Summer in Japan – VIDEO

Sure, I know it’s a little late but I’m sure some people are still clamouring for advice on how to tackle the humid monster of summer in Japan. Here are a few things I’ve discovered about this harsh season. Summer in Japan How do you handle hot and humid summers? Got any tips for me?…

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EFL Activity: New Words

The act of learning new words comes with the territory when studying a language. For English it’s the EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher’s responsibility to help students in pronouncing and, sometimes, understanding any new words they encounter. New Words I’m speaking from the point of view of an English Teacher who’s taught at public schools in…

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Sightseeing in the UK – From Windsor to Weston

On my most recent return to the UK I saw the country in a new light; as a visitor, a tourist. This was largely down to my role as part-time tour-guide for my girlfriend and her parents. I’ve already talked about our apartment, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, and our party-time with Henry VIII. There was also…

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Cards In Japan

Cash cards, point cards, stamp cards, business cards, credit cards, travel cards, birthday cards. Japan’s got so many cards that one needs a wallet the size of the buffalo it was made from just to contain them. I don’t bother with all of them but some are really handy. Cash My company hired me before…

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Sightseeing in the UK – On the Buses

A few months ago I went back to my homeland with my girlfriend and her family in tow. After exploring a wonderland and boogying down with some wenches, it was time to get some serious sightseeing done. Enter; the magical world of coach tours. The Magical Mystery Tour Given a brief window of time how…

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EFL Reading Activities

Pop quiz: What are the four key language skills? I’ll let you phone a friend, which coincidentally involves two of those skills. They are: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. If English Language proficiency were the Apocalypse then these would be it’s Horsemen. That ill-advised analogy aside it is important to consider which of these skills…

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Sightseeing In The UK – Returning As A Tourist

Since moving abroad I’ve returned to the motherland on a number of occasions, mostly for family events, but on my most recent visit I was sightseeing in the UK. I spent most of my time in London, seeing the sites, tasting the foods, living the life. Night Terrors On The Night Bus Any time I…

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ESL Activity: Mind Maps

When teaching English as a foreign language I’ve often found it useful to get the students to generate their own ideas. There is many an ESL activity to get the mental cogs turning and one such activity is Mind Maps. When? Then! Teach. In Japanese High Schools I’ve found lessons to be most effective when they contain a solid…

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Jagariko: A Quick Bite In Japan – VIDEO

On the last day at one of my schools this year some (… many) students gave me one of my favourite snacks: Jagariko (じゃがりこ). Since I now have so many of them clogging the hallways of my apartment building I thought it best not to waste the opportunity, and make a video of me munching…

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Homesickness While Living Abroad

I think that homesickness hits every ex-pat at least once during their stint in a foreign land. It can be debilitating and I’ve seen many people suffer from it while working or studying far away from home . However Diagnosis: Homesickness There are a variety of symptoms associated with homesickness, and not everyone exhibits all…

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