Teaching English As A Second Language In Japan
Following on from the previous post about what TESOL Courses are, the benefits of studying an English teaching course and the potential graduate prospects, this is the first blog of a series of posts which will look in-depth at potential countries TESOL Course graduates may gain employment in. Over the coming weeks, Inspire will look at a variety of English teaching destinations from the list discussed last week, including China, Japan, Spain, Argentina and Korea (just to name a few!).
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So, without further ado, welcome to Part 1 of Inspire’s TESOL Course Destination Series:
Teaching English As A Second Language In Japan
If you have recently completed a TESOL Course, like the Certificate IV in Teaching English to Speaker Of Other Languages (or a TEFL, CELTA, ESOL or ESL qualification), CONGRATULATIONS! You are now onto one of the most exciting parts of your TESOL adventure, choosing a destination!
As a TESOL Course graduate you are in high demand. There are so many fantastic economies around the world which place huge emphasis on training their population to speak English (meaning huge job demand for you!). Whether you want to teach children, adolescents, adults or within the business English environment, there are a variety of locations to suit your goals. Today will focus in-depth on working in Japan with a TESOL Course Certification.
Working in Asia as a TESOL Course Graduate
Japanese English schools prefer TESOL Course graduates who have a TESOL or TEFL Certificate-level qualification (generally more than 120 hours in length), like the Certificate IV in Teaching English To Speakers of Other Languages. There is also a further requirement that TESOL Course students ensure their qualification is accredited. For example, Inspire’s TESOL Course is 100% Internationally Recognised which means it is approved by the Australian Vocational Education and Training Regulation Body. If you are interested in seeing what TESOL Courses are internationally recognised, head to www.training.gov.au to find out.
Demand For English Teachers in Japan
Japan has a significant job market for individuals who have completed a TESOL Course AND are knowledgeable and skilled in teaching English for business purposes. The opportunities available to CELTA, ESOL, EFL, ESL and TESOL Course graduates range from teaching school children and adults the basics of the English language, to being engaged in higher skilled positions like teaching business English to advanced speakers. Living in Japan is a fantastic opportunity and offers a world of difference from the typical Australian way of life. Japan also boasts an advanced rail system so traveling around the country is done with ease – a bonus for TESOL students!!
Where Can I Work In Japan With A TESOL Certification?
By moving to Japan, you have the luxury of choosing to live in either a big city or a small town. The most popular location for English teachers is the capital, Tokyo. Tokyo is extremely popular with Australian TESOL Course graduates and offers large job potential as many schools are available throughout the city. The living costs in Tokyo in comparison to other smaller cities can be more expensive, however with subsidized housing you will find it easy to live off your salary (this of course depends on your spending habits!). There are also jobs for TESOL Course graduates in locations like Kyoto and Kobe which also have great standards of living and offer fantastic travel opportunities.
Teaching English As A Second Language In Japan: Are flights included?
Yes! Employers generally pay for your return airfare to Japan. And, if as a TESOL Course graduate, you choose to stay on board for another year, employers often provide you with return flights home for a holiday.
Teaching English As A Second Language In Japan: Is housing included?
Yes and no – it really depends on the employer you find. Many places will includes free or subsided accommodation and if this is no the case, many employers will assist TESOL course graduates to find accommodation before the move.
Teaching English As A Second Language In Japan: What is the salary like?
The salary can vary slightly but typically TESOL course graduates will earn between 200,000 and 300,000 Yen per month. This equates to between AUD2,300 and AUD3,500 per month.
Teaching English As A Second Language In Japan: Should I look for a TESOL job before or after I have relocated?
This is a really a matter of personal preference. Many students secure their TESOL employment before leaving their home country for financial security and a smooth visa application process. However, it is easier to find a TESOL job once you are physically present in Japan. The tourist visa issued lasts 90 days, however during this time you will be prohibited from work. Within the 90 days you will need to secure a job and finalise your working visa application process gaining sponsorship from your prospective employer. Both options have their benefits and disadvantages and depending on your personality type one will be preferred.
TESOL Courses with Inspire Education
The Cert IV TESOL (TESOL Course) with Inspire Education consists of 5 core units and is an internationally recognised qualification. The 5 units include:
- AABBH Design and deliver an ESL teaching program (TESOL Course Code 40649SA)
- AABBK Design and develop an ESL learning framework (TESOL Course Code 40649SA)
- AABBM Plan an integrated lesson using communicative language teaching methodology (TESOL Course Code 40649SA)
- AABBL Identify and use basic grammatical concepts and traditional meta language (TESOL Course Code 40649SA)
- AABBG Demonstrate understanding of the basic terminology of traditional grammar (TESOL Course Code 40649SA)
To enroll in Inspire Education’s Cert IV TESOL Course students must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language competence that is both written and spoken. Applicants must also have a year 12 English certificate or greater qualification. If this is not available, students will need to pass a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Entry Assessment before commencing the TESOL course.
Next Week’s TESOL Course Certification Location
Hopefully this article has answered some questions relating to teaching English in Japan. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below! Next weeks post will look at TESOL Certifications and teaching English in China! Remember to check back each to find out more about TESOL destinations!
Have you worked in Japan with a TESOL Course Certification? If YES, how was it? Share your TESOL comments, thoughts and experiences with us and help new TESOL students make informed decisions when they start their TESOL career in English teaching.* All images courtesy of stock.xchng at http://www.sxc.hu/.
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