Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University TESOL Club

The English as a second language (ESL) industry in Japan is undergoing a number of important changes. These range from the implementation of ESL training in the early years of elementary schools in Japan to the adoption of IELTS as a qualification acceptable for language literacy and numeracy requirements for entrance examinations to a variety of educational and employment opportunities. TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and encompasses what used to be called TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language).The TESOL club at R-APU will focus on preparing students to work in the ESL industry throughout Asia and Japan upon graduation

Who is this club for? 
・Students who would like to study or work in the education and training industry in Japan in the future.
・Those who would like to network with other teachers.
・Students who would like to become TESOL teachers after graduation.
・Teachers who would like to start their own professional training service business.
・Current TESOL trainees who want more practice in teaching and designing course materials.


The TESOL Club is ran from various locations around Japan. 

Facilities image shown is Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific APU Plaza 4 Building, Oita.

TESOL Club Activities:

・Involvement in tutorials run by students on a TESOL topic of their choice with self-made exercises.

・Learning the basics of group lesson plan design and development for the IELTS, OET, Academic English, and English-for-kids markets for the Japanese market.
・The opportunity to observe and work with experienced TESOL teachers in Japan.
・Host JALT (Japan) and ACTA (Australia) events.

・Recruitment activities associated with language teaching in Japan and Australia, including bi-ennial ALT, JET, and language school recruitment drives.

・Develop and support business models for students’ own start-up training services after graduation. 
 ・Help run Australian university ELICOS courses in Japan, from just a one-week experience to the full course, with qualified TESOL trainers and assessors.