Teaching jobs

Many foreigners work as English conversation teachers while they’re in Japan. For many people, the work is not too demanding and it gives them the opportunity to travel within Japan during holidays. To be a language teacher, most people need just two qualifications:

  • native-level ability in the language they wish to teach (so they can do the job);
  • a degree (so they can get a work visa).

English language teachers are by far the most in demand. The native language requirement can cause problems — I have heard of people from Europe who can’t get jobs as English teachers because they aren’t native English speakers, even though they speak, read and write English fluently. Japanese people want to learn from a nativen speaker with a standard accent — this mostly means North American, British, Australian or New Zealand. If you have a different accent then it may be more difficult.

My impression is that pretty much any native English speaker with a degree can get a job as an English teacher. I don’t know about other languages. Demand is lower, but I suppose supply of teachers is lower too.

Salaries are around 3 million. Schools will organise work visas, and some even organise accommodation. Sometimes you may not be able to choose where you work, so you could end up anywhere in Japan. This could be a good thing — you could discover places you would never even think of going.

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  1. 58
    soumaya said (28 June 2008 at 6:48 pm)

    Dear Sir/Madam

    Hope in the best!!
    I would like to apply as Arabic teacher, I holding a bachelor degree of English literature, I am working as health insurance officer and I would like to know if I could get a gob in Janban


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    Gupse said (11 July 2008 at 11:20 am)

    Japan seems to put people in neat little boxes.
    You are categorised according to your nationality.

    The only thing totally open to anyone would be cuisine, and that, your native/nationality’s cuisine.

    So if you are Indian or Chinese, never mind that Engineering degree you’ve earned with blood, sweat and tears. Go do ‘baito at a Chinese or Indian restaurant, and get paid more than an engineer in your home country.
    Nice going.

    I have been refused at least ten English teaching jobs because my passport does not match my English language level!

    This is ridiculous.
    I met a 17-year old English boy who could not spell “cheque guarantee card”.
    Not that I blame him. “Cheque” and “guarantee” are French words 🙂

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    shaun said (15 August 2008 at 1:56 pm)

    im really fasinated with japanese culture and the historical background behhind japan and i hope in a couple of years to move there. I want to become an english teacher. Im native english and would it be possible to land a job in japan without a BA degree please answer.

  4. 61
    Charles Mbayah said (19 October 2008 at 12:53 am)

    I am a Malawian (a former British colony whose national language is native english) living in R.S.A & really would love to work in Japan as an english teacher.
    Please advice on how I can end up in Japan.
    Please respond as I would love to move there hopefully in the new year.
    Kind regards,

  5. 62
    Dom Boom said (9 December 2008 at 1:59 pm)

    It is my goal to work and live in Japan, I have a 4 year degree (not english or teaching) and I am a native English speaker. I hope my chances are good to get a job teaching in Japan, starting out is very hard and I have been looking without success so far, I’ll keep trying but if there is any helpful pointers or contacts to make email me at pirate2900@yahoo.com. Thank you, regards

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    Jw said (15 January 2009 at 12:15 am)

    I teach chinese to foreigners in China for 5 years, I have a bachelor degree of English and a certification of teaching chinese to foreigners(advanced), most of my studendts are from Japan and USA.Besides, I can speak a little bit french and japanese. I tried hard to search a job to teach chinese in Japan, pls contact me or give me some helpful suggestions.Thanks a lot ! Best Regards! jennywen8896@yahoo.com.cn

  7. 64
    Grace said (15 April 2009 at 8:44 am)

    I am grace, a 38 years old teacher.My dream is to work in Japan.I teach science in 2 years.I have a 4 yrs degree in education.I can speak three languages; Filipino, English, and Japanese. I am dedicated to my teaching job,especially to the children.I wish my dream become true.

    yorushiku onegai shimasu!

  8. 65
    Queemella said (21 December 2009 at 10:23 pm)

    Hello! I am native Chinese female language tutor (in Hong Kong) — for both Cantonese and Mandarin. Got Language Teaching certificates in Hong Kong University, Hong Kong Baptist University and Peking Normal University, Beijing Culture and Language University/HK Chinese University respectively. I am particularly experienced in teaching Chinese languages to foreigners. (Mainly English and Japanese speakers) 20 years teaching experience to individual, groups and classes. Languages speaking : Putonghua (Mandarin), Cantonese, English and Japanese. Students’ Nationality: Chinese, American, British, Canadian, Indian, French, Dutch, Spanish, Swedish, Greek, Australian, German, Japanese and Korean etc. You are welcome to contact me at : queemella@huabaohk.com or queemella@yahoo.com.hk Your reply is much appreciated.

    Both Live and online training are welcome!

    Best regards,
    Queemella Pang

  9. 66
    majela agnes said (1 July 2010 at 5:26 pm)

    Hi Bennett,

    This site is really a very informative and helpful for those who want to try their luck in Japan. I just want to ask though, do you know any sites who are recruiting non-native English speakers as ESL teachers and live outside of Japan?

    Any reply would be greatly appreciated..



  10. 67
    Sam said (5 April 2011 at 5:03 pm)

    Well,I am not native speaker of English language but i spent the last 7 years teaching speaking English in China.I am native Arabic with TEFL degree in English .I would like to move to Japan and i don’t mind the salary or the location

  11. 68
    Ed said (16 August 2012 at 11:16 pm)

    Hi there,
    I wonder if I could be qualified to teach English in Japan. I am not a native English speaker but I had 5 years teaching experience in a mainstream primary school in London England and I have been living here for almost 10 years.
    I originally come from the Philippines and I would like to move there to give it a try.
    Let me know if I have a chance as I understand,most schools in Japan prefer a native speaker.. I could probably be able to copy British accent.. Lol!
    Looking forward to your reply.

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    Maqsood Baig said (23 June 2016 at 9:11 am)

    i m music director & composer i have home based studio now i m working different tv channels in pakistan and i tacher manay schools ka karachi i want music job in japan..

  15. 72
    Muhammad Usman said (10 April 2017 at 5:43 pm)

    I’m an english teacher… Many people learned by me….. And i hope i can teach well your childrens
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    Sarhamae M.Dugasan said (16 November 2018 at 6:01 pm)

    I am a teacher ,38 years old and i am willing to wirk in japan…It is also my dream to work there..I hope that you will give me an opportunity to work there…..
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    Sarhamae M.Dugasan said (16 November 2018 at 6:01 pm)

    I am a teacher ,38 years old and i am willing to wirk in japan…It is also my dream to work there..I hope that you will give me an opportunity to work there…..
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  19. 76
    Leean said (20 August 2019 at 5:02 pm)

    I haveca degree in a 4 year course and can speak fluent english.how can I apply?

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    Gaurav joshi said (12 November 2019 at 8:42 pm)

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