Former ELT News editor Michael Chan wrote this comprehensive guide to teaching English in Japan. It covers just about any question you might have, from the kind of qualifications you need to the differences between the different kinds of schools.
This resource is aimed at those interested in pursuing a teaching career in Japan.
We welcome further additions and comments to this page. If there is information you cannot find in this guide - post your query on the Message Board or contact ELT News using our contact form
January 04, 2009
Job hunting resources
The Monday edition of the Japan Times newspaper is the most-read resource for people already
in Japan and looking for teaching jobs. For those inside and outside Japan, the Internet is
the way to go. The ELT News Job Classifieds is
a popular jobs page for teachers and potential teachers looking for teaching positions. It is
updated daily and offers positions from all over Japan. Other Internet resources include
Ohayo Sensei, The English Resource, and Jobs in Japan.
The Internet is becoming a popular medium for schools to
advertise their vacancies.
The next step,
once you have found a position of your choice, is to find out whether such positions are open
to those not already resident in Japan. Some companies want only applications and enquiries
from within Japan. This is because the application process for the work visa can take up to 3
months. Teachers already in Japan, and with valid visas, can start work immediately.
ELT News is the website for teaching English in Japan and worldwide and for those looking for English teaching jobs. If you're involved in the English Language Teaching (ELT) Industry, then this site is your home. If you're looking for an English teaching job or another English-related job, check out our teaching jobs section.