the nikku

reflecting on ESL/EFL and its relation to faith

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I feel like I'm not important

I feel like I'm not important at school...

  • When I am asked to change grades for students simply because they are "advanced course or 特進 students".

  • When other teachers teach a class called Oral English without me once a week, which actually has no speaking or communicative English. It is all grammar from the regular textbook. It is just a quick fix to cover up a requirement by the Ministry of Education that requires us to teach Oral English twice a week.

  • When no one listens to me or takes the time to explain things to me.

  • When I get a three word explanation in English of a fifteen minute long discussion that was in Japanese.

All of these happened at department meetings this week.  And then there's one more meeting at 2 o'clock today.  This is one of the real contributing reasons to why I am leaving.  But it's difficult to explain to staff whose whole career has involved making these kinds of compromises at school.


Blogger Appelgates said...

We feel you on this one! Every point is the same shot to the heart for us as well. Quite a frustrating position it is indeed.

3/19/2009 9:41 PM  

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