Last year I went to Vietnam and taught Japanese. I thought all teaching is the same if you know how to teach things.
You know what? I did wonderfully!
Could I teach because I am a Japanese native and speak and write Japanese fluently?
This thinking is the same as “I need to have high TOEIC score or I need to be certified by a prestigious English level test. I need to be a native English speaker”
The truth is not so quite!
There are many people who can speak English or Japanese but they cannot teach any languages because they don’t have a teaching method.
My journey to be an English teacher started with sending 200 emails. I emailed all the English schools I could find on the Internet.
Two replied to me. One is a school in Yokohama and they were closing down soon. The other email was from the Niigata prefecture. It was unbelievable. They allowed me to train for about one month. I was very lucky.
A movie also influenced my teaching career.
The movie is called “Pay It Forward”.
People say if you want to improve English, watch the same movie over and over.
So I did. I watched the movie more than 100 times!
I internalized the message of the movie, of a 12 year old boy called Trevor.
Trevor gets a homework assignment from his social studies teacher. It is to create a plan that will change the world for better, and put the plan into action.
Trevor calls his plan "Pay It Forward"
His plan is simple. If you receive a favor, do a favor to three other people rather than paying the favor back. The favor you do for others needs to be a major favor that the receiver cannot complete him or herself.
Trevor does a favor for three people, asking each of them to "pay the favor forward" like him.
This movie influenced me greatly
I really like to participate in the "Pay It Forward” movement. This is one reason why I started a unique English school which has a teacher training course.
My “pay it forward” is to train those who love English to become English teachers. Love of English spreads from a teacher to a student and further. I like to “pay it forward” and create the chain of good will especially in the field of English education.
In 2020, the Olympics will be in Tokyo. I want all the children in Japan to speak English and to talk with people from all over the world. Our school will try our best to make it happen by training great teachers with our special teaching method.
I just thought to tell you my dream, my “pay it forward” project, but let me give you some homework. Come up with your own “pay it forward” project and put it into action.