May 17, 2019

(Podcast) Getting Tech in the Classroom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/altinsider/IJ53.mp3 This week University Lecturer Paul drops in and I asked him about how he got his current job, how he is trying to get more […]
May 3, 2019

(Podcast) A Foreign Solution to Japan’s Population Problem

http://traffic.libsyn.com/altinsider/IJ51.mp3   This week its a solo show with me explaining a bit about Japan’s population problem, the only truly viable solution, and why that solution […]
March 12, 2019

(Podcast) The NHK man is coming…

http://traffic.libsyn.com/altinsider/IJ43.mp3 This week I explain what NHK and the “NHK man” really are and what your options are if and when they come knocking on your […]
February 22, 2019

(Podcast) Fostering a Community – Amanda from the Tokyo Expat Network

http://traffic.libsyn.com/altinsider/IJ41.mp3 This week I talk with Amanda, creator of the awesome Facebook Group Tokyo Expat Network, an awesome resource for foreigners living in Japan. We talk […]
February 1, 2019

The Zen Art of Class Management

My personal teaching philosophy is to put a strong focus on the development of a student’s self-awareness during the learning process. The reason this is useful […]
January 9, 2019

Taking Japanese Lessons in Tokyo – Japan Switch

So you’ve decided that this year is the year you get your Japanese up to a decent level. Well done! You’re already ahead of most foreigners […]
December 21, 2018
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(Podcast) Job Hopping in Japan + Selling on Amazon Japan

http://traffic.libsyn.com/altinsider/IJ33.mp3 This week professional job hopper Mitch comes in to explain why (and how) he has jumped from non-teaching to non-teaching job while also making some […]
December 7, 2018
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The Inside Japan Podcast – Remaking Englipedia.com and Passing JLPT N1 but still an ALT?

http://traffic.libsyn.com/altinsider/IJ31.mp3 This week I talk with Jake about the death and rebirth of Englipedia (now ALTopedia), why he is still an ALT after passing JLPT N1, […]
November 27, 2018

Sponsor Your Own Visa For Japan

If you want to get the benefit of doing part-time work at multiple schools, when visa renewal rolls around you might want to self-sponsor your visa. […]
November 21, 2018

Should You Be Saving Your Money as an English Teacher in Japan?

There are more and more expat workers, (including English teachers) staying long-term in Japan for both career and life choices. With most people working here, the […]
October 24, 2018

Japan’s Winter is Coming – Here’s How to Survive

If you want to work in Japan, that means you have to live in Japan, which means you’re going to have to live through the winter. […]
September 25, 2018

Maximising Health in Tokyo Without Decimating Your Yen

Japan is home to all the ingredients necessary to concoct a healthy lifestyle, but living for the health-conscious can quickly and easily empty your wallet. Nowhere […]
August 28, 2018

Appearing professional in Japan: Beards and Tattoos

You may have heard that Japan isn’t the most accepting place for people with tattoos and beards. What is considered fashionable and pretty common in western […]
August 1, 2018

Making English-Speaking Friends in Japan (The Easy Way!)

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or someone that is living overseas for the very first time, there is always one thing that hits home the hardest […]
July 25, 2018

The Challenges of Living in Japan Fall Somewhere in the Range Between Pokémon and Godzilla

Some situations, such as choosing the color of your bank debit card (coconut white, or autumn orange?) can seem impossible to resolve. Others, such as making […]
July 5, 2018
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Putting The Spark Back in Your English Classroom

It’s the end of the weekend, and once again you have a whole working week ahead of you. Maybe you’re wondering how Monday comes around so […]
June 25, 2018

Teaching Outside The Classroom – School Trips

“How do I keep an eye on ten children at a time?” “I struggle to navigate through trains on my own – let alone with kids!” […]
June 14, 2018

Teaching Babies – How To Make It Fun and Rewarding

Teaching babies can be stressful, rewarding, terrifying and exciting all at the same time. It’s also something that you are likely to encounter if you come […]
May 18, 2018

An MBA that can help you finish your BA too!

A blended-learning MBA Program in Tokyo/Kansai Next Starting Dates: August 9 and Oct. 10, 2018 Length of the Program: 12, 18 or 24 months (your pace). […]
February 7, 2018

Time to do your income taxes

Doing taxes can be a really worrying thought, but the experience of it here in Japan is nowhere near as terrifying as you might think. Depending […]
December 28, 2017

Another Set of Eyes

You’ve spent hour after hour toiling away at your resume, and polishing your cover letter. Finally, you put the finishing touches on both documents and sit back to admire your work. Your employment documents are complete! You’re 100% ready to begin your pursuit of the perfect position.
December 21, 2017

University Job Titles in Japan Mean Wildly Different Things

For those wishing to get a university job, there is a wide variety of types of employment, and with that, a divergence of pay scales.
December 7, 2017

Curriculum planning for English Schools in Japan

So you’ve found yourself a job at a private or international school. You were promised more freedom and growth as a teacher, and the school is […]
October 20, 2017

Is an All-English Classroom Good for Students?

When you start teaching in Japan, depending on the environment you’ll either be told to speak only English all the time, or you might mix the […]