Specializes in Private English Lessons

Teach English in Japan with Gaba Corporation

It is a large English school chain located throughout Japan and they specialize in private lessons. As well as using their own textbooks, they have online instruction aids, drills and topics for students. They also use textbooks by other publishers for business English lessons and daily conversation lessons.

(Photo: Harajuku, Tokyo by Paul Canosa)

They believe that one on one teaching is the most effective approach, and the most rewarding way to teach English. They promote their "4-step," approach to teaching and their "leading edge" IT system. Similar to Nova they offer a flexible booking system for lessons.

“Fun way to earn a living temporarily” English Instructor (Current Employee) Tokyo (Japan)

I have been working at Gaba Corporation part-time for more than 3 years

Pros – Flexible working hours Great opportunity to meet people and make friends

Cons – With a good manager at your school GABA is great to work for, but managers change often and time when they send in a total douchebag will come for sure. Lost many good instructors because of this. Sometimes it felt like freelance instructors are worthless (or easily replaceable) to the company.

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Pros of working for this English School in Japan:

-develops your management and sales skills -you can work with a variety of people from different cultures -you can have some flexibility with your schedule


-a lack of opportunities for career progression. -a heavey focus on your sales performance - ability to keep students coming back for more lessons, gaining students etc.

“Great for young managers to gain experience, but limited scope for progression.”

-ISL (Current Employee) Umeda, Osaka (Japan)

Wikipedia on this School:

Wikipedia on Gaba

Teaching only one to one, private lessons would drive me a little batty, personally. However this school is highly rated and some teachers have said they are professional and a good school to teach for.

You be the judge. Check them out at their link above.


Incidentally is a good source of information on the BIG schools in Japan.

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At Wikipedia`s search function type in the name of the big school you are thinking of teaching for.

There are few if any small schools listed at Wikipedia, because they are too small to be listed.

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