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10 October 2008 @ 12:53 am
Looking through job listings...  
It seems like Tokyo, Aichi, Chiba and Saitama need a ton of teachers, but no one around here needs any. There were a couple really weird entries, though...like this one:

CONTRACT TEACHING POSITION. Part-time, Tue/Thur, 7:40-9:10pm. Teach basic English skills in a science context to second-year master's students. The course should be based on science content, but focus on the development of students' ability to read and discuss scientific topics in English. MA, familiarity with current approaches to task-based and communicative language teaching, and ability to design a course syllabus that develops students' abilities to use English for real communication required. Ph.D. or Ed.D. (in TESOL, applied linguistics, or closely related field), comfortable with scientific content, and background in science preferred. Application deadline ASAP. Position begins January, 2009. Apply by e-mail with letter of interest ("addressing the stated minimum and preferred qualifications"), CV/resume, and two references. Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ).

...a Ph. D in applied lingustics to be a part-time English teacher? Talk about degree inflation. O.o A lot of the jobs also have extremely long periods between application and start, like "Applications due November 15, job begins May 2009."

The closest I've found so far to Hiroshima-ken is in Fukuoka, and that's like 3 hours away by bus so that's not happening. There has to be a way to get an ALT job at a local school...apparently a lot of the ones south of here don't take JETs, but are looking for teachers regardless. And Chiyoda Middle and Elementary schools have a non-JET teaching there. He had to get the job somehow. I would think it'd be easier because I imagine a lot of foreigners dont' want to live alone by themselves in the countryside, which is why JETs get placed there and why schools around here that don't take JETs would be a good place to apply to.

Which reminds me--we aren't the only foreigners in town. We saw the middle/elementary school guy riding his bike into Thanks one day, but we were on our way to catch a bus into Hiroshima-shi for the enkai, so we didn't have time to stop and talk. It'd be neat to meet him, but it's not like we'd necessarily have anything in common other than being gaijin.

Funny story: at the party we went to last weekend, we were the first ones there. When some other people showed up, they mentioned that they parked a ways away and were wanding around looking for our host's apartment. At the foot of the hill where she lives, a Japanese man on motorcycle stopped as he was passing. Before they could say anything, he said, "The foreign girl lives up there" and pointed up the hill to her apartment. Because foreigners all know each other, obviously.

That's not entirely facetious (at least, when commenting on Japanese attitudes). softlykarou's students were asking her if she knows the guy who swam naked in the moat around the Imperial Palace (link contains naked man). The Japanese teacher apologized and said, "They think all foreigners know each other." :-p

Edit: Found one job--Tuesdays to Saturdays in Hiroshima-shi. Requires letter of introduction, though...hmm...
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jdcohen on October 9th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Alternately, you could earn money playing poker online or engaging in arbitrage.

dorchadas: desudorchadas on October 10th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Apparently, you can earn a pretty penny impersonating a minister and performing Christian weddings, since they're very in at the moment. :-p
Jaideraijaiderai on October 9th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
I agree with Jeff, especially because you'd get to refer to yourself as an arbitrageur. And that doesn't even look like a real word.