Good English Schools Japan
Schools A-E, The Greenlist
Good English Schools Japan, there is an abundance of good schools here, but you will want to be sure you
choose to teach English in Japan for a good English school and not for one of the mediocre or terrible schools, that also exist.
I hope our site helps you to have a great Japan experience!
Hopefully our Greenlist of schools will help you in your search by
giving you a good idea of the kind of situation you will be
teaching English in Japan in.
But you need to know what you want? How many hours do you want to work? Do you want to be friends with your students or not? Some schools forbid this? What is important to you?
(Pictured, No this is not an English school! You thought is was one of the big chain schools here! But it`s not! It is Abashiri Jail Bathhouse by Ian Griffin)
For me, if it is part-time work, I would like 3,000 Yen per hour or more. I pay a part-time teacher at time of writing 4,000
Yen per hour but transportation fees come out of that, so it ends up being over 3,000/hr.
For fulltime work you want to get a job that pays 250,000/Month or more, that is the standard and that is the amount immigration respects as well, so they are more likely to grant and renew your visa. Immigration feels you can support yourself on that salary.
If the school says, teachers are very important to us, but then
offers you 1800 Yen per hour to teach, look elsewhere. They are dishonest. Schools like these are not worth your time, nor your skills. They are out to make money (at your expense). Steer clear of them.
Actions speak louder than words, and pay that is so low says much about how much these schools value teachers. If the pay is lower than 250,000 per month for a fulltime teaching position, run away. They don`t care about you. You are just a warm body to them.
There are many schools that do care about treating teachers well. The teachers who tend to get into a bad situations, tend to not have read websites like ours. They are usually the ones who just hopped on a plane to Japan.
Then they bitch about how rotten things are, ad nauseum at the forums on teaching here. As if all schools are like the sorry one they signed on with.
Check out the list of good schools at our Greenlist - on this page and the other Greenlist pages.
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Hi, I`m Dave Johnson and I would like to know about your favorite English schools, universities, colleges or other institutions that teach English in Japan. I want to thank Kevin for giving me the opportunity to gather more information about which schools you think are the best in Japan.
People should know! And people should be able to avoid the bad schools by applying to the
Help someone out by posting what you know about some of the good places to teach at in Japan.
How do you choose a good English school in Japan?
We have all heard the horror stories of people who work in some nightmarish
situations like some of those in South Korea or elsewhere.
Some of the work situations in Japan can be bad as well. We
hope that this comprehensive list of good schools to teach for in Japan will help you to have a great experience while living here.
Who knows? If you are like me, you might even marry a great
Japanese spouse and stay.
I thought I would only stay a year and I have spent almost
half my life in Japan now.
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Good English Schools Japan: What is a good school?
For this list, a good English school is one that cares about its` teachers and students. They charge reasonable fees to students, and pay their teachers a reasonable salary. Schools where the teachers tend to stay for a long time, and reports are generally good about the school.
No school will have a perfect reputation.
No company is perfect.
(Except mine of course....)
All of the schools listed here for various reasons, are good schools. I`m sure you can find some complaints about some of them. Yet overall they are good schools.
Good English Schools Japan: A 2 Z ENGLISH SCHOOL
1014-18, Higahsikiwa, Ube City
E-mail: cortez18 at c-able.ne.jp
Teaches from 3 years old to adults
Good English Schools Japan -- A to Z Language School
Was established in 1980, AtoZ is based in Matsumoto-city, Nagano prefecture. We also have branches in Okaya and Ina, and offer positions throughout Nagano. Our teachers work with a range of ages, from children to adult learners. We also have lessons at local companies and provide ALTs to elementary, junior high and high schools. We currently employ about 45 foreign teachers from all over the world. Apart from English, we offer classes in Spanish, French, Chinese and Korean. We offer a competitive compensation package and extensive practical and
cultural support to all our employees.
* Working hours: Monday – Friday / 8:15am to 5:00pm (holidays are according to the holidays allocated for the school)
* Monthly salary: 250,000yen plus experience and qualifications.
* Housing: Single-occupancy apartment will be provided at a cost with basic furnishings.
* Holidays: Golden Week, 3 week summer holiday, about 10 day winter holiday and spring holiday - these are all paid holidays
Visit their Homepage
Good English Schools Japan -- ALC Group
Sends Teachers to Companies and Schools to Teach English
I have known three teachers who have taught for ALC Group
and I have yet to hear a complaint about this company.
They send teachers to teach company and children`s classes.
Learn about the ALC Hiring Process and the ALC Interview.
Find out more about the ALC Group at their website:
Good English Schools Japan -- American World
Has a kindergarten and a pre-school, they also offer a holiday
child care center for children 1 1/2 and older.
Visit the American World Homepage
Good English Schools Japan -- Primary schools look for fun ways to teach English
From Japan Today
by Koji Kudo
TOKYO ¡ª Primary schools introducing English conversation lessons aimed at promoting international understanding among pupils have been increasing in number since the spring, but the headache for teachers seems to be they "don't know how to teach it."
As a way of coping, many schools have invited into the classroom staff members from private companies with specialized know-how in the field of English conversation education.
At Akasaka Primary School in the village of Chihaya Akasaka, Osaka Prefecture, in western Japan, Chika Kameyama spoke to one second-grader, saying, "Hello. What is your name?" Kameyama was sent from ALC Press Co, a company which publishes language education-related materials.
Behind the pupils stood some 20 observing teachers from the school, which has been designated by the education ministry as a "research and development school."
The school will introduce an English course in the second term this year for all pupils and has asked ALC Press to cooperate because the company has wide experience in teaching English conversation to children.
Kameyama usually teaches only in English, but this time, she used both Japanese and English at the request of school authorities. She also used videotaped materials.
"The (teaching) tempo is fast and enjoyable. Instruction steps are also useful for us," said a teacher.
The school began studying introducing English conversation lessons two years ago. "I have visited other schools and found there are many lessons solely left to assistant language teachers (ALTs) from other countries," said Yoshiharu Inomoto, the school's principal.
"Teachers in charge of classes should take the initiative in lessons. We would like to develop lessons which can be taught by them even in the absence of an ALT," Inomoto said.
Teachers paid especially keen attention to ALC Press' educational materials, and a company representative said, "It's important to teach the pleasure of using English to pupils."
Inomoto said, "The initiative in lessons is with the school, but companies have know-how which we don't have. We will introduce everything which furnishes us with information."
The ALC Press representative said, "This kind of occasion has merit for us in that it will help promote our popularity. We would also like to cooperate with the school in developing teaching materials."
About 40% of primary schools throughout the country offered English conversation lessons in fiscal 2001, and the percentage is expected to rise further in the current fiscal year.
The Sakai municipal government in Osaka Prefecture has asked the private English-language school NOVA to work out an educational curriculum and to send lecturers to various schools in the city to help support ALTs.
A member of the city's Education Board said, "Dispatches of lecturers with various nationalities will contribute to international understanding."
Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward has also asked a private employment agency to send ALTs to all primary schools in the ward at an annual budget of about 10 million yen.
Good English Schools Japan: Asahi Culture Center
Learn more about Asahi Cultural Center - ACC.
ACC - Asahi Cultural Center
Good English Schools Japan: 7Act
Rated Top School in Japan by the Oricon Rankings
Was rated the top school in Japan in terms of customer satisfaction. You can of course interpret that to mean that happy teachers, translate into happy customers as well.
Check them out at their website:
Good English Schools Japan: Altia Central
Is recommended by Genki English.com, for which I have a lot of respect.
Altia Central is for ALTs but seems a little different. Check them out and read their philosophy on what teaching English to children is really all about.
Altia Central Homepage
Good English Schools Japan: Avanti Staff Corporation
Avanti is not really an English schools as such, it is more
of an agency that sends teachers to companies.
A trusted friend of mine taught company English classes for
Avanti. He was happy with the position and enjoyed his classes.
More about Avanti Staff
Avanti Staff Contact Information:
1-7-5-17F Sakuragi-chou Ohmiya-ward, Saitama,
Saitama 330-8669 Japan
FAX : +81-3-3539-3288
E-mail Contact: Toru Honda
Avanti Staff offers:
Full/Part Time and Part-time positions
3,500/Hour The salary varies depending on experience and
They teach company classes at various locations.
Native-level English level
Must currently reside in Japan
Description of position:
Avanti Staff Corp. seeks part-time native English instructors for corporate classes in Japan.
*Must have proper visas and completed degree or diploma.
Good English Schools Japan: Banana Kids in Utsunomiya
A former teacher comments on his experience of teaching for Banana Kids:
Just fixing something Kevin said about working for
Banana Kids. It is true that I did work fairly long
hours but I was payed for the long hours. Don't be
"put off" by that comment. The boss was an exceptional
Japanese lady who showed great concern and respect for
her employees. It was a great company to work for and
a wonderful introduction to "living in Japan".
--originally posted at Kevin`s English Schools Forum
Good English Schools Japan -- A Banana Kids ad from a few years ago:
"Established English school with over 800 students seeks a full-time English teacher. Banana Kids is an English School that operates in the Tochigi and Ibaragi areas. Utsunomiya is a city 100km north of Tokyo and has a population of 500,000. We are looking for a teacher who is interested in teaching children between the ages of 3-12 as our students are mainly from this age group.
Experience is an asset but not vital and we will consider applications from both Japan and abroad. A Bachelors degree and a valid driving license are a must.
The successful applicant will be required to work a 40 hour week that will include a maximum of 25 teaching hours per week. The salary for this position will be JPY 250,000 a month. Furnished accomodation is provided by Banana Kids with the rent and utilities being the repsonsibility of the teacher.
If you have a bright and positive personality and are eager to experience life in rural Japan we would like to hear from you. Please contact us at:
Contact Banana Kids English School
Banana Kids English School
321-0132 Tochigi Prefecture
Good English Schools Japan -- Beat Eikaiwa
This is Mr. Peter Carter`s school in the Kansai area. Carter
is the co-founder of JINES, Japan`s Independent network of
English schools. JINES like our site, has a list of good
schools to teach for in Japan.
Carter also operates Beat Australia, which is a consultancy service for the business, education and training sector.
Beat Australia acts as a link between Australian and Japanese
educational interests. They endeavor to provide increased
educational and research opportunities between the two countries.
Both Beat Australia and Beat Eikaiwa would appear to be great
opportunities for furthering you career in Japan.
Learn more about them
at their homepage.
Email: peter.carter at beataustralia.com
Peter Carter, Network Administrator
Japan’s Independent Network of English Schools (JINES)
Osaka JAPAN 579-8058
Good English Schools Japan -- Berkeley House Language Center
Since 1973. This small chain has schools located in Tokyo.
Berkeley House Language Center provided language education to Japan`s blue chip corporations, government agencies, schools and private individuals.
It is located in Tokyo`s Chiyoda Ward (Ichigaya). It is a nice
"leafy" area of residential and commercial establishments.
"The streets are alive with students coming and going to Sophia University in nearby Yoyogi and professionals heading to NHK, Sony Music, and other top companies in Japan. As a teacher at Berkeley House Language Center, you can take advantage of the school's prime location and enjoy the time between classes. You can have a leisurely lunch in one of the many restaurants..."
---from the Berkeley House homepage
Learn more about Berkeley House at their homepage
Good English Schools Japan -- Bilingual Kids International Preschool
Is a private international preschool that uses the Reggio Emilia
approach as its main teaching method. This approach has been
adapted for the bilingual child in Japan.
It is a full day preschool operating in Tokyo`s Kishijoji area.
Visit Bilingual Kids International Preschool`s Homepage
Good English Schools Japan: The British Council English Centers
Teach English at the British Council. The British Council of course, is very much involved in English teaching to say the least, hence its` fame. I think you could do much, much worse, than land a teaching position at one of their beautiful and illustrious schools.
Some teachers have complained that they cannot get a job in certain English
schools if they are a person of colour. The British Council says they
believe in the principles of equal opportunities.
British Council Tokyo
British Council Japan School
General enquiries: enquiries at britishcouncil.or.jp
English Course enquiries: courses at britishcouncil.or.jp
Education UK enquiries: educationuk.tokyo at britishcouncil.or.jp
Good English Schools Japan: British Hills in Fukushima Prefecture
I had heard about British Hills from a student of mine. She had attended classes there twice in the past and raved about it. She said it was like studying in the
English countryside. Yet it is located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
"British Hills resembles a small British countryside village complete with castle, British style guesthouses, English speakers, country gardens and surroundings. Even the weather seems British! You are accommodated in luxury style fully furnished and serviced guesthouses. Similar to Bed and Breakfast cottages in England. There are between 20 and 30 apartments in each of the 8 guesthouses depending on the size of the house and of course the apartment. Each rooms can sleep between one and four guests. Every guesthouse has its own large luxurious lounge which is suitable for conference for up to 40 people; however it is also private and cosy enough for 1 or 2 people. All interiors are of a typical British Victorian style complete with imported fabrics and heavy well crafted wood and steel furniture. The main classroom and conference facilities, reception, main dining hall, library, indoor sporting and relaxation facilities and Chapel, are housed in the main castle-like Manor House. Also on the premises are the Craft House, the real English Pub, The Souvenir Shop and staff accommodation, external sporting facilities and the nature trail."
--from the British Hills website
"20,000 a month plus utilities, basic furnishings." Paid
holidays, completion bonus, health insurance, six weeks unpaid holidays, company
car for travel to and from work, and 50,000 social insurance allowance."
--from a British Hills employment ad
Contact British Hills
1-8 Aza Shibakusa,
Oaza Tarao, Tenei Mura,
Iwase Gun, Fukushima 962-0622.
mailto: bhedudept at british-hills.co.jp
"Full-time, 40 working hours/week, 5 days/week, 8 hours/day. 300,000yen/month.
Teach English and British Culture to students from elementary to college
students, and adults. "We teach students a variety of classes that fit into the
following categories: English, Travel English, Cultural, Art and Craft, Activity
based classes, Elementary classes, Business and Adults, as well as courses
tailored to specific company or school needs." Teaching location Tenei Mura in
Hatori Kogen. The nearest train station is Shin-Shirakawa."
--from a British Hills employment ad
Good English Schools Japan: Bromski`s English Academy
Teaches young children to adults.
Yamaguchi city 753-0811
E-mail: beaeikaiwaacademy at yahoo.co.jp
Good English Schools Japan -- The British School in Tokyo
Is a large co-ed international school in Tokyo for students from
nursery school to age 18.
They have two sites in Tokyo and offer a variety of possible
positions at the school.
Learn more about them at their very
Good English Schools Japan: California Bear English Club
California Bear English Club is a small school located in Fujisawa, Kanagawa, next to Tsujido Station on the Tokaido Train Line.
American, Todd Lenkowski is the owner, manager and teacher.
He is a good, honest man. He is a motivated teacher and manager who regularly attends conferences in the hopes of always becoming better.
I highly recommend him as an employer. One of his teachers
has taught at California Bear for many years.
Check out their homepage here:
California Bear English Club
California Bear English Club
3F 1-3-1 Tsujidoshinmachi,
Chit Chat English Services
I had the pleasure of meeting Chit Chat owner Barry Miller near Shin Yurigaoka station. Miller teaches primarily - private English lessons, but may need part-time teachers at times. Or if you are a student, check out his school. I know that he is a very good teacher.
Chit Chat English Services
1-3-13 Naka-Izumi Komae City
Email: b.miller at chitchat.jp
Visit Chit Chat`s Homepage
Good English Schools Japan: Choice English School in Kyoto
Sean the owner has set up himself a nice little school in Kyoto.
Choice has daytime and evening lessons in the Kyoto area of Japan. I feel that a small school like this one
is a better bet for students and teachers alike. Smaller
schools tend to care more about teachers and students, as without them, the business dies. You may want to teach in
Japan with a small to mid-sized English school.
This Kyoto English school is foreign-owned and located near Shijo-Omiya in Kyoto City. The owner Sean`s goal is to provide students CHOICES in their English study and practice. They teach all ages from 4 up, daytime and evenings lessons, short-term or long-term study, and in small groups (up to 4 students) or private lessons.
Visit their homepage to learn more about them.
Watch Choice`s Sean being interviewed about how he started his school.
Remember you have a choice! Ooops! that was bad! But I couldn`t resist. Sitting at this keyboard all day can drive you a little batty!
Choice has two schools in the Kyoto area plus they do proof reading.
Join them for parties like St. Patrick`s Day.
Their photo gallery gives you a good idea of what teaching at
Choice is like.
--from the Choice Homepage
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Good English Schools Japan: Conrad`s English House
Conrad`s English House is a school that I highly recommend.
Conrad is a stand up guy who cares very much about teaching
students well, and that is the way he runs his school too.
Contact: Conrad Matsumoto
Conrad's English House
Nakagawa Bld. 2
Odawara, Kanagawa 250-0011
Tel: 0465 23-3050
Visit their homepage for more information
Dave & Amy`s Eikaiwa
I met the very personable Amy at a ETJ conference in Tokyo. My friend knows her fairly well and I would think she and her partner Dave would be good people to work for.
There schoosl are located in Urawa area.
Dave & Amy`s
Visit Dave and Amy`s Homepage
Good English Schools Japan: David English House
7-5 Nakamachi, Naka-ku,
Visit their homepage for more information
Tel: 082-244-2633, Fax: 082-244-2651
E-mail: Rie at DavidEnglishHouse.com
David Paul is one of my heroes! He has done so much for
English teaching in Japan. He is a very selfless man and works hard to improve the state of English teaching in this
country. He deserves applause!
Founder David Paul is the writer of the Finding Out series and Communicate. He also lectures on how to teach English throughout Japan. Anyone who has attended one of his lectures will be impressed with the man and his mission. David English House is highly recommended as a first class school to work for!
Paul started what is arguably the best association for English teachers in Japan--ETJ.
DES also administrates some distance learning courses, if you are thinking of
furthering your studies. One of the courses is The University of Birmingham`s
Masters in TEFL/TESL.
Nakamachi, Sendamachi, Asahimachi, Minami Kannon, Ujina Nishi, Danbara, Yamane-cho, Nukushina, Yokogawa, Furuichi, Omachi, Tomo Higashi, Kogo Naka, Takasu, Takasudai, Tagata, Inokuchi, Inokuchidai, Itsukaichi Higashi, Itsukaichi, Rakurakuen, Aobadai, Kaita, Kaita Minami, Yano, Fuchu, Aki-Nakano, Nakano Higashi, Saijo, Takamigaoka, Miyoshi, Shobara.
Christine Watson - Principal
Brandon Salsman- Vice Principal
Kazumi Takata - Manager (distance learning)
Kyoko Hori - Manager (book service)
Tomomi Date - Manager (school section)
"I spent 5 years at DEH and found it to be a very professional and well-run school in the context of the TEFL world. There are some issues with travel time and many teachers end up with more kids classes than they might want, but it¡¯s a great place to go to get a solid foundation in teaching. They do have both pre-service and in-service training, and David Paul, the president, is a rariety in the field, a school owner who`s more interested in education than money."
--quoted from TEFL School Reviews.com
*I disagree with the last part of the above quote. Many of the owners are also teachers, and they are very interested in education--not only improving themselves, but improving the teachers employed at their school. If you think about it, it makes sense. Better teachers=a better school. Better schools bring in more students.
The person above may be speaking of owners who do not teach.
All of the owners I know personally, and there are many; they teach as well as manage their schools.
Good English Schools Japan - Eikaiwa Planet
In beautiful Kaminoyama, Yamagata Prefecture. The pictures of the area at Dan`s blog look lovely. This school is in the
Japanese countryside, but if you are lucky enough to live near
Dan and his wife Naoko then contact them for possible part-time
or fulltime work as an English teacher there.
Dan and his wife Naoko run a very nice looking school. You can see what I mean by the photos at their homepage (link below).
〒990-2442 Yamagata Itiminami Nibancho 8-1-2F
They have free parking!
E-mail: hello at eikaiwaplanet.com
Dan might be interested in hiring you if you enjoy teaching children, or live in the area. Anyway, give Dan a shout if you live in his area. He is a good man
Visit Eikaiwa Planet`s Homepage
Get to know the owner of Eikaiwa Planet, Dan at his Blog
Dan is an avid gardener from England. And I know him through
my Yahoo group
Elf Kids English School
Is owned by the energetic Eric Kane. They create learning content for young children. Presently, their goal is to create a flexible curriculum for teachers and students around the world. They offer a wide variety of materials, as well as teaching in house classes at their schools.
Kane can often be found at various ETJ Conferences around Japan, so if you teach children, be sure to talk with him and see his materials. He is a very friendly man and willing to offer advice. A good friend of mine uses some of his teaching materials in his classes.
Specialties: Children's Music (Writing, Performance and Recording), Materials Creation, Children's Education, Teacher Training and Consultation.
Visit Elf Kids English Schools` Homepage
Good English Schools Japan: English Village
Is a smaller school chain that is rated highly by Oricon.
Check them out at the following link:
English Village Homepage
Good English Schools Japan: Evergreen Language School
in Kochi, Shikoku
Located in one of the more beautiful areas of Japan,
the island of Shikoku. Definitely off the beaten path
but an area of Japan I long to see. I have heard it is
beautiful from a number of people. Kochi is a decent
sized city, the largest city on the island.
They have an English language school for all levels, and
teachers are also sent to teach off campus at various places.
They offer a salary of 250,000 Yen and up. Plus a 20,000 Yen per
month transportation allowance.
*It is not a requirement of Japanese companies to pay for your
transportation (commuting costs). However many companies choose to
Check with Evergreen to see exactly what that 20,000 Yen is. Is it
to pay for the time it takes to travel? Or is it just to
pay for your train tickets for example? Some schools will
pay for your travel time as well if you are having to travel a lot--2 hours or
90 minutes to get to a class for example.
Good English Schools Japan: English Square
Location: Kanazawa City
Owned by the energetic Mari Nakamura, the author of the excellent children`s text: "English Land" (Pearson Longman) and "Hop, Step Jump into English"(RIC). She is a well-known teacher trainer.
If you could come straight from your home country to
be trained and teach for Nakamura, you couldn`t do better.
She gives numerous teacher training sessions all around
Japan, writes educational articles, all the while she
teaches young learns and trains teachers at English
Moreover, Nakamura is a volunteer with ETJ (English Teachers
in Japan) and is obtaining her MSc degree in Teaching
English to young learners from Aston University.
If you would like to teach children, I feel starting at a school like English Square would be a fantastic start to a career
in teaching at Good English Schools Japan.
English Square Homepage
Email: English Square
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