Teaching English

First Day Teaching in Japan!-My Video Diary

First Day Teaching in Japan!-My Video Diary

Oh my gosh you guys! It’s been an absolute mad time, and not in a good way, for me personally lately but I found these three videos on my laptop that kind of helped. Two are videos from my first days working at my school […]

Interac Pre-Training: Your First Lesson Prep

Interac Pre-Training: Your First Lesson Prep

UPDATE 03/18/16: So not all branches do the pre-lesson thing. You lucky ducks don’t have to worry about this! When Interac hires you, a few weeks before your departure date they email you a few assignments. Lucky you! I was given a series of videos […]

How to Teach a Speech- Going to the Ibaraki Prefecture English Speech Competition!

How to Teach a Speech- Going to the Ibaraki Prefecture English Speech Competition!

Every year in Kasama City, Jr. High students from all over Ibaraki come together with their teachers and their ALT’s to present their own unique 5-minute speech. This year 78 students participated, split into 2 groups. Yeah, that means before lunch we sat through 39 […]

School Life in Japan: Sports Day!

School Life in Japan: Sports Day!

Summer break is over, the homework is turned in and 2nd term has started. You know what this means? You got it! Sports Day! The late summer air filled with students cheering and laughing, teachers screaming encouragement (because no one here is competitive at all, […]

Bored in Japan: What To Do When You’re Stuck in the Teachers Room

Bored in Japan: What To Do When You’re Stuck in the Teachers Room

It’s happened. You’re in Japan. You finished all the training. You have all your materials and your Survival Kit is ready for anything. You’re ready to teach up a storm! Ready, Set…. Sit in the Teachers Room. Not every day as an ALT is terribly […]

An ALT’s Teacher Survival Kit

An ALT’s Teacher Survival Kit

Every teacher has a bag of things they can’t do without. Emergency supplies for just in case you have to suddenly teach a lesson and “it started 5 minutes ago. Please hurry.” School supplies, because, well, what teacher isn’t addicted to school supplies? And everything […]

Graduation Day and Why I Love Living Abroad!

Graduation Day and Why I Love Living Abroad!

I don’t know how it happened but today’s the day! Graduation Day! Yay! It snuck up on me and I also didn’t quite realize how sad it would be… We’ve been practicing for the ceremony for the past two days, and classes for my Jr. High 3rd years have been over for about a week and a half. Through it all I’ve been fine, but […]

A Day in the Life of an ALT in Japan!

A Day in the Life of an ALT in Japan!

Hey all! Now that you’ve all seen my average monthly expenses as an ALT, I thought I’d give you a look into my average day as an English teacher in Japan. So many people move abroad with the expectation that their life will automatically change […]

Beginning Certificate of Eligibility and Visa Info (VIDEO)

Beginning Certificate of Eligibility and Visa Info (VIDEO)

Hey all! So this is a recent video I made about my placement (which I already talked a bit about in this post), my departure date and flight (which I already told all of you in this post)– feel special, you’re all remarkably well-informed in […]

Interac Seminar! Part 2 (Video Demo)- Los Angeles, CA

Interac Seminar! Part 2 (Video Demo)- Los Angeles, CA

Begin Part 2 of the Interac Seminar!!! The video demo, once this is over you are officially allowed to breathe again! Yay! (Miss Part 1? Read it here!) Task 1 The intro should just be short and sweet. Introduce yourself, where you’re from, any experience […]