Author Archives: Ben Davies

About Ben Davies

The purpose of this blog is to introduce you to some ideas about teaching English as a foreign language. I lived in Japan and taught English for several years. It was a great experience that I would strongly recommend. Browse through the blog posts and get some tips, or get in touch if you have a specific question or comment.

The Makings of a Great Teacher

If you think of great teachers, who do you bring to mind? Some people will probably recall a favourite university lecturer or high school teacher, someone who was entertaining and educational. Others might think of Robin William’s character in Dead … Read More »

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How to Teach One-to-one English Lessons

It goes without saying that one-to-one lessons (or ‘man-to-man’ lessons as they are called in Japan) present a set of challenges that are unique. Whereas group lessons can rely on activities and contribution from the numerous participants, lessons with just … Read More »

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How To Teach Unplugged – The Naked English Teacher

I remember teaching a short course some time ago for advanced English students. The first part of the course was fairly standard – vocabulary building, role-plays, some debates on artificial themes et cetera. The final part of the course, though, … Read More »

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Interview with Hokkaido Insider (Part 2)

Part 1 of the interview with Ken Hartmann of Hokkaido Insider aired some views on history of teaching English in Japan, and the effect of the global financial crisis on TEFL.

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Teaching in Japan: Interview with Hokkaido Insider (Part 1)

Today, we have a double-header of an interview. Ken Hartmann is the authority on English teaching in Hokkaido – he is the man behind Hokkaido Insider, the leading recruitment guide for English teachers in north Japan. He is also a … Read More »

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The effect of the financial crisis on English Language Teaching

Stories abounded not long ago about TEFL being recession proof, and it being one of the few industries that could withstand the financial depression found in many countries. It’s hard to get a perspective on it on a global scale … Read More »

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Motivation in the ESL Classroom

A lack of motivation from students can sap your enthusiasm for work. This problem is found most commonly when students are forced learners; a company rule, or a school requirement means they have to learn English.

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