Teaching English in Japan
I am a true laborer: I earn that I eat, get that I wear, owe no man hate, envy no man’s happiness, glad of other men’s good, content with my harm.
As You Like It
What to remember
- It will take some time for kids and adults to open up to you. Even then, it’s difficult to them to adjust to “western” styles of teaching; most are used to lectures and not standing out.
Relating to your coworkers and students
- Blood types
- Hanko (name stamp)
- The chopsticks question
- Blogging as an English teacher
- The characters you meet
Things to be wary of
- Know your contract, word for word. Often managers will attempt to enforce rules and regulations that simply do not exist. If you want to “be Japanese” and take only 3 out of 10 vacation days, then do it; but if you ask for 10, you are entitled to 10.
- Kancho. Enough said.
- You are not a pet foreigner, despite how you may feel; unfortunately, you may have to prove it on many occasions. Don’t put on a show for the amusement of others.
- Caveat Magister: sales mentality
- “Cheerleading” English
- Safety: the Lindsay Ann Hawker story
Getting your pension refund
If you’re not planning to stay in Japan long-term you can choose to withdrawal a portion of the pension you have paid into, proportional to the amount of time you have spent in Japan. To qualify, you must have lived in Japan and paid into the pension for at least six months; the return must be filed within two years of your departure from Japan… read more