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Teaching Resources

Some help for ALTs and English teachers in Japan.

How to Teach English
Read the guides for a better idea of how to teach (for new teachers).

Activity Guide
Activities and games for use in classes.

Audio Editing Guide
Simple guide to editing music and recordings for use in schools.

Teaching Links

Hapilab – Flashcards and Materials (high quality, but in Japanese)
ESL Kids – Flashcards
ESL HQ – Flashcards
MES English – Flashcards
Creative Chalk – Shared teaching resources – ESL materials, including TOEFL and TOEIC support

Easy Pace Learning – English lesson resource, especially useful for idiom lists.

Official Links (in Japanese)

Ministry of Education – Foreign Language (English) Information
Eigo Net – MEXT English Site

Other Resources

For more help and advice on living in Japan, see the Living in Japan subsite. Some links will continue to be maintained on this site for ease of use, but the new subsite contains much more information.

Learning Japanese
While in Japan, do your best to learn Japanese. The above link details some resources for learning Japanese. Included are Japanese ability tests (JLPT) and various grammar and vocabulary links.

Marriage in Japan
Learn how to get married in Japan. What documents are necessary, and how much trouble can it be?

Divorce in Japan
Learn how to get divorced in Japan. It is a terrible hassle, but sometimes things just don’t work out.

US Immigration Help
For those intending to move back to the US after their stint in Japan, it would be wise to start immigration paperwork for spouses and children early.
Alien Registration Card Translation
Useful for some procedures (passports or visas).

Package Delivery Companies and Redelivery
See this section to find out which company sent you that package and how to contact them to have them redeliver it to your house.Finding a Job
First, create a Japanese resume. Second, look in the right places.

Living in Japan

Life in Japan

Jorudan – Train route finder
Yahoo Transit – More advanced train route finder (in Japanese)
Gunma JET – Forum and information for ALTs in Gunma Prefecture
Jet Set Japan – Information for ALTs in Japan
Surviving in Japan – How to live using little Japanese

Learning Japanese

Denshi Jisho – English-Japanese word and phrase dictionary with examples
Kanji.sljfaq – Online Kanji dictionary and character reader from SLJFaq
J-Gram – Japanese grammar resource (explanations and examples)
Tae Kim – Japanese grammar guide
Learn Japanese Free – Japanese grammar and vocabulary
Logical Grammar – Grammar help

Package Services (Redelivery)

Japan Post – Redelivery link (Japanese and English)
(Kuroneko) Yamato Takkyubin – Redelivery link in understandable Japanese
Sagawa Otodoke – Telephone instructions

About Japan

Danny Choo – Anime, manga, and otaku culture
What Japan Thinks – Surveys of Japanese people


Japan Times – Foreigner-oriented Japanese news
Daily Yomiuri – Japanese-oriented Japanese news


Google Translate – Single word dictionary, or sentence or web page translation.
Year Converter – Japan Guide

Legal Advice

General Union – Information and support regarding Japanese working laws
Arudou Debito – Legal advice, including divorce support
US Embassy in Japan – American visas, passports, notarization, and information

Finding a Job

Japanese Rirekisho Help – MadTokyo
Japanese Rirekisho Guide – Franchir Japan
Rirekisho (Resume) Templates – Access J
Rirekisho Maker – Resume Maker