Do you need any advice for studying English? If you are a myClass student at British Council Japan, please feel free to contact our Student Advisor.
How to use the counselling service
- One-to-one counselling
You can take a one-to-one counselling session every twenty lessons. There, you can ask any questions you have and get feedback on your level.
Submit an online question form
If you have any questions about vocabulary or grammar, you can fill in the online form. (Please be aware that the Student Advisor will be answering these questions so response time will depend on their schedule and holidays).
Speak to the Student Advisor (Iidabashi Centre)
When you see the Student Advisor, please feel free to say ‘Hi’ and ask any questions. Alternatively, ask at the front desk to speak to the Student Advisor .
The Student Advisor has their own profile on Facebook. Feel free to add them. You can then ask them quick questions.(Please be aware that the Student Advisor will be answering these questions so response time will depend on their schedule and holidays).
THIS SERVICE IS FOR
Current myClass students in Japan
The Student Advisor will give advice on how to study English and efficient ways to use study materials, as well as answering questions about your current classes or British Culture. For example, “I am interested in British Culture and would like to read some books about it but I am not sure which books I should read.” etc.
Please be aware, we cannot correct homework or essays.
Frequent error correction from counselling
This is a comment from the Student Advisor, Joe.
One thing I often hear which sounds quite unnatural is how students use ‘enjoy’. For example:
X “We enjoyed to visit Hawaii”
X “I could enjoy delicious foods”
Here are some tips on using enjoy:
1. Enjoy is often used with ‘myself’, ‘ourselves’, ‘themselves’ and so on.
So, I think it would sound better if you used:
O “We really enjoyed ourselves in Hawaii”
2. ‘Enjoy’ is used with ‘it’ to answer a question. So if asked; “How was your trip to Hawaii?”, you can say:
O “Yes, we really enjoyed it”
3. If you want to use enjoy with a verb, use an -ing verb.
O “We really enjoyed visiting Hawaii”
4. Some phrases sound strange with enjoy, because we can already guess you enjoyed it. For example, of course you will enjoy delicious food, you don’t need to say it. So use:
O “We enjoyed the food” (therefore the food was good)
O “The food was absolutely delicious” (therefore we enjoyed it)
5. The Japanese word for enjoy must be really common as I hear it used all the time. I don’t think this is the case in English. Instead of using ‘enjoy’ so often, I would try to use some different phrases, for example:
O “We had a great time visiting Hawaii”
O “We had a lot of fun in Hawaii”
O “We absolutely loved the food”