“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” Yesterday, as part of my professional development, I had the privilege of visiting the kindergarten associated with Tohoku Bunkyo University - … Continue reading The Japanese Way of Educating Children
English Language Crisis This year Japan welcomed a new era in its history. From Heisei to Reiwa, as it stepped into the new era, Japan started preparing for a big change, from politics to education, from technology to business. The strategy plan "Japan Vision 2020 highlights "Strengthening foreign language communication"¹ as the key element for … Continue reading The End of One, Beginning of Another Era
When hunting for a suitable school for your child or for yourself as a teacher, you need to study hard as if you were to sit for an exam. Because not all schools are created equal, making sure a school is the right fit might be a stressful experience. It can also be an exciting … Continue reading Choosing the “right fit” school
To promote an English language institution, we need to get to the core of why people in a certain geographic region learn English as a foreign language. Why do parents enroll their kids in English courses? Why do youngsters bother learning English? Back in the days, I started learning English at the age of 10 … Continue reading Marketing an English-language institution
The purpose of this post is multifold and I encourage you to look at it as if it was an origami model. Well-aware of the fact that Japan and its people are one-of-a-kind in so many ways, I find it virtually impossible to draw a definitive conclusion on why things are the way they are … Continue reading What Does It Take to Be a Japanese?
Professional Development through Class/Lesson Observation It is a common practice among teachers in Japan to engage in professional development activities in the form of a lesson study or research of teaching/learning by visiting other schools and observing classes. It is meant to help teachers enhance their capabilities and competencies and to incorporate new ideas and … Continue reading Professional Development through Lesson Observation
In my previous blog post I discussed the rationale behind having children start learning their foreign language at an early age (whenever that's possible and provided that children's social skills are developed to a greater extent). The training that I recently attended helped me see for myself the benefit and ease with which a language … Continue reading Language Learning through Grammar or Language Acquisition through Immersion – which method is best for your students?