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 in Japan, despite freaking out temporarily while things were in transition.
You don’t need to do all the research on your own, I can answer your questions and make it simple for you, or at least point you to the resources you need.
I have taught English as a Second Language at public junior high and elementary schools, preschools, private conversation schools, 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.)
I wrote a Kindle ebook (PDF version) about the first year I worked in Japan, only 5 bucks if you want to check it out. I’m currently working on more resources to help you score a great job teaching as an ALT in Japan.
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’m ready for something new. Working at five schools is a little crazy! Freelance work is a good fit for me right now.
I would like to hear from you: why you’re interested in teaching ESL, why you want to live in Japan, and your questions about teaching English in Asia.
PS: Engrish is funny, so I’ll also put Engrish photos here but mostly on my Instagrammar from time to time. There’s an email subscription option, which you can use to see my articles if you don’t use WordPress very often .
I don’t want ads on my site (other than the ones from having a free WordPress account), but if I can earn something for my writing time, it’s great. I’m working on some ideas. I publish some of my articles on City-Cost.com, and it’s a great resource for people living abroad in Japan (or just interested in it). I recommend using the site if you’re also a foreigner living in Japan, because you can earn Amazon.jp credit for writing or answering questions and surveys.
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.