I guess this is goodbye

Hiya. By now you all should know that I have moved on from Saitama City. I am now working as an electronics engineer for a private company based out of Chiba University. I make robotic helicopters. I do absolutely no teaching at this point, but I am still incredibly happy.

I want to thank everyone in the Saitama ECAD program through the (5 1/2)years. It has been a fun and rewarding ride. In particular, I would like to thank people like Matt Shannon, Brad Semans, Rob Rowland and David Baily. They really made it possible to enjoy the job and not be stressed out too much by all the details. The ECAD program is a really great program put together by really talented people.

I wish you all the best of luck in the future. I will still will check in on the site once in a while. Please continue to use it for as long as you like. It costs me little to maintain it. If demand increases, I am happy to make improvements. I invite anyone to email me at epremeaux(AT)


3-12 Make a Better School Policy Cards

Here are the cards for Make a Better School (policy version).  Cut these cards out and put in separate envelopes for each group.  The last two sheets have blank Body cards.  Put some of these in each envelope and encourage students to create their own images to support their arguments as they did in lesson 3-10.  These cards give students the opportunity to use visual aides in the Final Debate.  Each student places their card under the overhead camera as they make their arguments.

3-10 Make a Better School (Policy) WS

This is a new debate pack which uses 3 of Matt's Policy debate topics which relate to school and adds 3 more to make the debate theme 'Make a Better School'.  Using a theme which students have a personal interest in should encourage more lively responses.  As in Matt's debate, the idea is to use the debate to choose the best new (school) policy.  You will also find the images in this debate pack arranged as cards (see 3-12 Make a Better School Policy Cards) for the students to use as visual aides in the Final Debate.

3-10 Make a Better School Policy.zip4.35 MB

2-7 Dream Vacation Writing Homework WS

In this lesson students extend their ideas using conjunctions.  By the end of the lesson they have prepared extensive dream vacation plans.  This is a good opportunity to link with regular English class by having students write down their plans.  This worksheet can be used as homework for ECAD or in collaboration with the English teacher.  This writing task will help consolidate the skills developed in this ECAD lesson.  It is an optional activity, not part of the ECAD curriculum.

3-5 Triangle Debate 2 Active Judging WS

This WS is used by judges and opposing team members to take notes while listening to For or Against teams' arguments.  Judges use these notes to respond to the speakers and finally determine the winning team.  Using a timer for each stage helps this activity run smoothly.  As an example, I minute For team, 1 minute Response, 1 minute Against team, I minute Response, then judges choose the winner.

Triangle Debate 2: Alternative active Judeging sheet

Here is an alternative worksheet that could get the students to try harder with their active judging lesson.

3-5 Triangle Debate Active Judging Poster

<NOT ON CDROM>This is an updated version of the Response Poster included in 3-8 School Trip Debate Stages Cards on the CDrom.  This version has more legible text.  The poster can also be introduced earlier in 3-5 Triangle Debate 2 as an Active Judging Poster.
This poster is designed to help judges respond to for and against speakers in Triangle Debate 2.  Sheet A shows the Response motif and Sheet B the key expressions.  The sheets can be laminated and taped on the vertical edge to make a foldable compact poster which matches the Debate Stage Cards in style. 

3-5 Active Judging Poster.zip45.44 KB

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