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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.

How to resolve conflicts at your workplace in Japan
August 9, 2016

Resolving Conflict in the Japanese Workplace

Have you had issues with a co-worker in Japan? Cultural differences can make it difficult to know what to do, but here are a few ways you can help remedy the situation.

July 6, 2016

Summer Holidays are Here Again

Upgrade your skills or at least look more productive at work with these tips on making the most of the upcoming school break.

April 20, 2016

Transitioning from Public to Private School

Whilst my regular readers here on Gaijinpot will know that for most of the past 3 years I have been…

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