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Re: Masters of English?

Posted By: GambateBingBangBOOM
Date: Monday, 5 June 2017, at 6:44 p.m.

In Response To: Masters of English? (Linden)

This is about teaching in Japan, in particular.

If that masters in English is in English language education (and not literature, rhetoric or creative writing), then no, you don't need a TESOL certificate. If it is not a degree specific to language teaching (or doesn't have at least an element devoted specifically to teaching ESL/EFL) then you would likely need not just a mom and pop TESOL certificate, but very likely a masters in TESOL or Applied Linguistics. Some people do manage to get positions with degrees in unrelated fields but it is becoming rarer and rarer. In fact, there is currently a push for people to have (or be doing) a PhD in TESOL (or applied linguistics that focuses specifically on an area related to second language acquisition) to teach even first and second year courses.

For most jobs, you also need publications (at least three, some universities are now bumping that up to four, and what counts as a 'publication' changes from university to university), and ability to speak and read Japanese to at least intermediate level.

Some people have obtained positions without these things (often part-time positions, for which you must already have an appropriate work visa, so these are not newbies to Japan). For those with full-time positions, they are often 'trapped' in their job in that they cannot move to another university, and the vast majority of positions have a maximum number of contract renewals (so they cannot find another position, and at the end of three years will not have their current position, either).

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Masters of English?
Linden -- Saturday, 3 June 2017, at 12:18 p.m.
Re: Masters of English?
nomad soul -- Sunday, 4 June 2017, at 5:46 p.m.
Re: Masters of English?
GambateBingBangBOOM -- Monday, 5 June 2017, at 6:44 p.m.
Re: Masters of English?
Tim -- Wednesday, 7 June 2017, at 3:41 a.m.
Re: Masters of English?
Linden -- Tuesday, 11 July 2017, at 11:04 a.m.

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