One of my favorite students loves manga and anime and often our conversations revolve around these topics. He mentioned that his favorite manga as a child was “Akira”. I shared with him that although I didn’t read the manga, I enjoyed watching the “Akira” anime when I was younger. He was excited to learn that we had similar tastes and he mentioned that he had never seen the film.
At this student’s next class, I surprised him with a small present: my DVD copy of “Akira”! I told him that he could borrow it on one condition; he had to promise that he would watch it at least once in English, without the Japanese subtitles. He jumped at the opportunity! The following class, we spent a few minutes going over some of the more difficult vocabulary and the more challenging idioms. Now, he has a whole new set of English he can use, thanks to our shared interest in anime!