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  It's that time of year again; the night's are drawing in, and even though it's still 30 degrees outside, it can only mean that the englishpool Halloween Party (ハロウィンパーティー) is near.

  This year's parties will take place on October 27th.

  Sprouts (スプラウツ) and Kinder (キンダー) students from 14:30 to 16:00.

  Elementary (小学生) students from 16:30 to 18:00.

  Happy Halloween!

火, 01 10月 2019 08:47

Odd Couple

 Something to brighten up your Tuesday. The children in our Saturday Kinder class (キンダークラス) created this odd couple on the school's whiteboard.

 A combination of marker pens and cut-outs from an old Apricot Learning World activity pack gave us a load of laughs, and hopefully cemented some of the body vocabulary.

金, 27 9月 2019 08:16

Inside Our House

  We had the chance this week in our Elementary A classes (小1&小2) to try the Cengage National Geographic online site My NG Connect;

  The site has of a game type feel to it, and students can choose a unit to play games, complete activities etc. all related to the targets they are learning in class. Great for reviewing!

  We tried Unit 5, Inside Our House, and I was impressed at much they enjoyed it. There were a few bits that I had to read in order for them to complete the activity, but mostly the students were able to complete most activities and games by themselves.

  For englishpool students you can find the information needed to access the My NG Connect site inside your child's textbook.


土, 21 9月 2019 15:56

In the House

  As part the Explore Our World level 2 textbook we've been looking at things found around the home, and using prepositions to describe where they are in relation to each other.,

  e.g. "Where is the refrigerator?", "It's between the sink and the stove."

 Some of the elementary classes this week have had the chance to engage in a little craft work, to further reinforce their understanding.

 Pictured above is one of their completed pictures.

木, 05 9月 2019 08:35

School Library

  Yet more books for our school library. We now have over 1,100 books available for students to take home and read. From simple picture board books, to phonic based readers for early readers, through to young adult fiction and simple readers for adult learners there's bound to be something for you to read!

火, 27 8月 2019 21:11

Eiken Test (英検)

 I was reminded tonight by our Junior High School class (中学生) that the Eiken tests(英検) are coming up soon. So we will start doing a little bit of preparation in the Junior High School, and possibly upper elementary classes, for these tests which set the benchmark of teenage English achievement in Japan.

 I am also planning to offer some Eiken second test(二次試験) lessons/practice to take away any anxiety about this seemingly nerve-racking part of the Eiken test(英検).

 P.S. To existing students' parents, if your child is planning to take an eiken test (英検) please let me know then I may be able to help them prepare.

土, 20 7月 2019 16:55

Venus Flytrap

  I was so proud of one of our 4th grade elementary students, when he handed me this description of a Venus Flytrap plant, (or ハエトリ草 in Japanese.)

  After all the hard work he, and apparently his dad, had put into writing the description we just had to put it on display in the classroom!

木, 18 7月 2019 06:58


  Over the weekend I added a ビデオサポート page to the englishpool website. As mentioned in earlier posts, this year we are using the Happy Valley textbooks in our young learner classes, and the folks at Happy Valley have produced a plethora of videos to support the work done in the classroom. I'd like the students, or their parents, to able to easily access the relevant video easily. We already have our own englishpool YouTube channel with playlists for スプラウツ and キンダー, so with the help of the nx-YouTubeBox module from NX-DESIGNS, adding these playlists to the site was a breeze.

   The page is available to view here,

   So now it's now super simple for parents to be able to watch the videos with their children. Enjoy!


金, 12 7月 2019 18:08

Bill & Ben

   Today in our Cafe class one of the students said she had been pulling the 雑草 (zasso) out at her child's school as part of her duties.

   Now ざっそ(zasso) means weeds in Japanese and so, she had been weeding at her child's school. While I was explaining this to group I couldn't get the image of Bill & Ben out of head, so here's the original programme featuring Bill, Ben and Weed.


月, 01 7月 2019 15:31

May I have some _____, please?

  As part of our upper-elementary classes we have been practising making polite requests. Now, I'm a big fan of using realia (real life objects or situations) in the classroom; so what better than to prepare a load of snacks and have the children make polite requests in order to eat them!

  You can hear the results in the accompanying video.

  Thank you to the Explore Our World Level 3 textbook for the inspiration.