I appreciate that COTO Academy provides this FREE opportunity for their students to engage with native speaking volunteers. I very much appreciate the volunteers for their service. I have attended in-person chat sessions in the past, and I have attended on-line chat sessions. The on-going problem is that the the sessions are not fair. Many times one student will keep talking, and the volunteer will not stop this. In this last session, one student, who had poor speaking skills, would not shut up. He kept on talking. I think he might have been a little drunk. COTO needs to train their volunteers to TAKE CONTROL of the session so that it is fair for everyone. Because of this on-going unfairness, and because volunteers do not take control of the sessions, most of the sessions I have attended have been a waste of time.
Thank you very much for joining Online Bento Chat yesterday! I'm so sorry that you felt unfair..., I knew this happened before as well. This time the volunteers and I did the orientation with past reviews and we also tried private texting during the session. However, we will do something different next time to improve this event fair and fun to all students. Thank you so much for your opinion. Coto Staff: Ayako Iwasaki2020年05月28日
Another great bento chat, the volunteers were very nice and fun to talk with!
Unfortunately one of the students just kept talking without letting anyone get a word in edgewise. You would think this would characterize someone at an advanced level, but it was just the opposite. Even when the volunteer asked for a different persons opinion, the problematic person jumped in front and would let anyone speak. He then proceeded to show everyone around his house and brag about where he lived, entirely in grammatically incorrect and broken sentences.
Anyway, I had a great time in the few chances i had to speak with the volunteer and other students!! Thank you Coto!!
Thank you very much for joining Online Bento Chat yesterday and giving us your comment. We will do something different next time to improve this event fair and fun to all students. Thank you so much for your continuous support!! Coto Staff: Ayako Iwasaki2020年05月28日
Great chatting with fellow Japanophiles and Coto staff and volunteers!
Thank you very much for joining Online Bento Chat yesterday and providing kind review! We will keep improving this event so please join in June too:)2020年05月28日