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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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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Teaching in Japan–What are your goals?

I am teaching in Japan now at a high school.  The classroom is each teachers temple, and teachers here are often left to their own devices.  This can be great, but if you want to more than that "funny foreign person," you need to succeed.  To do that, you need to have goals and plans to achieve those goals.…
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