Visit ELTBOOKS - all Western ELT Books with 20% discount (Japan only)

January 24, 2014

Employment | Education | Opinion | Japan

Japan: Teachers tread water in eikaiwa limbo

In the Japan Times, Craig Currie-Robson looks at the often harsh reality of coming to Japan to become an English conversation teacher.

Every year, thousands of young native English-speakers fly to Asia in search of an adventure, financed by working as English teachers. They come from Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., Britain, Canada and elsewhere.

But it can be risky leaping into another country on the promise of an “easy” job. In Japan’s competitive English teaching market, foreign language instructors are treading water. “Subcontractor” teachers at corporate giant Gaba fight in the courts to be recognized as employees. Berlitz instructors become embroiled in a four-year industrial dispute, complete with strikes and legal action. Known locally as eikaiwa, “conversation schools” across the country have slashed benefits and reduced wages, forcing teachers to work longer hours, split-shifts and multiple jobs just to make ends meet.

Armed with slick websites and flashy recruiting videos, big chains such as Aeon, Gaba and ECC send recruiters to Australasia, North America and Britain to attract fresh graduates. New hires come expecting to spend their weekends and vacations enjoying temples, shrines and exotic locales. Newcomers may also be lured by the prospect of utilizing that ESL (English as a second language) diploma or CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) they’ve worked hard for. Yet from the start, they’ll effectively be customer-service staff, delivering a standardized product. Recruiting campaigns take full advantage of the prospective teacher’s altruistic angels. They look for suckers.

Read the full article from The Japan Times.

Share this:  

September 13, 2013

UAE | Employment

Expat teachers escape austerity-hit Europe for booming UAE

brighton-college-uae.jpgAusterity measures in Europe are forcing many language teachers to look further afield for work, and some are heading to the Middle East.

Teachers from austerity-hit Europe have been unpacking their bags and starting out in new schools in the Emirates this week, drawn by the promise of a booming economy.

Ruth Forsythe, a 35-year-old music and performing arts teacher from Northern Ireland is one of hundreds of men and women who have taken the plunge to move their families to the emirate from Europe in search of career opportunities and a new life.

Mrs Forsythe, who left her job as head of music at a school in Northern Ireland to come to the UAE, this week started her new role as director of music at Abu Dhabi’s Brighton College.

“In the UK and especially Northern Ireland teaching jobs have become very static with teachers staying in positions for longer, leaving fewer opportunities for those just qualifying,” she says. “As a family we decided on a life change and as teaching is universal, my career opened the door to Abu Dhabi.”

Her colleague, Andrew McLoughlin, a 36-year-old Canadian who has just taken up a post at Brighton College as an English teacher, agrees.

Read the full article from The National UAE.

Photo: Ravindranath K / The National

Share this:  

July 05, 2013

Malaysia | Employment

100 US grads to join 2014 Fulbright programme in Malaysia

Teaching-English-in-MalaysiaA total of 100 young American university graduates will be participating the Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETA) programme in Malaysia next year.

United States (US) Ambassador to Malaysia Datuk Paul W. Jones said one new state will be added in the 2014 programme but it had yet to be decided by the Malaysian government. Currently, the American teachers are placed in schools in Johor, Terengganu, Pahang and Perak. "This year, 75 young American university graduates are experiencing Malaysian hospitality, food and culture as they help teach English in schools across the states."

"Next year, 100 people will follow in their steps. This rapidly growing programme was extraordinary successful not only for our people to people ties but also for a lot of students who can practice English with the native speakers," Jones told reporters at the 4th of July reception in conjunction with the US Independence Day. He said many students in the participating schools had improved their English language skills and understood the vocabulary and grammar.

The Fulbright ETA programme is an initiative by the Malaysian and US governments to support English language education in Malaysia, which began in 2012.

(Story courtesy of Bernama, the National News Agency of Malaysia.)

Share this:  

June 07, 2013

Japan | Employment

Temple, Sophia to hold English career fair in Tokyo

Teaching-English-in-Japan"Temple University Japan and Sophia University announced this week that they will hold a joint career fair in English later this month. The Tokyo English Career Fair event, which will be English-only, will be held on Wednesday June 19 at Sophia University. Students can attend free of charge but registration, through the Sophia University website, is required for non-TUJ and Sophia students.

As one of the selected universities of the internationalization project (Global 30) pursued by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Sophia University offers English-based degree programs and promotes active exchange between 180 partnering universities in 40 countries world-wide. At TUJ, all classes are taught in English and 60% of the undergraduate student body is non-Japanese. Both institutions are committed to supporting job placements of foreign nationals and Japanese students with global career aspirations, and therefore started working together and held the first joint career fair in English last year.

The event is designed to attract a wide range of internationally-minded students with advanced language skills. Last year’s fair attracted 10 companies and approximately 300 students from over 40 countries studying across Japan, making it a very international fair. Most participants requested the event be held on an annual basis.

Share this:  


About Employment

This page contains an archive of all entries posted to ELT News in the Employment category. They are listed from newest to oldes.

Many more can be found by looking through the archives.

Recent Headlines

Columns

Columns
Hedbanz / Charades
Helene J Uchida
Columns
Think Read Write
David Lisgo

Features

Useful Links

Organizations

  • ALTEThe Association of Language Testers in Europe
  • British CouncilInformation, resources, and links to other sites
  • Cambridge English Language AssessmentInformation on examination and qualifications for teachers and students
  • IALICInternational Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication
  • IALLTInternational Association for Language Learning Technology
  • IATEFL"Linking, developing and supporting" ELT professionals worldwide
  • TESOL IncPublishing, connecting, events and career development for teachers

Japan

Comments

Events

World Today