I worked and lived in the beautiful coastal city of Shimonoseki as part of the JET Programme in 2015-2016. It was an experience of a lifetime. Teach English in Japan

When thinking about the best and most challenging parts about living and working in Japan, I instantly thought of ESID” – “Every Situation is Different.” This is a saying on the JET Programme that may sound like a cliché, but which holds so much truth.   Ive reflected on this, and heres my take on ESID now.

About the author: Melissa is a graduate of the 120-hour Advanced TESOL certificate course. She taught English for one year in Japan and currently teaches English privately in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Teaching English Abroad in Japan - MY English School ReviewTeaching abroad forces you to re-evaluate everything you know. Having lived and traveled extensively across a few different countries, I can say that most countries – even very open ones – are pretty ethnocentric. Spending an extended period of time in another country allows you to discover more about the world and seeing things from another point of view. It helps you see what the rest of the world offers and makes you a fuller, richer person. In addition to that, if you decide that teaching English isn’t ultimately the career you want and that you want to return to your home country, teaching abroad makes you a much more resilient person and provides you with lessons that will last a lifetime.

About the Author: Mike Masse has been teaching English in Japan for 15 years. He has lived in 7 cities, including Tsuruga, Himeji, Matsuyama, Kurashiki, Sakata, Takarazuka, and Kawanishi. Mike is currently working at MY English School.

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Learn Japanese to Teach English in JapanWould you take piano lessons from a teacher who doesn’t know how to play the piano?!

It sounds unbelievable, but every day in countries around the world, people learn subjects from teachers who have never actually learned the same subject! In the world of ESL, this is the case for a lot of native-English speakers who complete a TESOL certification course and go abroad without having ever learned to speak, read or write a foreign language.

It is possible to teach someone a foreign language without having mastered a foreign language oneself, and TESOL courses serve to bridge that gap of lack of practical experience. Nonetheless, a TESOL-certified teacher who has never learned a foreign language is still teaching a subject that they have no personal experience with, and this does have an impact on students.

About the Author: Erica completed the 250-hour TESOL Diploma. She has more than 9 years of experience in Japan.

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Teaching English Speaking Skills in JapanIf you’ve taught English in Japanese public schools, you already know the obvious reason why Japanese students can’t speak English: They don’t actually practice speaking! But there is another hidden reason why Japanese people struggle to speak English, and this reason prevents them from learning to speak even when they use methods that are designed to teach speaking. Knowing this reason will empower you to help your students, and can shave years off the amount of time your students need to start talking confidently in English.

About the Author: Erica Derrickson has more than 9 years of teaching experience in Japan. She completed the 250-hour TESOL Diploma offered by OnTESOL.

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Travel and Adaptation Tips for Teaching English in JapanA lot of people go abroad to travel and get immersed in a completely different culture. Japan is a great place to teach English abroad because it offers amazing travel destinations and a great cultural experience that will provide you with great teachings. In this blog, Erica Derrickson explains what it is like to live and travel in Japan. Learn more about the Japanese work ethic that is also expected from English teachers and why it is recommended to make an effort to learn to speak Japanese even if you are planning to teach abroad for one year.

-About the author: Erica completed the 250-hour TESOL Diploma and has more than 9 years of experience teaching English in Japan-

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Teaching English in Japan with the JET ProgrammeI’ve been teaching English in Japan for three years with the JET Programme, and I love every minute of it!  Teaching abroad comes with challenges, so I will use this blog to review my experience with the JET Programme as well as share some TEFL activities that have worked well with my students and give you tips to work better with your Japanese co-teacher. Enjoy!

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TEFL Japan teaching conversational English English Conversation is a big TEFL market in Japan, so the question that people who want to teach English in Japan ask themselves is what to expect as a conversational teacher. In this article I will give you a run-down of a typical day as a conversational teacher.

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Teaching elementary studentsMy time spent teaching at three elementary schools has taught me that there are huge differences between class atmosphere and the way students respond to you. I have gathered a few simple teaching tips that can be applied to all lessons, and are good to remember while teaching or lesson planning for an elementary class.

-Sarah is Teaching English in Japan

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Teaching English in Japan as an ALTIf there is one thing I have learned from my time teaching English in Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT), it is how to be flexible. I teach with twelve homeroom teachers from three elementary schools and none of them have been specifically trained to teach English. This has provided both fascinating and difficult situations, and there are many challenges an ALT could face while co-teaching. Part of the battle is identifying the problem and dealing with it. I would like to point out three different types of teaching styles you may encounter while teaching in Japan, and provide some input on how you might be able to improve your co-teaching relationships with them.

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Teaching English Conversation in Japan - OnTESOL certificationTeaching English Conversation classes in Japan can be challenging because discussions don’t spark very naturally. Japanese people are very social and friendly in their personal affairs, but in the classroom they do not speak until asked to speak by the teacher. This cultural behaviour can make an English Conversation class slow and boring. In this article, I will show you how the TESOL certification course I completed with OnTESOL helped my lessons become more engaging.

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