Come in Prepared
Most of the time that I consider a lesson a failure, it's for one of the following reasons:
- I did not adequately express to the teacher what I was hoping to do/practice/learn in the lesson.
- I did not prepare enough for the lesson.
This is why a lot of teachers will ask you to attend a short trial or level-check lesson before taking a full-length lesson. They don't want you to have a bad experience.
If you're taking a level-check lesson with a teacher, you probably don't need to prepare for it all that much, as they likely have their own system for checking your Japanese level. But regardless of whether you're taking a full-length lesson or not, I would go through this prep section so that you are prepared to explain to your teacher exactly what it is you want to gain from the lesson and how you expect the lesson to be carried out.
Prepping, in other words, is a way for us to avoid hating Japanese lessons... which is pretty crucial to getting good at speaking this beautiful language.
Mini Japanese Lesson:
I am not talking about learning Japanese words and phrases that you'll need to know in your lessons. We will cover a lot of those in this course, but that's mostly to build confidence, not to ensure that lessons go smoothly.
Instead, I'm talking about preparing (1) the technology that will facilitate our interaction with our teachers and (2) the format of our lessons. I'll talk about both of these in the next lectures.