JLPT: The Goal or The Journey?
Prince Navarro, Batch Gintoki
To prepare the examinees of the upcoming Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), UP Tomo-Kai hosted an Alternative Classroom Learning Experience (ACLE) entitled “Ituro Mo Senpai: How to conquer the Japanese Language Proficiency Test” last October 15, 2015 at Palma Hall Room 213-215. UP Tomo-Kai invited a guest speaker who is a 4-time N1 passer, Marvin Nisperos-senpai, an alumnus of the organization
Preparations for the event started as early as 11:30 pm, as members of the organization already started setting up the room for the event. People who have a keen interest in the JLPT and Japanese culture from different universities and from overseas started lining up from 12 pm onward. The registration proper started at around 1 pm. The attendees upon registration received Nips white chocolate bar, Jaggabee, postcards from the Japan Foundation, Manila, and nametags.
The event opened with an icebreaker, the “Human Bingo.” The winners of the game would receive a very special prize, a brand new JLPT reviewer provided by the Japan Foundation, Manila. Everyone began having their cards signed as soon as the start signal was given, with hopes of getting the prize.
After the icebreaker activity, Marvin-senpai began began by talking about his JLPT experience. Participants also shared their experiences in learning Nihongo and how they became interested in Nihongo. They maintained an energetic atmosphere throughout the talk as they were told stories of how Marvin-senpai became friends with Masahiro Hagashide, a famous Japanese actor, and the experience of watching a Japanese movie like Rurouni Kenshin without the aid of subtitles.
To lighten things up a bit, the guest speaker hosted the “Life Line Activity,” a drawing activity that reminded one of his or her goal and the steps he or she needed to take to achieve those stated goals. This reminded everyone of their motivations to conquer the JLPT.
Marvin-senpai continued giving some tips and tricks on how to treat the JLPT. Everyone learned something new and unexpected during the discussion; one can tell by the people’s nods and gasps.
When Marvin-senpai dared everyone to change their smartphones and Facebook’s language settings to Japanese, the eager participants logged on their Facebook accounts and did as he dared. He also suggested to everyone to listen to Japanese songs, and to make Japanese friends.
To formally conclude, Marvin-senpai introduced everyone to the “fabulous life” after being awarded the JLPT certificate, which included a high paying freelance job and a higher chance to be hired by a Japanese company.
The event ended with a blast and everyone was in high spirits after learning a lot from the talk. UP Tomo-Kai would like to thank everyone for making the event a success. The organization hopes that everyone would study well and pass the JLPT.
An Alternative Classroom Learning Experience, Ituro mo Senpai: How to conquer the Japanese Language Proficiency Test is brought to you by UP Tomo-Kai.
This event is co-presented by Gulliver Offshore Outsourcing,
Cruz, Marcelo & Tenefrancia Law Firm, Anime.E,
Jack ‘n Jill Calbee and Jack ‘n Jill Nips Chocolate Bar.
In cooperation with All Nippon Airways
Special Thanks to The Japan Foundation, Manila