Japan continues to reign as one of the most popular countries for teaching English as a foreign language. Most TEFL teachers in Japan will find positions as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs), working alongside local instructors at a public school in a smaller city or rural area. These placements offer a truly unique cultural experience—often you will find yourself the only non-native speaker in the town, providing a real opportunity to immerse yourself in traditional Japanese culture.
Typical English Students / Popular Teaching Destinations
Many public schools offer subsidized housing for teachers, and with the low cost of living in more rural areas, English teachers can do quite well. TEFL positions can also be found in private schools across the country, including in many of the larger cities. These private schools often offer benefits such as airfare reimbursement, but the hiring environment tends to be more competitive and positions harder to come by. Your students in Japan will likely be school-aged learners in public schools and adults learning conversational English or professionals improving their business English in private schools.
The large and intriguing collection of islands off the coasts of Korea and Russia make up the nation of Japan. The bright green hills, striking architecture, and distinctive culture of Japan have seduced visitors for centuries. The country’s four main islands are surrounded by thousands of smaller ones, each of which prides itself on its unique traditions and customs. About 80 percent of the landmass in Japan is covered by mountains, with numerous small and narrow plains found along the coasts.
Today, the Japanese people are known for their strong work ethic and mastery of high technology. Those who teach English in the big cities of this country will also be immersed in the world-famous fashion scene, unique pop-culture, and vivacious nightlife that characterize modern urban Japan. Contemporary Japan exists as a multi-layered culture of the modern and the traditional, the high-tech and the ancient, the competitive and the humble-and offers endless opportunities for foreign visitors to learn about, enjoy, and experience a truly unique country.
Recommended TEFL Courses
In Japan, you’ll find that online and classroom based courses are accepted.
We recommend a course of at least 100 hours to increase your chances of getting hired!