There's not only one answer.

A student of mine, who is in the 3rd year of junior high school, asked me the following question yesterday.

She said, "Ms. VibrantRose, is it correct or incorrect?-The girl that has long hair is my sister."
I answered, "I think it is right. Why?"
She continued, "When I tried one of the English questions for the entrance exam for high school I'll take this month, its answer said the girl who has long hair is my sister. Is my answer correct?"

I looked the answer and sighed.............Why?
That's because there was ONLY one answer: The girl (who) (has) long hair is my sister.

About this question, an original sentence was "The girl with long hair is my sister", and she filled in the blanks to be the same meaning. There were two blanks, and she chose "that" because she had learned "who" and "that" could be used in this case. What's more, there wasn't any requirement that she shouldn't choose "that".
That is why she was a little confused and asked me about it.

If I learned correctly, both ways are fine in this case. Maybe, is it an exception to the grammar or something? Um...no..I don't think so.....
However, I didn't want to tell her anything wrong, and I asked my friends from America and England to make sure of it, just in case.
They replied me quickly and said, "Both ways are right and natural."

....................SEE?

Of course, 'who' is generally chosen, and I would do that. It is true that some argue "that" should be wrong. But what I want to say is every student or English learner shouldn't think there is only one answer, and they should expand your knowledge to choose the best one, depending on the situation.

I think this is one of the reasons why Japanese students are still struggled in English. Some students who have a good command of English would be confused like her, others who aren't good at it could learn only the answers their text books say. I think, of course, their teachers tell them not only correct answers but also other useful knowledge, though.

Anyway, the more deeply they learn English, the more they will be confused....I would like to help them anytime so that their English will be able to improve greatly in the future. This is my labor of love. lol

Finally, I'm done with it!

This season of the year, I am diving into preparations for a special event- Halloween party.
As an English teacher, I try to go ham for my lovely students and they look forward to the party every year. Having said that, preparing for the party such as arranging their schedules is not easy. We used to have our halloween party on either Saturday or Sunday, but I set four days this time! Most of the students took part in the party on Saturday, which was the biggest one. Some students who didn't make it on that day could join any of the other days.

I tried to ham up to rev them up during the games. lol You might think it seems painstaking, but it wasn't actually. After finishing all parties, I felt fulfilled and was basking in the afterglow of enjoyment.

Do What I Want to Do

Every summer, my company holds events in English nationwide for our students. At this time of year, most of the teachers at the company apply for it on the website which is for teachers. It depends on the prefecture, but it seems competitive because unless we try to apply for it at 10:00 a.m, there will be no seats left at night.

This time, I failed to log in at 10:00 sharp....It slipped my mind entirely...When I checked the web, there were only a few seats left... I needed more seats, but there was nothing I could do about it...
My students' faces flitted through my mind...Some of them are willing to take part in the event every summer....

"OK, then. I'll give a big summer party for them this time!"

At the same time, an idea came to my mind: other teachers and I will cooperate to organize the event. I love to organize events, but my ideas are limited. My students might get bored. I need to infuse "fresh air" into my class.
I'll invite other teachers' students and anyone who is interested to the event, of course.

As the proverb goes- "There is no time like present", I got started on the preparations. The plan is afoot!

The More Students I Have, The More Attention I Should Pay.

I've been inundated with work since summer vacation started. This is because I've held intensive courses as well as regular lessons. Most of the visitors are in the first and second grades. What is common to them is their parents are taking the necessity of English skills for their children seriously. They're lovely and so active that I can exercise during the lessons. lol

Well, as for my regular lessons, my students have been learning English very hard. At the same time, I should pay attention to each student: During each lesson, I need to see how much they understand or what they have trouble grasping. Some are quick learners, others aren't. Some never forget to do their homework, others often skip some assignments they're crying for their attention. As for the latter, it's very challenging to me. To maintain their interest and motivation to learn English, I'm always thinking about better methods of teaching and whether they should let off steam, junior high schoolers in particular, because they've been also swamped with their study and club activities.

Anyway, all I can do is to do my bit anytime....

To be Aware of Our Surroundings

When I was giving my last lesson for last Tuesday, it got noisy outside the room. It seemed that some mothers got together for their meeting called 役員会 in Japanese. They regularly have a meeting in the room we use and this time every year is the busiest for them. I know how busy they are, but I was actually annoyed at that day.

They were quacking and quacking just in front of the room! There was a signboard for my lessons outside the room and everyone could see it and understand we were studying NOW. However, they were chatting endlessly. How uproarious!
What was worse, one of them knocked on the door and entered the room. She said, " Excuse me, What time are you going to finish?" Ugh!!!!!
I thought I should complain about it, but I swallowed my anger because it was almost finished. If it had been in the middle of the lessons or my students had been taking tests, I would have told them not to do that, of course.

Let me say this....
Be aware of YOUR surroundings!
     
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