Please watch this video for those who have a hard time to spell words. I can totally understand why spelling can be so difficult for non-native English speakers.
We played a Halloween adjectives game with our elementary class. The rules are simple. Each player draws an adjective card and a Halloween character card. After, they must draw it on the board for the class to guess which adjective and character it is. We had so much fun!
Question: What do you think this is?
Answer: I think it’s a ______________.
This week, we had a topic discussion about fads and trends. Many people get these two words confused. The biggest difference is that a fad is something that suddenly becomes popular but quickly dies out (a 90’s toy called Furby in America or Tomogatchis).
Trends last much longer. For example, Instagram is widely used in Japan and will continue to be used for the foreseeable future.
What are your favourite fads and trends?
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.
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.
Hello again with another installment to our travel series. Our student Akemi went to Indonesia again and has more photos to share with us. Please take a look!
Hello again everyone. Our student Yuki just sent us some awesome photos from Las Vegas. It looks like her friend snoopy was very hungry. We hope this can motivate you to learn English and go travel to a foreign country one day. Until next time!
Golden week will be extra long this year. Do you think there will be more Japanese people who will go overseas because it is a longer break this time or will they travel domestically? Please share your stories from your Golden week Holiday with us after the break. We are looking forward to it.
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
Go to classroom.google.com.
At the top, click Add Join class.
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.
Thank you to everyone who joined our Hanami event. We were very lucky to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. Some students told us that it would be gone by April 6 but that was not the case. See you all for the next event!
This week, the students learned about a new idiom which is “don’t make a mountain out of a molehill”. This idiom confused many students. It basically means to not make such a big deal out of a small issue. We hope you can take this advice to heart. We only live once so learn to let go of the small things that make you go crazy.
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.
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.
Check out our Carpentry English lesson. The kids learned many new English words related to carpentry.
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!
来週木曜日は、材木のパーツを染色します。 オスモカラーと言う ドイツ製の 染料です。 経皮的にはほぼ無害ですが、 染料が沁み込んだ布などを放置すると自然発火する可能性があります。 乾燥してしまえば安全です。 オスモカラーの ホームページをご確認 いただき子供さんととも安全性についてご確認下さい。 ご多忙中誠に恐縮ですがよろしくお願いいたします。
Sometimes, it is nice to use English outside of the classroom. These boys learned some words related to carpentry.
Welcome to our new website. Stay tuned for more updates from teachers and students as we will share many interesting things.