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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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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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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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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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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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Interview with Marcos Benevides: Extensive Reading (Part 2)

In the first part of this interview, Marcos Benevides talked about what Extensive Reading actually is, and how it can be implemented and assessed by English language teachers. Here, the interview continues with more information about Extensive Reading, and details … Read More »

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