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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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5 Netflix and Hulu Shows That are Good to Watch and Great for Learning Japanese

Combine your study time and your chill out time with these five shows that will entertain you and help improve your Japanese.

By 8 min read

Live

5 Tips for Introducing Your Japanese Partner to Your Parents

Dating in Japan can certainly present a variety of challenges, but few can be more challenging than introducing your Japanese partner to your parents for the first time.

By 7 min read

Work

Diversity in the Classroom: 4 Ways to Keep English Lessons Inclusive

The number of foreign and multiracial students in Japan has increased a great deal since I first came to Japan. What can we, as teachers, do to aid inclusion?

By 6 min read

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Hometown Heroes: 5 Japanese Soccer Clubs for 5 Types of Fans

As Japan's footballing stock continues to rise, there's never been a better time to follow your closest city’s professional soccer club.

By 10 min read

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Accentuate the Positive: Using Different Styles of English in the Classroom

Your English accent is a part of your teacher DNA so make it a part of your lessons, too.

By 6 min read

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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.

By 7 min read

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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?

By 6 min read

Culture

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.

By 6 min read

Work

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.

By 8 min read

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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.

By 8 min read

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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?

By 8 min read

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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

By 6 min read