Ok! So yesterday was my 3rd
day the school. I had 3 classes with 2 different
teachers. The first class was a second year
class, and the other two classes were first year students.
The second year class was much more
talkative than the first day. The teacher gave me
a class agenda before the class so I knew what to expect.
Mostly it was reading, and repeating after me.
They learned some new vocabulary, then read a
passage in a story, then answered some comprehension
Then the other 2 class were first year
students. I was a little concerned since they
would be the youngest and the least experienced in using English,
but they seemed ok with the basics. Again, it was
mostly reading and repeating. The second class
was most talkative. Before class began me and the
Japanese teacher were waiting outside the classroom and some of the
girls came out and tried to talk to me. They
introduced themselves and were super surprised to learn I was from
Canada. When I walked into the classroom the kids
immediately started trying to guess where I was from.
Most said China or Korea, so when I took out my
Canadian flag I heard this great big "EHHHHHHHHHHHH?!??!?".
Later that day I stayed to help a girl with
her English speech contest. It was quite long and
the poor thing has to remember it all in 3
The speech had some difficult words in it and I'm kind of worried
if she'll be able to get the pronunciation right and memorize all
of it in time. But after their Sports Festival
this weekend we'll have more time to
On my way home that day I passed by the
baseball field where the boys' team was practicing.
They saw me, took off their baseball caps, bowed
and said "See you!!" I was so surprised and kind
of embarrassed .
I feel like the kids are getting used to me being
around faster than I'm getting used to being at the school.
But I'm glad some of them seem interested in
English, and at least most of them seem to know the basics.
That plus a bit of my Japanese should make
Tomorrow is apparently another day of
Sports Day practice so I'm going to watch. Sunday
I'm going to go to the official Sports Day and see what it's all
about. Then after that there's a party with the
teachers I'll be attending too. I can't drink but
it'll be a good way to talk to the other teachers in a less formal
I'm definitely liking this job more than the previous one.
No sales at all, just teaching, and the kids are
so full of energy