Category Archives: TEFL

How to be a good English teacher: Advice from a Japanese learner of English

Ryuichi Sakai is a Japanese learner of English, computer programmer, and editor of a free website which provides advice, from a learner’s perspective, about how to be a good English teacher in Japan. In this article, he summarizes some key … Read More »

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Kickstarting your own ELT publication

We previously interviewed Marcos Benevides, award-winning ELT author, about his thoughts on Extensive Reading, and his motivations for adapting the world-famous Choose Your Own Adventure series for learners of English as a foreign language. This time he’s back with a … Read More »

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Taking a language learning card game to market: An interview with Sean Anderson

In this interview, Sean Anderson talks about his experience devising, developing and marketing his own English language learning card game, Question Quest. He describes  the challenges he faced, and the risks involved, and offers advice to others hoping to create … Read More »

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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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