I started with my usual off-the-dome rap. This time there was only one person so it ended up being like a personal lesson. The woman who came already had a strong grasp of how to do her self-introduction in English, so I did not teach self-introductions. I did not want to waste her time. In her self-introduction she mentioned her name, age, and job, all by herself. Afterwards, I asked about her hobbies which she said without much trouble.
She mentioned her worries in English. Those being: in conversation when words do not come out, and how to give directions to foreigners when they come to her office. I gave advice on how to approach these two things.
With regards to conversations when words do not come out, I advised her to use flashcard apps, making example sentences that have context, hand gestures, and drawings. The first two help you remember vocabulary, while the last two help you in-action.
With regards to how to give directions to foreigners at the office, I advised her to label her map in advance with English for popular places, like police box, hospital, city hall, tourist attraction names, etc. This way, the foreigner can see the words directly. We also practiced how to say phrases like “go straight”, “turn left”, etc. As a test, I asked her to tell me how to get to Yodobashi Camera. She said “go straight, turn left… soko.” This brought up an interesting point: if the place is big, colourful, and or popular, you can say “you can’t miss it”, which roughly means “sugu soko”.
In this class, we learn natural English, not textbook English, so these useful phrases are the type of things we learn. But before the class I confirm any worries you have and them we approach them together.
At 8:40PM<x-apple-data-detectors://0> I asked for any final questions, then we took a photo together. Normally it is a group photo but there were only two of us. We concluded and left the classroom at 8:55PM<x-apple-data-detectors://1>.