Presentation in Yamagata at MY English School

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Presentation in Yamagata at MY English School

Last weekend, I had a wonderful time in Yamagata. After a quick flight from Komaki airport, I landed in Yamagata and gave presentations all afternoon on teaching grammar and doing extensive reading with children at MY English School. I had a great audience, some of whom came all the way from Sendai to attend. The owner of MY English School, Ryan Hagglund, has given presentations in the past on creating a positive school culture, so I was really looking forward to seeing his school and meeting his staff. I was really impressed with the teachers I met, who seemed genuinely interested in their professional development and learning about the latest research and new ideas.

Restaurants 1 My 1 Prez 2 Prez 1

Afterward, we went to an izakaya restaurant with really interesting décor. I learned that Yamagata sake is the only sake in Japan that has "geographical recognition," just like champagne goes.

Restaurant sake restaurant hats

The next day was a beautiful spring day, so Ryan took me to Yamadera, a temple that can only be reached by climbing a thousand steps. It was a little tough to get to the top, but we were rewarded with gorgeous views of the mountains. We even saw a Japanese serow, a mountain goat, munching grass on the side of the mountain. Afterwards, I enjoyed eating BBQ with some of the MY English School teachers and Ryan’s friends.

Yamadera Map Yamadera 2 Yamadera 1 Serow

Yamagata is very famous for its sakuranbo cherries. Unfortunately, I was a little early for the main cherry crop, but I could still buy some cherries at the station.

cherries

 I am grateful to MY English School for a very fulfilling weekend, meeting such dedicated teachers and having a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of Tohoku.

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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