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nicklad
August 26th, 2009, 20:44
My wife and I are looking to return to Japan late next year. She is thinking about offering Japanese tuition to foreigners who wish to improve ther Japanese or learn from scratch.

I am curious as to how many people would be interested in have a Japanese teacher and how much you believe a reasonable price would be for an hours class.

Also, if you have a private Japanese teacher now, please can you let me know how much you are charged?

Thanks!

wicket
August 26th, 2009, 22:32
you'll be lucky as lots of places have cheap or free community classes with one-on-one tuition. if i couldn't have had that i would have looked for an exchange - english for japanese.
is your missus a qualified teacher? does she have tutoring experience? is she going to organise the curriculum and plan/prepare materials, or is the student expected to bring along whatever materials he/she is using or wants to use?
all of those things affect price and the likelihood of getting pupils.

i would pay 1000 yen an hour for unqualified teacher using my own materials, up to 4000 yen an hour for a qualified teacher who provides materials.

ETA: she may do better if she targets specific goals, such as people who want to pass the JLPT - even focusing on certain elements of it [e.g. the listening section] i would have paid for an intensive review-type course for the JLPT - say 20,000 yen for a whole day.

nicklad
August 26th, 2009, 22:55
Thanks for that Wicket.
She is not qualified but she does have experience as she teaches classes here. She would make all materials and plan the class etc.

I was aware that most town halls in Japan have English classes for cheap or free but in my expereince these had been quite large groups and mainly consisted of Chinese factory workers and Fillipino hostesses - but that might just be the case of the ones I attended. I wasn't aware of any offering one-to-one classes.

The idea about the JLPT is a good one. We will have a look at that.
Thanks!

UPGRAYEDD
August 27th, 2009, 00:14
I don't know.

There are too many volunteers who are perfectly qualified offering their services for dirt cheap in Japan. I pay a retired teacher 1000 yen for 90 minutes.

You'd have to bring something very unique to the table to ask for more money than that.

wicket
August 27th, 2009, 02:30
i was in osaka, hence the one-on-one thing [with volunteers].
for those in kansai, it's at hirakata community hall BTW on tuesdays, wednesdays and saturdays.
nicklad - by "qualified" i meant piece of paper and/or experience. make sure she gets lots of references from current pupils and make her a website using them.
she needs an angle. i think small groups [2-4] is actually better for language acquisition [if speaking is the main aim] than one-on-one, so maybe she could think about that, too.
Good luck. Who knows, you might get another book out of it!

violetessence
August 27th, 2009, 10:05
I take local language classes in a small group (3 students). 2 times a month it's taught by unqualified volunteers, and the other 2 times a month it's a retired teacher with experience teaching in both Japanese and American public schools. The classes run by volunteers are free, and the qualified teacher charges 1000 yen an hour.

I also get private 2-hour lessons once a week from a retired teacher/friend. She's qualified to teach English and is working on her Japanese teaching qualification. She doesn't charge me, except the price of materials.

mteacher80
August 27th, 2009, 12:48
we have a few places here in shiga taht do free one on one hour lessons up to twice a week. they are volunteers so not professional teachers, but all you have to do is call the international association that they are a part of and set up a time and place. the only bad thing about it, and its a very small thing, is that you have to sign up for a news letter and then they try and get you to go to international association shindigs. but it helped me pass my jlpt two years ago.

stufflikethat
August 27th, 2009, 12:51
There are too many volunteers who are perfectly qualified offering their services for dirt cheap in Japan. I pay a retired teacher 1000 yen for 90 minutes.
depends on where you go. I was very lucky to find someone in my rural town. It took me almost a year to find someone qualified and could meet me close to where I live.

If you're planning to live on the country side of Japan, then I think your wife will definitely find some foreigners that could really use her help. If you're planning to move to a decent sized city, then she'll have lots of competition.

Eira
August 27th, 2009, 20:33
Here where I live, there's a community center that charges students 1000y for the entire month. The classes visit on Sundays and last for 2-3 hours. They each have <5 students, which is pretty damned good for the price. Even though it's not one on one, I personally would be a lot more tempted to pay 1000y for 8-10 hours of service than 1000y+ an hour for an unlicensed teacher.

enigmaneo
September 1st, 2009, 14:20
I have a private tutor and I am charged 3500 Yen a lesson. I also tend the free class in my town, but is not nearly as helpful as the private tutor.

nicklad
September 1st, 2009, 22:55
That was what I thought in Japan also Enigmaneo. We had local free classes but I found them little use as classes were large and the teacher was so-so. They tried but classes were too mixed in terms of level meaning the class moved too slow or fast for most.
I desperately wanted a private Japanese teacher.
I guess it comes down to a choice really of saving cash and attending the town hall classes or putting your hand in your pocket and hiring a personal tutor.

Miss_igirisu
September 11th, 2009, 14:29
Back in Nagoya I paid a private teacher 1man4sen a month for a one hour lesson a week. Those classes were the best things I've done for my Japanese ever.

Now I pay 500 a month for volunteer classes and they are crap, but I go mainly for the social side as opposed to the Japanese side.

Waldroon
September 14th, 2009, 12:48
you'll be lucky as lots of places have cheap or free community classes with one-on-one tuition. if i couldn't have had that i would have looked for an exchange - english for japanese.
is your missus a qualified teacher? does she have tutoring experience? is she going to organise the curriculum and plan/prepare materials, or is the student expected to bring along whatever materials he/she is using or wants to use?
all of those things affect price and the likelihood of getting pupils.

i would pay 1000 yen an hour for unqualified teacher using my own materials, up to 4000 yen an hour for a qualified teacher who provides materials.

ETA: she may do better if she targets specific goals, such as people who want to pass the JLPT - even focusing on certain elements of it [e.g. the listening section] i would have paid for an intensive review-type course for the JLPT - say 20,000 yen for a whole day.

I think those rates are really high, I would pay roughly half of that.

But then again, perhaps it's accurate for Japan, I have no idea.