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Post by NoviceOtaku » Sun Dec 28, 2014 12:21 am

It still early days yet but Japan has planned an "English village" to be built around the Tokyo Olympics (2020) near the Olympic Village. Its purpose is to "providing primary, middle, and high schoolers with a more international educational experience" and shops, restaurants and theatres are to be staffed by foreigners from English speaking countries.

So fingers crossed, there might be a chance for the likes of us to go to Japan.

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Post by sadie » Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:30 am

From Japan's perspective, I approve of the initiative. On the whole they royally suck at learning real English, mostly because they have so little exposure to it. In the ever-internationalised world of the internet, they can't get away with it any more - their position as tech powerhouse and leading net exporter of weird shit could be taken by South Korea, Taiwan or any number of other countries. If only the British and Americans could make more of an effort.

From an English speaker's perspective, the chance has always been there to go to Japan as a teacher - just ask Al. News reports suggest that the staff of this new "village" will mostly be pulled from existing and past teachers, rather than shipping over crateloads of otaku. It makes sense that they'd turn to people who have already been vetted, climatised to Japan and know just how much English to subject their visitors to without blowing their fuses.

If you're really interested, apply as a teacher today. Just don't forget, the staff of this village will mostly be employed as waiters, shop attendants and cleaners - with the added fishbowl of attention that comes from being a tourist attraction. Not so glamorous.
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Post by NoviceOtaku » Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:08 am

I have had a look into the teaching route but you need a degree >.< which is stupid! Most people I know that went to uni don't know their are from their elbow. But I cant see how Japan are gonna hire graduates to serve popcorn at the cinema. Hopefully they might alter the rules.

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Post by Big Al » Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:28 pm

Having been through the whole JET thing, the degree requirement is nothing to do with education, but rather proving that you've succeeded at leaving home and fending for yourself in a new environment. They aren't looking for teachers, they just want native English speakers to go over and spend time with their own teachers.

Think back to your high school French lessons. Your teacher was probably a bit of a francophile, and would holiday in France at least once a year. Their fluency in French comes from doing it socially, and to immerse themselves in French culture. The average Japanese teacher of English (JTE in JET terminology) has never been to an English speaking country and doesn't socialise with native English speakers.

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Post by NoviceOtaku » Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:24 am

My brother is currently in China teaching and like you say he's just helping out in the classroom explaining words and culture, so I'am aware of the process.
Yet it still says on the JET website that you need a degree and they state that college, apprenticeships and work/teaching experience don't count. Even if you have a TEFL, JET still state that you need a degree >.<
So I can only hope for an opportunity for Canon UK to send me there or Japan change their rules for their declining population/economy (the latter being more likely).

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Post by sadie » Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:45 am

There are other teaching companies beyond JET, if your heart is set on it.
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Post by NoviceOtaku » Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:36 pm

sadie wrote:There are other teaching companies beyond JET, if your heart is set on it.
Ah! I wasn't aware of that. :roll:

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