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Teach English in Japan

By I - Posted on 28 December 2006

Teaching English in Japan used to be a way for young Westerners just out of university to make $40,000 a year. The responsibilities were low, the people were friendly, and everything was new. The place, of course, was Japan and these times are now fondly referred to as 'the bubble years' after the country's once over-inflated economy.

Japan's tremendous economic success in the period of high economic growth saw the 1980s defined by conspicuous consumption, inflated real estate prices, and extremely high dollar-value salaries for English teachers in Japan due to the pumped-up value of the Japanese yen.


Although the bubble years are over you can still make and save decent money by teaching English Japan, contrary to popular belief. Salaries for English teachers at most private English academies start in the 250,000 yen per month range. The Japanese government sponsored Jet Programme pays 300,000 yen per month.
International schools pay between 3,000,000 and 6,000,000 yen per year but generally require a teaching license from your home country. Click here for more information about international schools in Japan.


Although some large companies may pay on your behalf, you will most likely be required to contribute about 10,000 yen per month to the National Health Insurance system. 70% of all costs for visiting the hospital, dentist, acupuncturist, etc. will be covered by your insurance and, compared to costs in the US, health care in Japan is significantly cheaper.
Many of the larger private English academies also offer teachers a bonus after signing a contract and/or upon its completion. This severance bonus starts at around 80,000 yen for completing a one year contract. If you work at a school for 2 or more years, you may get up to twice that amount.
You will also have to pay about 20,000 yen per month into the National Pension Program. When you leave Japan, you will fill out a form and this money will be returned to you.


Unlike teaching English in Korea, you will have to pay for your housing when teaching English in Japan. If you live in a big city and don't want roommates, this could run you as much as 70,000 per month or more. Most likely it will be in range of 50,000 - 60,000 yen per month, less in the countryside.

Travel Expenses

Many Japanese companies will pay your travel expenses to and from work, which is good since taking the train to work in Japan can get expensive. However, some schools require that you must live a certain distance from the school to qualify so make sure to clarify the issue before signing a contract.
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mocleana's picture

Im just wondering why people in the Philippines are not qualified to teach english in Japan or Korea where in fact we are not going to have the cvourage to apply if we know for ourselves that we are not qualified for the job. In fact Filipinos are gramatically correct English Speakers. Its not the accent that should be the first requirement but also grammar because it is very important especially in written english.

karla mae's picture

i have been teaching english for many years...i know myself and my qualifications.. i have handled different students different nationalities.... yet when i apply to some foreign countries like korea, china, taiwan and japan, i wonder why filipinos are not qualified to teach english, were in fact we are also degree holder though we are not native speakers still i believe filipinos posses something that i am sure these students will surely love. we could also offer same as they could.. these countries also look for someone who has CELTA certificate though they are not a degree holder or even have experience.. isn't experience is the best thing one employer has to look for if one is looking for a good teacher? and there must be a demonstration so they would see if we are qualified or not.. i have korean, chinese, japanese, libyan, turks tutees.. and ihave succesfully taught them speaking english. their feedback? we are the best teachers, patient, loving and most of all God fearing people... they easily understood us compared to the native speakers.. well that's their comments i just like to share and hope this will be an eye opener for them..

Nathan Wawruck's picture

Definitely, if you can get onto the JET Programme, it is a great option. In addition to having a higher base salary, the earnings are also tax free. This means that the net salary ends up being significantly higher than other competitors. On the downside, they only do intakes once per year (Jul/Aug), so it can involve a lot of waiting. So if you don't want to wait, it makes sense to consider other private schools and agencies.

Anonymous's picture

You should practice your grammar, then. Especially the use of commas.

Prof Ed's picture

In the case of Korea, it's simply the law--period. Last time I heard, there's an attempt to change this law to allow non-native speakers of English--e.g. Indians, Singaporeans, and, yes, Filipinos--to be brought in on whatever visa it is that allows citizens of the so-called "inner circle" of English speakers to work in Korea as English teachers. But until that law's changed, you just have to wait. (By the way, guess who are very much against amending this law?)

In the case of Japan, though, I personally know of several Filipinos who work there as ALTs, and I've come across a website of a university in Japan that includes a Filipino professor in its English department (his colleagues are either Caucasians or apparent African-Americans). There's no legal restriction that discriminates against "non-native" English speakers as teachers. I think the principal barrier is that most Filipinos can get a visa of up to two weeks only, and the ALT agencies and the conversation schools like the defunct Nova find it difficult to obtain a working visa for Filipinos, either because it takes too long or it's such a hassle because of rules here in Manila. The Pinoys that I know who teach in Japan are nikkei-jin, that is they have a Japanese ancestor (like one of those plantation workers in Davao, or the guys who built Kennon
Road, which is why most Nikkei-jin are either from Mindanao or the Mountain Province), which entitles them to a working visa. A Filipina I met there got a working visa from a Japanese friend who has his own business, then allowed her to look for a job as an ALT instead of working in his store. So in Japan it's a catch-22 situation: they won't hire you because you don't have a working visa, and you can't get a working visa because nobody will hire you.

Oh, and by the way, both the Pinoy and the non-Pinoy but non-"inner circle" ALTs I've met in Japan have atrocious accents. At least definitely not so-called standard AmE or BritE.

Prof Ed's picture

Let me put it this way--if you signed up at Alliance Francais, wouldn't you be disappointed to learn that your teacher isn't French, but, say, Cambodian? (Remember that Cambodia was for a long time a French colony, and many members of their elite--at least those who survived the Khmer Rouge--grew up speaking French perfectly.) What if you signed up at Instituto Cervantes and discovered that your teacher isn't from Spain, or even from Latin America, but is maybe someone you even rubbed elbows with back in college but whose family still speaks at the dinner table the language of Madre Espana?

That's the same thing with the Koreans, Chinese, etc. who sign up at English-language academies in their countries. Remember that, for them, English is primarily the language of a foreign country--well, make that several foreign countries--and these countries are primarily inhabited by whites. They don't consider the Philippines as an English-speaking country (and having taught English in Philippine colleges and high schools for several years, even I don't (just like to add, though--I'm Pinoy)). So it may be unfair but that's the way it is. You have a better chance working abroad as a caregiver or as a factory worker than as an English teacher. I'm sorry, kababayan, but some dreams just don't come true.

Anonymous's picture

But your English is simply not good enough to compete with native English speakers. Your grammar is pretty bad and what's more, Japanese are not Christians! What makes you think that your Christianity makes you a better person?! In my experience teaching in Japan, I found Japanese students to be very open-minded and part of their desire to be taught by a 'foreigner' - ie. adventurous/travelling/Westerner, is to enable them to escape the restrictions of their own cultural binds, for just a moment. They want to enter the Western mindset, that is, the open-minded one that their youth is increasingly embracing.

And actually, having returned to my country, NZ - and having taught many Japanese English here since (and a few Filipinos too!) I can assure you that correct grammar IS very important to Japanese, and it's one of their serious weaknesses, so being taught it by another non-native English-speaking group member who also struggles to master English grammar (unlike European non-native speakers such as the French and Germans) would be very second-rate. Sorry, that's how it is. Nothing to do with God, either.... Just the Japanese desire for perfection, which, actually, comes from both its Buddhist and Shinto religious traditions of the past

Komakinouk's picture

@ Karla Mae.

I am shocked that you would have the front to consider yourself an English teacher.

Your subject included the slang word `wanna` and your grammar and use of upper case letters for proper nouns was an atrocity. How would you ever expect to assist a student to take a Cambridge test, TOEIC, IELTS, TEOFL etc if you yourself can`t use English properly? You are exactly why some nationalities are not considered for employment in Japan.

The standards of education in some countries is clearly much higher than in others and the Japanese are not going to pay good money to people who are incompetent. I know for a fact that the Tokyo Board of Education never employ English teachers from anywhere other than those countries where English is the first language and the teacher`s degree is in English. I also know some Filipinos in Japan and their English certainly isn`t up to the required standard to teach.

Be Humble Philippines's picture

RE: Why some nationalities are not considered for jobs in Japan.

In response to Komakinouk:

Your comment spoke of truth. Period.


A Filipina.

American's picture

It's really funny to see people make a fool of themselves by making generalizations. You say you know some Filipinos in Japan and then you say that their English isn't up to the required standard to teach. Are they ESL Teachers? I am pretty sure that they are not. I have worked with a lot of Filipinos here in China and I know for a fact that they are the most efficient, hard working and qualified teachers that I have worked with. In fact I have learned a lot from them. They know how to spell, grammar is flawless and some even have an American accent. If you are really a good educator, you should know that it's the teacher's qualification that matters and not the race. I am also pretty sure that you haven't worked with a Filipino yet because if you have, I am a hundred percent sure that you would be eating your words you dumb and arrogant bitch. By the way, I have a Filipina girlfriend who speaks good English and probably blows better than you.

Gretchelyn's picture


Kudos to you.

Anonymous's picture

I strongly agree with you!

Anonymous's picture

Great point, but wanted to point out that even by the most ignorant form of "race" distinction, Filipino is not one of them.

Anonymous's picture

NES (Native English Speakers) teaching English are so scared of Pinoys or Flipies (Filipinos) qualified to teach English because they want to keep a monopoly on this field. Economic disparity is also concerned. Teaching English is a way out for NES from their boring lives in their own countries. The Filipinos represent a great threat to them because for Pinoys it is a way out of poverty and they will take jobs even if the pay scale is not at par with what is being offered to NES. The Pinoys or Flipies qualified to teach English will take lower salaries because it gives them chance to earn better money than staying back home in their own country. Think about it, the self importance generated by NES ego dominating this money making scheme is threatened by the humble background of the Pinoys or Flipies.

Literacy rate is so high in the Philippines, it used to be the academic hub of Southeast Asian students wanting to learn engineering, agriculture, pharmacology, medicine etc.... In the 80s students from all over the world came to the Philippines to study. English may be the second language of the Pinoys but their institutions use it, even their first constitution was and is being written in it when it needs amendment. Newspapers in English dominate the headlines. English is used as a mode of teaching from nursery school to tertiary levels.... So it is safe to say that those Pinoys teaching English outside the country are as qualified if not more qualified than some NES. The NES are just scared that their self importance will diminish. After humility is not one of the virtues their societies teach them....

Anonymous's picture

2 TEFL certified individuals apply for an English job, a German national and a Filipino national.. Who do you think would get the job??? It's not rocket science, of course the German national will get the job only because of his race and colour. Nobody ever said the world is fair but the Filipino will take what he can. One of these days the ASEAN will become one unit and will share its borders with each other and function much like the European Union. It would be interesting to find out then how the Filipinos will dominate the employment scene of any category owing to their English language skills...... Watch out, their is karma.... By that time these caucasians will have their turn in terms of being discriminated upon....

Anonymous's picture

Who says that a German who applies for the position is automatically white? There are a lot of immigrants in Germany as well as people from mixed backgrounds.

On another note, it seems like there are a lot of Filipinos here who believe immigration policy for obtaining a visa to teach English is unfair because they are automatically excluded based on nationality. One idea would be to start writing to the immigration authorities in the countries you want to work in. I have also seen a lot of profiles posted on teaching websites of Filipinos teaching English in countries like Thailand and China, so there are apparently some opportunities available...

mocleana's picture

Know what?.. making comments are good, may it be positive or negative but sometimes we have to be cautious of its effect towards the person or people in general.You see, Filipinos are not just low grade individual who cannot compete with the world. We are (if you are really a Filipino)competing worldwide, so it means we are not just a mere factory worker or caregiver abroad.We have all the chances to prove to those people there that Filipinos can also do what they can do professionally.In agreement to other comments, Filipinos are humble and hardworking.

Man from Manila's picture

I beg to disagree with you. When it comes to hiring professionals, race should never come into play, unless you want to return to the times when people were still embracing the morality of racial discrimination. I hope not.

The criteria should only be focused on the educational qualification, fluency, moral background, impressive work ethics, flawless writing and speaking skills, and the use of "standard English." You have to understand that English is no longer the monopoly of the so-called native speakers, as they are now vastly outnumbered. English, like any other, has evolved ( and is still is) such that it has given birth to various "Englishes" ( Australian English, Singlish, American English, Indian English, and of course Filipino English. I am afraid, this is simply exposing your utter ignorance.

To generalize is to prejudge, and to prejudge is to show partiality. It is however very sad to note that so many "native speakers" frequent the Asian countries like Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, and yes, Japan, and claim themselves as English experts when in practice, what you get are a bunch of inexperienced, untrained,lousy and happy-go-lucky teachers whose grammar is tainted with endless mistakes, and spelling skills marred by never-ending flaws. Now, you tell me!!

Bitter truth is, to hire white-skinned tutors is to gamble. Why would they teach in Asia when they can get more in U.S. or any other 1st-world English-speaking nations?

Latest developments: In Indonesia, more and more schools are hiring Filipino teachers as slowly but surely they are realizing the supremacy of Pinoy teachers and the inadequacy of the arrogant, immoral, and lazy native speakers, whose only qualification is their white skin and blond hair. Bad news for you, impersonators.

Hope you don't belong here. Peace!!

Prof Who?'s picture

I'm not sure how far you progressed in your education to be out there as a professor, but it doesn't seem very well rounded Prof. Ed.

If I signed up for a math course and the teacher was Caucasian and not Asian, I wouldn't be disappointed. As long as he can effectively teach his subject, It should be of non issue what race he is.

This is the same for teaching English. If I signed up for a French class and the teacher was Indian or some other race, the same would apply. As long as she knows what she is talking about, why would I discriminate? Maybe she grew up in France or maybe not. Bottom line is that she would be living proof that a person without the genetic makeup of the French race,through proper education, still teach French and be an inspiration to everyone else that isn't of French Heritage. A prime example that the language can be grasped by a person of non native French descent.
I got my degree here in the U.S.A and my attorney friend who is Caucasian from head to toe, majored in linguistics. The guy can speak, Hangul, Ethiopian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and so on without a broken accent.I speak some of these languages myself and can attest to this.
We've run into situations where a Chinese was teaching Constitutional Law, or and African American was teaching Judiciary procedure. They got the job done regardless of race.

hoikaloi's picture

I took some classes at Instituto Cervantes and a couple of my professors are Filipino. Didnt bother me at all. I was even amazed and inspired by the thought of a Filipino teaching me Spanish.

Ithilien's picture

I am Romanian and I studied for my BA degree in UK. I also took a course in French there, and my teacher was French. And she was positively the worst French teacher I have ever had. She was unfocused, she tended to get caught up in the funny comments of the students, she hardly ever held grammar classes and almost every culture class was either on the gay or black community of France - which is fine, but I also want to know about French history, geography, etc. So I find it unfair to be unable to teach a foreign language if you are not a native speaker. I agree I cannot possibly be as good as a native, but if you're talking about conversational English, or English up to middle-level, there would be no difference between me and a native speaker. I have studied English since I was 4, before I learned how to count in my own language, I have a Cambridge certificate and awards for literature written in English, but I can't teach children this language. That to me seems unfair. If I pass the interviews, I should be accepted. I'd even do it for less pay than a native speaker, so the children who expected a native teacher for their money don't get disappointed.

Anonymous's picture

Being a native speaker doesn't make you a good teacher. Most Filipinos are good teachers. They teach with passion and are quite professional. They don't just fuck off whenever they like it. They are here to teach and work. For most native speakers, they are here to have fun so most of the time they come to class hungover or sometimes they'll miss it cos they're too hungover to teach. Majority of the native speakers who teach English in China cannot spell properly and most students can't understand them. Let's face the fact that they are only wanted 'cos of them being WHITE. As much as I like China, I have to say that they are pretty racist. That's the truth but if you have the proper certification and good diction then it's quite possible for you to get a job anywhere.

Kyndo's picture

Of course I agree that proper grammar is essential in somebody looking to teach English. The proper nationality helps too -- assuming that all the applicants' teaching credentials are similarly adequate, I can understand why the one from an English speaking country would be chosen first: they obviously have more experience with the language. The matter of race should be less important, but one should understand that a majority of the *private* English schools are selling not only English lessons, but also pandering to the Japanese idea of status. Embarrassing as it is, having a teacher with Caucasian features definitely goes a long way towards this.


I know for a fact that the Tokyo Board of Education DOES employ English teachers from non-English speaking countries: I'm from the Netherlands (my native language is Dutch) and I worked in a public school as an ALT for 2 years.

But then again, I can fake an awesome American accent.

European's picture

just wondering if i could get some opinions on a (white) european (non-native English speaking country passport holder) trying to find a job as a TEFL-certified English teacher. Not trying to be ignorant here, but clearly the Filipino argument here is not getting anywhere. So yeah, i speak English pretty much as my first language (read: haven't really spoken in other languages for years), my grammar is most likely better than of most English passport holders' (definitely better than the white Africans'), pronunciation is of a native level and conversational English is just as good. So, just wondering what your thoughts might be on this case - should i also stay away just because i am not a native English speaker (although i was schooled in English for many years) or does me being white put me on some sort of a pedestal over other races? just wondering... no offense to anyone, i also work with many different races, cultures, religions and don't see myself being any more valuable than others.

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Anonymous's picture

absolutely agree,korea and japan are looking for native english speaker but the fact is even native speakers are very wrong in grammar.they are interesting because of thier accent but if you'll listen carefully to the words they're using you cant find them in the day other non-english speaking countries will look teacher from pinas..

Charles Jannuzi's picture

Most people who teach English in Japan are Japanese. Almost ALL who get to make a career of it are Japanese.
Yes, Japan's mostly hapless EFL could learn a lot through teacher exchanges with EFL and ESL Asia, including Philippines. But since reform of EFL in Japan is a low priority (in terms of actual actions, lots of wasted rhetoric though), it will never happen.

It would also be nice if the JET Programme hired young people from Singapore, Malaysia, and Philippines to come to Japan to internationalize English and education here, but again, when Japanese think of foreigners they want in their country, it's mostly vacationers from the 'West', the mythic 'West'.

Anonymous's picture

I have a Degree in Tesol, a DELTA and have spent 10 years of my life teaching English. How dare you! The arrogance in your post say it all!! TEFL is an industry, not just a way for you to escape economic hardship in your country! grow up!

Oren's picture

Recently I have become interested in teaching English in Asia. I have been reading some of the blogs posted and have come across many complaints from nonnative English speakers wishing to teach but being denied based on nationality. I would like to say that speaking a language and teaching it are obviously two very different skills. Being a native speaker does not mean that you can actually teach your language, or that you posses the patience, creativity, and general know how required to teach a language. I am sure there are many native English speakers who are terrible teachers.
Nevertheless, there is something missing from most of these nonnative speakers. For the most part it seems that most of you really don't have a great command of the English language. I am not trying to knock you, you can express what you wish to say very well. I understand everything that you post in these blogs.
Nevertheless, the truth is your blogs are rife with grammatical mistakes. I am not a teacher, but if and when i ever learn a language i would like it to be from someone with the best possible command of the language. When you are truly fluent in a language you wouldnt make the mistakes I have just read in previous comments.
Anyway, this shouldnt stop you. I have met people with horrible English skills teaching in Asia.
I am sure your english is much better than theirs, and they seem to do fine.
Listen, I can communicate in Spanish, but I am not about to go and try to teach it.

american born filipina's picture

"In Indonesia, more and more schools are hiring Filipino teachers as slowly but surely they are realizing the supremacy of Pinoy teachers and the inadequacy of the arrogant, immoral, and lazy native speakers, whose only qualification is their white skin and blond hair."

why the hostility??
you speak against discrimination, but you're throwing in stereotypes.
i hate when filipinos do that stupid inferiority thing. its annoying.

Michaela's picture

I am sorry to bother you in this conversation yet in ur words i found what I was looking for.

I am also non native speaker who would love to teach english in Asia. Is it possible for you to reply to my email? I would love to ask for some advice if you are willing to help.

Thank you in advance

email: [email protected]

Anonymous's picture

It is a sad fact that Filipino are being judged generally here, but I am also glad that there are those who recognize the Filipino English teaching skills. Thank you. It's not a matter of where you come from, it's how you truly understand what it takes to teach the language, vis a vis grammar, vocabulary, and so on.
When Filipinos do something, they do it to the best of their ability. If I am not mistaken, one Filipina just asked why Filipinos couldn't teach English in Japan and other Asian countries. Do people really need to react negatively to that? I mean, to the point that they have to generalize Filipino English teachers and enumerate all their "flaws" one by one? I'm sorry but I guess they haven't met real Filipino English teachers yet. Real ones are very particular about grammar, intonation, and all. I just hope those who made snide comments would be able to accept that they are not the only ones who can teach English.

フィリピン人's picture

I completely agree with you. I met this French guy teaching English in China. His English was not so great. But it's not rocket science either to figure out that English schools are secret brothels trying to sell white flesh to Asian girls. Legally.
Let's face it - many of the clients are young girls dreaming of meeting up their white knight in shining armor, through the language schools.

I'm a Filipino national, by the way, but being non-white and female, I don't think I'll ever get hired in China.

Anonymous's picture

I believe that no one teaches English better than those who learned the language by heart and can now teach it exactly the way they learned it. Mabuhay Filipino English Teachers! =)

(Note: Our English teachers here in the Philippines are all Filipinos. We never needed Native English speakers to teach us the language. And heck! English is not the language of the White. It is THE Universal language.)

Anonymous's picture

If you've never needed native speakers to teach you the language, how did people there first start speaking it?

Pinay's picture

Totally agree with the above comment. :)

Why make hasty generalizations and ignorant comments on a country as a whole based on your knowledge of one individual's qualifications and competency? That individual do not represent the entire Filipino English Teachers.

jericcarino's picture

An american definitely started the fire of learning English here in the Philippines. But we had to fan the flame for as long as we can remember. So, kudos to the person who started it... but more kudos to the people who continued practicing the language. we know how to speak the language not because of foreign teachers but because we adapt well to different situations. i'm not saying filipinos are the only ones who could do so. i'm just saying that others should try to respect our mad skills.

Critical Mass's picture

There are many Filipinos teaching English in Japan. Half of the ALT's in the company I work for are Filipino. However, your comment about Filipinos using proper or correct English grammar is inaccurate. For example your posting is filled with grammatical errors.

Most Filipinos do not speak English well enough to teach English at private schools. Private school students pay for and expect their foreign teachers to be born and raised in primary English speaking countries such as England or Australia. They do not want a teacher whose first language is Tagalog, or Indian, or Malay.

Thus, most Filipinos in Japan are ALT's teaching primary school children. Since Japanese children are still learning basic vocabulary and simple grammar structures, it is not important for the teacher to speak perfect English.

pinoyeslteacherinshanghai's picture

Well, we, Filipinos, may not need a native English speaker to learn English back home. But do you think the English skills we have learnt and acquired are enough to impart to those Asian English learners who wish to study in any English speaking countries? Grammar is out of the question, please we don't mind grammar TOO much when we speak,(for crying out loud!) but apparently, when writing, grammar is very essential. We Filipinos are known for being the grammar police,yet, sad to say, still not surpassing the native English speaker's rate. Please, no bias, just the stark reality, we have limitations. This limitation sets the rule governing the visa processing on some countries like Japan and Korea. What is the limitation? Language changes, if you are not living in an English speaking country, you will never keep up with the changes. Phrases and idioms come and go as quickly as money. What's the point? If you strive to become a good ESL teacher, go study and live in an English speaking country, or at least get a qualified native English teacher to teach you. I am not ashamed to say that even I am a seasoned ESL teacher here in Shanghai, China, I still get to learn English from my American and British co-workers. Hope that clears up for you guys! BTW, I took up TESOL and got further training in the UK,and I still feel my English isn't enough yet.

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TangangEwan's picture

lol this is another product of misleading information. Wow, obviously biased.

Monty's picture

I have a CELTA, which is obviously not as good of a qualification as your DELTA, so please do not make me look bad by making mistakes in your post.

"The arrogance in your post say it all!!
Should be
"The arrogance in your posts say it all!"

You're also missing a capital letter for "grow up", but I'm sure you could have corrected that yourself.

Either way, I am half Filipino, and almost all of my relatives make a lot of errors when using English. Although, I have met some Filipinos who speak English very well.

But it does not matter what we think as they want white English speakers. If you have a problem with that, you'll have to take it up with them.

Anonymous's picture

Actually, a lot of Filipinos teach here in Korea. But, you're right. Filipinos should be allowed to teach here in Korea for sure.

erihope's picture

Hi There,

It is very sad how much respect these posts have toward the other person. As teachers I would like to think that everyone who calls himself/herself a teacher have some common sense, that both teachers have something to offer, natives and non-natives as well. I would highly suggest to read and article by Peter Medgyes, who did a research on this very topic " When the Teacher Is a Non-native Speaker." His article was published in a book called "Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language in 2001 by Marianne Celce-Murcia as the editor. If you would take your time and read this article I am sure it would change your mind about debating and declaring that a NNS of English are better teachers of English than NS of English or the other way around. Medgyes research shows that both native and nonnative teachers have their own strengths and weaknesses. If you want to know more, and want to be an expert on this very topic take your time and read it for yourselves.

erihope's picture

I am Hungarian and teaching at one of the best high schools in Japan. I am not a native speaker of English, but near one..., so please do not declare that a teacher from the Philippines can't get a good teaching position in Japan because they are not native speakers of English. This a big baloney, I feel sad for those schools who hire teachers because they are natives, but maybe have know clue about the latest teaching methods and how to attend to students' needs..talking about being student centered. Well, these posts are not teacher minded for sure...I would not want a teacher like you teaching my kid for sure.:-(

Anonymous's picture

That's good!! you have a very humane and down to earth comment.God bless!!!!

Anonymous's picture


It should actually be "The arrogance in your post says it all."

nerissa's picture

I see your point. I totally agree with that. It hurts to hear that Filipinos are better off as caregivers or factory workers abroad. I am, together with other Filipinos here are lucky to be hired as English teachers in CHINA. Some even excel in their departments. They are considered as "popular teachers" because students love them. We are not native speakers, that is the fact that we need to accept but to say that "some dreams don't just come true" is so negative that I'm sorry to disagree. Whoever is reading this who dreams of working abroad as an ESL teacher, it is possible (except for countries that don't grant teaching visa from our country). We experience experience discrimination, some question, some doubts our abilities but once we have shown what we can do and when we have proven worth, everything has become easier.

Anonymous's picture

No, you should you fool!



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