A few nights ago I did the “Lawson” routine with one student during my 9pm lesson. After the lesson I was hungry so I walked down the street to Lawson convenience store. When I got there I spotted the bento shop across the street and found myself “standing in front of Lawson” with “a problem.” So I decided to get some food at the bento shop and something to drink at Lawson. Five minutes later I walked into Lawson and there was my 9pm student, standing in front of the refrigerators. We saw each other and started laughing and I asked him “do you have a problem?” He said “yes, I can’t decide type of beer.” He missed “whether” and “feel like” but his attempt was beautiful, and I could see that he was happy to be able to use the language. We shall do the same routine next time and see if he gets any closer! At times I run into students outside and some of them are hesitant to stop and chat, for whatever reason. Despite this student’s mistakes in Lawson, he had the courage to speak English to me and use the language he had just practiced…in front of the other customers. Good boy!
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