Posts Tagged ‘ Teaching English ’

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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The First 72 Hours in South Korea

June 30, 2011
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The First 72 Hours in South Korea

I’ve seen a number of blogs covering their authors’ first day in a foreign country, and I have to say I didn’t really do a thorough job of it for Korea. Granted, I had arrived hot and sweaty to find it pouring rain and facing a four-hour bus ride, but who hasn’t? Rather than...
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Teaching in Korea: Why Should You Choose a Hagwon?

June 18, 2011
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I throw my opinion into the ongoing debate for incoming English teachers: public schools or privates (hagwons)? Most of the time, it’s a no-brainer: public schools for better vacations, stability, and sick days. But there are some reasons why you might want to risk a hagwon.
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English Teachers Might As Well Be Robots…

November 22, 2010
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I’ve been getting a little frustrated with teaching lately. Part of the reason is my students’ growing disrespect: – One boy in my blue class actually pulled out a Harry Potter book (in Korean) and started to read in the middle of a lesson. – A gold class student lied right to my face...
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Quick Notes on Korea

August 27, 2010
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Health Insurance Just like the Japanese, Koreans enjoy two types of insurance and pension plans: the national plan, which covers all citizens by default, and the employee plan, which is only available for companies that employ five or more workers. As an employee of a small hagwon (학원), I only qualify for the national...
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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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