How to teach Nurses

I teach a few English classes to nurses.

Some things that I do:

-Group a Presentations to do with health or nursing

-Individual Presentations on health or nursing

-Nurse/Patient role plays

-daily English pair work activities

-Groups of 4: Culture Quiz, groups also make two questions to ask another group

-an English board games day

-Read graded readers and ask each other about the book, or write about the book.

-Quiz game show using medical vocabulary picture cards.

-I use: Viral Signs 2, Talk a Lot 1 and English Firsthand 1.

You CAN learn English!

You can learn English! It’s just a matter of putting in the time to study and coming to class to speak and listen. When you miss classes, that’s a missed chance to practice your speaking and listening.

You learned one of the most difficult languages in the world–Japanese. You can learn English. Luckily, there are 2,000 English words used in Japanese. But sometimes the pronunciation is different, or the meaning is slightly changed. However, knowing that you know 2,000 English words from the start is helpful.

Why are you in your English class? Is it a requirement? Especially if it is, don’t waste your time! You are lucky to be given the chance to learn one of the most important languages in the world. It is the language of business, of travel, it is often the linking language when two people cannot speak each other’s language. It is also one of the two official languages of the Olympics. Most people never get the chance to learn English because either they are too poor to be able to afford paying for classes, or simply too busy working and raising a family.

Are you in this class because you want to improve your English? If so, great! Keep in mind your reason for wanting to improve: work? Travel? a hobby? to keep your brain young, or another reason? Keep your goal in your head. Remind yourself of how happy you will be once you achieve it.

Give yourself small achievable goals. For example: by December I will get Level 3 on the Eiken test. Tell your friends and family of your goals. This will put pressure on you to study.

The English writing system of 26 letters is easy. Pity the poor foreigners who must study hiragana, katakana and kanji as an adult-in order to learn Japanese!

You can probably read an English book today! Not true for the foreign person, who is functionally illiterate in Japanese.

How can you speak?

You speak by doing it! You get better at tennis by practicing tennis, not by reading books about tennis. You must pick up your racquet and play. You must speak English to improve your English. Maybe you can only say very little at first, and that’s ok! Little by little you will speak more. But you must open your mouth and speak. You can study all the grammar books at Yurindo and still not be able to speak. Just do it! Start by speaking as much as you can today.

The best way to learn to speak on your own, is by buying study cards at a ¥100 shop and writing down sentences and questions that you want to say in English. For example:

I am from Tokyo.


Make 50 cards, learn them. Test yourself in English to Japanese and Japanese to English. Try using what you learn in your English class. Once you can say all 50 cards perfectly, put them away, and make 50 new cards. Soon you will be speaking English.

Why make sentences and questions instead of simply vocabulary cards? Because you can learn grammar and patterns at the same time as you learn vocabulary.

Have fun with it! Learning English should be fun!

Assistant Wanted to Help in Children’s Classes

Assistant wanted to help in children’s classes


To check homework, help with activities, deal with any emergencies, and help students during the classes.


1 Free English class per week.

By helping with our English classes you can study English for free!

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Kevin’s Shinyurigaoka English School opens First Class

Our first class at our Shinyurigaoka English School is on Tuesday night 8-9pm. It is a class for adults. There are only a few seats open. So contact us soon if you want to join this class.

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246 Kamiasao, Asao Ku,

Kawasaki, Kanagawa 215-0021

Tel. 08010095581



佐藤 かずや



On Grammar


– 澤隆光京都大学経済学部読売新聞、p12 1999年12月14日

電子メールとモバイルテキストメッセージの言語の中には一般的な文法エラーが新たな言語として浸透しました。たとえば、 “あなた”の代わりに “u”、 “あなたの”の代わりに “ur”を書きます。そのような略語には様々な例がある。これらは間違いなく文法上の誤りではありませんが、誤りのある文章を作る可能性があります。


•2つの過去時制が同時に使用されている。たとえば、 “didn’t knew”。これは間違いで、正しいのは “didn’t know”と書く。

誤ったアポストロフィを使用したときのエラー。 “Francis’ bike”は “Francis’s bike”と誤って書かれている。同じように、人々はまた、 “whose”や “who’s”、あるいは “its”や “it’s”などの使い方で混乱する。

• “i.e.”と “e.g.”を使用する際のエラー。i.e.は説明を提供するために使用される “that is”の略語である。また、e.g.は例を引用するのに使用される。

•もう一つの一般的な文法ミスは、 “who”と “whom”の使い方。whoが前置詞の対象であるのに対し、whomが導入された節の主題の人を指す。

•多くの時、私たちは “Than”と “Then”という言葉を誤って用いられている。Thanは比較に使用され、通常、より多く、より少なく、より背の高いなどのような単語に関連付けらる。Thenは時間を指す。例えば、「私は宿題を終わらせてからスーパーマーケットに行きます。」




My mother is just a housewife. → My mother is a housewife. の方が良い。

I go to shopping. → I went shopping. の方が正しい。

Where from?→ Where are you from?の方が正しい。

I study on Tokai University. → I study at Tokai University. の方が正しい。

Do you know Hadano? → Have you heard of Hadano? の方が正しい。

Do you have arubaito? → Do you have a part-time job? の方が正しい。

“I like Hakone. Because it is beautiful. And it has hot springs.”


“I like Hakone because it is beautiful and it has hot springs.” それか “I like Hakone because it is beautiful. Also it has hot springs.”

“I like sports especially ice hockey. Because I moved to Hokkaido.”


“I like sports, especially ice hockey. So I moved to Hokkaido.”



“I like dog.”

“My like food is…”

“I very like…”

“I play ski.”



– デイヴィッド・バーカー、著者


How to be Bilingual?

At Dave and Amy English School, we have taught a lot of returnees. We try to help returnees keep their fluency, comprehension, reading and writing abilities at a high level, and improve them. But it takes hard work. How do we do this effectively?

**** We would like to specify that ANY student that wants to become bi-lingual, should do the following. We teach students that have never left Japan, but have very high level English. They easily join our returnee lessons at the same level as children who have lived abroad for 3 or more years. So let’s go through what is necessary.

To begin with, what factors are important for returnees to retain high English ability? We have found that returnees who are fluent confident readers can keep their English at a high level. This holds true even if returnees are very young. We had a 5 year old America returnee who loved to read. She’s now in Junior High School and has a very high level of English. Read More