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Reading for Real: Storybooks in the classroom

There are two ways to view reading in the younger learner classroom: learning to read and reading to learn.  By Sophia McMillan Reading to learn involves target language and structures, which form part of the curriculum: for example a dialogue or unscrambling words or … Continue reading

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On Teaching English at Japanese Universities

I no longer recommend that foreign university teachers come to Japan to teach English at a Japanese University. The employment situation is too tenuous now, the possibility of long term employment is a risk, and giving non-Japanese teachers tenure is … Continue reading

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Warmers for adult classes

Warmers for adult classes by Gavin Addison (Shane Training Centre, Japan) ‘Always do a warmer’ is a standard part of the EFL mantra, but why should we do them and what type of activity should they be?   The rationale … Continue reading

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Setting Context

Setting Context by Sophia McMillan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) Save Context, function and form give learners the essential where, why and how of the language (or skill) being taught. A lesson needs all three to make it clear and engaging. … Continue reading

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Talking about the Future

Talking about the Future by Sophia McMIllan (Shane Training Centre, Japan) Talking about the future in English can be difficult as technically there are no future tenses in English. The future is not fixed – it does not exist yet. … 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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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 and its standardized test-based education Part 5

by Kevin R Burns Imagine what would happen if, instead of requiring cookie-cutter curriculums, we gave all teachers the freedom — and trust — to fulfill their calling as educators. “When you’re in a situation where teachers feel trust and … Continue reading

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Japan and its standardized test based education system Part 4

by Kevin R Burns (Kanagawa, Japan) Japan and its standardized test-based education system Part 4 Comments about the Article from Japan Today: “…I think you and I live in the non-eikaiwa, non-kindergarten part of Japan. Maybe I am just lucky, … Continue reading

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