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


Nagoya Location:
No Borders International School
(just by Chikusa station)
Address: 4th floor, 3-17-21 Aoi, Higashi-ku, Nagoya-shi

Map: Click here


   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 unless you ned a certificate urgently for a job application.





For attending one workshop:
¥ 3,000 (ETJ and FETJ members)
¥ 4,000 (Non-members )
It is free to join ETJ – click here to join


For submitting an assignment to be graded:
¥ 1,000


For submitting an audio or video for the applied certificate accompanied by a report:
¥ 2,000





   Workshop schedule


YL 1How children learnDavid Paul

May 21

YL 2Child-centered learningDavid Paul

May 21

YL 3Teaching phonicsDavid Paul

Jun 18

YL 4Phonics activitiesDavid Paul

Jun 18

YL 5Teaching listening and communicationDavid Paul

Jul 9

YL 6Teaching writingDavid Paul

Jul 9

YL 7Teaching games and songs effectivelyDavid Paul

Jul 30

YL 8Activities for children’s classesDavid Paul  

Jul 30

YL 16Teaching in elementary schoolsAurora Dobashi 

Sep 17

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

Sep 17

YL 11Context-based teaching for very young learnersScott Crowe

Oct 15

YL 12Story-based teaching for very young learnersScott Crowe

Oct 15

YL 9Lesson planning David Paul

Nov 12

YL 10Being an effective teacher David Paul

Nov 12

YL 17Planning and integrating language gamesDavid Paul

Jan 21

YL 18Planning and integrating songsDavid Paul

Jan 21

YL 13Getting your students to speak outLori Ligon

Feb 18

YL 14Storytelling for young learnersLori Ligon

Feb 18

YL 19Your turnDavid Paul

Mar 18

YL 20Your turnDavid Paul

Mar 18





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)



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.



Scott Crowe

A Founder of Sunshine Kids English School Chain and Nuthouse Education Publishing company. Author of 9 published children’s textbooks and 4 other in-house textbooks, Scott is focused on creating learning environments in which students speak of their own volition and engage in imaginative play in English. He integrates high frequency sight word use and phonics into the language activities so that students have a fun and emotionally engaging experience when they start reading. He uses a story based approach to bring children into the imaginative world of English.


His books include:
Jimmy’s Magic House
Sam’s Magic House
Jill and Jay’s Magic House
Collection of short stories (Princess Oops, Smash the Robot)



Lori Ligon

Execom member of FETJ (Filipino English Teachers in Japan) as well as one of the teachers trainers for aspiring teachers in Japan. She has been teaching at her private Eikaiwa School for 17 years and currently works for Saitama City Board of Education, teaching elementary and junior high school students.




 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 it effectively? 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: Context-based teaching for very young learners
Trainer: Scott Crowe
Teachers will look at how to set up context based situations so that children use language more naturally. This will include how to incorporate High Frequency Sight Words and CVC words into fun speaking activities that get young learners very familiar with these very useful words.


YL12: Story-based teaching for very young learners
Trainer: Scott Crowe
Teachers will look at how to choose a story and how to re-work a story so that it matches a target language. This will include how to choose a good story for the type of target language being focused on and how to build speaking activities around that.


YL13: Getting your students to speak out
Trainer: Lori Ligon
As an English teacher, one thing that we all struggle with is getting our students to speak. Teachers will look at some techniques to get students start talking.


YL14: Storytelling for young learners
Trainer: Lori Ligon
Using storytelling as a powerful tool to develop language learning skill by increasing verbal proficiency, enhancing listening skills and incorporating target language.


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: Planning and integrating language  games and activities
Trainer: David Paul
A hands-on workshop where groups of teachers will be assigned language targets, work together to design activities for introducing and practicing the targets, and then demonstrate them. Activities will be discussed and feedback given.


YL18: Planning and integrating songs
Trainer: David Paul
How can we fully integrate songs into our lessons? This is a hands-on lessons where teachers will work in groups to modify and come up with songs that fit assigned language targets. These songs and well-know songs will be discussed, and techniques for integrating songs will be introduced and practiced. 


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.