Last-Minute Speech Contest Prep!

For all those high school ALTs out there, the Miyazaki Prefectural High School English Speech Contest is only one week away! Soon, the extra after-school hours and lunchtime practice sessions will be over, but until then, we’re sure everyone is working hard to make sure their students can give their best performances next Wednesday.

Veteran ALTs have probably got their tricks and strategies down, but for those just starting out, they may not be sure what to focus on. So, we’ve put together some advice and strategies to use to help you really boost your students’ performance. At this point in time, nothing can be done about the manuscripts themselves, so we can only focus on three things: pronunciation, time, and delivery. Continue reading

Volunteers Needed for the Miyazaki International Festival!

Good morning everyone! Are you looking for ways to participate in local events? The Miyazaki International Foundation is looking for foreigners to participate in this year’s Miyazaki International Festival on Saturday, November 21st.

For this event, they are now collecting entries for Art festival (photography, paintings/drawings, calligraphy, handmade crafts, and others) and looking for participants to participate in the Japanese Speech Contest and/or to put on a Stage performance (dance, music, and so on). Continue reading