Being an ALT

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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

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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?

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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

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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.

By 7 min read

Culture

LGBT in Japan: Yes, it Gets Better!

Being queer in Japan hasn’t always been easy, but I want to be one of many voices that says it gets better.

By 4 min read

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5 Soft Skills ALTs Acquire that Are Resume Builders

Learn how being an assistant language teacher in Japan has turned you into a valuable team player for your next employer.

By 6 min read

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Good Morning! This School Ritual Could Be the Key to a Great Day

Schools in Japan have many customs but the first energetic greeting of students in morning can set the tone for your students — and you!

By 4 min read

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ALTs and Their Utility Belts: 3 Practical Tools for the Classroom

Things will go wrong in an English class, but if you plan ahead for possible hiccups you will rarely be caught by surprise!

By 5 min read

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Assistant Language Teachers in Japan Should Rise Above the Acronym

While an ALT is a perfectly adequate assistant in the classroom, the SALT takes it one step further.

By 6 min read