teaching in Japan

Do You Live in Japan? Here Are 3 Great Ways to Earn Extra Cash!

Living in Japan is an exciting experience. You can learn a new language, experience a unique culture, and open doors to brand new experiences. Whether you’re a student, a language teacher, or a company employee, it’s always good news when you can find a way to earn a little extra money. Here are three ways…

A Great Card Game That Will Help Teach Japanese Kids English

If you are living and working in Japan (or plan to), there is a very good chance that you are teaching English. I have been teaching English here for the better part of a decade. I have taught every level and type of student. Teaching children are particularly enjoyable. My favorite age group is 8-12-year-olds…

First-Time English Assistant Language Teacher in Japan? Here are 5 Things You Should Know!

More and more people are planning long-term overseas experiences in Japan that involve teaching English as their vehicle. After speaking with a current Assistant Language Teacher (ALT), it inspired me to share some of the valuable lessons she’s learned along the way, which might help others embarking on the same journey. Although experiences may vary,…

How to Teach English in Japan as a Non-Native Speaker

If you are from a country outside the English-speaking world, teaching English in Japan has most likely only rarely crossed your mind before stumbling upon this text. However, if you meet the few criteria listed below, chances are that you are eligible for becoming a bonafide genuine sensei, just like me, right here in the…

Why Can So Many Japanese People Not Speak English?

If you have ever been to Japan, you might have noticed that usually Japanese people can’t speak English, and sometimes get overwhelmed when you talked to them in English. However, by far most of those people (and that includes myself) have studied English for at least 6 years in junior high school and high school.…

Why is Japan Behind Other Asian Countries When it Comes to English?

If you’re an English teacher working in Japan, perhaps you’ve had experiences of working in other Asian countries. If so, maybe you got a nasty surprise on arriving in Japan and discovering that the language ability of students here is lower than what you expected. While Japanese students are studious, well-behaved and polite, their ability…

3 Teaching Tricks to Fight Against Chunibyou (2nd Year Sickness)

Imagine, you are 14. You are in class listening to increasingly harder lessons, but you would rather be playing sports, video games or simply chilling with your friends. You have no end in sight of this terrible thing called schooling. You have no drive, after all, people who study are nerds, and you don’t want…

How to be Successful in your Job Search in Japan!

Jobs in Japan may include: Administrative/Clerical positions, Business and Sales, Engineering and Technology, Teaching English, or labor works such as working in a factory, pretty much the same types of jobs available in your own country. Finding employment in Japan can be easy or hard for some. playbuzz.com/ The following list might be a common-sense…

Teaching Japanese Students: The Best and Worst Parts

When I was studying for my teaching qualification, the instructor gave examples of how different students need to be taught in different ways. For example, a class of typically quiet and timid Japanese learners would need cajoling in a way very different from the way that boisterous, talkative Latin American learners would need a bit…
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