さよなら Japan,おひさしぶり Scotland

Hey all,

It’s been ages since my last post and it’s about time I got back to the world of the imaginarium.

Since my last post I’ve been busy returning to ‘bonnie’ Scotland after 3 years teaching in Japan.

It was really emotional saying goodbye to all my wonderful students and fellow teachers.  I have so many fond memories and  miss everyone already.  Since leaving I decided to make a website for my students to keep them updated on what, ‘I like’.  I want to make it accessible to all my students so I have kept writing to a minimal for ease of understanding and i have kept it simple with mainly videos and images.  It’s like a little brother to the imaginarium but without the activities.

Check it out here.

Since returning to Edinburgh I have been really busy visiting families, friends and making the most of the Edinburgh Festival which is a fantastic cultural extravaganza.  While indulging in delicious food, wine and inspirational conversation, I have had little time to think about my upcoming Masters or this blog.  To be honest it has been nice moving my head space away and recharging so that I’m ready for the exhausting year ahead.  I will be very busy studying an MSc in TESOL and I hope I can use this blog as a place to experiment with ideas and also a place to unload some of the new information I will obtain.

I want to leave you with my favourite esl websites which I used while teaching in Japan:

1. MES english – Great flashcards and ideas for teaching Junior High School ‘English Club’

2. Dream English– Fun songs and flash cards for Elementary School

3. Englipedia – My saviour when using the comprehensive English books supplied to all  Junior High Schools throughout Japan(I contributed several lessons to this site)

4. One Stop English / English 4 U– Very useful for private lessons

Before I go I want to share this hilarious video.  I taught eigo notes last year and this video brought on a massive fit of  the giggles:

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3 Responses to “さよなら Japan,おひさしぶり Scotland”

  1. Englipedia looks good, hadn’t come across it before. Thanks

  2. Yeah, ‘englipedia’ is a really good site especially if you work with the public schools in Japan. It gives several activities related to each page of the book you are teaching. It’s also really good for finding quick ideas for warm ups and games.

  3. A bit late I know, but very best wishes for the move back UK-ward.

    I took a quick look at your ‘likes’ site for your Japanese students and was pleased to see a post dedicated to Hayao Miyazaki. I hadn’t realised that he was responsible for Castle in the sky. That’s definitely one of my favourite anime films, but I originally saw it in the original dub as ‘Laputa: The Flying Island’. I remember being really disappointed when I saw the new dubbed version on Film4 a few years ago. Made me recognise how important the voice actors are in films like that. I enjoyed the original dub of Laputa in English, but I much preferred watching something like Akira in Japanese with subtitles than a dubbed version. Do you watch them dubbed or in Japanese?

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