I have been teaching various languages (some Japanese and German, but mostly English) for the past 18 years (I can’t believe it has been that long!). I earned my MA in Language Pedagogy, and I have completed the coursework for my PhD in Second Language Acquisition, but somehow I never seem to have the time to schedule those exams and get that dissertation written. After many years of teaching privately out of my home here in Japan, I have finally opened my own school and I can now devote my time to teaching English to children full-time.
My goal is to get my students beyond just memorizing a few words and phrases, and to teach them to truly communicate in English. All my materials are based on needs analysis and are tailored to the needs of each age group. I am working hard to apply what I have learned in my graduate studies so that the kids in my school get the most advanced, most effective English instruction available, but I also want to make sure that they have a great time learning. Teaching children is always a challenge, but it is never dull and I can honestly say there is never a day that goes by where I don’t learn something!
I started this blog to share my teaching activities and techniques with other teachers who have not had the years of experience or training that I have been lucky enough to have. Maybe you are only looking to teach children part-time, or you are only planning to be overseas for a year or so. In that case, it would not be worth your time to delve into all that research and painstakingly create lessons and activities from scratch, especially when someone else has already invented that wheel.
I hope that all teachers can find something useful here, and I look forward to hearing your feedback and your own teaching innovations and ideas!