He does use some English at work. English like this:
Electromagnetic Shielding Evaluation Setup for Conductive O-Rings (Near-/Far-Field EM Absorption and Shielding)
But we speak Japanese together. (Something a lot of people have trouble grasping- that K could master my language to the extent we'd be ale to function as a family in it? Sure! That I could do the same in his language? Ehhhh?!)
Anyway, I have taught K English before. He has also bought every "Learn Native Level English In 2 Seconds While You Sleep!" book there is. He also listens to learn English podcasts when the mood takes him.
But still we are at the level where Japanese is our only method of real communication.
Sometimes I wonder if this looks bad to prospective students and their parents- the English teacher who can't even teach her own family English...
So, today when K had his the-economy-still-sucks RDO and he wanted to come to my English class I thought why not?
It's a class of 6-8 year olds, we do some warmup communication activities then we hit the printouts for reading and writing practice. The other kids in the class all have their mums with them and my kids always have half a mum as I am teaching the class and helping Meg with her worksheet at the same time. (Just Meg as Amy always turns her sheet over and draws...)
Anyway, I was thinking "great! now Meg will get the 100% parent help the other kids get, we have someone on hand to keep Amy's worksheet the right side up and I can concentrate on the teaching- win win win!"
Did the warm up no problem. Meg and Amy both showing off what they know for daddy....
Moved to the low tables and got out our pencils for the worksheet. I handed them out, everyone wrote their names and we started.
Not two minutes had past and I saw Amy had flipped her paper over and was drawing.
And Meg was bellyaching 'Is this right? Look at Meg's paper mummy! Show meeee!'
And K? Right in the thick of it helping out, right?
He was asleep!
I have never had anyone fall asleep in my class!
Excuse me for being a little big-headed but I think my classes are pretty fun and they're certainly lively.
Finished class and I asked what on earth he was doing napping in my class?
He looked sheepish, apologised and said 'I think I got so used to sleeping in English class at school that it's automatic.'
Yup, definitely my best student.