Human Sentences

‘Human Sentences’ is a sentence scramble activity which involves collaboration with the whole class, or a whole group. This activity works well with young and/or beginner learners, although it could work with older and intermediate students when introducing new grammar structures. I’ve had particular success using this strategy with young beginner learners of Japanese (as per my example photos), who […]

Big books for little students (and big ones, too!)

Some of this post comes from on an article I wrote some years ago, published in the journal of the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Queensland. Permission has been granted to reproduce parts of the article, which is not available outside of the MLTAQ membership. There is something nurturing and comforting about being read to, that most children instinctively react to […]

Gold belt in Hiragana

This post comes from Jenni Krasnoff, our first guest blogger, and teacher of Japanese at Ardtornish Primary School in South Australia. Jenni writes about her experiences implementing a program for teaching hiragana, the Japanese syllabary, to young students. The program extended from a school-based program to include a competition for schools across Adelaide. I have been teaching Japanese […]