By Amy Woodbridge
Want to use your TEFL certificate to find a job in Japan? Teachers with TEFL certification usually choose one of two major routes:
- Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) jobs in public schools
- Instructor positions in private language institutes
Working as an ALT
Assistant Language Teachers may work in elementary, junior high, or high schools. English classes in Japan are headed by a Japanese teacher of English, with a native English speaker as an assistant.
ALTs may find that their roles vary depending on their school or their head classroom teacher. Some ALTs focus mainly on helping students with English pronunciation, speaking, and listening, while others take a more active role in planning lessons and teaching grammar, vocabulary, reading, and writing.
A typical school day will last from approximately 8:30-3:30, and ALTs will normally teach anywhere from 3-5 periods in a day. Most ALTs find that they have several free class periods, which they can use to prepare for upcoming lessons.