Posts Tagged ‘ ESL ’

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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Day in the Life of an Expat in Tochigi

April 14, 2017
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Tochigi is a whole new ball of wax. My time in Higashi-Hiroshima felt like summer camp being under AEON’s tutelage; the tiny apartment combined with true culture shock and lack of Internet access for a few weeks certainly didn’t help. Even in Kagoshima, with a professional job and access to tropical islands, I felt...
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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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Returning to Japan after a Decade

February 17, 2017
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Returning to Japan after a Decade

I didn't have anything else lined up. I was originally planning to fly into Hanoi to try a stint as a digital nomad for 3-6 months, and it’s not as though I'm doomed to renew my contract year after year. I can finally settle if Japan is where I want to be. No one...
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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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There’s nothing like a little lighthearted cannibalism to start your day

April 4, 2011
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…at least in terms of teaching English as a foreign language. In fact, I have (thankfully) not yet tried to devour any of my students, no matter how many invitations they seem to give me. When you’re teaching and want to provoke certain answers, sometimes you just choose questions so ludicrous that students have...
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The Pressure to Hear English

November 16, 2009
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The Pressure to Hear English

I take being surrounded by English speakers for granted. I imagine I’d feel completely liberated in one way if I were to return to Japan and begin my life with the Japanese people, but, in a far more accurate way, I’m slowly forgetting what it’s like to be in the language minority (never mind...
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