A few questions before I Go...

by Mari

Teach in Japan Questions

First when I get a job offer and if I accept that job offer Does the school provide me with a textbook that they wish the students to use?

Second, I am taking a TESOL certification class next summer. And I finish my Elementary Education BA in spring 2 013. Could I line up a job fast enough to go over to Japan that Fall? (Fall 2013) or should I wait until the following school year?
I have been planning for summer 2013 departure but if it is another school year to wait I can handle that.

Third, (Sorry!) I will be job hunting from the U.S.
How will I be contacted for an interview? Via Phone? Also, I read at Oxford Seminars(where I am getting my TESOL Certification) that it is very important to conduct your interview in English. But they also mentioned to be careful since the person you may be talking to could be an ESL them self. But I can speak Japanese...So do I speak English and not be understood? Or do I speak Japanese and not get hired because they think I cannot speak English?

Thank you so very much for your time!


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May 16, 2011
Teach in Kobe
by: Kevin R. Burns

Hi Mari,

Sorry don`t know so much about schools in Kobe.
I would simply do a google search for the kinds of schools you mention. That should turn up a lot of schools.

I would also google the local newspapers for employment ads.

Hope this helps and good luck!


May 15, 2011
Thank you, also...
by: Mari

Thank you so much! This is very helpful.
I had been trying to find someone who is teaching over in Japan to ask. I was so thrilled when I found this website!

I have another question. I am not sure if you can answer it but do you have any suggestions or know of any schools (Elementary-High school) in the Kobe area. I have my heart set on Kobe but I should find more our about the schools in that area.

Thank you again!

May 15, 2011
Teach in Japan - Interview
by: Kevin R. Burns

Yes usually the school will provide the textbooks you will use for your classes.

I would tell them about the BA and TESOL and I`m sure many schools would be interested. I think you should be able to get a job and be hired in the summertime. The big schools even interview in North America and other centres around the world.

You may be interviewed by phone or may be asked to go to an interview in a major N.A city.

Do your interview in English and if they ask if you can speak Japanese be honest. Some schools want you to speak Japanese as you have to deal with staff. Others will feel Japanese speaking ability is a negative. But most will think it is positive.

My most recent jobs were happy I could speak Japanese as I had to deal with staff in Japanese often. It is a plus for most schools, but emphasize that you won`t use Japanese in class if that is the school policy then stick to that rule.

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