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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.

May 11, 2018

Winging It: 5 Keys to Navigating Your First Job Interview in Japanese

Once you get past your initial nerves and reservations, interviewing in Japanese will boost both your career prospects and your self-confidence.

April 28, 2018

Movin’ Out: Some Quick Tips for Changing Your Residence in Japan

Moving to new digs doesn’t need to be as stressful or as costly as you think. A few simple steps before the big day can ensure everything goes smoothly, whether your moving across town or to another prefecture.

April 17, 2018

A New Challenge: Changes to Elementary School English in Japan for 2020

With the Olympics drawing closer, the government is finally getting serious about English in elementary schools.

March 19, 2018

Stopping Suicide: Japan’s Darkest Demon

Don’t seek a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Help is at hand.

Junior high school students solving English problems.
March 13, 2018

STEP up to Help Students Pass the Eiken English Proficiency Test

What is the Eiken test and why is it so important to your students?

March 6, 2018

Starting at a New School: 4 Day One Dos and Don’ts for ALTs

Many ALTs across Japan will soon face a new beginning at a new school. Here are four ways to make the most of it.

February 27, 2018

The Art of the Deal: 4 Strategies for Getting Better Teacher Contracts

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.

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