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?
The “Mild Crisis” of the English Language in Japan With its great history, unparalleled economic development, cultural richness, and culinary diversity, Japan offers its visitors experiences marked by novelty and distinctiveness. Yet, once visitors enter the Land of the Rising Sun, the English language seizes to be the anchor dropped in a foreign country to … Continue reading Integrating the English language into the fabric of industrialized Asian communities
In my veins still runs some Marketing-tinted blood and this partially justifies the attempt I have made to relate my experience at MY Kindergarten, Yamagata (Japan) through the prism of the 3 Ps - Product (Service), People, and Place. Last week, I had the privilege of paying a visit to and immersing myself (as an … Continue reading MY Experience with MY Kindergarten Yamagata
Challenge #1: Use of Target Language One of the major challenges the English language teacher may face is the reluctance of students to use the target language as a means of communication when they are expected to do so. For example, when asked a question in English, early learners in particular, who have already undergone … Continue reading Teaching English in Southeast Asia: Challenges
The debate about which approach to teaching prepares children for their future has been an ongoing one and is becoming more urgent in the midst of a fast-changing global landscape. To take a position on the issue, we must first and foremost ask ourselves, what role does the school play in children's upbringing? Does it … Continue reading The International Baccalaureate within the Asian context
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