Monthly Archives: December 2011

Putting yourself into a learner’s shoes

With my classes taking a short break for Christmas and New Year, I finally got my act together and have gone back into my own learning, of teaching and more importantly, of some Japanese. Here is the status of my … Continue reading

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What did I learn from my education?

“There is no such thing as a stupid question.” Mike, my supervisor, said to me on my first day in the lab. Curiosity and having the courage to ask about what you don’t know is what keeps us going forward. … Continue reading

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One-off 90-minute lesson for mixed intermediate level

I had to cover a standalone lesson after my normal evening class. I was apprehensive. It was mixed intermediate level. I had no information about any of the students. But I took it and decided to turn to Teaching Unplugged. … Continue reading

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Sorry! Santa says “No”

What do you do in your Christmas lessons? What activities do you use to help your learners practise? Last week, I used a variation of Go Fish or something similar to the Japanese babanuki game with my first graders. Our … Continue reading

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How long have you been …

Task: Find out who…. … has been learning English the longest´╝č … has had the same bad habit the longest´╝č How many times have your students tried to use the question as is when they go about doing the survey? … Continue reading

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Have you ever torn up a banknote?

Only three students turned up at the beginning of the lesson. We have been doing “why are you …?” recently. I saw student M was laughing so I asked her why. Nothing much came up. Then I spotted student T … Continue reading

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JALT Lessons on Ms

Oops. It looks like this post might have posted itself! It must have got impatient that it had been overtaken post after post. It was my first JALT this year. I felt that I have been bombed by lessons on … Continue reading

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On the other side of exams

It was my second time invigilating an international exam in Tokyo. I was called in mainly because they needed someone to do the announcements in English. A long day, 7am to 6pm. What are your impressions of an exam invigilator? … Continue reading

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