I shouldn't be satisfied.....

I regularly take part in an English workshop and try to improve my English. Everyone knows that I am an English buff and I also refer to myself that way as well. I can say what keeps me going is English although it sounds exaggerated. Don't get me wrong. Even though we call like that, it is a different matter when it comes to my English level.

I don't have trouble communicating with others in English, but I really realized that I shouldn't be satisfied with my current skills. I should go back to when I originally started to brush up on my English. I used to write and post as many English journals as possible, try to skype with my friends to practice speaking, listen to English radio programs and learn new words. Besides, I used to write down new words from the papers and try to use them.

I have to admit that I am liable to let myself become complacent. There is no denying the fact that I was satisfied with my current skills. However, I have rethought it. I should turn over a new leaf.

My lovely PC...

Last Sunday, my pc died and I had no choice but to have it repaired....It's been only three months since I bought! Can you believe that? No way!
The HDD needs replacing...

I'm posting this entry on my smart phone...but...I prefer my pc when typing...

Well, my pc comes back tomorrow morning...I have to set it up again...

Finally, I have completed!

As I wrote here before, I had been taking TESOL course. Finally, I have completed all of the tasks and sent them to my tutor.
They were rewarding. Luckily I have taken training at my company, so I didn't have difficulty completing every task although some tasks required me to take some time.

I am looking forward to my tutor's feedback. Without his feedback, I can't apply for its certification........

9月スケジュール ~~マムズ~~

This is our upcoming English meeting.

Day and Time: 6th and 20th September 10:00~12:00

Participation Fee: ¥500 a participant (Cuz, a native English speaker will take part in it as well. If there's no guest speaker, it's ¥200 a participant.)

Place: In Onojo city, Fukuoka. Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room1 (2F)

We've been endeavoring to improve our English skills. We discuss the topic or article prepared by a leader. (We take turns being a leader.)

This is the article we are discussing on 20th.
* We didn't have enough time to discuss it on 6th and decided to try doing on 20th.

Helping Junior high school students

The junior high school that my son goes to offers us short-term classes in things like Yoga, English, Origami, Swimming, Badminton etc. The classes aren't for the students. Anyone can take the lesson they want. However, some classes are understaffed so they need help from volunteers called guest teachers.
When I got the information from my son, I was curious to help out, especially with English. Of course, if my schedules would be allowed. Besides, a student of mine, who goes to the same school, asked me to help her and other students.
That was why I decided to help as a guest teacher.

The lessons I was assigned are the high school exam prep class. Our main focus is the listening section. The first day I visited, the students who took the course seemed a little nervous, and to be honest I was, too. It was my first experience to take on that kind of the course at a public school.
First, I saw how far they could understand English. Interestingly, they were too shy, but they understood what I said to a certain degree. Only one problem I saw was that the amount of listening time wasn't enough. That was why they didn't know how to react or they weren't familiar with English sound.
In order to break the ice, I asked the teacher to give me some time at the beginning of each lesson.

Thanks to the warm-up exercises, they gradually seemed to feel relaxed and to turn on the English mode.
It is true that there is room for improvement to master better listening skills, but I felt there would be the potential to greatly improve their skills.
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