Helene J Uchida

ELT Game Corner

Welcome to my Game Corner. Here I introduce a game for you to use in your classes to help make English come alive.

August 8, 2014

Family Dinner Box

Family Dinner Box is a new, interactive game filled with 42 easy-to-understand and fun-to-answer questions students can ask each other about family traditions, experiences, opinions, wishes, habits, complaints and preferences. The cards are thick, sturdy, colorful and beautiful with BIG print. Family Dinner Box Questions include Forty-two ... More...


Helene J Uchida

Kids World

Topics of interest to teachers of English as a second or foreign language to young learners.

June 2, 2014

Celebrate Our Students

Nothing succeeds like success. And because of this old adage, I think that teachers should put more energy into celebrating our students. Why? Because they are worthy of it. If you take a moment and look back at your own student days, I am certain that you remember the teachers who found good things in you. I still have old scrapbooks filled ... More...


David Lisgo

Classroom Activities

English Teaching Materials, Games and Activities

May 4, 2014

Think Read Write

Finally, a copy of Think Read Write by Eric Kane and Christine Graf is in my hands and upon a quick look I like what I see. Looking at the dictionary section in the back of the book, I see just a few words which I don't usually cover, those being: exit (I will adapt my pronunciation), itchy, stinky, I do "smelly", and t-rex (a good one), there ... More...


Mike Guest

The Uni-Files

A candid look at EFL life and lessons from a university teacher's perspective.

April 25, 2014

Gettin' yer kids into college- Japanese university version

Before I launch into today’s topic, I want to (ab)use this platform to selfishly shill... my epoch-defining novel ‘The Little Suicides’. It’s available at and at (you can preview the opening few pages there). The story is set largely in Japan and the Philippines, and although rather ‘gritty’ in places (it’s ... More...


Simon Moran

Schooled In The Trade

In this series of articles, Simon Moran looks at the issues involved in starting and running independent ESL schools.

April 2, 2014


Recruitment is defined by as: The process of finding and hiring the best-qualified candidate for a job opening; it includes analyzing the requirements of a job, attracting employees to that job, screening and selecting applicants, hiring, and integrating the new employee to the organization. For us, more simply, that means ... More...


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· Pat on the Back by Patrick Jackson
· ELT Book Reviews by Robert J. Dickey
· Barb's Bits and Bytes by Barbara Sakamoto
· Guest Column by Mark McBennett
· Reading for Children by Greg Crawford
· Get Neuro-Psyched! by Robert Murphy
· Nelson's Column by David Paul
· Humanistic Teaching by Chris Hunt
· Young Learners by Carla Wilson
· Professional Development by MASH Collaboration
· Extensive Reading and Listening by Rob Waring
· Japan, India, Online English Writing by Abhishek Goel
· Writing Right by Torkil Christensen
· Thoughts on Japan by Thomas McAuley
· Teaching Kindy Kids by Gerard O'Sullivan
· Think Tank by Mark McBennett
· An ELT Entrepreneur by Guy Cihi


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