I have been watching the new pictures flooding the travel bulletin board at my English school in Ohtsu for the past month. It seems this summer was a big one for students, and Japanese people in general, to travel. My English school is not big, but my students are great, and apparently they love to travel. New pictures in the last month have included Hong Kong, Italy, Spain, Greece and London, to name but a few!
There is no more proud moment for an English teacher than the first lesson after a student returns from travelling abroad. The student walks into class, with a bright smile and a dark tan, and starts gabbing away about how great their trip was. At that moment, most students will say some version of “thank you”, and this is the greatest gift of all for an English teacher. This month I have received so many of these gifts (as well as lots of souvenirs- chocolate anyone?). I am so proud of my students, and I swell up with pride at the telling of each adventure. Some of my students kept diaries or wrote stories after the fact. Fantastic!
These tales of adventure and travel abroad are both fun and funny, usual including several amusing anecdotes. Of course, the most interesting stories are those of students’ English capers and blunders. Together, we can learn so much from these stories, and my students never stop learning, no matter where they are. They almost always bring back some question from their trip, and I am proud and happy to help them as they improve their fluency and increase their vocabulary. My student’s recent adventure in Hong Kong can be read HERE.
As proud as I am of ALL my students, I am also envious…. I’d love to travel abroad, have adventures…. but I am happy to be able to live vicariously through my students. And I would like to thank them for all their wonderful tales, and pictures too!
Edward, SSE Ohtsu owner and a proud teacher!
That’s so true. To hear a student say they were able to communicate with a foreigner in English while on a trip abroad is great. It makes me proud of what I do.
Keep up the great work!
Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi