There are various English teaching opportunities in Japan ranging from teaching general English to school children and adults as well as opportunities for suitably qualified and experienced teachers in corporate settings teaching business English and English for specific purposes.
Salary & Other Benefits
Remuneration/compensation is generally very good (around 200-290,000 Yen per month) although this varies in different parts of the country and with different types of employment. Some posts offer additional responsibilities and additional payment is given. The cost of living also varies a lot (e.g. between Tokyo and provincial towns).
Additional package benefits often include accommodation and travel allowances.
Japan is an exciting country to visit and live in. Japan provides an amazing blend of high technology and modernity, alongside traditional values and marvellous scenery, cultural heritage and community activities. Travelling within Japan is very easy with high speed connections between many centres.
There are many teaching opportunities in Japan and the demand for native speakers of English is high. Language teachers do not need to be graduates but it certainly helps if you want to work in a reputable school or college.
The style of teaching by local teachers may help with local examinations but it does not help the students to reach one of their main goals, which is to communicate in English. The result is that there is significant demand for teachers of conversational English as well as English that covers all four language skills.
English is now offered throughout the education system from elementary level so there are opportunities at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
Some English teachers work full-time at one school and the rates range around Y200,000 – Y290,000 approximately. Other teachers will work part time at a number of different schools and the rate of pay will be typically Y2,600 – Y3,600 per hour.
Accommodation will be provided for many teachers in full-time posts. Alternatively there could be a housing allowance. Return flight costs will be paid in many cases where a teacher stays for more than one year.
There is very significant demand for Business English in Japan and the rate of pay is significantly higher than it would be for teaching general English classes.
Schools and colleges will want applicants to have a TESOL or TEFL certificate accredited by an independent professional body. An appropriate certificate will be 120 hours in length for a full-time course or 150-hours for a distance-learning programme. Applicants with anything less than this may not be employed or may only find employment with schools offering poor contracts.
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