What underlies and is behind my lectures
What I can be most proud of is that every year my students
get high scores in English examinations.
The fact is that I only make them do what they should do
when students begin to learn foreign languages.
When it comes to English, it seems to me that Japanese people
are likely to forget the maxim like “Practice makes perfect” ,
which learners of foreign languages must bear in mind,
and end up doing what is apparently fascinating
but in the long run never helps learners establish
fundamental skills in themselves.
Then, what is the secret I wrote above
which helps studentsget high scores?
How does the secret I offer students help them
improvetheir language skills?
It’s simple. It comes from what I acquired when I studied the
French languageand otherforeign languages.
It is what Japanese people have forgotten but is necessary
when they need to develop their language skills.
You’ve already noticed that I probably put emphasis upon
That one can write correctly means s/he can apply the knowledge
to whatever kind of examinations s/he may take.
Not so long ago we took it for granted that we ought to practice
writing to improve our English ability.
But these days can anyone find schools or institutes
where one can learn basic structure of English?
The second sentence of this paragraph(That one can write)
is just what my students prove every year.
To be able to write English correctly is important,
thus I only practice it.Unfortunately, it’s rare today.
I force myself to collect any useful sources from texts of
foreign languages(other than English…giggle),
which can help me when I want to make students understand
And the latest material by which I was impressed (inspired?)
the most is Ryunosuke Kuroda’s textbook (NHK’s radio program
of the Russian language).
I was astonished when I was shown his text by a friend of mine.
His text is filled with clues by which we are enabled to master
both grammar and words with no pain.
Though my way of teaching is quite different from his,
I was glad to know I share some of the basic concepts of teaching
with this celebrity.