Teacher James

Teacher James

TEFL-certified English teacher based in Hong Kong. After a few years of full-time teaching in a learning center, I decided to go freelance.

Why Johnny Still Can't Read -- And What To Do About It 17/10/2019

Long time no see! I've been really lazy with this page, sorry!

Here's an interesting article on the importance of learning how to read:


Have a great day!

Why Johnny Still Can't Read -- And What To Do About It For decades, there’s been an overwhelming scientific consensus on the best way to teach kids to read. But millions of kids still don’t get the kind of instruction that works.


Parents: brace yourselves


Happy Year of the Pig everybody! 🐖🐖🐖

Students' work 31/01/2019

Taken some time ago when PPAP was still popular. Glad that's behind us!


Quit my Saturday job at ABC Pathways recently. It's sad to leave my students after teaching them for so long. :( This is one letter that I'll keep forever, as instructed. I'll keep it even if little Katie has forgotten about the teacher named James.

How safe is TikTok app? | Internet Matters 14/11/2018

Does your child use Tik Tok? If so, you might want to read this article.

I've checked out the app to see what the fuss is about. It's definitely juvenile, with the occasional slightly-inappropriate-for-kids content popping up. Users also choose their own songs to dance (or try to dance) to, and let's just say Khia wasn't just rapping about her sore neck and back in her song.


How safe is TikTok app? | Internet Matters TikTok is a popular social networking app that allows users to create, musical clips and short clips up to 60 seconds and add special affects to them.


Had the last lesson with one of my very capable students and she passed me these. 😢 It's been a pleasure!

The parent's handwriting is beautiful by the way, and now I really want a 3D printer.


Happy Halloween everyone! Had a lot of fun making masks with one of my wackier students; she even got a chocolate cake! :D

How To Encourage Good Reading Habits In Kids | Oxford Learning 26/09/2018

Recently a parent asked me how to make reading more engaging for her child. I sent her the linked article, as well as my own experience. See if it helps!

"You should definitely make reading a fun activity and not a chore. Let your children choose the things they want to read. For example when I was a child I didn't have a lot of interests in fiction, but I read a lot of science and how-to books. Let them choose the reading materials they are interested in.

Also don't restrict reading to purely books. I'm not advocating playing a lot of video games, but as a kid I read a lot playing story-based games. English is everywhere; children can be reading comics, brochures, (good) song lyrics, etc.

And also, set an example and read more in front of them. Let them know reading is something normal that people do every day, and not 'work'."


How To Encourage Good Reading Habits In Kids | Oxford Learning The more your child enjoys reading, the more he or she will read. These 10 easy tips will encourage good reading habits and make reading fun for kids!


Have a great Mid Autumn Festival everyone!

21 New Words Which Will Speak to Your Soul 03/09/2018

Back to school! Hope no one's affected by clinomania!

21 New Words Which Will Speak to Your Soul These terms go mostly unused out in the world, but each one perfectly captures a thought, feeling or moment you can completely relate to.


Happy Lunar New Year everyone! Wishing you a healthy and joyous year of the dog!


Here's an eraser my student can pass down to her grandchild.

If You Don’t Want Your Kids To Be ill Mannered, You Have To Stop Making These 5 Errors 27/01/2018

I'm lucky to have mostly decent-mannered students, but perhaps you or your friends might find this article useful. Remember: if a child is ill-mannered, other kids won't socialize with them, and adults won't teach them useful things.

5 errors some parents make
-You're afraid of your children
-Making excuses ("kids will be kids")
-You don't let others scold them
-Children always come in first place
-You use too many shortcuts

If You Don’t Want Your Kids To Be ill Mannered, You Have To Stop Making These 5 Errors Something that happens to almost every parent are children having temper tantrums and misbehaving, without them even recognizing the issue. Luckily, for you, here, we’re going to present you 5 errors that every parent makes and should stop making them right now!


Get your masks folks! The smog is back.


"Pretend you were thin," a student said to me, not knowing how words can often hurt more than punches.


Great pictures! But the school should've used a spell checker. 🤔


Happy 2018! May it be a fruitful year of discovery and adventure! 😊


My student made me a rainbow slime!

Solar Eclipse 2017 21/08/2017

Watch the 2017 solar eclipse here!

Solar Eclipse 2017 NASA covers the August 21 solar eclipse live from coast to coast, from unique vantage points on the ground and from aircraft and spacecraft, including the International Space Station.


Delicious Chinese sweet bean dessert made by student's grandma!

Everyday life of T.James 01/07/2017

Thanks Martha! Great picture! :)

Timeline photos 17/06/2017

Happy Father's Day to every wonderful dad in the world! No one ever bought you flowers or called you beautiful, and few songs are written about you, but we are thankful!

'They might want a Caucasian': Outrage as Asian rejected from native English tutor job | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP 28/05/2017

The thread on the Hong Kong NET Teachers facebook group got noticed (well I think both the fb group and HKFP are run by the same guy Tom, but still). How do you feel about this?

For me I'm just thankful that all the parents I've encountered are open-minded and have a good taste in teachers. Hahaha.

'They might want a Caucasian': Outrage as Asian rejected from native English tutor job | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP An ethnic Asian’s job application to work as a native English tutor was rejected by an agency on the grounds that its client – a tutorial centre – prefers Caucasian applicants. It sparked an outcry on from fellow teachers who said they also faced the same problem. Whatsapp screenshots seen by HKFP s...

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