EFL Activity: Battleships!

Developing EFL activities for the English Language classroom is a big part of teaching English. I’ve found classic childhood games to be a great source of inspiration. One example of a classic game turned EFL activity is Battleships! The Rules Battleships is a two player game. Each player has an identical grid onto which they…

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Moving Forward Into The Next School Year

It’s almost the end of the school year here in Japan and it’s also time to renew the Where? There! Teach. domain. It’s a time to reflect and look ahead to the next school year. Stats ‘n’ That In case you didn’t know, Where? There! Teach. is not just this blog site. It has a presence…

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Italy – Some Pisa, Some Rome & Some Bones

When I visited Italy during my two months of European Interrailing, Florence was my base camp. From there I took day trips to other parts of the country. Most notably, Rome and Pisa. The Wonky Tower of Italy The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most famous sights in Italy. Anyone visiting it…

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Using Pop Culture in the EFL Classroom

One of the things I’ve discovered while teaching English as a foreign language is that students want to tell me things. They want to know if I’ve heard the latest song by so-and-so or watched that new movie starring whats-his-face or seen whos-ya-father on the whatchamajiga show. I quickly realised the obvious: kids are far…

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Italy – Heavenly Beauty and Hellish Heat

Stunning architecture and sense-smacking cuisine. There is more to Italy than that, but it was those two items that dominated my short stay in that beautiful country. It’s pronounced “Firenze” One of the realisations I had during my months of Interrailing was that the English names for places in Europe are often quite different to…

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EFL Activity: Janken Battle

Repeatedly drilling words in the classroom can become pretty dull pretty fast, so let’s spice it up with some violence! Yeh, it’s Janken Battle! Rock, Paper, Fun … I feel so ashamed of that sub-heading. In case you didn’t already know Janken is the Japanese name for Rock, Paper, Scissors (or Rock, Scissors, Paper if…

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Studying Japanese

Recently I’ve been a bit slack with posting regularly. The reason for this is that I decided to devote some time to studying Japanese. Despite having lived here for more than five years my language skills are laughably poor so I wanted to take some steps towards remedying this. Studying Alone One reason why I’m…

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Travelling In Japan

Ever had a stranger use your shoulder as a pillow? No? Well if you’re going to be using a local train in Japan don’t be surprised if this happens. Luckily, travelling in Japan isn’t always so awkward. Planes Most visitors’ to Japan will be familiar with Narita International Airport but there are many smaller airports dotted around…

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Hiroshima – Domes and Shadows

Visiting places of historical importance is often a very humbling experience. I remember being in Berlin and looking down to see a gold line running down the side of the pavement. It marked where the Berlin Wall once stood. A chill ran down my spine as I stood there picturing that thing stretching off into…

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English Speech Contest

As well as teaching classes, prepping worksheets and making board games there are a couple of other duties an EFL teacher may be requested to do. Such as: You Speaking To Me? Once a year schools in Japan send two or three students to compete in a local, prefectural or national English Speech Contest. Usually…

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