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土, 11 1月 2020 08:31

Frozen アナと雪の女王

  Thank you to one of our students for the donation of Frozen, Book of the Film to our ever expanding school library.

  I must admit that when I watched Frozen, known as アナと雪の女王 (Ana to uki no jo-ou) in Japan, I fell asleep.  So maybe I will be the first to read this!

金, 10 1月 2020 14:53

Body Part Dice

  Towards the end of last year, when we were learning body part vocabulary in our Kinder Classes, I came up with the idea of using a dice to introduce some fun to the vocab learning.

  I'm not sure what was more fun, rolling the dice and saying the body part name, or the children laughing while I was trying to draw on the dice!

  You can find a fail-safe dice template here:

火, 07 1月 2020 16:26

"It tastes terrible!"

Do you know what this is?

Yes, it's a cow. Or more specifically, it's a liquorice cow. And it became one of the best teaching aids I've ever encountered.

In our elementary classes (小学生B&小学生C) they had the target of describing various items."It looks beautiful." "It looks soft." "It's loud." etc...

Well for the target "It tastes delicious" or "It tastes terrible" this little liquorice cow worked wonders.

I offered each student one of these little liquorice cows, and some students said "It looks delicious", some even went as far as to take an initial bite and say "It tastes delicious" but 100% of students finally said "It tastes terrible!" before spitting it out into the bin!

(For the record, I am yet to meet any Japanese that like liquorice. It must be an acquired taste!)


Thank you to my friend Mr.S who provided the liquorice after a business trip to Denmark.

火, 07 1月 2020 13:39

Decorated Gingerbread Men

  We used this idea at our Christmas Parties, and I thought I'd share it with you.

 I prepared a gingerbread man for each child and set a selection of different coloured 'chocopens' on each table. The children were then free to create their own designs.

 It was a lot of fun and something I can see us doing again.

 (Apologies for the picture, the sharp eyed will notice I only used one colour! It was a test! )

土, 04 1月 2020 11:09

Christmas Party Photos

  Forgot to post this before the Christmas/ New Year break but the photos taken at the Christmas Parties are online.

  As usual, you'll need a password to access them, check inside your child's bag...or contact me direct.

  Thank you to all the students who attended the Christmas Parties, they were a lot of fun and I hope you enjoyed the gingerbread men!

土, 04 1月 2020 11:18

Happy New Year

From myself, and all the staff at englishpool,

明けましておめでとうございます, or Happy New Year!

Hope you have a good 2020.




  Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a Great New Year, from Paul and all the staff at englishpool.

  Pleae note we will be closed for winter holiday from today today, 25th December, until 6th January (冬休み12/25~1/6)

  Happy Holidays!




火, 03 12月 2019 16:11


  Following hot on the heels of the Halloween Party, it's the Christmas Party!

  This year's party will be held on Sunday, 15th December. Same format as other years, all children to bring a little somthing to eat, and a present to exchange (of about 500 yen value.)

  Please respond by December 7th.


火, 26 11月 2019 08:25

Eiken Perfect Score 英検満点

  One of our Junior High School (中学生) students was very pleased with himself recently.

  He was unsure as to which level of eiken test (英検) he should take, so he took grade 5. Imagine his surprise when he achieved a perfect score of 850. Not a single question incorrect!

  Hopefully he'll now feel confident to challenge the higher levels!

  And remember, at englishpool we may not specifically teach for exams but all our students will more than capable of passing any exams and have confidence to use English in the wider world.