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By Namiko AbeNovember 21, 2003
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To become an English teacher in Japan, how much college and what degree(bachelor’s, etc.) and classes would you recommend? Would it be better to go to college in Japan or United States? I’m curious of what advise you would give. Thanx’s!
You shouldn’t consider teaching English if you don’t know the difference between ‘Advise’ and ‘Advice’.
That is so mean!Can you be polite?! Don’t use sarcasm!Not nice!… advise is verb and advice is noun. It can be learned!
Why are you overreacting.
That person should know basic words and differences like that if they would even think to becoming an English teacher.
That wasn’t sarcasm he was using.
Typos do happen…
Can we get back on track please? I’d like to know the answer to her question too.
Becoming a teacher can be quite easy, but don’t go expecting to do groundbreaking work. Much of the teaching will be similar to the discussion here about “advise” and “advice”. Do it for the cultural enlightenment; Japan is an amazing place to explore. Many companies sponsor visas and arrange accommodations in country. Talk to Jet first and evaluate your options after that.
I am currently studying Japanese, along with Standardized English & Ancient History, just so that I can get into university to earn my
B.T. (Bachelor of Teaching).
From what I have heard, it pays good money
(¥3,000 or ¥30,000 a month)
I assume that you would need patience, but it pays off in the end when the person can get around in an English-speaking country & speak
Yamato Damashii / Nippon Ichi
I have adopted Japan as my new homeland & the Japanese people as my brethren & I don’t mind expressing my patriotism.
I hope that the people of Japan will accept me as I have them.
¥3,000 or ¥30,000 a month???? Öhm, I hope for you that this amount of payment is nothing?
Don’t let you blend about the many zeros behind the numbers. For example I am Swiss, and ¥3,000 or ¥30,000 per month would be in Swissfrancs, around 30.00 Sfr up to 300.00 Sfr. So this is nothing. You even coudn’t pay your monthly rent, which a accomodation brings with. Even, to surive in Japan from month to month you should get at least a payment around ¥300,000 up to ¥3,000,000. After all, if you really consider to go to Japan to teach English, it is after all a poor paid, but wonderful work. But with a university degree I not really would to think about teaching, beacause your bachelors educatuion is more precious to get a better paid job, than to teach English in Japan. Ah and before I forget, if you are not from a English spoken country, you would get a lot of difficulties, beacause the most language schools expect in your CV that you not only have a undergraduate degree, but also English as your mothertounge, which means you should be British, American, Canadian or something like that.
However wish you the best and I hope that you teach the Japanese a good english so that they can really communicate, beacause nowadays japanese English education is after all too high paid, but in the praxis really poor which leads to another problem, that the japanese not really want to talk with a foreigner in English, beacause they feel a shame that they’re Englishskills are not as good as they think.
i know some info that might be helpful
japanese schools provide there own housing for the teachers
so you wouldn’t have to worry about that.
the pay is good.
you do not need a degree.
but you need to fully speak japanese. and from then on you will follow a certain curriculum.
i am going to try to do this too.
but the biggest step you can take is moving to Japan first.
I have just started researching this very topic, so I don’t have any advice for you. Someone commented that you earn 300 JPY to 3000 JPY. This is incorrect. According to the OxfordSeminar.com website, a teacher would earn a monthly salary of 240,000 – 290,000 JPY. With $1 US dollar equaling 87 JPY as of this date, it would come out to be $2,758 to $3,333 US dollars a month. Also, many employers offer accommodations to the teacher. You can read about it at…… http://www.oxfordseminars.com/esl-country-information/countryataglance.php?c=Japan
I have researched this topic and thinking of apply scholarship from goverment to study master in Japan. Im thinking of be a college lecturer in Japan as well. they pay really attracting paid for lecturer.
Well I’m thinking of doing the same exact thing. Being an english teacher in Japan will surely be an experience but it would make it all the more better if you knew the language first and the culture considering that you’ll be living there too. I’ll be taking courses in Japanese language and culture as well as going for my teaching degree. I’ll also study abroad to get some hands on experience in getting to know the country I will be moving to someday. It would also be wise to prepare for the Japanese literacy exams where you will do written, reading comprehension, translation and oral exams. Basically prepare as if you were going to become a Japanese teacher to go to Japan to be an English teacher haha Good luck and I hope this helped at least a little…
In comment (10) Paul said that “you do not need a degree.” Can anyone verify this? If it is accurate, then wouldn’t the most logical course of action be to obtain a degree in another field as well as thoroughly study Japanese language & culture? Then, you can move to Japan and get a job in whatever field your degree covers while you familiarize yourself with the country, language and culture. Once you are fully prepared, you could then get a teaching job in a Japanese school.
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i’ve been teaching english here in japan for over a month now.. you DO need a degree to get the job and visa, and, the pay is good. some schools does not require their teachers to know how to speak japs.
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I am interested in becoming an English teacher one day. Japan would be a great place to teach, by the sounds of it, but the thing that worries me is that someone commented you have to have english as your first language, adding on that you had to be american, british, canadian or whatever. I am neither of those things, I am peruvian but i grew up in Florida. Does this mean I can’t be an English teacher in Japan?
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I meet a pilipina here in japan she work as english teacher here as she said if you have selfconfidence n know how to handle childrens no need a degree….,,!!!!
Good Posting. There used to be a lot of positive stuff posted on L J, but the Mackorello Troll ruined that place and it has been closed to comments. Keep up the good posting. Thank you.
in comment 21,you said that you need to be from canada,united kingdom and other western countries,to be a conversational teacher,but what if you are from other country,for example singapore.I’m only 15 years old,and i dream to be a teacher in japan.so,can anyone help me on what qualifications do i need.and when i read the other comments,is it true that you dont need a degree?will the school accept someone without a good qualification?
Based on my knowledge of qualifications for employment and visas, prospective teachers need to be citizens of the big 7 countries: USA, Canada, England, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
I think you have to be born in one of those 7 nations to be eligible.
Any other countries aren’t places where English is spoken as a first/native language. This is a strict requirement.
You have to be born in one of the 7 nations to be eligible.
Any other countries aren’t places where English is spoken as a native language. This is a strict requirement for English teachers.
To be quite honest, this is really interesting for me as I am not yet an adult but I love English and would love to explore Japan.
Thank you for everyone who took this topic seriously and provided legitamate information.
Sorry, I had a typo.
I wanna bi a eng teacher in japan but im still a freshmen! XP
katie, what a nonsense!! ive seen chinese, korean, french… teachers in tokyo. their english is not even good and they teach
Ok I was born in Mexico, but I’ve lived in the US most of my life, I’m about to become a welder, I wanna get a bachelor degree, could I still go to Japan and be a teacher since I wasn’t born in the US?
i’m also a freshman who’s planning to become an english teacher,
thins info. has been super helpful… but i was wondering if you do go
to japan through jet, will they have an appartment for you? or do you have to find one your self?
also if they do have an appartment for you, will things come with it? or will you have to buy every thing your self?
I have heard that:
1.) You first go to a Liberal Arts school, and get a Bachelor’s degree.
2.) Then you get your Master’s degree… In TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers in Other Languages.)
Then after all that jazz, you go to the JET program (Japanese Exchange and Teaching) and thrive in Japan!
Hearing from many people, I have seen that this exact plan ensured them into having a successful career.
(I seriously want to do this! And from skimming this jumble of comments, I didn’t see anyone really answer the 1st question… Just giving their “2¢” in the article.)
I need english teacher for my kid.i want she learn english at home every day monday to friday.I live in Hiratsuka,Japan.can somebody help me or recommend some site… thank you and sorry all for my bed english
Contrary to what Buster Higgins says above, he himself destroyed the LJ board a long, long time ago with his trolling, stalking and spamming.
Like all trolls, he cries and whimpers about everyone else being the troll.
Quite rightly, the moderator closed it down as it had become a free-for-all trollfest.
That “Buster Higgins” idiot ruined the blog completely. He didn’t know when to stop and let it lie, hence I had to close it down.
Shame, as it was a useful source of information for people. Pity that some people can’t get over the fact that their life in Japan never worked out.
He’s like a little chipmunk, jumping up and down with joy after he shot his wad into a young filly, all because he thought he got one over on the “Mackorello troll” – yet it appears the Mackorello troll actually got one over on him by stringing him along into posting oodles of nonsense that got his beloved LJ board cum playground shut down.
Yet another sad example from my specimen jar of what Nova can do to people.
If using free online services like (gaijin-cafe.net , …), no degree is required ~
I would like to teach english in japan. i speak fluent english, i have a bachelor’s degree and i am currently taking the tesol course. I am from Kenya, Africa. Is it possible for me get an equal chance of employment regardless of my nationality? Kindly advice. Thank you.
i’d love to teach in japan someday too. After studying here in the philippines, I’ll start my very first step for my dream. Please give me some advice. Thanks and Godbless!
I have a question about what college would be good to become an english teach in japan,yah I just wanna know for future references cause that my goal. I’m only 15 but still.
Does everyone here work at the same place ?? I’ve never heard so much hooey in my life !! I’ve taught in Japan for 18 years and have 2 schools. These are the facts:
1) You do NOT need a degree to teach English. It is easier and you will get a visa faster but there are plenty that do not have one and are great teachers. College doesnt make a good teacher. Best teachers I’ve ever seen didnt even have degrees. One was a travel agent ! Think outside the box. Obviously you need a visa. Some marry and a spousal visa is great. Some get different visas like student visas but these are restrictive on what you earn and require a big outlay to enroll. Some dance back and forth to Korea but this sooner or later ends as Immigration says “no more” and off you go to another country like Korea or China.
2) You can also just come here and buy a business like an English school. Obviously if you are just out of college that might not be easy but that would require a different visa. An Investment visa which , just like in the west, requires serious cash.
Come on over and give it a try. Get a fake degree or do whatever it takes. Qualifications mean very little.
JET is an easy route since it arranges everything for you and has a built in social network but requires a degree first
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