Last month, we welcomed a fantastic group of Japanese High School students to Singapore to take part in our residential public speaking and leadership course in Singapore. Based at Nanyang girls’ boarding school, our customised 14 day educational holiday program went down so well with our Japanese guests, we just had to tell you about it.
With an unbroken run of 14 days of clear blue skies and tropical sunshine, Singapore was the perfect escape from the Japanese winter during one of the worst snowfalls in Japanese recent history.
During the academic elements of the course, the students, through hard-work and determination, made great improvements in their leadership and public speaking skills. Our native English teachers used all their techniques and experience to bring the very best out of the students and help them push past their comfort zones.
In fact, a special guest from Japan who came specifically to observe our camp in progress remarked that in all his years in education,
“I have never seen Japanese students present so confidently and clearly in English.”
Some of the many highlights of the customised program included:
A formal exchange session with the National University of Singapore’s Japanese Society.
The students delivered fascinating presentations about their home towns to a captivated audience made up of an international mix of Japanese Society Members from the university. In turn, the society gave members gave the students a crash course in ‘Singlish’ and Singaporean culture and cuisine and impressed them with their knowledge of Japanese history and language. The exchange was topped off with a guided tour of the world-class facilities at ‘Asia’s Best University’.
School tour and lesson sit-in with students at one of Asia’s top boarding school
Students had the opportunity to take part in an outdoor team-building and leadership workshop with trained leadership professionals. Here, students learnt the importance of clear communication, team working and how preparation is key to succeeding in group projects. You’ll see from the video below that there’s some impressive team working going on here.
Culture and History
Japanese language guided tours to cultural gems such as Arab Street, Little India and Gardens By The Bay helped students to explore the rich history and vibrant culture of Singapore and understand cultures and religions which are not so prevalent in their home country.