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Own Subject / OC (Oral Communication)

Own Subject

There are a number of qualified teachers in Japan who are qualified or licensed to teach subjects other than “Oral communication” ESL classes. One of our aims at EduCareer is to allow teachers to use their specialized skills to teach Japanese students in regular schools. Whether your specialized subject is art, music, science, humanities etc. we think there might be the perfect position just waiting for you.

Teaching your own subject is likely to be what every teacher wants to do and it will give you a chance to really use your teaching skills and communicate your enthusiasm with the students. Most subject teaching positions can be found in private schools, often with international courses or returnee students. There are also a number of International schools in Japan although qualification requirements and competition for these teaching and positions is fierce, for more details please see the FAQ page.

Of course it is important to remember that the actual number of positions at the moment in Japan is limited so it might be a good idea to at least consider the idea of teaching Oral Communication as well as your own subject. The actual English ability of the students also varies from school to school and student to student so teaching your subject will likely involve a certain amount of English teaching too, unless you opt to teach returnee students.

So tell us, what can you teach? What do you want to teach? Register now to let us know!

Oral Communication

Teaching “oral communication” at a Japanese school is definitely not the same as teaching English conversation at a conversation school. Class sizes will likely vary between 20 and 40 kids, have you thought about how you would teach a class that size? Secondly, all of those children are required to sit in your class which is why they may have very low motivation, which is different to English conversation schools.

Of course, there are many styles and methods of teaching Oral Communication and these will vary according to teacher and schools.

Some schools prefer to focus on university entrance exams, therefore listening to correct English and using appropriate grammar and vocabulary is their focus. Some schools encourage the actual act of communication in English between students; others focus on “useful” English that can be used in real life settings such as travel and shopping. Before you agree to any kind of position you will need to find out what the school places emphasis on and think about if you are willing and able to fit around that.

If you have a TEFL or TESL qualification, Oral Communication may just be the perfect subject for you; it will give you an opportunity to use your training and experience and teach your students something that could be genuinely useful for their future. There is also much more choice of school types and positions with OC than subject teaching, so more chance you can find something to fit you. Register now to find out more.

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