Monthly Archives: January 2017

Lies

There’s a foreign language type of activity or game called lies, where the teacher says a sentence that’s false, and students change it into a true one.  You can do the activity where students speak alone or in pairs, and … Continue reading

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Where Is the Ball?

In seventh grade, my students study locations and prepositions like in, on, by, and under. In eighth grade, they learn the patterns There is … and There are … The obvious natural topic is things in the classroom. Start off … Continue reading

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Alphabet Cards

In seventh grade English, we review the alphabet. Students in Japan studied the ABCs in the third grade of elementary school, but they may have forgotten, and writing practice is typically desirable. Here are three A4-size flashcard sets. Big Letter … Continue reading

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The Human Body

We study body parts in junior and senior high school English class. Each textbook does things a little different, and in the interest of saving the teacher time adjusting to pointless changes, I put together a worksheet showing twenty-five body … Continue reading

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Verb Cards

I created three sets of verb cards for junior high school students to use.  Each card has a cartoon of an action on the front, and the back has the verb in four different forms: present, present participle, past, and … Continue reading

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Phonics Boards

Phonics is a tool we commonly use in seventh grade ESL education, and then occasionally in eighth grade or later.  When students are learning to read, sometimes you tell them, “Sound it out.”  If they know what the sounds of … Continue reading

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Say What You Think

The following is a textbook I wrote for a twelfth grade English class in Japan. The class met fifty minutes a week for approximately thirty two weeks. This book has four chapters, each of which is designed to take one … Continue reading

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