With classes canceled by coronavirus, what should English teachers do?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s request to close all elementary, middle and high schools during the month of March to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus has taken many in Japan by surprise. One demographic that might feel the confusion more than most are non-Japanese foreign language teachers.

“We were staying with friends in Aichi. The husband of the family is a junior high school teacher, so we heard him before he broke on the news,” a person working for an ALT dispatch company told the Japan Times. [The instructor asked to remain anonymous since they weren’t approved by their work to speak to the press.]

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