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June 25, 2007

Teaching Spots- Tokyo, Japan

Hello Readers,

Stretching 3,000 kilometers from the north to the south, Japan is a small island country with a long history and rich culture. With a population of over 35 million people, Tokyo, or East Capital, is home to ten percent of Japan's entire population. If you enjoy anime, manga, sushi...

... cherry tree blossoms, and the hustle and bustle of a busy (and crowded) city, Tokyo might just be the city for you.

There are plenty of English teaching positions available in Tokyo at private language schools, elementary schools, colleges and universities. Although the cost of living in Tokyo is high, salaries reflect that. An average hourly wage is somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 yen (which is equivalent to $24 and $40 per hour).

Qualifications for teaching include a bachelor's degree as a minimum. A TEFL certificate is sometimes also required, though this depends on the job. (Of course, I'd recommend getting one regardless). Furthermore, if you're looking for a 'cushy' job at a university (few hours, high pay, plenty of paid vacation), then a Master's degree plus two published articles are a necessity.

While many schools prefer to hire teachers locally, there are some companies who will hire from abroad. One of these is JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme), which is sponsored by the Japanese government and is one of the most common entry points for many ESL teachers in Japan. There are a few different positions available, one of which is the sports teacher position, where you might find, for example, Brazilians teaching football, Chinese teaching ping pong, Russians teaching ballet, Canadians teaching hockey, or Americans teaching football or swimming.

Check out JET's official website here: http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/jet/index.html

The big corporate schools in Japan are Nova, Geos, Aeon, and ECC. Look for teaching vacancies for these schools at the following link: http://www.gaijinpot.com/job_search.php

For more information about living in Tokyo (or Japan in general), go to the following link: http://www.gaijinpot.com/

To access an English magazine for expats in Japan, go to: http://metropolis.co.jp/default.asp

Hope that helps!

Until next time, Sayonara!!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students of all ages and levels. She worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at June 25, 2007 04:17 AM

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