This week I have been finishing up all my classes and saying my goodbyes to my current students as tomorrow marks the end of the school year. Interestingly all three schools had something happening that I thought I would share here:
Last of the Island School English Club Meeting
Today at my island school I got the chance to spend some time with the English Club students who have all matriculated and will be heading off to university soon (they grow up so fast *sniff sniff).
Even though they graduated at the beginning of this month, they came to school today to have one last ‘club meeting’ with me and the other English teacher. We started by playing a board game, which if I remember correctly was called ‘Game of Life’. I’ve never played such a game before, let alone in Japanese, but this was English club, so the girls helped with translating. It ended up being a lot of fun (even if I did lose my job as a high-paid doctor after going on a soul-searching adventure)…
After the game the girls generously handed out an array of sweets and chocolates for us to enjoy after eating lunch.
So I wanted to find out how the students at my base school liked my classes, if they were easy to understand, which games they liked the best, and their general opinions about how this past year was like for them when it came to learning English. With the results I would be able to see whether I should think about changing the way I approach my classes for the new ni-nensei students (such as not speaking too fast or getting the JTE to translate more of what I say so that they can better understand me), or keep my way of teaching the same – as well as seeing which games were popular this past year.
I must say that the majority of the results were positive, though a lot of students were on the fence as to whether the classes made learning English more fun – I am sure a lot of them don’t consider learning a foreign language to be fun normally. I know I found learning Afrikaans far from being fun.
Anyway, what made me giggle were some of the comments left by students. The survey was anonymous, but I could guess as to which students wrote certain comments – especially when the one student asked the JTE in class how to spell ‘marry’…
Here are some of the other comments, including a few proclamations of love:
A Touching Gift
At my other island school this week, we combined the 2 classes and made a double class where we first made chocolate biscuits in the ‘cooking’ classroom, and then played a game in the second half. At the end of the class the students presented me with this sweet gift of a cardboard folder that contained messages from all the students on the inside and a drawing of me on the outside. It was so sweet!
I cannot believe I have already finished another school year. In April I will be starting classes with my third lot of new students since arriving here. I better start dusting off my self-introduction lesson props again.
Now where did I put that Marmite? 😉
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