Kawanishi English Teacher in Japan Sharing Culture
What exactly do I do as a Smith’s School of English Kawanishi English teacher in Japan? I increase English student confidence, facilitate the acquisition of the English language and encourage my students of English to apply their English language skills outside the classroom. Due to me being Canadian I also share my culture with my English students.
Peanut Butter and Jam Culture
Because food is such an important part of culture I enjoy telling my English students about dishes which are unknown to them. I see this as a window into my Canadian culture which can be real interesting and fun for them. Let me give you an example. I absolutely love peanut butter and have it with jam on toast almost every day. I tell my Smith’s Kawanishi students that peanut butter eaten with jam is popular in my home country Canada. They are surprised as peanut butter is not normally eaten with jam here in Japan. They imagine peanut butter as being sweet. I tell them that peanut butter isn’t sweet. I say that jam, which is sweet, is a great match with peanut butter and therefore I invite them to try them together.
An Opportunity to Have My English Students Try Peanut Butter with Jam and Experience a Potluck
On July 19, I held a potluck at Smith’s School of English Kawanishi and decided to make some peanut butter and jam sandwiches in addition to peanut butter cookies which are also new to my students of English. For the sandwiches, I used wheat bread that I buy at COSTCO here in Amagasaki and strawberry jam. The English students who tried the sandwiches and cookies liked them! Hooray! Mission accomplished! In addition to experiencing these new dishes, my Smith’s School of English Kawanishi students also got to experience a potluck, something which is not commonplace here in Japan. We all had a great time together! (^.^)
Join Us and Share Your Own Culture
Come join us at Smith’s in Japan and enjoy sharing your own culture with your own students of English. It’s a lot of fun!