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June 20, 2017

The Inside Track on Autumn ALT Job Recruitment

There are key differences to hiring ALTs for September compared to the hiring process for the beginning of the Japanese school year in April.

June 13, 2017

Breaking the Mold: Can You Teach English in Japan as a Non-Native Speaker?

I’m not a native speaker, but can I still teach English in Japan?

June 7, 2017

Training Day: Use Orientation to Learn New Skills for the Job Ahead

Before heading to a classroom, you’ll get some coaching on being an ALT in Japan — use the time develop good habits and show your adaptability.

May 26, 2017

Wheels Down: Arriving as an ALT in Japan for the First Time

Before you arrive and after you get off the plane, mind these key points to ensure a smooth transition to your new career.

May 23, 2017

Beating the Bullies: Tackling ijime in Japan

The Japanese call it “ijime,” but you and I know it more commonly as “bullying.”

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

The Next Steps: After a Successful ALT Interview

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.

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