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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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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Interview Activities

What is a conversation? Why do we talk to other people? Sometimes we want to tell someone something: I’m hot. You’re very attractive. These pretzels are making me thirst. And at other times we want to find out something from someone else: How are you? What do you think about my new brown, corduroy trousers?…

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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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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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