Using Projects to Teach English as a Foreign Language

Learning another language is a path to another culture. It can also be a complete waste of time, or at worst, incredibly boring. Of course, you want your students to be in the first group.  How do you do that? My answer is projects. Project-Based-Learning is very effective, and I've been teaching with it for…
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Teaching in Japan, how to get students to think

Teaching in Japan, how to get students to think, part one I teach in Japan.  I teach English in Japan. To most people, this may bring up images of a person lecturing about when to use a pronoun versus a noun, the diagramming of sentences, the difference between who and whom, lie and lay, and…
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Education, learning, and teaching in Japan

Japanese college students don’t want to study overseas.

Fewer Japanese students are studying abroad than just 8 years ago, and the number has been slowly declining. According to Tokyo Times, The number of Japanese students studying overseas peaked at 82,945 in 2004 and fell to 58,060 in 2010, according to the Ministry of Education. Fewer than 20,000 Japanese students studied in the United…
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In learning, quality wins over quantity. Don’t study more–learn better!

Many of us think that the more students study, the more they will learn. The more time they spend in their chairs memorizing vocabulary or working on their essays, the better their English will be, likewise for other subjects.  For example, we see these kinds of things in the news often: Photo by Natmandu The…
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What do Colleges Gain from International Students?

Why do colleges want international students so much? Money.  That’s the biggest reason, but there are several others. Let’s take a look. We will start first with the money.  Since most international students pay full fees for college overseas, this comes to a huge amount in colleges that attract many international students.  One good place…
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Four effective techniques to help your students learn

Help your students to study wisely and learn better How can students learn more deeply and more effectively?  How can you improve your students results on tests?  How can you get them to learn more effectively? Recent research suggests many answers.  Today, I will talk about four ways to help your students help themselves.  Some…
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Daydreaming is just your mind using its excess capacity

image by Anca Mosoiu What is daydreaming? Do you have students who daydream?  Why do they do it? Well, that probably varies a little among individuals, but a report in Scientific American gave us some answers. Daydreaming is your brain putting its excess power to good use.  What does that mean? Well, think of your…
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