While students are divided by levels at Smith’s School of English that means sometimes there’s a large age gap between students. I’ve had 25 year-old students studying with 65 year-olds or high school students studying with housewives. This just adds flavor to the lesson. The younger students can teach the elder students about the latest fashion or trends while the older students can tell us both about times gone by. While I’ve been here for 12 years it’s always interesting to hear about what Japan was like during the bubble economy or just after the war. Japan is a country that’s constantly undergoing change and using that in an English class in Japan can lead to some great conversations and questions. The age difference also allows for very different opinions. It’s a joy to see students helping other students master English but it’s even more impressive when they can teach them about different topics using English.