Teaching Junior High – An Introduction

Junior High Schools in Japan are similar to Elementary Schools in a lot of ways, so some of the things I mentioned before are likely to be of use to anyone teaching at a Junior High too. The obvious difference is the students’ age range and the fact that they now have subject-specific teachers as…

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Engrish and other ways to travel with a chuckle

I want to state this clearly before we begin: No, I am not becoming Buzzfeed. I don’t intend on making lists-with-humorous-quips a regular feature here at Where? There! Teach. It just so happens that “Engrish” is a very real, and thoroughly amusing, thing that can be seen in many places all over Japan. I’m also…

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Teaching Elementary – An Introduction

Of all the levels I’ve taught in my brief stint as an English Teacher teaching Elementary School has certainly been the most joyful yet physically tiring experience. So for anyone who’s about to step into a Japanese Elementary for the first time here are a couple of things to be aware of. Pack your phrasebook….

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The Introduction Lesson

As the new Japanese school year swings into action many new teachers will be out giving their very first lessons. Every new teacher will have to introduce themselves to the students. This can range from a short speech at the beginning of the lesson right the way to a whole fifty minutes devoted to the…

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Growing Up In Germany

I started travelling from a young age. When I was but a wee lad my Dad often had to travel for work. Sometimes his contracts would be for an extended period of time and that’s how a four-year-old me found himself growing up in Germany. My first experiences of school and childhood were not in…

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Convenience Stores of Japan

‘The corner shop’. ‘The news agent’s’. ‘The shops’ (à la “Just gonna pop down the shops”). Just some of the many ways we refer to the humble convenience store back in the motherland. But in my experience none of them really hold a candle to the convenience stores of Japan. They’re on a whole different level….

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First Day at a Japanese School

Hello Goodbye You’ve finally arrived in Japan and got your dream teaching job, so what’s next? Well, better go to school. Duh. So what can be expected from your first day at a Japanese school? Personally I had no idea what it would be like. I can barely remember my own school days and I never considered what…

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