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Re: Hard to find job in japan please HELP

Posted By: Joyce <neuronsrule12@hotmail.com>
Date: Saturday, 7 June 2014, at 1:56 a.m.

In Response To: Hard to find job in japan please HELP (Shayne)

Dear Shayne,

I would highly encourage you to at least try to obtain a 2 year degree. You will improve in many areas, not just in the academic area of study that you choose. Higher education can boost your writing and reading skills. Knowing how to write a paper and to participate in class discussions does help prepare you for the classroom. I personally have 4 degrees. I have my Masters in Special Education and Literacy. I am currently working overseas in ESL after 8 years of teaching in the American public schools.

I can't imagine trying to teach ESL without a teacher education degree, but most teachers here overseas do. I think this problem has created a lot of problems between the school owners and the true role of the teachers in the classroom.

We are not just English robots. There have been a lot of teaching strategies that I have used to help my students to be successful with the English language. There are many problems here in South Korea in the ESL field. The number one problem is that of the student actually achieving proficiency in the English language. The focus, they say is on the writing and reading. I beg to differ. When I am confronted with that kind of statement, I hand them a paper and pen and ask them to write down what they want to say to me. Guess what? They can't do it.

Japan is very saturated with high quality teachers in the ESL field. Please consider going forward in your education. It is worth it. Best of Luck to you and your goal to teach abroad.

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Hard to find job in japan please HELP
Shayne -- Friday, 6 June 2014, at 5:57 a.m.
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spiral78 -- Saturday, 7 June 2014, at 5:55 a.m.
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Joyce -- Saturday, 7 June 2014, at 1:56 a.m.
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nomad soul -- Friday, 6 June 2014, at 9:47 a.m.
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shayne -- Sunday, 8 June 2014, at 4:58 a.m.
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Stephen -- Tuesday, 10 June 2014, at 7:20 a.m.
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nomad soul -- Monday, 9 June 2014, at 9:07 a.m.
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Tim -- Monday, 9 June 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
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spiral78 -- Monday, 9 June 2014, at 1:18 p.m.
Re: Hard to find job in japan please HELP
steve amey -- Friday, 13 June 2014, at 10:20 a.m.

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