Teacher Tips

Teacher Tips · 22. May 2018
Free Conversation in Adult Lessons If you teach adults, chances are you have had the request “free conversation please, no texts. At Dave and Amy English School, we don’t do free conversation. These are the reasons why: In conversation, students will use the same vocabulary and grammar that they always use. I know from personal experience. My Japanese is not that great and could really improve, BUT my conversation skills are pretty good precisely because conversation often covers
Teacher Tips · 27. April 2018
      Traditionally, children's English teaching in Japan has relied heavily on FUN lessons.   But what is FUN?   Why the emphasis on FUN?   Was any real learning occurring?     Students coming to us from other "FUN" schools seemed to indicate: probably not.                    Despite 4 – 5 years English instruction, most of these students can't read, write, speak or listen well.   Dave and I wonder what HAS been going on

Teacher Tips · 13. March 2018
Many teachers overthink lesson planning. I think it is best to keep things simple. This is the basic plan we use for 1 hour elementary school lessons at Dave and Amy English School. 30 minutes: 2 fifteen minute activities or 3 ten minute ones. Mainly done at the table in pairs or threes. Do the SAME type of activity for ALL lessons that day/ that week. Make your life easy and your

Teacher Tips · 12. February 2018
Kindergarten Lessons at Dave and Amy English School:  Goals (before elementary school, students should be able to) 1.  Know Lots of Vocabulary 2.  Ask and Answer Simple Questions and Answers 3.  Sing simple English Songs 4.  Recognize all 26 Lowercase Letters: begin reading 5.  Know the Phonetic Sounds of all th

Teacher Tips · 08. February 2018
幼稚園クラスでは、以下のことを小学生クラスになるまでに習得することを目標にしています。 1 単語をたくさん覚える 2 簡単な会話 問いと答えができる 3 英語の歌を歌う 4 26の小文字がすべてがわかる 5 すべての文字の音(おん・フォニックス)がわかる 6 小文字を見てその字から始まる単語が4つ言える 7 クラスで発言する事で英語の学習に自信を持つ 8 クラスの友達と楽しく英語の勉強をする レッスン時間は60分です。 歌・パズル・本の読み聞かせ・ビンゴ・ボードゲーム・会話の練習・フォニックスの練習等をします。 先生はみんながちゃんと英語を話しているか、歌を歌っているか注意を払います。生徒同士が互いに助け合えるよう励まし、楽しく英語を学んで自信をつけてほしいです。 幼稚園クラスではフォニックスを学びます。 年中から始めた生徒は、年長では二人一組になってたくさんフォニックスを練習します。これは、My English book and Me 3にすすむ準備段階です。

Teacher Tips · 24. January 2018
One of the key philosophies at Dave and Amy English School is to give the students thinking time. What does this mean? Simply that in ANY activity, give the students TIME to THINK. Too many times, teachers—-in the bid to TEACH and be HELPFUL —- jump in and give the student the answer. We’re undermining our students by doing so. Why is rushing students bad? For many reasons: Maybe the

Teacher Tips · 04. December 2017
At Dave and Amy English School, we used to have popular, effective Mommy and Baby lessons. 14 - 18 Moms and young children would come to the weekly lessons. Before kindergarten, students could usually say their name and age, answer basic questions and knew a lot of vocabulary. Let’s go through the basics: 1, Who: Any child from the age of 6 months to pre-kindergarten. Of course if a mother had a 3 year old and a 2 month old, both children were welcome. Notes: We

Teacher Tips · 30. November 2017
生徒たちにとってベストな学び方とはどのようなものでしょうか? 英語を話せ・読め・書け・聞き取れるようになるには、先生の手助けはできるだけ少なく、生徒自身で学んでいくことが大切です。 では、どのように実践していくのでしょうか? ー歌ではー

Teacher Tips · 27. November 2017
Believe it or not, we have a toilet break policy at Dave and Amy English School. It sounds ridiculous, but it is necessary. To begin with, let’s go through WHY

Teacher Tips · 20. November 2017
Songs are a vital part of any kindergarten lesson. But WHICH songs you sing and HOW you sing them in a EFL classroom are important. Let’s go through some song basics. #1. Why do you sing songs in kindergarten lessons? A. Songs liven up and re-focus the class. In general, we will do an activity, then sing a song. In a 60 minute class, we will sing 7 or so songs. B. Students learn

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