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August 14, 2018

Building Bridges as an ALT with Your School’s Board of Education

Bureaucrats everywhere aren’t always that easy to deal with, but here are three handy tips to help you do just that where you teach in Japan.

August 7, 2018

Wet Hot Japanese Summer: Keeping Cool in the Classroom

How can we deliver engaging, informative lessons that students will retain, when neither they — nor you — want to be in a sweltering classroom with no AC?

July 31, 2018

Omiyage: How to Fit Right in at Work when Giving Japanese-style Gifts and Souvenirs

Japan’s gifting culture is impressive, but it can create some confusion for those unfamiliar with the concept.

July 25, 2018

Forward Together: 5 Ways to Build Bridges Between Teachers and Dispatch Companies

Sometimes, simple steps can make a big difference — like these ideas for helping ALTs and dispatch companies in Japan reach more mutually beneficial relationships.

July 18, 2018

ALT Super Powers: From Unexpected to Awesome in the Japanese Classroom

When teaching in Japanese classrooms, inspiration for ways to help can sometimes come from the most unlikely sources — and don’t always involve your English lessons.

July 10, 2018

Using Down Time as a Language Teacher in Japan for Self-Improvement

What’s the point in having all that free time as an ALT if you can’t make good use of it?

July 4, 2018

Bringing the Concept of ‘Real Life’ English into the Classroom

As an assistant language teacher, sometimes it’s who you are here rather than where you come from that matters most to your students

June 26, 2018

Making the Best of It: Creating Positive Outcomes from Negative Situations at School

As an ALT, you can expect to face some tough challenges in the classroom. Here’s how I overcame two of the worst.

June 13, 2018

Beat the Heat: 5 Cool Destinations to Escape to from Tokyo this Summer

Get out of the city, explore Japan and refresh yourself — but start planning now.

June 5, 2018

Hopes and Dreams: Japan at the World Cup 2018

As Japan’s Samurai Blue head to the FIFA World Cup once again, here’s how you, your school and your community can use its teaching moments and be a part of the action.

May 29, 2018

Reasons to be Cheerful: Why Being an ALT Is Awesome

Being an assistant language teacher in Japan isn’t as bad as you may have heard.

Garbage management in Japan.
May 22, 2018

Trash Talk: A Guide to Garbage Disposal in Japan

Moving to the Japanese countryside presents many challenges. Thankfully, with this guide, sorting out your trash isn’t one of them!

May 15, 2018

Why I Relocated to Nagano from the Big City

As convenient and vibrant as Japan’s major urban centers are, one expat explains why a change to a more rural area did him a world of good.

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