Very excited to announce:
Margit's Master Teacher Training in Shiga 2019
Time: July 20, 21
Location: Shiga Prefecture, Otsu city, Titti Seminar House
Day 1: Margit's Academy Show:
Performance of my students , age 4-12.
This year we are using a new space and will have all of my students in one show.
You will experience not only the kids, but also the parents and how I get them involved.
Day 2: Full Day Teacher Training:
You will experience (I'm sure, not for the first time) what 'learning a language' means, and how your students feel in the classroom. I will use German and Bahasa Indonesia to show you techniques and methods that work (and also why others don't). All 100% practical, so you learn 'as a student' and 'as a teacher' at once.
Lots of activities, games, brain breaks you can take as they are and use in your classroom.
Second half I plan to go a bit into more 'advanced' activities and methods including movie talk, storytelling, reading and writing , again all practical.
The number of participants is limited so we will be able to figure out everyones' needs, and work on these.
And of course just being in this great community of same minded teachers! Don't think twice.
Repeater: 23800円 （till May 25th)
Double: each17800円( Repeaters+someone new )
Bonus 1: All prices include accommodation
Bonus 2: A kitchen with everything needed for dinner, breakfast, lunch
Bonus 3: In case you want to bring your kids, I have a very special deal for you, that is unbeatable, so get in touch.
I am looking forward to seeing you all, please apply via contact form ,
leave a comment or call me.
If you have further questions don't hesitate to contact.
And here are a few testimonials from last year:
How do you celebrate spring?
School end parties?
Easter Egg hunts?
A little bit of all?
Easter egg hunts are like all hide and seek games a huge favorite for kids.
However in English class we need to be careful that they do not end up in speechless sessions.
Here are two activities we enjoyed a lot this year:
1. A Flipgrid Easter Egg Hunt.
I hid the eggs in my house, and asked the kids via Flipgrid, where they guess the eggs are. They watched this video at home and thought of the answer. Then they took a video with their guesses. Great presentations with lots of language.
A real egg hunt, with a twist:
I made a simple sketch of a landscape with trees, grass, flowers...(all items the kids could read at this stage)
Then I wrote slips of paper with sentences like:
Ten eggs under the tree.
A red egg in the tent.
I put all of these slips into a plastic easter egg each, and hid them outside all over the space. Ready go and in groups the kids were searching for eggs, reading, running back and forth to draw what they had read.
What are your favorite easter egg hunts?
The other day I talked about 'lonely' teachers.
Recently we really should not need to feel this way, as traveling is getting cheaper and cheaper.
Mila, from Czech Republic took the change to come (more than 7000 km) to stay with teachers from Japan for a week.
Additionally I organized 3 nights of homestay for her, at my student's homes.
What I hadn't imagined is, that it would be such a huge win for these students of mine, even before Mila arrived.
They were excited from the moment they decided to have her come. They asked me every week about Mila's favorite foods, her daughter's name, things she liked or disliked...
They practiced English at home, more than they ever had, and included their families as well.
Now, that she has returned to Czech, these kids come and want to play those games Mila has taught them. They explain them to the other kids.
So, I was thinking: How many 'wins' did we have?
Win for me, win for you (Mila), win for all the teachers involved and win for my students. Not to go into further details, that is 4!
Any plans coming to Japan?😉
Do you sometimes feel 'lonely' as a teacher?
You always have students around you and actually there are enough people to talk to, including parents.
Especially teaching at your own school. I have had years and years where I just felt so lonely, not having any exchange as a professional, with other professionals, that I volunteered 10 hours teaching a week for several years in a public school, just to have colleges.
These days it is easier to exchange with other teachers from around the world; a few clicks on the computer or smartphone and we are connected. This is amazing and great, and I absolutely do not want to miss it. It has made my life so much easier and I have met amazing people.
Still it is not the same as to meet another teacher IN PERSON.
Watch out for updates on this topic, coming soon.
I actually can't believe I haven't written at all since January. Don't think I was hibernating.
There were actually lots of uncertain things going on , and I kind of felt on hold for a while. Now that almost all have cleared up, I hopefully will be back regularly. There is SOOOO much I want to write about.
Beginning of this month Mila from 'Prima English' in Czech Republic visited me to see me teaching live, exchange with other Genki English teachers, and experience Japan.
Just 3 words:
It was wonderful!
Here is the lovely message I got from her this week, and I really want to say thank you to you Mila again, for coming, joining all my crazy ideas (esp. multiple homestays, Karaoke).
It was lovely to meet your whole family, and I do think very much that we will meet again.
Have you ever felt like this:
You students should know vocabulary and common question and answer patterns. They have spent lessons practicing, and actually when you focus on one certain topic, they can do it.
Reviewing weather: 'It's snowy'
they know 'Today'
In the context they know how to command: 'Put on your coat".
If you ask them: "What's your favorite winter sport" they will answer: " I like snowboarding"...
They go out of your door. The world is white around them. It is snowing. And suddenly the most coming out of their mouths is:
'Snow' 'Coat' 'Cold'
Where are all those sentences? Hey! Come on. You can do it:
"Teacher, it is snowing today. Look! Come on. Put on your coat. Let's make a snowman."
WHERE did this all go? They can say it. I know it. YES! but No?!
Well, if you never feel like this~please write down YOUR secrets in the comments.
And here is one lesson (well actually it will be 2-3 lessons to complete) to get the kids away from the "lesson box brain" to a more fluent "real life imagination":
I tell them we are going to play a day in winter.
They get in pairs.
They will get rules and TOPICS (not structures) they have to implement.
And FREEDOM within those.
weather; feeling; wintergames (plays in the snow), getting dressed, building a snowman.
choose your roles (siblings, friends, parent and kid...)
choose your feeling for today,
choose 3 wintergames you suggest to play and the reasons to refuse them (eg: snowboard>>I don't have a snowboard" etc)
Choose any clothes you like to get dressed in
Choose items for the snowman to make it a bit funny (eg: a banana for his nose....)
1)Let them write out their script in their native language for 15 minutes
2)Then let them practice the language for 15 -20 minutes
3)Then perform in front of each other!!!
I take this slow and split these 3 sections up and embed them into three classes.
Let me know (and see) how it goes. Enjoy!
Have you been waiting for my phonics course to be relaunched again? Here you go:
A full course of more than 40 videos, (summing up to more than 7 hours) where I teach YOU all I know about each sound of the English language and how to teach them. The videos are for adult students and teachers IN JAPAN
Here are a few reviews of teachers who participated last time:
To give you an idea of what this all is going to be like, I will add the first videos of the course for free.
You need to have a facebook account to join the group. If you need any assistance, get in touch in the comments or via mail or messenger.
Here is the link to the first video, from tomorrow on, check out my facebook page.
You want to hold a Christmas party with your kids and you want to make it memorable.
You want to teach some English and at the same time culture.
All in the spirit of Christmas.
If there is one thing I am absolutely confident about, it is our Christmas event.
Honestly, this is something I believe hard -if at all- to find throughout the country.
I think it takes not only a plan to create this, and I am just grateful that I have the wonderful students, parents, place and surrounding for this.
I cannot share these with you, but what I can share are a few ideas.
Today, as my ADVENT SPECIAL, my 5 top songs for ESL Christmas:
1. Hallelujah, a song from Taizé, which I learned in 5th grade from a wonderful teacher I absolutely adored. I created my own song lines for my students, and since 12 years we have been singing it every year.
2. Feliz Navidad, everyone knows it, I think. Get out your guitar, and just go for it. Parents and kids will love it. I carry my guitar around in December and if I get into a new group, I always teach it on the spot, and within 10 minute it is completed.
3. He's got the whole world. This is a really great song for any age, you can sing it slow or fast, pop or classic; it teaches opposites and the great thing is it works great without instruments.
4. Mary's boy child from Boney M.~just great. You can create a lesson plan around this song. We have done paper cuts and presented the song with an OHP. Many projects you could do with this song.
5. You raise me up, this song is especially great for a 'last year graduating class'
If you do use these songs, add a message in the comments of what you did with them and how it went.
What other songs do you use at Christmas?
Invented in the 19th century in Germany, there have been many kinds of calendars over time.
Originally it was count down to Christmas, starting with chalk lines on the door, children whipped away one after day after day!
It developed , into 24 pictures, later were these pictures behind little doors.
Then there came a completely different Christmas season. Nazi Germany. Here are some advent calendar images and interpretations of a never to be forgotten time. I have heard a lot of practical stories from my parents about that time, however I never asked how childrens dreams were destroyed.
When I grew up, I used to have chocolate advent calendars every year. It was so much fun to find the numbers, and I remember exactly how proud I felt when looking like crazy for number '4', and finally finding it. I also remember, that this is actually much more difficult than we adults now think it is.
I never could forgive when a friend happened to open up the doors of my advents calendar. I got so angry, and the answer : "I ate already all of my chocolates" did not make me feel any better. Never betray the spirits of Christmas.
For my own kids, I made advents calendars every year. The main reason for this is, that there were non available here in Japan until recently.
My kids loved them. When they were bigger, I made one for all three, so each of them was happy to look for one present all three days.
Now my kids are 20, 18 and 16. We didn't have any calendars for several years.
The other day I got Chocolate calendars for them. A present at Christmas could not have made them happier. They were and are so excited.
How about students?
I have held different advent calendar projects with them every year.
What kind of student advent projects are you up to?
Share in the comments below.
4 月 2019