When I was first year in elementary school, I started to go to an English conversation school. The school divided many class by level and my class was small-class education. The class consisted of six students and one Japanese, teacher and one British teacher. Other students were same age to me. We learned English by reading textbooks, listening CD, playing board games which are written by English and so on. I learned English there for five years. I touched English little bit when I was kindergarden child. However this is the first time I did it deeply. This story was I went there first time.
When I was five year in elementary school, I went to the facility named “British Hills” in Fukushima prefecture with English conversation school’s classmates. The purpose of this program was to understand different country’s culture and to improve our English skill. We stayed there two days and had many activities. The building could experience British life style. For example, how to make scone, interesting color drink, and so on. Other school students were also there. I took a lot of experiences with them. In doing activities with them, I found that it is important for me to interact with people actively.
I entered junior high school and classes started. English class was included. However level of the class was much easier than English conversation school which I had been to. I had took English conversation school class once a week and I touched native English most of class. Junior high school class was many times a week, but I rarely took native speaker’s class. Most of it was did by Japanese teacher and content was about words and grammers. This situation continued for three years. At that time, my attitude toward English was changed very much by junior high school classes.
I graduated from junior high school and entered a high school. The high school had international course. It specialized in English and different culture. I wanted to learn English more, so I had took entrance exam and passed it. My class consisted of 40 students and I didn’t know most of them. Most of junior high school’s friends entered other high schools so I must had the new life without close friends. Before entering the class, I thought that my new classmates had decent English skill and I could polish English skill each other. This is a story that I had such a optimistic and silly opinion.
I had a silly thought that my classmates had as strong English skill as me before entering high school class. However I threw away such an opinion after entering there. My classmate had stronger English skill than me. many of classmates spoke English very well. They spoke to ALT and English teachers in English, enjoyably. I thought that I had decent English skill, but my thought was too easy. I seemed to get so conceited. And it was trigger I must learn English more hard. This story shows a scene that was included I was danced by my classmates’s English skill.
Junior high school English class was not good for me. However I anticipated that high school class was different from junior high school’s. My hope was correct. Although doing was similar content to junior high school’s, my motivation to learn English was inspired. ALT came more than it and Japanese teacher’s pronunciation was better than it. How to teach English was very good. The classes gave me a lot of knowledge. For example, correct pronunciation, abundant words and grammers, and so on. Thanks to high school class, I became to like English more and to learn it hard. I respect high school English teachers.
- Interaction with Foreigners
When I was high school student, my class had many chances to interact with foreign students. It was one of program to improve English skill and communication skill. My classmates had high English skill and interacted with them actively. I had higher English skill than in junior high school so I attempted to talk to them. However I found serious problem. I didn’t have enough communication skill. As a result, I hesitated to talk to them. This story shows that I got cold feet to interact with them. If you were same situation, would you interact with foreign students actively?