AEON Interview (Day 2)

I found your article very interesting. I did not know how the theachers in the English schools in Japan were able to come to Japan. I could not imagine how they were able to find a post in the English school, first of all. Now I know a part of the secret. By the way, I believe the next typhoon will be big, too. I wish you are safe and sound in Fukuoka. 😉

Word Disorder

Day two is considerably shorter than day one.  Which is nice, but also leaves you with nerves at the end, a lot of them.

So, if you get the personal interview, you are invited to come back the next day.  They assign you an interview time, so it’s your job to make sure you’re there on time.  Since I stayed at a hotel about 15 minutes away, I had to give myself plenty of time to prepare in the morning to be there by 9:15.

I got there with some time to spare, so I went up to the third floor of the hotel and waited outside the room.  I could hear snippets of the person interviewing before me, which only added to my nerves.  A fellow interviewee came up a few minutes after I did, so we talked and discussed some of the things we had learned the previous…

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Ways Students React to English

I have enjoyed your posts. Thank you for sharing. This entry reminds me of my junior high school days, though there was no JET system in those days. I am now in my 50s, and now I think that correct (or almost correct) prounciation is important in speaking and listening. I cannot understand what I cannot pronouce well enough. The students are very lucky in that they have chances to listen to native speaker’s pronunciation.
Wish happy days for you and your students. 😉


This statement may come as a shock to people (especially anyone reading with experience in a job similar to an ALT) but…the truth is…students are not always super willing to speak English.

I know. If you need a second, that’s fine.

It certainly makes teaching an interesting challenge, when you know a good number of your students just have no desire at all to be learning the knowledge you are trying to pass on to them. (And I’m sure this is not a phenomenon unique to English education in Japan.)

In elementary school, my favorite thing to do with a large class is to give everyone a card with various information on it, arm them with a question and answer formula, and set them to finding the one person with a matching card. This activity elicits excited enthusiasm and energy from some students, and…well, not that, from others.

In one class…

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School and Teaching so far…

Enjoy your stay, teaching and living in Kagoshima! I am very glad that many young people from other countries enjoy their lives in every part of Japan. ( I know that some of them having difficulties sometimes) I wish you have a wonderful experience in Yusui. And,, although, I am a Japanese , I do not understand Kagoshima dialect at all.;)


It has now been about 1.5 months since I’ve come to this town. The month of August was spent sitting at the Board of Education studying Japanese and doing a few little class preparation things. Mr. Chishiki (my supervisor) also drove me around in the little Kei car to all 9 of my schools. As a side note, the Board provides me with a town car to drive to schools for teaching purposes only. Whenever I fill the car with petrol, I just need to bring the receipt to accounts and I am reimbursed.

little kei car

I remember the introductory day to be quite a hot and rushed day. The main objective was to introduce me to the principals and any of the staff who happened to be at the school over summer holidays. It seems to be mandatory for at least one staff member to be at the school during summer…

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Thank you for sharing your thought. Come to think of it, Japan is the only coutry experienced atom bombs (there were to bombing), however almost many Japanese including me do not think it as something important. Anyway, enjoy your life in Japan.



hiroshima peace park

last weekend i took a trip to hiroshima with a few friends, and i can safely say that it is my favorite place in japan thus far. hiroshima city is lively, the scenery is lovely, the locals were obscenely gracious, and the attractions were plentiful. and while all of that certainly was a huge part of what made hiroshima so wonderful, it wasn’t what had the greatest impact on me.

on saturday night a group of ALTs decided to wander downtown and find somewhere to eat dinner. what started out as a 20-minute journey quickly escalated into us getting lost within the bustling crowds of downtown hiroshima city, and it was after 11pm before we knew it. hungry, tired, and not wanting to wander around like moses in the desert until 2am, i peace’d out from the group and made my way back to the hostel by…

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Teaching in Japan: Private Dispatch Companies

I knew that there are two choices, JET and Eikaiwa, which you will write in your next post, but did not know that there are private companies that accept teachers. The schools in Japan have a lot of rules and less flexibility. So sometimes it is difficult to work in such an environment.

Anyway, I wish you will find a better place than Japan!

George On The Go

While many consider working for a private company as a cop out for those who couldn’t get past the strict regulations of JET, Private companies provide a simple flexibility that the JET programme cannot provide, and is often a better option for those who have a clear idea of what they want from their Japanese experience, or who want to apply all year round.

jet friends


FLEXIBILITY. While you  can never be guaranteed the perfect placement in Japan, with the 100s of private companies commissioning ALTs here in Japan, it is possible to apply to as many as you want until you find one that is the perfect fit for you. If you apply after you have been living in Japan, then it’s the perfect opportunity to scout out something in an area you like. Private companies often also accept applications all year round, and while their biggest intakes are in…

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What to wear when you teach in Japan. I also agree with the author one should avoid black suit.

Without my diary

With some new recruits coming in and wondering what daily wear for Japan is like, I did some photos of some of my outfits for school. For women, I’d just recommend covering shoulders, cleavage, knees and stomach (when you reach up) and back (when you lean forward). For everyone, I would avoid a full black suit. That’s waaaay too formal. Soften it up with a grey/navy suit or a pinstripe or something.

If I’m teaching really little kids, I will always forgo the skirt…

Excuse the mess of a room…

EDIT: There’s a part two now up, for cold weather clothing!

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