Shane Training Centre Shane Corporation Japan

Shane Training Centre

About

Shane Corporation and Shane Training Centre have been training teachers since 1977.

We are the only Trinity accredited training centre in Japan offering both the CertTESOL and LTCL Diploma TESOL.

We are dedicated to teacher training and development working across a range of countries and areas including universities, schools, teachers, learners etc.

Founded
1977
Headquarters

Uchiyama Bldg 7F, 2-12-5 Uchikanda
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
101-0047
Japan

Reviews

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Amy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had been teaching in Japan for 9 years before I took this course. 4 years at a private eikaiwa and 5 years freelance. I had started feeling that my lessons were getting stale and wasn't sure how to improve both the lessons and myself as a teacher. I decided to take this course to learn how to become a better teacher and develop new skills.
The course taught me even more than I had expected to learn. I feel far more confident in my ability as a teacher now. Already I have had the chance to incorporate what I've learned into my work and my students are responding well.
The course tutors are very helpful, knowledgeable, and fun.
I realized that so much of what I had thought about teaching English was so wrong or could be improved. By experiencing learning a new language from scratch as part of this course, I could see first-hand how effective these new methods were.
If you have the money and the time, I absolutely recommend the course for any teacher.

What would you improve about this program?
I would be more stringent with deadlines if I were the tutor. In my experience, the tutors set deadlines for each assignment but nearly every participant missed every deadline, which the tutors allowed. This resulted in most of the participants turning in several assignments during the last week and even the morning of the deadline, which overwhelmed the tutor. As a result, I felt the tutor was not able to adequately support me, even though I had been the only one to turn in everything before the deadlines. During the last week, I wanted support about the final assignment, but I felt unable to get proper support.
In addition, I felt that if the participants are going to be certified as ESL teachers, they need to be able to meet deadlines. In my opinion, a teacher who repeatedly misses deadlines should not be certified as they have repeatedly shown inability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. By allowing such teachers to become certified, I also feel the Trinity CertTESOL certification's reputation will be diluted.
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Liesl
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

After finding my feet as an EFL instructor working overseas, I wondered 'what's next?'. I wanted to advance in my career as well as gain more in-depth knowledge and practical experience in teaching. The TESOL Diploma provided me with these things and so much more. At first, this course was rather challenging, but I soon realized how it was contributing to my understanding of teaching and learning. My knowledge of phonology and how to integrate it into lessons have especially been improved. I am now able to teach this aspect with confidence and also see immediate results from my learners.
I would recommend this to anyone wishing to further develop their teaching skills and knowledge. It might seem daunting at first, but don't give up and rely on your peers and tutors' support throughout.

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Steven
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Although heavily demanding it has transformed my teaching. I would do it again in a heartbeat. The course was thorough and there was a huge amount of support from tutors. We learned as much from each other and be applying the theory to our lessons. The course was intensive but forced us to analyse the language which now means I can teach it to a student depending on his / her needs. It was very interesting to connect with my own language and I feel motivated to continue my study and further my teaching career.

What would you improve about this program?
None
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Laura
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I found the course very professional and I feel grateful to my tutor, Ms.Sophia McMillan for the great support and feedback provided.
I had the opportunity to revise grammar materials, lesson planning, class management etc. This is also a course to improve and enhance teaching methods.
I would recommend this course for teachers with no experience and also for those who have experience in teaching both children and adults.
You will learn everything a teacher needs to know in order to create effective lessons.
After teaching English to children for more than 10 years, I thought I want more and this course was a great opportunity to expand my teaching skills in order to teach adults also.
Now I feel more confident and really happy to have completed it. It was a great learning experience, so I definitely would recommend this course to others. There is nothing to worry about, just follow the steps, ask for advice from the tutors and you`ll get all the support needed.
Thank you Shane Training Center-Tokyo!

What would you improve about this program?
It would be great to divide the program in two , one for teachers with no experience and the other one for those with teaching experience.
James
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I took the course to develop as a teacher and to improve my career opportunities within this field. It took around 14 months to complete. The tutor, Sophia Mcmillan, is very knowledgeable and capable. Her advice and guidance made the course manageable. However, the tutor was very busy and hence it often took a while to get feedback on essays.

My teaching has definitely improved, in particular concerning phonology and establishing achievable learning outcomes. I have interviewed for new positions but am still in the same position as I was during the course.

I would recommend this course to those who expect to be teaching as a career. I have grown and developed as a professional. It is not a perfect course, but it is definitely worthwhile.

What would you improve about this program?
More guidance for the portfolio section, perhaps a dedicated class series.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Nivedita Singh

Nivedita is pursuing Master's in International Education at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. She is from India and has a Master’s degree in Biotechnology. She is a passionate Biology teacher.

Why did you choose this program?

All teachers are language teachers.

Although my interest lies in teaching Biology, getting a science teaching job was challenging when I came to Japan. My friends suggested that I teach English for a while, and the TESOL Certification was a prerequisite for a non-native speaker. My reason for joining this course was quite practical but the experience brought a lot more to it.

I found plenty of online courses as I surfed online. However, only Shane Corporation was the one which had a classroom learning opportunity, and who doesn't prefer a hands-on learning experience?

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My program provider is an extremely interesting person, and we are still in touch. I always imagined that she had an enormous wallet where she stored countless activities or learning engagements. If you are in a fix about how to deliver something, she would always have ways to demonstrate it to you. At times she helped me twitch my context to make it relevant to Japanese learners. She would even reply on the weekends to check our lesson plans and give suggestions. I liked getting her constructive feedback on my lesson observations.

However, I wish that we were helped in developing the skill of reflection instead of merely telling us to reflect. Same goes for how to collaborate with other teachers or assign tasks. Also, the lesson plan templates were just handed over without helping us understand what goes into a lesson plan, or why and how to plan one by ourselves in the future.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Never give up. It's going to be hectic but rewarding as well. The best part is when you see an improvement in yourself after all the hard work.

One odd thing for me was that I expected classrooms in Japan to be techno-friendly smart classrooms but to my surprise, a lot of places, including Shane, don't prefer it.

In Tokyo, the small cozy apartments are waiting for you! You come here to experience the greenery and beautiful Japan but when you look out of your windows, you can see a labyrinth of buildings.

If you are a no-fuss public transport person, the metro connectivity and frequency here is amazing; it's affordable and punctual.

You don't have to fret about food choices in Tokyo as there are innumerable pocket-friendly restaurants from vegan to Halal.

The last one (and the world knows about it¬) is language. Be ready with a few Japanese greeting words; trust me you will need it. A culture of 'formals' and 'no tattoos' is not compulsory. However, I personally advise that if you are teaching an aged Japanese person, you should probably keep your tattoos hidden under your formal shirt.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

I did an approximately four-week course and honestly, it did make me go breathless at times. It drives you to push all your inhibitions aside, reflect on your own practices, and keep giving your best.

If you are someone who gets worked up by the extrinsic fear of failure, then you can sometimes relax. However, if your sheer motivation is an intrinsic drive for success, you have to work extremely hard.

During the course, you have one day of conducting classes and the other to observe your peers. The formal ones are scary and the latter ones were my comfort days. Be ready to keep one day out of your lovely weekend for laundry, sleeping, going out, and the other to complete your Journals

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

Coming from India, I should probably say "no water" in toilets but Japanese super techno-savvy toilets helped me flush all of my inhibitions away. Kidding!

The language barrier and limited social life, which I'm still working on by trying to learn Japanese, has been my biggest fear. After joining University, I found people who talk in English, and so the network grew.

Mostly, Japanese people are extremely helpful. They will go out of their way to help you out even when they think you speak 'gibberish'.

As hay fever and pollen allergies are usual in Japan and I'm asthmatic, this did trouble me for a while. I think my medical insurance took care of it, though.

The 'top-down' approach at traditional Japanese workplaces would be my biggest fear, and fortunately, I have yet not experienced it.

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