Wednesday’s are always a fun day. Everything from three-second rule gaffes during home economics to messy self portraits in art and, of course, English lessons. If there’s an opportunity for me to attend a workshop with the kids, I know within five minutes of entering the office. As far as JET experiences go, I wish more schools were like this. Especially since all the down time with the kids makes for greater trust once they graduate to the middle school, where I teach all levels.
So it was with a mixture of anticipation and amusement that I stood before my favorite sixth years. I’ve come to trust them in many ways: asking them to help me research local dialects spoken by their grandparents, taste testing food they’ve prepared solo, water balloon fights, recommendations for places to visit within the prefecture. Now, I was about to integrate a lesson with real world application…
“So we’ve learned a lot about other countries in this unit.”
A couple of shy yeses pop up like groundhogs in the spring. Mostly it’s quiet. I take a deep breath.
“Where should I go on my next vacation?”
Their teacher translates. They look back at me, half-amused and half shocked.
“I’ll go anywhere – except war zones – I’ll take pictures to show you and I’ll bring something back for everyone to see.”
Everyone reacts. “MAJI DE!”
This is the equivalent of NO WAY. Also sometimes translated as YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME and YOU’RE CRAZY.
“No, I’m 100% majiME (serious).” Luckily my lousy attempt at a pun goes unnoticed…
We do a 7 minute review on why Islam is not a country. And yet they’re still too enthusiastic, excited even, to pay attention.
“Okay, okay! How about next week we write down suggestions on a slip of paper and I’ll draw one from a box.”
That seems to be the theme of this semester: crazy English, crazy adventures ;D
We’ll see how it goes but at the moment all we’ve decided is that this trip must take place by Silver Week 2016 and I must take many pictures with myself in front of famous places and bring something back.