Japanese companies tend to be more professional, and you typically end up teaching more adults than you do with the Chinese companies that mainly focus on teaching English to children online. Japanese are highly professional and expect the same from the teachers they hire as well.
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Review: As of now, they are only hiring native English teachers from the US. You should be located in EST, CST, Europe, or Asia. You need to have a PC and the lessons are taught over Skype. They prefer that you have a Bachelor or Master’s Degree, TESOL/TESL or Teaching Credential and prior experience teaching English. The pay is decent at $9 per 25 minutes and $18 for 50 minutes. They pay you through PayPal.
Review: Do not apply unless you have a TEFL/TOEFL certificate and experience. All of the lessons are over Skype and payments are made through PayPal. You will be teaching Japanese students. There are a lot of various regulations and penalties that you should be aware of before applying. The pay rate is 800YEN per 30-minute class for the first 10 classes (one class is 30 minutes, therefore if you teach a 60-minute class you will be paid for 2 lessons). After 10 classes they will raise your wage to 900YEN per 30-minute class.
Review: This company teaches more than just English. Most of their students are Japanese. If you want to look for students who are Japanese adults then Cafetalk is a good platform to try out. A good thing about this platform is you can create as many different courses that you want. With these courses, you have the option of being able to have a paid trial lesson so that the students can become familiar with you and your technique. The nice thing about CafeTalk is that the majority of the students are Japanese adults. They tend to take learning more seriously and are typically taking lessons for work-related reasons. This is a great platform for those of you who like to teach business lessons to adults.
Review: This company is looking for native English teachers to teach English to Japanese students online. You need to have an ESL certification or a teaching degree in any subject. The pay rate is $14.50 per hour. Payments are received through a US bank account. The working hours are part-time from 4 am-7 am EST. Most teachers get an average of 8 to 12 hours per week.
Review: They are only hiring native teachers from USA, UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. The pay is low at just a little over $5 for each 25-minute lesson. The lessons are taught through materials that the student has or that you have online. That makes the classes more flexible, but it can be a little hectic not following a plan by the company.
Review: You will start out at 1000 JPY per 50 minute lesson for the first 5 lessons. The average lesson rate is 1750 JPY but you can set your own rate with some of the students. The payments are at the end of each month through PayPal. You should have a TEFL or TESOL certification with previous work experience in a business environment. You will be teaching Japanese adults Business English so that is why it is important to have that kind of background.
Review: With this Japanese company you will be teaching adults during the week and on the weekends.Your students are mainly Japanese business people. You should have a background in teaching business English and have a minimum of two years teaching experience. It is also an advantage if you know how to teach the TOEFL, IELTS, Eiken, TOEIC. The minimum amount of hours is 20 hours a week. The pay ranges from $16-$20 per hour and you are paid through either PayPal or through a bank wire.
Review: For this Japanese company, there is no teaching experience required since they provide training. Certifications and experience are helpful but are not necessary. Both native level English speakers and native level Japanese speakers are invited to apply. They pay $10-$11 per hour depending on the type of class and incentives. Payments are made directly to your personal PayPal account. There is no need to create materials since all instruction materials are provided. Their highest demand for teachers is between 8:00 pm and midnight Japanese Standard Time(JST). There is a high demand on the weekends as well.
Review: This school of Japan is hiring native teachers along with Japanese teachers who are fluent enough in English.
Review: As of June 2017 they are not hiring. The website for the company does not look that great but they have been hiring and I can see their list of teachers is growing. They charge the students $8-$9 per 25 minutes so the pay rate may not be that high. The good thing is they are focused on Japanese learners who are typically easier to work with.