My name is Daryl Pui-Hang Chan, and I would like to thank ATA TESOL Sydney for its Advanced TESOL Diploma, which i completed on the 24th April 2014.
Thanks to that, I am currently in Japan as an Assistant Language (English) Teacher to Junior High School students. My school is called Kushigata Junior High, in this remote town of Minami Alps, Yamanashi. It was quite a rush in coming to Japan from Sydney, which I landed on the 9th May 2014. I had extra 2 days of training first with my employer called Heart English School, in Mito, Ibaraki, then on Sunday 11th I was driven 4 hours to Minami Alps. The next day I started my first day, with teaching 4 lessons. I had to self-introduce myself to each class. Afterwards I allowed question time to students. The common questions they asked me are:
1. How old are you?
2. Do you have a girlfriend? One student is even more crazy, he asked me how many kids I want.
However, I didn’t have much classes last few days, because the students were out on excursions, or just studying for exams. The schedule is currently mixed up, sometimes I have trouble looking both my schedule and the schedule given out everyday.
The students, what can I say, they are really interesting and funny. By just friendly to them and talking to them during breaks, they just you to bits (one funny story is that I was waving to a small group of 9th graders [or Junior High 3rd grade in Japanese education system] from the library, and the girls started blowing kisses and making hand to me, which I just laughed it off).
I enjoy providing support to the teachers (sensei’s) in teaching lessons. My main job is to use my “native” voice to read out textbook dialogues, teach students to pronounce clearly new vocabulary as well as observing around desks and help students out with completing given worksheets.
I did have some time off, like the weekends. I just took that to explore the surrounding Yamanashi area. I went to Mt Fuji 5th station last Saturday (with photos attached above). Too bad I can’t actually climb or hike on top of it.
Anyway, I’ll let you know more adventures soon!
Sent on 09/09/2014