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Life as an ALT in Japan, exploring it and sharing advice.

Years back, in 2008, one ALT got in some trouble after playing hangman in class.

An article (published in 2010 in The Mainichi that many blogs have referenced regarding this story but has since been removed) was re-reported on ELT News. The contents are as below:

Whether you have made your own sets of vocabulary cards or another ALT (or Japanese teacher) has, generally a lot of effort goes into making them. If you want to put them to use, here are a few different ideas of how to use those big sets of English vocab cards.

I was looking for ideas to break past that tension and self-consciousness a group of students has the first time they have an English class and I found a page for English speaking kindergarten icebreakers.

I think some of these would translate well to elementary or junior high level English lessons in Japanese schools. I haven't read them all, I got as far as #4 (Name Puzzles) and that suited me fine.

Here is a list of activities useful for practicing various dialogues when you can't think of a game that imitates the real life use of that target language.

The first step in learning new vocabulary is listening and repeating. Before complete understanding and being able to use it, students should be able to recognize the sound of the word and be able to say it.

Here are some quick games for elementary school students to make listening and repeating a more exciting learning process.

Here are a few warm-up activities you can use to help your junior high students transition from the normal class mindstate to a state where they are ready to study and use their foreign language. These "any-time" warm-ups require no prep. They are perfect for those times the JTE suddenly asks you to do a warm-up for the class you're walking to right now.