A new school year is starting and most students in Japan are concentrating on preparing for entrance examinations for high school and university. As we all know, they do not need to be able to speak English to enter university in most cases. That’s why it’s so great to have a young student who really enjoys learning and speaking English. YUTO has been my student since she was in elementary school. That is about 7 years. She’s starting her last year of high school this week. It’s amazing how fast time flies but I am really proud of YUTO!
Along the way she was also fortunate to be taught by my part-time assistant YUKO, who herself, having studied at international schools overseas for 8 years, really got YUTO interested in speaking English. YUTO was also chosen as one of 10 high school students in Kobe last year to spend a week at a school in Seattle, where she was gracious enough to buy and bring me back a bag of fresh coffee beans from the first Starbucks Coffee shop. Thanks YUTO!
Here she is writing the English words on the whiteboard for the Japanese vocabulary I recite to her. I’m happy too that I can read the KANJI for those words. It’s certainly good practice for me too! This time she correctly remembered and spelled 93 of 100 words. Great job YUTO !