Teaching Jobs Japan: a List of English Schools in Japan: Q-Z
The Greenlist of English Schools
Teaching Jobs Japan--Pictured: Teacher Mike Kee, Ikumi and I in Nikko
To teach English in Japan, it is best to come prepared. My friend Brent, like many of those you read ranting and raving
about how rotten their situation is, came unprepared. He got into a terrible work situation, then he got himself into an
impossible rent situation in a lousy apartment.
Last I heard
he had gone back home and was working in a pet shop. I hope he is happy. However, it is too bad his "Japan Experience,"
was so rotten. It needn`t have been if he had done some research before coming to teach in Japan.
I hope our site helps you to avoid both scenarios!
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Teaching Jobs Japan - English Teacher`s Salaries
To me a good basic teacher`s salary is 250,000 Yen per month or more from the school that sponsors you. Anything less, say
"No!" If they are not willing to pay you a decent salary, what
else are they "chinsy" about?
Frankly I get tired of hearing schools say they care about their teachers, while offering less than 250,000 Yen for full-time work.
That really is the minimum in my opinion.
From that 250K you can add on private students and part-time work. As a young guy I ended up making over 400K per month
then started my own school and was making more yet again.
Things are tougher now, but money can still be made provided you
don`t allow yourself to get into a bad situation with a "crappy"
Read about teacher`s salaries in Japan
Also check out Dave Johnson`s list of good schools in Japan below.
I certainly don`t have the last word on good schools to teach in
Dave Johnson wants to know which English Schools are good places to work?
Just like Santa, "Cowboy Dave," is making a list (of good English schools in Japan) and checking it twice. Tell him what you know
about good places to teach in Japan.
Let`s help the newbies to Japan to avoid some of the horror stories
of some of the teaching jobs Japan. Those stories we read about on the internet. You can do that at,
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Queen`s English School
Queens English School owner Ian Simpson is a very good lecturer. I had the good fortune to attend one of his presentations at an ETJ Conference in Kanda, Tokyo.
If you own a business in Japan, and especially an English school, it is a great idea to listen to Simpson. Even though I have been involved in teaching for over 25 years and run my own school for over 20 years, I found myself questioning many things while listening to him talk about, "The Edge," his system for teaching English to non-native speakers. He sells this system and it is worth considering
in my opinion.
Teaching Jobs Japan -- Richard Burton English Academy in Kanagawa
At Richard Burton English Academy they teach children to adults and they provide the following services: English Conversation classes, translation, interpretation, writing,
rewriting, proof-reading service, material design, overseas study advice centre, tutor centre supporting Japanese school subjects, TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS etc.
I know Richard personally and see him several times a week.
He is an honest and reliable person. He has a great wit and
is a dedicated teacher. He may need some teachers for vacation
relief or possible part-time work. I highly recommend his school, as one of the good teaching jobs Japan.
Richard Burton English Academy
277-2 Chimura Hadano
Email: japland at cameo.plala.or.jp
Teaching Jobs Japan: Seiha English Academy
Overall Seiha English Academy seems like a good solid school to me. Doug Smith talks about his experiences at
Other Teaching Jobs Japan
Teaching Jobs Japan -- Shin-Shizen-Juku is a Commune in Hokkaido (New Nature School)
This is a farming commune in the villageo of Tsurui, Hokkaido.
Other teaching jobs Japan--Shin Shizen Juku, volunteer to teach the villagers living near the commune.
Teaching Jobs Japan -- Simul Academy
A good friend of mine worked for Simul Academy. He was pretty happy working for them overall. I have heard many good
things about this small chain of schools.
Some Simul teachers weigh in on Simul and why
they like teaching there.
Check out Simul Academy at the following link:
Teaching Jobs Japan -- Star English School
in Sendai comes highly recommended from a few sources.
Owner Kurt Scheibner is famous for not only being a good teacher and manager but for his highly successful EFL4U site that has garnered rave reviews from teachers. Scheibner is a force in TEFL who creates original materials that work with Japanese students. He also asks for others to contribute fun materials.
Scheibner has also authored some textbooks for learning
English for EFL Press.
Working for a man like this would be exciting and I highly recommend Star as a great school to teach for in Japan!
Visit Star English School
Visit EFL4U for some great teaching materials.
Star English School
Asahi Plaza Kakyoin #904
Sendai, Japan 980-0013
TCLC is the Tokyo Centre for Language and Culture
Is it a good school? Does it deserve to be on our greenlist?
One TCLC teacher had this to say:
"Overall, yes, I would say TCLC is a good school. Solid support from the main office and the sales people are concerned with creating courses which deliver value instead of just filling classrooms.
They pay between 3000 - 3500 per hour depending on the lesson duration. All day courses are paid on the lower end of that scale of course. "
TCLC also offers Japanese lessons. So you can brush up on your Nihongo skills there as well!
TCLC makes our Greenlist as the part-time hourly pay is high enough. Generally if a school offers teachers 1800 per hour or less, we do not list them on our site at the Greenlist.
They might be listed at the list of Big Schools if they are a big chain school.
Generally smaller institutions like TCLC treat students and teachers better, and value teachers more.
Any school that say, we care about teachers, but then offers only 1800Yen/hour, is not practicing what they preach in my opinion.
Employment Opportunities at TCLC
TCLC hires qualified and experienced instructors on an ongoing basis for both part-time and full-time schedules. We welcome initial inquiries through this
Teaching Jobs Japan -- The Tokyo YMCA
Apart from a very silly job interview I had with the Yokohama Y
in Hon Atsugi years ago, (they had me correct English papers to a timer)
I would still recommend the YMCA. I worked for the Tokyo YMCA in
Machida years ago, and a good friend of mine taught for
the Y for six years and enjoyed it.
Check them out:
Visit the YMCA`s HOMEPAGE for
Tokyo Young Men's Christian Association
2-2-20 Toyo Koto-ku
Tokyo, Japan 135-0016
Teaching Jobs Japan -- Mission of The Tokyo YMCA
"The Tokyo YMCA carries out activities which contribute to local communities in an attempt to create a just and peaceful world, in the hope that young people can achieve holistic development of their spirits, minds, and bodies, based on the love and spirit of service as exemplified by Jesus Christ."--Tokyo YMCA
I worked for the Tokyo YMCA way back in 1990-1991. God am I
that old?.......gasp, woooh!!! gas pain!..................
I`m back, sorry about that. Will edit the above out later!
I taught at their Machida school and my boss was Mr. Minamida. He was great! He spoke fluent English and had lived in Canada for a long time. His style was very easy going (much like my own) so we had a lot of freedom in how we taught. Teachers were always treated with respect and responded in kind.
*Funny how that works isn`t it? If teachers are treated well,
they generally teach well and are reliable employees. I wish
some of the schools would get that message--especially some of the larger schools. Though some of the teachers who come to Japan are bad employees no matter where they work. Some undesirables make it to Japan`s shores unfortunately.
*If you are one of them, clean up your act. You make it worse for everyone else. One school I taught for didn`t like Canadians much because of the Canadian jerk who had taught there before me. Represent yourself and your country well. --End of speech.
Back to the Tokyo YMCA
I organized a tennis tournament for the school and played guitar for the children`s classes.
The boss, the office staff, the teachers and the students. All were great! You can`t go wrong with the Tokyo YMCA. Working there was a great experience for me.
The only reason I finally left, was I wanted to start Kevin`s English Schools,
which I modelled after the Tokyo YMCA to a large extent.
In general, I think working for a smaller school is best. At smaller schools you
can get to know the staff and students, and you are not just a number.
At the Machida School it was small. We got to know each other. This perhaps made all the difference.
Teaching Jobs Japan -- Tom`s English House
Tom`s is another of the smaller English schools in Japan.
Tom has two schools and a Korean restaurant. Visit his website to learn more about his school and to contact him.
Visit Tom`s HOMEPAGE for
Teaching Jobs Japan -- Vantage Japan
Full-time, Salary from
Location: Shibuya, Tokyo
Please apply by Email.
Native English Speaker
Must love working with children
Must be prepared to work (not be paid to have a holiday)
Description of position
Vantage Japan Inc. is a rapidly growing company headquartered in Shibuya, Tokyo, looking for positive and energetic teachers to introduce Japanese children to English, computers and foreign cultures at Kindergartens in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyushu and Northern Kanto. Our philosophy is that with this interaction we are "planting the seeds of English” in the children for a multicultural Japan in the future.
Even though we are a modern company endeavoring to expand, we still maintain a friendly small company atmosphere.
Our students` ages range from three to ten years. Five days of teaching from Monday to Friday (basically 9-5) with occasional special events such as Sports Day falling on weekends.
Monthly starting salary is JPY 270,000. Two weeks of paid training. Travel to and from work is reimbursed. Accommodation assistance provided. Paid Summer and Winter vacations, plus ten days sick leave. Visa sponsorship/renewal available (must have a degree).
Applicants with a teaching, music or drama major/experience preferred but not a necessity. This position is limited to native speakers who have basic computer skills, and genuinely enjoy working with children.
Teaching Jobs Japan -- West Side English Schools
David Lisgo is famous amongst English teachers in Japan. If you are at all active on the internet, perusing the forums about teaching in Japan, you will have come across his name. Lisgo is famous for producing a CD-Rom set for Finding Out and he owns an English school in Kagoshima Prefecture. Having read many of Lisgo`s posts about teaching children and other topics, I was impressed by a man who genuinely cares
about his profession.
West Side English Schools is highly recommended!
WEST SIDE ENGLISH SCHOOL
E-mail: mailto:david at minos.ocn.ne.jp
David Lisgo - Owner
Teaches: Elementary school to adults
Word Up Language Center in Matsuyama, Ehime
My Name: Douglas Bewernick
Who am I?: I am the president and co-founder of Word Up. I have been teaching in Japan since 1990.
Where am I From?: California. United States.
About Me: I love spending time with my kids and although it is often a struggle, I make time for working out every week.
Word Up Language Center
Check out the homepage at the link above for more information about
At Word Up Language Center they teach more than just English.
Take a look at the languages offered:
I have a reliable source who told me that the Word Up Language
Center should definitely be listed at How to Teach English in Japan.
Word Up Language Center
Word Up Building
Email: wordupjapan at gmail.com
Or contact us by phone or fax at:
A friend of mine really enjoyed his time working for the Y.
English Multimedia Systems,
1-7 Tokiwa-cho, Naka-ku,
Yokohama, Kanagawa Pref. 231-8458
University degree and TESOL training preferred.
They have over 200 teachers employed.
Branches in Kanagawa, not just Yokohama.
They also offer Japanese lessons.
See teaching jobs that are available now in Japan!
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