ELT traveller’s tales – R. B. McKerrow in Japan, 1898

Cambridge scholar R. B. McKerrow told a funny story from the time he spent teaching English in Tokyo from 1897 to 1900, where he also learnt Japanese, wrote a textbook on English phonology (in Japanese), and had his own printing press.

McKerrow also travelled around Japan and arriving in a small seaside town, checked into a guesthouse and asked for a hot bath. As he waited and looked out at the sea he watched a group of men put a metal tub on the rocks, fill it with sea water, and light a fire under it. This salt water was his bath. And by the time he got down to the beach to bathe in it a group of local residents had gathered round to watch.

The Henry Brothers are getting ready for the teacher training that we deliver around Turkey during the back-to-school period. We’re buying tickets, booking hotel rooms, planning workshops, and packing our bags for the road. All the time in airports and hotel is a strain but still much easier than that!! We wish a safe journey to all our fellow ELT professionals travelling during this period.

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About The Henry Brothers

We are English teachers involved in ELT publishing in Turkey, and also touring the country giving workshops and presentations to English teachers, mainly on the use of poetry, storytelling and other lively activities in the classroom. We can be contacted by e-mail to istanbuljohnm@hotmail.co.uk.
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2 Responses to ELT traveller’s tales – R. B. McKerrow in Japan, 1898

  1. Pingback: ELT traveller's tales – Japan, 1898 | The Henry Brothers' Jim Jam Slam | TEFL Japan

  2. Mr G. says:

    Take care brothers. Looking forward to read your posts throughout this journey.

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