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English Night Out

Previously, this blog featured a post on e-Jan’s Chinese Night.
This time, our guest writer J.O., an English teacher at e-Jan, has contributed the following post for this week!
(Edits have been made for clarity.)
- N.M.
e-Jan employees enjoying a game of Monopoly
One of the many positive things about working here is that there are often some popular events after work which are scheduled to promote multi-cultural interaction as well as give employees a chance to practice social communication. English Night Out has become quite a favorite. We have held diners at Outback Steakhouse, where there is some conversation game or activity to practice speaking English, menus in English, wait staff speaking only English, etc. - great food, greater fun!

Last week we held an (English speaking) Game Night where we played a variety of board games like Monopoly, and the Game of Life, which may be familiar to Japanese staff. However, we also played Taboo, Clue, and Trivial Pursuit. They were all a lot of fun. We laughed at each other, we were acting silly, and generally had a blast. Taboo was the clear favorite and many vowed to play it during lunch hour sometimes because they loved it so much. It's a vocabulary building game, and everyone always likes to learn new words, right? But it was challenging not to use gestures or say any of the ‘taboo’ words. We had a half dozen pizzas, and some amazingly delicious homemade pies from Anna Miller too.

English Night Out has become a regular event for speaking and communicating in English and having fun interacting in a social manner.