The Greenlist of English Schools in Japan

Thoughts and Opinions on Teaching English in Japan, plus many lists of good schools in Japan at our homepage. You can post your resume or job for free too. Check out the homepage!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

ESL Teaching Blog Updated

Check out the ESL Teaching blog for updates.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Oxford University Press News

Dear colleagues,

Oxford University Press is pleased to announce that we will be holding a free series of practical presentations in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo on the following dates.

The presentations will be conducted by renowned authors and presenters including the author of the brand new Passport second edition, Angela Buckingham, and evaluation consultant, author and popular presenter Grant Trew.

Please visit for pre-registration and more details.


オックスフォード大学出版局では、大阪・名古屋・東京にてOxford Teaching Seminarを以下の日程で開催いたします。

弊社新刊 Passport Second Editionの著者Angela Buckingham氏 や、数々の教材制作を手がけトレーナーとしても定評のある Grant Trew氏など、英語教育の分野で活躍する講師陣によるプレゼンテーションを予定しています。授業に役立つ指導のヒントが詰まったこのセミナーに、ぜひご参加ください。

詳細およびご予約方法については、弊社ウェブサイト を覧ください。

◆Oxford Teaching Seminar Osaka

Date: Tuesday, November 17th
Time: 18:30 - 20:40
Venue: TKP Osaka Umeda Business Center, Conference 9B

◆Oxford Teaching Seminar Nagoya

Date: Wednesday, November 18th
Time: 18:30 - 20:40
Venue: Sakae Gas Building, 5F Dai-Kaigishitsu

◆Oxford Teaching Seminar Tokyo - in association with Aston University, Toyo Gakuen University, and JALT West Tokyo

Date: Thursday, November 19th
Time: 18:00 - 21:10
Venue: Toyo Gakuen Daigaku, Room 1302

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at
ご不明な点は、 までお問合わせ下さい。

Oxford University Press


ETJ Events

The ETJ English Language Teaching Expos

Sun Nov 8:
Tohoku Fukushi University, Sendai

Sun Nov 29:
Seifu High School, Osaka

Sun Dec 6:
Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka

The JALT Conference

Nov 21-23
Granship Center, Shizuoka

Nov 7

KITAKYUSHU, Fukuoka -- November 7 (Sat) 18:00-20:30
The Differing Theories of SLA
Speaker(s): Matthew J. Jenkins
Kitakyushu ETJ

Nov 8

SENDAI, Miyagi -- November 8 (Sun) 9:00-18:00
Tohoku ELT Expo
Speaker(s): Various
Sendai ETJ

OMIYA, Saitama -- November 8 (Sun) 14:15-16:00
JALT Omiya Member Presentations
Speaker(s): Kyoko Suzuki and Jun Harada
Omiya JALT

Nov 14

TOKYO -- November 14 (Sat) 10:20-17:00
The World of Children's Book Publishing
Speaker(s): Alvina Ling

Nov 15

OKAYAMA -- November 15 (Sun) 14:00-16:00
The functional literacy theory and the contextual learning theory as applied to English language learning
Speaker(s): April Mella-Alcazar
Okayama JALT

Nov 18

NAGASAKI -- November 18 (Wed) 18:30-20:30
Functional literacy and contextual learning theories applied to English language learning
Speaker(s): April Alcazar, the Balsamo Asian Scholar/Four Corners national tour guest presenter
Nagasaki JALT

Nov 19

TOKYO -- November 19 (Thu) 18:00-21:10
Oxford Teaching Seminar 2009
Speaker(s): Angela Buckingham, Grant Trew, Sue Garton, Andy Boon
West Tokyo JALT

Nov 21-23

SHIZUOKA -- November 21 (Sat)
JALT2009: 35th Annual International Conference
National JALT

Nov 26

KOBE, Hyogo -- November 26 (Thu) 10:40-13:20
Towards Global Excellence in Foreign Language Education: Technology and Classroom interaction
Speaker(s): Neomy Storch, Bruno Vannieu, Bill Perry, Greg Sholdt
Kobe University

Nov 29

OSAKA -- November 29 (Sun) 9:30-17:30
Kansai ETJ Expo
Speaker(s): Variety of speakers (call for participation due October 1st, 2009)
Kyoto ETJ

OITA -- November 29 (Sun) 18:30-20:30
ETJ-Oita / Oita JALT Year End Workshop
Speaker(s): Simon Weedon, Etsuko Minami, Lindsay Mack, Sean Chidlow
Oita ETJ

Dec 6

FUKUOKA -- December 6 (Sun) 9:30-17:30
Kyushu ELT Expo 2009
Speaker(s): Various Speakers (call for presentations due Oct 31)
Fukuoka ETJ

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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Make your own blog for students and teachers

Make your own blog

Edublogs is very good and makes an attractive blog. I used it to make a TEFL blog
a few years ago.


GEOS in Trouble

GEOS`s website for Japan has been showing gibberish for some time now. Now this from


"Recent economic woes have lead Geos to be late paying the Japanese staff in August and September 2009. It is further reported that foreign teachers working at the adult schools were not paid on time in October 2009. Geos is currently asking clients to pay as much as 5 months in advance for the following year's lessons in a bid to raise the necessary funds to meet payroll obligations. This financial distress has led many Japanese staff members to resign.[7]"
--from Wikipedia

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Labor issues

"An article in The Japan Times noted the deplorable working conditions of GEOS staff. In 1999, the company was taken to court by fourteen of its managers over unpaid overtime. At the time of the case, the main plaintiff said that she was working a 72-hour week under constant unmanageable pressure to increase sales at her school. Even though the managers won their suit, costing GEOS 300 million yen in unpaid overtime, the media mostly overlooked the case. In the same article, managers noted high staff-turnover and long working hours. However, a spokeswoman for the company insisted that GEOS, and the language learning industry as a whole, provided women with rare opportunities to begin business careers.[6]"--from Wikipedia

My wife works overtime unpaid at least three hours a day and
this is at a public junior high school in Japan.

No the lousy working conditions in Japan are not only at GEOS, they are across the spectrum,
in all industries and professions.

This country is crazy when it comes to work, and we have a high suicide rate to show for all
of this stress.


Sunday, November 01, 2009

Start your own School in Japan

Open your own School in Japan!

I did, and God knows if I did you certainly can eh!

So if you stay in Japan long term, you may wish to join the growing ranks of entrepreneurs that open their own schools here.
There`s an ETJ Group at Yahoo Groups devoted entirely to this topic.

I opened Kevin`s in 1991, two years after arriving in Japan. I had kept my eyes open, I had worked for a few different schools at that point. I had gotten a feel for what worked and what didn`t. I felt fairly confident I could open my own school.

You can too!

I encourage you to consider opening your own school or other business in Japan. Japan badly needs new people and new ideas.
Foreigners bring both into Japan when they come and stay. We
make Japan a better and more interesting place. White rice is good but rice mixed with meat and vegetables is healthier and will make you stronger.

Frankly I don`t recommend it as a business and it isn`t a good way to get rich.
It is a pretty good life though.

Just don`t open near me!