Joel Bacha's Shogakko Plan

To Whom It May Concern:

This curriculum is based on what I have taught and learned the past 3 years at the elementary schools in Shikoku's Asakura-mura. It was inspired out of the desire to communicate with my students and from it my students and I have learned a lot about each other, have become great friends, and can communicate on a basic level in English.

The curriculum focuses on the speaking and listening aspects of English and allows the ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) the flexibility to teach International Understanding in his or her own way. Its goal is to promote independent thinking and free expression in English and to create a broader understanding of the world. It is based on 13 or 14 lessons for each level (divided into 3 trimesters) to be taught throughout the school year. It is hoped that any additional lessons each trimester will give the ALT more time to focus on the world, cultural aspects of different countries, and various cultural activities as he or she desires.

It should be noted that this curriculum does not include actual lesson plans. It only provides a skeleton of the lessons I have taught. Each of my lessons begins with a 'Conversation Phrase' activity, sometimes includes a song, and always includes one or two games. Most of the games and activities I use in my lessons can be found on the Genki English website (

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at or

Have fun,
and Stay Young!!!!!

Joels Curriculum

Year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 , ABC Guide

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Year 1 , 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Joel has also published a new International Understanding book, including English and cultural topics and activities, timelines for each grade level, example lesson plans, and more... .Click here for details


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