Class Writing Project

Writing projects can be a great way to create motivation, as well as getting students used to using English in their day-to-day lives. Many students are already familiar with social media and publishing photos or writing to the internet. The benefits of a blog is that it is a real life application of the language and can be viewed by the teacher, classmates, as well … Continue reading Class Writing Project

Teaching Big Numbers + Activities

In Japan, one of the biggest problems is that Japanese has one extra one. They have the word ‘man/万’, which represents 10,000. This can make it quite confusing for learners, as a lot of them them tend to want to use this number.

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Phrasal Verbs – Get and Go

Introducing phrasal verbs is a useful way of helping learners to gain a deeper understanding of how to use simple words, without having to memorise huge lists of difficult vocabulary. We use them so much in English, but it’s easy to forget the importance of these little phrases in favour of more advanced vocabulary. Below are a few examples of the flexibility of phrasal words. If you cannot think of all the ways these words on the spot, having a few examples on hand can be useful. Hope you find it handy. In the Take it Easy Teaching book there are some more examples, so do think about getting a copy that you can have you in class in case you want to quickly introduce some examples.

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Left-Right or Up-Down

Overview: Students answer questions. The one that answers decides who can sit down. Really fun way to start a Japanese elementary school class and get them into the mood for English. It’s also good for reviewing things from the last lesson.

Set Up: This works if the student’s desks are in lines, like in most Japanese schools.

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Beginners’ Etymology

I joined the etymology game pretty late, and my complete lack of grounding in Latin or any Romance languages doesn’t help. It wasn’t until I was 15 or 16 that I actually got my head around which words were verbs, nouns and adjectives, and that was only through studying Japanese. Having taken the red pill and started down the linguistic root rabbit hole, I now find it impossible to see the world of language at face value. This has crept it’s way into my teaching, and surprisingly I’ve had a good number of students who have actually found my ‘lectures’ interesting, so I thought I’d share some of the highlights that I’ve shared with people that seemed to go down well. It’s all fresh in mind, as the following is all taken from things I shared with a lucky Japanese 19 year old who sat next to my on an 11 hour flight from New Zealand to Osaka…

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