Category Archives: Eikaiwa

ECC may have bought data stolen from owner of Berlitz

According to the newspaper Japan Times, the data on 75,000 high school students that large Japanese language school chain ECC bought might have been among that stolen by someone working at Benesse, owner of the Berlitz and ELS chains, plus the … Continue reading

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How easy is working in a Japanese "Eikaiwa" conversation school

A rare good thread on GaijinPot on the topic here.

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Positive and negative developments in TEFL in Japan

This is going to be very subjective, but here are my impressions after being back here for almost a year: Positive developments Japanese students are losing faith in the idea that chatting with a foreigner in English is the way … Continue reading

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Eikaiwa continues to shrink

David English House in Hiroshima, a well respected school run by author and all round booster of professionalism in Nippon David Paul, closed for business on 1 September leaving him personally bankrupt. Sounds like they managed the process well, though, according … Continue reading

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‘Shane English School (NZ) faces liquidation’?

Don’t know if it’s true, and don’t know what it would mean if it was, but it would have a strange and worrying symmetry with the recent problems with GEOS Australia, also a mainly Japan-based chain with branches in the … Continue reading

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The importance of noses in Eikaiwa

Posting this now was prompted by a comment by Darren Elliott in the post below. That and the fact that it is very odd indeed, and from a British owned company too…

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Development, blogs, books and Japan- An interview with Darren Elliott of Lives of Teachers blog

We all seem to be seeing your name around a lot recently. A masterplan to become the next Thornbury/ trying to keep yourself busy while your wife watches Japanese television/ sleep disorder/ other? I think it takes more than a … Continue reading

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What I just learnt on YouTube

A rare occurence, I know, but this kansaikidsdotcom YouTube channel (of a school called The Learning Tree which I had never heard of- thank you Google!) had lots of little teaching ideas for young and very young learners that I’d never … Continue reading

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Golly gosh, not Geos too??!

Two years after the demise of Nova, by far the biggest chain of Eikaiwa (English conversation) schools in Japan, rumours are that one of the remaining big three, Geos, is also showing signs of strain with late payment of wages, … Continue reading

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Use all your talents when teaching

at the Idol Foreign Language Academy in Akihabara, Tokyo. Only in Japan…

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