Relaxing in Karuizawa after finishing my master’s degree

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Relaxing in Karuizawa after finishing my master’s degree

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Last week I handed in my 15,000 word dissertation to complete my three-year long Master of Science program at Aston University. My dissertation was on motivating children to engage in extensive reading and EFL classroom reading. It was a lot of work and difficult to fit into my busy schedule, but I learned so much. I’m really glad I made the decision to get my degree in Teaching English to Young Learners.

 

However, once it was all over, I was really exhausted! Karuizawa was the perfect place to go away for the weekend and relax. The history of Karuizawa is so interesting, from its beginnings as a summer holiday destination for foreigners in the Meiji Era to the early 1970s when John Lennon came here with his family. I also love two of John Lennon’s favorite Karuizawa hangouts – the Manpei hotel and French Bakery. (Inside French Bakery there is a poster sized photo of him on a bicycle with a baguette in the basket. There’s also a large sign next to the photo saying, “Don’t take photos!”)

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I don’t know if John Lennon was a fan, but one thing I love about the ManPei hotel is the gooseberry jam for breakfast. It’s sweet, a little bit sour, and delicious on toast.

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LESLEY ITO

LESLEY ITO(レスリー いとう)

アメリカ、フロリダ州出身。両親の仕事の都合で生まれはイギリス。1992年、大学卒業後来日。日本での経験を活かしてアメリカで就職をするまでの1年の予定で帰国予定だったのが、結婚を機に日本で永住を決断。以後、英語指導法に関する研究や発表を重ね、その功績が認められイギリスの大手出版会社から世界の著名指導者のひとりとしてケンブリッジに招待を受ける。
著者として指導書や英語多読用リーダーなど数多くの英語教育関連書籍を執筆し、ドバイでは2015年に多読用リーダーで国際文学最優秀賞を受賞。
現在では、大学での講義やCLILレッスンの講演活動を日本全国で行っている。

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