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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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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Interview with Marcos Benevides: Extensive Reading (Part 1)

The 5th Extensive Reading conference is taking place this weekend in Nagoya, but what exactly is ‘Extensive Reading’, and how can it be utilized by teachers and learners of English? I interviewed Marcos Benevides, an Extensive Reading advocate, and a … Read More »

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ELT and Technology in Japan: The vision versus the reality

My earliest encounter with the wonder of Japanese technology was at the British Museum in 1991. I was 9 years old. The “Japan exhibition” showing at that time featured a robot that could paint a naturalistic portrait of a human … Read More »

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