Job hunting, lesson plans, and teaching tips

Jobs teaching in Japan

Job related websites

If you're looking for a teaching position in Japan or it's time for a change, browse these job sites.

Teach private lessons in Japan to your own students.
If you are Teaching English in Japan and you would like to teach private lessons then please sign-up. Your profile will go online and students looking for a private teacher may find you. All languages and areas in Japan.

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 cover numerous other work fields.

Daijob have comprehensive multilingual job listings in Japan.

Gaijinpot is a resource for foreigners living and working in Japan.

CarreerCross. Jobs in Japan for bilingual professionals.

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 resources

Running out of ideas and textbooks? These sites are just what you need with 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, 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.

Tips for teachers in Japan

When you set your lesson fees, don't undervalue yourself because if you charge too little you may not earn the respect of your students. You may want to have a cancellation policy as private students could cancel on you. You can partially solve this problem by stating from the beginning that you will charge cancellation fees for lessons.


Keep a schedule for lessons you have set as you don't want to suffer double-booking hassles.

Getting ready

It is good practice for private teachers to have some sort of level check for a first meeting with a student as it can serve two purposes.
  1. The teacher will appear more professional and prepared.
  2. It helps determine what text you'll use.
Even if your student only wants a conversation class, a level check can help you guide the conversation to topics that will help them improve in the areas where they have weaknesses. Do you have a range of teaching materials? Show them to your students as it makes you look even more prepared and professional.

In the lessons