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
The book "Japan: A Guide to Traditions, Customs, and Etiquette" reveals what makes the Japanese Japanese and what sets them apart. The revelation about the distinctiveness of Japanese culture literally threw me into a deep contemplation. I ventured on a deliberate interrogation of my teaching practices and my role as a home-room teacher of 16 Japanese kids. … Continue reading Is English Language Immersion Right for your Child?
In his ‘Introductory Course in Teaching English to Children’ David Paul, author of Teaching English to Children in Asia (Pearson), presented in a truly accessible manner many of the teaching strategies based on the constructivist (student-centered) approach and employed by IB practitioners. In the course of his lecture, I could constantly draw parallels between the language learning method … Continue reading One-day English teaching course by David Paul
Here you are, native of a non-English speaking country, with a sincere passion in making a difference in the lives of children, and a yearning desire to start a new life in a place you have always dreamed of being. Your job hunting strategy consists of scrolling down to the Job Requirements section of any … Continue reading Challenging some well-established beliefs
The beginning of the new school year for your preschoolers is approaching and you wonder how to give them the very best first impression while skillfully outlining the boundaries. Commence the new academic year by designing and carrying out simple and fun activities aimed at helping children enjoy their time with you in the first … Continue reading Activities for the First Week of School
If you are a language teacher/principal who has just embarked on a journey towards implementing some elements of immersive learning into your class program/school curriculum, this blog post may help you sort out your priorities in terms of planning and conducting the language lessons. The earliest stage of the immersive language learning method can be … Continue reading Immerse and Provoke
My teaching philosophy showcases what my aspirations, values, beliefs, and objectives are as a teacher. It gives me direction every time I enter the classroom. As mentioned in one of my previous blog posts, I endeavor to embrace both the holistic and constructionist approach to education through the design and implementation of lessons that help the … Continue reading Teaching Philosophy
Whereas the previous blog post explored the overall role of the English language teacher, in terms of developing the cognitive, emotional, and social skills of pupils, in this post I am going to narrow the focus and cover the teacher's role pertaining to the development of the linguistic capabilities of students through the use of … Continue reading Effective English Teaching Methods
While developing children's English language proficiency, the more crucial role of the English language specialist is to develop children’s soft skills such as their social, emotional, and self-confidence skills in order for the language acquisition process to unfold more organically and to have a lasting effect. More specifically, the teacher's efforts need to be channeled … Continue reading The Role of the Teacher
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