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May 24, 2019

Being an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) can be a fun and rewarding job. But like with any other job, you will probably be looking forward to taking a break on the weekends.

Hanging out in the same places and seeing the same people might get old after a while.

A change...

April 23, 2019

When one thinks about teaching English, martial arts doesn't really come to mind (unless you've got a REALLY rowdy school).

One of the best things I ever did in my life was deciding to seriously start studying martial arts and the philosophy behind them.

At the time, stu...

April 17, 2019

There is still a lot of debate about exactly what the role of an ALT is. Some see ALTs as an assistant teacher in Japan who came to bring English into the classroom in a positive way. Some view ALTs as activity/game factories whose goal is to entertain and boost the st...

November 22, 2018

Winter is quickly making its way south over the Japanese archipelago. I personally love the cold, but my other friends utterly despise it!

As a native Californian, the only time I really experienced these type of winter conditions were the handful of times I visited the...

November 16, 2018

Throughout my time in Japan, I've learned a lot of lessons. I think that spending a long time living in another country can teach you a lot about other cultures (as well as your own).

Here are 5 MORE things I've learned after living in Japan for 4 years.

1. Japan is rule...

November 8, 2018

This is a guest post I wrote for the iTDi (International Teacher Development Institute) blog in October. It talks about the team-teaching situation in Japan and what ALTs can do to be successful.

Japan is a one of a kind country in many ways. I’ve had the opportunity to...

October 30, 2018

This is the last entry in ALT Training Online's "Road to 2020" series about teaching English in Japan. Enjoy! 

So it's time to ask the question: Can elementary school teachers in Japan REALLY teach English Alone? The quick answer is, “YES, THEY CAN!” With a little extra...

October 22, 2018

Here's a blog I wrote for ALT Training Online's English in Japan in 2020 series. Enjoy!

Over the years, the Japanese government has placed a large emphasis on the need for “English only” classes and immersion in English education. Having studied Spanish and Japanese in...

October 3, 2018

If you live in Japan, chances are you ride a bike WAY MORE than you did in your home country. Some cities in Japan really make it easy to live a life on two wheels.

While cycling in Japan for transportation and recreation can be a fun habit, it does come with it's own s...

September 26, 2018

Teaching English and living in Japan has been a life-changing experience. Not everyone gets a chance to spend a few (or several) years in another country while exploring new a culture and cruising around to some cool place. Sometimes I have to remind myself, "Hey man,...

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