I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the TEFL course. As I did not have education in any form of education (business and healthcare), the TEFL course provided an understanding and approach of what to expect and how to further improve my abilities to teach my students at my current ESL job in Japan. - ITA Andrew Brubaker

9.6/10 - reviews from goabroad.com

Why Take Your TEFL Certification in Japan?

Earn your internationally accredited 120-hour TEFL Certification in Nagoya, Japan

This course provides significant instruction on the theories, strategies, and techniques of teaching English as a foreign language. The course also includes a strong cultural and linguistic foundation to prepare students to teach and live in Japan.

This TEFL Japan course is an intense, full-time university-level course. You will be in class full-time, five days a week. During your TEFL Nagoya course, you will receive the following:

  • Extensive cultural orientation with lectures, workshops, and active learning excursions to ground teachers in the local culture both outside and inside of the classroom.
  • Personal Guidance from a TEFL advisor who's been in your shoes and taught English overseas.
  • One-on-one lifetime job search assistance to help you find employment online and in 80+ countries around the globe.
  • Sought-after TEFL certificate. Your TEFL Certification does not expire, is accredited at the highest level, and is recognized by employers worldwide.
  • Access to the ITA alumni community, a highly engaged network of 40,000 alumni. Interact with fellow students, support each other and learn from everyone's experiences overseas.
Japan TEFL Course Graduate in Nagoya

Immersive Cultural Orientation

Experience a full week of interactive orientation on Japanese culture, language, and society as well as an opportunity to bond with other teachers-in-training and staff members. 

16 Hours of Hands-On Live Practice Teaching

This Nagoya course offers observed teaching practice to help you gain confidence in the classroom.

Dedicated Feedback & Support

Interact daily with your instructor and receive individual instructor feedback at the completion of your practice teaching to help you improve.

Full Accreditation

This TEFL Nagoya course is fully accredited through Accreditatthe international TEFL/TESOL accreditation site for TEFL/TESOL Providers and TEFL/TESOL Students. 


Who Should Take This Full-Time Japan TEFL Course?

International TEFL Academy's TEFL Course in Nagoya is perfect if:

  • You want to take a rigorous, in-person TEFL course in Japan. Be prepared for the intensive nature of this course. It is a comprehensive, full-time university-level course. You will be in class full-time 5 days a week & there is homework as well. In addition, students will complete 16 hours of practice teaching over the span of four weeks.
  • Anyone between the ages of 21-40. You're under 21? You will need to submit a young teacher's essay and speak to an admissions advisor prior to enrolling.
  • You are a fluent English speaker seeking to teach ESL. You're a non-native English speaker? You will need to complete a phone interview & submit an essay to verify your English skills. Read more: Non-native English speakers & TEFL.
    *Please note, if you wish to obtain a teaching job in Japan at course completion, you must have a bachelor's degree and be a native-English speaker with citizenship from the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or South Africa.

Job Search Assistance for Nagoya TEFL Course Students

All TEFL Course students receive lifetime job search assistance for finding a job teaching English abroad and online. These exclusive services and resources include:

  • Personal Support from an experienced Job Search Advisor. We have a full-time Student Affairs department whose sole purpose is to help you find the best TEFL job for you.
  • Access to ITA's exclusive 400-page job search manual.
  • Exclusive live and recorded webcasts covering all aspects of the TEFL job search process.
  • Referrals to preferred recruiters, placement agencies, language schools, and online teaching companies.
  • Graduates of this course can gain employment teaching English online and in up to 80 countries worldwide.
  • Japan-specific workshops on working with schools and recruiters.
  • Resume, cover letter, job interview, and introductory video guidance to have a competitive application to prospective schools.
  • Visa and work permit guidance for Japan.
  • Contract reviews.

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Lesson Plan

TEFL / TESOL Course Content

This TEFL certification course has been specially designed to provide all course graduates with the tools to succeed as professional English teachers.

TEFL Japan Curriculum & Syllabus

Here is a brief overview of what you will learn in your Japan TEFL Course:

  • Chapter 1: Working with Schools in (Country)
  • Chapter 2: Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Chapter 3: Overcoming Culture Shock
  • Chapter 4: ESL Methodologies
  • Chapter 5: Teaching Speaking
  • Chapter 6: Classroom Management
  • Chapter 7: Teaching Grammar
  • Chapter 8: Teaching Young Learners
  • Chapter 9: Teaching Phonics
  • Chapter 10: Assessment
  • Chapter 11: Teaching Math
  • Chapter 12: Teaching Science
  • Chapter 13: Teaching Reading and Listening
  • Chapter 14: Positive Reinforcement in the Classroom
  • Chapter 15: Online Teaching Module
  • Chapter 16: Curriculum Design and Implementation
  • Chapter 17: Maximizing the PPP Structure (Lesson Planning for Higher Proficiencies)
  • Chapter 18: Textbook Teaching
Classroom Details

TEFL / TESOL Japan Details

Length of Training

This 4-week, full-time course is made up of a 1-week (40-hour) cultural orientation and 3 weeks (120 hours) of onsite and off-site instruction and work. This is an intensive university-level course. 

Daily Schedule & Intensity

Students should expect to be in class for 8 hours daily, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday-Friday. Students will also participate in at least two days (16 hours) of practice teaching throughout the duration of their course at a local Japanese school. Weekends are primarily free for sightseeing and relaxation, but some homework is required. 

Course Location

This 120-hour TEFL course is located in Nagoya, the largest city in the Chubu Region and the fourth largest in Japan.

TEFL Nagoya: Course Size & Facility

Classes are capped at a maximum of 18 students and a minimum of 12 students.

Included With The Course

What's Included in Your Nagoya TEFL Course?

Your Nagoya TEFL certification comes with:

  • Internationally recognized TEFL Certificate
  • Personalized & dedicated lifetime job search support
  • Constructive feedback from your course instructors
  • Workshops & peer-participation with classmates
  • 16 hours of hands-on live practice teaching
  • All course textbooks, assignments, and quizzes
  • Access to ITA's exclusive alumni network of 40,000 teachers worldwide
  • Assistance with making housing arrangements (housing costs not included)
  • One week/40-hours of online cultural orientation classes before your arrival in Japan
  • Free airport pickup if you arrive before 6 pm on the Sunday before your course begins
  • One full week of in-person cultural orientation and excursions (weather allowing) included at the beginning of your TEFL course

Your course tuition does not include personal expenses, transportation, visa, insurance, and housing costs.

Class Requirements

Class Requirements

Here are the minimum technology requirements to attend the TEFL course:

Laptop - Students are required to bring a laptop with long battery life (at least 4 hours). Tablets, Chromebooks, and mobile devices cannot be used in place of a computer.

Flash Drive - Students will need a flash drive that is compatible with his or her computer.

Word Processing Software - Students should have a reliable word processing system on their computer such as Microsoft Word.

Adobe Acrobat - Students will be required to submit assignments as PDFs. Most computers already have the capability of saving documents as such.

Google Drive - Students will need to know how to use the basics of Google drive. If you are unfamiliar with Google Drive, check out this quick tutorial. Many others can be found on YouTube.

Optional Add-Ons

Optional Add-Ons for Your TEFL Nagoya Course

All ITA students & graduates have the option to enhance their skills and credentials by taking additional TEFL Specialty courses online in the fields of:

  • Grammar Fundamentals
  • Teaching English Online
  • Teaching Business English
  • Teaching English to Young Learners
  • Tutoring English
Included Excursions & Activities

Excursions & Activities

The first week of the course is an amazing, interactive, orientation on Japanese culture and language, as well as an opportunity to bond with other teachers-in-training and staff members. The program is taught by area experts and includes several exciting and informative cultural excursions such as:

  • Japanese Language & Culture Classes
  • Tokugawa Art Museum Excursion
  • Japanese Cooking Class
  • Shirotori Garden Visit & Traditional Japanese Tea-Tasting Experience
  • Guided Tour of Nagoya Castle

In addition to the in-country cultural orientation, an online course is provided to prepare students for what to expect from Japanese culture and living and working there as an ESL teacher. NOTE: included excursions may vary depending on weather and season.

Workshops are also included in the following:

  • Overcoming culture shock and adjusting to life in Japan
  • Adjusting to working in a local Japanese school
  • Alumni teacher panel (where they get to meet course and ask questions to alumni who have been teaching in the country)
Housing Arrangements

Housing Arrangements

Housing is not included in the cost of your Nagoya TEFL course.

If you require accommodation for the duration of your course, the course provider can help to arrange this for you. Accommodation will be shared with other student teachers and will cost $550 USD. 

Make sure to enroll at least 60 days in advance in order to secure housing.


TEFL Course Dates & Registration

Before enrolling in any International TEFL Academy courses, we recommend that you speak with an advisor who will answer your questions; review your employment prospects for teaching English abroad, and assist you with the enrollment process.

We strongly recommend enrolling in your Nagoya TEFL course at least 60 days in advance due to its popularity and to secure housing. We also invite you to read our registration procedure and terms & conditions. Note that all students will be charged a small processing fee per course/program purchased.


Gain Confidence as a Professional English Teacher with Hands-on Student Practice Teaching

Learn how to teach hands-on thanks to the mandatory live practice teaching (practicum) sessions included in your TEFL course. The practicum is an essential component of a teacher's training process, as it provides valuable insight and experience prior to obtaining independent teaching positions.

16 Hours Practicum Included

You must complete a minimum of 16
hours for your TEFL/TESOL certification. These hours will be achieved through observation and real student teaching

Build Your Teaching Skills

Apply teaching principles to real-life situations, build confidence in your skill and pedagogical style, and gain exposure to various learning styles and classroom situations.

Teach Children ESL Learners

This course offers ESL classes to non-native English speakers that attend a local school in Japan. You will focus your practice teaching on children learners, as this is the most common student type should you decide to seek employment teaching English in Japan.

Acquire Valuable Teaching Experience

Feel more prepared, and add a competitive edge during your job search and interview process thanks to your acquired teaching experience.

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Ask a TEFL Japan Instructor

Amy Fraser,  Japan TEFL Course Instructor.
Amy has 6 years of ESL teaching experience of which 4 years were spent teaching all age groups in public and private schools in South Korea. Throughout her career, she has also taught ESL online to adults and she has experience leading a team of online teachers in South Africa. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science and she is a PGCE graduate in Primary Education.

Who Teaches the Nagoya TEFL Course?

All in-country TEFL/TESOL instructors have a  minimum of 3 years of ESL teaching experience in an overseas capacity. 2 years of professional practical experience teaching, coaching, or lecturing to adults. Our instructors are highly-trained in TEFL/TESOL, passionate about education, and hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Education, English, or a related field.

What Does a Typical Day in the Nagoya TEFL Course Look Like?

Remember that it is an intensive, university-level course. Here's what you should expect:

  • Class Hours: You will spend 40hrs per week in class, in addition to 10-15hrs per week with assignments. Class hours are typically from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm including lunch and break times.
  • 16hrs of live practice teaching: Over the course of two days, students will have 16hrs of practical experience teaching students at local schools.
  • Class Assignments: Spread throughout the course, there are multiple assignments that task you with planning lessons, self-reflection, curriculum development, as well as theory research and presentations.


Do I Need to Purchase a Textbook?

Your textbook is provided to you as part of your course tuition.

I am a Non-US Citizen. Can I Take This Course?

This course is available for all citizenships, ethnicities, native and non-native English speakers.  If you're a non-native English speaker you will need to complete a phone interview & submit an essay to verify your English skills. 

Read more: Non-native English speakers & TEFL.

*Please note, if you wish to obtain a teaching job in South Korea at course completion, in order to obtain a work visa you must be a native-English speaker with citizenship from the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or South Africa.

TEFL Course in Japan Comparison

Nagoya TEFL Course

What is included 👇

  • In-Person 4 Weeks, Full-Time
  • Accreditation from Accreditat
  • University-Level Instructors
  • Lifetime Job Search Guidance
  • 16-Hours Live Practice Teaching
  • Classes Capped 15 Students

Online TEFL Course

What's included 👇

  • 170-Hour Online Certification
  • 4-Week Full-time/ 11-Week part-time
  • OFQUAL Level 5 Accreditation from TQUK
  • Live Office Hours with Your Instructor & Peer-Participation with Classmates
  • Lifetime Job Search Guidance
  • 10 to 20-Hours Live Practice Teaching