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金, 03 11月 2017 11:55

Halloween Party Photos 2017

Please find some photos taken at this year's Halloween parties at the following link

Thank you once again to all the parents who brought their children to last Sunday's Halloween Parties. I know it can't have been easy getting the children dressed into their costumes and then having to put on raincoats, rainboots etc. to brave the heavy rain. お疲れ様でした.

Next year I promise NO RAIN!!!



火, 31 10月 2017 20:39

The Witching Hour

  Well it will soon be the witching hour, and time to say goodbye to Halloween, pack up the Halloween decorations and stow them away for another year.

  A big thank you to all those who attended the parties on Sunday, they were a lot of fun and I'm sure the children enjoyed themselves.

  Hopefully soon I'll have some Halloween Party photos to share.

  Until then, Happy Halloween!

日, 29 10月 2017 12:41

Getting Ready for Halloween

 Almost ready for today's Halloween Party, and the classroom is looking spooky.

 It may be pouring down, but we're going to have the best Halloween parties ever.

Just a reminder of those times again

Sprouts/Kinder from 14:30 to 16:00

Elementary from 16:30 to 18:00

 Happy Halloween!

金, 27 10月 2017 14:23

AGO Card Game

  The students, and myself, have been big fans of the AGO card games almost since their release, seven(?) years ago.

  The students love the gameplay as it's as simple to play as UNO, and I love it because it gets children used to asking questions, and not just merely answering questions.

  With this goal of becoming good question makers in mind I recently altered a pack of AGO Level One by removing the questions, the idea being that the children would have to think for themselves without any sample questions to read. The results have been spectacular, some of the questions the children could remember but where they ran up again question they really started to think for themselves...not always perfectly but with a bit of guidance they created their own questions and are well on their way to becoming good question makers.

  Hope the folks at AGO don't mind my alterations, and if you need a name for this version we are calling it AGO Clear!!


金, 20 10月 2017 20:54

Cambridge English Penfriends

  We've recently joined Cambridge English Penfriends. As the name suggests it's an updated version of the penfriend system.

  I'd been looking at giving our students more chances to actually use their English when I stumbled accross the Penfriends website, and I thought we'd give it a try with our upper elementary class first.

  The reaction from the students has been fantastic, and they really gave their best effort preparing their first cards to exchange.

  Looking forward to making our first match!

This one had us guessing in yestersday's JHS class.

We were playing the ever popular Word Up by TEFL Games, and as one of the crossword clues the students had to name a tropical fruit beginning with the letter 'p'.

Aside from the most obvious one, to our surprise there were another four possible the challenge was to name the other four...which we couldn't. it's over to you;

Can you name five tropical fruits beginning with the letter 'p'?

火, 03 10月 2017 11:07

"New" Books for our School Library

 A big thank you to one of our older students for these three books she'd grown out of.

 As you can imagine they were an instant hit with the younger girls in the school.

 Remember, if you have any English children's books you no longer need we are more than happy to give them a new home!

月, 02 10月 2017 13:10

Halloween Party 2017

  It's that time of year, still too warm to be autumn, the leaves have yet to change colour but the supermarkets have had their Halloween decorations up for the past month.

 So here at englishpool it's time to get in the swing of things and announce the 2017 Halloween Party. We'll be doing two parties on Sunday October 29th this year, the first from 14:30 to 16:00 will be for our Sprouts and Kinder students. The second party, from 16:30 to 18:00, will be for our Elementary aged students.

 Still yet to decide on a Halloween costume for this year!

土, 22 7月 2017 18:39

100% Pascal Sensei

 Last week one of our fifth grade students suddenly came out with the phrase 'You have a computer', naturally I tried to expand on this snippet of a converstaion and we went on ask what we did on the computer, play games, do homework etc.

 The conversation was spontaneous and kind of validated all we strive to achieve at englishpool, namely that our students go on to feel confident talking in English, but I was intrigued as to where the initial phrase had come from. Further questioning led to an anime series called 100% Pascal Sensei:


 You can find Pascal's English at 9mins20s, so either skip to that part only or enjoy the whole show!

As of the end of October it seems the video has been removed, apologies.

月, 03 7月 2017 17:55

Princess Books

  An ever popular theme with the girls, are books with princesses in them. In fact, the few titles we have featuring princesses can often lead to tears among the younger students as they fight for who will borrow the book this week! So I was glad to find these three books to add to our school library.