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Krammy
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Tips for Training in Japan

Hello everybody! It's been ages since I've last posted here. Seven years ago, I posted this tread :

https://www.iainabernethy.co.uk/content/training-japan

My plan failed. Now, seven years later, when I've almost forgotten about this plan, my wish came true: I've been hired as in English Teacher in the city of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. I'll be leaving soon.    

Have any of you ever trained in Hamamatsu, the Shizuoka Prefecture or anywhere else in Japan? 

I heard that in Japan, instructors don't explain much and that the class (instructors and students) treat foreign students differently. Is that true? If so, what can I do to make the most of my training in Japan?  

Thank you for your help.

Krammy

Iain Abernethy
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Krammy wrote:
I've been hired as in English Teacher in the city of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. I'll be leaving soon.

Congratulations!    

Krammy wrote:
Have any of you ever trained in Hamamatsu, the Shizuoka Prefecture or anywhere else in Japan?

I’ve trained in and around Kobe, Nara, Kyoto, etc. I’ve never lived in Japan and I’m sure other members will be better placed to talk about long term training in Japan.

Krammy wrote:
I heard that in Japan, instructors don't explain much and that the class (instructors and students) treat foreign students differently. Is that true?

Like anywhere else, I am sure there will be differences is how people teach from group to group. In my limited experience, I had sessions were people explained little and others where things were broken down in great detail. I was treated as a guest, which is what I was :-) The fact I don’t speak Japanese and was reliant on people translating made me different too. Everyone was welcoming, and I was always treated really well.

Krammy wrote:
If so, what can I do to make the most of my training in Japan?

I was a visitor and was not training with anyone long term. I’m therefore not in a position to give any meaningful advice. I’m sure the info in the original thread holds valid. Others will no doubt want to add to this thread too.

It’s sure to be a great life experience!

All the best,

Iain

Krammy
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Thank you very much Iain for your advice.