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The Future of Conversation Schools

What will be the future of English conversation schools in Japan? This is not a new question. I made a bet with another school owner back in 2014 about whether or not children would still be learning English in ten years, due to the developments in machine translation. (I look forward to my Guinness in […]

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I try to make it a habit to read at least a little each day.  One reason I love my Kindle is that I can have it with me and at any free moment open up one of the currently 296 books saved inside.  We don’t ride trains up here in Yamagata very often, but […]

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  Just like everyone else, my school has been trying to navigate the COVID situation as best as we can.  Enough time has passed since the crisis began that I think I can write about what we’ve done and the response it has received.   From the beginning of the crisis we made some assumptions […]

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    With the current coronavirus crisis and all that school owners have been writing about it on Facebook and other media, I’ve decided not to write about it here.  All that we as school owners are learning from each other, however, reminded me of a post I had meant to write in late January, […]

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The typhoon in October was big, no question.  Many people died and many others were missing.  There is a good reason the news was as vocal as it was about how dangerous the storm might be and to be ready.   This left many school owners in a difficult situation.  For us, we have a […]

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I had an interesting conversation with the mother of a student attending our weekly kindergarten lessons.  I was observing a new teacher who is currently in training–and doing very well.  He was teaching a weekly kindergarten lesson at our South Yamagata School and I started talking with a mother there who was watching her daughter […]

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As many of you know, two things I find to be very important as a school owner are learning from others and a strong culture.  This Sunday will be an opportunity to combine both of those.  The JALT School Owners’ SIG and Lixon Education are sponsoring a Webinar where one of my managers and I […]

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In talking with some language school owners one thing that has always baffled me is the tendency to want to hide what one is doing from other owners.  There seems to be a fear of competition among many of us that keeps us from reaching out to other owners–especially those in our area.  Some owners act […]

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Two weeks have passed since JALT National in Nagoya.  Sunday afternoon of the conference we had the School Owners’ Discussion/Debate.  The theme this time was school culture and we debated different ways to shape that culture.  I’ve done a post on this in the past, but we discussed many ways to develop a culture of […]

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What are the best ways to encourage professionalism among staff and teachers?  There are many possible answers, but I would argue a major one is to give them opportunities to be professionals.  One thing true professionals do is attend professional development seminars.  One thing schools that value professionalism do is foster an atmosphere where professional […]

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