More Than Just Teaching English in Japan
Hi, it’s Derek from Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi. I do more than just teach English in Japan at my Tsukaguchi English school in Amagasaki. I also share my Canadian culture with my English students and enjoy learning about their Japanese culture from them. I coach confidence in previously taught English skills. Also, I listen patiently to my English students speak English and ensure that they speak more than I do in English lessons. Oh and sometimes I teach my English students how to do push-ups. I’m not joking. Push-ups, and other exercises too!
English Lessons Based on Our Lives
As I mentioned in my last blog, I think English lessons based on the lives of my English students and my life is fun for all here at Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi. Why? Because it allows us to share our experiences, knowledge and interests with each other. This makes for interesting English conversations which can lead to learning something new, the sparking of new interests and the discovery of shared interests. For example, working out!
Personal Trainer in an English Class?
I like doing resistance exercises because they keep me strong and help keep me healthy. These days, I do weight training at a local Tsukaguchi gym called RIZING, but I also do other resistance exercises at Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi or my home when I don’t have time to go to the gym. These exercises require no money, little space, little or no equipment and little time. An example of such an exercise is push-ups. As I often teach English lessons based on the lives of my English students or mine, exercises that I do sometimes come up in English conversations at my English school in Tsukaguchi. Some English students are interested in knowing how I do them, so I briefly show them in their English lesson and they copy me! So I guess that makes me a personal trainer at my Tsukaguchi English school too! (^.^)
I am happy to be able to promote fitness at Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi. That’s because I strongly believe in the importance of being fit. Being out of shape can lead to having health problems and misery. I think it’s important to be active and do some kind of regular exercise to keep fit so that one can enjoy life at the fullest.
Smith’s Promoting Fitness
I know I’m not the only Smith’s English teacher/coach who is physically active. From what I know, Tom from Smith’s School of English Katsura rides his bicycle to work every day like me. Edward from Smith’s School of English Otsu plays ice hockey and Chiharu from the same English school in Otsu jogs. Adrian from Smith’s School of English Hirakata does karate. And we have Smith’s School of English founder Mark Smith who does paragliding! Wow! It appears we Smith’s English teachers/coaches in Japan are a physically active group, and by being so promote fitness. Great!
All Smith’s English Teachers/Coaches Do More Than Just Teach English in Japan
So as you can see, I do more just teach English at my Tsukaguchi English school in Amagasaki. In fact, all Smith‘s English teachers/coaches do, so I’m not special in that regard. But to my knowledge, I’m the only one teaching English students how to do exercises in English lessons. I guess that makes me somewhat special, doesn‘t it! (^.^)
Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi
P.S. Here is a link to this blog in Japanese: https://smithweb.co.jp/2022/02/get-fit-studying-english/
That is very inspiring Derek. Keep going!
Thank you Jim. I will!