To Pacific Tree International Language Academy
I applied for this project to improve not only my English skills but also teaching skills.
The teachers I met at Pacific Tree International Language Academy were all the best teachers I have ever had. What they had taught me were things that I had wanted to learn. For the one-to-one classes, each teacher set the targets on my weak points. I enjoyed every
class and learned a lot. I have studied many grammar and construction rules in Japan and have learned many new ones.
I liked the conversation lessons. Even if the content of the conversation was difficult to explain or express, my teachers asked me to speak in full sentences and waited for me to start speaking. They rephrased my expressions into natural expressions. For example, “Recently, Japan has faced big problems centered on bullying in schools. …” Now I can say all the sentences by heart. This made me have confidence in myself.
I learned useful expressions and phrasal verbs, too. At first, it was hard to come up with these expressions. After these expressions were explained, my ideas became clear and I’ve been getting used to making complete sentences. They had me read and summarize. This was also good practice for me. I also learned how to describe the company with an organizational chart. I tried to explain the organizational chart of our school.
Each teacher advised that I practice more and speak immediately, learn a set of vocabularies, read a lot, and watch English movies. They said that would help me work on arranging my thoughts.
In the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test) classes, I recognized the importance of teaching knowledge anew. During the classes, teachers have to be aware why we do this activity and what the aim of the activity is.
I also visited an orphanage (DSWD Home for Girls). The girls with bright eyes told us their future dreams. They want to become teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers, police officers, lawyers, accountants, engineers, flight attendants, fashion designers, singers, and dancers. They also said that they wanted to help children like them in the future. I could feel a lot of energy from them. Sharing time with them made me think of living and hoping.
When I was young, I wanted to get a job abroad using English, but at the same time I wanted to be a teacher in Japan. Now I work for Shiga Junior High School as an English teacher in Japan. I want to teach my students how fun it is to be able to communicate with foreigners in English.
I’ll make the best use of the knowledge I have learned. What I learned and experienced there is my treasure. This experience has helped me grow in confidence.
Thank you very much,
September 1, 2016