Language classes are similar here in Japan, but with a more high school-lean. Generally, we meet once a week to take a quiz and learn new grammar/vocabulary, then get homework to turn in the next week. Lessons are almost entirely in Japanese, which is nice, but the actual content is pretty simple so it doesn’t feel like I am learning as much as I could be. This is further hampered by the lack of opportunities for self-expression in the homework or tests. Teachers here generally want a reiteration of the right answer, without giving the student an opportunity to exercise their ingenuity. This is part of why practice outside of class is so important.

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