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Six types of students you'll find in a Japanese high school English class.
June 21, 2018

6 Types of Students Language Teachers Will Meet in Japan

If “Teaching English in Japanese High Schools” were a movie, these six characters would get the lead roles.

June 19, 2018

Visa Basics: Instructor Versus Specialist in Humanities and International Services

GaijinPot investigates two common types of visas for teachers in Japan that cause the most confusion.

June 5, 2018

Hopes and Dreams: Japan at the World Cup 2018

As Japan’s Samurai Blue head to the FIFA World Cup once again, here’s how you, your school and your community can use its teaching moments and be a part of the action.

May 29, 2018

Reasons to be Cheerful: Why Being an ALT Is Awesome

Being an assistant language teacher in Japan isn’t as bad as you may have heard.

May 11, 2018

Winging It: 5 Keys to Navigating Your First Job Interview in Japanese

Once you get past your initial nerves and reservations, interviewing in Japanese will boost both your career prospects and your self-confidence.

April 28, 2018

Movin’ Out: Some Quick Tips for Changing Your Residence in Japan

Moving to new digs doesn’t need to be as stressful or as costly as you think. A few simple steps before the big day can ensure everything goes smoothly, whether your moving across town or to another prefecture.

April 19, 2018

5 Soft Skills ALTs Acquire that Are Resume Builders

Learn how being an assistant language teacher in Japan has turned you into a valuable team player for your next employer.

April 17, 2018

A New Challenge: Changes to Elementary School English in Japan for 2020

With the Olympics drawing closer, the government is finally getting serious about English in elementary schools.

March 22, 2018

Good Morning! This School Ritual Could Be the Key to a Great Day

Schools in Japan have many customs but the first energetic greeting of students in morning can set the tone for your students — and you!

Junior high school students solving English problems.
March 13, 2018

STEP up to Help Students Pass the Eiken English Proficiency Test

What is the Eiken test and why is it so important to your students?

March 7, 2018

ALTs and Their Utility Belts: 3 Practical Tools for the Classroom

Things will go wrong in an English class, but if you plan ahead for possible hiccups you will rarely be caught by surprise!

March 6, 2018

Starting at a New School: 4 Day One Dos and Don’ts for ALTs

Many ALTs across Japan will soon face a new beginning at a new school. Here are four ways to make the most of it.

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