Using Pop Culture in the EFL Classroom

One of the things I’ve discovered while teaching English as a foreign language is that students want to tell me things. They want to know if I’ve heard the latest song by so-and-so or watched that new movie starring whats-his-face or seen whos-ya-father on the whatchamajiga show. I quickly realised the obvious: kids are far…

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Studying Japanese

Recently I’ve been a bit slack with posting regularly. The reason for this is that I decided to devote some time to studying Japanese. Despite having lived here for more than five years my language skills are laughably poor so I wanted to take some steps towards remedying this. Studying Alone One reason why I’m…

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Sightseeing in the UK – From Windsor to Weston

On my most recent return to the UK I saw the country in a new light; as a visitor, a tourist. This was largely down to my role as part-time tour-guide for my girlfriend and her parents. I’ve already talked about our apartment, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, and our party-time with Henry VIII. There was also…

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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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