WAKAKUSA ENGLISH PROGRAM
A CHRIST BASED PROGRAM
IN THE CLASSROOM
There are various positions available for teachers joining the program. Most teachers are able to teach at least one class per week at Mr. Maki’s private English School, “Wakakusa.” Some teachers work for the Wakakusa English School almost exclusively and do most of their own lesson planning. Other teachers spend the majority of their time as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) at a junior high school, working under a trained Japanese Teacher of English (JTE). Teachers working in the public junior high schools may not have much control over those classes, but will have an opportunity to plan their own lessons at the Wakakusa English School. Many teachers are also able to teach in local public elementary schools at least one day per week.
Thus, each team member has a slightly different job and may spend varying amounts of time working within the public school system or at the Wakakusa English School.
However, regardless of the job, the goal, as English teachers, is to nurture students’ expressive abilities. Teachers do this by trying to understand the needs of their students and adapting their lessons to follow suit. Ideally, teachers are aware of their own teaching style and methods, and are constantly challenged to improve them.
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"Teaching English in Japan was the experience of a lifetime, and it changed the way I see the world."
"I learned what it meant to serve others out of love and why love should be a Christian's primary concern."
"Wakakusa is a great program where practical ministry meets filling an educational need. Highly focused on community and servanthood, this program helps us to see and understand the heart of Japan." - Esther
"Living and teaching in Japan was one of the most humbling and empowering experiences of my life."
"I am so grateful for Wakakusa. Through entering into both the Japanese culture and into the hearts of the people, I am forever changed."
"I didn't truly understand myself or my own
culture until I taught for Wakakusa in Japan.
Tamura is a place like no other!"
"I learned the value of community and relationships. Everything is harder in another country, but
with the daily trials come depth of character."
"Living in Japan broadened my worldview. The program provided a Christ-seeking community and has encouraged me to pursue relationships across spiritual and cultural divides." - A. Hidey
"Working for Wakakusa has been a challenging and enriching experience for me. I wouldn't trade my time in this beautiful country for any other adventure!"
SHARING THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST WITH THE PEOPLE OF TAMURA, JAPAN