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What is an ALT?
ALT stands for Assistant Language Teacher. The ALT’s role is to assist the Japanese teacher of English, or JTE, in teaching
English as a foreign language at the elementary school, junior high school, and senior high school levels. An average teaching
day consists of 4 lessons of 50 minutes a day. At the junior and senior high school levels, as well as in the fifth and sixth grades in
elementary school, the Japanese teacher will be in control of the class and they also make decisions on things such as lesson
planning, the ALT's role in the classroom, and timetable arrangements. The lower grades in elementary school usually have a
basic curriculum or teaching plan, which the ALT is required to predominately teach by themselves with the Japanese teacher to
help in various capacities. Please note however, that the final decision over all classes lies with the Japanese teacher(s) involved.
The ALT’s main job is to help teach English in class and to assist the Japanese teacher of English, but it is not the ALT’s only role
to play. They must also be proactive in their schools and develop amicable relationships with both their fellow teachers and the
students. Eating school lunch with the children is considered a part of the position and gives the teacher a chance to mingle with
the students on a slightly informal basis. Cleaning the school is also an important way to show a sense of camaraderie with your
teachers and students. The entire school participates in cleaning the school on a daily basis, and the ALT is required to
participate in this as well, unless otherwise instructed by the appropriate authorities.
pic ALTs are encouraged to participate in school life in various ways. Occasionally, the ALT may be
asked to participate in extracurricular activities. They may be requested or wish to join in on club
activities with the students after classes, either as an observer or as a participant. They may also
be asked to tutor students for upcoming English proficiency tests during free periods and after
school. They will probably be called in to help students participating in local English speech
contests, or even to be a judge at the contest proper. Their presence during school-wide events,
such as sports festivals and culture day activities, is always much appreciated by their fellow
teachers and their students, and it is not uncommon for the ALT to be included in the festivities as
well.
The ALT is an assistant teacher as well as a living resource, at their school to not just assist in
teaching English, but also to give the students a glimpse at life outside of Japan. They are asked
to talk about their experiences, their culture, and to present a view of the world their students have
not yet known. It is an opportunity to not just teach English, but also to promote international
understanding.
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