What does a Language Teacher do?
Language teachers provide instruction to help students master the fundamentals of a specific language. They generally start with the core elements of basic grammar and format, and then expand into more complex aspects, eventually working towards the goal of becoming comfortable speaking and understanding conversational dialogue. They may provide this teaching onsite in a classroom setting or from a distance using a remote learning platform. They select a curriculum, explain concepts, and evaluate students’ progress.
Language teachers have varying qualification requirements depending on the level and setting in which they are teaching, but generally they would at least have a bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree preferred. They would likely be required to have a valid teaching license in their state. They would be fluent in at least two languages, and have teaching experience.
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“This means you cannot commit to anything outside of work and destroys and potential for a good work life balance.”
“I love teaching and it was exciting opportunity for me to teach students and see their learning progress.”
“Not much freedom to teach what you want (Japanese teacher is in charge of all planning)”
“Your manager for your prefecture can make your time worse or better (Luckily I have a great manager).”
“Seems like there is no career progression although I may have not looked further into or my current Japanese ability is too low.”
“Opportunity to learn Japanese but didn't require any for my placement despite being very rural.”
“It's a great experience but after awhile your career will stagnant and you'll be doing the same things each year.”
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