Snake Oil Boardgame

We had a special class on this board game called Snake Oil. It’s an amazing way to use your English to convince the customer to buy your product with the combination made from two word cards. You will need an adjective (describing word) and a noun (object) to make your item.

Our student made an amazing sales pitch for pirates. Introducing the snow soap which allow pirates to spray their enemies with soap and snow.  They can also use it to mask their smelly scent!

Our student made an amazing sales pitch for pirates. Introducing the snow soap which allow pirates to spray their enemies with soap and snow. They can also use it to mask their smelly scent!

Special guest teachers who are currently teaching English in Korea have come to introduce this amazing boardgame for our students. Now they are all professional “snake oil” salesmen.

Special guest teachers who are currently teaching English in Korea have come to introduce this amazing boardgame for our students. Now they are all professional “snake oil” salesmen.

Zero waste town

For those who have missed it, our teacher’s lesson for this week was about garbage. We talked about our disposal habits and what we could do to reduce our waste. We also shared a video about a town in Tokushima Japan called Kamikatsu (上勝町). They separate their garbage into 45 different categories. Amazing, isn’t it? It may be a bit tedious but it can also change the mindset of how we live our lives. Please take a look.

New feature for Junior high classes

Plain English academy is looking for new ways to connect our classroom into the 21st century so we have introduced Google classroom for our Junior high classes. Any questions that students may have can be asked here or students can look at what they have learned from their class.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to use it.

Join a class with a class code

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  1. Go to classroom.google.com.

  2. At the top, click Add   Join class.

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3. Enter the class code your teacher gave you and click Join.
A class code consists of 6 or 7 letters or numbers. For example, hjhmgrk or g5gdp1.

Akemi's trip to Indonesia

Hello everyone. One of our lovely students Akemi would like to share with us her trip to Indonesia. She was there for a new years trip from December 30 to January 5. Her main destination was at a city called Bandung which is a three hour train ride from Jakarta. Bandung is the capital city of West Java province.

Here are some photos taken from there.

Kawah Purim- It means white crater in English.  It smells of sulfur gas.

Kawah Purim- It means white crater in English. It smells of sulfur gas.

Angklung  - Indonesian traditional instrument made of bamboo

Angklung - Indonesian traditional instrument made of bamboo

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Tea garden- Indonesians like Java tea very much.

Tea garden- Indonesians like Java tea very much.

Institution Teknologi Bandung- It is one of the famous educational institutions.

Institution Teknologi Bandung- It is one of the famous educational institutions.

Chapman 先生’s return to Vancouver

It’s been a long time since I returned to Vancouver so there were many feelings of nostalgia. Please take a look at the photos I took. It was raining for most of the days I was there but it was still very enjoyable. If you get a chance, please come and visit Vancouver.

Snowy mountains of Vancouver

Snowy mountains of Vancouver

Family Christmas tree

Family Christmas tree

World Junior Ice Hockey tournament hosted in Vancouver this year.

World Junior Ice Hockey tournament hosted in Vancouver this year.

Driving around the neighbourhood looking at Christmas illuminations.

Driving around the neighbourhood looking at Christmas illuminations.

Greek food is famous in Vancouver. Very delicious!

Greek food is famous in Vancouver. Very delicious!

Photo of Boundary Bay in my hometown.

Photo of Boundary Bay in my hometown.

A rare moment of sunshine in rainy Vancouver.

A rare moment of sunshine in rainy Vancouver.

First English Cafe

Today`s first ever English cafe was a success. We enjoyed some coffee and chocolate and answered some questions about us (Chapman and Drew). First, we talked about our life philosophy which can be found in our profile page.

The student was curious about our life philosophy, especially about Chapman`s which is “burn the boats”. Even Drew did`t know what that meant. To “burn the boats” basically means to not run away from your dreams even though there are many difficulties ahead. Since the boats are already burned, you cannot turn back.

Next, the student shared with us a very big problem that will affect our generations to come. It is climate change. He shared with us this article that he brought with him. We all agreed that this is a serious problem that we must all think about. The student`s life philosophy is to “think globally and to act locally”. We all agreed with it because it means that we must make changes at a local level (communities and cities) first before we can change the entire world.

We just had one of the hottest summers in history and yesterday was another sign that the climate has changed.

Until next time!

Next week’s hands-on English lesson on carpentry

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