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May 17, 2017

When Good English Classes Go Bad

Everyone has their favorite classes, and likewise everyone probably has those one or two classrooms that they dread stepping into each week.

May 15, 2017

After a Successful ALT Interview: The Next Steps

You did research, nailed the interview and the company has offered you a job — congratulations! What happens next?

Senpai Kohai System
May 10, 2017

Experiencing Japan’s Senpai-Kouhai System at Work

What are some of the ways that the Japanese system of “sempai and kohai” manifests itself during working life in Japan? One ALT shares his experience.

Teaching in Japan
May 3, 2017

Applying to Teach in Japan from Overseas: A Basic Guide Part 2

Part 2 of our guide to landing that teaching job in Japan.

6 Things Recruiters Look For in an ALT Interview
April 28, 2017

6 Things Recruiters Look for During an ALT job interview

It’s not all about your resume in an interview, this is your chance to demonstrate other qualities a piece of paper can’t show.

April 18, 2017

How to Survive on a Basic Teacher Salary in Japan

Tips for making that ¥250,000 go the distance from somebody who’s been there, spent that.

April 13, 2017

5 Tips to Make a Good Impression at your First ALT Interview

Nail your first ALT interview before you even walk into the meeting room.

March 21, 2017

Why Can’t Japanese Teachers of English… Speak English?

Many Japanese English instructors lack an ability to speak the language they are hoping to teach their students. What might be some of the reasons?

March 8, 2017

Ask James: Am I Too Old to Teach in Japan?

Age is just a number until you put it on your job application.

March 7, 2017

New Year, New Students: How to Handle the First Lesson

How can ALTs make the best possible impression in their first classes of the new academic year?

February 24, 2017

Teaching in Japan: An Ode to School Lunch

Many ALTs in elementary and junior high school will get to experience eating school lunch with their students. So what’s it like?

February 20, 2017

Ask James: Can I Get A Job in Japan Without A College Degree?

Good news: It is possible to work in Japan without a degree. But how should you go about it?

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