Hey dudes! Actually, I do believe many of the instructors speak a decent amount of English (Asano Sho, Jack, Tanaka Yumiko, etc). However, to be safe, I gave them detailed suggestions of how to lead an international workshop. Though we can help with English/Japanese translations, it’s best if the instructors plan their curriculum around drills/observation rather than verbal theory. (especially for instructors who don’t speak English)
To explain this point to them, I used my first lesson with Nitta san as an example. When I first met Nitta san, he spoke almost zero English and I didn’t speak Japanese, yet it was one of the best lessons I ever received! All because he used visual demonstrations. It was very direct, and in a way, language would’ve hindered his instruction.
To accommodate 30 shamisen students in a hands-on group workshops, I’ve advised them to arrange their curriculum around mostly visual instruction packed full of drills.
Their curriculum is up to them. When I get an idea of individual skill levels of the attendees, I will tell the instructors so they can appropriately format their workshop.
All I can add is…