Helene J Uchida

Kids World

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

January 8, 2015

Look into Your Students’ Eyes

I just finished reading the book I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani teen-ager who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban. As you all know, because she was an advocate for the education rights of girls in Pakistan, the Taliban sought to silence her. Instead, she not only survived gunshots to her head, but also blossomed ... 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.

October 15, 2014

Hedbanz / Charades

Hedbanz, the traditional American & Canadian standard guessing game, takes on a new slant by including Charades into its game play. Directions: The group is divided into two or more teams, depending on how many students there are. The teacher can give the teams names, or the players can decide on their team names. The teams also decide on who ... 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...


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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