Today, a friend of a friend, who I guess is now also a friend, came to one my classes and talked to my students mostly about Japanese food. The friend has been in Japan for more than two weeks now and she’s very interested in Japanese food so I thought it would be a good idea for her to meet my female adult students because they know about preparing and making Japanese dishes and, of course, so that my students can communicate in English with someone who isn’t me.
I email my students after the class and two of the students said that they found it difficult to understand her sometimes because she talked quickly but they enjoyed so I’m relieved. I also thought my friend talked quickly sometimes, but my students were still able to react at the right time and with the right expressions a lot of times so I think they did well. Even if they didn’t think they did, it was still an experience they could learn something from, I think.
I could have invited my friend to my other classes too but since she’s only visiting Japan, I didn’t want to take up a lot of her time and I thought her schedule, interests and age would fit my students in one of my classes today.
I don’t know if I’ll get another chance in the future to invite a friend to come to one or some of my classes, but if it will ever happen I hope my students will – like my students today did – make the most of having a guest in their class.