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Reading for Real: Storybooks in the classroom

Reading for Real: Storybooks in the classroom by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) There are two ways to view reading in the younger learner classroom: learning to read and reading to learn.   Reading to learn involves target language … Continue reading

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Planning a Young Learner Lesson

Planning a Young Learner Lesson by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) Save What should I teach? The first thing a teacher needs to decide is WHAT they want to teach. What do children need to learn? • Vocabulary – … Continue reading

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Teaching Tips – Drama Activities for Younger Learners

Teaching Tips – Drama Activities for Younger Learners by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) Save Drama activities provide good practice of the target language, variation in the lesson and, through fun, stimulate the learners. Drama activities provide good practice … Continue reading

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Teaching the Under 5s

Teaching the under 5s by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) Teaching very young learners (under 5s) can be particularly daunting for many teachers. For most it is the first time they have had to cope with children this young, … Continue reading

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Managing Very Young Learners

Managing very Young Learners by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) Save Facing a class of under fives can be a very frightening experience. What do you do when they start crying, crawling under the table, throwing things, won’t participate … Continue reading

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Classroom Tools 1: Checking Meaning & Eliciting

Classroom Tools 1: Checking Meaning & Eliciting by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) Save Shane Training Centre, Japan What are Concept Check Questions (CCQs)?    What are Concept Check Questions? A question to lead learners to understand or … Continue reading

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10 Tips for Teaching Children

10 Tips for Teaching Children by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) 1. Establish ground rules from the first day of class and be clear, consistent and fair throughout 2. Remember the learners’ names. Encourage them to use and remember … Continue reading

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Games for Younger Learner Classes

Games for Younger Learner Classes by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Cente. Japan) Shane Training Centre, Japan Pass it on (KG+): This is a chanting activity involving rhythm and vocabulary. Sit the children down in a circle. Review the FAB Red … Continue reading

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Young Learner Needs

Young Learner Needs by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) Save Shane Corporation Ltd There are similarities and differences between Adults and Young Learners (YL) as language learners. It is important to remember that learners are all individuals so the … Continue reading

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Japan Living’s Poll on Teaching at English Schools in Japan

Results of Japan Living`s Poll on Teaching English in Japan What`s your opinion about working for English schools here? What is or was your experience working for English schools in Japan? Responses Positive 33.33% Mostly Positive 28.57% Average 14.29% Below … Continue reading

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