Teaching in Japan
From 2002-2006 I taught English in Japan, primarily to primary school and pre-school children. When I started working as a teacher in Japan, I was somewhat shocked to find that textbooks were used as the main teaching tool in many classes - even for pre-school children and infants who could not read or write (in Japanese or English). The lack of what I took to be appropriate teaching materials and methods for children spurred me on to create my own teaching resources involving the use of music, flashcards, games and animation. I turned these into the multimedia courses: Altogether English and Sing in English.