The acronym “ALT” stands for “Assistant
Language Teacher.” An ALT assists a Japanese teacher
of English (JTE) in elementary, junior-high, and high
school classrooms. An ALT also serves as a living resource
to give students a glimpse at life outside of Japan.
ALTs are often asked to talk about their experiences,
their culture, and to introduce a new view of the world.
It is an opportunity to not just teach English, but
also to promote cross cultural understanding.
ALT’s main job is to help teach English in class by
assisting the JTE. An average working dayof an ALT in
a JHS consists of 4 lessons(50 minutes each) a daywith
the JTEleading the class.
In theES, average
working days consists4 lesson (45 minutes each) a day,
and usually have a basic teaching plan, which the ALT
is required to predominately teach. The final decision
over all classes, however, lies with the Japanese teacher(s)
ALTs are encouraged to participate
in school life in various ways. Being proactive in school
helps develop a friendly relationships with both their
fellow teachers and the students. Eating school lunch
with the children, for instance, gives an ALT a chance
to mingle with the students. The entire school participates
in cleaning after lunch, and it is a very good idea
that the ALT joins in; the act shows a sense of companionship
with your fellow teachers and students and helps gain
Occasionally, the ALT may be asked to
participate in extracurricular activities such as clubs.
They may also be asked to assist students for English
proficiency tests. In some occasions, ALTs may probably
be called in to help students participating in local
English speech contests, or even to be a judge at the