For the first time, this week is going to be a solo podcast where I answer a big question that often goes unvoiced: “Why are English teachers in Japan ashamed to call themselves teachers?”

I will talk about:

  • Impostor Syndrome and why this isn’t that.
  • How many foreigners react when asked: “What are you doing in Japan, teaching English?” and what that question really means.
  • Why most English teachers in Japan get little to no respect in ALT positions, and why that’s justified.
  • Why not getting results is a big part of the reason why English teachers feel like their work isn’t important.
  • “No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship” – James Comer
  • Becoming a professional rather than an amateur and supporting other teachers in Japan.

Send your questions for the next podcast over to and maybe I’ll get to them on the next podcast.

I only teach part-time now, but I still love it!

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