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I had my own classes alone for 2 months, and I fully felt how difficult is the work of the school teacher.
I heard that students’ English level is quite low at the interview before I arrive, but when I actually got there, I was so surprised about their really low English level. First of all, many of them can not to tell their age in English, even their name.
Actually that was the really first time to teach to older kids than age of under 6 or 7 which is my field as a teacher more than elementary school. I was wondering how I teach, so I was thinking various things, ways what I teach them, how I manage, what kind of games we play, what I should say with self-introduction, before travelling. The reality was what I had thought wasn’t be useful and helpful at all. Because my thoughts and ideas were all  in English. Which means they don’t understand my English at all. At all is almost 98%.
The English teacher who was offering me told enthusiastically that I am supposed to do all classes in English as much as possible for students. At the beginning, I thought Yeah, of course I’m gonna do all in English, coz it’s English class! But the fact wasn’t like that smooth and optimistic.
Now, what will happen if you try to progress all the classes in English in such circumstances? My personal conclusion is that no one attend classes = everyone gets bored within 3 minutes = no attention = can not be a lesson. This is my conclusion. I tried.
First of all, in order to carry out a class for one hour, the very first premise is to take their attention. That is the most important thing. Even in case when you contact with children or try to teach children something as well. Everything starts from to take attention from children. And beyond the first premise, how long you can attract them, how long you can keep taking their attention?
Most of students disliked or didn’t have any interests in English. I’ve also known students ‘parents are not interested in English, thinking English is not necessary for their children to live in the town. I actually talked to some my students’ parents about it.
In my very first class, I got their attention arbitrarily without any effort or struggle. Because they were interested in me who is the first Japanese and new comer for them. Not like they were interested in English.
Conclusion, 2 months of lesson, over 80% I’ve used Spanish. The first few weeks, I could not speak Spanish at all, I could not understand nether. Even now I am still beginner. But it was’n only 1 or 2 weeks visiting classes. I had to carry out the classes for two months responsibly and I had to speak Spanish forcibly and desperately even my grammar is so terrible. In the first few classes, younger students laughed at my terrible Spanish, but I didn’t care. Cause that was the only way to take their attention and carry out the class. So gradually students were used to be with my poor English and they tried to understand what I am saying. They helped my Spanish and my class a lot. And somehow I managed all classes for two months, I think I was able to carry out the class upon lots of help from other teachers and students.
To be honest speaking of my feedback, I fell like I barely handed over to 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade. I couldn’t do things quietly with them, because those kids’s age is the most energetic time. They want to move and be more active. I understand that.
9th grade and11th grade are the high school student’s year in my country, and they are in the middle of the time to be adult. Some of them are always lazy to do anything. But they are the most helpful student for me. They helped me a lot and they did very well most of my class. I also enjoyed to talk to them, bout their future, their family, friends, girlfriend, boyfriend, and their future.
The hardest thing was that the man who was also an English teacher and host father who hired me did not help me anything, anything. And there was almost no communication with him and the only thing he does is just give me the topic roughly that is for the class, and I need to do something with the topic. Always he just leave a topic and nothing else he gives me, even any advices. When I ask him even a small tips, he always just say make the class dynamic. That’s all. 2 months, always dynamic. That was sloppy.
After all speaking about myself, low Spanish skill. Even though it is English lesson, I strongly strongly believe that it is necessary to speak the mother tongue of the land there fluently, because it is significant to lead classes of 20 or 30 children or more than that. If I could speak more Spanish, I could lead more children in a positive way and I would have taught more various things. That’s the thing I regret myself.
I am also interested in the treatment of the principal of school who left class to Asian guy who do not understand, speak Spanish well. But all the teachers were very nice people and I could handle the classes upon all their support. I really appreciate.
What I gained in two months in Colombia, I felt lots of things and many things made me thoughtful. That all things including negative things are very valuable for my life.







1日は24時間しかない。そこから寝る時間を引き、残った時間にどれだけ英語に浸れるか。そこがポイント。フィリピンで、僕の先生は毎日字幕なしで最低でも英語の映画を2本は見ろと言った。僕は映画が好きだから映画かTV Shaw(ドラマ)だが、それは英語の番組でもYouTubeでも何でも構わない。とにかく英語が1本だいたい2時間だとして、毎日4時間は英語に浸れということだ。僕は今でも平均毎日1本は映画を見る。




I came to Vancouver, Canada and went to a language school to get used to the local accent for only three weeks before the college starts.

My English ability at that time when I came to Canada was such I was able to pass a college entrance examination, because of the three month study in the Philippines. (Well, as I later noticed, the college where I enrolled have a lot of international students, quite rarely anyone fails by the entrance examination.)

I aimed to make friends from other countries rather than studying rally hard, because I’ll be in the language school only for three weeks. The afternoon class was fun and valuable, because the level of the class was high, my teacher was funny and knowledgeable, most of classmates were close and we hanged out often. But frankly, the morning class was boring. Well, it was also my mistake to be in the boring class that was a low-level class by submitting with a blank sheet, I was thinking that there is no part of Writing in the level classification test. . .

There were just few things that I could’ve learned in 3 weeks, but it was good opportunity to speak English with friends from other countries.

Another good thing that I went to a language school was to know different culture. Knowing the culture of other countries, I also found the position of people from my country. Maybe it’s weird for people who aren’t Japanese to hear that. I think I’m not a kind of a typical Japanese. I mean my personality. Because I think that I do not want to become it, a typical Japanese image in me.

Anyway I was surprised by my friends and teachers at the language school that they told me most of other Japanese people cannot speak English well and they don’t even try to speak to people from other countries, but I am different. I also agreed well that many Japanese people stick with only Japanese people and talk only in Japanese. I didn’t make any Japanese friends, because of the difference from the majority of Japanese. Perhaps for those reasons, it was not so hard to make friends.

Although I had only three weeks, I got tired of the language school, I thought that English ability won’t rise much even if I go over it. The reason is that opportunities to speak are basically limited, because most of classed are a group lesson, speaking is hard to be improved unless you make some friends and only speak in English. But even if you talk to people of the same level of English skills for a long time, it is hard to improve. Especially for those people who start from the lowest class. In my opinion, unless if you  make a lot of effort or you have a great potential to talk to anybody else. English ability won’t rise to a certain level no matter how long it is . Well, of course this is only talking about from my experience. Some school have variety of curriculas, so it cannot be said that unconditionally.








My daily schedule in weekdays was from 9am to 3pm studying English (1 hour lunch break from 12 to 1pm), from 3:30pm to 6pm joining child-minding.

The reason why I chose to study in the Philippines was one to one class for 5 hours, and the tuition was quite cheap compare with prices in Japan.

As I wrote on another post, when I got there, I couldn’t speak English at all. I barely could greet, but I couldn’t understand people greet back to me though. I just could speak by myself. Speaking my experience, when you start to learn a new language, it is easier to speak out what you want to say than listening to what people saying. In my case.

Honestly the English lesson 5 hours everyday was hard. Most of students focus on improving speaking skills, so most of time conversation, speak and speak and speak. I was too. I was speaking English at least 5 hours a day.

The good thing of one to one lesson was, of cause you can speak a lot with a teacher. Because of that, after only 3 months of study my English skills were quite improved. At the end, I could say what I want to tell to people in English.

The negative thing was, it’s really up to teachers you can have really good time for improving your English skills for 5 hours.

In my case, I had a really strict teacher once. He tried to correct my Japanese pronunciation. He put a mirror right in front of me, and I had to speak with looking at my mouth in the mirror. Even If I make little mistake of pronunciation, I had to try again from the beginning until I can pronounce correctly. One day, when I made a same mistake twice, he said “If you do that again, I will kill you.” I hope he doesn’t kill by just a practice of pronunciation. But I still remember that word clearly. I couldn’t speak much for those strict guidance in the first week from his lesson started. But because of him, I could learn correct pronunciation.