Spotlight: Oana Marasescu, Okayama


Originally from Romania, Oana Marasescu arrived in Canada as a teenager, and developed a passion for language, learning, and teaching. During her two years as an elementary school JET in Okayama-ken (2012-2014), she put forth an exciting new project: an entirely volunteer-made Classroom Games and Activities Book for Elementary School ALTs. Conceived as a bi-lingual supplement to classroom textbook curriculums, and based upon full immersion English language instruction, Oana’s book features forty English language practice activities for ES students. With input from her Japanese homeroom teachers, Board of Education, and fellow ALTs, the project also featured How-To illustrations for the games, and a series of short instructional videos performed by ALTs.

The book was distributed at the 2014 Okayama ALT Skills Development Conference. It will also be available online soon. In the meantime, read Connect’s full interview with Oana.