After Graduating

The other day, a graduate of my English class, who is a freshman in the college of music and would-be pianist, sent me her text message. Ever since she graduated from my class, we hadn't contacted each other because I could easily understand that she has been swamped with studying and piano practice. As such, I had refrained from sending my text messages until she would acclimatized to her new life.

In her message, she managed to get accustomed to her college-student life. Thanks to my lessons, she has never had trouble communicating in English. However, she's studying study German and doesn't have any knowledge, so it often gets her into a pickle.

I know she's always doing her darndest. Even though she has been bogged down with difficulties, I'm sure she manages to handle them.
I'm so glad of her message and hope she'll be a great pianist soon!

Hallooween Party in 2014

When speaking of October, Halloween might cross your minds.

Yesterday I held a big Halloween party at my class. This year the number of participants, who range in age from three-year-old kids to junior high schoolers, was much more than I had expected, so I had asked one of my co-workers and friend to lend me a hand and bring a foreign guest who could speak English.

I had planned several games so that everyone could enjoy. Luckily, the guest had experience in teaching English to children, so I could leave it up to him to a certain degree; nevertheless, I had trouble making all of the games go smoothly, so I might have confused the guest and other participants....Sorry...I should have prepared them more elaborately...

I'm wondering if they enjoyed the party...... ^^;

From a Kindergartener to Junor High School Students

Yesterday, an English language test called the STEP test was held. Some of my students, who range in age from a kindergartener to junior high schoolers, tried the test.

Some took it in the morning, the others did it in the afternoon. Most of them have taken it before, so I thought they would know what to do on that day. I knew that I was worrying too much, but I thought I should be there and encourage them before the test started. As such I rushed to the place where they took it. I might have been more fidgeting than them. lol

Anyway, I'm sure they'll pass their grades, but nobody knows what happens.....Now all I can do is to pray to God for their success!

What a Poor Boy!

I usually hold meetings with my students' parents twice a year. One of them is held during the summer vacation and the other is done at the end of the year.

At the meetings, we talk about a variety of topics ranging from their attitudes during my lessons to private matters. As a teacher, these meetings are indispensable for me to see my classes objectively and to know what they require in my classes.

Last week, I held a meeting with one of my students and his mother. Frankly, he's been a troublesome student somewhat. He's forgotten his homework and some tasks I had given him many times. What's worse, he's liable to toy with his pencil, eraser or something like that while I'm talking. In fact, as he usually doesn't listen to me, his skills have lagged behind in his class. Of course, I've tried to do whatever I came to mind to attract his attention and to interest him in English for five years. However, all of my attempts failed... He hasn't got involved in my lessons on his own volition.
As such, I asked his mother about his attitude toward other subjects at his school. As I imagined, he hasn't done well in those either.
His mother made a clean breast of their private matters. She's a full-time worker, so she hasn't spent enough time with him since he was small. What's worse, she's not good at caring for his studies. That's why she decided to leave the responsibility up to schools such as a cram school or my class.
Not only she, but his father doesn't get involved either....

When he was in the lower grades, I told her to have time with him and to try to get involved in his home study. I believe that the lower grades is the most important stage for children to make a point of studying at home. However, she missed the time....
During the meeting, I asked him how much he enjoyed learning English. At that time, his mother interrupted and said, "You told me you tried to study English for ME, not yourself, didn't you!"
He shrunk away from her....Oh, my......

Truthfully, ever since he entered my class, I've been afflicted by his attitude. I've mulled over the reason and the best way for his studies.
After that, I realized the reason why he's always distracted and doesn't listen to me: his parents' apathy toward him or his school life causes his languid attitude toward everything.....

What a poor boy!

A Big Typhoon and My Lessons

As you may know, a once-in-a-decade typhoon is coming. According to the weather forecast, it's supposed to hit Kyushu tomorrow morning.

This morning I was involved in an English workshop. After that, the wind started getting stronger. Some of elementary schools closed earlier than usual and my co-worker decided to cancel her all English lessons. I planned to give my lessons as usual because it was gusty but my students would still manage to come to my class, I thought. To be honest, however, I wasn't sure if I should give my lessons.
When I arrived at the community center where I regularly give my lessons, it started pouring rain. In addition, the wind started blowing harder. As such, I decided to cancel my all lessons at the last minute. Still, I thought we could study, but I called my students' parents just in case...

Although my today's lessons were canceled, my translation assignment is still waiting for me.....lol This time, it seems challenging to me and I guess it'll take some time to finish it....

Stay Safe and Be Patient....^^;
     
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