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Japan TEFL Program Summary
The best online course available. This TEFL program begins with an 11 week 170 hour online TEFL course that features live lectures and webinars taught by a highly qualified and experienced TEFL professor who is on hand to help you every step of the way. As part of the course you will also complete 20 hours practical teaching to gain the classroom experience you need to give you maximum confidence. Upon completion you'll receive your certificate before being guided and assisted in securing a paid teaching position in the one of the most popular TEFL locations in the world - Japan!
The interaction with the students and the satisfaction of seeing them progress is unlike anything I have done before and would say to anyone considering taking a TEFL course - do it! There´s no knowing where it might take you and it will unlock opportunities to live all over the world!
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Key Program Details
Japan is bursting with attractions, from ancient shrines, mountains and volcanoes to discover, to the bursting energy of Tokyo! You’ll never be short of things to do across it’s 4 main islands. Japan is well known for being a foodies paradise! Street stalls, sushi and sake galore! You’ll not find time to go hungry. The vibrant Tokyo has more Michelin star restaurants than anywhere else in the world! It’s also is named one of the world’s safest cities, so whilst you always need to be aware of your surroundings, you can rest assured you’re making a secure move abroad.
Japan is a place where anything goes! You won’t need to worry about ‘standing out from the crowd’ as there’s an electric feel to the capital. Similarly, if you prefer to a calmer approach, there are so many opportunities to relax, take in the beautiful scenery and famous cherry blossoms, and experience the Shinto way of life in it’s many shrines.
Boasting different climates throughout each, you can find ski resorts and a wealth of national parks in northern Hokkaido, Honshu (also the largest island forming Japan) is where the main population live, and holds the country’s capital, Tokyo. Shikoku is the smallest and 3rd geographically, is a rural area and extremely mountainous, a great place to visit if you’re a fan of ‘off the beaten track!’. Kyushu is the home of Japan’s most active volcano, Mount Aso, and boasts the country’s best hot springs and has a small population of around 13 million residents.
This program consists of a 170 hours of TEFL training, which you’ll complete over 11 weeks. This is split between 150 hours of online training lead by a university level instructor, and 20 hours of practical in class teaching at a location near to where you live. You will be assisted in securing this practical teaching element.
Whilst all the materials and features of the course can be accessed online at anytime, this course does include live lectures, chats and webinars for you interact and get the most from the tuition, however these do not require your mandatory attendance so it’s not a problem if you cannot make them.
Once qualified, the world is yours and you can use your TEFL certificate in other countries - there is no expiry date to the TEFL certificate. The TEFL certificate is externally accredited and accepted worldwide.
After gaining skills, making friends in this period is what it is all about. In addition to the TEFL friends you’ll make during the training, there are also specific in country teacher networks and alumni ambassadors, all of which are in place to help you make friends and settle into life abroad more easily. Everyone wants to support each other. It's one of the great benefits of starting your journey teaching abroad in this way.
During the TEFL training period you will receive hands on job placement assistance from an expert placement advisor, helping you to secure type of job you’re looking.
In Japan, jobs are usually found in language centres, businesses and with private students. A lot of jobs are also with the government backed JET program. A typical working week is 20-30 hours of classroom time. Some institutions will also offer accommodation or a monthly stipend. Most jobs are found in bigger cities such as Tokyo, Fukuoka. Kobe, Kyoto and Osaka.
Contract lengths are typically around 12 months or more. You can expect salaries around the equivalent of 2250 - 2600 US dollars per month, and living costs are around 1700 - 2600 USD, making Japan one of the more expensive countries to live in within Asia, however you earn more than enough to live on, and with the right accommodation, you can save anywhere in the region of $500 USD per month - after enjoying all Japan has to offer!
Whilst essentially anyone can come on this course and teach English in Japan, it’s important to note that there are specific requirements. Non native English speakers wishing to do the course must submit a written essay at the application stage, in order for us to assess their written English skills. If successful at this stage, like all successful applicants you will be invited to an online video interview, at which point your spoken English will also be assessed as part of the interview process.
In terms of the job placement services, through our experience we know those who are native English speaking and who hold a bachelor's degree (any subject) will normally secure jobs within 30 days after the end of the training - and in most cases this is shorter.
Those who are not native English speaking or do not hold a bachelor’s degree can also attend this course (having met the criteria stated above) but must be aware that employers will often be looking for native English speakers primarily, and so we advise them to be as flexible as possible as to salary and location. Native English speaking teachers are preferred in Japan. See more about eligibility on this page.
Accommodation (if you're paying for it!) is approx 400-500 US Dollars per month. A lot of companies offer housing, some at a reduced price and some as part of your overall package. Most people opt for shared apartments (this is where you can save!), and you can also secure a very good sized apartment alone for this price, including bills.
As with all countries, the bigger the space, the more you pay! So we advise sharing with other foreigners in a lovely 3 bed apartment (typically) and you'll keep the cost down each month!
Start dates for this TEFL Program are generally every month and places fill up fast. Japan is a popular location for teaching English abroad, so we suggest you apply early in order to get your desired start date.
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I really learned a lot and now have a certificate to help me teach all over the world! I made a bunch of new friends and teaching became my passion! I would absolutely recommend this program.
There is enough to see and do in Japan, to please absolutely everyone imaginable! See for yourself!
In life, relationships matter! Your relationship with your students will be the thing you treasure the most in your time abroad.
Japan is a hive of activity on the whole, but is very accessible to the rest of Asia, so you can explore the continent!
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