Association of Canadian Teachers in Japan (ACTJ)
Active organization open to Canadians
and friends of Canada. Good networking opportunities,
Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT)
A very big organization, with lots
of local chapters and meetings, several publications
and the second-largest ESL conference in the world.
Computer Assisted Language Learning Special Interest
Group (JALT CALL SIG)
TESOL's mission is to develop the
expertise of its members and others involved in
teaching English to speakers of other languages
to help them foster effective communication in diverse
settings while respecting individuals' language
of Foreign Affairs
MOFs front page: search for information
on the JET Programme and Japanese visas.
Exchange and Teaching (JET)
Official Japanese government programme
supplying teachers to public schools.
Providing Language instructions for
Corporate clients. Also providing employment for
In the past four decades, nearly
three million people in 40 countries have learned
a language with EF. Our results-orientated methods
and commitment to quality have made us the world's
largest private educational institution
BC TEAL advances the profession of
teaching English as an additional language in British
Columbia through professional development, promotion
of standards, advocacy and representation of ESL
(Tokyo area) Teachers Union Federation
We seek not only to support our member
labour unions, but also individuals seeking information
on living and working in Japan as foreign language
teachers. Teaching English (and other foreign languages)
in Japan is a huge business. It is also the single
most attractive way for foreign nationals to make
a living in Japan. As the foreign language teaching
business is such a lucrative industry and because
there is such a large number of transient workers
attempting to gain employment (usually on a short-term
basis), the situation is ripe for the exploitation
of teachers and students alike.
Teachers Union Federation Case Studies Index
Foreign Language College Teachers' Union (TFLCTU)
The union and managment are currently
in a lengthy and bitter dispute, created by the
management in March 1996, when it attempted to break
the union by firing eight union teachers, all union
members, including the union president, vice president
and general secretary. Then in March 1997, the management
fired the remaining union members at the school.
You can find out more about the KAIKO 16 dispute
by accessing the press release, media coverage and
gallery pages. 'The Draconian Times' on-line pages
will also provide you with the latest information
about the dispute as well as coverage of other labour-related
NOVA Union of Teachers
For years, NOVA has been slowly chipping
away at employees' working conditions. Regrettably,
the teachers have rarely questioned or stood up
against the management's actions. However, in the
summer of 1994, teachers suddenly woke up and shed
their apathy. Why?
NOVA Management forced teachers to sign a letter
of consent for mandatory drug testing. Teachers
were threatened with instant dismissal if they refused
to sign the agreement. "Sign or pack your things,"
was the motto of the day. Faced with the threat
of unemployment, most teachers elected to sign.
At most schools, teachers were forbidden to take
copies of the consent letters, nor were they given
time to seek legal advice. This violation of human
rights spurred NOVA employees to act, thus the NOVA
Union of Teachers was born.
The NOVA Union is the only body within the company
that will protect the teachers' rights and fight
with all the legal aid at its disposal.
Berlitz General Union Tokyo [BEGUNTO]
was established on June 30, 1995, in affiliation
with the National Union of General Workers [NUGW],
in response to a series of arbitrary decisions by
Berlitz Schools, Japan [the Company], injurious
to the interest of teachers and threatening to their
livelihoods. The following are among the principles
that guide this Union in its dealings with the Company.
Workers and Amalgamated Union Osaka
EWA is a trade union for all education
workers, teachers and staff from kindergartens to
universities, both full-time and part-time, public
and private, regardless of nationality. It is based
in Osaka but workers in other areas have already
At the present time foreign teachers are having
troubles such as dismissals, loss of Komas (university
classes) and decreasing payment at many Japanese
colleges and universities.
What is EWA doing right now? EWA is fighting for
foreign members' interests, especially to withdraw
dismissals, increase payment and stop loss of Komas.
But some universities/colleges and schools do not
accept our demands and try to get rid of our members.
We will make great efforts to win these cases. We
welcome your support and contribution.