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August 17, 2017

Preppers: 3 Tips for ALTs to Make the Most of Summer

Don’t just sit at your desk. Summer is a relaxing break, but it’s also a chance to level-up your ALT skills.

August 4, 2017

Stand and Deliver: 6 Tips for Creating ALT Lesson Plans

Generally, ALT lessons follow a certain structure, so learning the basic lesson plan should make your life easier when preparing for classes — in advance or on-the-fly.

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July 26, 2017

Surviving Summer As An ALT In Japan

In summer, ALTs working for a dispatch company often get about six weeks off work, whether you asked for it or not.

July 20, 2017

Quick Tips for Your First Day as an ALT in Japan, Part 2

Each public school in Japan has its own unique routines with students and expectations of teachers. If you’re new to teaching in a Japanese school, learning these idiosyncrasies on the first day can make the rest of the term a breeze.

July 5, 2017

Quick Tips for Your First Day as an ALT in Japan

Don’t forget those indoor shoes! An ALT’s first steps into their new school are some of the most important. Here’s how to make a great first impression.

June 21, 2017

Introducing You: 6 Tips to Make Your First ALT Lesson Pop

Get your classes interested in their new English teacher on the first day to overcome nervousness and create a fresh spark for the term.

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.

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