smolt
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Anyone Coming To Japan To Be An English Teacher?

Mon Oct 15, 2007 11:48 pm

Just let me have an advice, if there be someone in here who is thinking in near future of coming to Japan
and making up life by being a teacher of English conversation school.

The biggest company which is running English conversation schools all over Japan is now being confronted
with a financial difficulty brought by the defeat in courtesy matter over its refunding policy for advancedly-purchased
lesson tickets.
As this is a sensitive matter, I tell you things from exact sources actually reported by medias.
The company is now closing not a few of its branches at high pace. Also teachers and staffs there have got salary paid
with delay- behind due date by about one or two month(s). While they are calling loud to the management
for the salary paid as it should be, they are devoting themselves for students who have previously paid no small
money for the lessons by continuing their classes as usual. What a dilemma. But their devotion shall have the limit.
It is no certain that things go better or not with them, but optimistic prevision should never been taken.

Therefore, if there be someone coming to Japan as what I mentioned above, you should be keen in information regarded,
should make it clear where and how to make up living in advance, before leaving your country.

(The reason why I post this is that a 28-years-old American has committed suicide in central northern part of Japan.
What's it that made him death in a country far from his home-land ?
I never hope this has something to do with things above, though. Am I too nervous?)

regards;
 
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RE: Anyone Coming To Japan To Be An English Teacher?

Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:50 am

It is considerate that you have taken the time to share this information. If your message saves one person from difficulty, the effort will have been well worth it.

My oldest sister taught English in Japan (Yokohama) for several years, employed by the Sony Corporation, and she was well-paid for doing so. She left, however, because she was unhappy that her prospects for job advancement, as a woman and a gaijin, were not so good. This was in the 1970s, so things may well have changed for the better since then.
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smolt
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RE: Anyone Coming To Japan To Be An English Teacher?

Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:39 pm

oops I must correct the stupid mistake. It's court matter, not courtesy matter in which the company was defeated.
I might be the very man for whom it is most necessary to go to English school...

>SCCutler
I seem to be able to imagine what it was that made your sister unsatisfactory on Sony's job. On the other hand
I suppose it was lucky of her to join Sony in those ages; 1970s were the era in which Sony was getting more and more powerful. In 1979 Sony gave birth to the Walkman, portable cassette player, as you may know. Though 80's Sony had been its peak in all aspects of Audio and Video but since 90s it has been getting weaker with missing the bus of digital age.

As to the English school topic I show you one source.
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071016-00000032-jijp-soci.view-000
It reports that English teachers have formed a labour union and are requiring the Labor Official to treat the company
strictly for its delayed salary payment.

I must add that those interested in this matter should never be too much pessimistic; that the company's difficulty was just brought about by its no good management policy, and that there still is immense demand for English education here
in Japan. People who want to learn will scatter to other schools that is managed better.
 
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RE: Anyone Coming To Japan To Be An English Teacher?

Wed Oct 17, 2007 1:39 am

I've been teaching here for 7 years now. The company SMOLT is referring to is NOVA. They're the butt of all jokes here among foreign teachers and I've heard them called "the place you work when the police are after you" by more than a few people.

There are more options than "eikaiwa" (English conversation schools) over here so it's not all gloom and doom.
 
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RE: Anyone Coming To Japan To Be An English Teacher?

Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:16 am

Never thought of doing it.

I am sure that if I where to teach english it would look something like Harold Ramis's class at the start of "Stripes"


Does anybody speak english......

You sir you speak some english?

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RE: Anyone Coming To Japan To Be An English Teacher?

Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:24 am

I did the JET program for a few years and that was like a dream. I had a few friends in NOVA and they all said the same thing...shitty hours, shitty pay, and you were treated like a human tape recorder.

There are plenty of other "eki maie" ekiwa schools around (Aeon, etc.) for all the salerymen to practice their pick-up lines in.  biggrin 
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RE: Anyone Coming To Japan To Be An English Teacher?

Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:34 am

For eikaiwa there's still ECC, AEON and GEOS. As long as they don't do anything dumb they should be around for a while. I wouldn't trust the smaller ones - especially the ones who keep your passport for safekeeping  Yeah sure

NOVAs been famous for years now: teachers getting fired for dating students, selling/using drugs, their horrible turnover rate, crap pay, crap hours, crap conditions, crap apartments, etc, etc. I'm surprised they didn't go under a while back.
 
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RE: Anyone Coming To Japan To Be An English Teacher?

Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:27 pm

I found an article from Japanese press saying that the Australian Government acknowledges this problem and its Embassy in Japan is examining to do financial aid upon necessity to those Australian resident involved all over Japan.

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