International Education Week 2010

This week, November 15th to 19th, is the 11th annual International Education Week. “And today, fortunately my new role, it affords me extraordinary opportunities to visit foreign countries.  And during these trips, I try to spend as much time as possible with young people.  And those experiences are what convince me so fully that it’s … 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

日本語は難しい!or Language Learning IS Cultural Learning

(Nihongo wa muzukashi!) OR Language Learning IS Cultural Learning.   In October 2007 I gave a talk for 14 Japanese elementary school teachers. Almost all were homeroom teachers. Most only teach with their ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) once a month. The information was basic: Effective Teaching Methods and Useful Conversation Methods for Elementary Schools, but … Continue reading