Preparation for Japan.

by Ben Lines
(Telford, UK.)

Hey there! - First of all thank you very much for this site, it's wonderful and it's answered a lot of my questions that were on my mind.



Right now, i have just finished my second year of University here in the UK. During my summer break this year i decided i would get my TEFL certificate and learn some Japanese, in preparation for when i finish my third year and, fingers crossed, get my bachelors.

I was thinking of asking my old secondary school (ages 11-16) about if they would considering allowing me to sit in some lessons to observe the teaching, and see how they plan the lessons etc. My question though, is what else can i prepare this early on?

Ive been planning to teach in Japan since i left school at 16. I've noted down some of the companies i would like to chose from, but there are so many out there it's overwhelming to try and choose one!

Right now my main choice it seems is Geos Career, they seem a pretty solid company.

If you've got any advice on how to prepare this early on, and anything i've missed, i'd love to hear it. Also if you have a particular company to apply to i'd like to hear your opinions on that too!

Thanks a lot!
Ben.

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Teach in Japan - Ben`s Dream
by: Kevin R. Burns

To Ben and others, thank you for posting your questions right at the website and not Emailing me privately. Like everyone else I am really, really busy. So I appreciate it when you post them here and not Email me.

Ben great questions and you have obviously been thinking about this a lot, which is really good.
You wouldn`t believe how many people don`t prepare at all and just jump on the next plane to Japan.

Your preparation plans sound good. Yes learning Japanese and getting your TEFL certificates are both good, basic steps to teaching here. Then getting your degree is another step in the right direction. Don`t bother coming to Japan without the degree, get the degree first.


People who come without the degree, if they can even get a teaching job, get the terrible jobs, the nightmare bosses and schools. Believe me!
I`ve known some of these people. Good people, but they got themselves into rotten situations.

Ben said:

"I was thinking of asking my old secondary school (ages 11-16) about if they would considering allowing me to sit in some lessons to observe the teaching, and see how they plan the lessons etc. My question though, is what else can i prepare this early on?"

Excellent idea! You may offer to help too. This would make them more likely to say yes. Do language exchange with someone. Then you can teach, -get some experience teaching and learn Japanese. Read, Read, Read all that you can about Japan. Read this whole website!


Ben said:

"Ive been planning to teach in Japan since i left school at 16. I've noted down some of the companies i would like to chose from, but there are so many out there it's overwhelming to try and choose one!"

Apply to all the companies you like and hopefully one of them will hire you.

Ben said:

"Right now my main choice it seems is Geos Career, they seem a pretty solid company.

If you've got any advice on how to prepare this early on, and anything i've missed, i'd love to hear it. Also if you have a particular company to apply to i'

I have had friends that loved teaching for GEOS and others that hated it. I guess it depends.
I applied to them as it seemed like a good bet (years ago). I would research what it is like to teach at each company. I know a lot about ECC
as I taught there. I liked ECC and feel it is a great place to start. But my friend loved GEOS, loved having his own classroom and everything else about it.

Another quieter friend hated GEOS and everything about it. He has written about it extensively.

I guess it just depends on the person.

Ben you are obviously asking the right questions, I would read our website as stated, and read books on teaching and living in Japan. Read some novels about Japan too.

All of this will make you well rounded for coming here. You are on the right track, just follow your dream!

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