Teaching English in Japan
Observe various English language classrooms in Japan while learning about Japanese culture and society. No prior Japanese language study is required for this program. Students enrolled in this program will take:
TESOL Methods Course (3 credits): You will participate in a course focusing on national and international approaches to ESL teaching while observing various ESL classrooms and settings. Rather than merely studying about TESOL methods from a textbook though, you will have the opportunity to actually travel to and observe various English language classrooms both at JCMU and at local schools! While taking this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of the characteristics and needs of ESL education in Japan, providing you with practical skills and knowledge for a career in TESOL. This experience will be especially useful if you are planning on teaching English in Japan on the JET program (or other similar teaching opportunities) in the future.
Introduction to Japanese culture & society (3 credits): This course will present you with the opportunity to further explore the foundations of Japanese culture and society and how they shape the lives of the Japanese people, which will help you understand the culture that you will be living in. Classroom lectures will be enhanced with guest lectures, site visits, and Japanese cultural demonstrations and activities.
Housing and Meals
JCMU offers students accommodations in the residence hall apartments during this program. Student apartments are designed for double occupancy, each with a private bedroom/study and shared kitchen and bathroom. Students are responsible for their own meals when they stay in the apartments.
Japan only requires students with U.S. citizenship that are participating in programs longer than 90 days to get a student visa.
Application and Advising Notes
This program requires a dual application process in which both EMU and JCMU must approve students to participate. Students are required to attend an advising session before being admitted into this program.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Students with a minimum 2.8 GPA and a demonstrated financial need can apply for the Freeman-ASIA scholarship.
Financial aid and EMU scholarships can be applied to the tuition and fees for this program. Additional scholarships available for EMU students that wish to study abroad can be found through the Office of Financial Aid.