The 10-week language course ended this week! Our goal of the last class was to review dialogues from the past five weeks, numbers and shopping dialogues and to write sentences about yourself. All students who attended the last class wrote about themselves including their names, hobbies and homes. I felt great pleasure in seeing their progress over 10 weeks and their joy in the classes!
I got so many surprise gifts from them: chocolate, four cakes, tea, Sake, two cards and a letter written in Japanese! One student was not able to join the class because of a cold but he came to class just to say thank you to me.
I also got feedback sheets from them. Most of their comments were very positive, but I found out that they actually wanted to study grammar more and have more homework. Also, a student suggested me to encourage more conversational practice and be willing to make a mistake. My teaching style might be a bit passive because I didn’t want to give them incorrect explanations. But, yes, I will have to be more positive about interacting with them.
The feedback sheets and letters from them will be my lifelong treasures. The students created the fun atmosphere and joyful environment for us. I got a lot of pleasure from teaching the language to them.