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Liam Carrigan

Scotland-born Liam has lived in Asia since 2006. He has spent more than 6 years in Japan, and currently works in Osaka as a writer and English teacher.

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Decision Time: ALT or Eikaiwa Instructor

When it comes to teaching in Japan, where would you rather be — at an eikaiwa or in a school classroom?

By 8 min read

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Direct Hire: The Quest for the Assistant Language Teacher’s Holy Grail

Direct hire jobs are rare, but these 5 tips will help you find one.

By 9 min read

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Staying Positive: 6 Tips for Beating the Winter Blues in Japan

A long Japanese winter isn’t just about keeping warm — it’s about your mental health, too.

By 12 min read

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Location Situation: Can an English Teacher Afford to Live in Tokyo?

What locations in Japan offer English teachers the best earnings versus savings potential?

By 6 min read

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New Year, New Job in Japan?

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about applying for a new job in Japan. Here are some tips.

By 6 min read

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What’s Christmas Like in Japan?

In Japan this Christmas? Here's some of the things you can expect during the ホリデイズ.

By 5 min read

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Weathering a Cold Japanese Winter for New ALTs

Five tips to keep safe and warm during the coldest time of the year.

By 9 min read

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Cultural Sensitivity for ALTs Giving Christmas Lessons

Tips for teaching students about the Western holiday season while respecting local customs and ideas.

By 7 min read

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The Dos and Dont’s of Class Control for ALTs in Japan

Productive classes depend on being able to minimize lesson disruptions.

By 6 min read

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Saddle Up: Getting a Bicycle in Japan

Getting around the ‘hood by bike comes with plenty of rules here.

By 9 min read

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5 Keys to Confidence for New Teachers

For first-time English teachers, here’s how to limit your fear and teach with self-assurance.

By 7 min read

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New Specified Skills Visa for Japan: Your Questions Answered

What the recently announced Specified Skills Visas could mean for foreign workers seeking jobs in Japan.

By 8 min read