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How Good Does Your Japanese Have to Be for You to Start Tutoring?

From Jon, published on 20/02/2018 Blog > Tutoring > Advice for Tutors > What Level Do You Need For Japanese Language Tutoring

Korean lessons, Chinese lessons, Japanese lessons…Asian languages are becoming more and more popular with American students!

Thanks to the influence of Japanese culture, you can be sure to find students interested in the Japanese language!

However, some future-tutors may have doubts about their abilities. Especially the non-native ones.

I want to teach, but do I really speak Japanese well enough?

A question which is often asked by those who hesitate to tutor in Japanese.

So, if you’d like to teach the Mishima language, here are our tips for determining your level…

Teaching Japanese to Beginners as a Japanese Student (High school, BA, or MA)

In the United States, the emergence of Japanese culture has had a direct impact on teaching the Japanese language.

Indeed, more and more high schools and/or universities offer Japanese classes from an early age:

  • oral pronunciation,
  • kanji writing,
  • kana and katakana,
  • or even Japanese grammar lessons …

The language courses offered in these institutes can quickly improve your Japanese language skills!

So, why not become a private Japanese tutor?

If you’ve been lucky enough to have some Japanese training, you can turn towards private education for a career!

Of course, everything depends on your training: in most cases, your Japanese classes will not necessarily have given you access to a language-specific degree (for example, if you’ve only taken some Japanese language classes here and there).

However, if you have gotten a BA in Japanese or been lucky enough to attend a bilingual Japanese/English school, your level will come off as very “credible” to students!

 

note-taking Make sure to take good notes during your Japanese studies–it’s precious knowledge you can then pass on to your tutoring students later!

Focus on beginner students who will be more suited to your level. They can train you to teach the Japanese language.

There are several ways for you to become a private tutor for beginners:

  • Join an organization specializing in in-home tutoring.
  • Hunt for ads in schools.
  • Place your ad in your city’s surroundings.
  • Start a teacher profile on Craigslist or other websites of the kind…

Make it clear that your course is for beginners in Japanese: you would not want to find yourself in front of a student who knows more than you!

To learn to speak Japanese, young students will favor students–which usually means cheaper and more accessible!

The Importance of Having Lived or Worked in Japan When it Comes to Japanese Tutoring

To become a good private tutor, you must first learn Japanese in the most efficient way possible–that is to say, by traveling to the place in question!

This will allow you to attract more students to your Japanese tutoring classes!

Indeed, all language specialists will tell you the same thing: that to learn a language, especially Japanese, nothing beats total immersion in the land of the rising sun.

In order to practice your oral expression and to understand the specificities of Japanese culture (politeness, Japanese cuisine or even the arts of the country such as ikebana), attending classes in the United States is not enough.

U.S. students will appreciate your involvement with the country and its culture!

Here are several ways you could travel to Japan:

  • Live directly with a host family to fully immerse yourself in the culture.
  • Take a language study trip via a language school or institute.
  • Work in Japan as a teacher to expand your pedagogical knowledge.
  • Make a Japanese penpal before leaving, as well as one when you are there who can answer any questions you might have.
  • Take a trip as part of your professional training (trips organized by universities or colleges).

Through a regular learning rhythm, going to Japan will help you to improve your skills and CV!

 

great-learning Wouldn’t it be great to study your notes while looking at Mount Fuji??

Remember that to be a good sensei, you have to know life in Japan: many students are interested in the language so they can learn more about the culture!

Whether you choose to live in Japan, study in Japan, or even make a simple trip to Japan, you will soon feel the positive effects of daily life in a new culture.

During your future Japanese language lessons, your students will be able to benefit from your wise advice and you will gain credibility!

Being a Japanese-English Bilingual Private Japanese Tutor

Teaching languages ​​has always been very complex. In addition to his or her mother tongue, the private tutor must be able to master another language’s vocabulary and, in the case of Japanese, new writing.

No room for error, here!

To know the Japanese dictionary by heart and to give impeccable private tutoring lessons, you will have to learn how to perfect yourself in order to finally reach bilingualism.

Of course, it all depends on the level you want to teach at: if your course is for intermediate students, being fully bilingual is not a necessity.

You’re not sure of your Japanese level?

Don’t panic!

You can take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) to certify your ability to speak and write.

The test has 5 levels:

  • Level N1 (get a score of 100/180),
  • Level N2 (get a score of 90/180),
  • Level N3 (get a score of 95/180),
  • Level N4 (get a score of 90/180),
  • Level N5 (get a score of 80/180).

Depending on the level you are looking to accomplish, the written and oral tests will vary, as well as the grading system.

The N1 level is the most demanding and the hardest to obtain: if you manage to pass this level, you can certify to your students that you are bilingual English-Japanese!

Of course, this qualification will be a huge “plus” on your CV!

japanese-tutoring Wouldn’t it be nice to read all those letters? Soon you can if you get tutoring lessons in Japanese!

To become a Japanese teacher in a Japanese school or a Japanese in-home tutor, bilingualism will allow you to help your students progress more effectively because you will know at the fingertips all the specificities of the Japanese language.

You will be able to teach at all levels, from the beginner to the expert student who wants to make good use your services to pass the entrance exam for a Master of Japanese.

Don’t hesitate to introduce American students to the beautiful language of the country of the rising sun!

A Native Japanese Tutor Will Always Have More Success with Students

According to a survey conducted by Survey Monkey in 2016, Japan is particularly popular with our compatriots: in one year, departures to Japan increased by 15%, the largest increase for an Asian country.

What attracts the Americans to Japan is above all their unique culture: it’s norman then that students want to find native Japanese tutors for their private tutoring lessons!

Yes, you may have spent years and years studying Japanese but you will never replace a “real” Japanese person!

Karen Aldo, teacher-researcher specializing in the Japanese language, explains:

“Natives have a dominant linguistic competence while Japanese teachers have grammatical competence. […] the native teacher is supposed to perfectly master his or her language and speak it better than others. “

Of course, all this is only a question of a priori: a U.S. teacher can master the Japanese language almost as well as a native!

However, if you are American, you will have a hard time competing with a native private Japanese tutor. The price of the Japanese tutoring class is not the same either!

To remedy this problem, why not live in Japan for a few years: your credibility will only be reinforced.

Certifications, diplomas, aptitude tests…The road will be longer, but your CV will become irreproachable!

 

culture-origami Origami could be a way to impress your students and have them understand your deep knowledge of the Japanese culture!

What’s more, you possess a weapon that may be lacking to a native teacher: understanding.

Like your student, you too have gone through the learning phase of Japanese and you know all the difficulties.

So you can more easily ensure the progress of your student while explaining the springs of this civilization.

If you want to post a private tutoring ad, bring up your teaching background. Anything to catch your future student’s attention!

A Private Tutor’s Required Level Mainly Depend on the Student in Question

When one begins to give private tutoring classes, many questions are raised. One of the first questions is always about the level of the courses themselves.

There are several answers to the question “What level do you have to master in order to teach the Japanese language in tutoring classes?”

In fact, to be a good tutor and teacher and pedagogue of the Japanese language, it is necessary to be able to detect the level of your students.

Calligraphy, proficiency in verbs, cultural knowledge and understanding…Each student has his set of difficulties which vary greatly and can range from easy to confront to difficult to master.

Your training as a private tutor must be adapted to your student’s level:

  • Beginner Level: Your student knows nothing about oral Japanese or Japanese writing. In this case, the student-tutor is perhaps the most qualified to help! In addition to your own personal classes, make it so that your schedule allows you to teach yourself through teaching a non-initiated student.
  • Intermediate level: your student knows all Japanese basics and how to manage oral conversation. If you have taken a BA in Japanese or studied at a native Japanese school, you can teach a mid-level student who will pay you a much higher rate than a beginner.
  • Expert level: your student knows how to communicate almost perfectly in Japanese and wishes to call on you for intensive learning. In this case, you will need to prove your qualifications through an aptitude test or diploma. Mastery of Japanese History, a perfect accent…Your skills must be irreproachable!

From the tutor-student to the qualified teacher who knows how to organize a Japanese class, you will find what you are looking for!

Before choosing your students, you first have to figure out what your own level is through an online test, for example.

Feel free to improve your language skills all throughout your career because you will always find linguistic subtleties that you did not know!

So don’t think about it any longer and complete your profile on Superprof in order to attract a maximum number of students who are curious about the language of the country of the rising sun!

 

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