Teaching English in Japan
Japan with its years of fascinating history, amiable people, awe inspiring landscape and great culture has evolved as a lucrative ESL destination. Teaching English in Japan will not only help you in exploring one of the greatest nations in the world, which has the best of both the east and the west. Japan is a first world country and is endowed with huge economic resource. The highly developed electronic and auto sector of Japan is responsible for its growing economy. These developing business sectors along with the growing tourism are responsible for the huge demand of English teachers in this country. English as a lingua franca is used all over the world for all corporate ventures thus the knowledge of this language is a prerequisite to maintain its position as a first world country.
The salaries given to the ESL teachers in Japan are quite lucrative. But very seldom the schools pay for the flight to Japan to candidates who are not very experienced. The schools generally pay around 250,000 yen per month to the teachers who are without any teaching experience. The teaching duration of the ESL teachers in Japan is mainly during afternoon and evening so the teachers can do free-lance teaching in the morning. Teachers who are enthusiastic and energetic can earn up to 50,000 USD per year by teaching English in Japan. It is possible to save 400 to 600 USD if the teachers maintain an average lifestyle and do not own a car.
One common qualification of the teachers working in Japan is a university degree. It is common criteria for all the schools and experience with TEFL or TESOL certificate is also more or less mandatory. Native English speakers are mostly hired by schools but it is not that non natives do not have a chance of getting an ESL job in Japan. If the non native teachers have near native English skills it is possible for them to get a job in this country however they might have to search more.
The house rents in the major cities of Japan like Osaka and Tokyo are quite high ranging between 60,000 to 70,000 yen each month for a one bed room apartment. In the smaller cities the rents are 10,000 to 20,000 yen per month. Tokyo, the capital city in Japan is one of the most expensive cities in the world. The ESL teachers in Japan will face significant problem while communicating in Japan as most of them do not understand this language well. So it is always better to learn some Japanese before going on a teaching assignment there. If you are teaching in the bigger cities you might face fewer problems as the younger generation is more or less fluent in this language. In recent times, finding an ESL Job in Japan has become bit tougher than before. The chain schools in Japan like ECC, Aeon, Geos, Gaba and Berlitz hire teachers with no experience in a regular basis.
It is always better to be present in the spot to
get hired. If you fly down to Japan the chances of finding an ESL job is lot
easier. But to fly down to Japan before getting a job can be a problem. Another
option before the aspiring ESL teachers is to do the TESOL course in Japan and
during the course look for an ESL job there.