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Tips for Getting a Job Teaching English in Japan


  • Education: 
    BA/BS is important but Diploma holders in English are also eligible to apply
  • TEFL Certification: 
    A minimum of 300-hour online TESOL courses in Japan is required to apply
  • Peak Hiring Months:  
    Throughout the Year
  • Types of Jobs: 
    Corporate training, Private language schools, public schools
  • Typical Hiring Process: 
    Walk-ins are conducted in 3 to 6 months prior or else most interviews are conducted over Skype or telephone.
  • Average teaching hours per week: 
    Weekly 25-30 hours of classroom teaching as well as extra prep time
  • Types of Students/Audience: 
    Private students, school children and Business professionals
  • Cost of Living per month:  
    $800 – 2,000 USD
  • Visas: 
    Visa generally issued by the employer
  • Average Monthly Pay: 
    $2500 – 4000 USD
  • Start –up cost: 
    $1500 - 2500 USD
  • Accommodation Benefits:  
    You can avail Stipend. Accommodation provided by a few schools.
  • Fight Reimbursements:  
    Most of the cases
  • Japan Alumni Ambassador Corner:  
    ITA grads working in the country will help provide you tips on teaching English in Japan, travelling, and living here.
Teaching English in Japan

Asia is home to probably the biggest English teaching markets as Japan holds the longest custom of English teacher employment. The country follows a policy where the entirety of their state funded schools teaches English right from the young age of five till the time, they complete secondary school. Because of this expansive base of child learners, there is a huge occupation market for online teaching English in Japan. A large number of grown-ups have likewise begun taking English language classes, to such an extent that regularly there is an impression of a language school existing on apparently every side of a city block.

Occupations are accessible round the year for those searching for English teaching jobs in the country with in-person interviews commonly being led across Canada, UK, and the USA at almost 3 months ahead of the recruitment. Lodging expenses and airfares are commonly borne by the teachers despite the fact that they can get some help from schools in finding appropriate convenience.

Those hoping to save can make the most as much as possible from the great compensation on offer however there are sure things that should be remembered

  • It is normally the JET program that offers the best advantages and greatest reserve funds possibilities since lodging and airfares are included. Month to month investment funds of $300-$600 is normal for JET program members.
  • Since lodging isn’t provided, higher start- up costs come into the picture including "key cash" installments which are commonly a month's non-refundable lease given to the property manager. Those leasing their apartments should design this cost well ahead of time to keep away from a minute ago amazements.
  • Japan has a higher cost of living contrasted with a large portion of the other Asian nations and the time taken to make savings and build a career is normally more. Depending upon where one decides to live, it can take around 4-6 months to equal the initial investment for those working in private language schools.

Generally, English teachers in Japan can hope to lead a modest life with the usual working weeks being 20 to 25 hours, at times somewhat more. That leaves them with a lot of time for exploring and voyaging. A four-year college education and ESL/EFL teaching courses in Japan will help teaching English in the country with significant job communities being the urban areas of Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Tokyo, and Fukuoka.