Shook

Moving from the U.K. to Japan, one of the first things you might worry about is the likelihood of earthquakes. Having a country sitting on top of four tectonic plates tends to have that effect. In all my time in Nagoya though, I only experienced one earthquake, and even that was barely noticeable, at least for the people…

Elementary Dynamics

English teaching in elementary school here is focused mainly on the last two years: fifth and sixth grade. Intensive English learning and testing doesn’t really kick off until students move up to junior high school, where they have two English classes, one taught by their Japanese English teacher and one with an ALT. This is set to…

A Day in the Life: Mountain School 2

A while back I had a particularly eventful lunchtime at my second mountain school which I thought earned the time to type, which I did, and then promptly forgot to edit and post. Shocking. I get assigned to various classes for lunch time, to share around the ‘foreigner experience’ and to practice English in an informal…

Thrown to the (Little) Lions

So, several months later and about to start my second term, I’m finally getting round to telling you about the start of my first term at school. With so many schools I had three days of ‘first days’ in one week (with two of my mountain schools on the second). For these days my trainer (C-san)…

Meeting the Rabble

I was back in the office the day after the move (Saturday), leaving my apartment in the barely-moved-in shambles you might expect (or just expect anyway if you know me). All the Seto ALTs had been called in for a refresher training day, as we were mid-way through term, which gave me the perfect chance to…

Choosing my Home for a Year(ish)

Having not had much info about apartments, it turned out the process was a simple one. I sat down with one of the Interac OL’s (office ladies) who showed me several options to choose from on a map. One of my options was a shared accommodation arrangement in a Freebell apartment. I went to check…

Make the Next One Happy

I’ve been told by my friend and fellow ALT, Nelson, that my titles are too depressing and I should ‘make the next one happy’. Well, there you go. So, my placement. The whole painful process went something like this: A couple of weeks before the flight – Placement: Tokai, Nagoya; A week before the flight…

Turning Back the Time

Going back, I’m going to work from my post about moving to purin heaven! (Goodness I miss being so close to the purin!) I didn’t meet the other trainee until the next morning (Monday 6th June). He only arrived late that night, after a horrendous travel experience. His first flight had been delayed, meaning a…

Hiatus

So I’m back from my unplanned hiatus, where I sort of (definitely) promised several times I would update then didn’t…apologies! I realise that my posts so far give no indication of what my life is currently like (unless you follow my Instagram, and then basically what you know is: there is food). I shall now…

Eyes Open…

Watch this space; I have a backlog of notes from little bites of free time and will be doing a big update this weekend! I have been absolutely obliterated by the start at school, which is why I am now so behind on my updates! Good thing is: a lot of stuff to write about…

Moving to Purin Heaven

After two nights in the hostel, I was on the move again. Interac had booked me and another trainee into a hotel for the training period and I’d be damned if I missed out on free accommodation! This did, however, mean another journey with the 10000000000kg suitcase plus extras. Luckily the hotel was only one…