Common problems for ALTs (Elementary)
- ALTs are spread too thin. This one is out of your hands, but talk to your supervisors so they can think about it in future years.
- There is little agreement on the English curriculum. Or what makes a syllabus good. So, resources are scarce. Accordingly, take advantage of the resources other ALTs have shared. In 2011, MEXT will be releasing the Elementary School Course of Study, which should help.
- No idea what your predecessor taught. Try contacting your predecessor. When that doesn't work, ask your school if they have an old syllabus. And make detailed notes for your successor.