Question: I want to start a project with my school (speech contest, English poster contest), and my supervisor asked me to write a proposal. What are some things to be aware of when writing an event proposal? Most of the proposal will be common sense: what is the aim of the event and how will … Continue reading #26 Writing a proposal.
Question: I feel stressed out often because my predecessor was so great, the name is often being mentioned and compared to mine. The pressure is stressing me out trying to keep up with the expectation and I feel like I'm just filling someone's blank spot here. How can I do better and overcome living in … Continue reading #25 Living in the shadow of my pred.
Question: When having conversations with your students (or even your JTEs), how often do you correct any perceived mistakes in their speech, without them asking for it? I know it depends so can you provide examples of situations or specific students? For example, grammar mistakes or word choice. In-class or outside of class. Long or … Continue reading #024 How often do you correct the JTEs, without them asking for it?
Question: I want to find a Japanese conversation partner around my age (20s), but it seems like the best places to meet locals near me are at bars. I don't like drinking and don't really socialize well in that atmosphere. Where are some other places I could try to meet Japanese people around my age? … Continue reading #023 Where are some other places I could try to meet Japanese people around my age?
Question: I would like a letter of recommendation for future employers. What is the best way to go about this? Answer: Asking for a letter of recommendation is a favour that will require effort on the part of the other person, as Japanese teachers are often busy. Make sure to provide as much help as possible. … Continue reading #022 How to ask for a letter of recommendation?
Question: Is it better to buy or lease a car? Answer: This depends on how long you're planning to stay in Japan. If you're planning to be here for two years, it might be best to lease a car. Most leasing companies will provide the necessary yearly or biennial maintenance (shaken), insurance, and small monthly … Continue reading #021 Is it better to buy or lease a car?
Article by: Emily As an ALT, your supervisor is your first point of contact for questions related to your work at school. However, sometimes your supervisor may be occupied with their other work or may not be the person who has the information you need. Here are some profiles of people at school you can … Continue reading Who should I ask? Getting information in the teachers’ room.
Question: My JTE friend is complaining to me about another ALT they work with. I want to help. What should I do? Answer: Answered by: Emily It’s too bad that you’re getting stuck in the middle of a conflict between another JTE and ALT. It sounds like the JTE came to you as a friend, … Continue reading #019 My JTE friend is complaining to me about another ALT they work with. What should I do?
Question: This is going to sound like a humble-brag but it's a serious question. I'm hitting a stride in my teaching, to the point where students cheer when they see I'm leading class and shout things like "I love you!". They often ask my teachers, "Is today (ALT name)'s class?/今日は(ALT name)じゃないの？". It's to the point … Continue reading #018 How to balance “fun” between JET and JTE classes?
Question: I want to find a Japanese conversation partner around my age (20s), but it seems like the best places to meet locals near me are at bars. I don't like drinking and don't really socialize well in that atmosphere. Where are some other places I could try to meet Japanese people around my age? … Continue reading #017 Where to meet Japanese people around my age?