November 27, 2016 hagesensei

Check out the geography-based board games I have developed on the games page from the main menu. You can download Africa for free and if you like it, pick up some of the others for a modest price.

November 17, 2016 hagesensei

Just to remind you that the school will be closed form December 22nd until January 4th. Enjoy your holiday everyone!

March 2, 2016 hagesensei

Our local Sommelier will be running a seminar and wine tasting on March 19th from 6 pm at Mikes House. Reservations are needed. 3000 yen. We’ll have a little party afterward for those who want to stick around.

October 29, 2015 hagesensei

We have moved to a new bigger location around the corner from the old school. 片野1−2−14 Come on over and check us out!

December 29, 2014 hagesensei

Congratulations to Kaz for passing the second level Eiken test with a perfect interview score. That’s right, 33/33 points. Not bad for a first year junior high school student.

December 22, 2014 hagesensei

Excellent article by Alfie Kohn that all educators should read. source “Well, Duh!” — Ten Obvious Truths That We Shouldn’t Be Ignoring By Alfie Kohn The field of education bubbles over with controversies. It’s not unusual for intelligent people of good will to disagree passionately about what should happen in schools. But there are certain…

December 10, 2014 hagesensei

Those interested in making sure kindergarten children learn lots of “academic” or “really big” words (“San Lorenzo kindergartners make big strides in mastering language,” InsideBayArea news, Dec. 8) might want to read a recent study done by Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies in London. The study shows that having…

November 9, 2014 hagesensei

From Steve Kaufmann; source Here are seven concepts of natural language learning that reflect the most recent research on how the brain learns. 1. The brain can learn languages, trust it. The brain learns all the time, and, in fact, is designed to learn. Throughout our lives the brain retains “plasticity”, creating neurons, and neural…

November 7, 2014 hagesensei

From the good people at TED; SOURCE By Krystian Aparta They say that children learn languages the best. But that doesn’t mean that adults should give up. We asked some of the polyglots in TED’s Open Translation Project to share their secrets to mastering a foreign language. Their best strategies distill into seven basic principles:…

November 6, 2014 hagesensei

Reading about something and experiencing it firsthand are not all that different in your brain. From e-180 mag When I was little, my mother told me a story of how my father’s boss once drove them to his house for dinner. “As we passed houses along the suburban street, I saw one that was made…