The Halloween Lesson

ESL Lesson topics are often chosen based on the time of year. So students might spend some time discussing what they plan to do in Summer or what Christmas presents they’re going to buy. One of the most popular themes is Halloween. There are , here are just a few thoughts for a Halloween lesson. Short Activities…

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Activity: Board Games

Board games are a classic tradition that have enriched the childhoods of many and vastly improved countless rain-drenched caravan holidays. The most famous games can be found throughout the world but every country has board games of its own. In Japan it’s not hard to find someone who enjoys a game of Shogi, the Japanese…

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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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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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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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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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