Sado Island – A Road Trip

One of the perks of being an English teacher with a private company in Japan is that I get holidays in summer and in winter. This gives me a couple of time windows in which I can go travelling. One summer me and my girlfriend went to Sado Island, off the coast of Niigata city….

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Junior High and Up Activity – Shiritori

Batman’s Utility Belt is a marvellous thing. With everything from smoke pellets to grappling guns to shark-repellent bat-sprays he’s prepared for every situation. ESL teachers can equip themselves with an equally useful, if slightly less flashy, set of tools. One of those tools is Shiritori. I call it by it’s Japanese name since learning it…

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My Car in Japan – A video

Anyone who comes to work in Japan as an English teacher, or in any profession really, will likely need to get a car. Especially if located in a rural area. In this, the first full video from Where? There! Teach., we’ll take a brisk tour around my vehicle and talk about how to handle gas stations. Let’s…

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Learning Students’ Names

Names connect us. They bring us together and personalise experiences. A student who is addressed by name will sit up and pay attention. The other benefit is that a teacher who remembers a name is showing that they care about the student. But teaching in a foreign country means students will often have names that…

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Koblenz – A Return to My German Roots

Before going to University I took two months to travel around Europe with a flashy InterRail ticket. The first stop I made was in the picturesque German town where I spent some of my childhood: Koblenz. Returning there as an adult (well, young adult) was a stirring experience from start to finish. I arrived at…

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