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This site provides an insight into 英語ノート Eigo Noto experienced based lesson plans and teaching notes and materials in English for teaching English to Japanese Elementary School children with the MEXT English Notebook, Eigo Note, ESL Textbook. Of course, this is only a blog and it is not mandatory to use this site's style of teaching and methods of teaching English with the Eigo Noto. We encourage everyone to be original and creative with their own lessons.

If you want to contribute tutorials, news, tips or other stuff please contact us. Your comments and submission of articles as well as International "Messages of Warm Welcomes" to the kids by email to this site via the contact page are highly encouraged. Eigonoteblog.com and of course many Japanese kids (this blog's writer teaches 1000's of kids by the way) are waiting for your responses as they start their journey towards Internationalism, Peace and Brotherly Love thru this English-International Studies Program in Japanese Elementary Schools piloted in 2008-2009 and set to start nationally in all elementary schools across Japan in 2011.

Digital video and digital pictures will be highly appreciated and will receive an audio message of thanks from the kids. (The kids I teach would really appreciate your digital video messages about life and your surroundings from any place and any country. Showing them your side of the world would really open their eyes and provide inspiration for their English studies and further their education and views about the rest of the world.) "Arigato, ne!" (Thanks so much!)

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A little bit about our Sites Manager!

This site's manager and writer is a currently working ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) with 8 years of experience, and has a little Japanese fluency (which can really help teaching with the "Eigo Noto" 英語ノート), and happens to have a wonderful set of teachers to work with.

So, as a team, we are quite lucky and we don’t really have much to complain about.

If you are an ALT, always remember, when in doubt with the Eigo Note, or if you need help teaching with the Eigo Note, or... if you need teaching advice with the Eigo Note, or... if you need some good tips on how to teach with the Eigo Note, you can ask anyone in the teacher's room, hopefully.

But if you ever get stuck please let us know and we will try to accommodate you as best as we can here at eigonoteblog.com

Good luck if you are a teacher and good reading if you are an interested parent or student.

We hope you enjoy reading these pages about teaching and our experiences with the new "MEXT Eigo Noto Textbook," Japan's newest Elementary School level English Textbook.

About our small website

In terms of other great websites around the internet, we may be quite small but we're hoping to please. The internet can be a great resource of ideas, tips, materials and the like. However, the internet and technology is always changing, improving, and upgrading all the time. That's why we've decided to upgrade this site into a magazine format to include tips, articles, and news about things not just related to teaching English and ESL and life in Japan, but also everything else in general related to the internet, communication, technology, and of course Internationalism.

 

 

flickr.com...

Photo credits:

The kids I teach just totally love these pictures!

Thanks everyone for the Creative Commons Attribute!

"Live and Let Share!"

 

Gallery

This photo on fickr has been viewed over 1,720 times and 17 people have called it a favorite. Just lovely! At first glimpse, the kids in the back of the class actually thought this was Tokyo Tower, Japan as I showed them an A4 of it. Find it here at :

http://www.flickr.com/photos/melancolie_velours/1045381348/

 

Now here is just another amazing photo taken from the "Barrage Vauban" roof, looking North, Strasbourg, France. Incredible shot with a 120° panorama and the light at this time of day. I love the grey contrast on the left to the white contrast on the right. Find it here at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/frenchy/2188306110/

 

It's a little bit funny that this picture was taken at Pazzo's in San Francisco. But I wanted to show the kids the most delicious picture of French Dip I could find. Too bad it was soaked first. The au jus really is supposed to be served on the side. Still looks yummy though! I think the shooter 'Rick' loves sushi, too, by the look of his other shots. Find it here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spine/2507215233/

 

Mike Vondran took this picture on January 3 2009, at Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There were no comments on the page but I think this is a great shot. The first thing that comes to my mind is "travel leisure" and what a great image of Brazil for the kids. Find it here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/over_kind_man/3179806357/

 

One comment said this picture is worth a thousand words. I like the solemn look about this shot and the kids knew exactly what it was at first glance. Her facial features, slight muscle tone in the right arm, and the robe's creases are the main focus points for me.
Find it here at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27272854@N03/3422310469/

 

"Here I am in the middle of Times Square in New York on a perfect night. The sky was this strange blue color of a cool dusk night and every light in the city was in full burn. Enjoy!" said by the shot taker. Find it here at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/2462457722/

 

"When I entered yet another tower, one after the other, giving the rhythm to the trek, looking form the window, it seemed so natural to take the camera out of the backpack and shoot. As simple as that, here is the landscape to make the picture. Add a cold wind, bringing the first scent of spring." Written by "robysaltori" and titled "Framed Wall" for the record. Awesome! Find it here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/robysaltori/2373555214/

 

So suddenly Namdaemun was destroyed by fire on 2-10-2008. "A fire has destroyed Namdaemun, South Korea's oldest wooden structure and a national treasure", fire officials said that Monday after. "Police have arrested a 70-year-old man in connection with the fire", according to the South Korean Yonhap news agency. The fire started around 9 p.m. Sunday and burned for hours. More than a hundred firefighters poured water on the more-than-600-year-old structure, trying to save it. After seeing this picture it almost makes me cry. The kids had already known these facts though which doesn't surprise me. Find it here at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tylerdurden/275643601/

 

I lava Korean BBQ too! Why are all these great food pictures from California? Taken at Manna, K-town, Los Angeles according to the uploader. "All you can eat for $16.99" That's about 1700 Japanese yen. Find it here at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ello_there/3524053749/

 

"During our trip in the Kimana National Reserve,
the weather was quite cloudy, and the Kilimanjaro
was almost never visible. It only got visible during
a few minutes, but still staying foggy, it's why I could
only get a medium quality shot of it...," said by the shooter. The green and gray contrast make me shiver. Briliant! Find it here at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tambako/1205321832/

Used under: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/deed.en

 

"Me and Danon jumping on the Red Square. Sant Basily Cathedral in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia." Apparently, the uploader has a few very interesting "Jump" series. Find them here at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/eole/1249185508/

Used under: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en

 

"Kangaroos. On A Golfcourse. A Very Absurd Scene." Anglesea Golfcourse, Victoria, Australia. I think this is the most sureal picture of Kangaroos I have ever seen. Great shot! Link back to the shooters photo stream here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leonrw/3374517312/

 

Registered Under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike License. If you want to know more:

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en

 

These photos have been used under their respective Creative Commons Licenses. Please take due care to respect them...

 

I want to go to Italy... Photo Credits:

Kinkakuji, Kyoto City Old Shrines and Temples, Japan This is the top spot in Japan for taking photos. Really, Kinkakuji has been dubbed the Most Photographed Spot in Japan. I think everyone in Japan has been here. But if you are ever in Kyoto, don't miss Ryoanji and the famous "wabi-sabi" rock garden. It's a 10 minute walk to the left (west) of this place and well worth it. Thanks so much to the shooter. Lovely shot!

Photo by Joi
http://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/1283721961/in/photostream/
"Kinkakuji"

 

 

Shibuya Station at night, Tokyo City, Japan If you are in Tokyo, Shibuya Eki (station) is definitely one of the places to go to. There are so many things to mention about this place, but I like the record shops the most to find the latest vinyl for my collection. Yes, the ENB can spin.

Thanks to the shooter for this awesome pic!

Photo by Guwashi999
http://www.flickr.com/photos/guwashi999/2491680523/
"Shibuya Night"

 

 

Tokyo Disneyland, Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, JapanOf course at least one of the kids mentioned Disneyland! It's purely magical. Thanks so much to the shooter.

Photo by by sanctumsolitude
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanctumsolitude/2386047179/
"Cinderella's Castle"

 

 

Nagashima Spaland, Nagashima (Near Nagoya City and Suzuka "F1 Circuit" City), Mie Prefeceture, JapanSuch a nice looking couple and also a great theme for the kids, since they are Grade 6ers after all. Thanks for sharing! The place of course is Nagashima Spaland, home of the Steel Dragon, breaker of many world records for coasters. I've been there and done that and the first drop for first timers is the best of all. A good tip, request and wait for the front seat on your first time. It is well worth the wait if you are up for it.

This photo was taken by yuumm and can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/yuumm/2100718394/

 

FujiQ Highland Park, JapanIn almost every class, the kids will also tell you "I want to go to FujiQ!" so I thought I'd search for this one. Thanks to the shooter for posting this one in creative commons and it certainly is proudly Pinoy!. Photo by scion_cho http://www.flickr.com/photos/scion02b/2765653784/

 

Biei, Hokkaido, JapanThis wonderful photo was taken somewhere in Hokkaido, but as to exactly where I cannot tell you. In one word to describe this pic, "serene." Photo by by ptrktn http://www.flickr.com/photos/ptrktn/2185762162/

 

 

Okinawa Churaumi Acquarium, Okinawa, Japan"Kuroshio Sea - The 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world." So there is no confusuion with this name, Kuroshio Sea, is the name of the exhibit. The name of the place is "Okinawa Churaumi Acquarium" just in case you want to look up the site. This is definitely one of my favorites! Photo by jonrawlinson
http://www.flickr.com/photos/london/3745603114/

 

The Video-Index page Photo Credits:

The ENB TV, videos and more videos page so you better get some popcorn... This is my top choice video photo for this category. A great shot! I spiced it up a little but I've got lost of respect for the designer.

Image: Francesco Marino / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

You can visit Francesco Marino's gallery site here at http://www.francescomarino.org/

 

 

ABC: Hands-up for your abc's!Searching within the same site where I found the pic above I came upon this really neat ABC photo idea. Sweet!

Image: luigi diamanti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

 

Phonics: A pretty lady smiling with a thick book on top of her head ...Who knows who she is and who knows who the shooter is but its from the same site as above.

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

 

Travel around the World picture in blueAnother nice pic from Francesco Marino.

Image: Francesco Marino / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

 

Who says I can't use the same picture twice. Find it here at :

http://www.flickr.com/photos/melancolie_velours/1045381348/

 

 

"Me and Danon jumping on the Red Square. Sant Basily Cathedral in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia." Apparently, the uploader has a few very interesting "Jump" series. Find them here at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/eole/1249185508/

Used under: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en

 

 

I lava Korean BBQ too! Why are all these great food pictures from California? Taken at Manna, K-town, Los Angeles according to the uploader. "All you can eat for $16.99" That's about 1700 Japanese yen. Find it here at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ello_there/3524053749/

 

 

Statue of Liberty, USAOne comment said this picture is worth a thousand words. I like the solemn look about this shot and the kids knew exactly what it was at first glance. Her facial features, slight muscle tone in the right arm, and the robe's creases are the main focus points for me.
Find it here at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27272854@N03/3422310469/

 

 

People on the beach in BrazilThis nice photo was taken somewhere in Brazil, as the keyword found it there tagged with Brazil, but as to exactly where like another pic up there I cannot tell you. Good looking people, though. Photo by moreno. http://www.flickr.com/photos/moreno/2343556551/

 

 

Cuddly Koala, Australia"And at that very moment, I lost my heart to Snuggles the Koala in Cleland Conservation Park." Uploaded on May 18, 2005 by voss. You can find the original here too at...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/voss/14504352/

 

 

Darth Vader getting schooled about Japan's keitai cultureDarth Vader getting schooled about Japan's keitai culture. An ad for AU, which is a mobile carrier in Japan. During the launch of Star Wars 3, AU launched a mobile Star Wars site with ringtone and wallpaper downloads." This display is at AU's KDDI Designing Studio in Harajuku. Uploaded on August 13, 2005 by chriskk
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chriskk/33674186/

 

 

The Streets of Shanghai, China"The Streets of Shanghai. Every night around dusk the lights come on all over Shanghai as the new Chinese carry around their Prada purses, their D&G belts, and check their stocks on their mobiles. Uploaded on October 24, 2007 by Stuck in Customs
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/1728593481/

 

 

Cute Kids in Kenya"Cute Kids in Kenya" uploaded on October 27, 2005 by khym54 who is actually Karl Mueller. "I am a follower of Jesus who has had the opportunity to travel to more than 33 nations around the world. My current ministry/vocational focus is to help build a movement of churches, businesses and individuals in North America who desire to walk alongside churches and ministries in Africa, Asia and Central Europe in the battle against HIV/AIDS and for community transformation." As he states in his blog at http://karlmueller.blogspot.com/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/khym54/56783411/

 

 

Rainbow over Green Fields. Near Tokoroa, New Zealand."Rainbow over Green Fields." Near Tokoroa, New Zealand. Uploaded on October 7, 2005 by EssjayNZ at flickr.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/essjay/50375608/

The Alphabet-Phonics Video-Index page Photo Credits:

The ENB TV, videos and more videos page so you better get some popcorn... This is my top choice video photo for this category. A great shot! I spiced it up a little but I've got lost of respect for the designer.

Image: Francesco Marino / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

You can visit Francesco Marino's gallery site here at http://www.francescomarino.org/

 

 

ABC: Hands-up for your abc's!Searching within the same site where I found the pic above I came upon this really neat ABC photo idea. Sweet!

Image: luigi diamanti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

 

Phonics: A pretty lady smiling with a thick book on top of her head ...Who knows who she is and who knows who the shooter is but its from the same site as above.

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

 

Alphabet Sounds-PhonicsPiano with some alphabet letters-notes. Uploaded on January 18, 2009 by Hillary the mammal.

Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hillaryraindeer/3208347099/

 

 

English Phoneme Sounds for Kids. Image uploaded to flickr on March 3, 2009 by "gemma correll"

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gemmacorrell/3326840130/

 

 

Vocabluary Flashcards Videos for Kids: Uploaded on December 18, 2008 by kvanhorn

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kvh/3117621085/

 

 

English Rhymes for Children Videos for Kids: a cute little girl playing the guitar

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

 

a woman listening with her hand to her ear: short vowel sounds pictureShort Vowel Sounds:

Image: Yaron Jeroen van Oostrom / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

 

letters on the jukeboxAlphabet Letter Sound Songs: jukebox with alphabet Uploaded on January 22, 2007 by Anonymous Account at flickr.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/anonymouscollective/366070621/

 

 

Blends Sounds Phonics VideosBlend Sounds Phonics for Children and Kids: Uploaded by pkwahme, Just H's

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27798069@N07/4306781399/

 

 

Thanks once again to all of the above for these photos which are under the Creative Commons Attribute Licence. For more information about the "Creative Commons" scheme of things please visit the website by clicking here.

These photos have been used under their respective Creative Commons Licenses. Please take due care to respect them. Find out more about their respective authors by visiting their links.

 

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