Nellie’s is a large bookstore in Tokyo that specialises in English Language Teaching materials. They’re well worth looking up if you’re looking for some new materials. Anyway, they invited us to take part in their Autumn tour, and today was the first day in Tokyo. Set up time was 7:30, far too early!! At 9 I went to do the soundcheck and saw the room….. oh dear. Very small with a huge desk in the middle and the smallest CD player you’ve ever seen. Hmmm. I was also scheduled to be competing with Matsuka Yoko (very famous). I was thinking this could be a very bad day. But I had a bite to eat, a coffee and went to prepare the seminar at 11;30 and wow, these teachers were fantastic!!! They were just sooo cool and responded to everything brilliantly! I think we must have been very noisy as people started pouring in from the next room and the corridor outside was just packed with people trying to get in. Instead of just the songs, this time I concentrated on doing full lessons, so showing how to do the warm ups, reviews, the song and then the game. They really got into it and afterwards we sold a ton of Superpacks. Great. It’s always good to do a great show and be able to afford to get home! Aleda Krause also had a presentation and popped down for a chat afterwards. She’s doing lots of great work for elementary school English. I hadn’t spoken to her for quite a while, but it turns out that she’s a great fan of this website so that was very nice to hear! So after a cool day it was time to take the Shinkansen down to Mt Fuji for tomorrow’s show..

Richard Graham

Hello, I'm Richard Graham. And when I was a kid I found school to be sooooo boring... So I transformed my way of teaching. I listened to what the kids were really wanting to say and taught it in ways they really wanted to learn. The results were magical. So I'm sharing it all with you now...