Items filtered by date: 5月 2021

金, 28 5月 2021 09:32

English Adventures with Cambridge

  Something exciting from Cambridge Assesment English. They have created their own world on the ever popular Minecraft? (Or マイクラ in Japanese.) It's called English Adventures with Cambridge and runs on the Education Edition of Minecraft, so you'll need a Microsoft 365 licence to play, but the actual game is free to play.

  I had a quick look around the game yesterday and aside from being visually stunning, that's the library in the screenshot, there seem to be various challenges the students have to complete using their English skills. The big plus for children who don't yet read English, is that the various characters they interact with also have the frustration of not being able to read is alleviated.

  My first impressions are that this is something to fill the space left by the departure Mingoville and Moshi Monsters.I'm looking forward to using it (sparingly) in my classes.

  Learning English while playing Minecraft. well it's a winner!

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木, 27 5月 2021 23:21

追悼 エリック・カール


【THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR】【Brown Bear,Brown Bear,What Do You See?】etc...




つい先日、立川にある美術館PLAY!MUSEUMで『エリック・カール あそぶための本』という展示を観てきたところでした。



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木, 20 5月 2021 09:54

Reds and Blues

  New colours for the englishpool leaflet. I wanted to make it a bit more eye catching!

 What do you think?


 2021 スクールチラシ(PDF)

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木, 13 5月 2021 12:55

What's Inside a Hand Mixer?

  In this video I take apart a cheap Dretec kitchen hand mixer that has stopped working, or is broken. I try to explain how it works and point out the various components, and parts, that make up the hand mixer.

 And why am I taking things apart? Well, it's part of an idea for a new course I'm planning.

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木, 13 5月 2021 12:37

At the Store

  We had a lot of fun in Saturday's Kinder class (年中~年長のクラス ) recreating scenes from the Potato Pals book, At the Store.


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  While the internet is great resource for finding ideas and methodologies for teaching second languages to children, it's rare to find a page that sums things up so easily. Well, today I found such a page over on Smart Parent Advice. The actual website is geared towards parents and aims to, in their own words, "Provide Advice To Parents So They Can Raise Their Kids With Confidence!" but that's not to say that language teachers cannot learn a thing, or two, from their articles. 

 The actual page that caught my attention was 5 Tips For Helping Your Child Learn A New Language. To sum the page up briefly, the five tips were:

1. Make language learning fun

2. When the kids don’t feel like they’re doing difficult work, they’ll learn without even realizing!

3. Lead by example

4. Read to them as much as possible

5. If You Can’t Bring Your Kids to the Language, Bring the Language to Your Kids!

I wholeheartedly agree with all the points raised and if you are in the process of trying to teach your own children, or your children are learning a langauge at a language school, and you'd like to help them, I throughrouly recommend visiting the page to read more.

Aside from the linked page the rest of the website,, is full of great ideas and advice for the new parent, or even the long-in-the-tooth language instructor such as myself!

I particularly liked their Simon Says page.

Nice work guys.

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