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The Main Problems of ESL Learners From Japan - TEFL Blog


Thu, 13 Aug 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences The Main Problems of ESL Learners From Japan Regardless of the Japanese government’s efforts to increase the number of foreign tourists to be a tourism-oriented country and to have been retaining compulsory English education for decades, Japanese people still have a reputation of being bad at English. The average TOEIC and TOEFL scores for Japanese are one of the worst among advanced nations. South Korea was also one of the worst in the past, but they are getting better and better these days. However, there are still some obstacles for many Japanese English learners to get over. Table of Contents 1. First, there are very few teachers in Japan who can teach students how to speak and write English with confidence. 2....  [Read more]

From Student to Teacher - My Language Journey - TEFL Blog


Tue, 30 Apr 2019 Mark Crocker Alumni Experiences From Student to Teacher - My Language Journey It was the last day of Japanese class and my teacher’s last day of teaching at our school. We were all standing up getting ready to bow him one last time. It was dead quiet but I could still hear sniffles around me and felt the sadness of the moment. I never thought I would care so much about a teacher leaving. To this day, the words and wisdom my Japanese teacher taught me still ring in my head. Flash forward to a few years ago, I went to Japan for the first time, after a hiatus of not studying Japanese, but amazingly I still had all the skills my teacher had taught me in high school. How did this person have such an impact on me? The answer I have come to realize is that because...  [Read more]

The Top 5 Places to Teach English in Japan - TEFL Blog


Tue, 05 Jun 2018 Mark Crocker Destinations The Top 5 Places to Teach English in Japan The utterly unique character of Japan has fascinated people from all over the world throughout history and this is still very true today. Nowhere else quite captures the imagination like Japan, with its individual blend of East Asian culture and high-tech modernity. Its popularity among foreign teachers is also enhanced by the strong demand for TEFL qualified professionals in all of its major cities, as well as many smaller towns across the country. Although competition for the top jobs can sometimes be tough, the promise of living and working in one of the world’s most fascinating countries continues to draw many thousands of teachers every year. If you would like to join them, take a look...  [Read more]

What are The Challenges for English Learners in Japan? - TEFL Blog


Mon, 25 May 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas What are The Challenges for English Learners in Japan? I have taught in a Japanese high school for the past four years as an assistant language teacher, which gives me a particular insight into the problems and advantages of EFL in that area. This will naturally require some generalizations. Individuals have very different problems from one another, but broader shared issues do crop up. Table of Contents My experience Japanese average Gap between two languages Japanese culture can also make teaching difficult Another aspect of the culture that can make things difficult is the island mentality of Japan Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course today! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification...  [Read more]

The Struggles for Japanese Students When Learning English - TEFL Blog


Thu, 24 Oct 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas The Struggles for Japanese Students When Learning English I have been teaching in Japan for over 12 years in three different locations ranging from the southernmost part of Hokkaido to the southern island of Kyushu, where I presently reside. The youngest students I have had were children not even two years of age, whereas my older students were in their seventies. This is a very common situation for those who teach here in Japan; a country where the English boom occurred not too long after they rebuilt their nation following the Second World War. Table of Contents Interest Popular Culture Influence Pronunciation Difficulties Language Systems Confidence Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This...  [Read more]

Typical Challenges for Japanese Native Speakers in ESL - TEFL Blog


Wed, 11 Mar 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Typical Challenges for Japanese Native Speakers in ESL This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Daisy C. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT. Table of Contents Grammar Pronunciation Japanese schools Japanese culture Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: Grammar One problem facing many Japanese students learning English is differentiating between countable and uncountable nouns. In the Japanese language, the same word is often used for ‘much’ and ‘many’. In English, ‘much’ is used to describe countable nouns, and ‘many’ is used to describe uncountable nouns. A problem...  [Read more]

Motivation in the Classroom: Japanese Experience - TEFL Blog


Fri, 13 Dec 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences Motivation in the Classroom: Japanese Experience Having been an English teacher of high school students in Japan for the past 2 years, I have noticed that motivation in the classroom is as much dependent on the students as it is on me as the teacher. There are three aspects that I have identified and used in my environment to get the student motivated and engaged. The Japanese culture is largely conservative and group orientated and those are crucial to take into account if one is to succeed in their teaching career in Japan. The following plays a big role in setting a tone whereby students are motivated and engaged. Those aspects are culture, societal pressure, and peer pressure. Table of Contents Culture Societal perception...  [Read more]

Where is the best place to teach English in Japan? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


Where is the best place to teach English in Japan? Every year, Japan magnetically draws in thousands of foreign English teachers due to the widespread job availability across its towns and cities. Coupled with the comfortable average salary enabling a good standard of living and savings, and an unmatched cultural and social landscape, Japan makes an irresistible choice for many. However, choosing the exact region to make your home can be a bit of a challenge. The nation's cities brim with possibilities, and even the quieter areas offer a refreshing change from the typically frantic city life. While it is hard to go wrong with any choice in Japan, the following areas come highly recommended, considering the local job market and the experiences of our past course graduates. Tokyo...  [Read more]

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TEFL & TESOL Salary FAQ Although for many people money is not the main driving force behind teaching English abroad, it is still an important part of the TEFL journey as your salary will often dictate what you can afford to do during your adventures and how much you can potentially save at the end of the month. In our FAQs below we look at the average salaries in all the most popular teaching destinations, as well as any typical perks and bonuses you can expect in different locations. How much can I earn teaching English abroad?    Regions such as the Middle East and Asia offer the potential to earn salaries as high as $5,000 USD per month. Other areas such as Europe and Latin America have less in the way of high paying jobs but are still popular due to the culture...  [Read more]

Are TEFL teachers in demand? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


Are TEFL teachers in demand? Of all the questions we get asked as a provider of TEFL certification, this is probably the easiest to answer. The simple truth is that the demand for TEFL qualified teachers is generally very high in most parts of the world and in some areas you can even take your pick of a range of job options as there are not enough teachers to fill the available positions. Are TEFL teachers in demand in English speaking countries? Although for many TEFL course graduates the aim is to head overseas to experience living and working in a foreign culture, it is not the only option. Plenty of people use their teaching qualification within their home country as increasing levels of immigration have led to a rapid increase in demand for EFL teachers in English speaking...  [Read more]

Teaching English in Japan - Alumni Report by Gabriella S. - TEFL Blog


Mon, 07 May 2018 Linda Dunsmore Destinations Alumni Experiences Teaching English in Japan - Alumni Report by Gabriella S. TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF! What is your nationality? Hungarian Table of Contents What is your nationality? What city and state are you from? How old are you? What is your education level and background? Have you traveled abroad in the past? If so, where have you been? Where did you study? What made you interested in going to teach English abroad? What were some of your concerns before teaching abroad? Why did you decide to get TEFL certified and choose ITTT? Which TEFL certification course did you take? How did you like the course? How has your TEFL training helped you in your current teaching position? Which city and country did you decide to teach English in and...  [Read more]

Can TEFL be a career? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


Can TEFL be a career? Contrary to the common misconception that teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is just a temporary gig or a way to pay off student debt, many educators have turned it into a lucrative, long-term profession. Whether teaching abroad or online, TEFL can indeed be a fulfilling lifelong career. Table of Contents Is it possible to make a long-term career out of teaching English as a foreign language? What qualifications do I need to pursue a career in TEFL? What skills will I need to pursue a career in TEFL? What other TEFL-related jobs are there in the long run? What are the advantages of a long-term TEFL career? Is it possible to make a long-term career out of teaching English as a foreign language? Absolutely. While many initially venture into EFL teaching to...  [Read more]

What type of teachers get paid the most? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


What type of teachers get paid the most? Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), also known as teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), is a rewarding profession that needs commitment and love. Luckily, you also won't have to sacrifice a good salary! We are sure you are curious about what type of teachers earn the most when teaching abroad, so let's have a look. The simple answer is your potential salary often depends on three main factors: your qualifications, the country you teach in, and the type of school you work for. The fact is, TEFL and TESOL certified teachers earn higher salaries compared to teachers without a certificate. Saudi Arabia, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates are among the top-paying countries in the world to teach English, with salaries...  [Read more]

How will I make friends while teaching English abroad? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


How will I make friends while teaching English abroad? Of the tens of thousands of people who head overseas every year to teach English abroad, the vast majority will have some level of anxiety about meeting new people and making new friends. The good news is that most teachers soon forget these concerns once they are immersed in their new environment. The chances are high that you will not be the only foreign teacher in your new school, apartment building, or neighborhood. As well as other teachers, you can also expect to meet friendly and welcoming people from the local community who will be more than happy to help you settle into your new home. Will I make friends with work colleagues when teaching English abroad? One obvious source of friendship in your new life overseas will be...  [Read more]

Contributing to the Classroom as an ALT in Japan - TEFL Blog


Thu, 17 Mar 2022 Asia Ridley TEFL Information Alumni Experiences Contributing to the Classroom as an ALT in Japan English education in Japan has been prominent for decades and starts in elementary schools. It is in high demand as the relationship between the U.S. and Japan as well as the abundant amount of tourism. Last year straight after graduating from university in the United States, I moved to Japan and began teaching English. I was fortunate to pass the interviews and become part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme {JET}. Being an assistant language teacher {ALT} in the Japanese education system versus a conversation school has its differences. Therefore I will be diving into how one can contribute to the classroom as an ALT. Table of Contents Japanese Elementary...  [Read more]

Top Tips for Decreasing Teacher Speaking Time - TEFL Blog


Wed, 26 Feb 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Top Tips for Decreasing Teacher Speaking Time Imagine a classroom where the teacher is lecturing the entire class time. Student’s attention span starts to flee, they begin looking for any source of entertainment. They are now distracted and unable to apply the lesson the teacher is demonstrating in the real world. Teacher lecture time should be supplemented with other methods of teaching. Students need mental breaks and activities to engage them in the lesson. Table of Contents Reasons to Decrease TTT Ways to Work on the Problem Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Abigail A. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily...  [Read more]

What type of teachers get paid the most? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


What type of teachers get paid the most? Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), also known as teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), is a rewarding profession that needs commitment and love. Luckily, you also won't have to sacrifice a good salary! We are sure you are curious about what type of teachers earn the most when teaching abroad, so let's have a look. The simple answer is your potential salary often depends on three main factors: your qualifications, the country you teach in, and the type of school you work for. The fact is, TEFL and TESOL certified teachers earn higher salaries compared to teachers without a certificate. Saudi Arabia, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates are among the top-paying countries in the world to teach English, with salaries...  [Read more]

How will I make friends while teaching English abroad? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


How will I make friends while teaching English abroad? Making friends while teaching English abroad is a common concern for many. Yet, once settled into their new surroundings, most teachers find forming connections easier than anticipated. In many teaching destinations, you are likely not the only foreign instructor, providing immediate camaraderie with peers. Moreover, the local community often embraces teachers warmly, eager to share their culture and help newcomers acclimate. Engaging with both fellow teachers and locals presents plenty of opportunities to build lasting friendships. Table of Contents Will I make friends with work colleagues when teaching English abroad? Will I make friends with the local people? How can I find like minded people in the local area? Can I get...  [Read more]

The Use of Games in the Classroom - TEFL Blog


Fri, 07 Aug 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas The Use of Games in the Classroom I have been teaching English as an assistant language teacher in Japan for the past 4 years. I have taught all grades from kindergarten through 9th grade, and have worked with many teachers with a variety of teaching styles. In this essay I will look at the use of games in the foreign language classroom, drawing from my experiences to look at several specific games and discuss how they help students learn and use English. Table of Contents 1. Games are a good way to make class fun, increasing student motivation while using English. 2. Creating activities with existing resources 3. A possibility to communicate 4. Examples of games Do you want to teach English abroad or online? Take a TEFL course!...  [Read more]

Do TEFL jobs pay well? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


Do TEFL jobs pay well? English is taught as a second language all over the globe. Due to the volume of qualified teachers needed there are many great opportunities with attractive salaries just waiting to be filled in countries worldwide. Is teaching English considered a skilled job? TEFL teachers are usually required to have teaching qualifications and are therefore considered to be skilled workers in most areas. As a skilled foreign worker, the base salary enjoyed by a full-time ESL teacher is usually considerably higher than the country’s median wage. Experienced teachers and those with advanced-level teaching qualifications can often further enhance their claims for a higher salary. Salaries in Asia Factoring in lifestyle and living costs, countries in Southeast Asia continue to...  [Read more]

Where is the best place to teach English in Japan? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


Where is the best place to teach English in Japan? Deciding on the best place to teach English in Japan depends on individual preferences. Tokyo, the bustling capital, offers the allure of city life and the most job opportunities. Osaka combines vibrant urban experiences with rich history, while Kobe is renowned for its international atmosphere. Beyond the main cities, there are countless towns that provide an authentic cultural immersion. Regardless of location, teachers can expect a competitive salary and a unique cultural experience. Table of Contents Tokyo Osaka Kobe Sapporo Fukuoka Tokyo Unsurprisingly, Japan's most densely populated area, Tokyo, tops the list. It is a realm of its own, brimming with teaching opportunities thanks to its nine million-plus residents and offering the...  [Read more]

Can TEFL be a career? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


Can TEFL be a career? Anyone who is thinking about teaching English abroad has most likely received a response along the lines of "Oh, how fun, but what will you do when you get back?" Some people believe that teaching English as a foreign language is not a "real job" but rather something that people do to pay off student debt or simply for fun before settling down into a "normal" job and lifestyle. Many people decide to teach English abroad for these reasons, but there are also many who have made a successful and lucrative career out of it. Is it possible to make a long-term career out of teaching English as a foreign language? Yes, you can pursue a long-term career as an EFL teacher. For the vast majority of people who travel abroad to teach English, it all begins with a simple desire...  [Read more]

Are there any age restrictions when teaching English in Asia? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


Are there any age restrictions when teaching English in Asia? Although TEFL qualified teachers are able to find work in a wide range of countries throughout Asia, there are some restrictions that you need to be aware of before you decide on a destination. In some countries a 4-year university degree is necessary and some will only allow native English speakers to teach in their schools. Another issue that is worth considering is your age as it can be a factor in some situations in Asia. How does the local retirement age affect English teachers in Asia? In some Asian countries there is a strict retirement age for local teachers that also applies to foreign EFL teachers working there. In popular teaching destinations such as China, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea, schools are unable to...  [Read more]

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Older Posts Top TEFL Countries That Hire Teachers in Advance Linda Dunsmore Destinations TEFL Information Many teachers prefer to secure a job before leaving home and embarking on their adventure of teaching English abroad. Here are the top TEFL countries that hire teachers in advance. You're Never Too Old to Change Your Life and Do a TEFL Course Linda Dunsmore TEFL Information Are you ready for a change in career? Head overseas to teach English abroad because you’re never too old to change your life and do a TEFL course! 10 Pieces of Advice Every New TEFL Teacher Needs to Know Linda Dunsmore TEFL Information Every year, thousands of people decide to embark on their adventure of teaching English abroad. Here are 10 pieces of advice every new TEFL teacher needs to...  [Read more]

Why Should I Study TEFL? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


Why Should I Study TEFL? Studying TEFL opens up a world of opportunities. Here are some compelling reasons why you should consider it: Considering the myriad benefits, taking a TEFL certification can be a life-changing decision. Table of Contents To shake things up For the lifestyle To make money For the culture To learn a language For the satisfaction To smarten up your resume To shake things up Most people have periods in their life when the job they are doing becomes dull, mundane, and all too repetitive. So what better way to shake things up and make a change to the same old same old than by taking a training course that will allow you to work in virtually any country in the world, or from the comfort of your own home. With a quality TEFL certification on your CV/resume you will be...  [Read more]

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program: All You Need to Know and How to Apply - TEFL Blog


Mon, 15 Oct 2018 Laura Payne Destinations TEFL Information The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program: All You Need to Know and How to Apply The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program is not the only means to teach English in Japan, but it is one of the most popular programs out there both for aspiring teachers and those who wish to pursue other fields. I first joined this program a little over a year ago. In the short time since then, I've gained incredibly valuable experiences through my work as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT). Table of Contents The History of JET Duties of an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) How to Apply for the JET Program Remuneration and Living Rewards of JET Common Challenges for ALTs The JET Community Listen to this blog post What are you waiting...  [Read more]

Why Should I Study TEFL? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


Why Should I Study TEFL? Many thousands of people every year, of all nationalities and from all walks of life, make the decision to take a TEFL certification course for a wide variety of different reasons. For some it offers the chance to earn a bit of spending money while traveling in far-flung corners of the world, while for others it is a great way to make fundamental changes to their career and life plans. If you are one of the many thousands of others who have thought about studying TEFL, but are yet to act, here are some of the main reasons why we think you should take the leap. To shake things up Most people have periods in their life when the job they are doing becomes dull, mundane, and all too repetitive. So what better way to shake things up and make a change to the same old...  [Read more]

Alumni TEFL Chat with Maddy & Georgia - Two Aussie Sisters Teaching English in Japan - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


Alumni TEFL Chat with Maddy & Georgia - Two Aussie Sisters Teaching English in Japan 07/08/2021 all right hi hey everyone hi as you can see it's not only me this week welcome to our live stream we have guests today i'm super happy about it hi maddie hi georgia hello hey so yeah back here another for another week and i'm live on a different day i usually go live on fridays so today is very special and also because we have guests so i'm super happy about that and yeah if you are watching if you can see us if you can hear us please just leave a high in the comments that would be really cool and where you're watching from i'm always really curious about where people are watching from and um yeah i'm in south korea my name is linda from itt if you don't know me and i'm yeah about an hour...  [Read more]

Common Problems Japanese Learners of English Experience - TEFL Blog


Wed, 09 Oct 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Common Problems Japanese Learners of English Experience Japan is an island nation and is a recognized homogenous society with a very small percentage of foreign permanent residence and more than half of the adult population lacks the necessary skills to speak English proficiently. Because of this, English as a Second Language is in high demand with young learners being a focus group in Japan. English is taught in the school environment during nearly all of a child’s primary education years, but this, unfortunately, doesn’t translate to a proficient English-speaking Japanese population. Table of Contents Global Opportunities Differences in Language Structure Cultural Challenges Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a...  [Read more]

Why Is English Challenging to Learn for Japanese Students? - TEFL Blog


Wed, 17 Jun 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Why Is English Challenging to Learn for Japanese Students? Japanese are known for being disciplined, dedicated, and hardworking individuals not only in their work but also in other aspects of their life like hobbies and studies. But why is it difficult for them to learn English despite their strong dedication, patience, efforts, and determination? Table of Contents My Teaching Experience But still, the Japanese cannot speak English, why is that? Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Princess D. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT. My Teaching Experience I’ve been teaching...  [Read more]

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