ITTT TEFL Course in Japan

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ITTT’s in-class TEFL course in Tokyo puts you right in the heart of this vibrant and fascinating country. This thoroughly modern city provides top class shopping, dining and entertainment alongside a unique culture and history. Our four-week TEFL course will equip you with the skills you’ll need to teach effective and interesting English lessons. Our dedicated trainers are with you every step of the way as you complete your training; from instruction on the finer points of English grammar to help with your lesson planning. Our lifetime job placement assistance and internationally recognized teaching certificate will help you find work whether you decide to stay in Tokyo or move on to somewhere new after graduation.

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Questions & Answers

Hi Bryan, the only language required in the classroom is English.
The EFL market in Japan is very competitive, especially in larger cities. Since your major isn't English, it might be hard to find a position without a TEFL certificate. Also keep in mind that teachers with a TEFL receive higher salaries and also have access to jobs at more renowned schools.
Our local staff in Japan will certainly help you find accommodation during the course. You can choose between a couple of options for different budgets.
I have never worked in a private school (Eikaiwa), but I think I would be optimistic if looking to work here because of the ever-increasing growth in the English industry. I would use gaijinpot.com to search for work, and I would also try contacting big eikaiwa firms like Berlitz teach.berlitz.co.jp , COCO Juku www.cocojuku.jp , AEON www.aeonet.com , Gaba teaching-in-japan.gaba.co.jp, and ECC...

Reviews

94%
based on 65 reviews
  • Benefits 9.3
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 8
  • Facilities 8.9
  • Safety 9.3
  • Instruction 9.3
  • Support 9.5
  • Value 8.8
  • Difficulty 6.9
  • Job Assistance 8.2
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Cecily
9/10

TEFL International Tokyo

The TEFL Course was very well prepared and executed during the 4week intensive in July 2014. I learnt a lot and the senseis Dave and Larry were not only experts but the way they taught the course was very good for me. I had difficulty with my phonics and grammar but the art and ease at which they imparted the skill of understanding for me was awesome.

They made teaching look so easy so i appreciate them very much for spending alot of time with me and my colleagues on the course. The patience and professional criticisms were good and i accepted them because it made me understand more.

Thank you for everything and i will surely be recommending others to you.
Cecily

How can this program be improved?
For me personally, i enjoyed every aspect so i cannot say much for improvement. Thank you!
Yes, I recommend
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BOBGA
10/10

My TESOL/TEFL EXPERIENCE

BOBGA MARK.Y

I wish to thank my lead trainer Larry and my course instructor Dave for being a great teacher to me during this course. I appreciate all their efforts and extra times they put in to make me succeed. I cannot forget the extra times my course instructor Dave took to work one on one with me especially in phonetics because he knew I was not good at it. The in-class grammar review and presentation of teaching styles made me feel more certain about the material and gave me new ideas about how it could be presented to students. More to that, this course have thought me how to over prepare for a class by giving me many ideas of how to use a good teacher's language, organize group activities in class and to make the class more interesting and enthusiastic. I'm proud to be a member and holder of TESOL/TEFL certificate.

How can this program be improved?
It was perfect
Yes, I recommend
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victor
8/10

Classroom experience

i find the one-to-one classroom experience very useful. It provided a realistic teaching environment which otherwise is not possible if I am to do the course online. I really appreciate the instructors's effort in making this feasible.

Yes, I recommend
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Tyler
8/10

English Re-Boot Camp

Living above the classroom really helped. It allowed for more time to study up on the material I was weak in. The course had topics that came back to haunt me from High School and College, but the instructors made these topics less annoying to study. Having an English school just down the block from the classroom makes watching and learning the teaching process very easy. The instructors also have connections to Colleges, High Schools and even preschools to offer TEFL students opportunities to teach different scenarios and age ranges.

How can this program be improved?
Increase the amount of exposure to teaching in a classroom.
Yes, I recommend
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Peter
10/10

GREAT Course

This was a fantastically run course, and it was everything I envisioned when I signed up for it. The content was very thorough, including educational theory, the phonetic alphabet, a lot of grammar instruction, and instruction on different classroom scenarios ranging from young learners to business professionals. I also had much experience working with actual students. The instructors really helped me with my transition moving to Japan, getting settled, and providing me with resources for applying for jobs. I used this advice, and was able to get hired as an ALT in Nagano while taking the course! The instructors went above and beyond, and I really felt privileged for my experience. Thanks for everything, Larry and Dave!

How can this program be improved?
Sorry, can't think of anything. These guys really do a good job.
Yes, I recommend
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Daniel
10/10

TEFL Tokyo

As I wanted to teach English in Japan, I decided to take this course. I had 2 reasons for doing so
- it would be unprofessional and irresponsible to teach English without an education in how to do so. I've met quite a few people who've just jumped in to teaching without any background and the result is often dismal.
- in a foreign country it's nice to have people who can help you if something goes wrong - and the course meant a month of getting to know other people who teach English, which in Japan is quite important as knowing the right people can change a lot.

On both counts my choice was justified. The course taught me quite a bit about how to be an efficient teacher and what methods are good etc. I expected a lot of it to be about grammar, but it wasn't. The basics of grammar were explained and that was about it, as the emphasis is on communicative language teaching. Another nice thing about the lessons is that they are peppered with references to teaching Japanese people. So the course will also prepare you for the most common problems and errors of Japanese students.
Lessons start at 8am and last till around 4pm with breaks every hour or so. I didn't find them hard, but there was quite a bit to learn. The class size varies (generally around 5 people) but in my case I was alone, as the other students canceled at the last minute.
Apart from the course lessons, you also have to teach some practice lesson in a real classroom. The goal is to teach at least 2 1-on-1 lessons, a lesson in a nursery school, primary school and a university class. So you can see what lessons of various sizes and age groups are like. Of course the school lessons might not happen if the school cancels (I didn't have the primary school lesson). the nice thing about the practical lessons is that you have them with real, unprepared students. The 1-on-1 lessons can be with somebody you know, but if you can't find anyone, Larry and Dave have a whole lot of contacts who want free English lessons.

Dave and Larry are really nice people who are willing to help if you need it. While they can't get you a job after the course, they give a lot of information on how to set about doing it. From what I understand, nearly all of the people that finished the course and wanted a job have got one. Even those who weren't exactly the most promising. The certificate is something employers look for. One thing to mention here - to get a work visa in Japan you need to have a college degree or 12 years of education in English. The degree can be in anything, as long as the language you studied it in was English. Just as a caution to those native speakers whose education wasn't in English.

How can this program be improved?
The sign up process could do with a bit more information - while there is nothing bad in writing for futher information, it's nice to have it displayed on the website.
Yes, I recommend
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S.O.
9/10

TEFL Course in Tokyo

I have learned a lot about being a teacher in this course. There was a lot of theoretical input, but also a good amount of practice. During the course we went to a kindergarten, an elementary school, an university and gave some private lesson, which we planned by ourselves. It was really nice to experience how to teach English to people of different age groups. We have also learned how much work it is to create a lesson plan and how important it is to be well prepared.

Yes, I recommend
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Bernd
9/10

Fun, effective and with lots of information about Japan

Unbelieveable! I would not have imagined how much is possible to achieve in 4 weeks. It was really intense! And still, we had much fun together. Larry and Dave understood well to make it lively, real and interesting. The best approach to learning seems to be forget about learning. It's got to be fun! So we started even the driest subject of grammar with a game. Thus I lost my fear of incomprehensible theoretical gibberish. No need to prepare beforehand something which can not be learnt anyway. It is communication that matters and rather less form. We stuck to this principle of communicative language teaching which was pretty enlightening to me as someone who learnt English the hard way.

I found particularly valuable the personal experience about teaching in Japan Larry and Dave shared with us. For this reason alone I would not have wanted to take the course somewhere else. My lesson plans did not work in practise. Surprise! Probably the hardest thing for a teacher is to make his plan work. As a novice I would have liked more guidance how to achieve this and keep my students happy at the same time. Maybe an extra week would do the trick?

In my view this course is a solid grounding on the way of becoming a teacher. I highly recommend the course to anyone interested in teaching in Japan. It made me aware of what it might mean to become a teacher and now I see the work ahead. The course book says "teaching is like dancing". The course was about learning the steps. Nice to know that I can come back to Dave and Larry with questions when I practise my first steps alone. I enjoyed the course and will not just remember when I go through my comprehensive notes in the future. It will be a reference for me!

How can this program be improved?
Maybe extend the duration of the course by 1 week?
Yes, I recommend
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Matthew
10/10

Great Experience

Both Larry and Dave have years of experience teaching English to many age groups of kids, teens, and university students. Outside of class time they are friendly and are very willing to help with ideas and in giving directions to be successful.

Yes, I recommend
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Queen
9/10

TOKYO IS COOL YOU GUYS

Tokyo is like the coolest place ever (but also the most expensive place ever, just a heads up. And for you vegetarians like myself, it gets even harder.) I was a little bit far away from all the super exciting stuff which was a bit of a downfall, but honestly, that's one of my very few complaints out all all the awesome things I have to say about the city.

The program itself is really rad and you learn a lot of neat things about teaching. Larry and Dave are super informative but also really entertaining. Eventually you get to apply what you have learned in classrooms and in smaller, more private teaching sessions, which is also really fun and engaging. Despite all of the hard work and everything you need to learn, it really all pays off in the end.

Yes, I recommend
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JapanLover
8/10

TEFL Experience

A very fun and informative experience! While there were some challenges along the way, overall the program was very helpful in teaching me about how to become an effective English teacher in many given contexts.

How can this program be improved?
I would change the location and housing of the program.
Yes, I recommend
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Kent
8/10

Fun and Rewarding

The whole experience was very intense and demanding, however it was full of fun activties and valuable experiences which is even very useful for me now. And I was delighted that I have real teaching experience during the course which was very valuable as well.

How can this program be improved?
I don't think change is needed, I really enjoyed the experience myself.
Yes, I recommend
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Carolyn
8/10

Great Course

This month long course is held Monday-Friday from around 8am-3pm, if memory serves me correctly. The classes are taught in one of the teachers houses, where he also allows students to board at for a monthly fee. Having stayed in the house was extremely convenient. I could sleep in till last minute, and had a large bedroom to myself. You get to take a lot of trips to different schools, and you also get to teach your own one-on-one lessons and small group lessons. This course was very helpful, and Larry and Dave were both very welcoming. The town that the course is held in is a perfect little town with a gorgeous park within walking distance. I would highly advice going there, just for the people watching alone.

How can this program be improved?
I think the main things that bugged me, was that before I went I was not aware that it wasn't an actual school. The classes and few rooms for boarding are in Larry's house. As a girl, at first I felt kind of uncomfortable, just because I wasn't aware of this. I got used to it very quickly though, and now I actually appreciate that it was in a house, because it made me feel even more at home in a foreign country. Also one other thing, which is very small, is that lunch was at a different time everyday. I like my daily schedules, so that just kind of threw me off. It would have been nicer if lunch was at the same time.
Yes, I recommend
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Miranda
9/10

Life long experience

Japan was a great country to go to, as it is incredibly safe. The teachers give you everything you need to be successful and they are they if you need extra help with your work. They do care about your success. Larry gave me extra assignments to help me grasp things I didn't understand. The location of the school is Japan is great too because you're always going the opposite way of the traffic in the morning and evening. The class size is also very small which makes for an intimate setting. You get to know the other people pretty well.

How can this program be improved?
Nothing that I can recall.
Yes, I recommend
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KSJayhawk
10/10

My TEFL Experience

For the most part, I was lucky enough to stay at the house of the program, so my "commute" was short. Classes started at 8:00 am. They ended at 4*. *There were a few exceptions where they ended early or a bit later. Had a short lunch (30 minutes or so) around noon-ish.
The highlights were the students's (classmates and the ones we taught) enthusiasm and energy. I also enjoyed the teachers and staff members of the school. They were willing (and wanting) for everyone to learn (and have fun too). They also have a good sense of humor.
For me, the only down side is/was not being able to find a job.

How can this program be improved?
More one-on-one practice/work.
Yes, I recommend

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