Is it your dream to teach English in Japan?
(You might be wondering)
The day I moved to Japan, it was still dark out as I rode the bus to the airport, then it started snowing – in March. This is unusual for Portland, Oregon and was the first snow that winter.
I wasn’t freaking out yet, but about a week later, I corrected a new friend. He said, “You sure don’t look like you’re freaking out.” I told him, “I’m like an m&m: solid on the outside but all melty on the inside.”
It’s not for everyone, but I had a life changing experience my first year teaching English in Japan, despite freaking out temporarily while things were in transition.
I want to help people to make the right decision about coming to Japan (or not). Please comment with questions if you don’t find what you’re looking for, so I can help you.
I’d love to hear why you’re interested in teaching ESL, why you want to live in Japan, and your questions about teaching English in Asia.
I wrote a Kindle ebook (PDF version) during the first year I worked in Japan, made up of sent emails describing what was going on in my new living abroad life. I’m currently working on an informative ebook to help you score a great job teaching English in Japan.
I have taught English as a Second Language at public junior high and elementary schools (ALT), preschools, conversation schools (eikaiwa), freelance private and small group lessons, plus at camp in Japan. I’ve taught at two camps in S. Korea and at private ESL schools and ESL camps in the United States. (I’ve also taught zine workshops and tutored English in Hong Kong.)
Japan is my favorite, so after almost three years in America, I came back to work in public schools again. I’m currently in Kyushu, near Fukuoka city. After a short time working at a junior high school again as well as four elementary schools, I was ready for something new. Working at five schools is a little crazy! Freelance teaching and conversation school work is a good fit for me right now.
I offer a discount for the 150 hour online TESOL Certificate I got through Midwest Education Group. If you register for their course, mention you heard about it from “hello alissa” and use the code “Tesol@Chicago” for $20 off. (Be sure you read my article about teaching certificates first.)
Thank you for reading and say hi sometime!