An ALT is currently teaching the same summer holiday lesson that he has done for the past 17 years.
Veteran teacher, Nick Vines, 41, has returned to school after his seven-week vacation, and is rolling out the same lesson that he teaches every year, believing that it is just as good as when he taught it in 2001.
Nana Kato, the Japanese teacher with whom Vines is partnered, disagrees.
“I have no doubt that it was a half-decent lesson when he made it,” Kato said, doing her best to be polite in that Japanese way. “But to say it is a little bit dated, is to be kind. It references the ‘new’ summer movie Spirited Away, Osaka hoping to be considered for the 2008 Olympics and excitement over Tokyo Disney Sea opening soon.
“In fact, Nick was my ALT when I was at school here 10 years ago, and I found it baffling then. The kids this year haven’t a clue what he’s talking about!”
“The thing with teaching is that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel with every lesson,” Vines said. “If you’ve got a good lesson plan, and a good rapport with the kids, you can use the same material year after year, and the quality remains.”