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David Paul

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David Paul started David English House in an apartment in Hiroshima in 1982. Within 15 years, there were 50 full-time teachers and staff in Hiroshima and about the same again in franchises in Thailand and Korea. David English House closed in 2010 for financial reasons, but in 28 years, the schools taught over 100,000 students in Hiroshima alone, and made a considerable contribution to the local community.

David English House became widely respected throughout East Asia for its high educational standards and for the extensive support it provided for the professional development of English language teachers, especially through teacher training and establishing and supporting distance MA programs from British universities in Japan.

Since the early 1990’s, David has written a number of best-selling books, focusing on applying constructivist, student-centered ideas to the East Asian ELT classroom.

In 1999, David founded ETJ (English Teachers in Japan), a volunteer group for supporting the professional development of teachers. The aim was to build a supportive community for busy classroom teachers who generally didn’t join existing associations for teachers. ETJ now has about 10,000 members and is playing a key role in ELT throughout Japan. There is still a lot to do, and ETJ still has enormous potential as a concept, but there is little doubt about the impact that it has already had.

These days, David is president of Language Teaching Professionals, and spends much of his time developing resources to support and train teachers of children. 

David Paul: Useful Links
Language Teaching Professionals Click Here
YouTube Channel Click Here
Download Teaching Resources Click Here
ETJ Website Click Here
Language Teaching Network Click Here
Facebook Page Click Here

Books and Teaching Materials by David Paul

New Finding Out

A complete, 5-level child-centered course for Japanese elementary school children

• A balance of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

• Step-by-step phonics and communication.

• Builds reading skills from phonics to sentences to paragraphs to stories.

• A Games-based approach that is rooted in constructivist psychology.

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Free online games

Compatible card games

Songs and Games Phonics

A 2-level step-by-step phonics course that fully integrates learning with play and music

• The phonic sequence is compatible with New Finding Out.

• A balance of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

• Songs for every stage of phonics.

• Lots of free downloadable resources.

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Lots of free downloads

Compatible card games

Communicate

A 2-level course for junior/senior high school students and low-level adult beginners

• A student-centered stem-by-step approach.

• Extensive personalization and humor.

• The syllabus is based in a familiar grammatical sequence that is applied in communicative situations.

• Lots of puzzles and activities.

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Motivate

A 2-level course for junior/senior high school students and adult beginners

• Follows on from Communicate.

• A student-centered stem-by-step approach.

• Extensive personalization and humor.

• The syllabus is based in a familiar grammatical sequence that is applied in communicative situations.

• Lots of puzzles and activities.

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Communication Strategies

A 2-level topic-based course for intermediate and upper intermediate college students and adults

• Enables students to communicate within 3o key topic areas.

• A fun, motivating and though-provoking course.

• Extensive scope for personalization and for students to develop ideas and give opinions.

• Lots of puzzles and activities.

• The vocabulary, patterns and collocations in the course were thoroughly researched.

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‘Learn Through Play’ Card Games

The children learn phonics while playing their favorite card games

• Four different sets for different stages of phonics.

• Fully integrate learning and play.

• Half the cards are pictures and half are letters or phonic combinations.

• The children can play any of their favorite card games, and when they make a pair or a set they perform a language task.

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