Edward here at Smith’s School of English in beautiful Ohtsu city in Shiga Prefecture. As many of you know, I LOVE “The Morning Routine” so it should come as no surprise to you that this post is yet again going to praise the powers of this brilliant piece of English school curriculum. In the past I have written articles about how i use and why I love “The morning Routine”, such as…
Recently, one of the students at my English school took a trip to Tanzania and Kenya with her a tour group. The trip was not business related, but rather ‘hobby’ related, as his hobbies include trekking and mountain climbing. Upon his return, we did (review) Past 1 and (review) The Morning Routine. I had the student tell me about the first day of his trip, from meeting up with the group at Kansai Airport (KIX) in the morning to bedtime at their hotel in Kenya. As he was recalling his trip, I created a hint bar on the whiteboard. At the end, I asked him to copy the hint bar into his notebook and as homework I asked him to create a hintbar for days 2,3, 4 and so on.
The following lesson the student was with Chiharu (Chiharu is the co-owner of SSE Ohtsu and a full-time teacher at the school). Chiharu asked him to describe his entire trip, Day 1 to Day 10, which he did brilliantly. As homework, Chiharu asked the student to write out the entire story. To show how powerful “The Morning Routine” lesson is, I asked my student if I could publish his story HERE. Check it out!
My student’s name is Mitsuhiro. He is a Forest Keeper and a very determined English student, as English helps him with all his traveling. His hobbies include running marathons, para-gliding and mountaineering. This last hobby in particular leads him to travel a lot, and for this he is inspired to study hard every day. He has been studying with us at Smith’s school of English Ohtsu since Fall 2009, and we are incredibly proud of the progress he has made so far. I want to thank Mitsuhiro for allowing me to publish his incredible story, and I hope you enjoy it.
Edward, SSE Ohtsu
To read another exciting travel tale, click HERE for Toshiko’s Hong Kong Travel Story