What Kind of Teaching Can You Do in Japan?
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Sshhh! What’s that sound? Is that the sound of Japan calling your name?! If you’re an English as a Foreign Language teacher or someone who wants to be, then it probably is. The English language learning market is booming in Japan at the moment so now is definitely the time to jump on a plane to the Land of the Rising Sun. But what can you actually do there? What Kind of Teaching Can You Do in Japan?
Let’s look at the different teaching jobs you can get in Japan.
In public schools you are likely to be an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) working alongside a Japanese Teacher of English (JTE) teaching students from kindergarten to high school. Being an ALT might sound like a demotion but it’s actually far from it, as the two teachers work very closely together. The JTE will plan lessons and the ALT is there to implement the lesson plans and encourage the students to speak in English. In some cases, depending on your relationship with the JTE, you could also be involved in the lesson planning, or you could be given more responsibility in the teaching.
The JET programme is the most well-known programme which places TEFL teachers as ALTs in public schools. It’s a government-funded programme and currently there are approximately 5 000 JET ALTs teaching in Japan, so it clearly has a great track record and is definitely worth checking out.
It is also possible to work in private schools – also from kindergarten to high school – but these positions are very well-paid and so competition for them is fierce. The schools prefer their teachers to be well-qualified with at least a Master’s degree. Because these positions offer generous salaries it’s not often that a teacher will leave their position. As a result, vacancies are usually advertised through word-of-mouth so you need to know the right people and preferably have some experience teaching in Japan already.
An eikaiwa is what a lot of us know as a language school. They are also known as conversation schools. Eikaiwas are private schools so they follow their own rules. Because of this, each eikaiwa is different. Some will happily offer jobs to potential teachers without a TEFL, while others are stricter with their teaching requirements. In an eikaiwa your classes will be varied in terms of students – you might teach kindergarten, young learners, young adults or adults. You might teach 1-to-1 or you might teach a class of 12. You might be asked to focus on conversation or on grammar. All of these factors depend on your eikawa.
There are a few universities in Japan where you can find a job, but for these positions you need to be well-qualified and experienced. Universities expect a Master’s degree, a teaching certificate like the TEFL or CELTA, and teaching experience. Universities offer good salaries and plenty of time off, but contracts can be short and the turn-over rate is high.
As you can see, there are a range of teaching opportunities in Japan. If you are a newbie teacher, you should think about joining an ALT programme or applying at an eikaiwa, if you have a bit of experience you should look into a private school, and if you’re well-qualified and experienced and are looking for a bit of a challenge, then you can consider a university position. Think about what you are looking for in a job and what you need from a school in terms of remuneration, working hours and support, and this will guide you in the direction your job search should take. Wherever you end up, teaching English and living in Japan is sure to be a crazy adventure that you won’t regret!
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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.
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