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...


Helene J Uchida

Kids World

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

October 15, 2014

Fostering Independence

When I first started teaching English in Japan, I was overwhelmed at how dependent the students were on me. In the beginning, it made me feel good to be so needed, but as time passed, I noticed that the more I let my students depend on me, the guiltier I felt. I realized that by letting them depend on me, I was in essence “handicapping” them ... 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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