Zen-Ei-Ren is a nationwide organization for the people involved in English
Language Education at elementary, junior and senior high schools, and at
universities throughout Japan.
Zen-Ei-Ren holds the nationwide Study Meeting in autumn every year.
|The left photograph is a welcome message board at Japan Railway Aomori
Station. Aomori Study Meeting was held in 1998.
The Study Meeting 2016 was held in Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. In 2017, it' to be held in Niigata Prefecture.
Memories of Zen-Ei-Ren
Needs to Improve My Teaching
However, I had to be in charge of teaching English to them. I had to abandon everything I learned at college, the method which I was taught. I started to search something new, something that would enable me to catch the interests of the students.
In Saitama, newly employed teachers must participate in "New Teachers Seminar" conducted by Prefectural Board of Education. There, I was given many suggestions by the teachers of other high schools. Even though the students didn't like to study English, I wanted to let them feel "fun" to use English. During the first five years of my teaching career, I attended as many study meetings as possible.
It was my fifth year that the AET, Assistant English Teachers, System started. My school didn't have an AET. Some high schools started Team-Teaching, which JTE, Japanese Teacher of English, and an AET teach English together. I was afraid of not being able to catch up with some "change" in the English Education. "Communication-oriented" or "Communication-centered" teaching method began to be more emphasized than before. I attended some seminars to learn. Then I "returned" to Zen-Ei-Ren. It was the Tokyo Study Meeting in 1987. I have participated in Study Meetings since then. For me, it is a place where own idleness is made to be learned, and the place where I can learn many things to improve my teaching.
What I want to do
I do understand that only an individual cannot do much, but I started this
WebSite in hope of exchanging information of Zen-Ei-Ren for its participants,
sending information to those who are in trouble in teaching English to
the students, to those who don't know Zen-Ei-Ren.
Zen-Ei-Ren Participant's Page
Since May 1, 2000