Teaching English

When can you blame Japan for your problems?

June 6, 2018
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Have you ever felt compelled to blame your host country or the people there for the problems you've faced working abroad? This blog entry is for you.
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Why I Say Konnichwa

May 14, 2018
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Do you prefer to greet people in English or the local language when you're abroad? Even if you're a native English speaker, here are a few reasons you might want to hide that fact.
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Foreigners in Japan are Helpers, Nothing More

September 21, 2017
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As an expat in Japan, do you just keep your head down and do your job, stifling your soul but enjoying the benefits of living in a safe and prosperous country, or take a stand and try to be a leader in a system that wasn’t designed for you?
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What Would Happen if I didn’t Renew my Contract in Japan?

September 18, 2017
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Pondering the different paths my life could take in the next few weeks as I decide to stay on in Japan another year, leave to work freelance, or make some attempt at living in San Francisco.
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Thoughts on Order in the Japanese Classroom

June 1, 2017
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Are Japanese classrooms nothing but teachers administering corporal punishment and students sitting quietly?
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4 Differences between Working at Eikaiwa and Being an ALT

April 18, 2017
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Teaching English in Japan comes with its own set of rules. Have you thought about a private language school, or a program like JET?
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First Days as an ALT in Japan

April 5, 2017
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Everything seems different the second time around teaching English in Japan. Here are some of my thoughts after just a few days in the country.
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Coming Back to Japan as a 30-Something Expat

March 25, 2017
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Where will I end up after a year? In a relationship? Searching for a publisher for my finished book? Out of debt? In deeper debt? Lonelier than I've ever been?
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Of Late I Think of Thailand

September 12, 2014
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Of Late I Think of Thailand

I turned down the first offer in Japan. There were simply too many unknowns and too short a time to give an answer. I’m still in communication with the company for additional postings, but my mind is drifting elsewhere… There’s a lot I left unresolved in Asia. I’m one of those travelers who intentionally...
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Back in the Classroom

February 8, 2014
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Back in the Classroom

This is the first time I’ve seen anything like corporal punishment in Korea. I witnessed my old boss grab students by the ears, but generally this was done without malice and only if students had really been misbehaving, e.g. hitting others, making others cry with insults. Nevertheless, my current employer is taking things to...
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