Moving to Japan

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  • Chippers
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    10 October, 2007 at 21:22
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    Hi

    I would be grateful of any advice, brain strain coming on. :?

    In a few months we will be moving to Japan, I will be on a spouse visa.

    Although we will have a small business ready to run for when we arrive, I would like to take a TEFL course before leaving the UK and as I have little time it would have to be online or distant, 120 hours with 6 hours assessed teaching.

    I would like to do some private teaching with maybe a part time position to help out if needed.

    After reading the forums, online certificates seem to have little credibility, would employment be totally blocked to me with one?

    I have enjoyed teaching my Japanese flatmates, colleagues and family and would love to take it one step further.

    Any advice would really help stop my head spinning. :)

    indisPC
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    19 May, 2017 at 18:06
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    I don’t know about the credibility of online TEFL certification programs. However, in my experience in Asia (not in Japan), TEFL is a soft requirement that can be waived or bent. So even if you take a less credible TEFL, odds are it will be enough. You might not even need the TEFL if you can figure out a way to get experience through private lessons or volunteering.

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