at the end of today’s class, and thought that my lost sleep was rewarded in some way. The students are striving for their goals and I’d really like to be any help to them, really. But, honestly, the third day of the camp was quite a challenge to me, which I seemed to survive, fortunately. I do hope this experience will be good resource and reference for me to progress as an English teacher.

(24 minutes / 236 words)


QW0814-2 “BH TOEIC Camp Day 9”

My fourth day on BH TOEIC Camp started with the most comfortable morning since I came here. I had a good night’s sleep of 4 straight hours (finally!), and woke up refreshed in the morning. It’s interesting that only 4-hour rest has given me so much of energy after having suffering from a sleepless night the day before. I had a late breakfast and entered the classroom a little earlier to play a DVD of “School of Rock” on a projector as a welcome gift from me to the students. It turned out, contrary to my intention, that it was the chief faculty member who got really intrigued by the movie. The students looked much more refreshed than yesterday morning, making me very much relieved. They focused on learning in the morning and as well as in the afternoon. I realized that they already adapted themselves to 6-hour intensive classes and 3-4 hour of self study in the course of the camp, the fact of which greatly impressed me. Tomorrow afternoon, they’re taking the TOEIC IP test to measure what they’ve achieved during those 10 days on the camp. I said to them, “2 extra hours of self-study won’t guarantee good scores. 2 extra hours of sleep might work better for your performance on the test. ” I hope they’d keep my word, sleep tight, and tune up their physical and mental conditions for their important day. Good luck, kids!

(25 minutes / 240 words)


QW0815 “BH TOEIC Camp Day 10”

It’s a foggy night. The round moon is floating on a hazy night sky with smoky clouds. It’s a misty, serene, and peaceful night. Yes, at least for me. This is the very last night to be spent on BH TOEIC Camp. The kids are still celebrating their survival of the 10-day intensive English learning and completing the TOEIC IP test to measure the achievement. We had a small party to kick off enjoying the last night on the hilltop lodging while taking lots of funny photos. The boys in my class are hilarious and good-natured, and have greatly contributed to helped me creating cooperative class climate. The party was over an hour ago, and I am resting on a big, comfortable, blue couch in the suite room with my PC on my lap. Sadly, the Internet connection has been unavailable since this afternoon, and I tried retrieving it for almost two hours in vain. I’m now very much disappointed not being able to hang out on the net after a long day, but still haven’t made up my mind to take a hot bath and get ready to go to bed, which I recognize as my bad habit that I cannot possibly get rid of. Yes, “procrastinating”. It’s true that I’ve learned a lot from the camp, and there should be lots of, lots of things that I should keep record of. But I won’t be able to write something productive or meaningful right now. It looks like I should stop typing the keyboard, stop procrastinating any further, and start giving myself a good rest. Good night, the round, hazy, lonesome moon. Thanks for being with me tonight.

(20 minutes / 277 words)

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