I’m back with another post about my life in Japan teaching English. This time is about one of the job duties of many ALTs, which is creating and maintaining an “English Board” at their school. At most schools, there will be a designated bulletin board for English that the ALT gets to design and update. While some schools may request certain things, for example the English words for sports in preparation for sports day, I think that it is typically up to the ALT to decide. The English Board is a chance for the ALT to interact with students outside of the classroom in a non-direct way and teach about different seasonal events or cultural aspects of their home country.
One of the downsides to English Boards is that depending on the location of the board and attitude of the students and teachers at the school, even a nice English Board may sit ignored in a dark corner. In addition, many students in Elementary school are probably not able to recognize or read English so you might need to include Japanese readings and instructions.
I don’t have pictures of all the English Board designs that I have done in my first 6 months and rather than have a whole new design every month or two I tend to just switch out different portions of the board every other time I go. I am also trying to figure out how to lure the kids in and try to get them to interact with it, but I have also had an instance of a student writing something that made the teacher take down that part of my board.
Anyways, that’s enough words. Here are the pictures!
Thanks for reading,