AKITA – April 2014 – Exploring English and Foreign languages in the Elementary School Classroom– Jonathan Stimmer, Mitane-cho Board of Education. In 2011 English and Foreign language became a mandatory subject in Elementary school education. Many schools are already teaching English from 1st year to 6th year. First the presenter illustrated the problems ALT’s experience working with JTEs and also gave examples of how to overcome the most common of them. Some of the questions were: “How can these schools go beyond textbooks?” “Where does one start when teaching younger grade levels when there are no textbooks and no set curriculum for teaching English and Foreign language?” This presentation not only addressed these questions and others, but it also explored quite a few facets of English and foreign languages education in elementary schools. Extensive Q &A accompanied every topic that was covered.
Bio: Jonathan Stimmer graduated from the City University of New York School of Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies with a BA in International Relations and Economics. He currently works for the Mitane-cho Board of Education and teaches at 6 elementary schools and 3 junior high schools. He regularly facilitates teacher trainings and teaches workshops on English, International Studies and Team Teaching. He has been a JET North Block Leader of Akita Prefecture since April 2013.