The Shizuoka and Hamamatsu chapters cooperated to hold Student Voices, an event was designed to showcase the learning experiences of students. It was well-attended and overall turned out to be even better than the organisers had anticipated.
In considerable detail,10 students from very diverse backgrounds explained and entertained to convey how they had become competent in English. Interestingly, every speaker approached learning English rather strategically. Each person had considered very specific ways to learn English such as: keying in on Youtube videos and music, paying attention to body language and facial expressions, focusing on the exact language needed to conduct business, by watching (corny) old American sitcoms, and more. Each speaker literally brought a unique set of experiences to the table (the audience had to come to their tables) and fielded many questions from enthusiastic attendees.
Later on in the afternoon the students moderated their own forum where the audience was able to freely ask questions about a wide range of language learning issues.
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Special mention to Nana Kunii, who helped out on reception. Presenter abstracts can be found here: