I recently got a new student on a Saturday who I had never met before. She had taken a trial at the Karasuma School but decided to study at my school in Okamoto because it is near her home. That was quite a pleasant surprise and it shows how being a member of a franchise school can be so much better than going it alone. I hope that I will one day be able to repay the favor to the Karasuma school.
Smith’s School of English is really great! The school has been around now for almost 13 years and there are over 40 schools around Japan. Many of the schools work together on joint events such as New Year’s Parties, Cherry Blossom viewing parties and BBQ parties. This gives the students more chances to practice English and have a lot of fun.
As Obon 2008 comes to a close here in the Kansai area and the sweltering sun of these dog days of summer soon give way to more pleasant autumn weather. With that many people start thinking of starting something new, such as the study of English. It is time to get back to work to promoting and the fun of teaching!
Oh, I included a photo of my school that was taken in July. I had just bought a couple of Bougainvillea plants and they were in full bloom. Nothing like a little color to attract eyes upward away from the street. You can see Cafe DECO on the lower right and the crepe shop “L’air de temps” on the left. Quite a nice building and being on the second floor 100 meters from the main bus station for the local women’s college is not a bad location either.
Al Bartle (Smith’s School of English -Okamoto, Kobe)