Assistant Language Instructor
My job at present is a little different from normal ‘ALT’s’ in that I actually teach. My school has extra English lessons for its students, and these classes have been given to me.
My initial problem here was that the previous ‘ALT’s’ had not been very good or organised. After going through old teaching material I decided that it was not suitable. Using what I had learned about education, learning and understanding at university and drawing upon my own life experience, I set about designing a new curriculum to counter what I felt were the shortcomings in English education in Japan. This heavily involved the use of computers. I have since been asked to lecture, teach and provide assistance to various people in the local board of education and connecting schools. Through this job I have learned a great deal about the Japanese work ethic, living and working in Japan and communication across culture.
Key skills learned and experience gained:
Identifying problem areas in a job
Planning and execution of plans to combat these problems
Working in sometimes difficult and stressful conditions across cultures
Adaption to working in a foreign climate
Working to deadlines
Confidence in dealing with people in a second language
Intimate understanding of Japanese culture and working style