My name is Elton Ersch, and I write EigoNoto.com to help foreign and Japanese teachers with lesson plans, activities and ideas for the Eigo Noto/International Studies curriculum and foreign language classroom.
I have been teaching English as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) in kindergarten, elementary school and junior high school in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan for 12 years. Teaching is the fun part of the job, but lesson planning, activities choice & creation are what make great! lessons work.
EigoNoto.com was started to help Japanese elementary school teachers and other ALTs teach the new International Studies (Gaikoku Katsudou) in the 5th and 6th grades of elementary school. I have also included a lot of general materials and information that would be helpful teaching a foreign language (and having great! lessons) to any level of students. Check out the ConFluency activity, chosen by my Japanese peers to present and local and national teachers' conferences (and imho the best thing I've created for teaching Conversational Fluency).
I hope some of what I have learned and developed on my own -and present to you on EigoNoto.com- will help you have great! lessons.
When I'm not teaching, cycling (mountain biking in winter, on the road in the warm months), kayaking and canoeing, camping and traveling are my hobbies.
My wife Kumiko and I have a son, Louis. You can see his homepage here.
Looking for Activities to Teach the Eigo Noto?
Take some time to look around- there's a lot more than just activities at EigoNoto.com!
Janken or Rock-Paper-Scissors
Janken 4's -No materials or preparation! -日本語のビデオ説めもある
THE warm-up activity beginning all of the EigoNoto.com lessons. Works for any language pattern- Teaches conversation skills, too! See an in-class explanation on video
Janken Conversation Rounds -No materials or preparation!
*This activity was chosen by a group of elementary teachers as the main activity for their English classes. It is the best way to teach and practice Conversation Skills. It can be used for meaning- or pattern-focus, and for all of the language structures.
Maru-Batsu (O/X) Game -No materials or preparation!
EigoNoto.com version of the classic Japanese game. Very powerful learning activity.
Hot Potato -No materials or preparation!
A small group creative substitution activity.
see an in-class explanation on video
Pair Karuta -No materials or preparation!
A very simple version of the classic game.
see an in-class explanation on video
Pair listening activity from the Eigo Noto text.
Listening activity from the Eigo Noto text. A blend of Bingo & Karuta...
My version of the classic game. NOW it's really communicative! With a link to download the board.
Row Practice/Row Races -No materials or preparation!
Find 3 People -No materials or preparation!
Find 3 People-Tell the Teacher -No materials or preparation!
Liar! Liar! -No materials or preparation!
Hand Sandwich -No materials or preparation!
A fun way to finish off a pair activity (with a winner & loser).
Pair Slap -No materials or preparation!
Short notes on how to lessen the stress...
Teams compete to get to the end of the line of vocabulary cards first.
Dictionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!
Builds an important skill for language learners- how to say a word they don't know!
Pictionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!
Builds an important skill for language learners- how to draw a word they don't know!
Gestionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!
Builds an important skill for language learners- how to act out a word they don't know!
WYAN- Word You Aleady Know. Students already know a lot of English words- prompt them to tell you what they already know!
Listen, Repeat and Point- Turn on students' power to remember.
Repeat and Change the Pattern Speaking- No materials or preparation!
A simple activity to help students perform short speeches.
Interactive Introduction- No materials or preparation!
A simple step-by-step way to introduce new language patterns. You do the speaking, the students learn the rest as a class.
Drawing an Explanation One Line at a Time- for Grade 5 Lesson 7 What's This?
Black Box Activity Adaptation- Let's all the kids participate, not just one at a time. For Grade 5 Lesson 7