Elementary Activity: Fruit Basket

One of the first activities I learned for teaching English to Elementary School kids was “Fruit Basket”. Although in Japanese it’s pronounced more like Fruits Basketo due to the way it’s translated into Japanese sounds. This simple Elementary activity is fun for everyone and it’s quite possible that you’ve played this or a variant of it in your…

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Kimono Contest – Foreigners on Parade

Perhaps you’ve heard of kimonos? The colourful, elegant formal wear as much a part of Japan’s international identity as Samurai, Sushi and Saiyan power-ups. The other thing about them is that they are massively expensive. Not for a second have I ever entertained the idea of actually owning one of these delightful pieces. However, on…

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Gyeongju, South Korea – Target Practice

When I visited South Korea I spread my time across two cities. The bustling capital Seoul and the charming, historical Gyeongju. I started off in Gyeongju by taking part in a Templestay program and for the remainder I booked a homestay near the city centre. While staying there I was able to explore and enjoy…

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BINGO in the ESL classroom

Bingo, also known as “The Game Of Kings”, is known to Japanese kids too. This makes it an easy game to appropriate for English lessons. Elementary The younger they are, the more exciting the prospect of Bingo becomes. I’ve been in some Elementary classes where all I have to do is mention the name of…

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Gyeongju, South Korea – Homestay and a Hottie

When I visited South Korea a few years ago there were a number of distinct sections to the trip. The first leg involved staying at a Buddhist temple near the city of Gyeongju. The second part also took place in that city but that time I signed up for a homestay-come-B-n-B with a lovely family near…

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English Club in High School

As well as regular classes many Japanese High School English teachers are also put in charge of English Club. As with most other school clubs it takes place after school and students opt-in at the beginning of the year. There are a couple of reasons why students may choose to join the English club. The…

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Traditional Dances of Iwate

Traditions are a vital part of Japan’s cultural image and many of them still play a very active part in modern society. The traditional dances of Iwate surface frequently during the course of the year. Festivals are an obvious place to catch them but there are also special performances that are often free. Sansa-tional My experience of…

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