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Points To Keep In Mind About Teaching English In Japan

To fully experience Japan’s beauty and lifestyle, many people teach English abroad in that region. In this way, your dream of drinking sake at the karaoke bar, and tasting the food featured in Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and seeing the bright pink cherry blossoms might also be fulfilled. The good thing is the market for English language skills in Japan is strong and growing.

These are the things to be mindful of if you want to  teach English in Japan:

The method of landing a teaching job in Japan

For Teaching English jobs in Japan, a TEFL certificate and an undergraduate degree are the bare minimum requirements. The odds of getting a great job are increased if you have the CELTA or DELTA credential. For college or university positions in Japan, a master’s degree or a Ph.D. is required. 

Many employers recommend that the teacher applicant be an English-speaking resident from one of the seven English-speaking nations (the U.S, U.K, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa).

It would be best if you went through a language institute that provides year-round, year-long jobs, supports your visa and takes care of your housing to find a teaching job in Japan. The best part is we can also help you find an English teaching job in Japan!

Teaching career types in Japan

A practical approach is to apply for an Assistant Language Teacher position, in which you can work with a native Japanese teacher in a public school in Japan.

Global studies were provided in various elementary schools in Japan, and foreign teachers were employed in several schools. When you have a job like this, you should have enough picture books and engaging resources for kids.

In Japan, the most desired positions for teachers are at colleges or universities. Although the qualifications are demanding, the rewards are significant

Finally, you have another choice, such as private teaching or tutoring, which you can start on your own.

Please keep away from big chain English language schools as they have been found to underpay their teachers and overwork them as a note of caution.

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The profile of the Japanese students

The Japanese students are a delight to teach, which adds significantly to the charm of teaching English in Japan. They are taught discipline right from their childhood. They are very cooperative and energetic. With this in mind, schedule your lessons to be entertaining, engaging, and interesting for the best learning quality.

The Japanese way of life and culture

Japanese people use indirect communication often. It’s not uncommon for their messages to be aimed at avoiding disharmony or conflict instead of telling the naked truth.

It is difficult to capture such a unique Japanese distinction at first. It is well known that they are typically organized, patient, and respectful. Japan’s people place a high value on family and gender roles as well.

Due to the small size of Japanese apartments, typically 10 square meters, you may experience the first culture shock. Just watch YouTube documentaries about people who live in tiny apartments in Tokyo. You will always value the Japanese’s innovative methods to optimizing every inch of their living room.

Cute animal things, such as animal-shaped sweets and souvenirs, or the Hello Kitty planes, are trendy among the nation’s population. Tall skyscrapers are juxtaposed against ancient shrines and temples in Japan, creating a distinct contrast. Attempt to learn some Japanese as a token of gratitude and access additional resources while you are in Japan.

Japan's Standard of Living

On the whole, Japanese schools pay well and provide excellent benefits. In Japan, you can hope to earn about ¥250,000 or $2,000 as an English teacher. You may receive between $5,000 and $10,000 per month, depending on the work.

Japan’s cost of living is absurdly high, where the monthly rent itself varies from ¥80,000 to ¥140,000 (800 to 1,400 USD). While your contract may stipulate that you’ll be covered for rent, encourage yourself to budget a decent amount every month for food and entertainment where a typical lunch costs $10.

The nightlife in Tokyo can be very pricey as well. One night of drinking and dining may cost between $40 and $100. Cooking at home will help you save some money.

Are you involved in teaching English abroad in Japan? Take a glance up at our Facebook Group, Teach English Abroad Facebook group for regular work listings.