One of my high level students, who will quit her bank job soon to help out her parents’ real estate business, told me about her plan to study and work abroad in Australia from later this year. She plans to go in November and will take a holiday from my school for about 6 months. This is another good thing about the Smith’s School. We allow our students to take a leave and come back. Since we do not collect tuition years in advance and have a monthly tuition-based system, our students have the freedom to live their lives as best for them and can take a leave anytime to experience something equally beneficial for them. My student told me she also plans to begin now looking for a job in Japan in which she can use her English ability after she returns from studying and working in Australia.
Since I am very happy for her, I told her that her decision to study and work abroad and to find a job in Japan in which she can use English will surely increase her interest to perfect her English. We worked on phrases and reviewed the routine about celebrating a friend’s birthday at a restaurant. We finished up with a One Point about becoming “tired of” something recently. She finished the lesson by saying that she was not tired of working to improve her English. I think she really meant it. Hearing that made my day!
Al Bartle (Smith’s School of English – Okamoto)