What’s the perfect ALT-to-JTE teaching ratio?

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What's the perfect ALT-to-JTE teaching ratio?

The actualities of an assistant language teacher and their job description can sometimes get a bit foggy. Our title, ALT, suggests that we should be assisting. However, many of us, whether it be in elementary or junior high school, have to take full responsibility and lead for the entire duration of the class.

Even though we have grown accustomed to this style, there should be more cooperation between the ALT and Japanese teacher of English (JTE) in the classroom. The JTEs should lead the class, while the ALTs are there for assistance with things that are difficult for the JTE to do, such as pronunciation, reading, grading other tasks best handled by a native speaker. As we all know, however, this is not usually the case — especially when it comes to elementary school. So, what things should the JTE be leading during the class and how much time should the ALT be leading?

In our last article on bonding with other teachers, we discussed the changes that will be made come the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. When these are implemented, Japanese teachers will have to take more responsibility. An ideal English lesson in the classroom should have a 1-to-1 teaching ratio between the JTE and ALT. However, depending on the English level of the students and the JTEs involved as well as the particular lesson being taught, this ratio may vary. At the very least, ALTs should always try to use proper English. The JTEs, on the hand, do not necessarily have to use the proper constructions, but certainly should use easy-to-understand English.

As an ALT, we have become used to teaching in a familiar way of leading the class ourselves with minimal help from the teacher. Moving to another style can seem foreign. In this article, we’ll discuss …continue reading