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Active English – Teaching English Through Human Movement ( audio blog )

LISTEN HERE This presentation was made at the ETJ-Mie Workshop 1 held on November 10th, 2018,  in Matsusaka City. The presenter is  Ian Simpson – Chief Evangelist at Active English and ETJ-Mie Co-ordinator.

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  If there is one way to start, save, or change a subject of conversation, it is talking about food. Food is something that unites all of us because it is something that all of us must do every day to survive, but it is also a wonderful expression of culture and, even, individuality. There […]

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Dr. Howard Gardner’s Types of Intelligence   For a long time, until fairly recently, the field of psychology used IQ tests solely to explain intelligence. However, some viewed those tests as inadequate because they only tested linguistic, logical, and spatial abilities to place people on a scale to find their ability levels, according to the […]

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Are you a “High Performance Teacher ? “. When I was a high school teacher in the UK, the government came up with a scheme to reward the best teachers. These teachers known as “Super Teachers” received bonus salary and other such perks. I am not sure I agreed with the governments criteria for choosing […]

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If you read part 1 of this Active English blog, you will know that I introduced our thinking at the “Active English Academy” including the benefits of AE and some AE teaching methods. In part 2 here, I will talk about some of the basic science supporting Active English.   Its commonly known that exercise […]

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“Active English” is a phrase I have coined referring to the teaching of English communication skills through the mediums of sport, outdoor education and the arts. Its not meant to replace the standard classroom lesson but to be a valuable supplement to it. For me, its sort of coming full circle because I spent many […]

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I arrived in Japan in June 1999, after almost 20 years working as a high school teacher in the UK and Australia. During the first few years, my working time was shared between working as a pro rugby coach and English teacher. In the UK and Australia, I had not worked as an English teacher, […]

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Recently on Tokyo Real I interviewed Australian Kevin McNamara who runs the online platform “ Get out of your comfort zone “. Kevin is an ex-policeman, cancer survivor, self healer and now an online educator. Many of the things we talked about could well be applied to our field of teaching and running small businesses. […]

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SMART GOALS   Every year the majority of people set their New Year Resolution goals. They may be physical or mental goals related to your body and mind, or they maybe academic or business goals. Whatever they are, setting them is the easy part! The hard part is achieving them. It requires a physical and […]

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Would you consider using meditation in your kids English class ?   Recently on www.tokyoreal.media I had the honor of interviewing Andy Puddicombe, who is the founder of the meditation App. Headspace. Andy is a man with a fascinating story that takes him from studying sports science in the UK, living for 10 years as […]

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