English Passport Mini

english passport

Inner design of EP Mini.

With a simple design and small size, this mini passport is ideal for students of all levels.

The goal is to get students to ask you questions and initiate conversations. They can collect stamps, stickers or signatures for doing so.

Why? Because simple questions like these can spark longer conversations. And they can also build confidence in students who don’t believe they can speak English.

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English Passport Mini – Outside Design

English Passport Mini – Inside Design

(Use the blank to write in your school name)

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New to English Passport? Click here to see a description I wrote earlier.

outerdesign Ep

Use the blank to fill in your school’s information

Click here to download the outer template (PDF)

Students can collect stamps and stickers for completing speaking and writing activities with you.

Students can collect stamps and stickers for completing speaking and writing activities with you.

Click here to download the inside template (PDF)

passport stamps

Give out these stamps when students complete 5 speaking or writing activities

Click to download passport stamps (PDF)

Got a design of your own? Email me at eliotc1986[at]gmail[dot]com and I’ll upload your designs, advice, ideas on this site.

What is the best way to reach your Students with English?

By John Hatanaka, Yamagata City

There are some fun, new ways to share English outside of the classroom. Behind door number one we have the handy dandy English Passort, which some of you are probably familiar with, and behind door number two we have the new “CC Card” program. Now, my question for you is, which one do you like and why?

I see both ideas have their advantages, but as with any competition both have their disadvantages as well. (Better yet, do you have a new idea? Perhaps an idea that would send both games running for the forest like Ron’s Hooting Tooting Flying Enchanted Car in Harry Potter.) Anyway, I will lay out the apparent advantages of both excellent strategies below and then give you the mic. Shall we start??

Number One: The Around The World PassPort

Kids get out of class and the last thing they want is a giant foreigner batting off hard-to-understand English questions at them. A time then came for the English Passport to take the lead. It has allowed the student to choose the time and the place and utilized Skinners Psychology Experiment to make mice chase after cheese. The simple philosophy is that people like prizes — otherwise PlayStations would be for watching movies and Mario would still be stuck in Italy (Japan?). The Passport gives students the chance to use English to get “World Country Stamps” and in turn receive prizes if they get 5 or six stamps. This is much like sushi restaurants offer stamps if you visit their headquarters — except for the fact that we are marketing English of course and not sushi. Below I’ll list the advantages first and then the disadvantages, and then let’s debate!


1. Everybody likes a sparkling passport. It gives them confidence, makes them feel like an ambassador, sorta like how you feel like at the airport. Ok maybe it’s only me…

2. Everybody likes prizes. Especially vacations in Hawaii…. let the students dream.


1. Keeping track of passports is a chore. Who got a stamp? Who can forge stamps? Who ate their passport? These questions come up…

2. It’s harder to make Passports so as a result not as many students can be ambassadors and the students have to keep track of their booklets. I’m always petrified of losing mine at the airport.. talk about a travelers disaster!!!

Number 2: The CC Program

1. Instead of giving the students a Passport, you are instead giving them your business card. Steve Woerner, an ALT from Tottori Prefecture, came up with the idea to give out cards to students for speaking English. Students deposit their cards into a “class box”, and at the end of the month the cards are counted and the student with the most cards wins a big prize and all other participants receive a prize for trying. This idea solves some problems, but also poses some problems as well.


1. Business cards are easier to keep track of…

2. The student doesn’t have to keep track of the their own passport.


1. Keeping a ready supply of cards will require lots of printing and cutting or Daiso trips.

2. Passports are cooler

3. Forging cards could be easy and the classroom boxes that you made could be tampered with if someone were motivated to do so.

In Conclusion:

So, what method do you like better and why? In other news there is a brand new app for JETS on on the Iphone App Store. It’s called “Iconnect” and you should download it. It has instructions for Steve Woerner’s CC card game and also loads of good resources for teachers for making your life day that much better. Can you come up with a better idea to use English outside the classroom? Please Comment!!

Thank You,

John Hatanaka

Custom Passports

Whoa, is that passport real?

I made these custom English Passports for all the students in the elective English club and special needs class so they can rock this mint design and be the envy of the rest of the school.

Are you doing English Passport at your school? If not, check out the original post to see what your missing (and how to catch up). You can download all the templates and instructions for free, and even download a set of color passport stamps to use with your students.

What is English Passport?

The Front Cover of An English Passport

English Passport is an idea you have probably heard of before. It is a booklet you can give to each student that allows them to collect stickers or stamps for completing speaking and writing activities in English. I have done English passport for several years at my JHS and I want to share my thoughts on what works and what doesn’t. There is a lot of flexibility about how the passport can be used.

The first passport I made in 2009 looked like this:

English Passport c. 2009

This version was based largely on the model presented to us at Tokyo Orientation. Even though the “memorization” and “recitation” sections (where students would either have to memorize or recite a passage from an English book or letter) proved burdensome and ineffective in my opinion, the project was a great success in the first year, with almost every 3rd grade student receiving several stamps and over 30 students completing the entire passport book. First and second year students were understandably wary about using the passport and we didn’t get as many participants from those grades.

Later I learned that the English Passport was primarily successful because the 3rd grade English teachers made participation in English Passport a part of the students’ final grade. The following year, even when the prizes were increased and the activities were simplified, without this primary motivation, far less students participated in the project.

This is a screenshot from what the passport looked like in 2010-2011:

Inside the 2010-2011 English Passport

As you can see from the picture, the 4 English activities were reduced to 2 — simply speaking and writing. Students got a stamp in one of these two categories for writing a letter to me or visiting my desk in the teacher’s room for a short English conversation. I added an extra degree of complexity to the passport by giving students the opportunity to collect “Travel Stamps” on the right hand page. If they collected 5 stamps for the speaking or writing category, they would receive a special stamp from “visiting” a place from around the world, such as England, Athens, Greece, or San Francisco. The more “travel stamps” they collected, the more prizes they were eligible for. The students who completed the entire passport (only about 5 in one year) received a special prize and were awarded a certificate of completion in front of their classes. The column below the speaking and writing challenge boxes were for collecting stickers that students received for one thing or another.

Tips for Success

  • Even though the second year of English passport was easier and far more interesting in my opinion, it wasn’t as successful because the teachers did not make participation in the program a part of the students’ final grade. So I think that this is key.
  • Keep the speaking and writing challenges easy and allow students to perform the speaking challenge whenever there is free time in the hallways or teacher’s room. Although I made the challenges easier the second year, because I limited the time to when I was in the teacher’s room, many students complained that they never had time to participate in the project even though they wanted to.
  • I think that this level of English Passport is good for 3rd year students especially, and it can be useful for second year students if you constantly encourage them to use their passports. For 1st year students, participating is understandably daunting. You can still give them passports to include them in the project, but you might consider making a modified version with other challenges to make it easier on them.

Free Materials!

Click here to download the inside template (PDF)

Click here to download this template (PDF)

Click to download passport stamps (PDF)