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Lesson Plans And Other Teaching Resources

Running out of ideas and textbooks? These sites are just what you need with heaps of lesson plans and other useful teaching materials.

  • Onestopenglish has free resources, e-lessons, web guides, competitions, and much more for English teachers in Japan.
  • English-to-go has pretty much everything you need, get your lesson plans now!
  • ESL Library has ready-made resources for busy English teachers. Preparing for class is easy... just hit print!
  • Genki English has lots of ESL games, ESL songs, and plenty of ideas to make your English lessons even better.

Tips For Teachers In Japan

  • When setting your lesson fees don't undervalue yourself because if you charge too little you may not earn the respect of your students.
  • Perhaps have a lesson cancellation policy as students could cancel on you at short notice. You can partially solve this problem by stating from the beginning that you charge cancellation fees for lessons called off at short notice.


Keep a schedule for lessons you have booked as you don't want to suffer double-booking hassles.

Getting Ready

It is good practice for teachers to have some sort of level check for that first meeting with a student as it can serve two purposes.

  • The teacher will appear more professional and prepared.
  • It helps determine what text you'll use.

Even if your student only wants a conversation class a level check can help you guide the conversation to topics that will help them improve in the areas where they have weaknesses.

Do you have a range of teaching materials? Show them to your students as it makes you look even more prepared and professional.

In The Lessons

  • Punctuality is always good as rushing in late and having to compose yourself could fluster your student.
  • Having your lesson plans and teaching materials ready before your student arrives makes you look prepared and eager.
  • Ease into the lesson with some small talk to get your student to relax. Speak slowly and clearly.
  • Choose user friendly topics for your lesson. Basically if it is not something you would talk about with your granny then it may not be appropriate to teach in a lesson.
  • Grade your speech to your students level and try to be sensitive to signs that may indicate that they don't understand, e.g: avoiding eye contact, going quiet, pained or quizzical expressions.
  • Doing a brief review of the last lesson can help identify problems that your student may have and it also shows that you're keen and have an ongoing interest.
  • Teachers could try to incorporate the theme of the chosen lesson into the warm up.
  • Throw in a few comprehension checks along the way as students often say they understand when they actually don't.
  • Allow a bit of time at the end of the lesson for a warm down and ask your student if there are any questions about the lesson.
  • Homework can be fun, quizzes and word games could work for you. Make sure you know the answers though (^_^;)

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