Last month I was able to help my 2nd Grade Junior High School class with a very special project. They had to make a presentation about famous places in Beppu ….. sound easy?? BUT!!! .. the presentation was in English / was based on articles from 大分合同新聞 AND …. the presentation was watched and photographed by reporters from the paper.
Luckily for them, their teacher – Mr Murakami – is one of the best English teachers I’ve met in Japan. His English is excellent and he uses English for most of the class, so his students quickly become confident using English and also develop good listening skills. (村上先生について記事見たい方、下のリンククリックしてください）
The students are great fun to teach – I’ve been teaching them once a week since they started 1st year Junior High – and I was very impressed with their performance when we did the practice lesson on the Friday before their “live” performance. (レッスンについて記事見たい方、下のリンククリックしてください）
Reading their comments it was nice to see that they enjoy English at school (I know lots of students who don’t like their English classes!) and also that they want to use English outside of classroom and school tests. (生徒の声を見たい方、下のリンククリックしてください）
Well done – I only wish i could have been there to see it!!