Activities for the First Week of School

The beginning of the new school year for your preschoolers is approaching and you wonder how to give them the very best first impression while skillfully outlining the boundaries. Commence the new academic year by designing and carrying out simple and fun activities aimed at helping children enjoy their time with you in the first … Continue reading Activities for the First Week of School

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Immerse and Provoke

If you are a language teacher/principal who has just embarked on a journey towards implementing some elements of immersive learning into your class program/school curriculum, this blog post may help you sort out your priorities in terms of planning and conducting the language lessons. The earliest stage of the immersive language learning method can be … Continue reading Immerse and Provoke

Language Learning through Grammar or Language Acquisition through Immersion – which method is best for your students?

In my previous blog post I discussed the rationale behind having children start learning their foreign language at an early age (whenever that's possible and provided that children's social skills are developed to a greater extent). The training that I recently attended helped me see for myself the benefit and ease with which a language … Continue reading Language Learning through Grammar or Language Acquisition through Immersion – which method is best for your students?

The need for English language immersion kindergartens in Japan

The "Mild Crisis" of the English Language in Japan With its great history, unparalleled economic development, cultural richness and culinary diversity, Japan acts as a magnet for all those who are hungry for a journey marked by novelty and distinctiveness. Yet, once visitors to Japan cross the threshold of this Brave New World, they experience … Continue reading The need for English language immersion kindergartens in Japan

MY Experience with MY Kindergarten Yamagata

In my veins still runs some Marketing-tinted blood and this partially justifies the attempt I have made to relate my experience at MY Kindergarten, Yamagata (Japan) through the prism of the 3 Ps - Product (Service), People, and Place. Last week, I had the privilege of paying a visit to and immersing myself (as an … Continue reading MY Experience with MY Kindergarten Yamagata

Is There a Need for Creative Lessons?

Do lessons need to be meaningful? Definitely. Do they need to be fun? Desirably. Do they need to be creative? Not necessarily. "I aim for making fun lessons that also have meaning" is the oath that every serious teacher needs to take and uphold to while involved in their lesson planning endeavors. Creativity does matter … Continue reading Is There a Need for Creative Lessons?

Teaching English in Southeast Asia: Challenges

Challenge #1: Use of Target Language One of the major challenges the English language teacher may face is the reluctance of students to use the target language as a means of communication when they are expected to do so. For example, when asked a question in English, early learners in particular, who have already undergone … Continue reading Teaching English in Southeast Asia: Challenges

Educating for the 21st Century

In the recent decades, the development of intercultural competence and global awareness has been a key learning outcome¬†for the higher education programs. Gradually, along with the rapid change and increasing interconnectedness of the world, international-mindedness and global citizenship has gained high priority even on the elementary school teaching agenda. In an increasingly globalized world, students … Continue reading Educating for the 21st Century

The International Baccalaureate within the Asian context

The debate about which approach to teaching prepares children for their future has been an ongoing one and is becoming more urgent in the midst of a fast-changing global landscape. To take a position on the issue, we must first and foremost ask ourselves, what role does the school play in children's upbringing? Does it … Continue reading The International Baccalaureate within the Asian context