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February 14, 2012

The Week in English Language Teaching: TEDxTeachers • Japan Loves English • British School • Krashen

Teaching-English-in-Japan-Education-REPLACE" Speakers wanted for TEDxTeachers event on March 2nd
Many people will be familiar with the TED and TEDx (e.g. TEDxTokyo) events, where inspirational speakers give talks to remember and via Tom Sweeney at Pearson we hear that the world's first TEDxTeachers event is to be hosted at the Tokyo International School on March 2nd. There are a few slots left for speakers. There is no charge and the event includes food and drinks so is tough to pass up :) For more information visit the TEDxTeachers page here.

Japan Loves English on Valentine's Day
On this most romantic of days, English has captured the heart of Japan. After a 4-day special promotion by language-learning portal site, the Oxford Bookworms-based Alice in Wonderland and Sherlock Holmes apps have taken the top positions in the iTunes charts, with Alice becoming the best-selling iOS application in Japan, topping both the iPhone and iPad charts on iTunes.

The apps are a collaboration between cutting-edge software developer Limited and the venerable Oxford University Press, and feature specially written versions of classics such as Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes, Aladdin and Anne of Green Gables. iEnglish president Russell Willis -- a Brit -- devised a special Valentine's day promotion for the apps and commented: "We set out to play cupid on Valentine's Day, and bring English and Japan together, and it does seem that Japan loves English!" With thousands of English-learning iEnglish-developed apps now being bought each day in Japan, and Alice being the No.1 app in Japan, it looks like the matchmaking was a success.

British School in Tokyo rated "Excellent"
The British School in Tokyo (BST) is celebrating success after being confirmed as an “excellent” education facility, the highest mark possible, by a team of independent inspectors from the International Schools Inspectorate (ISI). The Japan School News site has the story. If only there were such a system to confirm the quality of English schools in Japan, students would get a much better deal.

Stephen Krashen to Speak at JALT Extensive Reading Seminar
The JALT Extensive Reading SIG has announced the Fifth Annual Extensive Reading in Japan Seminar. There will be a full day of speakers, including plenaries from Stephen Krashen and Junko Yamanaka, as well as a wide range of books on display. The SIG has also announced a call for papers. For more information visit the Extensive Reading Foundation website.

Kameoka Diaries Part 5
The fifth installment of award-winning cartoonist Lars Martinson's Kameoka Diaries is now online. Lars is the author behind Tonoharu an acclaimed graphic novel concerning the life a JET teacher in a small town in Japan.

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