Ogenki desu ka? How are you?
These were the first tentative words between our senior Japanese class and their counterparts in Shizuoka in Week 3.
They gathered in the International room as a group video call was projected onto the big screen, allowing our students to chat with a class from the Nihon University Mishima Senior High School, one of our exchange program partnership schools for over a decade.
Like any gathering where people meet for the first time, it took a while for things to warm up. Our students had to speak clearly and sometimes repeat questions, but they bravely tried out their Japanese speaking skills to get to know each other.
Likewise, the Japanese students were happy to practise their English conversation to share interesting facts about each country.
What we found out about them:
Some of the things they asked the REC students (and some answers):
By the end of the session there was lots of giggling and new found friendship, with the promise to meet up again online soon.