Monday, October 3, 2011

Hope for This Gaijin

Just found a link to this article:

Fear for Jobs Ignites English Crisis in Japan

An upsurge in English education in Japan?  Combine this with the new requirement of English being taught in elementary schools and my chances are looking better.  I also heard a rumor, emphasis on 'rumor', that the JET program is having issues, as it's a government program and the government has a budget problem.

If you read the article, make sure to read the single comment, as it has a good point.

EDIT:  Here's the forum where I first found the link.  Good thread.   They mention how the better teachers are in the private sector as teacher education isn't the best.  While I'm always for improving education overall, this gives me motivation for setting up my own school with concrete standards of teaching and teacher training.


  1. Yeah, the comment on the article was kind of interesting. I wouldn't read an agenda into the article though, they were just trying to write a clear simple story. Naturally the reality is complicated!

    How are you going to go about starting an English school? That sounds like such a big undertaking to me! I'd say if your Japanese gets good enough you'd have a better opportunity getting a tech-related job. Your skills may be a few years old but you've got experience.

  2. Yeah, I'm seeing a lot of positives for teaching English in Japan. I think that as long as I don't go fanboy over it, I'll be okay.

    As for the school, step 1 is to make sure I enjoy teaching English in Japan. Step 2 is to gain experience in teaching English in Japan to a wide variety of students. Step 3 is to learn as much as I can about teaching English in Japan through further certification and workshops. Step 4 is to build up contacts so I can get enough students to make sure the school is viable. Step 5 is to save enough money to get a place (likely one with a place to live above it). Obviously, these steps are subject to change as I learn and experience more.

    As for finding a non-teaching job, there are plenty of programmer in Japan who already speak the language far better than me, have more recent programming skills, and are willing to work the 60-80 hours a week that are expected. By opening my own school, I'm my own boss and make far more money; Gaijin rarely make it as high as middle management, so most jobs would be dead ends to me, especially since I'm already 31.