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TEFL TOKYO FAQ

Do I need a TEFL certification to work as an English Teacher in Tokyo?
The simple answer to this question is, no you are not requried to have a TEFL qualification to work as an English teacher in Japan. infact, many of the larger English schools in Japan, such as ECC or Berlitz, recruit 100s, it not 1000s of teachers who do not possess a formal TEFL qualificaitont.


How much does a TEFL course cost?

The cost a a TEFL training course varies and is greatly dependant on the institution you undertake the training, and the type of training you take. The most cost effective options include online learning, which is achieved,mcuh in the same sense as online degrees. Online TEFL course’s are available from as little as 100 USD. If you are looking to enroll on a 120 hour, 4 week CELTA TEFL course, these are available at around 2000USD..

Will my prospective Japanese Employer consider where my TEFL certification was obtained?

Unlike other parts of the world, many of Japanese schools and institutions are unfamiliar with the TEFL certification process. However, you will still find school asking for related qualifications and teaching experience. If you don’t posess the qualifications in this instance, it is better for you to look at another school, there are plenty of English training schools in Tokyo.

Is it easier to get employed by a small language institution?

This is a misconception, the smaller English language schools in Tokyo have a greater focus on the quality of tution that their trainers’ provided. The main reason is because the smaller schools are focused on the turnover of pupils. It is there not uncommon for the smaller schools to demand both TEFL certifications and previous teaching experience from candidates.

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