ENGLISH LOUNGE

English Lounge

ENGLISH LOUNGE

神奈川工科大学では英語を学びたい学生の為に、English Loungeを開設しています。
授業ではありませんので、誰でも無料で参加できます。出入りも自由ですので、興味のある方はぜひお越しください。

  • 英語が、聞き取れるようになりたい。
  • 英語力をもっと、つけたい。
  • ちょっと苦手だけど、英語をしゃべりたい。
  • 海外研修に行くために。

開室時間・場所

開室時間 月曜日~金曜日 11:00~16:30
場所 幾徳会館1階 第2食堂の近く

ネイティブの先生の在室曜日・時間

月・水 ボニエツキ先生 11:00~16:30
火・木 シボン先生 11:00~16:30
金 マーティン先生 11:00~16:30

English Lounge担当教員からのメッセージ

Peter Boniecki先生

Peter Boniecki先生

1 自己紹介

I am from Montreal Canada. I speak English, French, Polish and Japanese.
I enjoy outdoor activities such as Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Slack lining, weight training and parkour. I have worked hard to lose weight and thankfully I have been successful. I have a passion for life and grateful for what I have and wish to strive to improve myself as a person and a teacher.
I have some understanding of Japan, Japanese culture and the world. However there is still so much for me to learn. I would be grateful for your help. Thank you.

2 英会話上達のコツ

There is really only one way to really improve doing anything and that is practice and repetition. Luckily, there are four main ways in learning a language which would be Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. In Japan many people have opportunity to practice reading and writing, however not many opportunities to practice Listening and Speaking. KAIT has prepared such a place to practice which is here the English lounge. So come down and have lots of questions to ask the teachers here and have something to tell them as well. It could be anything from your weekend to your current studies. You will definitely improve if you try…

3 学生へのメッセージ

1st I would like to say that you are all doing great by coming KAIT and pursuing your studies here. KAIT has a great place to learn and master your skills for our future careers and goals. I believe that you are important and valued young member of this society and world and as valued members of this world it is your duty and obligation to bring happiness and peace to the world. In order to do that it is important to be happy individuals and feel good about yourselves. Your being happy individuals will naturally bring more happiness to the world. The best way to be happy individuals is to do the things you love doing. So by pursuing your studies here is one great way to find the thing you love best. As members of this world we all have the responsibility to take care of this world and its people together. We have to graduate from the thinking this is your part and this is my part. The future of all our existence is now everybody’s responsibility that we now share the world all together. It is important to accept each other and difference because that is what make this world and interesting place. So let’s work together in our own individual respective fields and studies for the common goal to protect the planet for our future lives and generations and lastly of our happiness.

Siobhan先生

Siobhan先生

1 自己紹介

My name is Siobhan and I am of British/ Irish descent. I was born in England and when I was two years old my family emigrated to Johannesburg, South Africa. I lived there with my parents and four siblings until the age of thirteen. In 1987 I moved back to England where I completed both my high school and university education. Upon graduation from university i decided to become an English teacher. Just like my parents I wanted to challenge myself and therefore i decided to teach English abroad. Of all the countries in the world I chose to live and teach in Japan. Japan is in the Far East. I wanted to establish myself as a credentialed teacher, explore a new culture and rise to the challenge of living abroad in a culture and language different to my own. I have now been living in Japan for nineteen years and have spent 14 of these nineteen years teaching English to Japanese students from nursery level to adults in a variety of educational settings. I am about to embark upon a new role as native English instructor in the English Lounge at Kanagawa Institute of Technology. I am truly excited about meeting new students and assisting everyone with their goals in studying English.

2 英会話上達のコツ

English has been an EFL language in Japan for many years. In mainstream Japanese education formal study of English traditionally began in junior high school. In these settings students focused on developing their reading and writing skills translating texts from English into Japanese. This trend has changed in the last decade or more with the introduction of English communication classes from first grade in primary school. However these classes are taught once a semester. Many parents enroll their children at English language schools where learners attend classes after school or on weekends. This is the only opportunity they have to learn or speak English regularly as limited opportunities exist outside for learners to use English. I believe it is best to encourage learners to start learning a second language from a young age. If this is encouraged many Japanese students could regard English as their second language from a younger age. English is an international language and it is the medium through which most people communicate worldwide.

Learners need exposure not only to the language but also to the culture of the English world in order to participate fully in that society. How can they achieve this? Firstly reading English novels on a regular basis provides access to both language and culture. It also increases students’ vocabulary as well as their speed and fluency in reading. Through the internet students have access to a wide range of reading material via online stores such as Amazon Japan where they can read English books daily on their IPADs or tablets/ Kindles. To improve speaking skills students can watch movies in English with or without the use of subtitles or travel abroad on home stays or student exchange programs. The use of safe and approved social media sites like Twitter, Instagram or Skype offer further opportunities to converse in English. At Kanagawa Institute of Technology learners can attend English Lounge regularly where they have the chance to converse with a native speaker. News media is also valuable in providing further opportunities for learners to improve their listening and speaking skill. News channels including CNN and the BBC provide qualitative news articles in spoken or written form which enables learners to focus on improving all four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. Developing a regular “study habit” with a focus on all four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking will enable young and older learners to regard English as their second language should Japanese or another language be their first language. All learners study English for different purposes with different goals in mind. Mastering an understanding of both the culture and the language of English speaking countries through these practices will enable learners to become competent and confident English speakers.

3 学生へのメッセージ

Warm greetings to all students across all faculties at Kanagawa Institute of technology. My name is Siobhan and I am a British/ Irish national. I have been teaching English in Japan for 14 years. This is an open invitation to every student in this university from all over the world to attend English Lounge every Tuesday and Thursday with me. Is it important to be able to speak English well? Would you like to improve your current English skills? English is an international language and it is the global means through which people communicate. Many people now use English as a native, second or foreign language. It is the common medium through which most people communicate internationally in many fields. Upon graduation from Kanagawa Institute of Technology you will enter full-time employment either in Japan or abroad depending on your goals and dreams. Improving your English language skills will provide more opportunities for you in the future when seeking employment. This is a great opportunity for you to create a bright and successful future career for yourself by expanding upon your current qualifications and skills. I am a kind, friendly, dedicated and enthusiastic teacher. In the English lounge we will explore the language and culture of English in a relaxed, friendly and fun manner. I will make sure that every student who joins English Lounge – be you a beginner or more advanced English speaker- participates and enjoys this opportunity to use English. This is a unique opportunity for you to speak English with a native English speaker and to make friends with other Japanese students as well as international students from all over the world. I am looking forward to seeing you all in English Lounge very soon!!

Brent Markewich先生

Siobhan先生

1 自己紹介

Hello everyone! I’m Brent Markewich. I’m from Canada and I am 47 years old. I’ve been living in Japan for 20 years. When I’m not teaching I enjoy playing and watching hockey, as well as movies and reading science books. I’m going to be in the English lounge on Thursdays from 11 AM until 4:30 PM. I look forward to meeting all of you.

2 英会話上達のコツ

The best way to quickly improve your English is to spend at least a few minutes practicing every day. Immerse yourself as much as possible every time you study, and challenge yourself to listen to, read, and even say things in English that you think might be too difficult for you. If you want to speak English fluently, you need to make it an essential part of your everyday life. Come and speak to us in the English lounge as much as possible watch your improvement.

3 学生へのメッセージ

There’s an expression in English: “Use it or lose it,” which basically means if you don’t practice, you might forget what you have studied. The best way to remember new words is to use them right away so it will stay in your memory. When you learn a new word, try to say it in sentences a few times over the next week and you’ll never forget it. Come in and say hello anytime and don’t worry about your level of English. The only way to improve is to try and that is the first step in anything we do in life.

Martin Szentes先生

Martin Szentes先生

1 自己紹介

Hello everyone, I’m Martin Szentes. Please call me Martin. I was born in Canada but I really like Kanagawa. Aside from teaching, I enjoy hiking, biking, and lunchtime vikings. Please come and talk to me Fridays, 11:00- 16:30, in the English lounge. I’ll be there.

2 英会話上達のコツ

To improve and measure your language skills, don’t think about it so much! If you want to speak, speak! Or, if you just want to listen, please listen. Language is natural, and you already mastered one (or more) languages from childhood. Remember that listening is more important than speaking. If you can’t listen and understand, you cannot respond in a conversation. How much can you understand with your ears? Please judge this for yourself. For speaking to communicate with others, how much can you say about what you want to say- in different situations? Again, you can judge this. Remember, it depends on the situation. It’s easy to order a hamburger with you finger.

3 学生へのメッセージ

Many students are worried about making mistakes. What kind of mistakes? First, there are mistakes that we make by talking and trying. (‘errors of commissions’). Some language teachers call these ‘good mistakes’. Then there is another type, which I think is much worse. Not talking, or being too afraid to try (‘ errors of omission’). If you never talk, you will never know your true speaking ability. Communicate first, and then you will learn.

2018年第一回イベント-Welcome Party

4月19日に、English Loungeで今年度最初のイベント、Welcome Partyを開催致しました。
たくさんの参加者が集まり、風船を使ったゲームや、ストローでお菓子を運ぶゲームなどを楽しみました。
ゲームの勝者には、美味しいお菓子のプレゼントがありました。
サンドウィッチやケーキ等のお食事も楽しみ、大変盛り上がりのあるイベントでした。

Welcome Party

Weekly Topic

4月から7月まで、様々なトピックを用意しています。もちろん、トピックに関係なく、好きな話題を話すのも大歓迎です!

Apr 9~13 Family(家族)
Apr16~20 Food(食べ物)
Apr23~27 Time(時間)
May1~2 House and Home(自宅と家庭)
May8~11 Music(音楽)
May14~18 Transportation(交通機関)
May21~25 Sport(スポーツ)
May28~Jun1 Numbers(数字)
Jun4~8 Best Friends(親友)
Jun11~15 TV(テレビ)
Jun18~22 Work(仕事)
Jun25~29 Vacation(休暇)
July2~6 School(学校)
July9~13 Movies(映画)
July17~20 Money(お金)
July23~27 Restaurants(レストラン)