Shoebox is most certainly not for teachers who like following coursebooks or using worksheets.
It is instead for teachers who would like to try a different methodology and who are keen to expand (and curiously, also, to simplify) their own knowledge of English and teaching.
There is a LOT more in Shoebox than I can show you here. This is just a start, but it should show you something of the Shoebox style.
Welcome to the Shoebox Free Trial! I trust it serves as a door to a brighter, simpler world of ESL teaching, where things make sense, and teaching becomes an exciting adventure of discovery.
The selection of materials here is limited, but it serves as a strong starting point for any student in her learning career.
Click on the images below to open the documents. Download and print them, laminate them where necessary, and use them in your classes.
You will notice that the documents below may refer to other concepts, terms, lessons and cards which are not included in this free trial. It was impossible to include everything, but these extra materials are part of the larger Shoebox universe, and you get access to these with a full license.
"And then I had been thinking to give up studying English before I met Greg. One day Greg came to my class to teach us English. When the class was started, my class mates and I opened a book as same as we did everyday but Greg said close the book. We thought we heard wrong but it wasn't. Because he was going to teach us with his own teaching skills without books which is different with other teachers. His teaching skills were totally different with normal way and it made us want to study English and also when I was studying with him, it wasn't boring. It was fun. How can students have fun in the class? If you join his class, you will know why and how. It's just amazing.
DoHyeoung, South Korea.
What happens next?
If you enjoy using these materials, and find that your students see English more clearly and with more enthusiasm, contact me to find out how to license Shoebox for use in your classroom or your school.
If you are keen to explore Shoebox as a business opportunity, I am also keen to speak with experienced teachers who are keen to start Shoebox tutoring centres in their cities.
Origins of English
Asking the question "Where does English come from?" often produces blank looks, or people say, "Well, England, of course!" The answer is rather more unexpected.
Read on to find out how the gentleman above, linguistic superman, helped to work it out.
The First Building Block
Here, the most important building block of the English language, and the one students must learn first, is re-imagined with colour, visual structures, some quirky references, and easy to understand metaphors.
The First Lesson
This is the content (left image) and the lesson (right image) that every ESL student should receive first, regardless of level or age.
I have personally taught this lesson over many years, to students of all ages, from 5 to 75, of all levels, from Elementary to Advanced, from about 50 different countries, and to both General and Exam classes.