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, June 15, 2006

ETM3 Students Blog about their Futures and Issues they Face in the Present

Last week, I asked students in ETM3 to write about whatever was on their minds. One popular theme was "What should I do in the future?"
Cheesecake is thinking about becoming a Kindergarten Teacher while Eringo writes that the more she learns the more confused she becomes about what she wants to be! Mitoch writes that in the future she wants to use English for her work. To be honest, I (JH) used to think that I wanted to use Japanese some day for my work, and not I am!
74napochi wrote two very interesting posts. One about how her life has changed as a university student and another about her dreams and the harsh reality of life.

There were also a lot of ETM3 students who wrote candidly about the anxiety they were feeling about their 1 month long teaching practice starting in September. Lion wrote about her frame of mind as she prepares to English at a junior high school. Happy Days asks for advice about how she should prepare for her teaching practice at an elementary school. She says that although she has experience teaching English, elementary school teachers have to be able to teach all subjects!

Some students blogged about their teaching experiences: Pinch Hitter talks about his experience working with a Brazilian ALT and Happy Days talks about her experience as a volunteer at a nursing home to fulfill a requirement for her teacher's license.

Lastly, Gakusei blogs about the best way to translate "seisyun" into English.


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