It's been about a month since we started the blog and I thought it'd be the right time to tell you little bit about why we had to start this blog, why we can't sit back, relax, and continue teaching English like other teachers do.
(So, before I start to write the main part, let me tell you some about my writing.
In this post, I'm going to try to showcase what the, hopefully rich-規格外-English would be like. As for rich-規格外-English, refer to the comments in an old post. I'm not going use any dictionaries or other tools such as google search engine other than a spell-checker. I have a vague idea now what I'm going to tell you, so I just go ahead, like I do when I write a post in Japanese, and see what happens in the end.)
You may have realized if you've read all of our posts up to this that all members in this blog are serious to give some changes to EFL education in Japan. Yes, it might look outrageous. We're well aware of that. Call us anything you like, challengers, fools, nuts, whatever. Yet, we can't help speaking up and saying loud and clear what we think of about EFL education in every chance we get. Then why? why can't we?
Here is a video I want you to look through. It's not easy if you try to understand every single word. Just grasp the main idea. He uses a picture to explain his idea, so it might not be extremely difficult for English teachers, I hope.
I got to know many English teachers in Japan, from elementary schools to universities. I read some books or magazines about learning English from time to time. However I barely come to see anyone taking about "why" we learn English. Many teachers are busy finding a more effective way to teach English, and theses days many rush to introduce tadoku into their classes. But no one seems to care why we have to study English so hard when it's crystal-clear that it's not that easy for Japanese to be a fluent user of English. Do you yourself use English with ease everyday besides classrooms?
I, now, have a clear idea why I learn English. It's partly for myself and partly for the society.
After realizing the power of tadoku, it's greatly changed my life. Tadoku taught me the way how I can enjoy learning itself and even I can be a happy learner. I can't imagine myself being this fulfilled and inspired if it were not for tadoku. Tadoku taught me everything I was not able to learn at school. I learn English because there is tadoku and it works for wonderfully not only my learning English but all aspects of my life.
And also, this is something I want to emphasize more, that you can do lots of good things to the society too, once you become confident to use English. Everyone can be easily connected to the world on the net now, so you can have many friends all over the world and send them your messages in English. Even the people who've never been to Japan will know who you, Japanese, are from your messages. Chances are that they're going to feel more familiar with the country you live. It could be that you'll make the world more peaceful with your tiny English messages. Isn't it great?
Tell your students your dream before bothering looking for techniques or methods. They won't listen to you, no matter how good and effective your methods are, unless your concrete message reaches to their minds.
Do start tadoku right away and think yourself why you have to teach English, why it's got to be English.