Jobhunting + Lesson Plans + Teaching Tips
Jobs teaching private language lessons in Japan
Job related websitesIf you're looking for a teaching position in Japan or it's time for a change, browse these job related sites.
Ohayo Sensei has a comprehensive selection of teaching positions in Japan posted ranging from conversation schools to universities.
Japan Times Jobs has a searchable database for English teaching jobs in Japan by location. Non-English teaching jobs also.
Jobs in Japan posts many openings for teachers in Japan and covers numerous other work fields.
TesolMax. Jobs board and teaching related resources.
Smith's School of English provides English teachers in Japan the opportunity to own their own business teaching English to students in Japan.
Lesson plans and other teaching resourcesRunning out of ideas and textbooks? These sites are just what you need. Heaps of lesson plans and other useful teaching materials.
Onestopenglish has free resources, e-lessons, web guides, competitions and much more for English teachers in Japan.
English-to-go has pretty much everything you need, teachers get your lesson plans now!
ESL Library has ready-made resources for busy English teachers. Preparing for class is easy... just hit print!
Genki English has lots of ESL games, ESL songs and plenty of ideas to make your English lessons even better.
SchedulingKeep a schedule for lessons you have set, don't want to suffer double-booking hassles.
Getting readyAs a private teacher have some sort of level check for your first meeting with a student as it can serve two purposes.
- The teacher will appear more professional and prepared.
- It helps determine what text you'll use.
In the lessons
- Punctuality is always good as a teacher rushing in late and having to compose themselves is a hassle.
- Having your lesson plans and teaching materials ready before your student arrives makes you look prepared and eager.
- Ease into the lesson with some small talk to get your students to relax. Speak slowly and clearly.
- Choose user friendly topics. Basically if it is not something you would talk about with your granny then it may not be appropriate to teach in a lesson.
- Grade your speech to your students level and try to be sensitive to signs that may indicate that they don't understand, e.g: avoiding eye contact, going quiet, pained quizzical expressions.
- Doing a brief review of the last lesson can help identify problems that your students may have and it also shows that you're keen and have an ongoing interest. Teachers may want to keep lesson records.
- When possible teachers should try to incorporate the theme of the chosen lesson into the warm up.
- Throw in a few comprehension checks along the way as students often say they understand when they actually don't.
- Allow a bit of time at the end of the lesson for a warm down and ask students if there are any questions about the lesson.
- Homework can be fun (?), even in the form of quizzes and word games. Make sure you know the answers though.
- Final points. Schedule the next lesson... get paid... don't forget your student's name!