Teaching babies can be stressful, rewarding, terrifying and exciting all at the same time. It’s also something that you are likely to encounter if you come to Japan and teach English.
Unless you come to Japan as a student, if you are planning to stay more than three months then it is likely that you’ll need a job, not only for financial reasons but also to gain a work visa. As a foreigner, and if you are like me you are arriving in Japan with only the ability to say ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ in Japanese, then you are likely to find yourself teaching English. While there are many different companies and types of teaching English jobs in Japan, one of the easiest ones to find is working in an Eikaiwa.
What is an Eikaiwa?
Eikaiwa literally means ‘English conversation’ in Japanese, so these are marketed as English conversation schools. Most Eikaiwa teach all ages from babies up to adults. There are many big companies that own chains of Eikaiwa schools and there are also smaller family run schools or schools owned by experienced foreign English teachers themselves. Wherever you find yourself, most Eikaiwa will follow a similar structure and have similar materials.
There is one thing that they all have in common though, you must enjoy working with children. If you know that working with young children is not for you, then you most likely want to find an English conversation school that teaches adults only. Working with children is not for everyone. It’s tiring and challenging, especially when they don’t speak the same language as you and you get frustrated that your instructions are not getting heard. However, at the same time, working with children can be fun and rewarding, so I would encourage you to try it and decide …continue reading