High School English Hits the Web

High school English students have been busy lately,  producing multimedia projects that allow them to focus on subjects that they enjoy while exercising their creativity.

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The members of our high school’s Writing Club have launched and are now contributing to their own blog called Tokyo Student Journal, a project organized by Billy Fujii (Grade 11). Defined by their own words, “The blog is a newly introduced aspect of the Writing Club and we hope that it will be fun to read and helpful for people—especially new ASIJ community members—to understand the cultural aspects of Japan, which make it such a wonderful place to live. As members of the Writing Club, we seek to convey our passion, love, and emotional connection to this country we live in. We hope that this blog will appeal to people from all sorts of backgrounds.”

Currently, our student-writers at Tokyo Student Journal have published articles on Tokyo museum exhibits, English education in Japan, manga and more. The Writing Club is happy to consider publishing posts from any interested ASIJ student, and these can be submitted via their Contribute page. The guideline for submissions are as follows:

  1. The post must be a positive and not a negative response to events in Japan.
  2. The post must be between 250-500 words.
  3. The post must be appropriate to be read by all ages.

Elixir by Emma Anderson

Meanwhile, Grade 9 English students have also been producing multimedia works of art through videography. They recently participated in the New York Times’  Vocabulary Video Challenge. Contestants, who must be between the ages of 13-19, must choose a word from the NYT’s word-of-the-day feature, and teach it in no more than 15 seconds. The short time constraints presented students with a challenge that required some creative scripting and crafty camerawork.

Check out Vigor by Valerie Grespan and Caitlin Lightle, Killjoy by Noe Anderson and Yoonjin Son, and Sloth by Nico van Houten.


Several of our Grade 9 English students won or were awarded honorable mention in the New York Times Vocabulary Video Contest. Their work has been published on the NYT site.
 Masa Kawasaki, with his video titled Monotony, and the team of  Millie Kobayashi/Hanna Pham, Iridescent, are amongst the ten overall winners . Others showcased in the contest-winners announcement are Ty Kennedy, Dapper, Emma Anderson, Elixir,  and Ariel Fuchs/Ann-Li Hitosugi, Touchyare also featued in the contest-winners announcement