Lessons Learned

This is a series of posts that will cover a range of detailed lesson plans that have been used in the Japanese classroom, editorials about teaching in Japan and some advice for becoming an ESL teacher.

For the activities listed you find variations for most of them all  over the internet. There are plenty of ideas for lesson plans, work sheets, games, tips and tricks but that is all they are, ideas. These posts will be detailed schemata of the lessons goals, how they match up with current Japanese textbooks New Horizon English Course and what worked and what didn’t. newHorizonCharactersThese are “battle” tested and anecdotal suggestions for lesson plans and, if any, the digital materials that accompany those lesson plans. All of my digital materials are original and based on the New Horizon’s 7th, 8th and 9th grade textbooks. There are other text books used by the Japanese school system but they follow the same general format so using my lesson plans and activities will work best with New Horizon but can be adapted for any lesson.

The assets, ideas and digital media I have posted on line I have are provided free of charge. If you do find yourself using it a lot a donation of any amount would be appreciated. If you are using these I would assume you are a teacher and do not have much to spare like me. I hope these make your life easier.

Keep checking the “Lessons Learned” page for more updates.

I want to teach English!

How to go about teaching English overseas
How to teach English in Korea – A story of suspense
Start up cost for moving to Japan
What you should bring to Japan –
Girly Edition
Manly Edition
Some great things about living in Japan
The reality of being an ALT in Japan
ALT vs Eikaia – Epic Life Decision Battle
JET vs ALT Dispatch – The Battle Continues
A day in the life of an ALT –  – Coming Soon!
Put it on my tab – Coming Soon!

In Class Activities:

General or Any Grade:
ESL Self Introduction Outline
Iowa Godzilla Attack +
Musical Sentences
Emotional Sakura

IMG_2164New Horizons 1
Warm Up – Penmanship
Unit 2 Dialog – Is this a game? – Coming Soon!
Unit 3 Starting out – Do you do? – Coming Soon!
Unit 4 Starting Out – Breakfast Relay – Coming Soon!
Unit 5 Starting Out – How many…? worksheets – Coming Soon!
Unit 5 Starting Out/Review – Class restaurant – Coming Soon!
Unit 7 Starting Out – Who Am I?
Unit 8 Starting Out – “Where’s the beef?”
Unit 9 “be+ ~ing”
Unit 9 Speaking +1 – Hot Phone!
Unit 10 Starting out – “I can ____”

New Horizons 2
Unit 1 Starting out – What was he doing? – Coming Soon!IMG_2165
Unit 2 Review – My Dream Vacation – Coming Soon!
Unit 2 Speaking +1 – May I Relay – Coming Soon!
Unit 3 Starting Out – Survey Says
Unit 3 Writing +2 – Email Scramble
Unit 3 Speaking +2 – Telephone Time
Unit 4 Starting Out – Have to…

IMG_2404New Horizons 3
Unit 1 Multi +1 – Examples  – Coming Soon!
Unit 1 Challenge – Reading Outline – Coming Soon!
Unit 2 Writing +1 – Write to my friends – Coming Soon!
Unit 3 Dialog – Senkan
Unit 3 Speaking +1/+2 – Would you like to party?
Unit 3  Let’s Read 1 – A Mother’s Lullaby Bingo – Coming Soon!
Unit 4 Speaking +3 – Navigating Kyoto – Coming Soon!
Unit 6 Writing +3 – Sketch Comedy

Japanese Junior High English Speech Contest – Coming Soon!

Junior High Speech Contest
Key Words
Beethoven’s 5th
Tongue Twisters
Happy, Angry, Sad
Phonetic Spelling


The Joys of Teaching English
“I must put on something “

We all consume in English
Adventures in school lunch
Mickey Mouse is universal
Am I a teacher yet?
The other side of the desk

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