Teaching Resources

Here we list a few resources that you might find useful for getting started teaching as an ALT in Japan. Each town uses one of a few different textbook options available in Japan. As a result, the grammar points covered at different times of the year will vary, so there is no one-size-fits-all guide we can give you. For lessons from fellow ALTs in Tokushima, always check out the Teaching Section in our forums, as well as Teamwork Tokushima, released twice a year at our September and January SDCs. We work hard to make each other’s lesson planning a little easier.

Englipedia hosts lesson plans by grammar point, with a menu system setup to reflect the different sections of the English textbooks used by schools across Japan. A great starting point for lessons, though due to the age of some of them be prepared to spend some time updating your materials a bit.

Eigo Ganbare
Eigo Ganbare lists lessons by school grade level, and grammar point. The lessons on offer a usually ready to go with little explanation, but as with Englipedia, benefit from extra time invested in them.

ISL Collective
ISL Collective is a site containing a huge variety of lessons and activities for different seasons and times of year. While it requires registration, both the registration and the downloads on the site are free.

MES English
MES-English offers a great selection of flashcards with good images to use in the classroom.

Activity Village
Activity Villiage is a great resource for seasonal things, crafts and small group activities.

The British Council Teaching Resources
The Britich Council Teaching Resources site is full of public resources developed in affiliation with the BBC in the UK. Full of images, tips, and activity ideas it is an excellent resource to peruse when looking for inspiration or ideas.

Times Education Supplement
TES is another UK resource that is swamped full of flashcards, worksheets, and review activities for a variety of subjects, English included.

Genki English
Genki English has a collection of picture cards, games, songs, and other resources. While good quality, some material on the site cost money.

Breaking News English
Breaking News English uses relatively current events to provide you with worksheets, vocabulary matching, and word practice worksheets, as well as serving for a great source of discussion. Highly recommended.

Handwriting Workshops
Handwriting workshops lets you make your own handwriting worksheets for penmanship and script study with your students.

Let's Teach English
Let’s Teach English is a free site focused on JHS lessons and materials.

Accessj is another free site with Lessons and materials for JHS and ES. Some material is a little out of date but easily adapted.

Super Simple Learning
Super Simple Learning released a free resource center. It has over 1101 free flashcards, 353 free worksheets, 105 free coloring pages, and 14 free games and crafts. Most of the stuff goes along with their songs and they have made most of them available on youtube along with cute videos. Worth a look if you teach elementary school.

Hi Friends Lesson Plans
Hi, Friends! 1 and 2. The awesome folks at Akita JET translated the MEXT provided lesson plans for Hi Friends on their Wiki. If you are teaching in Elementary and need a basic lesson plan, or your school uses these in the classroom, this wiki has the full English translations for the stock lesson plans, allowing you to hopefully follow along.