It’s hard for me to express just how much joy I get out of seeing my students improve in their ability to speak English. While I do speak Japanese most of my students have never heard me speak it because I try my best not to unless students really need it. As soon as my students step through the door I want them to be immersed in English as if they were in America or England.
In class discussions vary depending on students levels but one theme seems to be common throughout, and that’s food. Japan is home to some of the most amazing restaurants in the world and in Kansai there are too many to name. Even though I have lived here for 13 years now I love to find new places to eat at. I ask all my students to bring in pamphlets of the places they like into the class to aid in discussion.
Over the years, thanks to their help and my own exploration I have amassed quite a collection of places to eat at and love being able to share those places with my students. In the last year alone I was introduced to a new restaurant with nice stews, a fabulous hotel with French cuisine, a yakiniku restaurant just a few minutes walk from my classroom, a lovely new sushi restaurant and that’s just for starters.
At present one of my friends is kindly working on putting all the information down in a guide that people can enjoy reading before class. Eating good food always makes me smile so I hope that my students feel the same way.
If any of you have some restaurants that you think are worth being put in the guide please let me know.