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info on daily life in Japan, teaching English, traveling, and much more!

 

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...

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...

July 5, 2018

Hello there! This is an update of my first post from last year. I have a few new pieces of info to offer so figured it could use an update. The format has also been changed slightly to make it more blog friendly. I hope you find it useful. Enjoy!

Congratulations! All of...

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 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 11, 2018

When I'm not teaching or working on this blog, I help run the blog section of ALT Training Online. Here's my post from March 2018. Enjoy!

Imagine, if you will, the perfect ALT training environment.

Multiple ALTs can regularly meet in a common workspace to share ideas and...

March 7, 2018

When it comes to today's professional environment, building skills is the name of the game. Many ALTs have degrees that fall outside of the business and STEM categories. That means that we need to develop our transferable skills in order to be competitive in the curren...

October 11, 2017

When thinking about all of the things ALTs do it Japan, I'm reminded of one of my favorite funny English quotes from t-shirt, "Life is simple, but it's just not easy." Truer words were never awkwardly translated. The job of an ALT is pretty much the same: simple, but n...

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