Two days after J’s farewell party I had another party on January 23 in Nisshin. An English teacher DP had two classes for free at a university for mature students last year. All of the participants in his classes have appreciated his kindness and efforts for having them and liked to thank him.
The party was held at a pub named “and café” near the university. About 20 people came to the party and we had a really wonderful time there.
Actually I was in a little bit trouble to decide on where to have the party because DP is a vegetarian. You know, Japanese cuisine is well-known for healthy food, but there are few restaurants for vegetarians here in Nagoya district.
Luckily DP can eat dairy products, eggs and a bit white meat, and the pub has plenty of menus. So, some of my friends and I went to the pub before the party and decided foods that both of vegetarians and non-vegetarians would be satisfied with. That was not easy for us within small budget, but was quite fun.
Three flavored 60 pieces of fried chicken wings, three big mix salads, a tomato & basil pizza, a cream mushroom pizza, a cheese and black olive pizza, two chicken jambalayas, chicken tacos, Mexican meat tacos, tuna & avocado tacos, and desert and drinks… I had been afraid if being not enough, but we got full.
By the way, the two of DP’s classes were unofficial. But the university knows about that. For the first time, we couldn’t have the permission to have the classes at the university. They have many official open lectures for adult, and there students, of course, have paid money.
The reason why DP had the classes is because many people couldn’t take the university’s official classes even though they would like to be in. Each of those official classes can have only five mature students. According to the university, those classes are for undergraduates, and young people will be annoyed if many adults are in the classroom.
That’s why DP had classes in his free time for the people who couldn’t get the permission to take official classes. As a result of having many negotiations to the university last April, many adult people were able to study English at the university.
Result in the university has decided to start new extension courses for English learners. That is, they have noticed that there are lots of people who would like to study English at the university but they can’t accept all of them in the present system.
If they started the courses officially, they could make more money from them! Yes. DP’s free classes have finished. The participants have to pay for classes to the university from now on. So, the party was not only for expressing the participants’ deepest gratitude to the teacher but also for saying good bye to the free classes!
Here I’d like to thank again to DP for having classes for free last year and to the participants at the party for coming there.