Non-native Speaker - Can I Find Teaching Work

by Emmazed
(Kyoto)

If you're are a fluent non-native English speaker, will you stand a chance in finding a job as a teacher in Japan?

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Can non-native speaker teach in Japan
by: John

Hi Emmazed,

There are many non-native speakers. Meaning those who are native level fluent but not from the typical recruitment countries like USA, Canada, Australia, England etc. who teach in Japan. But the thing here is that you need to be straight about is how fluent you are.

Conversational fluency and actual native level speaking skills are worlds apart.

If you are native level fluent, then yes there is work for you - provided of course that obtaining a visa that allows you to stay in the country is not a problem. Meaning that you have a spousal visa or some other kind of visa that will allow you to stay in Japan.

Also keep in mind that there is a lot of part time work out there. In general part time work is easier to get as they do not extend working visas and in general are not as strict in hiring requirements.

I personally know quite a few teachers who look quite Asian but have full-time jobs because there English is smoking good and they have 4 year degrees. Some also strengthen there resumes with TEFL certificates for a little extra boost.

Hope this helps

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