New Free Material


Sorry for the long hiatus. The summer holidays had me working on some other projects and I didn’t have any time to post. I return with another free material.

Level: 3rd year JHS

Time: 10 to 15 minutes

This material is directed at 3rd year JHS students and is meant to help them remember positional words (like “between,” “next to,” etc.) using some friendly mnemonic devices and a bit of word play. The students really enjoyed this presentation because it not only made it easy to remember some of this difficult words and phrases but introduced them to learning languages using mnemonic devices.

Click here to download the presentation ===>> Between, next to, in front of



Arashi Powerpoint

A lot of people wrote in and said they enjoyed the last powerpoint about teaching how to add “er” to adjectives, so I thought I’d share one more version for teaching “er” comparison adjective. This one is prepared by a different JTE I worked with in Yamagata City.

Level: JHS 2nd Grade

Time: 10 minutes or less

Powerpoint Presentation – Comparing using “er” adjectives – Click to download

Why this powerpoint is great

  • Short, simple and uses the appeal of a Japanese pop group to get students interested in the lesson
Download the powerpoint above and modify it for your purposes.

Teaching – “er” adjectives

Here’s another great powerpoint presentation. This time the powerpoint comes from a teacher I work with. It shows students how to make comparisons by attaching “er” to adjectives (e.g. bigger, taller, faster, etc.).

Time: about 15 or 20 minutes

Level: 2nd grade JHS

Which is stronger, Godzilla or King Kong?

In the book there is a pretty interesting story to work with involving King Kong and Godzilla. But I think this powerpoint can make this lesson more interactive and interesting for the students. Download the powerpoint below and check it out for yourself:

DOWNLOAD: Let’s Compare! – Powerpoint

Why this powerpoint is good 

  • It compares internationl landmarks, raising student awareness about the rest of the world
  • It is presented in a quiz-show style so students can enjoy the thrill of guessing and discovery
  • There is a section at the end where students can personalize the learning point by choosing between two things (e.g. math and English) and using the grammar to tell others about their preferences.


  • The powerpoint uses Japanese translations for all the sentences — something which may be helpful to students. I have a feeling, though, that given the right class, it could be done without it.

Teaching Directions with Ichiro Suzuki

Check out the instructional video on how to use this presentation then download the powerpoints below.


More Free Materials!

Click on the links to download the powerpoint and use it with your class! Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Ichiros Bad Day – Powerpoint Presentation

Ichiros Bad Day – Shortened for reviewing the slideshow

Script for the first part of the presentation

UPDATE: Activity for after the presentation:

Partner Activity

This is a pair-work activity for consolidating the lesson. Students work together to write an original skit based off of the phrases learned in this lesson. After preparing the skit, students can memorize it and perform it in front of the ALT and JTE for a reward. Students have the choice of three preset locations, or they can create an original location for themselves.

UPDATE: Extra Tips for making this lesson succesful:

  • When teaching students the directions (‘go down this street’, etc.) encourage the students to use gestures. With the gestures and animation it is possible to teach this entire presentation with little reference to Japanese!!
  • Before students are asked to give Ichiro the directions to the stadium, give them 5 or 7 minutes to try to memorize the phrases on the screen. While they are memorizing the phrases, walk around and check on their progress. After the time is up get a few students to stand up and give the directions to Ichiro before the class gives the instructions together.