Tokushima, Anan – Much, much better

Instead of being organised by a school, today’s workshop was sponsored by the city’s Education Research Centre. Hence we had teachers from lots of different schools. We also started off with all the formalities, introductions and lots of bowing! Which worked great as everyone was ready to start moving by the time it was my go.

Content wise it was the same “kiso” or basics workshop, with the usual selection of questions from the teachers. Content wise we did Disco Warm Up, What’s your name?, Come on, Come on and Under the Sea. The teachers were great, a little quiet maybe, but asking good questions and very willing to try their 100% best.

Then after a very nice lunch it was an optional extra workshop. Only 10 teachers had signed up for this but in the event just about all of them stayed behind, which was great. The comment at the end was “All the teachers in the city should have been invited”….

The afternoon contents were based on requests and we did Do you like?, Time 2, What are you doing? and Genki Korean – which didn’t work this time – the ladies today weren’t gamers! But we finished off with When is your birthday and they loved it.

So a great day, lots of energised teachers and I’m wondering if it might be better just doing group workshops like this in the future. But for now it’s a 3 hour bus ride back to Kyoto to get ready for tomorrow’s gig in Shiga!

Richard Graham

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