Teaching and Education

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Accentuate the Positive: Using Different Styles of English in the Classroom

Your English accent is a part of your teacher DNA so make it a part of your lessons, too.

By 6 min read

Live

Building Bridges as an ALT with Your School’s Board of Education

Bureaucrats everywhere aren't always that easy to deal with, but here are three handy tips to help you do just that where you teach in Japan.

By 7 min read

Work

Wet Hot Japanese Summer: Keeping Cool in the Classroom

How can we deliver engaging, informative lessons that students will retain, when neither they — nor you — want to be in a sweltering classroom with no AC?

By 6 min read

Culture

Omiyage: How to Fit Right in at Work when Giving Japanese-style Gifts and Souvenirs

Japan's gifting culture is impressive, but it can create some confusion for those unfamiliar with the concept.

By 6 min read

Work

Forward Together: 5 Ways to Build Bridges Between Teachers and Dispatch Companies

Sometimes, simple steps can make a big difference — like these ideas for helping ALTs and dispatch companies in Japan reach more mutually beneficial relationships.

By 8 min read

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Teaching Japanese Kindergartners: 4 Reasons It’s Not as Scary as You Think

While most people first start looking for English teaching jobs in Japan that cater to adults and older teens, teaching young children has its benefits, too.

By 8 min read

Work

ALT Super Powers: From Unexpected to Awesome in the Japanese Classroom

When teaching in Japanese classrooms, inspiration for ways to help can sometimes come from the most unlikely sources — and don’t always involve your English lessons.

By 8 min read

Live

Using Down Time as a Language Teacher in Japan for Self-Improvement

What’s the point in having all that free time as an ALT if you can’t make good use of it?

By 8 min read

Explore

The Japanese Summer as an ALT Without Air Conditioning at School

What it's like working in these ungodly hot schools — explained in 10 gifs.

By 2 min read

Work

Bringing the Concept of ‘Real Life’ English into the Classroom

As an assistant language teacher, sometimes it’s who you are here rather than where you come from that matters most to your students

By 6 min read

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Making the Best of It: Creating Positive Outcomes from Negative Situations at School

As an ALT, you can expect to face some tough challenges in the classroom. Here’s how I overcame two of the worst.

By 7 min read

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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.

By 8 min read