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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  • Internationally Accredited TEFL/TESOL Certificate
  • Life-long Job Assistance For Teaching Positions around the World
  • Teaching Practice with local English Students under Supervision of Professional Teacher Trainers
  • University-based Curriculum

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 to search for work, and I would also try contacting big eikaiwa firms like Berlitz , COCO Juku , AEON , Gaba, and ECC...


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
  • Academic Rigor 6.9
  • Job Assistance 8.2
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My career path is now set

Going into this program I wasn't certain if I could teach esl because I am a shy person. So I signed up for this course to see if I enjoyed doing tesol and more importantly if I wanted to continue on this career path.

Throughout the program I had a lot of fun and the choice became clearer everyday. The lessons were fun and interactive, they answered any questions I had no matter how stupid they seemed. And they didn't laugh at the fact that most of us first language english speakers didn't know what modal verbs are and their function in a sentence.
They also helped a lot both during and after class. They answered any email quickly and were alsways willing and excited to share their own experiences (including the embarassing ones ) during class.
During the course we had to do a 1-on-1 lesson plan, this being my first time in Japan I didn't know anyone who could help, so they arranged someone to volunteer and be my student. This person was eager to learn and patient with my inexperience at teaching and helped a lot.
The exposure to multiple skill levels and ages was really helpful and helped to solidify my career path right into tesol.

How can this program be improved?
The only problems i had/have are 2. The first was the initial signing up to the program. I honestly had a lot of heart pounding moments were I wasn't sure I would ever see my money back and thinking it was a scam, but hopefully this website helps now so it no longer feels "shady". The other problem and this one is just my own personal problem is the use of IGLOO in the phonics alphabet for I, this is not true for canadians we say igloo with an /i/ sound like in eat or evening, not /工/ sound like in india. Although most dictionaries use the american igloo, I do not accept this and will not use it for teaching the phonics alphabet. And that is all the ranting I will do on this subject. Thank you
Yes, I recommend this program
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Land a job easily in Asia!

I am going to keep it short and simple.

I started "teaching" in Japan from 2008. Most of my jobs were landed by luck. I had felt tremendous pressure because I didn't know what I was doing, nor did I have confidence, or answers to student questions.

After taking Dave and Larry's course, I felt like everything fell into place for me. This course paves the golden road for your life in Japan.

You meet amazing new people, learn how to teach in an efficient and effective manner, teaching styles and job possibilities, grammar, and much more.

After taking this course, everything just clicked.

I cannot forget to say that you have a huge advantage over other non-certified teachers. Getting a job in any company, school, cafe, or website will be a breeze. Plus, you get paid more money because you are certified.

How can this program be improved?
Go out and sing together more often. (^__^)
Yes, I recommend this program
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Tokyo TEFL Experience May 2013

My overall experience with the TEFL program in Tokyo was outstanding. My teachers were professional, personable, and had many years of experience to draw on. Even though this was an intensive month I feel there was a great balance of in class lectures and hands on experience. I also enjoyed listening to the broad array of techniques and approaches to teaching. Each of my two teachers had a different approach and method to teaching English. Both were great teachers, but it was always interesting to hear the contrasting ways of teaching. The lectures were always well prepared and interesting, but I really liked how we got to get out in the field and actually teach. In this course I was able to get experience teaching a wide range of ages and experience levels. I am currently teaching in Japan and owe a lot of my success to the wonderful TEFL course in Tokyo. Even though this is my first job teaching English I felt that I had an edge over the other teachers that were coming in and even though I lacked years of experience I felt the course gave me the confidence to be a successful teacher. I am extremely satisfied with my TEFL experience and highly recommend this course to anyone looking to start teaching English or gain a broader and more insightful approach to English teaching profession.

How can this program be improved?
I understand the program I took was an intensive four week commitment, but I felt that the instructors should have spent more time on reviewing basic grammar. I had been out of college for awhile and had not dealt with sentence structure in awhile. Some grammar lectures were very frustrating to me because I could not complete the worksheets given to me while the rest of the class was doing fine. I had to spend a lot of time outside of class studying up again on top of the homework I had for class. I think some time spent reviewing basic grammar before jumping into subjects like modal auxillary verbs would be useful to at least gauge where the class is at in terms of grammar ability.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Everything i hoped

The school was a great stepping stone to coming to Tokyo. The month I stayed allowed me to meet some great people who i still see after 10 months. The teaching was excellent and the experience gained in various schools was exceedingly valuable.

Since gaining the qualification, i have found it to be invaluable. All of the schools i applied for looked on it favourably especially because it was focused on Japanese students.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Awesome TEFL course

It was thorough and a wonderful introductory course to teaching English to non-native English speakers. A must if one is considering a teaching career in ESL. It was especially helpful as the course instructors imparted valuable knowledge and tidbits from their own teaching experience.

How can this program be improved?
More lesson practice.
Yes, I recommend this program


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