Trekking Alaska – Week 2 Part 2

A lot happened in those two weeks I spent trekking Alaska and now it’s finally time to divulge the last slice of adventure pie. Our Trek America guide, Grizzly by name but not so by nature, had treated us to some of the great wonders of North America. Along the way I’d made some new…

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Trekking Alaska – Week 2 Part 1

I’ve already relayed the extensive happenings of the first week of my time trekking Alaska and now it’s time to delve jerky-first into the remainder of my time in North America’s snowy gem. Prepare for moose, buffets, Braveheart, hippies, salty dawgs and a tiny pinch of romance. Changing of the Guard At the end 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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Mizukake Matsuri – Water, Water, Everywhere.

In distant times long past, there was a fire in the village of Ohara. It raged and it blazed until it was finally tamed. More than three hundred years later and the people of the village still respect the power of the flame. To ward off future bad luck the men of the area don…

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Consistency in the Classroom

Structure is a key part of daily life. People who use the bus regularly don’t need to think about where to get off, they do so almost instinctively. When a waiter announces an order the chef’s hands move reflexively into action. These kinds of reactions come from consistency. Implementing this same kind of consistency in the EFL…

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Trekking Alaska – Week 1 Part 2

The last time I wrote about my trip to Alaska I ended the post with an image of me staring, slack-jawed up at the cloudless sky as a perfectly circular rainbow formed above. That took place roughly half way through the first week of our Alaskan journey. In this post let’s finish off the first half…

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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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