Students here are required to take English lessons in their Freshmen year and those that want to learn more English can take elective classes after that in the following years. Chuck has taught the Freshmen this semester and I have had Sophomores and Juniors. Classifications like that are more American than here, students usually refer to themselves as first, second, third, or fourth year students. I also found out that if a student want's to study and get a Masters in English, the student needs to take Japanese as well. It does make sense as Japan is a close neighbor of China. I just found it odd since I don't think there is a requirement to learn a third language if you want to major in one in the US.
Well, I'm looking forward to my mini vacation until I teach for the last time this semester on Jan. 8 and then I have six weeks off from teaching. I will be doing lots to get ready to teach again and we are arranging it so that Nate is also off during this time as well.