Jo's Garden of English

Knowledge is like a garden; if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.
(African proverb - アフリカの格言)



 This button (or the Links tab at the top of every page) will take you to a list of good websites that can help you study and learn English Please check them out and use them.
 Click this button (or the Victoria tab at the top of every page) to check out Victoria and the University of Victoria.  You might like to think about studying abroad in Victoria.  I recommend it!


Canadian events in Japan
A calendar of events is available here.
There are lots of events happening every month, so check the calendar often.  You might find a concert or other event that interests you, and you can get a little Canadian culture at the same time. 
Good deal!



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Sept, 21, 2014

Let's look at another way of adding interactivity to your website - using a Guestbook.  
I have added one to this page for you to try.  Please check it out here.


Sept. 18, 2014
Hello Jiading!  This is for you.
Check out this page first. Then you can browse around all of the other pages and see what I have.

Later, we will look at a few other websites that teachers I know are using.  Here are two:

Jo Caragata

Diane Englehardt 

Here is a page of other useful websites to check out. 

March 20, 2013

Hi everyone.  
Are you looking for course information for the new school year?  It isn't here because something big happened and I have some surprising news for you:
I moved back to Canada on March 1st.  This means I will not be teaching at Konan or Shoin in the 2013/14 school year.  I miss Japan and I loved the years I spent there, but I have a new life in Canada now.
If you are interested, I will be happy to keep in touch with you.  Just send me e-mail - any time.
Good luck with your courses in the new school year.

Are you interested in Canada?  Maybe you would like to study there, or go for a vacation.  Maybe you are interested in Canadian events happening in Japan. 
Check out the Canadian Embassy website (in Japanese) for information about all of these things, and more.

 Important notice:

Always, always, always do your own work!
Do not copy from a friend or classmate.  If you copy, you are cheating (カンニング)
and you will get 0 points. 
The friend who helps you cheat also will lose 50%.  If I cannot decide which one of you cheated, you will both get 0 points.
Cheating is wrong, so don't do it.

Would you like to have a learner's dictionary on your phone?  The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary App is available on iTunes for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  
It isn't free, but it isn't too expensive. If you are interested, check it out here:



 The BBC has lots of good stuff for helping you with your English studies. 
Check it out and see what interests you: