By Sara Pope, 29 August, 2018

I've uploaded the "cheat sheet" I mentioned at the phonics seminar during this past job training. It's not comprehensive, it just really covers the long and short vowels and silent/magic e rule. I didn't want to overload them and only wanted to focus on the kinds of words JHS 1st year students might encounter.

By Natalie Barbieri, 22 March, 2017


1. Sing the alphabet song. Even though your students may not be very active during the song, you still should stay upbeat and entertaining.

  • If your school does not have a CD with English songs, you can easily find one on the Internet or iTunes.

2. Review the letters of the alphabet.

By Ian Nixon, 21 March, 2017

Ahh, the age old game of scrabble. Here is a full set for your printing, cutting and playing pleasure.

I made them at A4 size but I recommend printing them at B4 size. Print them, cut them out and stick magnets to them. Throw ’em in a bag.


  1. Each team/player gets 7 tiles.
  2. Teams take turns making words on the board using their tiles.
    Words must be:


By Alexander Maas, 15 March, 2017
  1. Draw dashes on the board corresponding to the number of letters in the target word.
  2. The students have to work out the word by guessing one letter at a time. Students can be selected however you like.
  3. For each incorrect guess a part of the hanged man is drawn, with the 10th miss causing the students to lose.

You can put the students in teams against each other or have them all against the teacher.

By Cherrelle Turner, 27 July, 2016

Warm Up- 5 minutes

Ask student volunteers to spell as many words as they can in English in 3 minutes (teacher writes them on the board as they are spelled)


Introduction to New Material- 10 minutes

Write each of the objective words on the board

Have students repeat

Have students translate the words into Japanese (have the OTE confirm answers)

Repeat again


Guided Practice- 5 minutes

By Clayton McIntosh, 20 July, 2016

This is an activity to make Christmas words with alphabet cards.

Make 8 teams (lunch groups) and get the students to turn their desks to face each other. Give each team a set of laminated alphabet cards (see attachment) and make them spread the letters across the tables.

By Karina Rodrigues, 15 July, 2016


  1. Explain to the students that each letter of the alphabet will be represented by a different number. (A = 1, B = 2, c =3, and so on.) Once students understand this, give them an example problem on the blackboard to work out.  For example: 3-1-20, once deciphered, reads as "CAT."
  2. Split the class into two or more equal teams. Each team should have the same number of students so that everyone in the classroom has a chance.
By Lindsay ?, 16 June, 2016
  • Using either PowerPoint, or big pre-written cards, the teacher presents students with words/sentences.
  • Students are to hold up their sign on the count of five, which has maru (○) on one side and batsu (×) on the other side.
  • The teacher then reveals the correct answer.
  • Repeat with further questions.

This can be used to quiz spelling, vocabulary or grammar points. The teacher makes sure some things are correct and somethings are incorrect.

By David Dowell, 14 April, 2016


  • This lesson emphasizes critical thinking and cooperation to allow the students to practice communicating in English verbally to solve a puzzle in a fun, low stress activity.


(20-25 mins)

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