Rob from Smith’s School of English Azamino recently mentioned how he encourages his students to speak English with foreigners any chance they get in Communication Confidence – スミス英会話 あざみ野校. I do the same with students at Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi. Yes it may be daunting at first approaching foreigners and starting an English conversation with them, but there can be many rewards for this effort. Students can improve their English conversation skills, increase their confidence when speaking English, learn about foreign cultures and maybe even make friends with English speakers, a great way to practice their English!
I’m very happy when students tell me they spoke to foreigners in English. Just this week in Tsukaguchi, 2 students told me they had spoken to foreigners in English recently. One student helped a foreigner read a map that was in Japanese. The other student acted as translator between an English speaking foreigner and a Japanese hotel front desk clerk. Great! I applaud both students on their effort. As an English teacher, that is my favourite thing to hear! (^.^)