Source: The ESL Teaching Blog
Colonial Diplomacy is a game by the Avalon Hill Game Company, a game I have known and loved for many years. I had often wondered: was it a game I could …continue reading
Source: Gaijin Pot
One of the best things about writing here on GaijinPot is the huge community we get to interact with via the Facebook group and other social media channels, as well as our own comments section. I’ve previously written about how to find an English teaching job and how to nail that job application here in Japan as well as how to ace an ALT interview.
Today, I’ve decided to tackle an issue that seems to be extremely common among readers. I’m often asked questions like this: “I’m not a native speaker, but can I still teach English in Japan? If so, where can I find a job?”
The answer to the first part of the question is: yes (with a few caveats). As for the second, well, that’s a bit more complicated.
In principle, according to immigration law, all that an overseas applicant needs to teach English in Japan is:
So, contrary to some comments I have read in the past, there is no legal impediment to non-native speakers becoming English teachers.
My view is that, in some cases, non-native speakers can actually make more effective teachers than native ones. As a writer and teacher, I’ve immersed myself in the English language from an early age. But the same can’t be said of many native speaking teachers here in Japan. They often have degrees and prior working experience completely unrelated to either the English language or education in general.
Conversely, some of the non-native teachers I have worked alongside, in places like Osaka and Kurashiki City in Okayama Prefecture, have turned out to be some of the best educators I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
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Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year. As the songs say, it is a time for joy, a time for family, a time for presents and various other forms of merriment.
Perhaps even more so than Valentine’s Day, Christmas is the time of year in Japan when couples fully express their love for each other, usually in the form of elaborate, extravagant dinners and over the top gifts.
However, for some, it can be a very depressing time. If you’re single, Christmas can be a pretty depressing time. It can often seem like you are the only man or woman in the entire universe who doesn’t have a girlfriend or boyfriend.
And even for those of us lucky enough to be in a relationship, Christmas can often be a solitary experience in Japan, as our Japanese partner, and sometimes even us too, are forced to work on Christmas Day, since Christmas is not a recognized holiday here.
It would be very easy to go all Ebenezer Scrooge on the whole thing, just say “Bah! Humbug!” and try to forget Christmas even exists. It doesn’t have to …continue reading
Source: Purple Pen in Japan
It snowed in Hamamatsu! Yay!
I’ve lived here for almost 3 years and this is the first time I saw a considerable amount of snow. It snowed enough to cover the grounds in thin white blanket. When I walked to school this morning, the looked winter-picture perfect. Soooo lovely and a little slippery.
Hamamatsu is on the coast of the Pacific so it rarely snow like this. It doesn’t snow in Shizuoka prefecture actually. Most cars in Hama are not equipped to deal with slippery roads. The result? Heavier traffic than usual. Even the buses are slower than their usual turtle pace so they are late. Because the bus was late, I was late in going to school too. Just for 5 minutes though so the vice principal didn’t mind it. Other teachers were late too.
This is the snowfall data from Current Results. See, it doesn’t snow in Shizuoka where Hamamatsu is.