TEMI Seminars

Each TEMI Seminar brings you a step closer to better teaching. A certificate will be awarded for each session. After completing all eight of them, teachers can attend the TEMI MASTER TEACHER Seminar held once a year in the fall in Fukuoka. The price for each 3-hour seminar is 5,000 yen (4,500 yen for TEMI members).
When two seminars are held back to back, people can attend one or both.
The price for people who attend two seminars in one day is 9,500 yen for non-TEMI members and 8,500 yen for TEMI members.
It is an advantage to attend the Successful Methods/Tempo Seminar first because it is an introductory seminar, but if your schedule does not allow that, you can attend the other TEMI seminars at your convenience prior to attending the Successful Methods/Tempo Seminar .

People are welcome to attend their favorite seminars over and over again. Each time they repeat a seminar, they will receiver a refresher certificate.

Morning Session: 10 AM-1PM
Afternoon Session: 2PM-5PM

  1. Successful Methods/Tempo
    Entering/Leaving the Room
    Manageable Challenges
    Language Couplets (Q&A)
    Commands/Soft Military
    Hot Seat
    Hit Bell
    English Zone
    Speaking time/Don’t be a ROBBER!
    Enjoyable English Experiences
    Observation of Beginner Little America Elementary School Class in Action
  2. Essential Materials/Format
    Challenge Books: Interactive English/Ch Bk DVD
    Posters for warm-ups and reference
    Flash Cards for vocab/phonics/grammar
    Shitajikis for reference/Apple Chips
    Free Study Workbooks for progressing at own pace
    Dictionary activities with the Vocab Champ Book)
    1 2 3 Action: Dialogs
    Fruit/Vegetables/Zoo Animals for grab bag Color Beads for preschool & beginning elementary school students Fruit/Vegetables/ Zoo Farm Animals/Daily English/Self-intro/Good Jobs posters
    Kids Notebook
    Seeing is Believing: DVD of students using materials
  3. Attaining Teacher Standards:
    TEMI Principles
    Teacher Presence
    4 F’s
    Preparation with formats (Don’t write a lesson plan for each lesson.)
    Learning the art of doing and stopping explanations
    Goals for teacher improvement
    Easy-to-understand language/instructions
    Is Something Missing?
    Teacher as a gardener
    The need to be liked or respected
    The students are your mirror
    Videoing yourself teaching
    Success is a Vitamin (Steering students to success)
    Your students are your best teachers
    What is a good teacher?
    TEMI Teacher of the year
    Learn from Academics: Success is a Vitamin: Melvine Levine
  4. Games to Activate English
    The Goals of Playing Games in English
    Go Home
    Gesture Game
    Watch Out Level 1
    Watch Out Level 2
    What am I #1
    What am I #2
    I am #1, Sir
    Giant Action Verb Cards
    More Giant Action Verb Cards
    Giant Emotional Adjectives FC
    Pick up Sticks
    Champion counters
    Jr High Question Box
    Topic Triggers
    Learn from Academics: Dewey: Learning Is Doing
  5. Elevating Student Standards:
    Mutual Respect in the Classroom
    Student of the Month
    Birthday Certificate
    English Zone
    Training students the first weeks
    The value of recognition
    4 R’s
    Corrections/How to correct in a positive way
    Manners Matter
    Praise in public/Criticize in private
    Student Teachers/Learn by Teaching
    Learning Pyramid
    Grandma’s Law/delegated tasks to students
    TPR Task-based Activities
    Observation of Intermediate Little America Elementary School Class in Action
    Learn from Academics: Larson: Grandma’s Law
  6. Interactive Presentations/Motivating Students/Songs: Pronunciation/Rounds
    My Family
    Show & Tell
    Talent Show
    My School
    My Dream
    Motivating Students Through MANJIRO
    Make New Friends
    Are You Sleeping
    Dona Nobis
    White Coral Bells
    For Health and Strength and Daily Bread
    Fire’s Burning
    Row Your Boat
    Observation of Advanced Little America Elementary School Class in Action
    Learn from Academics: Harold Gardner/Multiple Intelligences
  7. Classroom Behavior/Atmosphere/Rules
    Tour of Little America
    A classroom is a home
    Entering/leaving the classroom
    Student is a guest in the teacher’s domain
    Respect Rules
    Curriculum controls behavior
    Lessons control behavior
    The need for consequences
    No Japanese
    The Circle of Behavior
    The meaning of No Stopping the class
    Slow Learners/fast learners
    Manners count
    Behavior is energy in transit
    The classroom is the perfect place to make mistakes
    Room Logistics
    Learn from Academics: Rosenthal’s The Pygmalion Effect
  8. Goals for Students & Teachers/Parent Consultation & Observation/ Holidays/Special Events/Happyokais/
    Teacher Goals
    Goals for Students
    Videoing Yourself
    Teaching Halloween
    Christmas Valentine’s Day
    Ice Cream Shopping
    Supermarket Shopping
    Talent Show
    Parent Observation
    Teachers Sharing Ideas
    How These TEMI Seminars Helped Me
    Which Academic Educator Had the Biggest Effect on My Teaching

TEMI Mini Seminars Transition from Carat System

For people who attended TEMI 1st, 2nd or 3rd carat seminars in the past, those seminars would be equal to the following: TEMI 1st carat = 1. Successful Methods/Tempo 2. Essential Materials/Formats TEMI 2nd carat = 3. Attaining Teacher Standards 4. Games to Activate English 5. Elevating Student Standards TEMI 3rd carat = 6. Interactive Presentations/Songs 7. Classroom Behavior/Rules 8. Teacher & Student Goals TEMI 4th Carat = TEMI Master Teacher If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

TEMI In-house Seminar

Our TEMI In-house Seminar is from Monday to Friday, 11:30 to 8PM (30 minutes for lunch). It includes observation and team teaching of Little America classes, reading & reviewing Little America’s teaching manual, orientation and consultation with Sohei Uchida & Helene J. Uchida, attending teachers’ meetings, Q & A sessions, games & materials explanations and viewing TEMI Seminar DVDs. One, two, three-day seminars and full week seminars are also available.
Fee: 20,000yen per day (TEMI members: 18,000yen)
Hours: 8 hours per day (including lunch)

“I learned more about teaching in the one week TEMI In-house Seminar than I did from a year and a half of grad school.”

Jon Bauer, school owner, Hamamatsu

“I chose the TEMI In-house seminar at Little America for the following three reasons: One, I wanted to acquire something that would become a firm core for my teaching. It looked like Little America / TEMI had that “something”. Two, concerning finances, I estimated attending various seminars one by one would coast me more than taking the TEMI In-house seminar for five days. Three, I wanted to discover the secret of Helene-sensei and Sohei-sensei’s long term enthusiasm and energy by observing Helene sensei’s classes and being with them every day. After five days, I am a new, happier, highly motivated teacher filled with ideas I want to use with my own students. I have the confidence to use them because students at Little America showed me how TEMI methods work! Receiving advice directly from Helene sensei and Sohei sensei was such a pleasure. Teaching beliefs are conveyed much better when one hears then directly from mentors. Also Sohei and Helene encouraged me to ask many questions and even changed the schedule according to my teaching needs and requests. It was wonderful. The TEMI and Little America teams were very friendly and supportive. Thank you, TEMI & Little America. I love you.”

                                                          Takako Nishinami, Okayama TEMI Master Teacher

“Thank you very much for spending your precious time with me; it meant so much.  I am so glad I took a step forward and came to Fukuoka.  I feel so fortunate to have met Helene and Sohei Uchida and thank  them for their generous and unlimited support,  Soshi sensei’s generosity for letting me observe his lessons,  and the kindness of all the staff at Little America. Soshi sensei was so confident and graceful! His lessons were inspiring and gave me a lot of things to think about. I am taking so many things with me back to Wakayama.  I will remind myself often of all the advice you have given me.  Next time I come back to a seminar, I hope I have something to share with the other teachers, too.” 

                                                                          Yuki Nishigaki,TEMI In-house attendee 

“I have attended several English teaching seminars, and this one was, by far, the best one I ever took. I truly treasure this unforgettable experience and thank Sohei and Helene Uchida for their advice on how I personally can improve as a teacher.”

                              Ruby Yamaga (Niigata) (Fukuoka Inhouse Seminar 2013 attendee)

TEMI Package Seminar

Our TEMI Package Seminar gives you the opportunity to schedule a TEMI Seminar (three or six hours) for your group exclusively, whether it be a public or private school, a conversation school or a juku, a special teaching organization (elementary, junior high, high school) or the board of education. If your group is interested in conducting a TEMI Package Seminar, the following general time line will help you start planning the event.

Time You TEMI
3 months before Apply Reserves a date for Helene Uchida (in English) or Sohei Uchida (in Japanese)
2 months before Arrange a seminar venue Customizes the program according to your needs (preschool/elementary school/secondary school)
1 month before Send attendees list to TEMI Prepares certificates booklets & name plates for the seminar

Three-hour seminar: 50,000 yen (tax included/plus transportation & hotel) Suggested number of participants: 10-30

Six-hour seminar: 100,000 yen (tax included/plus transportation & hotel) Suggested number of participants: 10-50

All TEMI seminars have the following goals for teachers:

1. Learn how to determine what English is appropriate for what level
2. Learn methods to create a tempo and utilize pace to ignite and maintain interest
3. Become proficient in innovative teaching techniques
4. Be a role model for your colleagues and students
5. Be a resource for colleagues and fellow staff members
6. Create and maintain a positive learning atmosphere
7. Curb behavioral problems before they occur
8. Become a better teacher
9. Enjoy your classes and your students more
10. Make a difference in the English classroom


The TEMI Package Seminar introduced me to Little America and their well-founded teaching system. It was a perfect match for my school and there has been no looking back since. Even for schools with their own system in place, the TEMI seminars offer valuable advice for teachers ever seeking to improve their teaching ability. Thank you Little America for offering a great service!”

Regis de Lavison Managing Director AGORA (Fukushima)