I can speak English anyway, I've never got coke when I wanted coffee..., and I enjoy small talk with teachers from Canada and Australia at school. I have no complain about my English speaking ability thinking that I spare no time to improve it^^; I'm not afraid to talk to native speakers at all.
However, I thought it's a different matter to speak English to the students at school. I thought I wasn't able to do it because my English speaking is too clumsy for my students to understand.
My English is just not correct, not clear and not beautiful. yeah, it was like I was a bit shocked by the beautiful English of some English teachers and I didn't have enough confidence in my speaking.
Then, I thought my role as a teacher shouldn't necessarily be the same to other teachers, and the way I speak might be a good example as a language learner, so I tried to have a small talk with the students in English last time, and to my biiig surprise, they all tried to speak back to me in English!!!
One of the native English teachers complained me once that students are too shy to speak up. Is this only because they are afraid to speak to native speakers? If so, I will be a good step for them to let them feel comfy to use English.
I'm wondering if I should perform the class all in English next time, provided that important explanations are written on the board in Japanese.