Making Worksheets

Worksheets are a staple of Junior and Senior High School students’ lives. The kids encounter them frequently. They are an incredibly useful tool that a Foreign Teacher can employ every lesson if they so wish. Some JTEs even insist on worksheets being made. The first worksheet I ever made was the most pathetic thing ever…

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Cinema Experience in Japan

I find myself going to the cinema a lot more regularly now that I live in Japan than I did when I was in the UK. The cinema experience in Japan is unique in many ways, some of them special, some of them just sensible. There’s a bit more of a “respect for the artist”…

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Working with a JTE

Something that nearly every Teacher of English as a Foreign Language will have to do is work with a JTE. The Japanese Teacher of English is the professional school teacher who, in most cases, is in charge of the year’s curriculum and thus also determines the Foreign Teacher’s schedule. There’s a few things to bear…

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Trekking Alaska – Week 1 Part 1

Taking a Gap Year between College and University is a common thing nowadays. I actually chose to take two years. In the first I took a Foundation Diploma in Media (because it was free while I was still under 21! Woop!) and in the second I worked as much as possible before going off travelling….

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Teaching Blunders – Tears and Trauma

A friend of mine once said some thing to me that I think can also be applied to teaching. He said Can you remember the first time you tried to fry an egg? How did it go? Did you make a perfect fried egg? My answers were “Yes.” “Not so great.” and “No.” There were…

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Festivals in Japan

Traditional Festivals in Japan are plentiful and are generally enjoyable for all involved. They usually feature colourful clothing, loud music, bountiful amounts of food and drink, and the closure of several roadways. I haven’t really been to that many festivals outside of the Tohoku Area (up North), in fact I haven’t even been to that…

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Teaching High School – An Introduction

I’ve already talked a little bit about Elementary and Junior High Schools in Japan, now on to the last stage of public education. In this introduction to teaching High School in Japan I want to share some of my experiences as well as those of my colleagues. Specialisation One of the main things that separates…

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Templestay in South Korea

I’d been interested in going to South Korea for a number of years before I finally managed to go. My last solo trip was about six years before I went to Korea so I was itching to do some adventuring by my lonesome. After booking the flight I took to ferociously googling “things to do…

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