“Finding a good English school for your child”.

Parents who want their children to learn English have many choices. The process of choosing one usually begins with organizing a visit to the school and a trial lesson for their child. This is a good start.

 At the trial lesson parents should make sure that their child actually gets a lesson! Some schools will briefly show visitors regular students having a lesson, but then are quickly whisked away to an office for a sales talk.

During the trial lesson don’t get involved. Watch the teacher interact with your child and other students. Are the students engaged in the lesson? Do the students appear to have a positive relationship with the teacher? 

Is the teacher showing fairness to the students?

Next, observe the language of the lesson. How much English can you hear, and who is using it? How much Japanese can you hear, and who is using it? The teacher who refrains from using Japanese in the classroom is sending a good message to the students. If students are using English too, then there is a good environment for your child. 

After the trial lesson, talk directly with the teacher. During your conversation, ask the teacher what his/her policy is as a teacher. Teachers are very rarely asked to describe their policy, and they don’t expect to answer this question from a parent, but it’s very important. This is because the teacher's policy is what is reflected in the lessons and the results they aim to achieve.

At this point, you’re ready to discuss the schedule, the price and other administrative details.

At each trial lesson, follow this advice. Clarity on the difference between each school will start to emerge. You can then decide more easily and be comfortable with your choice.