One of my higher level students wrote an essay for me and she let me post it here. I was impressed that she expressed her opinion very strongly and well.
I am extremely proud of her, especially given that she just graduated from high school. Please read and appreciate, as I do, her her effort to express her opinion. What I have found is that the study of English has a big effect on people in Japan. Although the development and expression of one’s true opinion is expected and an assumed ability in the U.S. and other western countries, the development of personal opinions especially on social subjects among Japanese young people does not come close to the level found in other countries. But this student has a strong opinion and can express it. This is fantastic and I am pretty sure that her study of English is a big part of the reason for her to be able to do this. Reading this makes me feels very good about teaching English in Japan. Please let me know what you think.
Al, SSE Okamoto
Today, the economy of Japan is getting worse and worse. Many temporary workers were fired from their jobs and lost their place to live. Medium and small companies couldn’t get financing from the bank and went bankrupt. What should we do in order to avoid these problems?
Mr. Aso, the prime minister of Japan, always makes pledges in his speeches, however, he didn’t do them. It was just lip service. For example there is a plan to give money to the whole nation. It was planned about three months ago, but it has not started yet.
I think Mr. Aso is not the eligible (suitable) for prime minister. The prime minister should be a man who really thinks about the nation and the country. He is too rich to think about people who don’t have money or jobs.
Therefore, my opinion is that the government should dissolve at once. We don’t know which party is going to win, the LDP or the DPJ, but we know it is going to be a severe election for the LDP. I really want this election to be a change for the government and wish that the economy will get better than now.
Written by a recent high school graduate, Ms. K
I understand why you feel proud of your student.
That essay is very well written and she did a great job expressing her opinion! Students like her are a big motivation for both us and the other students!
Thank you for posting this essay and good luck to your student!
Al Bartle says
Thank you. I am sure she will continue to work hard on English and to become even better at expressing her opinion. She certainly is an inspiration to the other students.