David Lisgo

Classroom Activities

English Teaching Materials, Games and Activities

April 4, 2014

Opening Doors

It's been a long time since I've written anything here. I've been thinking about coming back for quite some time and then my login page was gone, wiped out, but it was only renewed and I didn't have the link till now. Creativity is somewhat of a mystery but it's an innate gift which we all have, though it seems to be more accessible to some ...2272 More...


Helene J Uchida

Kids World

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

March 17, 2014

Don’t Be a Victim in the Classroom

When I do teacher-training seminars, I open up one segment for teacher complaints. Almost always a teacher confesses and tells stories about losing control in the classroom due to student misbehavior or students using their native language too much. After hearing such stories, the rest of the teachers always empathize and give advice. Without ...2720 More...


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.

March 17, 2014

Trip Talk (Box of Questions)

As we all know, most EFL & ESL students love traveling, especially abroad, which gives them an excellent opportunity to “try out” their English outside of the classroom. Trip Talk is a new, interactive game filled with 82 easy-to-understand and fun-to-answer questions students can ask each other about travel experiences, opinions, wishes, ...1598 More...


Mike Guest

The Uni-Files

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

February 12, 2014

Mike’s Handy Dandy Five-Step Guide to Fixing the Japanese English Education System

Unless you’ve been living in a Gaijin bar for the past few years it is hard to deny that the Japanese government has been intent on revitalizing public English education. Among the reforms we have seen introduced or proposed recently are: - lowering the age of introduction of English into the formal education system - requiring that classes be ...14821 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 ...7264 More...


Other columns:

· 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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