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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?

January 29, 2017

How Can We Raise Japan’s Level of English?

The level of English in Japan ranks significantly lower than surrounding countries. One ALT shares his thoughts on ways to raise standards.

January 12, 2017

Ask James: How Can I Play A Bigger Role in the Classroom?

What to do when you feel like a useless decoration in your team-teaching classes.

January 10, 2017

Teaching in Japan: A Guide to English Speech Contests

English speech contests are one area where ALTs can really make a difference.

November 23, 2016

4 No-Prep Filler Games for Your English Classes

Got time to fill in your English class? Here’s a list of quick games that require zero prep or resources.

November 1, 2016

5 Tips for Tackling Stress in the Japanese Workplace

Is Japan a fertile breeding ground for stress and anxiety-related disorders? If you feel like it is, here are some ways to help you cope. And remember, you’re not alone.

October 26, 2016

Surviving the Inaka: Leaving the Countryside for the City

Going from an environment where I was surprised to see a building with two floors to a place where buildings would dare to go higher than four was a bit of a shock.

Surviving the Inaka: Teaching in a Countryside Classroom
October 12, 2016

Surviving the Inaka: Teaching in a Countryside Classroom

What are the big differences between teaching in the countryside and teaching in the city? Will your school have electricity? And is Sweden somehow involved with ISIS?

5 Steps to Handle Nervous Students in Class
September 29, 2016

Teaching in Japan: 5 Steps to Handle Nervous Students

As a language teacher, how do you deal with students who are too nervous to take part in your class? Here’s 5 steps to help you.

August 23, 2016

Back to School: Getting Your Students Back into English Mode

The first few classes after students’ return from summer break present some unique challenges to teachers — like rusty students. Here are some tips for refreshing their English skills and getting them back in the groove.

August 20, 2016

Instructor or ALT? 6 Things to Consider

First-time teachers to Japan usually end up in one of two teaching streams. Here are some points to ponder before choosing the eikawa or ALT route.

A blackboard in a Japanese school filled with farewell messages.
August 13, 2016

Leaving Japan: An ALT’s Sayonara

An ALT says goodbye to a life she built in Japan without knowing it.

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