Welcome to Japan! Are you ready to introduce yourself (a lot)?
I like art and teaching English, so it makes sense to use art while teaching English.
What if the excitement wore off and you realized your job is awful?
If you’re here, you’re probably wondering if teaching English as a second language is a good way for you to live in Japan. Use this flowchart to help you decide, along with the articles I’ve written about being an English teacher in Japan.
My friend Shogo told me his theory on why people move to Japan to become English teachers. He speaks English well and made a lot of English teacher friends. This is what the English teachers had in common.
I see a lot of websites and blogs trying to ‘help’ people who want to teach ESL in another country. They are trying to make a living, but don’t need to lie and say, “You need a TESL certificate to teach in (insert country), so get one with our great company.”
If you are living in Japan and working as an English teacher, plus have a side job, what do you do? Why do you have a side job?
As an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) in Japan, I have worked in a junior high school, occasionally at an Eikaiwa (private conversation school), and now at five schools including one junior high school and four elementary schools. Here is why I prefer working as an ALT at a junior high school.