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A Good Answer to “Why Do I Have to Study Math?”

One of my friends who is a math teacher says his line was something like this, “You guys tell me what you want to be in the future and I will teach you the math you need for that career. … Continue reading

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Linguistics Game for ESL Classes

Here is an idea for an activity for an ESL class. Give this list to students and ask them to fill in the missing parts. Chickasaw English Ofi’at kowi’a lhiyohli. The dog chases the cat. Kowi’at ofi’a lhiyohli. The cat … Continue reading

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Word Lists for Storytelling

When you are reading English stories to ESL children, sometimes it helps to review the words that you are going to cover ahead of time. Print out these word lists and cut them up to be used as flash cards … Continue reading

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Canada Quiz for Nursery School Kids in Japan

If you print out the file that is linked below, you can use this activity to introduce Canada. (This activity was for children in Japan.) Which one is Canada’s flag? Which one is a map of Canada? Which one is … Continue reading

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Hyakunin Isshu: Teaching Foreign Students about Japanese Culture

The one hundred poems collected in the Hyakunin Isshu are an important cultural treasure in Japan, both for the beauty of the Heian era poems themselves, and also for the creative interpretations shown in the Edo period artwork that is … Continue reading

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