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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?

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.

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