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The End of ALTs

Forget about the popularity of eikaiwa online, it's iPods for everyone!

An elementary school in Wakayama has recently had an open English-language lesson using iPod Touch, with students watching video images of a native speaker on the small display of the digital handset.

The city plans to distribute 850 of the gadgets to local schools by mid-March, as part of projects backed by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry.

During the English lesson at Isao Elementary School on Wednesday, an American teacher shown on the touch-screen urged students to repeat useful phrases.

Because talking to a real live person would be a waste of perfectly good technology.



I can see how this would be appealing to the school principal looking to cut a few corners here and there. For a while now, a good number of ALTs have been little more than glorified CD players. Is it any surprised that they might be replaced by a glorified CD player?
Hopefully this'll serve as a wake up to ALT companies to have them provide something more than "repeat after me."
But the real negative here is that despite 30+ years of "English education" in Japan, the board of Education still can't get it right...

Typical Japan! God praise America but bollocks to everyone else.

Hey Max Headroom, if you're still out there here's a good job opp for you!

LOL ! Frankly, not perturbed in the slightest. An iPod instructor will never eliminate the importance of having a live in the flesh Cultural Ambassador, delivering native tongue and native culture face to face. LOL! Can you imagine it? Oh please ! Think it through !

Yes, there will always be a demand and need for “ALT’s”, if that’s what you must call them.

I truly think imparting my linguistic and cultural skills, as being part of a child’s over-all linguistic and cultural uptake, as being similar to the following, which of course an iPod lesson, LOL, could never deliver!

In ev'ry job that must be done
There is an element of fun
you find the fun and snap!
The job's a game

Nad ev'ry task you undertake
Becomes a piece of cake
A lark! Aspree!
It's very clear to me

That a...
Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
The medicine go down-wown
The medicine go down
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
In a most delightful way

Meantime, I was socializing with some students on Sunday, because at GEOS, we ARE allowed to socialize with students, and the most incredible of opportunities has been bestowed upon me.

I, yes, lil ole me, have yet again been approached to write my memoirs “My Life at GEOS”, and I have, due to popular demand, this time, reluctantly but gratefully accepted.

Stay tuned for Chapter One, my little cherubs.


Lady Love:

I for one am looking forward to reading your memoirs. I can't imagine the mystical adventure you had in the land of the samurais and geishas. All those magical temples and festivals that pay homage to the ancient traditions. –BAD ASS! Did you learn Jujitsu or Karate? Or have you seen a Yakuza execution?
And how about your job….Man you were a teacher, little ol’ you. You must earned a lot of respect from your diligent students, who certainly must have been captivated by the fact that you could speak your native tongue with such fluency. And I heard Japanese children are so well disciplined and studious, they and their honorable parents must have bestowed upon you the highest degree of admiration, because you were THE SENSEI.-BAD ASS indeed!!! Gee whiz, and what about the night life….. kareoke, sake, blow fish and school girl hookers. –BAD ASS!!!


Oh Luke, you sound so incredibly sulky. LOL ! Here is a bit of heartfelt advice I have picked up, on my GEOS Cultural Ambassador Voyage, and it has served me a right royal treat:

(1) Use your talent (everybody has one) in anyway you can. Don't keep it for yourself like a miser - spend it like a millionaire! LOL!

(2) Positive thinking won't let you do anything but it will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. Yes ! Yes ! Yes !

(3) Practice hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can achieve a permanently happy spirit. Oh yes ! One of my favourites !

(4) Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal. And that me sweet cherub, is the icing on the cake !

I call these, the four GEOS keys to making the most of your Japan journey. LOL ! I use them as positive affirmations, which I recite, over and over, on my commute to work. LOL ! Yes, lil ole me, sitting on a train, hurtling along through bustling JAPAN of all places, doing my daily ritual of positive affirimations. Can you image it? Who would have thought ! LOL !

Try them, they really work, and stay tuned for my memoirs !


Now we are really cooking!

No seriously... we're actually cooking. Teachers on Ipods... who knows? Maybe this is the best thing ever for Japan. Maybe with the Ipods they'll actually end up speaking more fluently. Time will tell...

Where are the memoirs? Don't hold out!

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