The theme of my lesson was "English First Impressions." I focused on showing the students how to make a good first impression using English. We worked on their English greetings. I was able to show the students how using a proper English greeting without mixing in Japanese culture and custom will send the right message when meeting new native English speakers. Some examples of this are:
- Using English-style names - put First Name then Last Name (the opposite of Japanese-style).
- Saying your name slowly and clearly so English speakers can understand at first their Japanese names.
- Telling the person what to call you.
- Making eye contact (very important in the western cultures).
- Proper handshaking techniques.
In overview, the classes went pretty well but the students seems lethargic and sleepy at times. This was probably due to a busy English camp schedule of which our university was just one stop along the road of their numerous activities.