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
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 "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
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
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?
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
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
Empty corridors, soaked with a myriad of footsteps. Whispers follow them behind. Children's laughter has subsided, giving way to stillness. Waiting for the bell to ring and the doors to open; ready to absorb the future. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence
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
When it comes to learning, I invite you to close your eyes and travel back to the early days of your learning experiences within the school setting. Picture your classroom and some of its interior, your teachers and some of their actions, your classmates and some of their reactions, which are the subjects that the … Continue reading Bridging the teacher-student gap