I think if there was ever a more influential book out there for teaching EFL in Asia this text written by David Paul is the one. It is my personal favorite.
In the early days of my teaching career when I was fresh and in need of some guidance, this book lead the way for me especially when I had to teach younger children. The best part about it is the philosophy: child-centered learning over teacher-centered learning. Is the ideal teaching situation one where the students are told what to learn or is it discovered on their own in the right conditions? How do we deliver content and at the same time encourage our students to “discover” English and not be too dependent on the teacher at the same time?
This text, along with others, will be based on a workshop I will teach at the Kanagawa Institute of Language and Culture in the Summer of 2014. One will focus on the elementary school context. I hope I can shed light on some of these questions in my workshop. The focus will also be on how to conduct cooperative language learning as well.
If you click the link you can find a copy but strangely the Japanese translation of this text is out of print, which makes me wonder how it was received in Japan.