With the Olympics drawing closer, the government is finally getting serious about English in elementary schools.
By Liam Carrigan on April 17, 2018
Don’t seek a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Help is at hand.
By Liam Carrigan on March 19, 2018
What is the Eiken test and why is it so important to your students?
By Liam Carrigan on March 13, 2018
Many ALTs across Japan will soon face a new beginning at a new school. Here are four ways to make the most of it.
By Liam Carrigan on March 6, 2018
There are ways to piece together a superior deal for yourself than what’s on offer when discussing salary and benefits with schools or hiring boards — under certain circumstances.
By Liam Carrigan on February 27, 2018
What is it about Japan that makes some of us want to settle down and others head for the hills?
By Liam Carrigan on February 20, 2018
Some of the questions future ALTs were expected to answer range from the unconventional to the downright bizarre!
By Liam Carrigan on February 13, 2018
Over the years in Japan, I have discovered a range of both folk and modern remedies here to keep colds in check.
By Liam Carrigan on February 6, 2018
There is a continual debate over what locations in Japan offer English teachers the best earnings versus savings potential so we break down some facts and figures to come up with our No. 1 choice.
By Liam Carrigan on January 23, 2018
It’s that time again for English teachers in Japan: meeting with new companies, schools and boards of education to secure a new contract. These five tips can help.
By Liam Carrigan on January 17, 2018
So, you’ve met the man or woman of your dreams and the two finally decided to make it official. Here’s a quick how-to for the paperwork and procedures needed to ensure love will indeed prevail in Japan.
By Liam Carrigan on December 21, 2017
One of the truly beautiful of Japanese lies in its use of — and societal connection to — the written word.
By Liam Carrigan on December 13, 2017
He and his fellow oni (demons) visit the homes of children across the city every New Year’s Eve, warning children of the dangers of behaving badly or disobeying their parents.