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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...

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...

September 11, 2018

One of the issues with being an ALT in Japan is that a lot of our day to day roles aren't always clearly defined. Many times, this comes down to the JET mantra ESID (every situation is different).

If you haven't read my first post,

check it out!

Due to the variety of situ...

September 6, 2018

Team teaching can be one of the most challenging aspects of being a successful ALT in Japan. There are plenty of people who work well on their own. However, when they have to share authority and communicate with another person from a different culture things can break...

June 14, 2018

If you're coming to Japan to work in the JET Programme or as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) in the public school system, you're more than likely going to be working with, and under the direction of, a JTE (Japanese Teacher of English).

One thing I'm often asked by...

May 30, 2018

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If you've ever been shopping around Japan, chances are you bumped into some "funny English" stuff. You can find these cultural gems on everything from posters and cups to t-shirts and magnets.

A recent trip to the local Don Quijote (ドンキホーテ aka "donkey") rewar...

May 23, 2018

Are you coming to Japan to teach English? Congratulations! You're in for the experience of a lifetime. Think about all of the other people you know in your life. Chances are some of them have never been out of your home country, let alone have had the chance to live an...

May 1, 2018

Hello! My name is Andrew Ghim. Like Amy Lin (check out her post!), I am a JET working for a local BOE that hires ALTs from the States.  At the time of this post, I have been in Japan for about nine months.

The experience so far has been unforgettable and I want to conti...

April 6, 2018

Rise and shine! The time you spend in the morning before teaching your class can either set you up for success or make your day rough. Master your mornings and your day will be a breeze! Here are my tips to have a good morning, every morning.

1. Have a routine morning

Th...

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