The joy of teaching

The classes for the autumn semester started, and I am back in teaching. Meeting a new group of students was a true pleasure for me, all the more after a long summer break.

Due to greater demand for beginner levels, I am teaching the first level of Japanese. This has turned out to be a good opportunity for me to revise all of my teaching materials.

Every week after each lesson, I make a record in a little notebook about the topics I covered, the students’ reactions and questions, and what I should cover again in the next lesson. Based on that, I have amended my slides, materials and the order of the topics, from which I’ve already gained better outcomes from the students this term. I personally believe that making records of students’ questions is very helpful for further improvement.