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August 7, 2018

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?

July 31, 2018

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.

July 25, 2018

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.

July 24, 2018

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.

July 18, 2018

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.

July 10, 2018

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?

July 9, 2018

The Japanese Summer as an ALT Without Air Conditioning at School

What it’s like working in these ungodly hot schools — explained in 10 gifs.

July 4, 2018

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

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.

Six types of students you'll find in a Japanese high school English class.
June 21, 2018

6 Types of Students Language Teachers Will Meet in Japan

If “Teaching English in Japanese High Schools” were a movie, these six characters would get the lead roles.

June 19, 2018

Visa Basics: Instructor Versus Specialist in Humanities and International Services

GaijinPot investigates two common types of visas for teachers in Japan that cause the most confusion.

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.

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