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Which eikaiwa for experienced EFL teacher

 
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Vince



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:56 pm    Post subject: Which eikaiwa for experienced EFL teacher Reply with quote

Which of the major eikaiwa would you suggest for somebody with previous EFL experience in Japan? Please don't say "none of them." I know why you might say that, but I'm just looking for a quick entry point and wouldn't stay past the first contract.

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mitsui



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know. Look at Gaijinpot to get an idea.
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Shonai Ben



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends on where you want to live too.
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mitsui



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it does. There is Ohayo Sensei too.
It is hard to know.

Maybe Berlitz, but not Coco.
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GambateBingBangBOOM



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:45 am    Post subject: Re: Which eikaiwa for experienced EFL teacher Reply with quote

Vince wrote:
I'm just looking for a quick entry point and wouldn't stay past the first contract.


Why not also look into ALT dispatch companies? People can be dispatched to work at universities (as "on the premises") as well. That could also get you a visa to work in the country.
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mitsui



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes that would be Westgate but the work is just for 4 months, which may be OK if you can get another job by the fall.
But with them, work is either around Tokyo or in Nagoya.
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moviefan1987



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I worked for the COCO. They treated me fine, and followed my contract to the precise letter. It was ok for 1 year. But your experience all depends on your branch manager. I haven't worked for any other eikaiwa, but GABA could also be ok for a year. Good luck.
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Vince



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies, and apologies for asking a meaningless question. Whether somebody is an experienced EFL teacher is beside the point.

Here is what I want from an employer, whether an eikaiwa or ALT agency.

  • I'd like a company that is reputed to respect its teachers as adults and professionals. It doesn't matter that we don't have advanced degrees related to TESOL. If we're showing up on time and doing the job in a professional manner, we're professionals.
  • I'd like a company that is grounded enough to pay its people on time and be upfront about its responsibility to provide legally required benefits based on the hours that the teacher works.
  • I'd like a school that doesn't play management-versus-expendables or Japanese-versus-gaijin games with its foreign teachers.
  • I'd like a school that allows capable teachers some reasonable latitude in lesson planning.
  • I'd like a school that will support any of its teachers who are unfairly treated by students.

I worked at ECC over ten years ago and found that it mostly met those criteria. If it's still like it was back then, it would definitely be on my list.

Do you know of any others?

I've read mixed things about COCO. My main concern is that its website says full-time teachers make 195,000 - 255,000. What factors determine that big range? I'd of course want to be at the top of it. Is there the possibility of teachers moving into HQ positions (trainers, foreign HR staff, etc.)?
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mitsui



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well,
Coco did collective bargaining back in 2014.
I can't remember, maybe the parent company is Benesse.
They are trying to save money.

I think it is easier to move up in Berlitz.

Maybe ECC would be better.
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timothypfox



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Consider working at a private high school or a private junior high school. It sounds like your qualified.
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currentaffairs



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would just use the eikaiwa as your entrance into Japan and not worry too much about the conditions. They are all pretty poor for different reasons. It does depend a lot on your location and manager, too. Later on try to snag a job at a private high school.
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