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Start teaching in Japan with small, more approachable class sizes


New to teaching?

Or perhaps just looking at how to get into teaching English as a foreign language?

Why not consider a competitively paid, yet more gentle introduction to teaching by working in an SES Japan school?

Why teach English as a foreign language in Japan?

There are many TEFL UK jobs suitable for new or experienced teachers, which allow you to travel practically anywhere in the world – so why choose a teaching job in Japan?

As an English teacher in Japan, you can expect the following benefits, some of which are particularly coveted among our current retinue of TEFL teachers.

Smaller class sizes and fewer teaching hours

Teaching in Japan can bring one enormous bonus – smaller class sizes.

Working with between 1-6 students benefits you, by:

  • Reducing your workload enormously.
  • Allowing you to really get to know your learners and give them the time they need to help them grow.
  • Decreasing your planning time as you decide how to support your students best - without spending hours completing prep work.

With a fifth of the usual class size, you can easily give 1:1 support and build a collaborative group atmosphere – which helps to speed up language acquisition.

Similarly, with reduced teaching hours per week – with a maximum of 6 hours and guaranteed prep time every day – you can be sure your take-home work will be kept to a minimum, giving you a better work-life balance.

Competitive salaries with a bonus system

While money isn’t everything with TEFL teaching, we know having reduced money worries can make all the difference – especially if you would be using your TEFL job in Japan as a way to save up for bigger investments like travelling or a house deposit back in the UK.

Teaching in Japan is a great way to ensure your monthly income, thanks to:

  • Competitive monthly salaries of around £1,530 (JPY 262,800).
  • Bonus systems within the school – giving you access to performance-related pay increases.
  • Overtime possibilities – which allows you to work more when needed to reach short-term goals.
  • Reimbursed commuting costs.

When you take all of these factors into account, this can create a monthly salary that far exceeds your teaching counterparts in the UK!

Worry-free support: accommodation assistance and health insurance

Whether it’s the 1st or 31st time you have moved countries – it can be daunting – we understand.

To counteract this, TEFL jobs in Japan at SES schools come with a selection of support extras, all of which are designed to help you both in these initial early days and as you continue to live and work in Japan. These include:

  • Health insurance – if you are from the UK and used to the NHS, it can be confusing to consider health insurance. But not if you teach English in Japan – because you will have access to the Japanese Health Insurance Scheme.
  • Accommodation support – remove the worry with experienced help finding housing for the duration of your stay.
  • Welfare support – no matter your query, find answers from people in the know with local support from friendly staff who are used to working with ex-pat teachers from the UK.

What do I need to start teaching English in Japan?

With these, among other benefits, it’s not surprising that so many people choose to teach English as a foreign language in Japan.

To get started, you’ll need:

  • A bachelor’s degree – as the skills gained in BA study are transferable, it doesn’t matter what your degree is in, as long as you have one.
  • To be a fluent English speaker.
  • A sufficient TEFL qualification – such as the 140-hour combined TEFL course.

But don’t worry – you don’t need any Japanese language skills to get started!

Get your Japanese TEFL career started

If the culture, history, food, and technological advancements of Japan are tempting you to leave the UK, consider teaching English as a foreign language as a way to see the country and fund your travels.

To get started, you can call for free from landlines and mobiles on 0800 368 9848 to speak to one of our friendly experts or send us an email and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.