The Language of Japan

I wanted to write a really interesting and profound post for the Japan Blog Matsuri, but every year I forget about it, miss the deadline, or can’t think of anything for the theme, so I’m just going to write this post anyway – believe it or not, I began the draft of this post for … Continue reading

The Origins of “OK” – BBC

On 23 March 1839, OK was introduced to the world on the second page of the Boston Morning Post, in the midst of a long paragraph, as “o.k. (all correct)”. via BBC News – How ‘OK’ took over the world. This fascinating article details the origin and passage into common use of OK. What OK … Continue reading

The Real Voice of Japanese Students

One of the biggest complaints that EFL/ESL teachers have about teaching English in Japan is the focus on grammar and testing at the expense of opportunities for communicating.  In this video, we see that Japanese students are also frustrated and want to speak English more. About this video: The real voice of Japanese university students … Continue reading

JET Programme Update – Still on Chopping Block

This is just a brief update on the status of the JET Programme in light of the recent Japanese evaluation of governmental waste in spending.  The current JET issue has recently come to the attention to many international news outlets and the JET alumni community has been taking steps to get the word out and … Continue reading

The JET Programme is in Trouble

It appears that the JET Programme is in trouble. The JET Programme, which took me to Japan for 3 years (2 on JET, and one year working for the Compulsory Education Division of the Board of Education in Gunma), is a valuable program that gives Japan vital exposure to international people from a large number … Continue reading