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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Teaching Junior High – An Introduction

Junior High Schools in Japan are similar to Elementary Schools in a lot of ways, so some of the things I mentioned before are likely to be of use to anyone teaching at a Junior High too. The obvious difference is the students’ age range and the fact that they now have subject-specific teachers as…

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Engrish and other ways to travel with a chuckle

I want to state this clearly before we begin: No, I am not becoming Buzzfeed. I don’t intend on making lists-with-humorous-quips a regular feature here at Where? There! Teach. It just so happens that “Engrish” is a very real, and thoroughly amusing, thing that can be seen in many places all over Japan. I’m also…

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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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Growing Up In Germany

I started travelling from a young age. When I was but a wee lad my Dad often had to travel for work. Sometimes his contracts would be for an extended period of time and that’s how a four-year-old me found himself growing up in Germany. My first experiences of school and childhood were not in…

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Convenience Stores of Japan

‘The corner shop’. ‘The news agent’s’. ‘The shops’ (à la “Just gonna pop down the shops”). Just some of the many ways we refer to the humble convenience store back in the motherland. But in my experience none of them really hold a candle to the convenience stores of Japan. They’re on a whole different level….

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