Teaching English in Japan is a lot of fun. It is also very rewarding . At Smith’s School of English we have a core curriculum that we use with the students. For students who have reached the intermediate level or above and who want me to provide a topic for discussion in the lesson, I prepare a lesson material each week which includes some homework and vocabulary practice exercises. The students may chose to read the lesson material and do the homework before the lesson or they can just come to the lesson and we will review it together. I know that most of my students are extremely busy so doing this homework before the lesson is optional. However, many of my students who are intermediate or above do the homework diligently every week and come to class fired up and ready to review the lesson material and discuss the topic. One such student is Michiko who has studied with me since 2008. She is really amazing!
Every week, without fail, Michiko does the homework related to the reading material I had given her the previous week. Recently she makes very few mistakes and this makes me very happy. But what makes me even more happy is that she loves to speak English. On many occasions when she had a lesson with one of my very younger students, that younger student was very impressed with Michiko’s effort and complimented her. She is a truly wonderful person and a great example of what a student can achieve with a little extra effort. I am looking forward to Michiko’s next lesson as well as all my other students’ lessons. We always have fun at Smith’s School of English and the little bit of extra effort really pays off! Just ask Michiko!