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A Day in the Life of a Frustrated Eikaiwa Teacher

Source: Gaijin Pot

It’s 7:30 a.m. when my alarm goes off.

I debate just how important it really is to get to work early and prep for my high-level business English lessons. I’d prefer ten extra minutes of sleep, but I pull my butt out of bed because I know I’ll regret having to come up with new business phrases on the spot during class.

Morning routine

8:40 a.m.

I say good morning to the Japanese staff and my coworkers. Or rather, they say good morning to me. I don’t mean to be cold, but I’m not a morning person. Please don’t talk to me until 10 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

My first class of the day starts. I walk in with energy and a smile that shouts, “Hello. I’ve had my morning coffee today! Tell me about your week.”

How to get ready for work

And my student does, but his week was the same as all my other students’ weeks. I don’t mind small talk, but sometimes I feel like I’m in a time loop having the same conversations over and over.

“How are things going? Oh, you’re busy? I’m sorry.” Except not really, because I’m busy, and so is everyone else, and isn’t life just too busy these days?

9:40 a.m.

My student and I spend the last 10 minutes of the lesson on the roleplay activity. Ideally, this is where he would show me everything he has learned. Instead, he stumbles through it, making the same mistakes I’ve spent the last 40 minutes correcting him on.

He doesn’t use any of the grammar or vocabulary words I’ve just spent the lesson teaching him.

11:00 a.m.

It’s time for the next lesson.

“Hello, Mr. Sato. How are you? Fine? That’s great!”

I’m fine too. Thanks for not asking despite coming here for two years now.

Is it lunchtime yet?

12:30 p.m.

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