At MY Kindergarten our morning Yoga routine helps us learn English words and phrases in a thoroughly immersive way. Kids learn new words by experiencing first-hand how plants grow, leaves and branches move in the wind, butterflies fly, the rain falls down, bridges stand, rocks lie on the ground, and so on. In the process … Continue reading The Power of Yoga
Depending on their particular age level, children frequently find themselves in certain situations. For example, our preschoolers often drop their bottles and spill water on the floor, tend to argue over toys as a result of their difficulties sharing, and cry when things don't go their way. Within the immersive way of teaching and learning, students … Continue reading Immersive Learning in Action – Phonemic Awareness
What's in the classroom? The classroom setting is equally important as any lesson or activity conducted within its boundaries. Indeed, as humans we don't even need to consciously attend to visual or auditory sensory stimuli within our radius in order for our brain to process, make sense, and even store this information. Therefore, every object or … Continue reading Setting Up the Classroom
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
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