Category Archives: TEACHING

School for Sale – Beat Eikaiwa in Osaka

Beat Eikaiwa was the brainchild of Peter Carter and Taeko Kashiwagi and was established in November 2007. It opened its doors for its first students on January 4th, 2008 and has continued to grow. Designed as an English school for all ages and language proficiency levels, Beat Eikaiwa has shown its strengths and has seen steady, continued growth in student numbers and revenue since its inception. Its strengths were its involvement in the local community and its caring for its students. Through this effort Beat Eikaiwa has continued to attract students to its classes and student retention has never been a problem.

School Population

In 2019 Beat Eikaiwa had 130-140 concurrent students. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic currently it currently has approximately 100 students attending classes.

Location

One key aspect to Beat Eikaiwa’s continued growth has been its location. Based in Hyotanyama-cho, Higashi Osaka, Beat Eikaiwa occupies a self standing building (3-classrooms), 1-minute from Hyotanyama Station which in itself is one of the busiest stops on the Kintetsu Line from Namba to Nara. It is perfectly located, opposite the Hyotanyama local government bicycle parking which houses over 1,200 bicycles and scooters. Foot traffic is also large as it is on the main access road to the Hyotanyama shotengai which houses all the major banking and service industries. See the location here.

Future Goals and Milestones

Beat Eikaiwa has unlimited potential for growth. Student numbers continue to grow and the chance for expansion is really up to the imagination and hard work from the owners and staff.

Currently beat Eikaiwa has 3 teachers with varied roles and number of hours.

With one full time employee (native English speaker), one part time native English speaking position for …continue reading

    

6 Types of Eikaiwa Students and How to Handle Them

Source: Gaijin Pot
6 Types of Eikaiwa Students

In Japan, eikaiwa, or English conversation schools, are different from regular schools. Teaching here is not the same as being an ALT (assistant language teacher) at a public school or a university. The students are often taught individually, and they can review your lessons or even request to have (or not have) you as their teacher.

I’ve been teaching at eikaiwa for a few years now. From practical experience and valuable advice from veterans, I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. Eikaiwa is a business. Student satisfaction can be more important than education, and you’ll encounter many different kinds of students you’ll remember for both good and bad reasons.

The difference in student personalities is what makes working at an eikaiwa so interesting.

A student once gave me half their mask collection after I mentioned I couldn’t find any. Another student spent our lesson discussing Naruto. One student complained that it was “unprofessional” to talk about my personal life after I mentioned my boyfriend never turns off the lights in a lesson about conserving energy.

From students who can test your patience to the ones who make your job worthwhile, here are six types I’ve come across teaching English conversation classes in Japan and how to handle them.

1. The chill one

This guy just wants to talk about your day.

This student is my favorite. Laidback and relaxed, it feels like they’ve just come to chat. Somehow, you start the lesson with the textbook, but by the end,, you’re talking about how great the sushi in Hokkaido is or the annoying things their boss does. They aren’t very interested in grammar and would instead ask you silly questions about your life or how …continue reading

    

A Coronavirus Christmas: How Foreign Teachers are Coping Without Going Home for the Holidays

Source: Gaijin Pot
A Coronavirus Christmas

Maybe I was too optimistic. Earlier this year, when school staff was ordered to stay home from work during most of April and May, I hoped that maybe—just maybe—this pandemic might be under control by the end of the year. If so, I would make my annual visit back to Scotland to see my family.

However, with more than 201,762 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections today in Japan, it seems we aren’t coming out of this pandemic anytime soon.

Times like these

2021 can’t come fast enough.

Both my parents have long term health issues that place them at an elevated risk of complications if they contract COVID-19. I made up my mind that I wouldn’t go back until both they and I had been vaccinated. Hopefully, they will get theirs within the next six weeks or so, and Japan has preordered enough vaccine to cover the whole country by March if it gets approved.

However, in times like these, the challenge of living in a foreign country can bring out the best in us. Despite the doom and gloom around the world, most teachers I spoke to these past weeks remained very optimistic about the whole situation.

Here in Nagano, Chris, the American owner of Storyhouse Café and Bar in Matsumoto City, organized an English-language stand-up comedy night as a morale booster for the foreign community. There was acceptable social distancing, masks aplenty and the attendees all managed to have a good laugh.

I even did a 10-minute set myself—though I’m not quite sure if the Glaswegian sense of humor lands so well with my fellow foreigners!

Making the most of a bad situation

How about a Zoom …continue reading