Author Archives: Douglas Perkins

Haiku

Writing poetry is a lot of fun, as long as the teacher gets the preparation figured out.  Before writing, students need to read many examples, and it is important that these examples are relatively comprehensible. Most of the haiku I … Continue reading

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Journals

For my junior and senior high school classes, when the numbers are right — and by that I mean low enough — I like to have my students write in journals once every week or two. The general setup is … Continue reading

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Describing Pictures

There are dozens of topics and grammar points that can be studied using activities where students say or write things about pictures.  Here are some slide shows and worksheets that I’ve used. Describe the Pictures: Animals. ODP & PDF. An … Continue reading

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Passive Voice Practice

Here are some passive voice practice worksheets.  In Japan, passive voice is taught at the beginning of ninth grade.  One of the best ways to practice passive voice is converting between active voice and passive voice sentences while maintaining the … Continue reading

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Occupations

Here are some occupation flash cards.  Occupations (jobs) are a topic that first comes up in my eighth grade textbook.  Students are asked about their dream job, why they are interested in it, and what steps they can take towards … Continue reading

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Homestay English

Every summer, several dozen students from my high school go to Adelaide, Australia, for a three-week study abroad session.  In preparation, several teachers and I teach three Homestay English lessons to them.  (There are several other prep sessions run by … Continue reading

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Long Answers

Basic question and answer practice is a staple of foreign language study.  Here is a set of questions designed for two-sentence or three-sentence answers. I use these worksheets in pairs.  One student asks twelve questions, the other student answers, then … Continue reading

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