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Guide to Japan and Teaching English in Japan

Michael Chan 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

Working at the Conversation Schools

The 'Big 3' chain schools may pay less in terms of yen per hour worked, but they usually provide very good benefits (e.g. visa sponsorship, flight arrangements to Japan, paid housing deposits, and affordable health insurance). A typical work day could be 5-8 hours, with 20-40 classes a week.

It is reported that the combined annual turnover of NOVA (now G-Education) and ECC alone was around US$500,000,000 a year.

Since these organisations are huge, there are also opportunities for the ambitious to work up the career ladder (e.g. teacher trainer and head teacher positions), which brings additional pay and benefits. The smaller schools such as Britannica pay less, but the work load is lower with about 10-20 classes a week.



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