【５】2015 大学入試センター本試験 英語(筆記)
次の文章は，Annaの父親が担任の岡本先生に宛てて送ったメールと，岡本先生からの返信である。これらを読み，下の問い(問1～5)の[ 42 ]～[ 46 ]に入れるのに最も適当なものを，それぞれ下の①～④のうちから一つずつ選べ。
From: Jeff Whitmore <JeffW@xxxxxx.com>
To: Kenji Okamoto <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: January 10, 2015
Subject: Request for advice
Dear Mr. Okamoto,
My name is Jeff Whitmore, and my daughter, Anna, is one of your students. As you know, we just moved back to Japan six months ago after living in Chicago for three years. Although she had attended schools in Japan before we went to Chicago, it’s Anna’s first year at a Japanese junior high school. My wife and I are a little worried about her, and we’re hoping that it would be okay to ask you for advice.
She’s getting good grades and likes her classes and teachers. In particular, she has a penchant for numbers and loves her math class. She often talks about your fun English class, too. However, after almost half a year, it doesn’t seem like she’s made any friends. Last week, she said that she usually reads by herself during breaks between classes while other girls are hanging out and chatting. Anna also mentioned that she walks to school alone every day. This is very different from how she was in the US.
I understand that it can take time to make friends at a new school, but I still have concerns that she may be a bit isolated. I think it would be better for her to develop a group of good friends as soon as possible. Even just one close friend would be a good first step. I’ve never contacted one of my daughter’s homeroom teachers before and hope that I’m not bothering you. I just thought that you might know more about her life at school. If you have any ideas about how she can make more personal connections, I would be happy to hear them.
From: Kenji Okamoto <email@example.com>
To: Jeff Whitmore <JeffW@xxxxxx.com>
Date: January 11, 2015
Subject: Re: Request for advice
Dear Mr. Whitmore,
It’s always nice to hear from a parent of one of my students, and I’ll be happy to help you if I can. I’ve talked with Anna one-on-one on several occasions and find her to be a delightful person who is confident and friendly. Actually, I’m surprised to hear about your concerns as she seems to get along well with other students in the class. Probably, she’ll soon form close friendships, but I do have a few ideas for you to consider that may help her do this.
First, our school has many different clubs that offer good environments for developing friendships. I know that she enjoys music, so perhaps she would like to join the chorus. If she prefers sports, we have a volleyball club, a soccer club, and even a karate club. Also, I’m currently organizing a new English club. We will meet once a week to talk and to enjoy music and movies in English. If Anna joins or even takes a leadership role, she can connect with other students who have a shared interest ― English. I know of one Japanese student from another class who has spent time in New Zealand and is planning to participate. They may find a lot in common.
Another approach is to create social situations where she can be the center of attention. Anna told me you often had barbecue parties in your garden in the US. If it’s possible, you could have an American-style barbecue party and invite some of the students in her class. I’m sure it would be an exciting experience for them. Possibly, Anna would be more herself at home and they would get to know her better.
From my experience, I honestly think you have nothing to worry about and feel confident she will establish friendships sooner or later on her own. But, if you feel that any of my ideas will help, please let me know, and we can consider the next step.
問1 What was Anna probably like at her school in Chicago? [ 42 ]
① She liked to be alone in the classroom.
② She showed off her Japanese ability.
③ She spent a lot of time with friends.
④ She was jealous of the other students.
問2 The phrase has a penchant for in the second paragraph of Mr. Whitmore’s email is closest in meaning to [ 43 ].
① is collecting ② is exchanging
③ is fond of ④ is unsure about
問3 Which of the following statements is true according to the information in the email messages? [ 44 ]
① Anna does not talk about her school life with her parents at home.
② Anna prefers her Japanese language class to her English class.
③ Mr. Whitmore is concerned about Anna’s academic performance.
④ This is the first email message Mr. Whitmore has sent Mr. Okamoto.
問4 Unlike Mr. Whitmore, Mr. Okamoto thinks that Anna [ 45 ].
① is isolated from other students in her class
② spends a lot of time reading in school
③ will have trouble getting good grades
④ will make friends without any special help
問5 Which of the following is NOT one of Mr. Okamoto’s suggestions for Mr. Whitmore? [ 46 ]
① Have Anna join a sports or music club.
② Invite Anna’s classmates to an event.
③ Let Anna participate in the English club.
④ Take Anna on a trip to New Zealand.