So, the reason that my story of my trip to Japan took so long is because it is by far the most interesting story that I have. I like teaching English, but I don’t like a lot of the other things that come with it. For example, I have to wear a suit everyday. I also have to shave everyday. When you teach a codomo (kid’s) class, it can sometimes be like trying to snowboard through an avalanche.
I work Tuesday through Saturday, 12pm to 9pm. My classes are generally backloaded into the evenings. My company has a strange rule that NETs must be at work by their starting time, even if they have no classes until later, but that if they finish their classes for the day, NETs are allowed to clock out and leave. So, I sometimes get the feeling that I’m just “there” at the school “all the time”. But those are really my only complaints about working here.
The best parts about working as a teacher (compared to working in a cubicle all day) are that I never get lonely during the day, I don’t get depressed about my job, I feel like I can really help people, and of course, that I get to live in Japan. I think my students really like and appreciate me as a teacher… of course Japanese people are so polite that you can never really be sure ;-).
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been really trying to do different things to improve my Japanese, but I feel like there has been very little effect. That can be a bit frustrating. I’ve noticed that my students seem to improve the most when they focus on improving their listening skills, so that may be the next step for me to concentrate on.
In future entries, I think you’d be interested by my daily routines, my difficulties, and some other interesting things like, “Why is karaoke so popular in Japan?”, so that’s the kind of stuff I’ll try to talk about.