After reading Mike Guest’s interesting post on introductions, I had to reconsider about what to write in this introductory blog post, because I, like 99.9% of EFL teachers and textbooks in Japan have been teaching students to recite a list of information which is often totally out of context, yet it is information which the student may be called upon to give at anytime, especially in writing. In defence, introductions can be used as a link or a chain, as in numbers-age-months-birthday, I’m 9 years old, my birthday is in January on the 22nd (in a day, on a month). Town-school-grade-subjects, I live in Shibushi, I go to Shibushi elementary school, I’m in the 4th grade, I like English and home science but I don’t like math. I will add that I have always encouraged students to say something interesting about themselves in their introductions, though it seems to be a difficult task for many. For my own introduction please read my profile; I do believe I said something interesting in it.
After encouragement from David Paul I decided to write my own blog, in which I will write about Blending a Hand materials, how I use them in the classroom, their purpose and how they came into being, as well as answering any questions which may arise from feedback or comments about the materials. I use my BAH Facebook group to upload useable samples of whatever materials I’m talking about at the time, unless I have already done so here, so please feel free to join this closed group and to use the many free materials which I share there. Here is a simple and useful way to use introductions without reciting a list; “Carmen” is a character taken from NFO 3 by David Paul. Please feel free to use these worksheets in your classrooms.
It is my hope that through this blog we can improve our teaching and resources together.