How to register for a workshop

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   Workshops are held on Sundays about once a month


Workshop schedule: See further down this page.


There are two workshops in a day.


Morning workshop: 10:30 – 1:00

Afternoon workshop: 2:00 – 4:30


Kyoto Location:
(just by Kyoto station)
Kibou No Ie Multicultural Center network Salon,
31, Higashi Iwamoto-cho,
Minami-ku, Kyoto
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   Certificates offered


For each program, there are four kinds of certificates:


  • Attendance Certificate

  • Full Certificate

  • Applied Certificate

  • Advanced Certificate

Click here for more information on each of these certificates


All certificates and reports are sent as e-mail attachments once every four months.





For attending one workshop:
¥2,500 (ETJ and FETJ members)
¥3,500 (Non-members )
It is free to join ETJ – click here to join


For submitting an assignment to be graded:


For submitting an audio or video for the applied certificate accompanied by a report:




   Workshop schedule


YL 1How children learnDavid Paul

May 10

YL 2Child-centered learningDavid Paul

May 10

YL 3Teaching phonicsDavid Paul

Jun 7

YL 4Phonics activitiesDavid Paul

Jun 7

YL 5Teaching listening and communicationDavid Paul

Jul 5

YL 6Teaching writingDavid Paul

Jul 5

YL 7Teaching games and songs effectivelyDavid Paul

Sep 6

YL 8Activities for children’s classesDavid Paul

Sep 6

YL 9Lesson planningDavid Paul

Sep 27

YL 10Being an effective teacherDavid Paul

Sep 27

YL 16Teaching in elementary schoolsAurora Dobashi

Oct 11

YL 15Activities that are effective in both large and small classesAurora Dobashi

Oct 11

YL 12Ages and Stages: Selecting teaching and learning materialsAnn Mayeda

Nov 29

YL 13Content and language-integrated learningAnn Mayeda

Nov 29

YL 13The neuroscience of young learners’ developmentRobert Murphy

Jan 17

YL 14Practical applications of neuroELTRobert Murphy

Jan 17

YL 17Brain rules; tools for teaching very young learners (ages 4-6)Kim Horne

Feb 7

YL 18A treasure chest of classroom ideas for teachers of very young learners (ages 4-6)Kim Horne

Feb 7

YL 19Your turnDavid Paul

Mar 6

YL 20Your turnDavid Paul

Mar 6






David Paul

Founded David English House in an apartment in Hiroshima in 1982 and built it up to become one of the most respected schools in East Asia. He is also the founder of ETJ (English Teachers in Japan). David has spent a lot of time travelling around East Asia training teachers and helping both private schools and ministries of education to introduce more student-centered programs. He has also been a guest speaker at many conferences throughout the region. However, these days, when he is not teaching, he focuses almost entirely on training and supporting teachers at a grass-roots level.

His books include:
‘Teaching English to Children in Asia’ (Pearson)
‘New Finding Out’ (Macmillan)
‘Communicate’ (Compass)
‘Motivate’ (Compass)
‘Communication Strategies’ (Cengage)



Ann Mayeda

A teacher and teacher-trainer based in Kobe, Japan. She has over 20 years of experience working with a range of learners but has always been drawn to working with young learners and all the wonderful teachers dedicated to working with them.  She has been involved in teaching and coordinating a MEXT-funded teacher-training program for elementary school teachers, and whenever time allows continues to conduct workshops for schools and teaching organizations throughout Japan. In addition to her lecturing duties at Konan Women’s University, she serves on the advisory board for Our Discovery Island, Pearson’s latest young learners EFL series and is a tutor on the University of Birmingham CELS MA distance learning team. The continuing theme in her teaching/learning philosophy centers on learner development and issues in autonomy as it applies to children and young adult learners.



Robert S. Murphy

Founder and Principal, Murphy School of Education. Author of the popular EFL textbook series, Optimal Levels!. Robert studies and conducts research at Harvard University with the main field work in cognitive development rooted in Japanese schools. His current doctoral research (supervised by Zoltan Dornyei at the University of Nottingham) connects neuroscience, intercultural studies, and EFL in Japan – Robert has a Master’s degree in TEFL/TESL from the University of Birmingham, and is now a tutor/supervisor for the Birmingham MA distance program. Robert is fully bilingual (English/Japanese).



Kim Horne

Kim has been teaching children and training teachers in Japan since 2000. She has shared her experience in a wide range of presentations for teachers of young learners in public and private schools, as well as for professional development organizations such as ETJ and JALT. Kim has also contributed to various published English language learning materials and is a co-author of a workbook for the Happy Valley English textbook series.



Aurora Dobashi

Founder of FETJ (Filipino English Teachers in Japan), a highly effective volunteer group that supports Filipino English teachers in Japan. Aurora has been teaching, training, advising, organizaing events . . . and much more for English teachers in Japan. She was the teacher trainer and chief of foriegn teachers for Sogakukan for many years, and is a presenter for the Oxford University Press Kids Club, and former teacher trainer for the International English Education of Children (IIEEC).


Aurora currently works for the Saitama City Board of Education teaching elementary and junior huigh school students. In the past, she has taught young learners in a wide variety of situations in both Japan and in the Philippines.





 YL1: How children learn
Trainer: David Paul
A comparison of different theories and the implications of these theories for classroom practice. Teachers will look at the assumptions behind the methods we use.


YL2: Child-centered learning
Trainer: David Paul
What is child-centered learning and how can we incorporate child-centered methods in our classes? Teachers will compare teacher-centered and child-centered methods.


YL3: Teaching phonics
Trainer: David Paul
What is the role of phonics and how can we teach phonemic awareness? This session will also contrast phonics with other approaches to teaching reading and writing and look at the role of each approach.


YL4: Phonics activities
Trainer: David Paul
Teachers will look at a range of activities for teaching phonics.


 YL5: Teaching listening and communication
Trainer: David Paul
How can we develop children’s listening and communication ability? The ability to communicate includes a variety of elements. This session will look at how these can be scaffolded over a period of time.


YL6: Teaching writing
Trainer: David Paul
Writing is the most difficult of the four skills, but mastering writing greatly improves the children’s ability to internalize language. This session will look at how to teach writing in an effective way.


YL7: Teaching games and songs effectively
Trainer: David Paul
How can we use games and songs to maximise learning? Games and songs are used as extras by some teachers and just to have fun by others. How can we make them the central part of the learning process?


YL8: Activities for children’s classes
Trainer: David Paul
Teachers will discuss and practice a range of activities. Teachers will also discuss their own and others’ activities.


 YL9: Lesson planning
Trainer: David Paul
Teachers will look at effective lesson planning, create lesson plans, and demonstrate how the lessons would be carried out in practice.


 YL10: Being an effective teacher
Trainer: David Paul
Teachers will look at the role of the teacher in class, and at how to manage difficult classes. This will include the way we interact with students, the example we set, our role in activities etc..


YL11: Ages and Stages: Selecting teaching and learning materials
Trainer: Ann Mayeda
Teachers will get a basic overview of first and subsequent language development in children with the aim of deciding the criteria for selecting age and level-appropriate materials.


YL12: Content and language-integrated learning
Trainer: Ann Mayeda
What are your students learning in school? How can you integrate this knowledge into your lessons? Teachers will look at some of the curricular content in primary school, then take authentic materials and develop language learning activities based around them.


YL13: The neuroscience of young learners’ development
Trainer: Robert Murphy
Gain confidence in your teaching by learning about how your students’ brains are actually developing. Learn about neuro-myths that often dampen our teaching. This will be a fun, lively, and interactive session — so be prepared to have fun learning about neuroscience.


YL14: Practical applications of neuroELT/strong>
Trainer: Robert Murphy
Learning about the brain may be interesting, but how can that be translated into better classroom teaching? That’s exactly what this session is all about. We will uncover numerous practical teaching strategies that will work for you, in your specific teaching context. Be prepared to be engaged and take home a notebook full of practical ideas that you can use in your classroom right away!


YL15: Activities that are effective in both large and small classes
Trainer: Aurora Dobashi
There are many activities that work well only in small classes. Many teachers neeed activities that are effective in large classes and can also be adapted to smaller classes.


YL16: Teaching in elementary schools
Trainer: Aurora Dobashi
What is happening with English classes in public elementary schools? How can we make the best use of the materials? How can we work well in team teaching situations. How can we get jobs teaching at elementary schools?


YL17: Brain rules and tools for teaching very young learners (ages 4-6)
Trainer: Kim Horne
This session covers brain-based strategies and skills to help children focus effectively, keep their attention, and power up their active learning and recall of language.


YL18: A treasure chest of classroom ideas for teachers of very young learners (ages 4-6)
Trainer: Kim Horne
Delve into the structure and strategies of a lesson designed to get students thinking, sharpen their senses and build their self-confidence through songs, chants, picture books, games, class management techniques and more!


YL19: Your turn
Trainer: David Paul
Individual teachers or groups will prepare activities in advance and demonstrate them to the other teachers taking the program. We will all discuss the ideas that are demonstrated.


 YL20: Your turn
Trainer: David Paul
Individual teachers or groups will prepare activities in advance and demonstrate them to the other teachers taking the program. We will all discuss the ideas that are demonstrated.