My teaching approach

After years of teaching EFL to beginner-level Japanese students of all ages, studying what scholars have written on the subject of how we acquire first or second languages, as well as reflecting on my own experiences learning English and Japanese as an immigrant, I find that I've come to settle on the following ideas -- mostly borrowed from Brett Reynold's page, who in turn borrowed them from Michael Lewis' book The Lexical Approach (1993, Hove:LTP) -- whenever I'm either in the classroom carrying out a lesson or, beforehand, at my desk drawing up something complex like a syllabus or simple like a lesson plan.