Teaching High School – An Introduction

I’ve already talked a little bit about Elementary and Junior High Schools in Japan, now on to the last stage of public education. In this introduction to teaching High School in Japan I want to share some of my experiences as well as those of my colleagues. Specialisation One of the main things that separates…

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Teaching Junior High – An Introduction

Junior High Schools in Japan are similar to Elementary Schools in a lot of ways, so some of the things I mentioned before are likely to be of use to anyone teaching at a Junior High too. The obvious difference is the students’ age range and the fact that they now have subject-specific teachers as…

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Teaching Elementary – An Introduction

Of all the levels I’ve taught in my brief stint as an English Teacher teaching Elementary School has certainly been the most joyful yet physically tiring experience. So for anyone who’s about to step into a Japanese Elementary for the first time here are a couple of things to be aware of. Pack your phrasebook….

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The Introduction Lesson

As the new Japanese school year swings into action many new teachers will be out giving their very first lessons. Every new teacher will have to introduce themselves to the students. This can range from a short speech at the beginning of the lesson right the way to a whole fifty minutes devoted to the…

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First Day at a Japanese School

Hello Goodbye You’ve finally arrived in Japan and got your dream teaching job, so what’s next? Well, better go to school. Duh. So what can be expected from your first day at a Japanese school? Personally I had no idea what it would be like. I can barely remember my own school days and I never considered what…

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Types of TEFL Jobs in Japan

Choices, Choices … When thinking about coming to work at a school in Japan it’s good to know what types of TEFL jobs there are in Japan. There are various employment opportunities available, some of which may be more suitable for you than others. The biggest and most well-known employer is the Japanese Government themselves. The…

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Pre-amble: Now What?

Some people just WANT to travel. People travel the world for a multitude of reasons. When I finished College in the UK (well, technically it was a “Sixth Form College”) the buzz was about “finding yourself”. I kept hearing about people who wanted to understand who they were on a deeper level. Some people just…

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