A faculty meeting was held this afternoon, and all the teachers at my workplace, both full-timers and part-timers, from native speakers of English to non-native speakers, got together to be ready for the upcoming Parents' Visit Days. Our periodic meetings always include a presentation time in which all of us share informative teaching methods. I never volunteered to give a presentation in the past because I didn't want to make a fool of myself in front of my colleagues, who have outstanding English abilities. I tried not to attract attention to myself as usual, however, some of my cruel colleagues teasingly called on me as a presenter. (They are always good and kind, by the way.) I had no choice but stand up to the challenge, and I thought it would be a tall order. I could get away with the task, but not in a suitable way. Over fifty sets of eyes were on me, and I was intimidated by the unusual atmosphere. I nearly lost the destination I was heading for.
I know I'm not alone. On the whole, Japanese people aren't good at addressing an audience. Having said that, wasn't I able to say anything more sensible? Here is one thing I've just learned. Be all set. Then everything is ready. Having a chat in English is always fun, but giving a presentation in English is a complete different story.
Two more faculty meetings are standing by. It seems to me that I need to acquire basic presentation skills.