Kevin Burgess comments

Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair See in context

****JTE try this: Give students a virtual tour of English speaking countries, or with English speakers via Skype.

Connect with American, or other English speaking students (Australia, England, India, etc) then ask for a video conference during a walking tour. Anything from a day at work, to walkabouts tourists normally take.

Americans learning Japanese have been using the YouTube service using a similar technique, with videos captured on walking tours of daily life in Japan, with descriptions and conversations in both languages. Skype is just slightly better, requiring participants on both sides of the Pacific Ocean to immerse in the environment.

By immersion, and participation it will give ESL students memories, names, objects and actions to hook the words and grammar to. Mistakes will be made, but fun AND LEARNING will be had by all involved.

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