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Looking for info on Japan? You've come to the right place! Yokkaichi Connections is your gateway to
info on daily life in Japan, teaching English, traveling, and much more!

 

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 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 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...

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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