This page is to help your English when you are not at Imagine.
I'll keep this updated with some English points, links and learning ideas.
If YOU have any ideas for other students - tell us!
English gets rusty if you don't use it.
How can you refresh your English while living in Japan and speaking Japanese every day?
Of course you can look on the Internet, watch movies etc
BUT! Here are some ideas for using English in Sapporo:
1) Go to a Photo Box and choose the "English" instruction option. I took some photographs this week at a box near my local supermarket. The voice and on-screen commands were in English!
2) Take a Chuo Bus Tour in English.
There are half day and one day tours of Sapporo, Otaru and other popular sightseeing spots. Usually the headphone system is in English, or there may be an English speaking guide! See a familiar area, but in English!
_Chuo Bus Tours
3) Get involved with international life in Sapporo via the Sapporo International Communication Plaza Foundation - nicknamed "Kokusai Plaza".
There are once a week volunteers at the salon near Tokeidai, there are homestay programs, there are cultural events. There are workshops for people to become volunteer interpreters.
Two new English books are available for FREE to Imagine students!
These are easy readers. Very good for improving your vocabulary skills.
Ask me if you can borrow them for home reading.
"The Queen" is about the film starring Helen Mirren, and is the story of the events after Princess Diana's death as the royal family appeared to misunderstand how shocked the British public were about Diana.
"Prince William and Kate Middleton" is a biography of the couple, their families and how they met etc.
HH Stephenson (center, middle row) - the origins of getting a hat trick.
Japanese footballer Shinji Kagawa scored a "hat trick" of goals for Manchester United this week.
There is a carpet of flowers in a garden in Sumikawa!