The thing I love most about my job, about Smith’s School of English, about my role as head teacher at my school, is being able to create a mini community of language lovers. Since becoming a communication coach at Smith’s School of English in Otsu in December of 2007, I have had the privilege of teaching the most wonderful students, and together with these students, as well as other Smith’s coaches, I have been able to build a small but wonderful community of English lovers. My students are always eager to create opportunities to speak, keen to meet other English enthusiasts, ready to face new language challenges. Since 2007 we have hosted dozens of events, we have created a monthly English circle, students have created their own cliques, small groups who meet up outside of class time for coffee or doing crossword puzzles. Our English conversation students join our events and even create their own. Smith’s coaches get together for coffee, we have regular meetings at head office, we organize group curriculum development sessions. I am so happy to be part of this community, to be able to constantly build upon it. This makes going to work every day such a pleasure.
Edward, Smith’s School of English Otsu