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Intern in TESOL at Ibaraki Christian University in Japan

Intern at a university in Japan! In the teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) internship program, interns help undergraduate English majors in Japan to

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Ibaraki Christian University Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Teaching and Learning in Japan

I was an intern for Ibaraki Christian University from May to December of 2017. As a student who is interested in teaching English in the future, this was definitely the perfect opportunity for me to learn about teaching. Right away I was able to start leading the Chat Hour conversation and activity sessions with the other interns. With the support of the English professors at Ibaraki Christian University, I was able to plan Chat Hours as well as other lessons for English majors at the school. Some of the interns and I also were able to teach lessons at Ibaraki Christian's Kindergarten which was a unique and fun experience.

One of the most valuable parts of the internship for me was learning about the lives of our students through Chat Hour. When I first arrived at the school, it was difficult to relate to the lives of the students, but over time I came to understand their interests, hobbies, personalities, and some parts of the typical student's life, like part-time jobs, exams, and travel. I came to learn the importance of having a good relationship with students, since this really allows them to be comfortable speaking English. It also becomes way easier to have conversations during chat hour when everyone has a genuine interest in the conversation.

I have two pieces of advice for future interns:

1. Be aware of the wants and needs of students.
On one hand, planning for Chat Hour becomes easier when you know what students want. On the other hand, students won't often tell you outright what they want, so it can be difficult to figure out if you're providing something that is interesting for students. But the professors at Ibaraki Christian are so helpful and will give you advice on how best to address students' needs.

2. Invest time into planning for English department parties.
I really enjoyed the evening events that the interns organized for the students. It can be a challenge organizing the parties if the plans are ambitious, but the students really enjoy them, and they create a great environment for starting conversation with students. The intern blog intern.gendaieigo.info has posts about the events that we did in October and November 2017.

Overall, I am so glad I did this internship. It was a valuable experience in learning about teaching English, and I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who, like myself, is interested in teaching English in Japan.

Program: Intern in TESOL at Ibaraki Christian University in Japan

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

English teaching internship in Japan

Overall this was a fantastic experience! This internship offers great opportunities to anyone who is interested in teaching or the Japanese culture in general. I would highly recommend anyone thinking about doing this to apply for the position here at Ibaraki Christian University.

The staff in DCE (Department of Contemporary English) are EXTREMELY friendly and helpful to the interns in almost all aspects of life in Japan. From day one they help you do everything that may be difficult or challenging to do on your own. This includes paperwork, explaining expected responsibilities of interns, and also assisting your living situation. Everyone was always cheerful and helped encourage growth in terms of both being a student and future instructor.

One of the main responsibilities of the interns was to help host what is called "Chat Hour." This is a time when students come to help foster and advance their abilities in speaking English. The point of Chat Hour is to be a more fun and relaxing environment to make the students feel comfortable to practice their speaking abilities. To do this requires the interns to find new and interesting activities to keep the students engaged. This was challenging at times because often the students would want to revert back to playing simpler card games. At the same time this was a great opportunity to practice creative lesson planning for the interns.

For my personal experience, I stayed with a host family. I would HIGHLY recommend doing this! It was worth every moment I got to spend with them. The family I stayed with was so kind and understanding. Even though they could not speak English very much, this was never a problem for communication (being a Japanese major I only spoke to them in Japanese). From day one they always made a point to tell me that we are a family. Such amazing people and memories I will never forget!

This is such an amazing opportunity for anyone who is considering an internship for over the summer or during a fall/spring semester. Can not say enough to give credit to the staff, students, and people I was fortunate enough to meet during my time there. I highly recommend this internship!

Program: Intern in TESOL at Ibaraki Christian University in Japan

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

English conversation intern

I had a great experience during my summer interning at Ibaraki Christian University! All the staff and students were wonderful, and I created some life long friends during my time there. As far as the actual internship, I enjoyed helping the students with their English skills through activities, games, and conversation! I had such a great time that I ended up applying to the JET program and am now working in Japan again.

Program: Intern in TESOL at Ibaraki Christian University in Japan

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Internship in the DCE at Ibaraki Christian University

I participated in this internship as an undergraduate student during the fall of my junior year. The internship within the Department of Contemporary English (DCE) was by far the most rewarding experience of my undergraduate career. The faculty members within the DCE are very kind, and are always willing to assist interns in developing skills as educators and acclimating to life in Hitachi. My arrival to Hitachi was smooth, and one of the faculty members within the DCE was kind enough to pick me up from the bus stop and bring me to my host family. The students are very friendly, and are eager to learn - it was refreshing to see their passion for learning English. As an aspiring professor, I was able to deepen my understanding of pedagogy. The skills that I obtained from the internship were crucial for my future experiences in language teaching.

I was fortunate to live with a homestay family throughout the length of my internship. I would highly recommend aspiring interns to live with a homestay, regardless of Japanese language ability. I found that living with a homestay caused my Japanese language ability to skyrocket. My homestay family was very kind - my homestay parents were eager to bring me to cultural events and introduce me to famous locations within Ibaraki. Furthermore, the students at the university were also very eager to introduce me to their favorite spots in Hitachi and Ibaraki. Although Ibaraki is perceived to be very rural, I found it ripe with opportunities for sightseeing. Its proximity to Tokyo also allowed me to venture and sightsee during vacations/weekends.

Three years have passed since my internship at Ibaraki Christian University, and I still sing praises of it to current undergraduate students. This internship is unique in that it offers you the opportunity to teach within a university - this impressive facet of the internship was a huge advantage when applying for graduate programs (I am currently a PhD student). The internship also significantly boosted my public-speaking skills. I still speak to the students and faculty members of the DCE to this very day, and I am looking forward to the day in which I can reunite with them in person! I highly recommend this internship to aspiring educators who are passionate about cultural exchange, pedagogy, and making lifelong connections.

Program: Intern in TESOL at Ibaraki Christian University in Japan

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    8

Teaching English in Japan

I had a really good experience and learned a lot. I would strongly recommend this internship to anyone who hopes to become a teacher in the future (whether teaching English in Japan or Japanese in America). All of the students and faculty were very kind and helpful; the students were always willing to learn and excited to talk to us. We spent very little time doing organized teaching with a lesson plan, instead generally preferring to play games or chat with the students, or do small organized activities like playing music and having them fill in the blanks in lyrics. These games were all centered around giving them the chance to speak as much as possible and exposing them to new grammar and vocabulary. Although the students were interested, when given the choice many of them simply wished to play card games and avoid talking more than necessary, so it was important to work hard to engage them. Overall it was a really rewarding experience, but anyone applying should keep in mind that it is hard work and they will have to invest a good amount of time each day to preparing lessons and helping students.

Program: Intern in TESOL at Ibaraki Christian University in Japan

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