The Ultimate Guide To Teaching English In Japan
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There are few countries in this world that are as mysterious and alluring as Japan. This is why Japan is popular not only with tourists but with English as a Foreign Language teachers as well. We have a lot of requests for information about teaching English as a Foreign Language in Japan, so we thought we’d put together the ultimate guide to teaching English in Japan to answer all your questions. So here goes.
1. Can I teach in Japan?
In order to teach in Japan you need to be a citizen of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa, or be able to prove you have been educated in a school with English as the medium of instruction for 12 years, or have 3 years’ teaching experience. You need to have a Bachelor’s degree but it does not need to be a degree in Education. You need to have a clear criminal record in your country of residence. Interestingly, strictly speaking you don’t need a TEFL certificate but we recommend that you do a TEFL course for your own sanity – and it won’t hurt your CV either, especially as more and more schools are preferring TEFL-qualified teachers. Another point to consider is that it’s not easy to find a job if you are over the age of 60.
2. What can I teach in Japan?
There are many teaching positions available in Japan teaching children, such as being an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) at a public school. What this means essentially is that you are not in charge of the class but you help a Japanese teacher. This will generally mean teaching from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm but still staying at school for a few more hours either for admin or for helping out with after-school clubs, like sports or art.
The great thing about being an ALT, besides the great holidays, is that you get to experience the cultural side of Japan. Chances are you will pick up Japanese quite quickly because you will need it to survive in your school. Plus you will get the opportunity to foster relationships with your students.
To find a job as an ALT, you can apply to the JET programme, where you can expect to earn $2 500 to $3 000 a month.
Then there are the jobs at an Eikaiwa, or private language school. At these language schools you will either be teaching children or adults. Working at an Eikawa means your working hours will be out-of-the-ordinary. You might teach children from 9 to 10, and then adults from 12 – 4 and children again from 5 – 6pm.
These jobs will typically pay $2 200 – $2 500 a month.
It’s also possible to find a job in a private school. For most private schools, the English teacher positions are for high school. In these positions you are not the assistant but you are the main teacher, often the homeroom teacher. This means you’ll be responsible for planning lessons and assessment. You may also be required to help with after-school events.
It’s also possible to teach Business English in Japan. Teaching Business English involves teaching business professionals in-house or at an Ekaiwa. Your students will be in their 20s, 30s or 40s and will usually be required by their jobs to improve their English for their jobs. Their jobs may entail talking to native speakers or non-native speakers so bear this in mind when teaching.
Finally, you can teach at a university. This will mean teaching communication lessons to help your Japanese students cope with studying in English. Teaching at a Japanese university is often a highly sought after position, so the qualifications are quite high. You’ll need at least a Master’s degree, preferably in Teaching English as a Foreign Language but other related subjects are fine too.
Because these jobs require a high qualification, salaries are around $2 800 to $4 400 a month.
3. Where can I teach in Japan?
There are a few places in Japan where it is possible to find a TEFL job. There are loads of jobs up for grabs in the big cities of Tokyo and Osaka, and the smaller city of Kyoto. If you’re interested in working somewhere a bit different, you could find a job in Sapporo or Fukuoka.
4. Can non-native speakers work in Japan?
Absolutely! Even though schools in Japan prefer native speakers, they are happy to accept teachers who are non-natives as long as they are proficient in English and either have been educated in an English-speaking school or university or already have teaching experience.
5. Why should I teach English in Japan?
Sushi, cherry blossoms, tea ceremonies, skiing, temples…do we need to go on? Japan is a beautiful country with a fascinating history and culture. It has so much to offer and there really is no better way to understand and appreciate this country than teaching English as a Foreign Language there.
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- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.