What is the JET Program for Teaching English in Japan?

By: Chelsea Hendrickx

How do you teach English in Japan on the JET Program?

JET stands for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, which is a cultural exchange and teaching program sponsored by the Japanese government that employs university-educated, native English-speakers to teach English in Japan. Accepted participants are placed in positions throughout the country, so while you can request preferences, your teaching location will ultimately be chosen for you.

What are Salaries for English Teachers in Japan?

How much money can you make teaching English in Japan in 2020?

Most first-time English teachers in Japan get paid between 247,700 JPY ($2,250 USD) to 286,200 JPY ($2,600 USD) per month. First-year participants teaching English in Japan on the JET Program receive an average monthly wage of 280,000 JPY, ($2550 USD) per month with yearly pay increases. Airfare and housing costs are typically the teachers responsibility.

What are the Pros/Cons of Teaching English Abroad Through a Government Assistantship Program?

By Chelsea Hendrickx 

While most international English teachers are employed by private language schools across the globe, there are a handful of countries that operate what’s know as a Government Assistantship Program, which provides opportunities for foreign English teachers to work in public schools, including grade schools & high schools. Participants in these program typically assist a native teacher from the local country with English classes, rather than teaching and running a class entirely on their own.

Teaching English in Odate, Japan [JET Program]

By: Carey Bibb

For the last three years and nine months, I have been an Assistant Language Teacher in the city of Odate, Japan.
In total, I have taught at four schools here, three junior high schools, and one elementary school. At the moment, I teach at two junior high schools, one that I began teaching at in Spring 2015 (my previous small school with 42 students had merged into a larger school in March, so I was given a different small school instead) and one school that I have been teaching at since I came to Japan in August, 2012. I have had many ups and downs with that original school, and it is that school that I will write about today: Odate Higashi Junior High School.

Experiencing the "Inaka" Life Teaching English in Odate, Japan

By Carey Bibb

When I found out that I was accepted into the JET Programme for teaching English in Japan I was thrilled! Even without any Japanese experience, I had been accepted into one of the most widely acclaimed companies for teaching English in Japan. But a month later, when I received news of my placement, I was told that I would be in “Odate-shi 大館市, which is located in Akita-ken 秋田県”. I had never heard of Odate before, and the only thing I knew about “Akita” (which at the time I still pronounced in the American style with the emphasis on the “ki” instead of the “A”, where the emphasis truly belongs) was that it was a type of dog. I immediately raced to Google, hoping that I could learn more about my future city, but with a scarce Wikipedia article, Google images consisting of maps, a large dome, and a statue of a dog, I still had no idea what I was getting into. However, I accepted the placement anyway, excited to move to a foreign country to teach English abroad.

I Don't Speak Japanese (But I'm Teaching English in Japan!)

By: Becca Simas

But I am living in Japan. I didn’t study Japanese language or history in college, and this is my first time in Asia. This is actually my first time living in a foreign country too.

When I first announced that I was moving to Japan to teach English, without fail, the first question everyone asked me was, “Do you speak Japanese?” I would always say in return, “no, but I am willing to learn.”

I first discovered International TEFL Academy in January 2014. I was thinking about teaching English in Spain, but I was a little nervous because my Spanish wasn’t great. I was an adjunct writing professor in Connecticut at the time, so I never doubted my ability to teach, but I worried that because I didn’t speak a second language or study abroad, no one would hire me. I desperately wanted the teaching abroad experience, but I didn’t know how I would go about doing it.