Johanna Kawasaki

After backpacking Australia on a Working Holiday visa, Bridge graduate Johanna traveled to Japan for a year to teach English. She then moved to New Zealand for another two years before returning to her chosen home country, Japan, where she currently lives. Now, with more than eight years of professional English teaching experience, Johanna enjoys her expat life in Japan teaching teenagers at a private junior and senior high school, where she recently received tenure after only two years. When she’s not teaching, Johanna continues to travel regionally and explore new places.

Posts by Johanna

Inquiry-based learning

Empower Your Students With Inquiry-Based Learning

Inquiry-based learning, also known as exploratory or active learning, is a teaching method that motivates and engages your students. Find out when and how to use inquiry-based learning in the ESL classroom.

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task-based learning

What Is Task-Based Learning? A Guide to the Popular Teaching Method

Find out the answer to “What is task-based learning?” and discover why this ESL teaching method is effective. Plus, get task-based lesson plans that you can use in your virtual or physical classroom.

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10 Fun & Easy Games for Teaching Business English to Adults

Games aren’t just for kids – they’re also an effective method when it comes to teaching Business English! Try using these 10 games for teaching Business English to adults to help your students retain vocabulary and improve their professional English skills.

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EFL teacher

How to Teach Participial Adjectives to ESL Students

Learn the ins and outs of teaching participial adjectives to ESL students with these tips, rules, and examples. We’ve also included a table of the most commonly used participial adjectives, as well as suggestions on which participle endings to teach together!

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EFL teacher working abroad with children.

5 Popular ESL Teaching Methods Every Teacher Should Know

Check out these 5 popular ESL teaching methods, including communicative language teaching (CLT) and total physical response (TPR), to stay up to date on the latest English teaching trends and try some new strategies in the classroom.

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Top Tips for Creating Materials for the EFL Classroom

Find out how adapting or creating materials for the EFL classroom can help keep your students motivated and learning. Read these top tips for creating materials, like tests, games, and warm-up activities, for the physical or virtual classroom.

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What Is Blended Learning in ESL and How Can I Implement It in the Online Class?

Whether you’re teaching English online with an established tutoring company or working as a freelance online teacher, it’s important to have an understanding of blended learning in ESL, which is also called hybrid learning, since it’s a format now used more commonly than ever in the virtual classroom. 

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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: Using Objectives in ESL Lesson Planning

Writing objectives in ESL lesson planning is essential if you want to deliver an effective and engaging lesson. We’ll teach you exactly how to incorporate ESL learning objectives into your lesson plan with these tips and examples!

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Shella Chua, Filipino Teacher in China

Advantages of Non-Native English Speaking Teachers in the TEFL Classroom

German-born English instructor, Johanna, currently teaching in Japan, highlights some of the unique knowledge and skills that multilingual teachers bring to the ESL/EFL classroom.

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How to Teach ESL Pronunciation and Phonics

Teaching ESL pronunciation can be challenging, but with the right tools, you can set your students up for success – and even fun! Learn the essential phonics terms, get tips for teaching pronunciation, and discover ways to assess your students’ progress.

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