There are numerous changes happening with the English curriculum in Japan. In Junior High school and High School there is an increasing focus on speaking skills, with speaking assessment to be included in university entrance exams from 2020.
For elementary school teachers, you have a new course of study beginning in 2020. Students from grade 3 will be studying English and it will be a proper subject in grades 5 and 6, with assessment.
In response to these changes, we have three courses for you:
1. Junior High School and High School Introductory Course.
2. Elementary School Introductory Course
3. Phonics Course
I have been living in Japan teaching English since 1998 in Junior High Schools, eikaiwa, a private elementary school and at a university. I had a brief time back home in New Zealand between 2008 and 2012, teaching at a primary school for three years, then Academic English Writing at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. I originally trained as a primary school teacher before coming to Japan and, in my further education, I was awarded first class honours in a Masters in Education (Guidance Studies) through Massey University, New Zealand.
At British Hills and as a visiting researcher at the Centre for Teaching English to Children (児童英語教育研究センター) at Kanda University, I am very engaged in how to improve English teaching practice in the context of the rapid expansion of English learning into elementary schools in Japan. In addition, I am thinking and researching about how best to support Junior and Senior High School English teachers who must adopt more communicative approaches to teaching, and also adopt speaking assessment practices and strategies in large classes. My particular interests are in using gestures and story to improve learning (see www.intentionalgestures.weebly.com) and making and sharing activities that maximize engagement and interaction for students. I really love teaching teachers and look forward to seeing you soon at British Hills! For more about me, click here.