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火, 29 5月 2018 14:11

Friends in South America

  As part of the Penfriends from Cambridge programme we are involved in, englishpool now has friends in Argentina. Time to get creating some new cards!

木, 17 5月 2018 11:12

At the Shops

   Over on the gallery page I've uploaded some of our upper-elementary students work on the theme of 'At the Shops'.

   Can you find your child's work?

土, 12 5月 2018 15:54

Eiken Tests

  The Summer Session EIKEN tests will be held from June 2nd. While we don't explicitly teach EIKEN in our regular Elementary and Junior High School classes I do sometimes use past tests as part of our classes. The children are normally surprised at how many questions they can answer, despite having never studied for the test (Although it doesn't surprise me at all, after all learning is not just about studying to pass a particular test!)

 If I've heard they passed the first test then we will spend a bit of time practising the interviews to remove some of the fears they have about speaking English in front of a stranger.

 And remember if your child is taking an EIKEN test please tell me and I can maybe offer some practice in class.


More info about EIKEN in English.

金, 11 5月 2018 18:23

Clearwater Beach

   A big thank you to one of our English Cafe Class students who brought back this gift from her recent visit to Clearwater Beach in Florida.

   We also enjoyed munching through the Dove PROMISES chocolates she brought back and reading the messages inside each individually wrapped chocolate.

水, 09 5月 2018 10:12

Toyama Kindergarten

 Today we were asked if we could display this poster for Toyama Kindergarten, and as we have every year we said, 'yes'. Especially as many of our own students at englishpool attend, will attend or have attended.

 The poster looks great, and is a departure from their usual hand made and cut posters.

 And to be fair to other child-care facilities/kindergartens in the Wakamatsu-cho, Kawada-cho, Okubo and Toyama areas here's a list:

  Chacha Higashi-toyama Kodomo-en

  Yochomachi Kindergarten

  Waseda Kindergarten

  Okubo Kindergarten

  Frontier Kids




月, 07 5月 2018 23:29

Comming Soon... (???)

  Advertising poster for the new udon shop that will open soon in the same building as englishpool.

  Can you spot the mistake?

  Maybe there's an opportunity to offer English classes for the staff!


土, 28 4月 2018 16:06

English Joke

   The word 'chores' came up in our English Cafe class yesterday, and none of the class members knew the meaning.

   After teaching them that it referred to household jobs such as washing dishes, doing laundry etc I took the opportunity to teach them a joke:

   Dad: Have you finished your chores?

   Son: What chores?

   Dad: Thank you very much I'll have another pint!

      Do you get? Maybe I can put it to good use at the forthcoming Craft Beer festival in Takadanobaba


  Oh, by the way. Mines a glass (or two) of beer!




木, 26 4月 2018 21:53

That's Chopin

  These pamphets found their way to us last week from Chiiku Lab and look a little interesting.

  A classical concert will be held at the Roppomgi K concert Salon on June 2nd, featuringYoshihiro Kondo on piano, Hajime Otomo on cello, Yuko Higuchi dancing and of NHK children's English fame, Eric Jacobsen.

  Apparently when Eric isn't busy performing at English events (see his Hi Eric site) he also has a grown up band The Eric Jacobsen Band.

  More details of the classical concert can be found on the Confetti websiteEnglish Here, Japanese here.

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   Made this sign to remind our younger elementary students not to use their mamorino or kidsphone during class time! Not only does it disturb the lesson but they are more than likely calling mum; who then wonders why her child is calling her during their English lesson. Double trouble!!