Category Archives: high school

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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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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Tongue Twisters

When focusing on particular English sounds, a tongue twister can be a nice way to practice.  If your class sees tongue twisters as a fun speaking challenge, add them to a lesson from time to time. Tongue twisters are by … Continue reading

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Minimal Pairs

Pairs of words that differ by only one sound are called minimal pairs. When students are learning a foreign language, some sounds don’t exist in their native languages, and these sounds can be difficult to say and hear. It’s a … 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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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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