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Overview of the ALTIA CENTRAL ALT Position

The position you are considering applying for is a full-time Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) position in public junior high schools, elementary schools and even kindergartens in certain areas.

ALTIA CENTRAL ALTs work in one town or city teaching at 1 or more schools, typically between 2 and 5 schools.  We do have many positions where the ALT teaches at only 1 school, 5 days per week, but there are also some rare positions where the ALT visits up to 10 or 12 schools over the course of the year.

Roughly 1/3 of our ALTs work in JHS only positions, 1/3 in ES only positions, and the remaining 1/3 work in MIXED positions at some combination of both levels or with some kindergarten visits mixed in as well.

The ALT workweek generally consists of up to 25 classes per week, scheduled between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Typically the start of the day is not before 8:30 am and finishes no later than 4:30 pm, though there are a few variations depending on the area. Many ALTs are present at their schools even a bit longer than this for the purpose of building the working relationship with the other Japanese teachers.

Also, for time to associate with the students outside of the class through things like joining them during their club activities.  The classes themselves are 45 minutes long in Elementary school, and 50 minutes in Junior High school, with 3 to 5 lessons in an average day.  Slow days with just 1 class and busy days with 6 lessons are also possible, so ALTs do need to be prepared and flexible for almost anything.

ALTIA CENTRAL ALTs are also required to attend scheduled Follow-Up Training and Professional Development Events arranged by ALTIA CENTRAL, which occur at various times throughout the school year. These high-quality events are scheduled well in advance with plenty of notice and deal with the further development of teachers, teaching ideas and methods. They also serve as a chance to get together with other ALTs to share success stories, discuss problems and get advice. Most importantly it gives you more chance to meet again with your supervisor and other company staff face to face in a professional and comfortable environment.