10 Articles To Make Life Easier for New ALTs in Japan

On August 23, 2017

Photo by Grace Buchele Mineta

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.’

Wheels Down: Arriving as an ALT in Japan for the First Time

The Ups and Downs of Being an ALT

5 Reasons Why Teaching in Japan is Amazing

My First Time Teaching English in Japan

School hacks

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.

Quick Tips for Your First Day as an ALT in Japan

Making a Good Impression On Your First Day as an ALT


Teaching in Japan: An Ode to School Lunch

Lesson planning

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.

Teaching in Japan: A Guide to English Speech Contests

4 No-Prep Filler Games for Your English Classes

Introducing You: 6 Tips to Make Your First ALT Lesson Pop

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!


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