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February 18, 2010

Russell Willis interviews Setsuko Toyama

toyama_setsuko.jpgIn the latest ELT News interview, Russell Willis, President of eigoTown.com, interviews Setsuko Toyama, the author of several textbooks, including the "English Time" series from Oxford University Press. The interview focuses on the introduction of English into elementary schools.

Setsuko advises elementary school teachers that 'the expertise of the homeroom teacher is key to success in the elementary classroom. They know the children’s names and can control the classroom, something that is almost impossible to do if you are a guest teacher. Another key is to design lesson plans that incorporate activities that appeal to various learning styles. My observation is that every class has a few children with some difficulty and often, these children benefit from English instruction that appeals to different intelligences that they bring to the classroom but are not appreciated in other subjects.'

Click here for the full interview.

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