February 05, 2006

English Teaching in Japan 16

What can my students do? This is the question you should ask yourself before you make a lesson instead of thinking about the things your students can't do.

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Morioka, Iwate, Japan said...

Great blog and good podcasts. If you want help on creating a network let me know. That is my specialty. I love Japan and am heading there to study from April to July then want to look for a teaching job.

monie said...

Hi I’m David

I’m 14, from Toronto and recently started to listen to your podcasts.
I personally enjoy them because after University I would like to work as an English teacher in Japan. I enjoyed number 16 podcasts, but I have other questions:

What (business or search engine did you use to get the job?) (Gaijinpot or any other places)?

Is Shizuoka a good place to teach?

Thanks, I’d be happy if you could reply


Ali said...

I suppose this is sort of like what Monie is asking too, but did you go with the JET program, ro did you go with another company? I'd like to get your view so as I can plan out more throughly how about becoming an english teacher in Japan.

I am Alastair, but you can call me Ali. :) I am 16 years old and currently studying my last quarter of GCSE. I plan to go to a Japanese learning course in September when starting my A Levle,s and my long year ambition is still to be an english teacher there! So would you be able to help out.

Great podcast, I listened to them all and I find you very interesting. I also enjoyed that guzen Radio! ^_^

Just reply via my email everfree@hotmail.co.uk OR you can comment on my latest posting to my blog. www.crimson-star.blogspot.com

Thank you for your time. Keep up the good work!



Jess said...

Hey Chaz,

I really liked this week's podcast. I totally agree with thinking about what the students can do as opposed to what they can't. Many of the teachers I work with seem to always say "that's too hard for the students" or "they can't do this" with a lot of the activities we think of. Thing is, I think they underestimate the students abilities alot and so therefore try to spice it up a little when I get to take classes alone. I usually attempt some of the activities that have been deemed "too hard" by the Japanese teachers and almost all the time the students perform amazingly. I think that focussing on the positive helps not only your students, but also the teachers. Learning a language is challenging, but by not continuing to challenge and motivate the student, I think is a sure way to end up with a class who doesnt enjoy english.

Chaz said...

Morioka I'm glad you like the blog and show. April will be here soon. Good luck with your studies and I hope you find a good teaching position.

Monie thanks for writing in. It never to early to start planning your future. I came over on the JET Program and then got my other teaching positions through listings that I found at the international office in my town. You will need a 4 year degree to be able to get a full time teaching position on the JET or the big English schools. Since you are from Canada you can come over here on a working holiday visa. That is available when you are 18.

Shizuoka is the best place, but keep it a secret.

Ali thanks for listening and for your comments. Best of luck with your studies and I hope you enjoy learning Japanese. I highly recomend trying for the JET program. You still have quite a few years before that, so look into the working holiday visa program.

Jess it's good to hear from you again. Glad that you are still listening. Yeah the more I challenge my students the more they give me. I let them know that it's difficult, but not impossible. We have to set the bar high, but not out of reach.