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Teaching in Japan.  Is it Right For You?

Common Myths About Teaching and Living in Japan.
Work in Japan -  It's a Total Piece of Cake! Or is it???
Are You Sure You're Cut Out to be an ESL Teacher?
How Does Japan Compare to Other Asian ESL Destinations Like China? Compare Salary, Housing etc.
What is Culture Shock? Tips for Coping With it. Understanding it.
Can you Save Money on an ESL Teacher's Salary? Expenses Breakdown.
Stories From Teachers in Japan. University, Alt, Eikaiwa Experiences.
English Teaching in Japan- Most Commonly Asked Questions We Get.
What About Job scams? How Recruiters Trick ESL Teachers into Dead-end Jobs.
Teaching Contracts  and What to Look Out For.
Teaching ESL and What to Expect in the Classroom.
Japanese Video Page - Our List of the Most Informative Videos on Living and Teaching in Japan. Plus a Few Humorous Ones.

If You Are All in at This Point ...

Where Should You Teach and For Whom?

Jobs in Japan and a  Step by Step Overview on How to Get One.
Overseas Job Opportunities With Aeon - How The Interview Process Goes, Advice for Your Trial Lesson, Survival Tips & More.
Choosing a City - Pros and Cons of Big & Small City Living.
ESL Jobs in Japan - Tokyo. How Many Jobs Are There? You'll be Surprised at How Gigantic This Market is. We Break it all Down for You.
Choosing a School - Pros and Cons of Big & Small ESL Schools.
Nova, Berlitz, ECC, Aeon Salary and Benefits Comparison chart .
The JET Program Essay Application - Tips and Tricks to Ace it And Help With Avoiding Common Errors.
The JET Programme Interview - Questions They Ask Tips & Advice. What Kind of Teachers They Look For. How to Prepare For the Interview.The Basics on the JET Program.
Do's and Don'ts for the JET Program- More on the JET Program.
ESL Teacher Jobs With Nova - A Basic Run Down on Salary, Working Conditions Plus Comments From Teachers Who Worked for Them.
Gaba English School - The Pros and Cons of Working For One of the Largest Adult Conversation Schools. Teacher Comments. Pay Structure.
The Basics on Being an ALT.
Amity English School - What it is Like Working at a Children's School Info. on Salary, Housing and Videos on Teacher Experiences. Working Conditions etc.
Peppy Kids Club - Aeon's Children's Branch. Working Conditions, Salary, Teacher Comments, Housing Information and More. 

Documents & Information You'll Need

Getting Your U.S. Passport - Fees, Locations, How Long it Takes.
Japanese Visa - Application Process & What you'll Need.
Canadian Passport - Application, Fees, etc.
Australian Passport - Application, Fees, etc.
U.K. Passport - Application, Fees, etc.
Australian Working Holiday Visa -Rules, Restrictions, Duration etc.
Tourist Visa Info. for Japan from MOFA.
Working Holiday Visa - New Zealand - Countries That Japan Gives WHV to.

Preparation Steps

Skype Interview Tips - Advice & Tips on How to Ace Your Skype Interview and Nail Down That First ESL Job.
Choosing the Right Resume Format - That Fits Your Career Situation.
How to write a teaching resume to Get a Job in Japan.
10 Tips and Step by Step Guide to a Strong Resume That Gets Read and Not Shredded. Common Mistakes Made & How to Avoid Them.
Cover Letters Examples for ESL Teachers. Avoid These Mistakes.
Take a Look at a "Typical" Teaching Contract.
ESL Interview Tips - What Kind of Teacher Schools Look For.
6 Things English Schools Look for in Teachers.
Your Aeon Interview  - Tips and Advice For Your Interview.
ECC  Interview Advice and Tips for Their Grammar Test.
What is a Smartphone? Most People Have Them but What are They?
Renting a Smartphone in Japan
Getting a Your SmartPhone to Actually Work in Japan.
Teaching Jobs in Japan - Tips for Getting That First Job.
University Teaching Jobs - The New Reality in Finding One.

Some Advice & Tips For Non-Native English Teachers

Competing For Jobs Against Native ESL Speakers - The Myth of Native English Speaking Countries Explained. Tips And Advice to Compete More Successfully - Plus a Nice Video of an Indonesian Teacher And What he Did to Get His First Teaching Job in Japan.
Non-Native English Speakers - Resume and CV Tips to Succeed. Common CV Mistakes. The Importance of a Great Video Introduction of Yourself.
Ways to Improve Your English Pronunciation - Guidance on How to Move Your Lips and Mouth to Sound Like a Native English Speaker. Common Mistakes Made & How to Avoid Them.

Just Before You Go 

Tips for Surviving the Flight to Japan
Packing Tips, Info. on What to Bring - and Things You Can Leave Behind.
Travel Insurance -  Stolen Baggage, Credit Cards? Injuries? Tips & Advice for Getting the Right Insurance.
World Wide Travel Insurance - How to Protect Yourself While Travelling.
One Way Travel Insurance - Save Money Protecting Your Gear.

Getting Qualified to Teach With TEFL Certification

Do You Need a TEFL Certificate?
How to Pick a Solid Online TEFL Course.
Using TEFL Placement Agencies to Get Your First Job.
Online TEFL Comparison Chart. Compare Prices & Features at a Glance
TEFL Certification - How Much Do Language Schools in Japan Value TEFL Certificates?
Online TEFL Courses - What Makes For a Good One? How to Separate High Quality Courses From Low Quality. Plus Info. on Young Learners.
Teaching English TEFL -  Help and  Advice with Picking the Right Length TEFL Course.
What Career Advantages Can You Expect From TESOL Certification?
Onsite TEFL Programs vs. On-line. Which One is Right for You?
The Top 3 Destinations for TEFL Teachers.
ESL Training. Hiring Manager Realities and What Most Training Courses Consist of in General.
ESL Teacher Training - Without a Degree Will Just ESL Teacher Training be Enough to Get a Job?

TEFL Course Reviews

TEFL Certification Online - Compare 120 Hour Online Courses.
My TEFL - A Highly Detailed Review on Their 120 Hour Online Course .
TEFL Academy - Another Highly Detailed Review of a Very Popular Online Course That Also Offers a Practicum.
Accredited TEFL Courses -  i-to-i  120 Hour Online Course Review.

Finding An Apartment in Japan

A Typical Japanese Apartment - What They Actually Look Like.
Renting Your Own Apartment  - How to Do it. What to Expect. How Much Does it Cost?
Gaijin or Guest Houses - A Cheaper Way to Get Yourself Set-up in Japan. Contracts and Things to Watch Out For.
Japanese Studio Apartments. How They Look & How to Maximize Space.
A Closer Look at a "Typical" Tokyo Apartment .
Tatami Mats & Tatami to Sq. Meter to Sq. Foot Conversion Table. Understanding How Big a 10 Tatami Room Actually is. 

Let's Learn Japanese On-line

Learn Japanese; Main Lesson Index

Lesson 1 - Language Learning Tips. Save Time. Save Brain Space.
Lesson 1.1  - The Advantages of Studying Japanese On-line & Some Cool Facts That You Probably Didn't Know.
Lesson 1.2 - Audio Files and Info. on Crucial Aspects of Japanese Pronunciation. Great Video From Japanese Pod 101 for Extra Practice. 
Lesson 1.3 - Amazon's Most Highly Reviewed and Hottest Selling Grammar Texts. Real Customer Reviews From Folks Who Bought and Use Them.
Lesson 1.4 - Hiragana charts. Get Started Learning Hiragana With Charts That Show Stroke Order. Plus Some Wall Charts From Amazon.
Lesson 1.5 -  Japanese - English Electronic Dictionaries From Amazon    Lesson 1.6 Japanese Pod 101 On-line Course Platform Tour.
Lesson 2  - Basic Japanese Greetings and Expressions.
Lesson 3  - Basic Japanese Noun Sentences Like - "I am a student."  
Lesson 4  -  Japanese Adjectives. "i" ending type. How to Use "ne".
Lesson 5 Japanese Nouns. Using Kono, Sono, Ano and More.
Lesson 6  - Counting, Nouns & the Particle "yo".
Lesson 7Japanese Verbs, How to Say Please (X), the Particle "O"  and Days of the Week.
Lesson 8  - Negative Usages. How to say "It's Not a (X) and  How to Use "san", "kun" and  "chan".
Lesson 9 How to Conjugate "na" Adjectives & "koto" vs. "mono".
Lesson 10 - How to use the Particle "ni".
Lesson 11 41 Basic Japanese Phrases Used in the Classroom.
Lesson 12 - Learn Japanese Language Video Page
Lesson 13 - Japanese Proverbs and Common Sayings.
Rosetta Stone Japanese Software Review

 Learn Japanese Answer Index to All Grammar Based Lessons

Our Jobs Page, Job Resources & Free Stuff 

Job Postings - Find a Job in Japan on Our Job Board. Full-time work.
More Job Postings - Mostly Part-Time Work in Japan
Basic Japanese Grammar Books A Nice Group of the Top Sellers.
Online-Teaching Positions and Directory - Work From Home Teaching.

Japanese Apartment & Teaching Videos  

Get a Good Look Into a Typical JET Apartment
Japanese Junior High School Video - Amusing & Quite Informative. A Good Look at How an Alt Interacts With the Japanese Staff.
Scenes From Your Average High School - If you're an ALT This is one Video You'll Find at Least Amusing.
An Average 1dk Country Side Apartment - If You'll be Working for Nova or ECC , Expect Something Like This. 

Plus Some Amusing Light Videos

Sakeru Gum series さけるグミ #1-11 complete (Eng SUB)  - If You  Want to See a Thoroughly Funny Video That is Actually Good for Japanese Study, Check it Out.

Japanese Etiquette & Dining Out

Japanese Etiquette - Limiting Eye Contact, Public Shows of Affection, Toilet Slipper etc.
Japanese Business Etiquette - There's a bit to mastering it but it's not as hard as many would have you believe. Learn the do's and don'ts and ins and outs.
Japanese Dining Etiquette - Here Are The Top Do's And Don'ts When Dining Out With Students & Japanese Guests. Mistakes That Foreigners Commonly Make When Dining With Students And School Faculty etc.
Japanese Chopstick Etiquette -  When You're Out to Eat With Students This Page Should be of Some Help.
Eating out in Japan - Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Dining Experience. Plus Ways to Save Decent Money on Food at the Grocery Store. 

Living In Japan and Other Stuff

Tell About Your Experiences Teaching in Japan Here - What Did You Enjoy or Dislike About Teaching in Japan. If You Had to do it All Over Again, What Would You Change?
Check out the weather in your favorite Japanese city. Plus temp. Averages.  Find out What You are in for When the Jet hits the Tarmac.
Facts about Japan - Crime, Suicide, Literacy, Population Stats etc. 
Halloween in Japan - Some wacky Stuff About how Japanese do it. 
Christmas in Japan - Japanese Celebrate Christmas in a Fairly Unique Way. From Illumination Festivals to Cake And Even KFC.
The Japanese New Year - A Super Special Time of the Year for Japanese. How They Celebrate it & Traditional Things They do.
Tokyo Tourism 25 super fun things to do if You're Either Living There or are Just Touring Tokyo. Plus a Fun Video on Great Eats in Tokyo.
Smart Phones- What are They? I Need to Stay Connected in Japan With my Family and Friends. Can I Use my Own Phone? Get Some Answers Here.
Portable Wi-Fi. An Alternative to Free Wi-Fi. More Security Plus They are Much Tougher to Hack. A Step-up on On-line Security.
Popular Japanese Foods - I am Used to an American / Western Diet. How Will I Get by on a Typical Japanese Diet?

 Building Your Freelance Teaching Business. Making More Money by Teaching Free-lance in Japan

Owning Your Own School  How Big Money Gets Made in Japan.  Highly Detailed Blueprint /PDF on How to do it is in the Works Now.
Working Overseas Teaching Free-lance-Making more cash on the sly.
Find jobs in Japan Using Teacher Employment Services You Set Your Own Hours, Dress How You Wish & Can Set Your Own Pay Rates.

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