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The Greenlist of English Schools

The British Council English Centers

Teach English at the British Council. The British Council of course, is very much involved in English teaching to say the least, hence its` fame. I think you could do much, much worse, than land a teaching position at one of their beautiful and illustrious schools.

Some teachers have complained that they cannot get a job in certain English schools if they are a person of colour. The British Council says they believe in the principles of equal opportunities.

British Council Tokyo

1-2, Kagurazaka,


Tokyo 162-0825

Tel: 03-3235-8031

Fax: 03-3235-8040

British Council Japan School

General enquiries: enquiries at

English Course enquiries: courses at

Education UK enquiries: at

Good English Schools Japan: British Hills in Fukushima Prefecture

I had heard about British Hills from a student of mine. She had attended classes there twice in the past and raved about it. She said it was like studying in the English countryside. Yet it is located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

“British Hills resembles a small British countryside village complete with castle, British style guesthouses, English speakers, country gardens and surroundings. Even the weather seems British! You are accommodated in luxury style fully furnished and serviced guesthouses. Similar to Bed and Breakfast cottages in England. There are between 20 and 30 apartments in each of the 8 guesthouses depending on the size of the house and of course the apartment. Each rooms can sleep between one and four guests. Every guesthouse has its own large luxurious lounge which is suitable for conference for up to 40 people; however it is also private and cosy enough for 1 or 2 people. All interiors are of a typical British Victorian style complete with imported fabrics and heavy well crafted wood and steel furniture. The main classroom and conference facilities, reception, main dining hall, library, indoor sporting and relaxation facilities and Chapel, are housed in the main castle-like Manor House. Also on the premises are the Craft House, the real English Pub, The Souvenir Shop and staff accommodation, external sporting facilities and the nature trail.”

–from the British Hills website


“20,000 a month plus utilities, basic furnishings.” Paid holidays, completion bonus, health insurance, six weeks unpaid holidays, company car for travel to and from work, and 50,000 social insurance allowance.”

–from a British Hills employment ad

Contact British Hills

1-8 Aza Shibakusa,

Oaza Tarao, Tenei Mura,

Iwase Gun, Fukushima 962-0622.

mailto: bhedudept at

British Hills

“Full-time, 40 working hours/week, 5 days/week, 8 hours/day. 300,000yen/month. Teach English and British Culture to students from elementary to college students, and adults. “We teach students a variety of classes that fit into the following categories: English, Travel English, Cultural, Art and Craft, Activity based classes, Elementary classes, Business and Adults, as well as courses tailored to specific company or school needs.” Teaching location Tenei Mura in Hatori Kogen. The nearest train station is Shin-Shirakawa.”

–from a British Hills employment ad

Good English Schools Japan: Bromski`s English Academy

Teaches young children to adults.


3236-8 Yoshiki,

Yamaguchi city 753-0811

Tel/fax: 083-923-5934

E-mail: beaeikaiwaacademy at

Good English Schools Japan — The British School in Tokyo

Is a large co-ed international school in Tokyo for students from nursery school to age 18.

They have two sites in Tokyo and offer a variety of possible positions at the school.

Learn more about them at their very informative homepage.

Good English Schools Japan: California Bear English Club

California Bear English Club is a small school located in Fujisawa, Kanagawa, next to Tsujido Station on the Tokaido Train Line.

American, Todd Lenkowski is the owner, manager and teacher. He is a good, honest man. He is a motivated teacher and manager who regularly attends conferences in the hopes of always becoming better.

I highly recommend him as an employer. One of his teachers has taught at California Bear for many years.

Check out their homepage here:

California Bear English Club


California Bear English Club

3F 1-3-1 Tsujidoshinmachi,

Fujisawa, Kanagawa,

Japan 251-0042

Chit Chat English Services

I had the pleasure of meeting Chit Chat owner Barry Miller near Shin Yurigaoka station. Miller teaches primarily – private English lessons, but may need part-time teachers at times. Or if you are a student, check out his school. I know that he is a very good teacher.

Chit Chat English Services

1-3-13 Naka-Izumi Komae City

201-0012 Tokyo

Tel/Fax: 03-6805-0660

Email: b.miller at

Visit Chit Chat`s Homepage

Good English Schools Japan: Choice English School in Kyoto

Sean the owner has set up himself a nice little school in Kyoto.

Choice has daytime and evening lessons in the Kyoto area of Japan. I feel that a small school like this one is a better bet for students and teachers alike. Smaller schools tend to care more about teachers and students, as without them, the business dies. You may want to teach in Japan with a small to mid-sized English school.

This Kyoto English school is foreign-owned and located near Shijo-Omiya in Kyoto City. The owner Sean`s goal is to provide students CHOICES in their English study and practice. They teach all ages from 4 up, daytime and evenings lessons, short-term or long-term study, and in small groups (up to 4 students) or private lessons.

Visit their homepage to learn more about them.

Watch Choice`s Sean being interviewed about how he started his school.

Remember you have a choice! Ooops! that was bad! But I couldn`t resist. Sitting at this keyboard all day can drive you a little batty!

Choice has two schools in the Kyoto area plus they do proof reading.

Join them for parties like St. Patrick`s Day.

Their photo gallery gives you a good idea of what teaching at Choice is like.

“チョイスイングリッシュは京都市の四条大宮と川端二条にある外国人が経営する小さな英会話教室です。私たちは、生徒の皆さん自身が英語学習についてチョイスできる英会話スクールを目指しています。レッスンは4歳以上の全ての方に昼夜行っています。長期レッスンも短期レッスンも可能です。 また、4人までの小グループレッスンや個人レッスンもお受けいたします.”

–from the Choice Homepage

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Good English Schools Japan: Conrad`s English House

Odawara, Kanagawa

Conrad`s English House is a school that I highly recommend. Conrad is a stand up guy who cares very much about teaching students well, and that is the way he runs his school too.

Contact: Conrad Matsumoto


Conrad’s English House

Nakagawa Bld. 2

1-14-4 Sakae-cho

Odawara, Kanagawa 250-0011

Tel: 0465 23-3050

Visit their homepage for more information

Dave & Amy`s Eikaiwa

I met the very personable Amy at a ETJ conference in Tokyo. My friend knows her fairly well and I would think she and her partner Dave would be good people to work for.

There schoosl are located in Urawa area.

Dave & Amy`s Tel 048-883-2536 Email: Urawa/Kita-Urawa-Kita-Yono


Visit Dave and Amy`s Homepage

Good English Schools Japan: David English House


Polesta Bldg,

7-5 Nakamachi, Naka-ku,

Hiroshima, 730-0037

Visit their homepage for more information

Tel: 082-244-2633, Fax: 082-244-2651

E-mail: Rie at

David Paul is one of my heroes! He has done so much for English teaching in Japan. He is a very selfless man and works hard to improve the state of English teaching in this country. He deserves applause!

Founder David Paul is the writer of the Finding Out series and Communicate. He also lectures on how to teach English throughout Japan. Anyone who has attended one of his lectures will be impressed with the man and his mission. David English House is highly recommended as a first class school to work for!

Paul started what is arguably the best association for English teachers in Japan–ETJ.

DES also administrates some distance learning courses, if you are thinking of furthering your studies. One of the courses is The University of Birmingham`s Masters in TEFL/TESL.


Nakamachi, Sendamachi, Asahimachi, Minami Kannon, Ujina Nishi, Danbara, Yamane-cho, Nukushina, Yokogawa, Furuichi, Omachi, Tomo Higashi, Kogo Naka, Takasu, Takasudai, Tagata, Inokuchi, Inokuchidai, Itsukaichi Higashi, Itsukaichi, Rakurakuen, Aobadai, Kaita, Kaita Minami, Yano, Fuchu, Aki-Nakano, Nakano Higashi, Saijo, Takamigaoka, Miyoshi, Shobara.


Christine Watson – Principal Brandon Salsman- Vice Principal Kazumi Takata – Manager (distance learning) Kyoko Hori – Manager (book service) Tomomi Date – Manager (school section)

“I spent 5 years at DEH and found it to be a very professional and well-run school in the context of the TEFL world. There are some issues with travel time and many teachers end up with more kids classes than they might want, but it¡¯s a great place to go to get a solid foundation in teaching. They do have both pre-service and in-service training, and David Paul, the president, is a rariety in the field, a school owner who`s more interested in education than money.”

–quoted from TEFL School

*I disagree with the last part of the above quote. Many of the owners are also teachers, and they are very interested in education–not only improving themselves, but improving the teachers employed at their school. If you think about it, it makes sense. Better teachers=a better school. Better schools bring in more students.

The person above may be speaking of owners who do not teach. All of the owners I know personally, and there are many; they teach as well as manage their schools.

Good English Schools Japan – Eikaiwa Planet

In beautiful Kaminoyama, Yamagata Prefecture. The pictures of the area at Dan`s blog look lovely. This school is in the Japanese countryside, but if you are lucky enough to live near Dan and his wife Naoko then contact them for possible part-time or fulltime work as an English teacher there.

Dan and his wife Naoko run a very nice looking school. You can see what I mean by the photos at their homepage (link below).


〒990-2442 Yamagata Itiminami Nibancho 8-1-2F

They have free parking!

〒990-2442 山形市南二番町8-1-2F 詳しい地図などはこちら ★駐車場もあります。


E-mail: hello at

Dan might be interested in hiring you if you enjoy teaching children, or live in the area. Anyway, give Dan a shout if you live in his area. He is a good man Visit Eikaiwa Planet`s Homepage

Get to know the owner of Eikaiwa Planet, Dan at his Blog

Dan is an avid gardener from England. And I know him through my Yahoo group

Elf Kids English School

Is owned by the energetic Eric Kane. They create learning content for young children. Presently, their goal is to create a flexible curriculum for teachers and students around the world. They offer a wide variety of materials, as well as teaching in house classes at their schools.

Kane can often be found at various ETJ Conferences around Japan, so if you teach children, be sure to talk with him and see his materials. He is a very friendly man and willing to offer advice. A good friend of mine uses some of his teaching materials in his classes.

Specialties: Children’s Music (Writing, Performance and Recording), Materials Creation, Children’s Education, Teacher Training and Consultation.

Visit Elf Kids English Schools` Homepage

Good English Schools Japan: English Village

Is a smaller school chain that is rated highly by Oricon.

Check them out at the following link:

English Village Homepage

Good English Schools Japan: Evergreen Language School

in Kochi, Shikoku

Located in one of the more beautiful areas of Japan, the island of Shikoku. Definitely off the beaten path but an area of Japan I long to see. I have heard it is beautiful from a number of people. Kochi is a decent sized city, the largest city on the island.


They have an English language school for all levels, and teachers are also sent to teach off campus at various places.

They offer a salary of 250,000 Yen and up. Plus a 20,000 Yen per month transportation allowance.

*It is not a requirement of Japanese companies to pay for your transportation (commuting costs). However many companies choose to do so.

Check with Evergreen to see exactly what that 20,000 Yen is. Is it to pay for the time it takes to travel? Or is it just to pay for your train tickets for example? Some schools will pay for your travel time as well if you are having to travel a lot–2 hours or 90 minutes to get to a class for example.

Good English Schools Japan: English Square

Location: Kanazawa City



Tel. 076-296-9788

Owned by the energetic Mari Nakamura, the author of the excellent children`s text: “English Land” (Pearson Longman) and “Hop, Step Jump into English”(RIC). She is a well-known teacher trainer.

If you could come straight from your home country to be trained and teach for Nakamura, you couldn`t do better. She gives numerous teacher training sessions all around Japan, writes educational articles, all the while she teaches young learns and trains teachers at English Square.

Moreover, Nakamura is a volunteer with ETJ (English Teachers in Japan) and is obtaining her MSc degree in Teaching English to young learners from Aston University.

If you would like to teach children, I feel starting at a school like English Square would be a fantastic start to a career in teaching at Good English Schools Japan.

English Square Homepage Email: English Square

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Good English Schools Japan, there is an abundance of good schools here, but you will want to be sure you choose to teach English in Japan for a good English school and not for one of the mediocre or terrible schools, that also exist.

I hope our site helps you to have a great Japan experience!

Hopefully our Greenlist of schools will help you in your search by giving you a good idea of the kind of situation you will be teaching English in Japan in.

But you need to know what you want? How many hours do you want to work? Do you want to be friends with your students or not? Some schools forbid this? What is important to you?

(Pictured, No this is not an English school! You thought is was one of the big chain schools here! But it`s not! It is Abashiri Jail Bathhouse by Ian Griffin)

For me, if it is part-time work, I would like 3,000 Yen per hour or more. I pay a part-time teacher at time of writing 4,000 Yen per hour but transportation fees come out of that, so it ends up being over 3,000/hr.

For fulltime work you want to get a job that pays 250,000/Month or more, that is the standard and that is the amount immigration respects as well, so they are more likely to grant and renew your visa. Immigration feels you can support yourself on that salary.

If the school says, teachers are very important to us, but then offers you 1800 Yen per hour to teach, look elsewhere. They are dishonest. Schools like these are not worth your time, nor your skills. They are out to make money (at your expense). Steer clear of them.

Actions speak louder than words, and pay that is so low says much about how much these schools value teachers. If the pay is lower than 250,000 per month for a fulltime teaching position, run away. They don`t care about you. You are just a warm body to them.

There are many schools that do care about treating teachers well. The teachers who tend to get into a bad situations, tend to not have read websites like ours. They are usually the ones who just hopped on a plane to Japan.

Then they bitch about how rotten things are, ad nauseum at the forums on teaching here. As if all schools are like the sorry one they signed on with.

Check out the list of good schools at our Greenlist – on this page and the other Greenlist pages.

Need a Cheap Place to Stay in Japan?

How would you like to stay in a Victorian house for under 40 dollars per night? You can, in Kanagawa, Japan. Kevin`s Guest House is near many beautiful and interesting places. You can take day trips to Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura, Enoshima, the Izue Penninsula, Odawara and Hakone. It is located in Minmamiashigarashi. The house was imported from British Columbia. Learn more about

Kevin`s Guest House.

Good English Schools Japan – Tell us about your Favorite English School or Institution in Japan!

Hi, I`m Dave Johnson and I would like to know about your favorite English schools, universities, colleges or other institutions that teach English in Japan. I want to thank Kevin for giving me the opportunity to gather more information about which schools you think are the best in Japan.

People should know! And people should be able to avoid the bad schools by applying to the

good ones. Help someone out by posting what you know about some of the good places to teach at in Japan.

How do you choose a good English school in Japan?

We have all heard the horror stories of people who work in some nightmarish situations like some of those in South Korea or elsewhere.

Some of the work situations in Japan can be bad as well. We hope that this comprehensive list of good schools to teach for in Japan will help you to have a great experience while living here.

Who knows? If you are like me, you might even marry a great Japanese spouse and stay.

I thought I would only stay a year and I have spent almost half my life in Japan now.

Good English Schools Japan: This Site if BY Teachers FOR Teachers

Your opinions matter! Which schools do you think are good or bad. Why? Share your opinions!

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“Sometimes teaching for a small school is better.”

Good English schools Japan photo: A Kevin`s English Schools classroom in Kanagawa, Japan

This is a comprehensive list of good English schools to teach for in Japan. We hope this list helps you! Truly we do! My whole family hopes this list helps you! Even some of my friends too! Really!

Good English Schools Japan: What is a good school?

For this list, a good English school is one that cares about its` teachers and students. They charge reasonable fees to students, and pay their teachers a reasonable salary. Schools where the teachers tend to stay for a long time, and reports are generally good about the school.

No school will have a perfect reputation.

No company is perfect.

(Except mine of course….)

All of the schools listed here for various reasons, are good schools. I`m sure you can find some complaints about some of them. Yet overall they are good schools.

Good English Schools Japan: A 2 Z ENGLISH SCHOOL


1014-18, Higahsikiwa, Ube City

Yamaguchi Prefecture

Tel: 090-8242-3414,

E-mail: cortez18 at

Teaches from 3 years old to adults

Good English Schools Japan — A to Z Language School

Was established in 1980, AtoZ is based in Matsumoto-city, Nagano prefecture. We also have branches in Okaya and Ina, and offer positions throughout Nagano. Our teachers work with a range of ages, from children to adult learners. We also have lessons at local companies and provide ALTs to elementary, junior high and high schools. We currently employ about 45 foreign teachers from all over the world. Apart from English, we offer classes in Spanish, French, Chinese and Korean. We offer a competitive compensation package and extensive practical and cultural support to all our employees.

* Working hours: Monday – Friday / 8:15am to 5:00pm (holidays are according to the holidays allocated for the school) * Monthly salary: 250,000yen plus experience and qualifications. * Housing: Single-occupancy apartment will be provided at a cost with basic furnishings. * Holidays: Golden Week, 3 week summer holiday, about 10 day winter holiday and spring holiday – these are all paid holidays

Visit their Homepage

Good English Schools Japan — ALC Group

Sends Teachers to Companies and Schools to Teach English

I have known three teachers who have taught for ALC Group and I have yet to hear a complaint about this company. They send teachers to teach company and children`s classes.

Learn about the ALC Hiring Process and the ALC Interview.

ALC Interview

Find out more about the ALC Group at their website:

ALC Homepage

Good English Schools Japan — American World

Has a kindergarten and a pre-school, they also offer a holiday child care center for children 1 1/2 and older.

Visit the American World Homepage

Good English Schools Japan — Primary schools look for fun ways to teach English

From Japan Today

by Koji Kudo

TOKYO ¡ª Primary schools introducing English conversation lessons aimed at promoting international understanding among pupils have been increasing in number since the spring, but the headache for teachers seems to be they “don’t know how to teach it.”

As a way of coping, many schools have invited into the classroom staff members from private companies with specialized know-how in the field of English conversation education.

At Akasaka Primary School in the village of Chihaya Akasaka, Osaka Prefecture, in western Japan, Chika Kameyama spoke to one second-grader, saying, “Hello. What is your name?” Kameyama was sent from ALC Press Co, a company which publishes language education-related materials.

Behind the pupils stood some 20 observing teachers from the school, which has been designated by the education ministry as a “research and development school.”

The school will introduce an English course in the second term this year for all pupils and has asked ALC Press to cooperate because the company has wide experience in teaching English conversation to children.

Kameyama usually teaches only in English, but this time, she used both Japanese and English at the request of school authorities. She also used videotaped materials.

“The (teaching) tempo is fast and enjoyable. Instruction steps are also useful for us,” said a teacher.

The school began studying introducing English conversation lessons two years ago. “I have visited other schools and found there are many lessons solely left to assistant language teachers (ALTs) from other countries,” said Yoshiharu Inomoto, the school’s principal.

“Teachers in charge of classes should take the initiative in lessons. We would like to develop lessons which can be taught by them even in the absence of an ALT,” Inomoto said.

Teachers paid especially keen attention to ALC Press’ educational materials, and a company representative said, “It’s important to teach the pleasure of using English to pupils.”

Inomoto said, “The initiative in lessons is with the school, but companies have know-how which we don’t have. We will introduce everything which furnishes us with information.”

The ALC Press representative said, “This kind of occasion has merit for us in that it will help promote our popularity. We would also like to cooperate with the school in developing teaching materials.”

About 40% of primary schools throughout the country offered English conversation lessons in fiscal 2001, and the percentage is expected to rise further in the current fiscal year.

The Sakai municipal government in Osaka Prefecture has asked the private English-language school NOVA to work out an educational curriculum and to send lecturers to various schools in the city to help support ALTs.

A member of the city’s Education Board said, “Dispatches of lecturers with various nationalities will contribute to international understanding.”

Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward has also asked a private employment agency to send ALTs to all primary schools in the ward at an annual budget of about 10 million yen. –Japan Today

Good English Schools Japan: Asahi Culture Center

Learn more about Asahi Cultural Center – ACC.

ACC – Asahi Cultural Center

Good English Schools Japan: 7Act

Rated Top School in Japan by the Oricon Rankings

Was rated the top school in Japan in terms of customer satisfaction. You can of course interpret that to mean that happy teachers, translate into happy customers as well.

Check them out at their website:

7Act Homepage

Good English Schools Japan: Altia Central

Is recommended by Genki, for which I have a lot of respect.

Altia Central is for ALTs but seems a little different. Check them out and read their philosophy on what teaching English to children is really all about.

Altia Central Homepage

Good English Schools Japan: Avanti Staff Corporation

Avanti is not really an English schools as such, it is more of an agency that sends teachers to companies.

A trusted friend of mine taught company English classes for Avanti. He was happy with the position and enjoyed his classes.


Avanti Staff

More about Avanti Staff

Avanti Staff Contact Information:

Avanti Staff

1-7-5-17F Sakuragi-chou Ohmiya-ward, Saitama,

Saitama 330-8669 Japan

Phone: +81-3-3539-3225

FAX : +81-3-3539-3288

Avanti Staff

E-mail Contact: Toru Honda

Avanti Staff offers:

Full/Part Time and Part-time positions

Salary from:

3,500/Hour The salary varies depending on experience and training.


They teach company classes at various locations.

English Level:


Japanese Level:



Native-level English level Must currently reside in Japan

Description of position:

Avanti Staff Corp. seeks part-time native English instructors for corporate classes in Japan.

*Must have proper visas and completed degree or diploma.

Good English Schools Japan: Banana Kids in Utsunomiya

A former teacher comments on his experience of teaching for Banana Kids:

“Hi Mike,

Just fixing something Kevin said about working for Banana Kids. It is true that I did work fairly long hours but I was payed for the long hours. Don’t be “put off” by that comment. The boss was an exceptional Japanese lady who showed great concern and respect for her employees. It was a great company to work for and a wonderful introduction to “living in Japan”.


–originally posted at Kevin`s English Schools Forum

Good English Schools Japan — A Banana Kids ad from a few years ago:

“Established English school with over 800 students seeks a full-time English teacher. Banana Kids is an English School that operates in the Tochigi and Ibaragi areas. Utsunomiya is a city 100km north of Tokyo and has a population of 500,000. We are looking for a teacher who is interested in teaching children between the ages of 3-12 as our students are mainly from this age group.

Experience is an asset but not vital and we will consider applications from both Japan and abroad. A Bachelors degree and a valid driving license are a must.

The successful applicant will be required to work a 40 hour week that will include a maximum of 25 teaching hours per week. The salary for this position will be JPY 250,000 a month. Furnished accomodation is provided by Banana Kids with the rent and utilities being the repsonsibility of the teacher.

If you have a bright and positive personality and are eager to experience life in rural Japan we would like to hear from you. Please contact us at: Contact Banana Kids English School Banana Kids English School


321-0132 Tochigi Prefecture

Utsunomiya City

Suzumenomiya 7-1-1

Tel 028-654-2833

Fax 028-908-4633

Good English Schools Japan — Beat Eikaiwa

This is Mr. Peter Carter`s school in the Kansai area. Carter is the co-founder of JINES, Japan`s Independent network of English schools. JINES like our site, has a list of good schools to teach for in Japan.

Carter also operates Beat Australia, which is a consultancy service for the business, education and training sector.

Beat Australia acts as a link between Australian and Japanese educational interests. They endeavor to provide increased educational and research opportunities between the two countries.

Both Beat Australia and Beat Eikaiwa would appear to be great opportunities for furthering you career in Japan.

Learn more about them at their homepage.


Beat Eikaiwa

3-22 Kanda-cho

Higashi Osaka-shi

Osaka 579-8058


Email: peter.carter at

Peter Carter, Network Administrator

Japan’s Independent Network of English Schools (JINES)

3-22 Kanda-cho

Higashi Osaka-shi

Osaka JAPAN 579-8058


Good English Schools Japan — Berkeley House Language Center

Since 1973. This small chain has schools located in Tokyo.

Berkeley House Language Center provided language education to Japan`s blue chip corporations, government agencies, schools and private individuals.

It is located in Tokyo`s Chiyoda Ward (Ichigaya). It is a nice “leafy” area of residential and commercial establishments.

“The streets are alive with students coming and going to Sophia University in nearby Yoyogi and professionals heading to NHK, Sony Music, and other top companies in Japan. As a teacher at Berkeley House Language Center, you can take advantage of the school’s prime location and enjoy the time between classes. You can have a leisurely lunch in one of the many restaurants…”

—from the Berkeley House homepage

Learn more about Berkeley House at their homepage

Good English Schools Japan — Bilingual Kids International Preschool

Is a private international preschool that uses the Reggio Emilia approach as its main teaching method. This approach has been adapted for the bilingual child in Japan.

It is a full day preschool operating in Tokyo`s Kishijoji area.

Tel/Fax: 0422-54-1898

Visit Bilingual Kids International Preschool`s Homepage

Good English

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Alternatives to teaching at an English School in Japan

Indeed many have read about the JET Program.

They found their niche in a very interesting organization that posts native English speakers throughout Japan.

Outside of the JET Program: you can work as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) for your city. Apply at your city hall.

You don`t have to be a JET participant to work as an ALT in Japan. Check to see if your hometown has a sister-city relationship with a Japanese city. Often there are chances to work as an ALT through this relationship.

Some ALTs do not have a university degree. What they do have is a Japanese spouse. That is often enough if they are intending to live in their chosen city long term.

Cities and towns throughout Japan are begging locals to teach as Assistant Language Teachers in their schools. I know as I was one of them.

Teaching English in Japan: Teach on the Peace Boat

The Peace Boat is an interesting option for those who like to do volunteer work. I would love to do this one day and highly recommend it! You get a free trip around the world and teach! Where do I sign!?

When I first arrived in Japan, I worked at different language schools including ECC and the YMCA. I was satisfied with both overall, and used that knowledge to start my own schools.

Many of my friends have worked for Aeon and Geos and enjoyed their time there. I recommend these schools too if you research them and decide if the big school experience is good for you.

Pictured: The Giant Buddha of Kamakura, Buddha has been the largest student I have ever taught!

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More Positions within the JET Program

More Postions within the JET Program

Others become coordinators for international relations or CIRs. They work in various communities all over Japan and organize international exchange activities.

Still others are employed as Sports Exchange Advisors or SEAs. They promote international exchange through sports.

To apply for the JET Program

To apply contact the Embassy of Japan in your country of nationality to apply.

Pictured: Ikumi Burns in a kimono JET for Canadians

CNN reports on young Americans going abroad on the JET Program

See our videos of life in Japan and teaching English

The upper age limit for JET applicants wanting to teach English in Japan is under 39 years of age at the time of departure.

JET applicants must speak standard English and be generally interested in Japan and teaching.

Applicants must hold a bachelor`s degree or equivalent by the time they start their contract in Japan.





Former JETs can reapply. But applicants cannot have lived in Japan for more than 3 years of the last 8.

JET for Citizens of the UK

Orientation and Training for the JET Program

There is a pre-departure orientation for all JET participants before leaving for Japan. Where: They are conducted at the Japanese Embassies and consulates in your country of nationality.

After arriving in Tokyo you will attend a post-arrival orientation. A further seminar will be held mid-year in your prefecture.

Specialized training of Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) is provided by CLAIR, while MEXT provides guidance and specialized training to Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs), as well as counseling in education-related matters throughout the year.

Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) are trained by CLAIR. ALTs are trained by MEXT. MEXT also provides counseling in education-related matters.

Are there Negatives to the JET Program?

Indeed there are. According to an employee of JET, a very reliable source, one problem that seems to crop up sometimes is sexual assault. There have been allegations that a few JET teachers have been sexually assaulted by city employees here and there over the years.

Then again, bad things can happen anywhere right?

Another sometimes mentioned problem is simply as follows:

One thing that can happen when you are asked to work as an Assistant Language Teacher, is what you are told, is sometimes not the reality of your working situation.

One JET participant had the following experience as told by her husband:

“The real shock came when my wife and I were coming back from the capital city in her supervisor’s van. She asked, “When can I see the shogakos (elementary schools) I’ll be working at?” He replied, “Oh, you don’t work in the schools. You’ll work in the prefectural education center. You will only go to shogako once a week.” Every situation is different, but this was a shock. My wife had been told from the very beginning that she would be teaching. Up until that very moment we both assumed that is what she’d be doing for the next year.

Nope. In fact, her job consisted of activities that a first year JET should never have to do. She was to prepare presentations for the other JETS in the prefecture on how to teach in their schools. Let me repeat that: She was supposed to prepare presentations…..on how to teach… school. The paradox of her duties left her feeling confused and a little frustrated. How do you tell your peers how to do a job that you’ve never done before?”

–posted by Kumanoki at

The Big Daikon is a site full of stories by JET participants current and former. participants and their experiences, both good and bad. CLAIR is in charge of counselling JETs and other programs. Check them out.

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Grounding the JETs

By Lisa Gay


Since it was founded in 1987, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme has brought over 50,000 young foreigners to live and work in this country. The vast majority of JET participants teach English in public schools, with a smaller number coordinating international events at local city halls. Lately, the program has received a lot of media exposure because the government was considering cutbacks that threaten its existence. Although JET was spared from the chopping block, it was ruled that further study is needed to determine whether the program is still necessary.

It’s not. With no concrete results on how well this 23-year-old experiment is working, the program’s annual cost of 45 billion yen represents a huge amount of money that would be better used elsewhere. To survive an economically battered Japan, JET needs to change… or fall to the government axe.

Full disclosure: I was a JET. And like many other bright-eyed young college grads that constitute the bulk of participants, I enjoyed my time as an assistant language teacher (ALT) in rural Japanese schools. But I knew I was overpaid, underused and had little effect on my students’ English skills.

Being underused in the classroom is a common complaint among JETs (the overpaid part, not so much). We referred to ourselves as “human tape recorders”—many of us weren’t allowed to do much more than read out of a textbook. If the Japanese teacher we were paired with was energetic and committed, we were able to make useful contributions. If not, the ALT would simply sit in the staff room with a lonely cup of tea.

No one has ever proven that providing native speakers to Japanese schools is of any help to students. And if you judge by TOIEC scores, JET is failing miserably: Japanese takers of the test consistently score near the bottom in Asia. Certainly, the money spent on the program could be better used elsewhere, as in funding study abroad opportunities.

Defenders of JET acknowledge these problems. Yet for them, the program is necessary for reasons that extend beyond the classroom. English instruction, they say, isn’t the point of JET (even if 90% of participants teach it on a daily basis). No, the main goal is to bring diversity to Japan.

On that front, the program has certainly had some success. Many JETs have married locals, which is helping Japan change, however slowly, into a more multicultural society. JET has also helped reduce the “otherness” of foreigners living in Japan. Children from remote parts of the country are exposed to non-Japanese on a regular basis and no longer point and gawk at them quite so much.

But this works both ways. Most JETs aren’t truly integrated into Japanese society. Though participants are allowed to stay for up to five years, many end up leaving after two. The program promotes a shallow form of diversity that reinforces the stereotype of the clueless foreigner who must be patiently taught about Japanese language and culture.

Another troubling aspect of JET is the noticeably large bias toward white Westerners. In the age of a rising China and a modernizing India, the government should be devoting resources to teaching Japanese students about non-Western cultures. JET may now include participants from 36 nations, yet half of recruits still come from America. Is this really what internationalization should look like?

For the JET program to survive, it has to do better than sending token foreigners to little rice paddy-studded hamlets. Drastic change is needed. Cash-starved boards of education around the country are already moving towards a system in which ALTs are hired through shady private companies called dispatches. In reality, if government cuts don’t kill JET, these dispatch companies most likely will.

The best way to save JET might be to eliminate its most visible element—the ALT. In the future, the program could invite talented foreigners to participate in a variety of projects, some school-based, some not. Former JETs have gone on to make wonderful contributions as writers, filmmakers and diplomats. Why ask them to spend the majority of their time teaching English? Why not allow JETs to work in museums, hospitals, shops, theaters and other places, provided they have the language skills to survive or the readiness to learn? A lot of these businesses would have use for bilingual liaisons, English-speaking or otherwise. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea for Japanese employees—other than English teachers—to learn how to work alongside foreigners.

Lisa Gay is a freelance writer who splits her time between China and Japan.

This commentary originally appeared in Metropolis magazine (

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Me too! In the JET Program

Me too in the JET Program

Foreigners victims, perpetrators of sekuhara

by Japan Times

(Tokyo, Japan)

Foreigners victims, perpetrators of sekuhara

Japan sees progress on sexual harassment, but stories suggest it still has a long way to go


When “Tracy,” an American then in her late 20s, started her career in Japan as a JET instructor at a high school in Kagoshima nearly 20 years ago, nothing in her training could have prepared her for what she witnessed.

The Japanese teacher she worked with at the school — one of the few women who taught there — would constantly be asked by her male colleagues when she would be getting married. Male students would call her anonymously and proposition her for sex. Condoms were left on her computer keyboard every morning, and every morning she would brush them into the bin in quiet humiliation as the other teachers chuckled.

Soon Tracy too became a victim of harassment. At a bonenkai (end-of-year party), one of the vice principals sat next to her and grabbed her breasts. “Why do you hide these?” he said, as all the men burst into laughter.

She responded by gesturing towards his crotch and asking, “Why do you hide this?”

This time there was no laughter, just a stunned silence. The administrator refused to speak to her for the remaining two years she worked at the school.

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Common grammar questions and answers

Common Grammar Questions and Answers

by Lyanne Thomas

Is grammar really important in learning the English language? Well, the answer is yes. Grammar is what connects the language together. It is the way a language is formatted or a sentence is structured.

Incorrect grammar sentences often convey a different meaning than what the speaker or writer really wants to say. To learn the English language one must start with a good grammar foundation or knowledge. No one becomes a good writer or a good speaker without knowledge of correct sentence structure or in short; correct grammar.

Indeed it is true that learning grammar may be a little boring however it is an inevitable fact that one has to learn it to be able to use the English language properly. No matter how boring and tedious the study might be, it proves to be essential.

(Pictured, Kyoto Station)

Good grammar doesn’t mean you are free to commit grammatical errors, (committing grammatical mistakes at times is a given fact even to a language expert), so do not fret if you find yourself getting confused applying the many and complicated grammar rules; either when you are speaking or writing.

Here is a list of the top 5 common grammar questions and answers:

1. A or An?

The general rule is you use a before a consonant sound while an is used before a vowel sound. When talking about numerals and acronyms, choose a or an according on how the letter or numeral is pronounced.


A nurse is on its way to the emergency room. As an honor to the mayor, the city will have a banquet tomorrow evening.

2. Bring or Take?

Most of the time English learners get confused with these 2 words. Bring is used when you are talking about an object being transported towards you, while take is used when an object is being taken away or is being moved away from you.


Please bring me a glass of orange juice. Take these books to the library.

3. Its or It’s?

Its is the possessive form of it. It’s is the contraction of it is.


It’s my duty to give respect to my country. Its value will mean the most to the buyers.

4. May or Might?

May expresses a great possibility or likelihood on the other hand might is the opposite, it expresses a stronger sense of doubt. Ex:

We may visit you tomorrow. We might be able to see the movie if our meeting is cancelled. 5. Subject verb agreement:

A sentence has a subject and a verb both must agree with each other. If the subject is plural then the linking verb must be in its plural form too, if the subject is singular the linking verb must also be in singular form. Ex:

The nurse is going to the hospital. The nurses are going to the hospital.

When speaking of action verbs, the letter “s” is added at the end of the action verb to indicate that it is in its singular form.


The nurse works in the hospital. The nurses work in the hospital.

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