So, you’ve just flipped your life upside down (in a good way!) and started anew as an assistant language teacher (ALT) in Japan. Whether you’re just getting settled in with the JET Programme or as a private school ALT, you’ll soon find out the job often comes with little-to-no training. But that leaves more room to be a trail blazer, right?
Luckily, GaijinPot is filled with all sorts of people who have found themselves in the exact same position. From guidance on lesson planning to what to expect from the school cafeteria to straight-up life advice, don’t go another day in Japan without reading these articles first.
Perspectives on being an ALT
The lady said, ‘Lessons are 50 minutes, good luck!” and… just left.’
Let’s prepare for the major parts of your first day so you can walk through those school gates smiling because you’ll be confident and ready to roll.
As an ALT in Japan, one of the first things you’ll be tasked with is helping students to prepare for an English speech contest.
Do you have any advice for people who’ve just started as an ALT in Japan? Leave your tips, tricks and lifehacks in the comments below!