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 […]

Collecting textual realia

Realia are an important part of communicative language teaching and learning, bringing real language into the classroom, providing students an opportunity to extract meaning from authentic texts, with contextual and visual cues which are lacking, or sometimes added in tokenistic fashion, in traditional textbooks. While some definitions of realia include cultural items and props that can help build the learning atmosphere, this […]

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 […]