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November 14, 2017

Your Level Best: What Year of English Study Should You Be Teaching in Japan?

What kind of English teacher are you at the core and what school grade matches your style?

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November 11, 2017

5 Ways to Energize Your English Teaching in Japan as Winter Approaches

With the novelty of the new school term wearing off, the weather turning chilly and the year starting to wind…

November 8, 2017

What’s the perfect ALT-to-JTE teaching ratio?

An ideal English lesson should have a 50:50 teaching ratio with the JTE and ALT — but here’s how it should go for those non-ideal times.

November 3, 2017

Bad ALT! The Unwritten Rules at Japanese Schools

“Dame yo!” How many times does my face need to burn with embarrassment until I stop breaking rules at my school?

October 17, 2017

A Different Challenge: Teaching English to Japanese College Students

Flying solo. One writer details a positive experience navigating new freedoms and challenges in a college-level classroom and provides some quick tips to navigate the new terrain.

October 10, 2017

Losing Your Job In Japan: 7 Tips to Move on and Get a New Gig

As an English teacher in Japan, stable employment can be fragile. Here are seven ways to set up an action plan should the non-renewal of your contract loom on the horizon.

October 3, 2017

Building Bridges: Connecting with Japanese Students In and Out of the Classroom

Taking the time to talk with students or pay attention to their interests outside of the classroom can go a long way to building better relationships with your charges.

September 21, 2017

Fighting Stereotypes at School as an Asian ALT

Coming to Japan as an Asian ALT was as eye opening for the students as it was for this writer in Niigata Prefecture.

September 20, 2017

From ALT to Eikaiwa Instructor: 5 Practical Things to Consider

When changing teaching jobs in Japan, it’s vital to be as informed as possible about your options and what you can expect of your new career path in the eikaiwa industry.

August 31, 2017

Dyslexia: The Teacher’s Hidden Problem

About 25 percent of school students in Japan may have some form of dyslexia. Here some ways to tell if it could be affecting your English class students and some tips to help.

August 23, 2017

10 Articles To Make Life Easier for New ALTs in Japan

So, you’ve just flipped your life upside down (in a good way!) and started anew as an assistant language teacher (ALT) in Japan…

August 22, 2017

7 Awkward Questions Your Students Will Ask (And How To Reply)

Students sometimes enjoy trying to embarrass ALTs (or just have some fun) with awkward, uncomfortable and often personal questions. Here are few ways to deal with them.

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