Tips to Consider When Teaching English in Japan
Several tips have to be considered by an individual when they are going to teach English in Japan. Below are among the tips that one has to consider so that he or she will be able to efficiently teach in Japan.
Primary fact that one has to note is that teachers are held in a high position in Japan. For this reason, one has to ensure that they have full passion of teaching. After one ensuring that they are passionate about teaching, it is also relevant for an individual to ensure that they are able to carry themselves professionally. A fact that one has to know is that the Japanese students are afraid of speaking English due to the worry that they might talk something wrong. One has to take it upon themselves to always motivate and encourage these students.
An individual has to ensure that they put in all their energy given that there are numerous challenges that one is going to face while teaching in Japan. For a lesson to be lively, then it is upon the teacher to put on some energy. Moreover, an individual has to always allow their students to speak. It is therefore the mandate of the teacher to come up with interactive activities that will also allow the students to talk.
Among the tips that one has to consider when going to teach is carrying tools that the students may be able to familiarize with. An individual has to ensure that they use references that the students can easily familiarize with such as characters in a movie or in the TV. Consequently, one has to know that the Japanese have their own culture and they have to respect it at all times. This is majorly because Japanese respect their culture and they have pride in it. Getting a team teacher is very relevant given that it is the first time for the individual to teach in Japan. Team teaching is majorly advocated for in Japan and in most cases the team teacher is a Japanese who will always be guiding the new teacher.
Finally, an individual has to keep in mind that they are in a new environment and therefore they should ensure to find out what would offend the Japanese. This will ensure that an individual is not misinterpreted when what they actually mean is a good thing. There might be instances when the students sleep in class and one has to understand this because the students tend to have busy school schedules. Understanding the requirements of the country is also a factor that one has to consider. One will therefore be able to evaluate themselves based on the requirements.