I have a couple of questions about TEFL and teaching in Japan. I’m hoping someone can help.
My partner and I live in the UK. She has a degree in education and has worked as a teacher for several years. I work for a marketing agency after getting a degree in journalism and have no experience in a teaching environment.
We would love to travel to Japan together to teach English. We visited for a few weeks earlier in the year and fell in love with it, and we’re both passionate about teaching (or in my case, becoming a teacher!). We’re considering beginning a TEFL course in the next few weeks with an aim to look for jobs in Japan next summer.
Can anyone provide some advice about applying for jobs as a couple in order to live and work in the same city? How possible is it that couples will be able to find jobs/accommodation in the same city, for instance, and where is the best place to look for jobs? I’m also concerned about having little experience in teaching. Would this be a hindrance when applying for jobs in Japan? If so, does anyone have suggestions about how to improve this?
6 August, 2018 at 16:49
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I am not an expert in teaching in English in Japan. I can tell you that the Japan work visa requires that you have a university degree. EFL teachers in Japan are a bit more likely now to have some sort of teaching certificate but it is still not a requirement for a good number of schools. If you’re in a competition with someone for the same job, it would be better to have one.
Japan seems like a fascinating play to work and live. You should transition quite smoothly. The negatives I’ve heard are minimal to what I’ve heard from other popular EFL countries around the world.
You may want to consider another country in that region: Taiwan (so many perks: super safe, super friendly, decent pay for good quality of life; fascinating culture, etc )!
Whatever you plan to do should be more than suffice. Be positive and dive straight in your dream.