By Amy Woodbridge

Nikko, Japan

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.

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By Daniel Cariello
BA Hons English Literature graduate

Teaching English in Japan: A Brave New World

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Japan is a country that offers a fantastic contrast of experiences that range from the unbelievably modern to remarkable history. Over the past few decades, Japan has established itself as one of the leading countries in nuclear physics, aeronautics, transportation, robotics and electronics. An extended trip to Japan feels in many ways like emerging through a wormhole into the future. If you are fascinated by electronics and gadgetry, Japan is a very cool country to visit, with companies such as Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi producing endless incredible products.

Conversely, Japan is also widely celebrated for a rich history and impressive culture. If you decide to take part in a TEFL course in Japan then you will have the opportunity to study first-hand the ways of the ancient samurai. The subject of a hugely successful film industry, Takashi Miike in particular is producing magnificent cinema at the moment. People often come from many miles to witness the history of the samurai and shogun.

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by Roy Duffield

Top 5 weekend getaways while teaching in Japan

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Japan is unarguably one of the world’s most fascinating destinations, but it can be expensive to  travel …especially as TEFL teachers are not entitled to the Japan Rail Pass. So, to save you some pennies, I’ve put together this list of highlights, all within easy reach of the major cities.

Firstly, with its own unique dialect, culture and cuisine, not to mention a night life to rival Tokyo’s (whilst more compact and easily navigable), Osaka is definitely Japan’s coolest city.

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By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at TEFL Jobs World

Teach English in Kyoto

Many western teachers arriving in Japan want to teach English in Kyoto. Kyoto is a beautiful city in central Japan. In was the former capital and many of the historical monuments still remain.

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By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at TEFL Jobs World

TEFL jobs in Tokyo

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There are many opportunities for native English speakers to find TEFL Jobs in Tokyo. Tokyo is the capital and largest city in Japan. It’s also part of the world’s most populous metropolitan area, home to over 39 million people.

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By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at TEFL Jobs World

TEFL Jobs in Japan

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Working in Japan is an amazing experience. TEFL jobs in Japan are plentiful and schools are usually very helpful in assisting teachers to settle in to the way of life.

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