Category Archives: English teaching

Shapes and relationships

Level: (Pre)Intermediate Length: 90-min twice a week Group size: 5 Topic from book: People we know Language practice: Asking questions, telling anecdote Running order: 1. ‘Back to the board’ to review expressions with ‘have’ (from previous lesson) 2. Introduce/review ‘shapes’ … Continue reading

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(The lack of) Dogme moments with my Japanese teachers

Today I had my third Japanese lesson. Just before we started, I had a brief chat with my other two classmates. Not surprisingly, none of us had had the chance to go over the materials we did in the previous … Continue reading

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Why feedback after task?

I was reading┬áKen Wilson’s post on his second German lesson on a crowded Tokyo train on my way home, like most of his readers, I found it difficult to contain my chuckles. I cannot emphasise how useful it is for … Continue reading

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The future of language teaching

In my last post a talk by Professor Richard Johnstone got me all worked up about the whole identity issue. What do we know about current modern language teaching around the world? How does that knowledge help us plan for … Continue reading

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Being bilingual

What is the future of language teaching? How do you feel about bilingual education? What is your own experience of learning a language? A couple of weeks ago, I went to a talk by Professor Richard Johnstone on modern language … Continue reading

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A learner’s perspective

The other day I suddenly realised I was finally ready to study Japanese properly. So I went along to a demo lesson. I am so excited to be a learner again. It was a 20-minute demo lesson. There were only … Continue reading

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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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