Since summer is (almost) upon us here in Japan, I thought I would start to share some of my fun summer activities for very little kids.
This was originally developed for Kindergarten aged students, in small private classes, but with a bit of foresight (and talking to the home room teacher, of course, to approve it!) it could work really well for your ALT classes, too, especially Kindergarten if you can have the majority of the lesson outside.
Hello, everyone! This is Chris, the other half of the Dinosaur Sensei blog. Today I want to ask a question to all the other EFL teachers out there: who do we work for?
I suppose the question is purposefully ambiguous. Who are our bosses? For whose benefit do we, as teachers, work so hard for? What’s the balance?
Hello, everyone! Chris here. Teachers all have their own little habits, myself definitely included. Here are a few of the little things I do in my EFL classroom.
Hello, everyone! This is Chris, the other half of the Dinosaur Sensei blog. Today I want to write about what is, in my opinion, one of the most useful techniques you can use in your EFL classroom: scaffolding.
Think back to if and when you learned how to ride a bicycle. Did you just sit on it and go? Maybe, but probably not. You needed incremental steps. Here’s how I learned:
April is the time for new hiring and new jobs in Japan, as its the height of the sakura season. After four and a half years, we’ll be saying goodbye to Nakatsu City and moving across the prefecture to Saiki City.
As with all undertakings, it is busy and stressful, but a chance for new challenges, new growth, and new inspiration!
We hope that you find something new and fun with us, as we begin to post all of our lesson plans from our previous four years, as well as any new ones we’re making with this new challenge of teaching both Elementary and now Jr. High in Japan.
Fresh fish and an ocean breeze awaits!
True or false games, or “Maru-Batsu” games, are really, really popular group games in Japanese schools.
Since the students already know how to play, these make great additions to your lessons as assessments for comprehension.
〇 “Maru” (circle) is if its true
✕ “Batsu” (X) is if its false
Students often hold their arms up making a circle or cross their arms as an X for their answer. This is where those emoji come from! Continue reading “Maru-Batsu 〇✕ Games”
It seems like most ALTs rely only on flashcards to teach vocabulary. While they’re a great resource, they lack something fun and tactile for kids to interact with. This is especially true when teaching Kindergarten or early Elementary School lessons, where you need to be interesting as well as educational.
What’s in a shape?
It has taken me quite some time to find a font that works for the unique way Japanese students learn English letters, or romaji. As with Japanese, their way of writing has a specific stroke order and shape to it. In order to not add an additional hurdle to learning a new language, I went on a quest for a font that would work for Japanese language learners. Continue reading “The best font for ESL”