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Taking Control of English Classes at Japanese Schools

Promoted English teachers will need to master some tricky Japanese phrases to lead the class.

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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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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.

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6 Types of Preschoolers English Teachers Will Meet in Japan

How to deal with young English learners who range from fun to frustrating.

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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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Sorry, I’m not American: Postcards from a Trinidadian Teaching in Japan

Not all ALTs come from the Big Five countries.

By 7 min read

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5 Common Teacher Interview Questions and the Reasons Behind Them

To land the job, you'll need to decipher the real intentions of those doing the hiring. Here's how...

By 7 min read

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Movin’ Up: Climbing the Career Ladder as an ALT in Japan

Here are three tips for long-term employment as an English teacher in Japan.

By 8 min read

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Which English Test is Best Suited for Your Students? A Teacher’s Guide

To really help students improve their English, understanding the different tests and assessments is key.

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Creating Easy and Effective Lesson Plans: A Quick Guide

Creating a lesson plan can be an overly time consuming experience for new teachers, but this handy guide will have you making effective templates for any target level in no time!

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