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Aphorisms of English Language Teaching

Aphorisms – general truths conveyed by short statements – can help us remember principles of best practice. Here are a few aphorisms especially relevant to English language educators. Don’t explain; demonstrate. In English language teaching, where the language of instruction … Read More »

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Losing our trousers: The prevalence of American English in TEFL

When I came to Japan in 2006, it was with the then “British English” school, Shane. Students expected to be taught British English in preference to other varieties. Textbooks from British publishers, such as the Clockwise and Headway series, which … Read More »

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Top Ten iOS Apps for EFL Educators

There are now countless apps available for both teachers and learners in a vast range of fields. Here is my top ten list of apps for EFL educators. All of these apps are ones that I personally use and recommend, … Read More »

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Fantastic free websites for learners of English

The rise of technology and social networks in recent years has provided an unprecedented chance to learn English online in new and exciting ways. However, the the massive range of English learning websites available can be overwhelming and confusing. Here … Read More »

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30 Years Teaching English in Japan: An interview with Marc Helgesen (Part 2)

Marc Helgesen talks about his greatest and most embarrassing moments as an English teacher, reminisces about the halcyon days of Japan’s bubble economy, and offers advice to those hoping to embark on their English teaching career in 21st century Japan. … Read More »

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30 Years Teaching English in Japan: An Interview with Marc Helgesen (Part 1)

In this interview, Marc Helgesen talks about the changes the English teaching community in Japan has witnessed over the last 30 years, the importance of “positive psychology” in language pedagogy, and what it’s like to be a Buddhist monk for … Read More »

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Teaching English at Japanese Universities

There are over 700 universities in Japan, and most, if not all, offer some kind of English language instruction to their students. But how does one go about becoming a university English ‘professor’ in Japan, and what’s it like to … Read More »

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