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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Jagariko: A Quick Bite In Japan – VIDEO

On the last day at one of my schools this year some (… many) students gave me one of my favourite snacks: Jagariko (じゃがりこ). Since I now have so many of them clogging the hallways of my apartment building I thought it best not to waste the opportunity, and make a video of me munching…

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Shopping in Japan – VIDEO

When shopping in Japan there are many supermarkets to choose from to do your regular shopping, but how much does it all cost? Let’s look at how much I spend on a weekly shop up here in the rural north of the country. Shopping in Japan How much do you spend on a weekly shop? How…

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