Non native-speaker teaching in Japan - is it practical?
Before I say anything, I would like to say your website is awesome in a way it provides lots of useful tips and information.
As for my story, I am Chinese, a non-native English speaker from Hong Kong. I am not being narcissistic but I possess near native proficiency in English, including speaking. Brought up locally and currently teaching senior English and senior English Literature in Hong Kong, I have started to consider the possibility of expanding my career to places outside HK. Like what you did before you left for Japan, I read a lot online and have applied to the TESOL Certificate to equip myself. I am doing the course in London next summer. I picked London purely because it is an English-speaking country, hoping it is going to make my resume a little more "international".
I hope my story is not too long. My question is, I am worried all I did will become a waste of time and money because I am Chinese and a non-native English speaker. Even if I graduated from The University of Hong Kong, it is "Hong Kong", after all. What else can I do to make myself a promising ESL teacher so that others will be convinced I am nothing less than the native speakers?
Do you know anyone like me teaching in Japan?
(Many have told me how impractical such a dream is, they said it was literally a dream because I am not a native speaker. "Who would want Chinese to teach them English?" Kelvin, would you please be so kind to tell me what you know about this?)