Teaching and Education

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5 Common Complaints Japanese Teachers Have About ALTs

And how ALTs can help turn things around.

By 7 min read

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English Teacher Assessments: A Guide to Getting Your Contract Renewed

Every year, most English teachers in Japan face an uncertain time. Will they or won't they keep their job for another year? Today, we look at how to limit that uncertainty.

By 9 min read

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Games on the Go: Quick and Easy Activities to Use in Your English Classroom

Despite your best laid plans, sometimes you just need to improvise in your English lessons. For those times, here’s some inspiration.

By 7 min read

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6 Misconceptions about Teaching English at a Japanese University

Teaching at a university or college is the dream job in Japan, right? Well, the reality might be a little different than the expectation.

By 7 min read

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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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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

Live

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

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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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Teaching Japanese Kindergartners: 4 Reasons It’s Not as Scary as You Think

While most people first start looking for English teaching jobs in Japan that cater to adults and older teens, teaching young children has its benefits, too.

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