Issues in EFL in Japan (Not currently being updated)

My name in James Hall and I teach an English Teaching Methodologies class for aspiring English teachers and advising 5 senior students (one is in the USA). This blog is will be used as a forum to discuss issued in EFL in Japan. This blog will also serve as a portal to the learners' blogs as I will periodically summarize the hot topics appearing in the learners' blogs. Please come join us!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

About this Blogging Project

Absract: A blogging project consisting of 25 aspiring English and primary school teachers at Iwate University. Come join us for discussion and debate! (April 20 - August 1, 2006)
Detail:This is a blogging project with my advisees and the learners in my English Teaching Methodologies 3 (ETM3) class. The members are 25 junior and senior undergraduate students as well as two graduate students. Some aspire to be elementary school teachers and some junior high school teachers.
We will be doing both group and individual blogging work and have three types of blogs: A group discussion blog, individual llearner blogs, and a blog to post assignments, resources or announcements.
The first blog is called "Issues in EFL in Japan". This blog will serve as a portal to the learners' blogs and summarize some of our hot topics of discussion as well as point out some interesting posts from learners' blogs. Every week, I or another learner will summarize the hot topics appearing in the learners' individual blogs and link to them. Sometimes this blog will also host discussions with English teachers inside and outside Japan. It is our aim for the reader of this blog to learn more about the state of English language teaching in Japan.
The second type of blog will simply serve as a bulletin board for assignments, relevant anouncements and class resources.
In the third type of blog or individual learner blogs(the blogroll is displayed on this blog and in this post), learners will reflect on their own teaching, what they have learned in ETM3 and their own theories about teaching English. They are also free to write about anything they want. The goals for the learners is to 1) Increase their understanding of English education and 2) Improve their English. I hope that you will come join us!

ETM3 Blogroll
Bear or Toshi?
happy days
head banger
Pinch Hitter
the loe
The lion
yoshie hb

Advisees' Blogs

Jamie Hall's Personal Blog


  • At 6:01 pm, Blogger Morioka, Iwate, Japan said…

    This is interesting. I hope it takes off. There is another blogger anne who has tried something on a smaller level. you are both in Iwate. Her link is on the Iwate blog. You all may share notes.

  • At 6:35 pm, Blogger JH said…

    Thanks for the information. I will check the Iwate blog ( for Anne's site.

  • At 8:45 am, Blogger Gladys Baya said…

    Hi from Argentina!

    I've just come across this blog thanks to, and thought our classes might interact occasionally (I teach primary and secondary school EFL trainees). Perhaps you'd like to have a look at our wiki? At the moment we're discussing what makes an ideal teacher, and you might let us know what you think!
    We'll be looking into some of the topics you're discussing at about September this year... we promise to comment on your blog then!



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