Am I a Workaholic !?

Ever since a new academic year started last week, I've been swamped with work and chores. Some might think it sounds tiresome, but actually it isn't because I welcomed new students and my business seems on a roll.

Last week, I took on an assignment which was to make inquiries about a reservation and other options at an international hotel. I've helped with that kind of assignment several times, so I was willing to take it on.
Having to give my usual lessons at the same time, it was true that I was occupied with work. After it's done and dusted, luckily I had some time for myself! It was actually a whole day! In retrospect, I had't managed to have time for myself for a while......I mean that I had to visit parents-in-law's, take care of my family or household chores and take part in my residents' association. Even though I had time, I had no choice but to spend all my free time on these kinds of things. I thought, "Let me alone........"

Today, there was no event in my residents' association, my hubby went out to play soccer and my sweet played with his close friend at his house. Yay! I'm alone in my house! lol
I let my hair down, read the English papers, posted some entries on my blogs and took a nap. After finishing what I wanted to do, there was still plenty of time. Ummmmmmm.......What am I going to do.....lol

Ironically, when I didn't have enough time, I thought "I want more time for me!" Actually, however, when plenty of time was available, I thought "What should I do?" as if I were a retired office worker. haha
I ended up thinking about my plans for giving more attractive lessons. I might be a workaholic...lol

5月スケジュール(English Workshop) ~~マムズ~~

Here's our next English meeting.

Day and Time: 13th May 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: Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room 1 (There's on the second floor)

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

If you're interested in our meeting or have any questions, please feel free to ask me. We always welcome you!

This is the article we're discussing:
As We Age, Keys to Remembering Where the Keys Are.

Japanese Typical Teaching Method

I had been swamped with work and chores for last month, so I had no choice but to pass up the open English conversation class in which I regularly take part.
Finally, I managed to have time to go there today. I know that I'm still in the desperate need of practicing speaking English.

Luckily, I was only there, so I monopolized the teacher. We exchanged our opinions about the Japanese typical English teaching method. As English teachers and mothers, we're not satisfied with the current style which is a one-way teaching and passive learning style. I know that it has been changing gradually into a more practical method. Still, we feel its program lags behind other countries.

Some say having fun is the most important and we can't push them to learn English as "a subject". Yes, having fun is very important, and I agree with this point. However, do you think just having fun makes them master practical English and they can exchange their opinions in English in the future? I don't think so...

Ideally, they can master practical English and skills to exchange their opinions and discuss anything in English, having fun. To realize it, I believe that they, the 3rd grade, the 4th grade or over in elemetary schools in particular, need to practice exchanging their opinions and debating anything more. A mixed language which is Japanese and English would be fine at first. To ignite their interests in English and to learn correct words and appropriate expressions, it's time for English teachers to show their skills.

What a Wonderful Expression!

From the end of last month to this weekend, I helped interpret for some overseas students as a volunteer. They needed to go through some formalities at a city hall for living in Japan. Having helped at the same place before, I wasn't nervous at all.

The first day, a lot of students from various Asian countries such as China or Korea came to the city hall. They had a good command of Japanese, so there was no need to help. One student India couldn't understand Japanese at all and his senior student seemed to be struggling to communicate in English, so I helped for them.

The second day, only a few groups of students from China came there. They could understand Japanese very well, so my work was over for that day. As having plenty of time, I spent all the time on the translation assignments I had taken. lol

The last day, it was windy and raining cats and dogs. When I arrived at the hall, a lot of students from various countries had been there. I helped a family and their friend who are from Egypt. They had just arrived there on the previous day, so they didn't understand Japanese or what to do.
During the process, one of them told me an expression in Arabic-السلام عليكم It means "Peace be upon you" in English. According to them, it's used for greetings, expressions of gratitude or whatever.
Arabic is all Greek to me, but I learned what wonderful expressions they had.

In addition, I realized how interesting learning any language was.
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