After I started working at Dogo School about 2 and a half years ago, I noticed a musical sound coming from outside. I was surprised, because it was a garbage truck playing the tune. In the Dogo area, Thursday is burnable garbage day. In America, we can hear music coming from ice cream trucks, and not garbage trucks.
When I was a little kid, especially in the summer, an ice cream truck would drive around the neighborhood a couple times a week. It was usually sometime during the afternoon. As soon as we heard the truck, we would run outside with change (coins) in hand. We would then chase the truck until it stopped.
The ice cream person would walk back to a window in the side of the truck and take orders. They usually had popsicles (like Japanese ice candy) and ice cream sandwiches. All the neighborhood kids would talk while we ate our ice cream. I don’t know if ice cream trucks are around anymore, but they were a magical part of my childhood summers.
What is your favorite ice cream?
We hosted two events back-to-back 「続けて」 on the last Saturday and Sunday of June. On Saturday, we had a small event where we taught students how to play board games in English and practice cooperating with a team.
The board game we used was Pandemic. Originally released in 2008, I first had the chance to enjoy the game in a cafe in Hong Kong in 2014 and it quickly became a favorite. Board games aren’t just for kids. In the last twenty years, there has been a massive growth in tabletop games designed for older children and adults that are more complex and engaging. In many countries, it is not uncommon to enjoy a coffee and game with friends in a Board Game cafe. There are even two excellent Board Game cafes here in Matsuyama!
Pandemic 「伝染病」「パンデミック」 is a bit of a scary word nowadays, but the game itself is very fun! Each player takes the role of a Doctor or other medical professional, and must work together to stop the spread of a virus around the world.
Players need to discuss what to do and offer suggestions to the other players as they plan their moves. For this reason, it is helpful when teaching modal expressions! We also had a lot of time to practice talking about different cities and countries around the world in English.
We also got to use a lot of new vocabulary like Laboratory「ラボ」 and Quarantine 「隔離」. Below, you can see me explaining how to build new laboratories to help us discover medicine.
We had enough time to play the game twice, and had a lot of fun using English to work together! In the end, we weren’t able to save the world, but hopefully we can solve the puzzle next time!