English education

A Great Card Game That Will Help Teach Japanese Kids English

If you are living and working in Japan (or plan to), there is a very good chance that you are teaching English. I have been teaching English here for the better part of a decade. I have taught every level and type of student. Teaching children are particularly enjoyable. My favorite age group is 8-12-year-olds…

‘Engrish’: 3 English Mistakes Most Japanese People Make

Anyone learning a new language makes a lot of mistakes. For example, I once tried to talk about religion with a Japanese friend. I wanted to talk about, “religion as a spiritual experience.” The Japanese word for spiritual is “reiteki” but I misspoke and said “seiteki.” So what I said instead was, “religion as a…

First-Time English Assistant Language Teacher in Japan? Here are 5 Things You Should Know!

More and more people are planning long-term overseas experiences in Japan that involve teaching English as their vehicle. After speaking with a current Assistant Language Teacher (ALT), it inspired me to share some of the valuable lessons she’s learned along the way, which might help others embarking on the same journey. Although experiences may vary,…

How to Teach English in Japan as a Non-Native Speaker

If you are from a country outside the English-speaking world, teaching English in Japan has most likely only rarely crossed your mind before stumbling upon this text. However, if you meet the few criteria listed below, chances are that you are eligible for becoming a bonafide genuine sensei, just like me, right here in the…

Why Can So Many Japanese People Not Speak English?

If you have ever been to Japan, you might have noticed that usually Japanese people can’t speak English, and sometimes get overwhelmed when you talked to them in English. However, by far most of those people (and that includes myself) have studied English for at least 6 years in junior high school and high school.…

Why is Japan Behind Other Asian Countries When it Comes to English?

If you’re an English teacher working in Japan, perhaps you’ve had experiences of working in other Asian countries. If so, maybe you got a nasty surprise on arriving in Japan and discovering that the language ability of students here is lower than what you expected. While Japanese students are studious, well-behaved and polite, their ability…

Let’s Be Aware of Engrish in Japan: 4 Most Common Mistakes

In the age of spell check and google, you would think English signs and information would be all correct. After all, a quick internet search or check in an electronic dictionary would save countless people and businesses from embarrassment. Sadly, mistakes still commonly occur, often after the mistake in question has gone to print, or…

How is English Taught in Elementary Schools in Japan?

Education at elementary level provides a basic foundation of learning. It is when children are trained to acquire the basic knowledge and ability to survive a competitive society, which includes language skills and development. Learning English as a second language is increasing due to the demand of globalization. The English language is considered the universal…