English Debate

The other day the 3rd year students (JHS) staged debates in their classrooms. When doing these, the set-up and guidance and atmosphere you build in the class are key. So is the topic. It is fun to get creative because it can inspire students to perform. One idea that seemed to really galvanize students to try was debating “Whether or not we should study English in Japan.”

As the two sides presented their ideas, I took notes on the blackboard. These are the arguments that the students came up with.

The "Japanese Students Ought to Study English " Side

The "Japanese Students Don't Need to Study English" Side

I was impressed with the arguments that students were able to craft, especially on the “against side” — though I think their arguements don’t hold up as well as the “for side.”

This debate topic worked wonders with all the classes we tried it in. But please post any ideas you’ve tried in the comments section if you like.

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