Hi, it’s Derek from Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi. Thanks to Smith’s Head Office, I have a lot of freedom in deciding my teaching schedule. This allows me the time to enjoy hobbies. One of those hobbies is studying acting. In this blog post, I will talk about this hobby and the parallels it has with studying English. Let’s get started!
I have long had an interest in acting for the camera. When I was younger, I studied acting for film and television at a college in Canada. Then last December, I started taking online lessons with Houde School of Acting located in Cleveland, U.S.A. It has been great. I’ve been learning an acting technique (the Meisner technique), improvisation, scene study, self-taping and the business of acting.
While studying acting and studying English are two different things, they have some parallels. So what are they?
Getting Good Training, Building a Strong Base and Getting Confidence
I hope to act in film one day. But first, getting good training is important. Why? Because I don’t want to be a good actor, I want to be a great one! And to be great at something, I know people normally need to get good training from good teachers. It doesn’t matter whether you’re studying to be a great actor or studying to become a great English speaker. You need to get good training and build a strong base first. Not only does this make you better, it also gives you confidence in yourself. This is important to keep forging ahead, especially when things feel difficult or uncomfortable. So it all starts with getting good training.
Smith’s Giving Students Good Training in Speaking English
Just like my acting school is giving me good training in acting, Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi and all Smith’s schools give students of English good training in speaking English. This gives them a good base to build upon. Also, it gives them the confidence they need to speak English and keep studying English until they reach their English speaking goals. I am happy that I can help them do that! (^.^)