Every Situation is Different

Sent to the rural island of Tanegashima, my primary office was at the Minamitane Town Board of Education. I would spend one day doing lesson plans at the BOE, and the other four days visiting the town's five junior high schools on a rotating basis. I also visited the town's eight elementary schools occasionally, and hosted an English Club at the high school. Even thought it was a rural placement, my students were studying the same lessons and taking the same tests as students on the mainland. The advantage  was that most of my classes had between 10 and 20 students--a great number for effective language learning!