About Eigo Ganbare
Established in 2010, this Classic Eigo Ganbare website didn't have much content. Just a quick access to pre-made teaching materials and flashcards for junior high schools’ JTEs/ALTs.
Over the years, it has evolved to offer more of a cultural immersion and much more - to bridge the culturally different teaching/learning gaps. Thus, providing teachers and students an experience of mutual “give and take” between the merits of Japan’s education and the merits of education from abroad.
Moreover, I try to keep these resources “old-school” while guiding Japanese schools to move forward into 21st century education.
The Meaning of Eigo Ganbare
Originally started out as a message to students I put on their worksheets because I wanted them to have hope. It means to do their best and stay motivated. Because no matter how difficult English is, you can do it! Then, it became a similar message for JTEs to have the spirit of determination to enjoy what they teach, embrace co-teaching with an ALT, and build the confidence to engage new challenges. In 2020, this message finally reaches the ALTs, so they don't just teach English communication, but also provide Japanese with an open eye to cultural diversity! And, someday for them to be appreciated in receiving recognition of their contribution no matter if their team-teaching is just a small part in MEXT's English curriculum.
Timeline of Eigo Ganbare
Killed Contents on Eigo Ganbare
HP Reveal (formally Aurasma), Phrasebot, and Kupiter have recently been killed. Eigo Ganbare started using the augmented reality features from way back when HP Reveal was formally called Aurasma. It was quite popular among educators in the States, and despite its late implementation onto this site in 2015, I thought educators here in Japan could have the curiosity and a chance in testing the merit of using video/interactive augmented reality in the classroom. However, by the time they noticed its potential, HR Reveal closes its door in 2020. As for Phrasebot and Kupiter, their awesome feature was importing flashcards from Quizlet and their web-based app engage learning in a fun way. However, again in 2020, the Quizlet import links do not work anymore and hence, Eigo Ganbare had to discontinue these. Another feature that has been discontinued is the Japanese site of Eigo Ganbare. The option of making a donation via PayPal was also killed to be replaced with the Patreon donation in 2016, the first of its kind and to help JTEs/ALTs to understand the concept of this (watch the short video clip). In its early era of using PayPal, Eigo Ganbare only received a one-time donation of $5.
Revenue of Eigo Ganbare
Does this website get any monetary revenues? Because of the age of Eigo Ganbare and its limited budget, my indirect answer would be: Even if your job is part-time or temporary, stick with that!!
Furthermore, please note that these resources on here are strictly for educational use - Japanese public schools ONLY. So, if you ever want to keep these free, please support Eigo Ganbare on Patreon!
I started my ALTing on the JET programme in 2004. Follow by Interac and other ALT dispatch companies. Then, through two boards of education and finally, ending my "Japan experience" in April 2020 as a direct hire ALT for a private Japanese JHS & HS. Furthermore, I had a one-day opportunity to join a team of volunteer teachers from the States, and we team-taught several 90-minute English classes at a university in Kobe. As for this website, Eigo Ganbare will still exist and its work will continue outside of Japan!
Creator's Education Background
I graduated in 2002 with a dual B.A. degree in Sociology and Linguistics from the University of Washington. I also had partaken in a paid internship, working for a small IT company called Sotatsu Systems Inc in Kobe, Japan. This internship was possible through my university – the Technical Japanese Program/Hyogo Business & Cultural Center (USA) and Hyogo International Association (Japan).