Yesterday, Dr. Tanabe gave us a wonderful and special lecture for junior high school students in Tochigi. The title was "Let's use your English dictionaries well!" In the lecture, 11 seminar members were given 15 minutes to do a mini-class for teaching the students how we use English dictionaries. I would like to write two things that struck my mind.
First, the way the professor talked. He changed the tone of his voice sometimes to attract people who listened to his story. He also knew what would interest the audience perfectly. For example, inserting a photo of his birthday or making a question with a name of a Japanese well-known band to teach the difference of "know" and "know of". With these, the audience was able to get down on the presentation with ease though it lasted for over an hour, it's a little bit hard for them to concentrate on.
Second was about my 15-minute class. I was in charge of eight students. All of them looked so energetic and excited to learn English. I taught them three English words, October, spring, and hand. They eagerly looked those up in thier dictionaries and said "I found the word!" or "Using dictionaries is a lot of fun!" I was so glad to hear that kind of comments from them. After finishing the short talk, a female student asked me "What is a key to improve my English skills?" and then, I answered "It's to keep learing (or using) English everyday". I hope they will get intrigued by English more and more from now on.
When it comes to writing about my impression, through this class, I found it so interesting to share my English knowledge with someone beacause doing that means to build up my English skills as well.
Last, I can’t thank you enough for giving us such a great and memorable opportunity. A lot of things were new and helped me highly-motivated. I am looking forward to going to Tochigi next year again. (seventh-dan)
PS Personally, thank you very much for treating rain and me to a daikon-soba for lunch. It tasted so good and I want to go back to the restaurant again in the future.