English In Japan In 2020: A Reality Check For Elementary and Junior High School ALTs by Craig Hoffman

by Craig HoffmanBio: Craig Hoffman is a novelist, writer, blogger, and Social Media guru living in Japan. He spent years as an ALT-CIR and consults with ALTs and school boards on a variety of English teaching issues. Craig can be found at @craighoffman11 on Twitter and at https://craiginjapan.wordpress.com/blog/.Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs)…

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Vocabulary in Textbooks: What Our Students Need and What They Get by Isra Wongsarnpigoon

by Isra Wongsarnpigoon Bio: Isra Wongsarnpigoon is a learning advisor in the Self-Access Learning Center at Kanda University of International Studies. He originally came to Japan on the JET Programme and taught as a senior high school ALT in southern Chiba prefecture. After his JET stint, he continued working as an…

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Communicative Language Teaching by Lina Gordyshevskaya

by Lina GordyshevskayaBio: Lina Gordyshevskaya graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2015 earning an MA with honors in Scandinavian Studies. She obtained a TEFL certificate in 2015 and a CELTA in 2016. Throughout her career, she has taught YL (young learners), teenagers, and adults of various levels in different contexts. Currently,…

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EMI in Japan by Nicola Galloway

by Nicola Galloway, The University of Edinburgh Bio: Nicola Galloway is a lecturer in Education (TESOL) at the University of Edinburgh, where she teaches on the MSc TESOL, organising a course on Second Language Teaching Curriculum and Global Englishes Language Teaching. Prior to taking up her role in Edinburgh, Nicola spent over…

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ICT and the Cutting Edge in Japanese Public School English

by Jessie James LuckyThis is the third part of a three part series.Be sure to check out part one - What is Kenshu? Teacher Training in Japan and part two - Kenshu for Me: My First Few Years in JapanBio: Jessie is an ALT from Portland, Oregon, USA. He got a certificate in TESL from…

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Kenshu for Me: My First Few Years in Japan by Jessie James Lucky

by Jessie James LuckyThis is the second part of a three part series.Be sure to check out part one: What is Kenshu? Teacher Training in Japan Bio: Jessie is an ALT from Portland, Oregon, USA. He got a certificate in TESL from Portland State University and worked as an adult educator as well…

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The Challenges of ALT Training by David L. Hayter

by David L. HayterBio: David L. Hayter is a Lead ALT in Mie, Japan. Before coming to Japan in 2014, he worked in various positions throughout the Southern California area gaining experience in industries ranging from customer service and corporate retail management to market research and private security. During his time…

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An Elementary School ALT – Thoughts and Feelings by Martin Moran

by Martin Moran Bio: Martin Moran is an ALT from London, UK. He taught English to foreign exchange students in London before coming to Japan in 2011. He has since been teaching in elementary schools in Niigata City and from this year has begun teaching in both elementary and junior high…

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