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November 2018


 Hello everyone. I'm Andrew. It’s getting to that time of year again with darker evenings, and colder weather. Christmas is just around the corner and, for us here at Earnest English Academy, Observation Week.

 
 
This season is a busy one for everyone, including us here at E.E.A. We are currently in full preparation mode for having some of our students’ parents come and observe our lessons. Throughout the year we are constantly training and trying to improve ourselves and our lessons, so that students are able to get the most out of the lessons whilst also having lots of fun. With many parents coming to observe our lessons, it’s a good opportunity for them to see how their child or children are doing, and also to see how much effort, passion and skill each teacher at E.E.A has. This is an important time for us here at E.E.A because we want our students and parents alike to be satisfied with everything our school has to offer.

 To be a good teacher you need to prepare, but sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you prepare when the students do or say something unforeseen. This is where each teacher’s true ability shines - being able to take these unforeseen occurrences and turn them into something that helps the lesson or simply doesn’t derail the lesson. In Observation Week, these occurrences can happen more often and it can really test a teacher when parents are watching.

 Working with students over the last few years has really opened my eyes to the unexpected things children sometimes say or do, and this can correlate with our own private lives. Unexpected things, good or bad, can affect us at any moment and how we deal with them will shape our lives going forward.

 The key is flexibility and a positive attitude. This is something that we try to instill in our students here at E.E.A.

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実は最近イギリスに行ってきた英語講師の澤田です!

久し振りの海外で、大満足の旅でした。そして、なんといっても久し振りに英語だけの一週間を過ごし、とっても刺激を浴びることができました。そんな中で、英語を学習してきてよかったなと思い返すことがあったので紹介します。

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まず、私が英語に力を注ぎ始めたのは大学4年生の時でした。それまでは、小学校の先生になろうと思っていました。しかしある日、大学内で有名な厳しい先生から「お前、発音だけはいいな!」と発音に太鼓判を押されたことがきっかけで、英語を極めたいと思うようになったのです。とても単純な理由ですね。また、大学1~4年までは、とても内公的かつ、消極的な人間でした。休日は外にも出たくないし、人との関わりも少なくしていました。しかし、英語と向き合って1年ほどたち、簡単な英会話ができるようになった時、「英語で話してるって、、、かっこいいな、、、」と思うようになりました。これも単純ですね。

 それからの自分は、学内の英語討論サークルを作ったり、留学生の支援をしたり、長期休暇には旅にでたりと今までにないくらい外交的になる努力をし始めました。つまり、英語が私を変えてくれて、様々な体験と触れ合うチャンスをくれたのです!!恐らく、英語を学んでいなければイギリスに行きたいとは思わなかったでしょうし、おかげで楽しい旅ができました。ありがとう、英語。

 

そして今、私はそんな英語を教える立場にいます。英語がただの教科ではなく、子どもたちに自信と多くの可能性を与えてくれるものだということを常に意識して、責任を持って指導していきたいと思っています!


         Hello! This is Rob, your Canadian envoy to English education at Earnest.

Now that we have entered November,we have seen another Halloween come and go. As our students and parents are well aware, Halloween Week at Earnest is quite the spectacle. Seeing the excitement and enthusiasm of our students as they run around our spooky halls in colourful costumes, filling the school with jubilant screams of fear and delight, reminds me of what a great opportunity this time is for them to get a taste of a popular piece of western culture. Speaking with many of my older,long-term students, I am always surprised to hear that their only experience with Halloween has been through the events hosted here at Earnest. It makes me appreciate the eagerness of our students for this once-a-year week, and I understand with gratitude the thanks of parents for providing their children with such an exciting opportunity.

This year again, we were able to see outstanding creativity and cleverness in the costumes worn in our school. A very big thank you to parents who helped their kids in constructing their unique outfits, and a hearty congratulations to the many students who won any of our various costume contest awards. This costumed collaboration was especially fun for me as well, as I enjoyed how zealously students interacted with my character, heroically chasing me through the halls or tepidly trying to sidestep my sketchy specter. Perhaps most amusing was that most students, even those I teach, didn’t know it was me under the outfit, allowing me a fun dramatic reveal. Events like these give us a great chance to play and have fun with our students outside of our regular educational curriculum, so I hope students will look back on these times with as much fondness as we do.

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I hope you all look forward to this same time next year, and I look forward to being surprised by your creative costumes!

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