In Japan, Katya has become a professional English teacher and Russian/Japanese translator. Katya is very good at languages; it seems that for her, languages are something that she breaths in and out.
For a year and a half, I was asking Katya to teach five of my students once a week. However, she became so popular a teacher in the Kofu area and has no time now.
So I started to teach the students again.
I consider a language as a system; Language = Grammar + Words + Pronunciation + (Culture)
I tell students to learn sentences by heart, because I think if you do not keep sentences in mind, you can either speak, write, or even listen to them.
Therefore, the first thing they carry out is imitating conversations written in a textbook without looking at it. Then I have them write down a short story recorded in a CD.
My lesson may not be so attractive as Katya’s, but I hope it works for the students.