The Worst things you can do as an ALT.

Updated: Jan 4


Late for School


There is nothing more disappointing to schools than having an ALT that arrives late, especially on their very first day of work. In Japan, time is money. They also value time as being precious. Not explaining the situation, such as the reason or time of arrival, only makes matters worse. You should always get to the school as fast as possible and apologize for any case issue.

Sleeping in the Teacher's Room


When you take a break, you should be allowed to close your eyes, but it is a big NO in Japan. You are permitted to take breaks but not sleep in front of everyone. I know someone out there is saying, " I saw a school teacher fall asleep in school." However, that does not make it okay. Stop yourself from falling asleep by first getting a good nnight'ssleep. Walk around a bit outside of the teacher's room. Make something flashcards, English boards, etc. Something time-consuming but has meaning.


Complaining about teachers to other teachers


No, don’t do it! School teachers are a group that works together all day, every day. Some see your complaints as a way to know what type of person you are. Remember, you are an outsider looking in. People who work together are closer-knit. Always be professional in handling situations and speak with your supervisor.


Laughing at students mistakes


We all make mistakes when learning another language. Natives of a language make mistake mistakes errors or ways of speaking. Learning another language is even more challenging. Laughing at students or teachers that try is discouraging. ALTs are motivators who encourage everyone to speak English.


Yawning in front of the students


Bad. Are you bored? If you are bored, the students are bored? Your job is to make even the most boring situations fun for the students. Yawning is a big no. Learn to yawn with your mouth closed and no yawns with sound.



Watching video in the teacher's room in front of everyone


Don't say please don't say for new material. It does not work. Refrain from looking at your social media in the school period. The school will get the wrong impression even if you are looking for new material


If you start by not making this error, you should not have any problems?

Do you have any don'ts?

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